Squatter’s rights: the Widow Cahill petitions the Crown (Part I)

The following petition is found amongst the Upper Canada Land Petitions, though it concerns a property in Lower Canada (on Calumet Island/L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet, in Pontiac County, Quebec). Honourable Sir, I humbly beg leave to state that in the year 1835 I settled as Squatter on the Calumet Island, on a lot of land which I considered … Continue reading Squatter’s rights: the Widow Cahill petitions the Crown (Part I)

‘I am a Poor man with a helpless family’: Peter Finnerty petitions the Crown

Peter Finnerty was born about 1810 in Co. Kerry, Ireland, the son of John Finnerty and Catherine Dunleavy. He emigrated to Canada probably in the early 1840s, initially working as a labourer (journalier) in Quebec City. Here  he married another recent Irish emigrant, Anne Havey of Co. Sligo, daughter of John Havey and Mary McGee. … Continue reading ‘I am a Poor man with a helpless family’: Peter Finnerty petitions the Crown

Peter Robinson Settlers in Huntley township

Peter Robinson settlers in Huntley township, Carleton County, Ontario [Upper Canada], 1834. The names below can be found on the passenger lists for the Hebe and the Stakesby (from Cork to Quebec, 1823). Transcribed from: Return of a portion of the Irish Emigrants located in the Bathurst District in 1823 and 1825, by Peter Robinson Esqr, and … Continue reading Peter Robinson Settlers in Huntley township

Early Baptisms, St. Francis de Sales, Smiths Falls: Part I

Early Baptisms (May 1848-Dec 1849), St. Francis de Sales, Smiths Falls, Montague township, Lanark Co., Ontario, Canada This is my own transcription, some of the names were hard to make out. I have resisted the urge to "correct" the spellings. You should check the original for names, dates, and other details, and especially for the … Continue reading Early Baptisms, St. Francis de Sales, Smiths Falls: Part I