The Laird of McNab Township - Archibald McNAB
Scottish Settlers in 1823 near Arnprior, Ontario, Canada



August 27, 2012:

Here is a wonderful book describing the escapades of the Laird of MacNab. It shows in detail, the relationship between the Family Compact 
in Upper Canada, represented by The Laird, an autocratic and despotic tryant over his Scottish settlers to Macnab Township.  

The Last Laird of MacNab, An Episode in the Settlement of MacNab Township, Upper Canada, by Alexander Fraser, 1899, 
Reprinted by Renfrew Printing, 1982, 218 pages, no ISBN. This book is in the OGS Ottawa Branch Library.
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April 18, 2010: (added two photographs)
The Laird of McNab and his home on White Lake Photo Source: The Upper Ottawa Valley, by Clyde Kennedy, pages 106, 107 Picture of the Laird of McNab Picture of the Laird of McNab's House
January 18, 2003:
Archibald McNab (The Laird of McNab Township)
Archibald McNab was the last chieftain of the McNab clan from the Loch Tay region in Scotland. In order to escape heavy debts, he fled to Upper Canada where he negotiated for land along the Ottawa River so that he might bring his clansmen from Scotland as settlers. He was empowered by the government to assign up to 100 acres per family and was granted personally 1200 acres which could be increased upon completion of the development of the settlement. In 1825 eighty-four settlers were met on their arrival by McNab and his piper. From there, they travelled by boat or walked through the bush for three weeks until they reached their new settlement at Chats Lake. Under McNab, they endured many hardships. Provisions were scarce, and had to be carried long distances for the first three years. The already impoverished Scots were hounded for interest payments required on any money spent on their behalf and then forbidden the right to work outside McNab's "serfdom". Young children in the settlement came close to starvation; meanwhile, the Laird gave lavish parties financed by the money flowing in as income from his large timber interests. Petitions were drawn up by the settlers and sent to public bodies but McNab's strong support of the Family Compact, the ruling oligarchy of the time in Upper Canada, caused their pleas to fall upon deaf ears. At the time of the Rebellion of 1837, McNab was appointed "Laird Colonel of the 20th Battalion of Carleton Light Infantry". But his own clansmen, fearing that McNab would gain even more power over them in a time of military service, refused to serve under his command. Finally, the Crown Lands Agent at Perth was appointed to investigate, and, after surveying the settlers, concluded that all charges against McNab were valid. McNab, sensing trouble ahead, quickly offered to sell his lands to government for 9000 pounds but in the end he settled for 2,500. The government began issuing Crown grants to the settlers, removing the Laird's feudal powers. His fortunes continued to dwindle, and though he tried suing his clansmen for his losses, he was unsuccessful, and returned to Europe. He died in 1860 in a small village in France. The township retains his name. Source: A Tour of Darling Township. (the original link does not exist now). Read the story of Henry Airth, 1786-1870, one of the settlers whom the Laird of McNab met at Montreal and settled on the Laird's estate near Arnprior.
September 28, 2003: Hello There, I noted a LINK to my 3X great grandfather, Sgt Henry AIRTH of McNab Twp on your site. I am hoping you would be inclined to give me a LINK as well since I have several pages on my web site devoted to Sgt Henry AIRTH and his desdencants. I thank you in advance for your consideration! Dallas Manicom Nova Scotia Canada
October 7, 2005: Hi Al! I was browsing over some info on the web site and came across the McNab blurb. My mother in-law was a Storie . Apparently a very rare bunch of people. Her ancestor came over in 1842. But his younger brother came over in the first bunch of settlers with Laird McNab. I have the list of 20 families on the ship if you are interested as well as the land description where they settled. The younger brother William came over in 1825 under the settlement scheme of McNab. If you are interested I can send the complete list. The family farm is still in the hands of a Storie. . What is amazing is the place names being so similar to the ones in Scotland. Patty Anne ______________________ Hi Patty Anne: Thanks very much for your e-mail regarding the settlers who came over with the Laird of McNab and your offer to send the settlers' names along to me. I'd very much like to have the names for our web site. Do you mind if I add your e-mail to our web site, as well, as a contact for other researchers in this area? Thanks again! This is important material relating to our local Scottish heritage. ... Al ________________________ Here is Patty Anne's list ... Al Here are the names of the 20 families arriving in 1825. They were the first shipload and came on a ship named Niagara. James Carmichael; Alexander MacNab; Donald Fisher; James McFarlane; Peter Campbell; (see October 22, 2006) Duncan Campbell; Peter Drummond; James McDonald James Robertson; Donald McNaughton John McDermid; John McIntyre, Peter McIntyre; Donald McIntyre; James McLaren; Peter McMillan; James Storie( my husbands ancestor) James McFarlane; Alexander Millar; Malcolm McLaren and Colin McCaul I will send along the Storie connection another time.
