Joshua ELLARD and Mary Ann FOLEY
from County Cork, Ireland to the Picanoc River in Western Quebec
also John FOWLER
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
November 4, 2005: (added photograph of the Hotel)
The Gracefield Hotel (Ellards)
See larger photo with more detail in posting dated November 30, 2013, below
E-mail Allan Lewis
August 16, 2001:
Thoroughly enjoyed your web site, very informative. I am looking for Josh
ELLARD who was known as "King of the Gatineau", supposedly.
He and his brother left County Cork, Ireland, I don't know when, think they landed in
the USA. His brother stayed in USA, Josh went to Canada. I believe he resided in
(Now spelled Picanoc, a small river in the Gatineau Hills near Ottawa ... Al)
Had a son William John Ellard who was born in 1850, don't know where. He is
my gg grandfather. I reside in Minnesota, USA, and am considering a trip to Ottawa. Any
suggestions as to where I would find info.?
Also looking for John Fowler who was born in 1840 in Enniskillen.
Pat Ellard Pearson
Go to http://www.rootsweb.com
Then click on "Boards" (I think). What you want is to find the boards for
1. Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada, and
2. Outouais, Quebec, Canada.
Search the archives of these two boards. If you don't find anything on ELLARD,
then try posting a message to both boards. There are still Ellards in the Ottawa area,
but I'm not sure if they're yours or not.
Also, go to my main link below and do a search (using your browser) for UOVGEN.
Try posting a note to the Uovgen (Upper Ottawa Valley) board.
... Al Lewis
January 31, 2003:
I came across your posting while searching for something entirely unrelated.
I am from Aylmer, Quebec, which is right across the river from Ottawa. I have a
cottage right near the Picanoc...I know the area. I did some digging around on
the net and found out that there is a town/village/place in Bouchette, Quebec
(which is on the Picanoc River) called ELLARD.
I'll see if I can dig up something for you. I know some people who live in the area.
November 3, 2005:
An interesting obituary from the Buckingham Post, March, 1916:
"One of the best known men in the Ottawa Valley died on Saturday when Mr. Joshua
Ellard passed away at his home , 14 Delaware Avenue. Born in Tipperary, Ireland,
Mr. Ellard came to Canada from Troy, N.Y., USA, over sixty years ago. He became
connected with the lumbering firm of B. Hall & Co. and was engaged in work at their
depot in Pickanock Township in Wright County. For half a century he was known
throughout the Gatineau district as farmer, lumberman, mill owner, and general merchant.
He was for many years warden of the county of Ottawa and filled many other public
positions. The remains were taken to Pickenock Township for interment this afternoon."
Does anyone know about this company: B. Hall & Co.?
Was it a U.S. company working on the Gatineau River or was it local?
November 4, 2005:
Here are two Joshua Ellard families in 1881 in the Gatineau Valley:
1881 Census Place: Wright, Ottawa, Quebec, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375861 NAC C-13225 Dist 97 SubDist LL Page 8 Family 29
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Occ Religion
Joshua ELLARD M M 42 Irish Ireland Merchant Church of England
Helen ELLARD F M 25 Irish Ontario Church of England
Josh Wright ELLARD M 3 Irish Quebec Church of England
Herbert Miller ELLARD M 1 Irish Quebec Church of England
Nelly Needein ELLARD F 1 Irish Quebec Church of England
Born: Jan; 3/12
Joseph GAUTHIER M 50 French Canadian Quebec Servant Roman Catholic
Albert HOTTE M 24 French Canadian Quebec Clerk Roman Catholic
Napoleon LAHAISE M 24 French Canadian Ontario Clerk Roman Catholic
Robert ALLAN M 11 Scottish Quebec Weslyan Methodist
VON KRASKIN M 27 German Germany Clerk
Fran MEUNIER M 23 Irish Ontario Laborer C. Presbyterian
1881 Census Place: Portland West, Ottawa, Quebec, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375861 NAC C-13225 Dist 97 SubDist HH Page 5 Family 23
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Occ Religion
Joshua ELLARD M M 40 Irlandais Ireland Cultivateur Eglise d'Angleterre
(farmer) (Episcopal / Anglican Church)
Mary Ann ELLARD F M 30 Irlandais Ontario Eglise d'Angleterre
November 5, 2005:
I wrote to you in 2001 and through the web posting made contact with Cathy Cummings.
