Augusta Township, Ontario, Canada
History and Genealogy
November 1, 2008:
Augusta Township is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in Eastern Ontario.
It's two major settlements are the town of Prescott and the village of Maitland.
Town of Prescott, Augusta Township, in 1879
Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project
I've been working on the settlement of Augusta, and I'm going to prepare a list for you
of emigrants from Clonegal parish later, but thought I'd let you know that I've found another
Wicklow body - John Whelan (m. Susan Price) who came from Coolross (like his neighbours,
Arthur Byrne and Peter Doyle) to Augusta Township.
On the attached 1851 census page, John Whelan is listed near these two other Coolross
families. And from the ages of the Whelan children b. in Canada, it appears that Whelan
emigrated c 1841. He's not on the Fitzwilliam CD, but might have been assisted all the same.
John Whelan Family from County Wicklow, Ireland to Augusta Township
Source: 1851 census records at ancestry.ca
... Anne Burgess
(Another early settler in Augusta Township was Timothy Burns).
November 2, 2008:
Here are the summary results to date of my attempts to decode the settlement of Augusta Township
by people from County Wicklow (including Clonegall parish, which is a corner where Counties Wicklow,
Carlow and Wexford meet).
James Byrne m. Anne Thorpe, Barnamuinga, County Wicklow
Gabriel Tarp / Thorpe m. Nancy/Ann Byrne, Croneyhorn, County Wicklow
Thomas Trainor m. Honor Brady, Croneyhorn, County Wicklow
William and Esther Edwards, Ballycumber, County Wicklow
Peter Doyle, mother Honoria, plus brothers and sisters, Coolruss, County Wicklow
Arthur Doyle m. Eliza Kehoe, Coolruss, County Wicklow
John Whelan m. Susan Price, Coolruss, County Wicklow
Mary Byrne (Monaughrim, County Carlow) m. Richard Thorpe, Barnamuinga, County Wicklow
John Byrne m. 1) Ally Kinsella (Monaughrim); and 2) Ellen Kehoe (Cronyhorn, County Wicklow)
John Byrne m. Catherine Hickey, Monaughrim, Co. Carlow
Thomas Byrne m. Bridget Reilly, Monaughrim, Co. Carlow
Patrick Townsend m. Ellenor Burns, County Wicklow
Ann Townsend (County Wicklow) m. Patrick Kirwan / Kerwin
Ellenor Townsend (County Wicklow) m. Patrick Byrne
Thomas Murphy (County Wicklow) m. Mary DeCourcy. (Mary's parents were James DeCourcy and Mary Burns from
Kilquiggin, County Wicklow.)
William Ralph m. Henrietta Hopkins (Henrietta was b. Wicklow)
There are a number of Gahan / Geehan / Geoghagan families in Augusta who came from Clonegall parish.
I haven't sorted them all out yet, but this couple - Patrick Gahan and Ellenor Price -
might be from Coolruss.
November 10, 2008:
Michael Swain and Mary Foley
November 13, 2008:
I have a new Wicklow family to add to the list of Augusta settlers:
St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery, North Augusta
#131 Richard Graham died Oct. 6, 1861 Born at Carnew County Wicklow, Ireland
#132 Mary [Hopkins] wife of Richard Graham died Apr. 1, 1869 aged 69 yrs.
From what I've seen of family posts, Richard was likely an elderly man when he died, so I
guess he's not the Richard Graham in the attached FW emigration record. But he was likely
of the same family, since he came from Carnew as well - maybe a brother of the FW John Graham?
This website http://www.carnewhs.com/articles/1798_claims.htm
lists claimants for damages suffered in the 1798 Rebellion / Rising, and here is a Richard
Graham who might have been the father of the Augusta Richard Graham and the FW John Graham:
Richard Graham, miller, Carnew
House burned, loss of rent, loss of profit on cows.
