Table of Contents | Reviews

Part One

Rawdon Township Map – 1820 iv
Table Of Contents v
Table of Contents for Part Two ix
Introduction xiii
Quebec Locations Map xxi

Rawdon Families

Map of Ireland
2
Allen Family of Rawdon
Allen, Torney, Tinkle
3
Bagnall, Blagrave & Pigott: Family Connections
Bagnall, Pigott, Blagrave, Tighe, Craine, McNown, Rourke, McCurdy, Kirkwood
7
Booth of Leitrim
Booth, Payton, Crowe, McCurdy, McManus
29
Richard Boyce and Mary Ann Richardson
Boyce, Smith, Parkinson, Robinson, Gass, Mason, Scroggie, Blagrave

37

Robert Brown & his Descendants
Brown, Lindsay, Kyle, Robinson, Parkinson, Findlay, Coultra, Boyce

47

Finding the Burbidges & Connecting to the Brights
Burbidge, Bright, Macklin, Pearen, Manchester

63

The Sons of Hannah Pierce Burns
Burns, Kerr, Riley, Harkness, Connolly, Scroggie, Green, Payton, Rothdram

69

The Other John Burns Family
Burns, Brown, Keogh, Mitchell, Green, Scott

83

Burton of Burtonville
Burton, Meredith, Gibson, Jefferies, Turner, Sadler, Mason, Armstrong

89

The Connellys at Rawdon
Connelly, Thompson, Armstrong, Brown, Kerr, Torney, Read, Cassidy

133

Copping
Copping, Gray, Dugas, Reinhart, Jones, Cook

141

Corcoran: To Rawdon from the Hudson’s Bay Company
Corcoran, Rowan, McDonald, Mulligan, Gagnon, Brien, Cassidy, Daly

151

Coulter Families at Rawdon
Coulter, Gray, Burns, Scroggie

163

J. H. Dorwin: He Tried to Put Rawdon on the Map
Dorwin, McManus, Harkness, Grant

171

The Droughts at Rawdon
Drought, Smiley, Jackson, Meredith, Burton, Borrowes, Coonan, Ash, Borrowes, Odlum, Bagnall, Rourke, Rothdram, Delahunt

177

The Dugas Children
Dugas, Edwards, Lord, Truesdell, Copping, Bourgeois, Leblanc, Lajeunesse, Pomainville, Quinn, Reinhart, Rowan

193

Joseph Dugas: Rawdon’s First Settler
Dugas, Morgan, Desourdy, Robinson, Rea, Colclough

201

Edghill of Rawdon Township
Edghill, Alexander, Smiley, McBride

209

The Eveleigh Family
Eveleigh, Ross, Brown, McGie, Robinson, Cole, Hobbs, Smiley, Rourke, Tiffin, Reinhart

217

Finlay of Cavan & Payton of Leitrim
Finlay, Brown, Barber, Dixon, Lindsay, Payton, Robinson, Burns, Rea

233

Fosters at Rawdon
Foster, Burns, Nightingale, Mason, Parkinson

245

Fulsher at Rawdon
Fulsher, James, Walker, Neville, Mason, Smiley

253

Two Different Gibbs Families with Rawdon Connections
Gibbs, Tate, Ranson

259

Gibson: a Difficult Settler
Gibson, Burton, Phillips

267

Gray Matter, the Gray Families of Rawdon, Quebec
Lattimore, Copping, Johnston, Scott, Morgan, Sharpe, Kerr, Scroggie, Coultra, Henry, McLeary, Cook, Purcell, Joynt

273

Concerning George Gray
Gray, Smiley, Bright, Copping, Parkinson, Purcell, Chamberland

287

English Gray and Lewis and Lockens
Gray, Lewis, Hill, Watters, Lockens, Rourke, Sprinkling, McCurdy, Murphy, Herbert, McGuire, Bowen, Swift, Williams, Neville

291

Greenan of Rawdon
Greenan, McMahon, Johnston, Kirkwood, Carroll

309

Griffith, Crown Agent
Griffith, Murphy, Cartwright, Orr, Gillespie

313

Harkness Family From Rawdon to the Eastern Townships
Harkness, Copping, Marlin, Cook, Grant, Burns

319

Branches of the Herbert Tree
Herbert, Watters, Mason, Tansey, Jones, Powell, Swift, Badger

329

George Hobs, a Rawdon Loyalist
Hobs, McNown, McGowan, Badger, Walker, Eveleigh, Rea, Long, Sandford, Reinhardt

339

Holiday Family of Rawdon and Montreal
Holiday, Heron, Pearson, Morgan, Rondeau, Kinsey, Pelletier

