Updates made to Up To Rawdon

What’s New March 2024

  • and Christopher Millar on 5  January 2024, in a fire that destroyed their historic home. I interviewed Sue Ellen in the summer of 2022 and wrote about the plans that she and Christoper had to renovate and restore the Anglican parsonage, that had been completed in 1844. Their funeral service was at Christ Church, Rawdon on 24 February; the church was filled with mourners with many more on Zoom grieving for these respected community leaders. The story of their beloved historic house has been updated concerning the acquisition of land from Solomon Cook and is found  at Parsonage of Christ Church Rawdon, 1844.
  • Announcing a new biography at Additional material / Supplementary Information about families Solomon Cook and Family: Connecticut, New York, Lower Canada, Michigan, Minnesota. Cook was a tenant of John Jefferies on the First Range and he a would be timber baron c. 1840 and father in law of  the tanner Hiram Bateman and of the Reverend R. H. Bourne.
  • From Union Jack to Union Blue has been revised and four Cook and four Bateman names, with their participation in the American Civil War, were added. The links in the Addendum have been corrected.
  • An update to  Protestant Settlers in the St-Felix area east of Rawdon  with a few new entries from 1901-1902.
  • If you wonder, ‘when did my family get the Letters Patent (ownership) for their crown land at Rawdon?’ The answer may be in Township of Rawdon: Rawdon & Village Patents, a file released in 1852 by the Greffe de l’Arpenteur Général du Québec / Registry of the Surveyor-General of Quebec of the Original Patent holders. It does not include purchasers of crown or clergy reserves.

I transcribed this before Christmas 2023. It has transactions for patents 1846-1859 that were underway but not yet completed. You may use this link –must complete several steps to reach it https://www.quebec.ca/habitation-et-logement/information-fonciere/greffe-arpenteur-general

or ask me to check my transcription.

UP TO RAWDON Text Updates, made since November 2023, are on the following pages

xiii The opening of St. Patrick’s Chapel in 1834 records the presence of an Indigenous man, Michel Nicolas, and his wife. They were part of group of Malecite settlers from New Brunswick who were communicants St-Patrice and at St-Jacques, living on her near the Eleventh Range. I am working on this important story and I hope to share it in April or May.

193 fn.1 Confirming the parents and grandparents of brothers Philemon and Joseph  Dugas, who settled before 1820 on the First Range.

284 the story of Solomon Cook, his wife Laura Mead and their family, including son-in-law Hiram Bateman is told in Solomon Cook which is in ‘Supplementary information about families’. It was exciting to discover more about this early settler’s contribution to  the Township and confirm that his daughter Fidelia Cook was the wife of the Reverend Rowland H. Bourne and sad to know that the house that was built as their home was destroyed by fire in January. Update pages 1049 and 1054-1055

389 an early tenant of John Jefferies was Solomon Cook details concerning First Range Lots 17, 20 and 21 are in Solomon Cook

372: some additional information about William Holtby and his early years at Rawdon and the date of ‘his’ map could be as early as 1836.

514 fn. 13: A short biography of Hiram Bateman whose tannery was on the Ouareau River is part of  Solomon Cook  biography.

598: Another role for Edward McGie who acted as crown / government agent for the Township of Rawdon 1839-1840. Source is in the documents relating to the land claim of ‘Indian’ settler Michel Nicolas.

683: I was pleased this winter to be contacted by Hugh Ainsley, a descendant still in Yorkshire, of a brother of my immigrant ancestor John Parkinson who left England in 1824. Yes, 200 years ago, this a double centenary year for our family in Canada. Some direct descendants of his sons Ralph and George live at Rawdon and many others there can trace a line of descent to him. I will write more about John Parkinson later this year.

944 – 945 errors and omissions concerning the Twiss family have been corrected. The mention of Hiram Bateman as a witness in 1842 was a clue that Bateman was an American.

1049 of The American Heritage of Rawdon, Quebec has been updated with a note about the Cook and the Bateman families; see Solomon Cook. They were not late Loyalists but American settlers who qualified for a crown location at Rawdon. The update to pages 1054-1055 establishes Mr. Bourne’s wife Fidelia Cook as a daughter of Solomon Cook