May 29, 2006:
Storie Family History
Hi Al:- Here finally is some information on the Storie Family. As you might remember the first one James, was among the first twenty settlers to arrive on Niagara. They were in the Laird McNabb group. Here is some more information. William Storie, Handloom Weaver Kirkton,Renfrewshire, Scotland and Elizabeth Stewart were married in Lochwinnoch Village , Renfrewshire, Scotland, on Sept 7 1776. Their children are: William, born 1778 in Barfodd, Scotland, emigrated to Canada and located on east half of lot 26, 9th concession, McNab Township, Renfrew County, Ontario. Jean or Jane 1780 Barfodd, Scotland, Mary 1782 Kirkton, Scotland John, 1786 Lochwinnoch Scotland, cotton handloom weaver, Renfrewshire, and spouse Elizabeth Salmon, married in Lochwinnoch in 1815 , emigrated to Canada in 1842, spent the first winter in Canada with his brother, William on the property related above. In 1843 he moved to the farm on Lot 27, concession 9 , McNab Township, lately owned by Edgar Storie. Marrion, born in 1789, Yardfoot, Refrewshire Robert 1791 Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire James 1794. James emigrated to Canada in 1825 under Chief Mc Nab's scheme of settlement arriving in 1825 on the first shipload of twenty families. The marital union of John Storie and Elizabeth Salmon, married in Scotland in 1815 resulted in eight children all of whom were born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada with them in 1842 Their names, birthdates, deaths and spouses are as follows: Elizabeth Storie, spouse John Cameron Jane or Jean Storie 1818 - 1904, spouse William Blackburn, 1818 - 1902 They lived on Lot 2 concession 11, Horton Township on a farm. They are buried in Goshen Cemetery. Mary Storie 1820 - 1898, spouse Tom Durbrow, 1807 - 1896, settled near Glasgow Station, Ontario, on lots 24 and 25, concession 8 McNab Township Ann Storie, 1822 - Willian Storie 1824 John Storie 1826 - 1897, spouse Janet Wallace 1833 -= 1897. John Storie who is the great grandfather of my husband Ronald Hill was nicknamed "Red Jack" He was issued a patent on August 18, 1851 for the East half of lot 25, concession 8, township of McNab. Both he and his wife died in Lochwinnoch, Ontario and are buried in Goshen, Ontario Cemetery. Prior to their death they lived on the farm now owned by Arthur Storie He was the last Storie to own the farm. He left in 1975. It was at this farm that my husband's Grandfather was born in 1866. Robert Storie 1828 - 1912 spouse Mary Henderson 1841 - 1903 Robert lived on the farm later owned by Morris Storie. Lot 3 Concession 8, Horton Township He and his wife are buried in Goshen Cemetery. James Keith 1832 - 1910 spouse Jane Ferguson 1835 - 1898 They lived on the original homestead but later moved to Western Canada. We have charts of each member of the Storie Family descending from John Storie and Elizabeth Salmon. They include Wallace, Fitch, Yorgey, Simpson, Lindsey. The stories have scattered. Some out west and some to the states. And there must be a branch in Scotland. The brothers and sisters of James, William and John must have descendants somewhere. We will have to do more searching when I get the time. ... Patty Anne Hill
October 22, 2006: Hi my name is Kim Campbell. My great great great grandfather was one of the passengers aboard the Niagara that came to Canada in 1825 under the direction of the Laird of McNab individual. I just came across this website today and was really excited. I've been trying to do my family history ever since my father passed away. Especially researching about the one ancestor who came from Scotland has really intrigued me to find out more about him and his family and so on. I would love to know if Patti Hill knows any more information maybe about their voyage, or if my ancestor Peter Campbell and his wife G.S McNaughton had any children on board with them or other relatives. Also I think from looking at what was left to me about my history is that the Storie's that Patti Hill spoke off run into my family as well. I have an Elizabeth Dewar Storie born June 1877 who married the grandson of the passenger Peter Campbell named John William Wallace Campbell in 1903. Elizabeth's parents were James Clark Storie and Isabel Ellis. Anyways maybe this information helps you or not, but I did find your site very helpful and encouraging. Hope to hear from you Kim Campbell
