ARMSTRONG, LEWIS and GRIMES
North Gower area
also David SCOTT (Lacrosse Player) in Ottawa
November 28, 2001
Dear Mr. Lewis,
I have been consulting the Bytown or Bust Website for well over a year now and have found
it to be excellent. Very interesting and informative about this area.
I am descended from a very large Armstrong Family from Kars-North Gower. My great-great
grandfather, Robert Armstrong, came in 1847.The oldest of his 12 children, Adam, was born in
1836 and he married Jane Lewis (she also had brothers here). He built the Anglican Church in
North Gower and they are buried there. Their farm was just across the 416 highway from Car Canada.
Their seventh-born was my grandfather, Adam Christopher Armstrong. I possess a copy of a
fairly extensive genealogy covering the four generations preceding me, including those
families not in my direct line.
I was wondering two things. First, could there be a Lewis connection between us? Second,
are you aware from other contacts of anyone working on those families?
Separately, are you aware of anyone working on Grimes family research. There is one book by
Maurice Grimes in the Ottawa City Hall section of the genealogical society, which touches
briefly on my wife's family, but cannot prove the connection between hers
(the Thomas Grimes family),and the two Grimes families (headed by Michael and John Grimes)
which are the principal focus of the book.
We find we are coming up with much new information that could indicate a connection
(we have developed a six-generation genealogy). Also her grandfather Frank Grimes and his
brother John were great Ottawa lacrosse players in the late 1800's, early 1900's in this area.
Do you know of anyone doing lacrosse research? This family appears to have been in
Navan, Chelsea, Ottawa, Mattawa and Ottawa in that order.
Christina Grimes 1891 - 1977 married James Maurice Nolan 1887 - 1972
January 26, 2003:
Hi Al and Ross,
My grandfather, Charles James Scott, Ottawa born, was on the Ottawa Junior Lacrosse
team in the later 1800's. His Father, David Scott, was said to have sent him to
North Dakota to live with his daughter, Christine Scott Thomson, because the father
thought the game was too rough. Have you any leads on where to search for the history
of the teams of those times?
A descendant of the Huntley/Allumette Island Leahey families and the Patrick Berrigan
Families also of Allumette.
April 27, 2016:
Dear Allan Lewis,
A month ago I began working on my family tree, particularly the Armstrong branch. I knew my great grandfather
Robert Lewis Armstrong was born in Ireland and eventually landed in the Ottawa area, but other than that I knew
nothing about the family. He eventually married a local girl named Sarah Ann Bradley, and they soon began migrating
westward until settling in west Michigan, USA. Well, within the last month I learned Robert Lewis
had immigrated from Ireland as a small child with his parents and brothers, eventually landing in the
Kars-North Gower area. What a surprise to learn the entire family settled there.
Now I even know his father and mother's names - Robert Armstrong and Margaret Eccless / Eccles.
Note: I believe that the above refers to the Eccles family who migrated to North Dakota -
see photograph of the Eccles famiy on our North Dakota web page ... Allan Lewis
Robert and Margaret ended up having 11 children. I have already been contacted via Ancestry.com by one of the
Bradley branches but have yet to make contact with an Armstrong descendant. While reviewing your website I found
an email written by Ross McMahon dated November 28, 2001. He is a direct descendent of my great grandfather's older
brother Adam Armstrong. In his email Mr. McMahon said "I possess a copy of a fairly extensive genealogy
covering the four generations preceding me." I think this document would be fascinating to see.
I would very much like to make contact with Mr. McMahon or someone from his family. Any help you can give me would
be very much appreciated.
William John Armstrong
E-mail Ross McMahon, Nancy Thompson, William John Armstrong and Al Lewis
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