Here's Henrietta Hopkins Ralph's death record, and since she was buried in the same
cemetery as MARY Hopkins (m. Richard Graham), I thought they might be sisters:
Name: Henrietta HOPKINS
Given Name: Henrietta
Birth: 1822 in Ireland
Death: 4 Mar 1901 in North Augusta, Leeds and Grenville, ON, Canada
Burial: Mar 1901 St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery, North Augusta, Leeds and Grenville, ON, Canada
DEATH: Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1932
about Henrietta Ralph
Name: Henrietta Ralph
Death Date: 4 Mar 1901
Death Location: Grenville
Estimated birth year: abt 1821
Birth Location: County Wicklow, Ireland
January 9, 2009:
Hugh Murphy from Kilquiggan, County Wicklow, Ireland
Here is Hugh Murphy from Kilquiggan on the FW estate. There's not much to be found about
him because he died in 1876, in the midst of a typhoid epidemic by the looks of the
attached page of death records. Perhaps there would be a marriage and birth of a child in
the St. Mark's Church records (Prescott).
Scope and content HUGH MURPHY
Born KILQUIGGIAN, Wicklow
Served in 69th Foot Regiment; Royal Canadian Rifles
Discharged aged 39
Covering dates 1827-1848
Hugh, Elizabeth, b. Ire., plus dtr Catherine, age 1, b. Canada
Name: Hugh Murphy
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1810
Province: Canada West (Ontario)
District: Grenville County
District Number: 12
Sub-District Number: 101
January 24, 2009:
Hi, I have placed our great great grandfather Rufus Caul (Call) in Augusta Twp. in 1824. He is buried in Wolford Cemetery.
I would like to find his parents and other family. Any information would be appreciated.
... Isobell King
There is a Rufus Caul in the 1871 census for Leeds and Grenville. Would this be a son of your GGGrandfather?
The record says that he was born in Ontario in 1822 -- very early.
Was this a Loyalist family?
Name: Ruffis Call
Estimated birth year: abt 1822
Birth Place: Ontario
Residence District: Leeds & Grenville North
Residence Location: Wolford
Ethnic Origin: German
Occupation: Station Porter
Microfilm Roll: C-10004 - C-10005
Head of Household Comment: This person is listed as a head
Source for the above census record: ancestry.ca
This is our g-g-grandfather,I believe they were a Loyalist family,his wife Eunice was the daughter of
James and Mary Allen 1851 census,James was born in New Brunswick the son of Loyalist Jonah Allen.
I have the family history of the Allen family back to Edmund born in Scotland in 1606 and arrived in the USA,
shortly after the pilgrims.I have hit a wall with Rufus but I believe they were a Palatine family and I believe
he had a sister who worked in a millener making ladies bonnets,very early in 1800s.
I hope this helps.
October 27, 2011:
I have just been surfing for Augusta information. My great
grandfather who settled in Michigan, USA reportedly came from Augusta
where his father John Timpson from Ireland ( a retired Tidewaiter
from Belfast) supposedly had a farm that my great grandfather
(Joseph) gave up any title to in a falling out between he and his
father. There is another name, Betsey McClister or Maclister or
some variant who acted as a stepmother to Joseph
also from Ireland I believe and I think may have eventually taken
ownership of the farm. I am trying to find the farm, and the grave
of my Great Great Grandfather John and with that some information
about how he might have died. He is thought to have also lived in
Cavan (either Ireland or Canada, don't know which) His immigration
year was thought to be 1833 or therabouts. Joseph was born in
Ireland 1820 but I don't know which county.
Is there a way you can help me locate him or give me me more tools to
April 30, 2013:
Hello my name is Don. I am looking for the resting place of Silas Cook who resided on a large parcel of land in
1816-1819 and on, in Augusta.
He died somewhere near Prescott and could have been buried on the farm, as was the habit of the day. I have census
records of the period in which he appears with a friend Rice Honeywell also a land owner.
Census of that period do not give Lot or Concessions numbers, unfortunately.
Silas served in the KRR NY for four years.
He owned property in Vaudreuil, Edwardsburgh and York (Toronto).
If you could give me some possibilities, Threads it would be appreciated.
E-mail Anne Burgess, Isobell King, Meredith Timpson, Don Corbett and Al Lewis
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