October 29, 2006: See posting by David Lemkay dated October 29, 2006 on the John Rochester page for a connection between the Rochester family of Bytown / Ottawa and the Laird of McNab. also from David Lemkay: Of interest to the Rochester - McNab - Burnstown story might be the links you could add to this excerpt, including Burnstown - http://www.burnstown.ca/village/index.html General Store Publishing House Inc - http://www.gsph.com/index.php?Lang=En&ID=1 Dave
May 15, 2007: Hello, My name is Eunice Patrick and I owned the farm you speak of in Lochwinnoch (lot 26, Concession 9) from 1992 to 1998. It is a beautiful piece of property. Most of it is cleared but there is a small river running through a gully in the back which is still wooded. The house on the property was built approximately 1878 I believe but it had been renovated in the years between 1975 and when we bought it in 1992. There was a small orchard at the back of the house and now there is a swimming pool where the kitchen garden had once been. When I first moved there, I was enthralled with the history of the place and began to do a little research. There is a fair bit written about the Laird Mcnab of course, but I was always fascinated to know that I lived in house that was settled by the original Scots who immigrated with the Laird. I went to the land registry office and got a copy of the deeds for the house to help understand the history of the farm. I still have those deeds here with me. In the woods at the back, I discovered the remains on an old wagon. Not much left actually, just the iron spokes of the wheels and a few other pieces of metal hardware. I found and old piece of horse drawn farm machinery used for haying. A tree had grown between the tines, so it must have been there for a very long time. There were oak trees on the property that had to be a couple of hundred years old and I would sit under them at times and realized that these trees had probably been there before the Stories or the Laird McNab. I even visited the graveyard in Goshen, a few miles down the road from the farm. I used to almost feel their presence when I looked at the hewn cedar beams in the barn or the huge stones that were used to make the cellar for the house. I imagined what it must have been like to live in those times, and work so hard with your hands. As you can see, I discovered that I had a romantic streak in me. In fact, the first summer I was on the farm was the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of the Lochwinnoch Settlement. In honour of the Anniversary, the local historians asked if we would mind a number being posted at our laneway coinciding with the map drawn up identifying all of the original farms. We received a few visitors that weekend and one of those visitors was Morris Storie. He was a very old man at the time but he told us some interesting things about the farm and of all the work he had done in clearing the huge trees and their stumps so the land could be farmed. Another person I met was Margaret Storie, the widow of Arthur Storie I believe, the last of Storie descendants to own the farm. Margaret came again to visit us some time later before she died and we invited her in to see the house since it had been renovated. She said she hardly recognized it!!!. The banister on the staircase still has the big "S" though, although it has been painted many times. My husband and I converted one of the bedrooms upstairs into a bathroom and when we lifted the carpet up to redo the floors ( the whole upstairs was wall to wall carpeted ) we discovered that the floors were made of pine planks, an inch thick, some of them were as wide as 16 inches. All cut by hand I assume and probably from the farm itself as I believe it was once covered with some of the most magnificent pine trees the Ottawa Valley was know for. The Old School House was built on a piece of land donated by James Storie ( the elder) on the corner of Lot 26, Conc. 9 and I believe he was one of the original founders of the Lochwinnoch Church. The ladies of the Women's Institute have a large collection of very old photographs as does the church. I am sure if you were interested they would be love to share some of them with