A book in two parts, it is the result of many years of research into the early history of Rawdon Township in Quebec, where all my ancestors settled between 1824 and 1832. It includes most of the original Protestant settlers and information on many of the Irish-Catholic families, as well. Available from lulu.com in soft cover and in e-book (PDF) formats. See ordering information and a book overview.
Ken Wilson purchased Part Two because of his curiousity about the Rawdon Norrish family; they are not related to his Ontario branch who were also from Devonshire. He is a retired copy-editor from London Free Press and wrote these comments.
Up To Rawdon traces the origins of more than 250 families who settled at Rawdon 1820 - 1850. Although some may still be found at Rawdon, others and their descendants went from Rawdon to the Eastern Townships, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, New England, the American Midwest and many other places.
It identifies the first Rawdon settler and tells the story of J. E. Burton, the first clergyman, of any faith, to live at Rawdon. You will learn about the building of the first school and the first church in the township in which Burton played a considerable role.
It is very personal account of Rawdon's history from my own point of view and based on my research in original sources. It includes stories entrusted to me by individuals from many families. Rawdon had a sizeable population before 1852, the families were large and prolific and their descendants may now be found across North America, Australia, Europe and indeed almost everywhere. There are chapters on the military background of many settlers, the story of the militia, the surprising influence of American settlers and how British (Irish, English, Scottish), American, Canadien, Acadian and Protestant and Catholic cultures interacted.
This website (uptorawdon.com) contains supplementary information on more than twenty families that could not be included in the book itself. There are unique research files, that are for the most part not found elsewhere on the Internet and which I am pleased to share with all who are interested in the families and history of the township whether or not they invest in a copy of Up To Rawdon. It is my intention to add additional material as time goes by and to post verifiable corrections that come to my notice.
On this site you will find an index to Parts One and Two which includes the names of the families profiled in each chapter.
Up To Rawdon honours my parents Elton and Llewella and is for those "dear days of old with the faces in the firelight; kind folks [who] come again no more."
Daniel B. Parkinson