Alexander HERBERT and Mary PARKS
from the County Sligo, townland of Corbally in the parish of Castleconnor,
Ireland to Osgoode Township in 1837
Note: Osgoode Township is now part of the City of Ottawa

Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893

	1  	Alexander Herbert	 1785 - 1875
..		+ Mary Parks	1799 - 1873
.......	2  	Margaret Herbert	
...........		+Martin Doyle	
.......	2  	Catherine Herbert	
...........		+Michael Leonard	
.......	2  	Mary Herbert	
.......	2  	Maud Herbert	1825 - 1911
...........		+Andrew Doyle	1826 - 1914

Dear Mr Lewis, Thank you very much for all your work on behalf of the relatives of the Irish who imigrated to Ottawa Canada. I am a decendant of Alexander Herbert of Herbert's Corners. I remain most interested in any material which might become available regarding my family. Sincerely, Joseph Herbert (
June 21, 2001: Dear Mr Lewis, I wonder if you could guide me in my inquiry regarding my family, i.e., that of Alexander Herbert. 1. Do you know if the most logical assumption is that he would have been recruited in Ireland as a laborer for the Rideau Canal ? Were laborers recruited from all over Ireland, and how was that done? Do you know of a book which addresses this subject ? Do you know in what year he might have immigrated to Ottawa, and might there be any record of his immigration, or source for further information ? Mr. Michael Daley in Osgoode Township knows a lot about the Herberts. He wrote the family history for the Herbert Family (available from the Osgoode Township Historical Society), and is a descendant of Patrick Herbert and Bridget Herbert. You should get your hands on a copy of his work. The Herberts came to Osgoode Township in 1837. I don't know if they were working on the Rideau Canal prior to coming to Osgoode Township. The construction of the Canal covered the period from 1826-1832. Some of the canal workers came directly from Ireland, however, I believe most of them came from the Bytown area - some were part of the 1823 Peter Robinson Settlers, others were connected to the Richmond and Perth military settlements. 2. Do you know how I could find out his relationship to James Herbert (husband of Elizabeth Nash), and to Patrick Herbert (husband of Bridget Herbert) listed in "Bytown or Bust". Patrick and Alexander were brothers. 3. Is there further information on the Herberts in the booklet published by the Osgoode Township Historical Society, and is this still available ? 4. Are there any homes in which Herberts lived ? Are there still Herbert's in or about Ottawa ? A couple of weeks ago I attended a memorial service for my uncle William Patrick (Billy) Herbert and his wife Ida Mae Burns. The service was held at St. John the Evangelist church in Enniskerry where many of the Herberts are buried. Here's good news for you - many of the Herbert men lived to be more than 100 years old! Uncle Billy's farmhouse burned down about 15 years ago. The Herbert's Corner's School (land donated by the Herbert family) is still being used - as a flower nursery today - and it contains a display of some of the students' work from the 1920's. Michael Daley would know if any of the original Herbert homesteads are still standing. Send an e-mail to him in care of the Osgoode Township Historical Society. I have a picture of my uncle Bill Herbert showing his prize horses (see below) around 1930's. Come to think of it, I remember one of his sons (my cousin) being kicked by one of the horses and he received a broken arm (my cousin). I hope that this request is not too much of an imposition upon your time. When I get my scanner working again, I'll send you a picture. I'll also try and find the e-mail addresses of some of my Herbert cousins, one of whom went back to the Herbert ancestral home in County Sligo. ... Al Yours sincerely, Joseph Herbert Santa Cruz, California
My Uncle, Bill Herbert with prize horses!
April 8, 2020: Dear Mssrs. Lewis, Herbert, Daley and Doug Herbert. My name is Norma Paige, (nee Herbert) and I'm a descendant of Alexander Herbert and Mary Parks, so I guess we are cousins. I only just read the e mail correspondence between Doug Herbert and Al Lewis which mentions notes that were taken at a Herbert reunion that took place in about 1995, and I wonder if anything in those notes mentioned the Sligo townland of Corbally in the parish of Castleconnor? This is where Alexander and Mary were married and lived before they left for Canada in 1837-38 and I'm particularly interested in any information that would shed information on who Alexander’s parents were and where they lived. I'm pretty sure there are no surviving civil or church records with this information so the only clues have to lay in possible family records and memories. I’m very grateful for all the work and information you and others have put into gathering and making available the early history of Osgoode. If you were not already aware of the Corbally connection I would be happy to give you the information I have. Yours truly, Norma Paige.

Pictures from Norma:
Tom Herbert Tom Herbert in his Liquor Store on Bank Street
Al Herbert as a baby Alloysus and Steve Herbert with Edmond Shields
John Herbert Margaret Jane Herbert (Mrs. Maurice Leahy)
Lizzie Nash (Mrs. James Herbert) Mr. & Mrs. John Herbert
Patrick Herbert

See also Patrick Herbert and James Herbert

New April 26, 2020 Hello Michael and Al I hope you are all well, not to mention still sane, in these awful times. I also hope you will be able to read the attached. They are a bit small. The first is a tiny and wonderful photo of MARY CASHIN born 1803 in county Cork. MARY was the mother of BRIDGET DESMOND born 1837 also in Cork. At some point before 1873 BRIDGET left Ireland and went to San Francisco where she met ALEXANDER HERBERT'S son JAMES HERBERT, born 1838 in Ireland which was the same year ALEXANDER HERBERTS whole family arrived in Osgoode. JAMES and BRIDGET got married In 1873 in St. Marys Cathedral in San Francisco and settled in Hollister, California. A separate photo shows JAMES' US Naturalization document from 1868. On a separate page are photos of BRIDGET HERBERT (nee DESMOND), and JAMES HERBERT (looking about 55 ?) Both JAMES and BRIDGET died in 1897. JAMES and BRIDGET had a son MICHAEL JOSEPH HERBERT born 1876 in Hollister. He married yet another Bridget, BRIDGET REILLY in 1897, the same year his father died. MICHAEL and BRIDGET were my and my cousin Patricia's grandparents. The family still farm in Hollister. I hope this will be of interest and hasn't made your heads spin! All the best Norma
Mary Cashin
James Herbert and his wife Bridget Desmond Herbert
Naturalization Paper for James Herbert

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