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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Copping, Gray, Dugas, Reinhart, Jones, Cook


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


Coulter Families at Rawdon
Coulter, Gray, Burns, Scroggie


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


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


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


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


Edghill of Rawdon Township
Edghill, Alexander, Smiley, McBride


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


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


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


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


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


Gibson: a Difficult Settler
Gibson, Burton, Phillips


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Knowlton: Father and Son
Knowlton, Whittaker, Chamberlain


Lyon: Settler and Agent
Lyon and Lyons


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


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


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


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


English John Mason
Mason, Swift, Herbert


McCauley and Steele
McCauley, Steele, Young, Kerr


McClanaghan at Rawdon
McClanaghan, Kennedy, Hamilton, McGowan


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


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


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


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


McManus, French, Darroch, Dorwin, Lindsay, Wilson


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


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


The Author’s Family Tree


About the Author


Up To Rawdon
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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
William Norrish: Survivor
Norrish, Holtby, Tozer, Sawyer, Dawson, Laverdure, McEwen
Parkinsons from Yorkshire
Parkinson, Chapman, Brown, Scroggie, Kite, Smith, Holtby, Boyce
The Author’s Family Tree 704
Pollock Family
Pollock, Armstrong, Swift, Grigg


Reade of Rawdon & de Ramsay
Reade, Connelly, Page, Robinson
Events for Families of St Felix Area are at


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


Raising a Family
William Robinson and Isabella Lindsay


Rogers Report
Rogers, Rodgers, Murphy, Lavery


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


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


David Sawyer
Sawyer, Norrish, Manchester, Smiley


Scales Brothers
Scales, Riley, Nightingale, Irwin, Johnston


Scotts from Ireland
Scott, Johnston, Morgan


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


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


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


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


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


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


Spooner & Rollit
Spooner, Rollit, Lockhart


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Torrances, Montreal Grocers
Torrance, Pratt


Twiss: New England Clockmakers


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


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


Emigrants from Rawdon

Map of Ontario Counties 1880
From Rawdon West to Wellington
Rawdon Families at Garafraxa and Maryborough Townships
To Huron’s Shore
Rawdon Families at Bruce and Grey and Huron Counties
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

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
Christ Church, Rawdon: Early Days
Burton, Bourne, Gibson, Jefferies, Wallace, Dugas, Rollit
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
“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.
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
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.
Heather of Kildare Township, Lower Canada
Heather, Knox, Job, Purcell
Jerseys and Genealogy
About the Author

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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