347

Two Holmes Families of King’s County
Holmes, Alexander, Melrose, Kite, Rourke, Smith

357

William Gordon Holmes, School Master
Holmes, Booth, Robinson, Burton

363

Three Generations of Holtby Immigrants
Holtby, Norrish, Smith, Dawson, Tinkler, Copping, Parkinson, Borrowes, Burbidge, Marlin, Colclough, Rea, Bourne, Tighe

367

Solving an Old Mystery: the Story of Elizabeth Holtby
Holtby, Skeer, Sinclair

385

John Jefferies, Butcher and Nancy Bridge
Jefferies, Bridge, Burton, Burbidge, Macklin, Creighton, Day, Turril, Parker

389

Several Johnston Families at Rawdon
Johnston, Greenan, Scott, McLeary, Gray, Morgan, Sharpe, Kirkby, Cook, Purcell, Boyce, Parkinson, Nulty, O’Rourke

399

Sorting Out Jones and Pearson
Jones, Henry, Herbert, Neville, Scripture, Tinkler, Pearson, Luccock, Asbil, Brennan, Thompson, Copping, Kite, Morgan, Holiday, Parkinson, Petrie

429

Keo: Ship Builder
Keo, Collins, Blair, Keogh, Burns

439

Kerrs Found at Kildare, Rawdon, Wesleyville
Kerr, Carr, Connelly, Coulter, Steele, Barrette, Gray, Smiley, Thompson

443

Family of Thomas Kinsella
Kinsella, Renaud dit Locas, McGarrity, Rivington, Daly

457

Kinsey Children
Kinsey, Cousland, Smith, Holiday, Hamilton, Parkinson

463

Kirkby: Sons, Daughters and Spouses
Kirkby, Hodgson, Delahunt, Johnston, Scroggie

477

Kirkwood Brothers of Lochwinnoch
Kirkwood, Mirault, Parkinson, Greenan, Burgess

483

Kite of Wiltshire and Rawdon
Kite, Holmes, Burns, Copping, Grigg, Pollock, Parkinson

491

Knowlton: Father and Son
Knowlton, Whittaker, Chamberlain

499

Lyon: Settler and Agent
Lyon and Lyons

505

David Manchester: Entrepreneur
Manchester, McKenzie, Burbidge, Smiley, Brace, Burbidge, Armstrong

509

Marlin and Related Law and Asbil Families
Marlin, Law, Asbil, Smiley, Copping, Smith, Blair, Parkinson, Neil

519

Mason, Sadler, Hamilton & Associated Families
Mason, Sadler, Hamilton, McGarrity, Fairley, Powell, Swift, Herbert, Tansey, Bridges, Wilson, Armstrong

535

Patrick Mason & his Three Families
Mason, McEvoy, Walsh, McGie, McDowell, Stafford, Knox

563

English John Mason
Mason, Swift, Herbert

567

McCauley and Steele
McCauley, Steele, Young, Kerr

571

McClanaghan at Rawdon
McClanaghan, Kennedy, Hamilton, McGowan

581

McEwen of Perthshire
McEwen, Payton, Dawson, Norrish, Torney, Rothdram

589

McGie of Rawdon & Quebec City
McGie, Eveleigh, Tiffin, Bridge, Easton, Smiley

595

McGowan in Lower Canada: Two Families
McGowan, Hobbs, Kennedy, Moore, Steele, Brittain, Nightingale, Connelly, Topping, Braden, Blackie, Job, Johnston and Methodist Church profile

603

McGuire & Bowen at Rawdon and Minnesota
McGuire, Bowen, Sadler, Lewis, Gray

621

McManus
McManus, French, Darroch, Dorwin, Lindsay, Wilson

631

Melrose: from Scotland to Rawdon
Melrose, Hamilton, Holmes, Scales, Stafford, Knox, Smith

637

Morgan from Sligo
Morgan, Johnston, Murphy, Carey, Tighe, Holiday, Smiley, Pearson, Thompson, Way

643

The Author’s Family Tree

654

About the Author

655

Up To Rawdon
Table of Contents

Part Two

Rawdon Township Map – 1820 iv
Table Of Contents v
Table of Contents for Part Two ix
Introduction xiii
Quebec Locations Map xxi

Rawdon Families (continued from Part One)

Nightingales From Ireland
Nightingale, McGowan, Scales, Rourke, Foster
659
William Norrish: Survivor
Norrish, Holtby, Tozer, Sawyer, Dawson, Laverdure, McEwen
671
Parkinsons from Yorkshire
Parkinson, Chapman, Brown, Scroggie, Kite, Smith, Holtby, Boyce
683
The Author’s Family Tree 704
Pollock Family
Pollock, Armstrong, Swift, Grigg

