John ACTON and Sarah NEELAND / NEELIN
January 9, 2003:
Yes you can add the Acton name and info if you wish. I will be doing more research
in the Acton's Corners area re: buildings/grave sites etc. this spring.
My great grandfather John Acton who came from Castle Bar in Ireland landed
in quebec in 1832. Settled in what was to becom Acton's Corners (named after him).
He was a shoemaker and also a stone-mason and worked on the Rideau Canal.
He also built other buildings in the community - one being the Oxford mills Grist Mill.
He died July 20th, 1891 and was buried in the Church of England cemetery,
Hope this is of some intrest to you.
Originally posted to the Leeds and Grenville page at rootsweb.com
June 9, 2003:
I was trolling through some genealogy links and came across your notice on your
great grandfather John Acton.
One of my great grandfathers was John Acton, b 24 Jun 1807, Castlebar, County
Mayo, Ireland - d 20 Jul 1891, married 6 Feb 1893 Sarah Neeland, b 10 Feb 1822,
Swanlinbar, County Fermanagh, Ireland - d 29 Mar 1893.
Am I right in thinking we're both talking about the same John Acton? I have
just recently begun to research my Acton/Neeland connections, and would love to
June 21, 2004:
I was perusing the data on John Acton and have some data of
my own which leads to the question of whether John Acton is
related to my Actons.
Lavinia Acton was born about 1788 at Castlebar, Co Mayo.
She died 31 Dec 1883 and is buried in St-Mary's Anglican
Cemetery, Dunrobin. She was married to William Jordan.
See "Jordans - Westward from Ireland" (c) Jordan Family
History Cttee, 1991, published by Phyllis Carlson, Box 99,
Darlingford, MB R0G 0L0.
Jean Acton was born about 1798 at Hollymount, Castlebar, Co
Mayo. She died 3 Apr 1873 and is buried at St-Mary's. She
was married to John O'Neil, and they had six children born
between about 1831 and 1841. She was my Great Great
Grandmother. For a while they lived in Torbolton Twp at (I
think) Lot 3 Con 5 or 6.
Do you think they are related to John Acton? I would like
to get more information on John O'Neil's origin and background.
----- Original Message -----
From: Ellenore Henery
Subject: John Acton
Came across your John Acton; I am wondering if we may be related?
My Second Great Grandmother was Elizabeth Acton born about 1789 near Castle Bar,
County Mayo Ireland married William Henry Greer. in 1809, arrived via Montreal Quebec.
Here is her obit.
Greer - Mrs. Wm H
Kemptville Weekly Advance, June 28, 1900.
One of Kemptville's oldest residents has passed to her reward. Elizabeth Acton,
widow of the late Wm. H Greer passed away Tuesday 26, she was born near Castle Bar,
County Mayo Ireland in 1809 married when 20 years of age and started for Canada with
her parents, husband and three children. It was in 1837, the year that the immigrant
fever and small pox carried off so many. Sickness over took them on them on board the
ship, small pox carried off one of her little ones and her mother succumbed to the
fever. Both are buried at Grosse Isle. After arriving here they lived at Beckett's
Landing for a few years and then moved to Oxford Mills where they continued to
reside until the death of Mr. Greer in 1876 at the age of 82. Most of the time since
then the widow has resided here with a daughter- in- law, Mrs. William Henry Greer.
She leaves 3 children, 31 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren. The funeral service
will take place at St. James Anglican Church at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
August 5, 2004:
Hello Ellenore! Welcome to the family. Looks like you & I are 4th cousins,
as my 2nd great grandfather, John Acton, was Elizabeth's older brother.
I have attached a register report (below) on what I've got in my records on the
Actons for you, as well as a scan of the information on the Acton family
that was written out by my great grandmother Sarah Jane Acton.
I would love to receive more information on your branch of the family -
whatever you can send would be fantastic. Let me know if there's
anything else I can send your way.
Looking forward to "chatting" with you again!
November 10, 2004:
I'm very interested in the history of the acton family.
my mother margaret mary [deceased] was an acton from ballina, she still has 4
brothers living there.
their father came from castlebar, near croaghpatrick.
i know my sister visited the old site so i will contact her &
my uncles for better detail
yours sincerely brendan best
No problem putting my name & e-mail address to page.
The little photo below is in Ballina cemetery.
Al, the only thing is i made the mistake of Castlebar
in fact it was Westport [hence Croaghpatrick]
I am contacting the rest of the family for information
I also know the name Beckett was tied in with Acton,
when i get more substantial information i will pass on
regards Brendan. p.s. Robert Acton was my grandfather.
November 16, 2004:
I have just received this photocopy from my uncle in Ballina,hope there
is some information on it can be useful.
The only additional info I have at present is my grandfather religion
was Church of Ireland [or possibly Methodist] his wife Mary Boshell
was R.C. Also James Acton was born 1849. Ann Jane Beckett 1861. & Robert
Acton born 26-12-1887.
November 19, 2004:
Thanks to Liisa for the following photo of Sarah Jane Acton and her husband Peter Bates
January 12, 2004:
Liisa has sent along some relevant death and marriage records for
the John Acton family. The John Acton page is continued. (Click here)
December 3, 2008:
New E-mail address for Lisa Carbone incorporated in the list below.
E-mail David Bromley, Liisa Carbone, Jim Robinson, Ellenore Henery, Brendan Best and Al Lewis
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