August 10, 2001 Hello! I have been searching for my gggrandparents John and Jane MURRAY (or possibly even McMurray as it is rumoured that they may have shortened their surname after coming to Canada) who emigrated from County Monaghan in 1832 and supposedly settled in the Osgoode Station area near Ottawa. I believe they settled on land which was being offered cheaply at that time to the suffering people from Ireland. John and Jane had 2 children when they emigrated, Christopher, age 2 and Harold who died on the journey. They had other children here in Canada: James, Joseph, Matthew, Thomas, and 3 girls (not sure of their names). I noticed a John Murray on your list of "Early settlers in Goulbourn Township". Would the time frame coincide and are all the people on this list members of the 99th regiment? Thanks for any help that you may be able to provide me with. Mary Brohman, Kitchener.
Mary: The list of names contributed by Alexa Pritchard on the Goulbourn page contains names of the disbanded soldiers from the 99th Regiment. The list only includes privates, corporals and sargents. It does not include "officers". The amount of land granted to each individual depended on his military rank. You could contact the Goulbourn Museum by e-mail and see if they have further information on the John Murray who is included on Alexa's list. You could also e-mail Alexa who is the expert in this area. There was a family of MURRAYs who were in Osgoode Township. ... Al Lewis
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