705

Reade of Rawdon & de Ramsay
Reade, Connelly, Page, Robinson
Events for Families of St Felix Area are at www.uptorawdon.com/felix

711

Robinson & Related Families from Fermanagh
Robinson, Cole, Irwin, Cassidy, Eveleigh, Peyton, Sherry, Roddy, Galbraith, McCurdy, Armstrong

715

Raising a Family
William Robinson and Isabella Lindsay

731

Rogers Report
Rogers, Rodgers, Murphy, Lavery

735

Rourkes of Annagharvy
Rourke, Neville, Bagnall, Pigott, Smith

747

James Russell and son Martin Cheney Russell
Russell, Cairns, Cheney, Mitchell

757

David Sawyer
Sawyer, Norrish, Manchester, Smiley

763

Scales Brothers
Scales, Riley, Nightingale, Irwin, Johnston

769

Scotts from Ireland
Scott, Johnston, Morgan

777

Scroggie and Gracey of County Down
Scroggie, Cultra, Kirkby, Gray, Burns, Boyce, Rondeau, Gracey, Scott, Gracy

781

Mr. Seaborn and Winter at Rawdon
Seaborn, Rolfe, Rondeau

803

Sharp of Kilglass
Sharp, McAdam, Gray, Copping, Holtby, Parkinson

809

Sinclair of Rawdon
Sinclair, Wiggins, Hannah, Johnston, Copping

815

Smiley of Monaghan
Smiley, Armstrong, Cochrane, McEvoy, Farrell, Dixon, Kerr

821

Henry Smith of Annagharvy & Other Smiths at Rawdon
Smith, Watters, Rourke, Boyce, Oswald, Mason, Brennan, Holtby, McEwen, Holmes, Pearson, Rothdram, Melrose

837

Spooner & Rollit
Spooner, Rollit, Lockhart

853

Swift & Vail: English Immigrant Families at Rawdon
Swift, Dawson, Vail, Herbert, Sadler, Scripture, Jones, Smith, Rollit, Pollock, Mason, Courtney

859

Tansey, Doherty, Farrell: Marriage Connections
Tansey, Doherty, Duffy, Herbert, Mason, Farrell, McEvoy, Herbert, Badger

883

Tiffin Family: Grocers of Montreal
Tiffin, Ross, Eveleigh, Reinhart, Thomas, Thompson

893

The Brothers Tighe
Tighe, Gray, Bagnall, Morgan, Knox

905

Tinkler & Borrowes
Tinkler, Holtby, Borrowes, Blagrave, Rotherham, Allen, Asbil, Cunningham, Moore

915

Torney Families at Rawdon: Four Brothers
Torney, McDowell, Constable, Allen, Burns, McEwen, McIlroy, Walsh, Law, Smiley, Graham

925

The Torrances, Montreal Grocers
Torrance, Pratt

939

Twiss: New England Clockmakers

943

Wade Family at Rawdon
Wade, Armstrong, Crawford, Tacey, Robinson, Smiley, Burbidge, Burns

947

Still Watters: What I know of the Watters Family
Watters, Herbert, Lewis, Hill, Smith, Murphy, Tuite, Kenny

959

Emigrants from Rawdon

Map of Ontario Counties 1880
970
From Rawdon West to Wellington
Rawdon Families at Garafraxa and Maryborough Townships
971
To Huron’s Shore
Rawdon Families at Bruce and Grey and Huron Counties
1013
Settlers at Simcoe County from Rawdon Township
Jackson, Gracey, Scroggie, Sharpe, Johnston, Gray, Kirkby, Lattimore, Scott, Burbidge, Ralston, Connelly, Dixon, Holtby, Holmes, Pigott, Herbert, Jones
1033