Cathy has done a lot of digging and we have learned that Joshua Ellard was not
"King of the Gatineau" as I had thought. Alonzo Wright was "King".
Joshua married Mary Ann Foley who was married to a Wright and thus the connection
to our family. Joshua Ellard was the brother to our relative John Ellard.
Would it be possible to correct the information or remove it?
Pat Ellard Pearson
Everything looks fine. Pleased to see the 1881 censuses for the 2 Joshuas. We
believe that the 2nd Joshua was a son (from first marriage) of James Ellard,
and probably sister to Ann Ellard who married Garrett Fortune (Camp Fortune?) in
the Chelsea area.
We have the first Joshua's naturalization papers (not original but from a website)
from Troy, N.Y. for 1857. Thus the first Joshua came North to Gracefield after
that time. The other Joshua was on the 1851 census for Hull Township and was
living with James Ellard in 1851. I am sure the two are related but we have not
been able to get the connection.
September 9, 2008:
I have four plates dated 1915-16,17,18 compliments of JOSH ELLARD - General Merchant,
They were part of my grandmother's estate. My grandparents would have done some purchasing
in the General Store. If you are interested, I can take a photo of each and send them to
Regards - MG Wilson
And thanks to Mrs. Wilson for the following terrific photograph!
I would love to see a photo of the plates.
By the way here is another Ellard....
I have found Fanny Ellard's grave marker in Kemptville Public Cemetery. Fanny Ellard
was Joshua Ellard's niece. She was married to Whyman Allen (sometimes Wyman Allan),
son of Thaddeus and Sophia in the same cemetery. Here is Scott Naylor's website and
address for Kemptville Cemetery.....
Wyman Allen, at the beginning of the 20th Century, was the hotel keeper for the Ellard
Hotel in Gracefield, Quebec (Wright, QC).
Love your site.
P.S. Pat Ellard Pearson has a new email address.
(added to the list below ... Al)
March 17, 2009:
Wilson POWER and Catherine QUINLAN
I am also searching the Power Family, specifically Wilson Power born January 24, 1853 in
Ireland and married to Catherine Quinlan who was also born in Ireland, 1860. Their daughter
Henrietta Mae Power was my grandmother; she married Allan Ellard in 1906 in Ottawa;
my grandfather, Allan, was born in 1878 Pickenock, Quebec. If anyone has any information,
I would appreciate hearing from you.
Pat Ellard Pearson
November 30, 2013:
Thanks to Mary Gail Wilson for this terrific photograph of the Picknoc Hotel:
Here’s an excellent photo of the Picknoc Hotel . My estimation of the time would
be in the mid to late 1930’s judging from the automobiles. One of them is a
touring car[convertible] , at that time my Uncle owned one. If my memory serves
me right he was the only one around with one. I have a photo of it with licence
date 1929. It had white wall tires. At this time I think the Newton’s owned
the hotel . Little gas bar to the right was in the 1940 owned by Bob Thayer,
and the large store/residence by Doug Stevenson . You will also notice the
roads were unpaved. Giving you a generalized map, to your left of the hotel
was towards Cayamant,Que, to your right past gas bar/store Gracefield. Then
coming up to all three business’s was the road from Aylwin/Kazabazua.
If you have any questions,just e-mail.
The time period of building the Picknoc Hotel was in the early 1900's by
the Ellard family who had ownership of the hotel & several businesses
in Picknoc. It burnt and was rebuilt by Ellards upon which the Ellards had
a grand ball to celebrate the new hotel,some years later the hotel was
purchased by the Newton family. [My grandparents were invited to the Grand
Ball as they lived near by.]
In the early 1900 Picknoc was quite a little village somewhat of a hub
which was about 2 miles from Gracefield.
I enjoyed both of you on your visit here to pick up the 150 Anniversary
Mary G. [Stanger] Wilson