any descendants of the Storie family. Anyway, you may know all of this but I hope that I have shared something meaningful with you. I am currently trying to do my own family history, and to tell the truth, I am more interested in the stories of the people rather than the names and year of birth. I have travelled twice to the village of my ancestry in Ireland, I have walked the farm, seen the foundations of the houses and seen many gravesites, but I would love to sit with some elderly person who would share some of the memories or second hand knowledge of those people and times. Good luck with your search and I hope I have been of some help. Eunice Patrick
July 30, 2007: My grandmother worked for the Laird when he lived on White Lake. Her name was Marie Bond and her brother was James Bond. My mother was a Campbell so I have heard many stories about the Laird. ... Randall Levi e-mail: levir@cogeco.ca (My family came to Canada in the early 1830's. They were John William Levi (Leavy) and Jane Byrne.


More on the early STORIE family
November 26, 2007: I was happy to read the thread about the early McNab settlers. My G-G-Grandfather was James Storie (b. 1791), who arrived with his nephew Robert Storie on the ship Niagara in 1825. He wasn't one of the Laird's settlers, as he had paid his own way, but he did end up settled on a parcel of the Laird's land after swamping his canoe in the Chats rapids, (Ottawa River at Fitzroy Harbour).I'm uncertain about his wives. There is an Upper Canada marriage record for a James Storie and Margaret Robertson that occurred after the birth of his son James Stewart Storie but before that of his daughter Elizabeth. Although there were subsequently a large number of James Stories in Horton and McNab, ours was the only one of legal age at the time. Later he was married to Isabella Cobourn. His son James married Annie Eckford and produced 11 children, including my grandfather Tom Storie. I would be pleased to exchange information about the Storie or Eckford clans. Regards, Tom Lowery ______________________________ Hi there, James STORIE was 1st married to Margaret CLARKE on Jul 31 1813 in Lochwinnoch, Renfrew, Scotland and there is a parish record on the online IGI for that. Their son Robert [Black Bob] STORIE was baptised Dec 5th 1813 in Lochwinnoch and married my ancestor's sister, Christian McLAREN d/o Malcolm McLAREN & Janet FISHER of McNab Twp who came over on the Niagara c. 1825. James' 2nd wife was Isabella COCKBURN and she died Nov 02 1874 in McNab while James died Aug 08 1875. Robert "Black Bob" STORIE & Christian McLAREN named their children: 1] James Clarke STORIE, after Robert's dad and his mom's maiden name 2] Margaret STORIE, after Robert's mom 3] Ellen STORIE, after sis of Christian who died young 4] Christian Coburn STORIE, after Isabella and Christian Grace and Ellen Christian STORIE, 2 of James Stewart STORIE's daughters, married relatives of mine. Black Bob's 2nd wife was Janet ECKFORD d/o James ECKFORD & Helen GLENDENNING and sister to Anne who married James Stewart STORIE ~ a very small world!!! ... Dallas _____________________________ Hello Dallas, I have the information that you provided, but am not certain that it is all correct. I am willing to be refuted, but here are a few points regarding your 'Black Bob' Storie and the marriages of James Storie. For the following reasons I believe that Robert Storie was a nephew of James Storie (b. 1791). A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada before Confederation, by D. Whyte, and The Original Emigrants to McNab Township, Upper Canada - 1825, by G. McDiarmid, both say that Robert was related to James, but Robert was not listed as his son. The latter book says that no wife or children accompanied James on the voyage. In the various census records Robert is never living with James, but he can be found residing with one of James' brothers. Perhaps most crucial, James Storie's Last Will and Testament includes provisions for daughter Elizabeth and son James Stewart, but there is no mention of Robert. Regarding the marriages, it is possible that James Storie was married in Scotland and I hope to investigate that more fully. Listed in the District Marriage Records, Bathurst District, 1831-1848, is the marriage, by special license, of James Storie