Background and Miscellaneous Essays

The American Heritage of Rawdon, Quebec
Brooks, Bourne, Dugas, Morgan, Dunbars, Sawers, Tucker, Lord, Truesdell, Read, Phillips, Long, Gibbs, Hobbs, Rea, Rodgers, Wyman, Bridge, Dorwin
1045
Christ Church, Rawdon: Early Days
Burton, Bourne, Gibson, Jefferies, Wallace, Dugas, Rollit
1061
Settlers at the Forks
Turner, Jefferies, Sawers, Sandford. Rea, Dugas, Robinson, Van Heuson, Wallace, Cloutier, Green, Morgan, Smart, McKenzie, McCauley, Tucker, Donovan, Ralston, Burgess, Bradon, Reynolds
1073
“And the Boys Are At the Barracks”
Biographies of 45 Rawdon settlers identified as military men (all ranks); 80 men identified as Rawdon Militia officers; details of the embodied militia and some later Rawdon Militia regiments.
1087
Crossing Over: Protestant and Catholic Intermarriage at Rawdon
Burton, Powell, Nulty, Johnston, McGarrity, Rivington, Gibbs, Kirkwood, Greenan, Burgess, Dugas, Copping, Reinhart, Truesdell, Lord, Keogh, Burns, Blair, Tansey, Doherty, Herbert, Farrell, O’Gara, Robinson, Cahill, Norrish, Laverdure, Foley, Holtby, Doherty, Johnston, Scanlan, Martin, Greenan, Green, McCurdy
1113
Some Irish-Catholic Settlers
Gannon, Green, Mason, Murphy, Donoughue, McGee, Daly, with references to Heney, Blair, Burgess, Price and many others and a brief history of the Parish and of the Sisters of Saint Anne.
1123
Heather of Kildare Township, Lower Canada
Heather, Knox, Job, Purcell
1141
Jerseys and Genealogy
1151
About the Author
1155

Up To Rawdon – Reviews

Feedback received by email, from purchasers of my book.

Ann Kirwin14 Dec 2016
Again, thanks for your book and hard work.

Jane Miller13 Dec 2016
Thank you for all your help with the Farrell Tree this year. It has surely been a pleasure … working with you.

Donna Johnston13 Dec 2016
Thank you for the update[s]

Kate Thompson7 Dec 2016
… what great story … thanks so much for sharing with me

Mark Meredith14 Nov 2016
Congratulations on getting the book out!

Carolyn Adams11 Nov 2016
You certainly have done a massive work for Rawdon. Congratulations on it’s publication. Isn’t it interesting what ripples such things bring. I write you about what you didn’t know, not … the many families you have elucidated so well.

These reviews were originally posted on the Lulu website, by purchasers of my book.

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By Julie Baker
27-Nov-2014
Thank you Daniel Parkinson for such an astounding effort. I had much trouble with my Robinson side of my family that lived in Rawdon… so many with the same first name that it was hard to keep track of everyone. Your books were a great resource in sorting everyone out. Thank you for taking the time to research those that weren’t a part of your family… What a valuable legacy you have created. Very easy to read and meticulous in your efforts to keep the data intact.. Much appreciated..
 
    
By Daniel Parkinson
24-Nov-2014
Brenda Turner of Ottawa offered to post this comment but had difficulty navigating the site and asked me to post for her. “I must thank Daniel Parkinson for his massive effort in the two companion books Up To Rawdon. The two are indeed impressive results of evidently years of research. My only reason for ever having gone “up to Rawdon” was an effort to collect some information and photos for a cousin in Saskatchewan whose mother’s family had homesteaded in Rawdon. Years later, my cousin told me about Daniel’s books and raved about them. Being an experienced family history researcher myself, I was curious, in an almost jealous sort of way, and ordered them. WOW. Daniel must have researched virtually every human being who ever lived in Rawdon during the subject years. It’s a hugely pleasing read for any family history researcher, even without direct ties to that community. The two books really are marvelous, and I am properly humbled by the products of Daniel’s thoroughness, dedication, and scholarly approach. Thank you, Daniel, for such pleasure.”
 
    
By Pennie Redmile
7-Nov-2014
Daniel you have done a wonderful job with your two books. You spent quite a few years working on them & the result testifies to your hard work. I borrowed them from QFHS & cheated a wee bit by sharing them with a (non QFHS) neighbour who was born & raised in Rawdon (Morin) & she was tickled to see info & a photo about her family!! Congratulations on a job well done– that will be cherished by future generations as well.
 
    
By Elizabeth Lapointe
24-Jan-2014
As editor of the journal Families of the Ontario Genealogical Society, I recommend this two book set for anyone who is interested in the family history interplay between Quebec and Ontario. This compilation of over 100 family histories written by Daniel Parkinson of the people of Rawdon, Quebec is written in two parts because of the sheer size of the work. The detail of the genealogy—which is all footnoted—is astounding. Each portion of the book notes where the family immigrated from, exactly where they lived in Rawdon, and where many of them migrated to in the middle 1850s, all supported with extremely precise documentation in the footnotes. Parkinson further explained how he found out that people had started to migrate from Rawdon , Quebec to western Ontario in the 1850s when researching his own family. The author discovered a link to Wellington County, Ontario through a marriage certificate which had been issued in Quebec. Through his research, Parkinson also found that they migrated to Simcoe and Huron Counties. And thus began his journey through generations of people in southwestern Ontario who could trace their ancestry back to Eastern Canada. There are many maps, photos, tables, genealogies, and timelines in these two books. Although there is not an index at the back of the book, there is a listing of family names at the front of the book, each complete with a list of related family names under the main title of the section. If you have family from Simcoe and Huron Counties, and suspect that they may have had Rawdon roots, then this is one resource that should definitely be considered in your research plan. Elizabeth Lapointe Ottawa, ON
 
