e-book cover, Up to Rawdon, by Daniel P. Parkinson, © 2013

Johnston Cabin by Linda Blagrave
photographed by Richard Prud'homme

More new material has been found on the Gawn Brown family, see page 50. There is a correction concerning Agnes Holtby on page 387 and two 'new' John McGowans are discussed on page 607. Speculation about the Tighe brothers is on page 905.

I have started to compare the militia list with what is presented in chapters about the various families. My conclusions are on the Updates pages. See Allen page 3, Bagnall page 7, Corcoran on 157-158 and Coulter on 165-166.

It is known that the Booth (page 29), Payton (pages 240 & 244) and (237-238) families were intermarried and from Counties Leitrim and Cavan. The Finlays had marriage connections to the Fitzpatrick (page 1104) and McMaster (page 1098) families who were possibly from one of those counties, which share a long border.

An update concerning the Burns brothers Militia service is on 1103-1104. Go to 514 fn. 13 for information about Brace, to 628 for Bowen, to 63 for Burbidge and to 924 for Borrowes. Two Cassidy families are on 152 and 716 and the Copping men are on 145. Captain George Drought was listed as a private; my explanation is on pages 183-184. My assumption about Dugas and the Rebellion may be incorrect; see page 1105. On page 357 the John Holmes family, Lavery on page 740, one may find Swift on pages 861 & 871 and Vail on page 878. For all the Gray families look at page 273 and Cook on 284-285 and Wade on pages 947-948.

This information is free to all. Be sure to check Updates regularly for new and corrected material contributed by readers and from my continuing research. This has occurred about every six weeks since publication. If you have already invested in Up To Rawdon, I thank you and ask that you recommend it to others with a Rawdon interest. If not please read the reviews section on this page and give purchase serious thought.

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What is Up To Rawdon?

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.

Sales and Reviews

Up To Rawdon has been a consistent top seller in all forms, since its publication in February 2013. Six generous (5 star) reviews have been posted on Lulu under Part One. Read more ...

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
Toronto, Ontario