to Margaret Robertson, 1835, at Lanark. Although there were other James Stories in the area by this time, ours is the only one I could find of legal age. He also had a brother John Storie, who was a witness to the marriage. The 1842 census indicates that James Storie's wife was under 45 years of age, while James was 51. They were all members of the Church of Scotland. For the 1851 census, however, both he and his wife (Isabella Cobourn) were 59 years of age, and she was a member of the Church of England. Not only did his wife gain an additional six years (at least) and change her religion, she would have had to have been 46 when she had Elizabeth (b. 1835), which is unlikely. Interestingly, the 1842 census includes a single woman with an older son living with James and his family. This single woman was over 45 and a member of the Church of England, which matches the 1851 census information. We can even add other bits of circumstantial evidence. James Stewart Storie (son of James Storie) records that his mother was born in Scotland, while Isabella lists her place of birth as Ireland. Based on all this and other evidence, it appears pretty clear to me that James Storie married Isabella Cobourn, who was living with his family previously, sometime between 1842 and 1851 and that she is not the mother of Elizabeth and James Stewart. Please excuse the lengthy message. I look forward to any information you might have that would help refute or clarify what I have been able to find. Sincerely, ... Tom
February 21, 2008: My daughter and I visited Edinburgh last year and had an opportunity to do some research at the Registry Office. We have a copy of the following from the Registrar General for Scotland. 31 July 1813 – James Storie and Margaret Clarke both in this parish gave in their names to be proclaimed which was accordingly done. Regarding James Dumbarton Storie In the book "Descendants of William Storie" compiled and edited by Terris "Terry" C. Howard is the following item. Willie Storie in 1953 stated that his grandfather, James, married the widow SMITH who had three children, 2 daughters and a son. Willie also stated that his grandfather, James, had been married three times, the last time to --?—Coburn. I hope you find this information useful. Sincerely, Iris Storie ________________________________ and from Terris Howard, author: "Descendants of William Storie of Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland and Other Related Families." Compiled and edited by Terris 'Terry' C. Howard, Seattle, WA, 2002. E-Mail: tch6535@aol.com PS: The John Wallace information that I gave you - you can put a book reference there also as it mentions his descendants. "Anderson Families of Invergeldie, Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland and Fisher, McCallum & Wallace Families" by Terris 'Terry' C. Howard, Seattle, WA, 2003. This book also mentions the Laird McNab and my ancestor, Catherine Fisher, the Laird's common-in-law wife and her descendants. Catherine ‘Gertie or Grannie’ FISHER b. abt 1790 (bap 17 Apr 1791) Wester Ardeonaig, Killin, Perthshire, SCT d. 20 Jul 1872 McNab Twp, Renfrew, ON [parents: John FISHER 1761-? & Katherine McLAREN 1759-?] clm Laird Archibald McNAB b. 1777 Easter Tory, Perthshire, SCT d. 22 Apr 1860 ENG [parents: Robert McNAB & Anne MAULE] – Archibald was the 13th Laird of McNab and the only son of his parents. See "McNab, The Township" by Peter Hessel for more information about Archibald McNab. Memorial plaque at the White Lake Cemetery for Catherine FISHER. Hessel, Peter, "McNab, The Township", Kichesippi Books, Waba, Arnprior, Ontario, 1988. Thanks, ... Terry
February 25, 2008: Hi Al, I just checked my posting on your website and thought that I should point out that the information regarding the marriage of James Storie and Margaret Clarke and the birth of Robert Storie, were the two items I had obtained from the Scottish Registry Office. The quote from Terry Howard’s book is from the book that I have here in Canada. Thanks, ... Iris
April 5, 2008:
McNab Township, Renfrew County, in 1863 Map Source: Wallings 1863 Map of McNab Township McNab Township, Renfrew County, in 1862
White Lake, Stewartville, Burnstown, Braeside, Arnprior, Mansfield Village, Carswell and Sand Point are some of the places shown on the map.