    
By Doug Armstrong
4-Dec-2013
Daniel B Parkinson’s UP TO RAWDON is the resource that every genealogist and local histoprian wished existed for his community. Parkinson has ferreited out probably everything that can be found about the early settlers of Rawdon. He has documented where they came from, whom they came with, their probable relatives, their lives at Rawdon, their children and heirs, then traces the settlers and their descendants in their diaspora across this continent. He has made fine use of all the resources available. He has attempted to separate the facts from the stories and to find out what is verifiable. Up to Rawdon could be used as a manual for good genealogical practice. The basic organization is alphabetically by the names of the community founders,Every chapter tells two stories: the history of the family under discussion and Parkinson’s questions about the family story. For the genealogist the methodologies used in the research and the questions asked are equally fascinating. The mass and heft of the volumes are both wonderful and intimidating. Up to Rawdon leaves the reader with the dual feeling that the book is far too long and wishing that it were even longer. Doug Armstrong Quebec Family History Society
 
    
By Julian Bernard
26-Nov-2013
The two volumes of Up To Rawdon together represent a monumental undertaking by Daniel. One can read of the arrival in Rawdon Township beginning about 1820 of the earliest settlers, imagine the hardship and tribulations they faced, the recurring temptations to return to Montreal which was not too far away, and the ultimate and inevitable dispersal of most of the families and their descendants. My own ancestor, Nicholas Spooner, was very much a part of each of those scenarios. For anyone with even a remote connection to Rawdon, these volumes offer a valuable and entertaining reference.
 
    
By Joseph Holiday
11-Mar-2013
I must say Daniel Parkinson this is a masterpiece I can’t imagine the research and effort that went into this thanks so much for this and thank you for including my family. Sincerely Joseph S. Holiday
 
    
By Marian Sargent
22-Feb-2013
Daniel Parkinson has accomplished a monumental task with this book! A wonderful reference book for those of us with ancestors who emigrated from England, Scotland and Ireland in the early 1800’s to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The settlers had filed for and received Crown land and settled the area we now know as Rawdon, Quebec, Canada. Daniel Parkinson has followed these families of early Rawdon with impeccable accuracy to detail. Most of these people were Protestant, but the Catholic influence of the area is also included. The descendants of these early settlers now live in all parts of Canada, the USA and all over the world. “Up to Rawdon”is interesting reading for any lover of history, but I am absolutely amazed at the amount of information he has on each family! If you are new (or not so new) to family research and have English, Scotch or Irish “roots” in Quebec whether in Rawdon,Quebec City, Montreal or other parts of the province, take a look at the list of names in this book. You just may find the name you have been looking for!
 
    
By Michael Holtby
22-Feb-2013
This is a tome! What a monumental piece of work. It’s giving me the chills to read about some people I know are my direct ancestors – largely because of your research. Thanks so much!

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By John R. Swift
31-Jan-2015
I received my two books today and I am impressed. The electronic version is nice to have for research but there is nothing like a book in your hand. I am a book collector at heart so they are proudly on my shelf now. I cannot express my gratitude for the work you have done on behalf of all of us from Rawdon. I do similar work but not on that magnitude. It’s now the family bible for all Rawdon families. Congratulations and for those that have yet to order, its their loss. Thanks again.
 
    
By Kenneth Wilson
27-Jan-2014
Daniel Parkinson’s book Up To Rawdon Part Two tracing the history of more than 100 families who emigrated from Great Britain to the Rawdon, Quebec, area between the 1820s and 1850s is an astonishing work. Parkinson obviously spent many years compiling this material. Each of the settlers and their families is described in great detail in separate chapters. Many were veterans who fought in the Napoleonic wars under Gen. Wellington and gave up their military pensions to acquire free land in Canada. Some fell on hard times while others went on to great success in the new world. The two-volume set is written in an easy-to-read narrative style. The use of bold-face type for chapter titles, names, heads and sub-heads makes for an attractive package. The footnotes are very helpful and not over-written as many authors seem to think is essential these days.
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