Aylmer, Quebec, Canada -- History and Genealogy
January 10, 2010:
Aylmer, Quebec was established shortly after the original pioneer in the Ottawa and Hull area created Wrightsville in 1800.
Some of the early land grants were made to members of Philomen Wright's group and an early transport system, made up of Stage Coaches
was used to move people and goods from Ottawa / Hull to Aylmer. By the 1820's, Aylmer began to play a role in the lumber industry based
on the hinterland of the Ottawa River. Robert Conroy (Conroy Road), John Egan (later founder of Eganville, Ontario), Charles Symmes,
James Woodworth, Moses Edey and the Chamberlain family, as well as Francois Beaudry were early businessmen in the town.
Symmes Inn in Aylmer, Quebec
Built by Charles Symmes, c. 1832
Drawing Source: National Capital Commission Heritage, page 43
Keywords: W.H. Bartlett (art history), Steamer Lady Colbourne
Sketch of the British Hotel in Aylmer, Quebec
71, rue Principale
Built by Robert Conroy in 1834
Drawing Source: National Capital Commission Heritage, page 37
The Pioneer Cemetery, known as Bellevue Cemetery is located in Aylmer.
Keywords: John Egan, John Foran, James Woodsworth, Moses Edey, Francois Beaudry.
Many of the early families became interconnected by marriage. Thanks to Bruce Cowen who sent along the
following connection between the well-known Gatineau Valley McGoey family and the family of Philomen Wright:
and here is an 1835 record of Pamela Wright from Notre Dame Cathedral on Sussex Drive in Lowertown, Ottawa:
3 March 1835
Marriage of Laurence Burke and Catherine Leamy (Leamy Lake)
Godparents: William Hennessey & Pamela Wright
(Pamela Wright, wife of Thomas McGoey and daughter of Philomen Wright)
Source: Drouin Collection at ancestry.ca
41 Aylmer Road
Built for Joseph McGoey in 1871
Drawing Source: National Capital Commission Heritage, page 47
January 12, 2010:
Photographs of Two More Heritage Buildings in Aylmer
(Thanks to Bob Quesnel for the pictures)
On the Right is the Thomas Rielly / Reilly house according to the Gatineau archives
19 Rue Thomas 31 Rue Principale
January 21, 2010:
One of the earliest families in Aylmer, the Church family, was led by a United Empire Loyalist (UEL) from Merrickville, Ontario.
In 1910, a Church family reunion was held:
Source: Ottawa Citizen Archives for August 18, 1910
The complete article is accessible via www.bytown.net/citizensearch.htm
February 10, 2010:
View the 1852 census for Aylmer, Quebec. These are .pdf files.
Magnify them to 100% to more easily read them.
February 20, 2010:
Thanks to Mrs. Mary Wall for the following wonderful photo. Mrs. Wall is a descendant of Philomen Wright.
This was the home of Mr. Edward Wright, grandson of Philomen Wright and was part of "Britannia Farm".
It is now on the site of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club.
April 20, 2010:
2nd EDEY FAMILY REUNION will be held on Saturday, August 28th, 2010
1805 - 2010
For Details see our Edey family page.
July 14, 2010:
Source below: Bytown Gazette, May 30, 1844
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July 24, 2010:
A possible neighborly link between Aylmer/Hull families is documented in the 1881 census for Hull.
I have enclosed an image of the census page.
It lists the Grimes family at the top of the page, followed by Samuel and Elizabeth Edey family (age 31),
Luther and Maryan Edy family (aged 59) although listed at 104 not 106, Philip (aged 60) Chugg and Catherine Chugg
and family at 108 and finally Nickolas and Jane Dawson (aged 49) and family at 109.
I know this is not from 1808 and the militia list, but thought it may still assist in placing the Edey family
alongside other farming families in the Aylmer / Hull area in the last decade of the 1800's.
Source: Library and Archives, Canada - URL as shown in the image below
July 31, 2010:
Dance at the Aylmer Canoe Club in 1898
Source: Ottawa Citizen, August 2, 1898
In attendance at the Dance were Miss Bate (the Island in the Ottawa River at the Champlain Bridge is Bate Island), Lemoine,
Richardson, Driscoll, Nelson, Tasker, Perley, Kidd, the Misses Church, Miall, Malloch / Mallock, Pennock, Hurdman, O'Brien, MaCrae,
Coates, Swinburn, MacLeod Stewart, O'Gara, MacGee / Magee / McGee and Haycock.
September 1, 2010:
Old Methodist Chapel built in 1826, Aylmer Road, Quebec, Canada
Source: National Capital Commission Heritage, page 54
Keywords: Dennis O'Halloran, Fitzroy Township
James Baillie was a former Mayor of Aylmer, Quebec.
October 16, 2011:
Steamboat G. B. Greene at the Aylmer, Quebec, Wharf in 1896
Source: What Men They Were!, by S. Wyman MacKechnie, page 92
December 4, 2011:
Thanks to Mary Quinn for sending in the links to two interesting articles from the Ottawa Citizen regarding Terence McGuire,
(born in Aylmer), and the early lumber trade there. The second link will take you to the Heritage ststus of the British Hotel
in Aylmer, in 1975.
August 21, 2012:
I have seen on the site some information about people that went to War from the Ottawa area.
I thought you might be interested in this link to John Cook obituary. He was born 1903 in Aylmer, Quebec.
He is a grandson of John Cook that immigrated to Canada in 1816 through the Philomen Wright group.
There is quite a bit of information about the family of John Cook in the book Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa and Humors of the Valley, by Anson Gard.
And a lot of information about the pioneers of Aylmer - Robert Conroy, the McConnell brothers, etc.
From Conroy's Inn to the British Hotel, More than 150 Years of History in Aylmer, by Richard M. Bégin, for the Aylmer Heritage Association,
1993, ISBN 0-929114-21-3 (English) and 0-929144-19-1 (French)
May 25, 2013:
Today, Michael P. Macdonald from Aylmer, gave a talk this afternoon at the Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society monthly meeting.
Mr. MacDonald is social historian and belongs to the Aylmer Heritage Association.
His latest book is called Poolroom and Politics: Aylmer History through the Lens and Pencil of Jack Couture. The book
was published in 2012 by MacRoney Books, Gatineau, ISBN 978-0-9868360-1-5.
This interesting book tells the story of colourful Jack Couture who as a prolific writer and activist during Aylmer in the mid 1900's.
June 19, 2014:
Thanks to John for sending the following link along to us!
I have attached a link to the Mountainview Chapel in Aylmer, Quebec.
It has some interesting history and is being restored. The history tab names a number of prominent people of the time.
Many of the local families went to this church.
March 5, 2019: (post retirement)
Here are ten mayors of Aylmer beginning in 1847:
John Egan, Charles Symmes, William McLean, Harvey Parker, Charles Devlin,James Mulligan, Thomas Ritchie,
Thomas Symmes, Dr. J. J. E. Woods, Thomas D. Sayer
Photo Source: Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa and Humours of the Valley, by Anson A. Gard, 1906,
Re-printed by Global Genealogy in 1999, ISBN 1-894378-28-8, page 77.
April 14, 2019: (post retirement)
Source for next picture and text is National Capital Heritage, page 52
Keywords: Home of the John Foran family at Aylmer, Quebec, west of Rivermead Road, lumbering
E-mail Bob Quesnel, Michael Chugg, Mary Quinn, John and Al Lewis
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