Trinity Anglican Church
and the Bear Brook (Bearbrook), Russell / Cumberland, area
in Ontario, Canada
August 14, 2005:
This beautiful Gothic-style Church is on the Russell Road, east of Ottawa between
Carlsbad Springs and Bourget.
There is a very well-kept cemetery adjacent to the church. My wife updated the paint on
one of her ancestors by marriage -- the lettering on almost all of the old stones of the
pioneers have been painted.
Can you spot the grave-marker painter in the picture, below?
Here are some of the early names: Walsh, Fitzsimmons, Larmour, Lowe (County Westmeath),
James, W. born in 1794
Daly, Marshall from County Carlow, Watson, Armstong, Magladry,
John Anderson from County Fermanagh, born in 1804,
Tanner, Latimer, Laing, Graham, McCurdy, Moffatt, Hayes, Hitsman, Richardson,
Birch / Birtch, Coburn from County Wexford,
John Colbert Sparrow (1828-1898) and his wife Lydia Hicks,
Melvin and Serson.
William John Sullivan and
Some of these early families were connected to families in Goulbourn, Nepean and Huntley Townships.
February 6, 2006:
Thank you for your response. Certainly, please add my email as a contact
to the Thomas Birtch / Birch page.
You may be interested to know that my husband's grandmother, Jane Ann McRae,
wife of Lancelot Robinson Burch, was the daughter of James Marcus Aitken
Aurelius McRae and Susannah Smiley of Bearbrook, Ont. James was the s/o
James McRae and Sarah Sherwood Roe. Sarah was the d/o Capt. John Roe of
Clarence, Ont.. Susannah Smiley was the d/o John Smiley and Angelina
Quite a number of the pioneer settlers in our part of Manitoba came from
Carleton and Russell Counties, particularly from Nepean Tp. Many of them
are related to our relatives. Anyhow, although not actively researching any
of the families mentioned, I have become the repository for genealogical
information -- my growing database of descendants! In addition, I am able
to send those interested in McRae or Roe to the appropriate people -- the
ones who actually did the research.
Our branch of the Birch family changed the spelling to Burch back in the
time of Lancelot Robinson Burch Sr. He had trouble deciding which way to
sign his name.
March 3, 2008:
John Poaps has a web site for his Smiley ancestors in the Bearbrook area.
October 11, 2010:
Keywords: Carlsbad Springs, Plantagenet Townships
April 13, 2019: (post retirement)
Source for next picture and text is National Capital Heritage, page 182
Keywords: Home of Andrew Wilson family at Bearbrook, John Hayes
November 3, 2011:
David Sullivan has researched the family of William JAMES who came from County Carlow, Ireland to Cumberland,
Ontario and is buried in Trinity Anglican Church Cemetery.
E-mail Eleanor Burch and Al Lewis
o Bytown or Bust - History and Genealogy in the Ottawa area