October 27, 2008:
Pioneer Settlers born in Scotland and living in McNab Township in 1881 Source: 1881 Census of McNab Township
The folks listed in the following census records, who were born before 1825, are likely part of the original McNab Settlers. Those born after 1825 are composed of later settlers from Scotland (chain migration) and a few migrants from Glengarry County in eastern Ontario. ANDERSON, John <1826> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab ANDERSON, Peter <1839> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab ARNOT, William <1817> M Scottish Bir: Scot (ARNOTT) Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BARR, Elizabeth <1805> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BENNETT, Mary <1831> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BETHUNE, Sarah <1836> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BLACKBURN, William <1846> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BLANE, David <1826> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BOX, Helen <1833> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BOYD, Margaret <1831> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BREMNER, George <1817> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BREMNER, Annie <1824> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BREMNER, Isabella <1847> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCBRIDE, Archibald <1838> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCBRIDE, Janet <1851> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BROWN, Walter <1820> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BROWN, Elizabeth <1822> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab BROWN, James <1843> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCCALLUM, Alexander <1835> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMERON, Flora <1803> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMERON, Catherine <1826> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMERON, John <1827> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMERON, Catherine <1829> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMERON, Donald <1829> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMERON, Angus <1834> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMPBELL, Alexander <1815> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMPBELL, Elizabeth <1819> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMPBELL, Duncan <1822> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMPBELL, Archibald <1825> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMPBELL, John <1829> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMPBELL, John <1831> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMPBELL, James <1832> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMPBELL, Annie <1833> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CAMPBELL, Elizabeth <1836> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CARMICHAIL, Jannet <1826> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CARSWELL, Isabella <1826> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CARSWELL, Robert <1826> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CARSWELL, Margaret <1831> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CHARMICHAIL, John <1823> M Scottish Bir: Scot (Carmichael) Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CHASE, Helen <1817> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCCORMACK, <1826> M Irish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab COWAN, Margaret <1796> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab CRAM, William M. <1812> M Irish Bir: Scot (possibly related to Henry W. Cram ?) 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Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab FARQUHAR, Mcleod <1866> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab FORREST, Janet <1811> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab FRASER, Charles <1800> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab FRASER, Thomas <1824> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab FRASER, Alexander <1836> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab FRASER, Donald <1837> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab FROOD, Thomas <1815> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab FROOD, Jane <1832> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab GILLESPIE, Anne <1807> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab GRAHAM, Alexander <1820> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab GRANT, Ann <1816> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCGREGOR, Colin <1816> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCGREGOR, Janet <1820> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCGREGOR, Isabella <1824> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HAMILITON, Bethea <1825> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HAMILTON, Margaret <1809> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HAMILTON, Andrew <1822> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HAMILTON, Ellen <1839> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HANSON, William <1818> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HART, Helen <1807> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HART, Annie <1851> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HEADRICK, Agnes <1817> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HENDERSON, Christina <1811> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HENDERSON, Archibald <1813> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HENDERSON, Jane <1814> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HILL, Mary <1811> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HILL, William <1811> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HILL, Isabella <1841> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HILL, William <1842> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HILL, Ann <1848> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HUTSON, James <1825> M Scottish Bir: Scot (Hudson ?) Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HUTSON, Andrew <1832> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HUTSON, Margaret <1835> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab HUTSON, George <1845> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab INGLIS, John <1831> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab INGLIS, Helen <1833> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab INGLIS, David <1834> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab INGLIS, Lily Day <1838> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab INGLIS, Marion <1843> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MC'INTOSH, Peter <1803> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCKAY, James <1808> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCKAY, Janet <1812> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCKAY, Janet <1841> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCKAY, Hugh <1842> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCKAY, Barbara <1869> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCKAY, Catherine Agnes <1871> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCKAY, Hughina <1873> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab COUTS, William <1839> M Scottish Bir: Scot Coote / Coutts Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCKINNON, Mary <1809> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCNAB, Archibald <1817> M Scottish Bir: Scot (son of the Laird) Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCNAB, Catherine <1817> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCNAB, Margaret <1817> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCNAB, John <1821> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCNAB, Catherine <1829> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCNAB, Duncan <1831> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCNAB, Jannet <1831> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCNAB, Helen <1834> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCNAB, Margaret <1869> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab LAVELLE, Janet <1831> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab LECKIE, Helen <1827> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab LINDSAY, William <1818> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab LINDSEY, Jannel <1825> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab LOWRIE, Jessie <1839> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCALLISTER, Duncan <1818> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MACKIE, David <1802> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MACKIE, Eliza <1815> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCREARY, Elizabeth <1821> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCINNIS, Angus <1809> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCINNIS, Angus <1827> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCINNIS, Elizabeth <1838> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCINNIS, Isabella <1839> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCINTYRE, William <1799> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCINTYRE, Daneil <1805> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCINTYRE, Cecilia <1807> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCINTYRE, Mary <1809> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCINTYRE, Margaret <1837> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCINTYRE, James <1841> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCINTYRE, Donald <1850> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLACHLAN, Duncan <1807> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLACHLAN, John <1809> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLACHLAN, Christina <1811> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLACHLAN, Margaret <1812> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLACHLAN, James <1813> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLACHLAN, Alexander <1829> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLAREN, Ann <1806> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLAREN, Malcolm <1806> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLAREN, Peter <1816> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLAREN, Robert <1827> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLAREN, Robert <1828> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLEAN, Peter <1829> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLEAN, William <1830> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLEAN, Margaret <1831> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCLEAN, Peter <1842> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCRAE, John <1830> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCNAUGHTON, Donald <1794> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCNAUGHTON, William <1827> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab MCNEE, Elizabeth <1822> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab ORAM, Margaret <1840> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab PARIS, John <1808> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab PACEY, Mary <1840> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab PENKERTON, Cathrine <1809> F Scottish Bir: Scot (Pinkerton) Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab PENKERTON, Robert <1811> M Scottish Bir: Scot (Pinkerton) Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab PHILIPS, David <1821> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab ROBERTSON, Jane <1808> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab ROBERTSON, Niel <1808> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab ROBERTSON, John <1813> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab ROBERTSON, Donald <1825> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab ROBERTSON, Betsy <1825> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab ROBERTSON, Barbra <1831> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab RUSSELL, Marion <1837> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab SCRIM, David <1818> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab SMITH, Mary <1806> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEVEN, James <1852> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEVENSON, Agnes Bell <1811> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEVENSON, James <1811> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEVENSON, Donald <1832> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEVENSON, Margaret <1844> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Allen <1806> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Christina <1815> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Mary <1817> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Andrew <1820> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Donald <1825> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Jane <1825> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Alexander <1826> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Robert W. <1826> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Annie <1831> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, James <1831> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Daniel <1835> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Margaret <1835> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Agnes <1837> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, John <1841> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Alexander <1844> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Isabella <1845> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Elizabeth <1846> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, James <1846> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Robert <1855> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, Margaret <1856> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STEWART, William <1858> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STORIE, Robert <1815> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STORIE, William <1823> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STORIE, Elizabeth <1825> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STORIE, John <1828> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STORIE, Jannet <1830> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab STORIE, James <1833> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab SUTHERLAND, Jane <1816> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab TAYLOR, Martha <1805> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab TAYLOR, James <1836> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab TAYLOR, Andrew <1839> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab TOUGH, John <1815> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab WHITE, Findlay <1831> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab WHITE, John <1846> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab WILLIAMS, Margaret F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab WILSON, James <1834> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab WILSON, William <1837> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab YOUNG, Joseph <1815> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab YOUNG, Elizabeth <1818> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab YOUNG, John <1831> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab YOUNG, William <1851> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab YUILL, John <1815> M Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab YUILL, Grace <1819> F Scottish Bir: Scot Cen: Ont RenfSo McNab Source: 1881 Census of McNab Township, Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada


January 19, 2009: I am a descendant from Major Duncan Campbell and of course the Storie's were a big part of the family also. Duncan came over with the McNab and settled on Chat's Lake near Sandpoint. I have found the homestead fireplace which still stands to this day as they had built a cabin around it to preserve it. Any info would be welcome and I have done much of the history however I do know they settled in Glengarry County first and would love to know if there were any other siblings or relatives that stayed in this area Sharon Vesterfelt nee Campbell rvesterfelt@sympatico.ca
April 15, 2009: The following excerpt is page 30 from the book A Life in the Bush -- Lessons from my Father by Roy MacGregor, 1999, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-670-88082-5. This book is about Mr. MacGregor's father, Duncan MacGregor, who lived and worked in the Whitney, Ontario and Algonquin Park area. Good information about lumbering in the Valley. One of my all-time favourite books. ... Al Laird of McNab Township from Roy MacGregor's Book
September 11, 2009: Waba Cottage Museum -- Home of the Laird of McNab
April 26, 2010:
In 1835 the Laird moved from his home on the Ottawa River (Kinnell Lodge) to Waba Cottage built for him on White Lake. The name Waba means "white" in Ojibwa. (NP). Waba Cottage Sign- Home of the Laird of McNab, Ontario, Canada Waba Cottage - Home of the Laird of McNab, Ontario, Canada To facilitate travelling from Arnprior to Waba Cottage, the Laird commissioned Duncan McNab and Duncan Carmichael to construct a bridge over the Madawaska River at Burnstown (named after the poet Robbie Burns). The original piers for the bridge can be seen. The new bridge is at least one hundred feet above the water level and provides a spectacular view of the River. The battery in my camera died before getting a photo from the bridge -- next time. ... Al Burnstown Bridge
Burnstown was a hub of lumbering and milling activity in the 1800's. It was originally known as Johnson's Rock and was the home of some of John Rochester's enterprises.
New e-mail address for David Lemkay is dlemkay@bell.net (incorporated in the list below)
November 24, 2010: Sarah Kerr is researching her ancestors, Dugald Campbell McNab and his wife Elizabeth Beatrice McDougal. His obituary reveals an interesting and colourful man.
April 29, 2012:
Source: White Lake, The Early Years, produced by the White Lake Property Owners Association Contains a list of about 80 pioneers before 1852 (not reproduced here), page 16 Extracted by Neil Stewart Pioneer Settlers in McNab Township, Ontario, Canada

June 5, 2012: On the weekend, we attended the annual Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Kingston, Ontario. At the Arnprior and McNab-Braeside Archives table we found a real gem of a CD relating to McNab Township. It's called The "Township Papers" of McNab Township, 978-0-9877630-0-6 and is a compilation (1,816 pages in .PDF format) of the Ontario Crown Land Records, 1825-1872 for McNab Township.
McNab Township, Ontario, Canada, CD of Land Records, 1825-1872
This CD contains images along with a searchable index, in .pdf format, to help easily locate land records for the early settlers. Cost: $12.00 Cdn -- it's a bargain! Buy it through their web site. ... Al Lewis
New December 18, 2014:
The original McNab Cottage Image source: Peter Hessel (Box Paper) Published in The Beaver, August / September 1995, page 30 Laird of McNab's original stone cottage in McNab Township, Ontario, Canada

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