Oliver's Ferry across the Big Rideau Lake
(now known as Rideau Ferry)
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
October 13, 2015:
Thanks to Mark Cullen for this information. There are documents of many many pioneer settlers in the
Ottawa and Hull regions.
Yesterday I was exploring the online LAC land files, searching for more
information about early Buckingham settlers. Using Michael Lynch as a search
object led me to images containing details of Buckingham and Lochaber grant
recipients/settlers from 1826 and 1827. I then used the same search method
to find settlers for Chatham. It is probable that details of grants in other
townships are accessible in the same manner by searching the name of an
ancestor who received a grant. The images can be downloaded to personal
I don't know if such grant lists by township can be found directly on the
LAC website. I would hope so. It certainly would save search time. Perhaps
one of your web users has the answer.
Below is more information about my searches. I also included the reference
to the 1827 Templeton grant list which I had located several years ago.
Link to LAC Land Petitions for Lower Canada online files:
Buckingham and Lochaber: For details of grants to settlers of
Buckingham and Lochaber in 1826 and 1827 search for Michael Lynch, Item
Number 53929 (RG 1 L3L Reel No. C-2546 Vol. 139 Pages 68310-68338)
Settler lists for Buckingham are image
numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, 11-13, 17-20 and 28. For Lochaber, image 14
Chatham: For details of grants to settlers of Chatham
in 1803, 1826 and 1827, search for Alexander McLaurin , Item Number 57087
(RG 1 L3L Reel No. C-2543 Vol 131 Pages 64472-64603)
There are several lists throughout the 131 pages.
Templeton: For details of grants to settlers in Templeton in 1827, search for Anthony Cullen,
Item Number 21515 (RG 1 L3L
Reel No. C-2513 Vol 52 Pages 26326-26343)
A list of settlers is on images 11 & 12.
Thanks for this amazing link. There is a lot of interesting material on the LAC site. I also found easily,
through your link, some of the soldiers from the 99th Regiment of Foot who were discharged at Montreal in 1818
and were first granted land in Terrebonne / St. Jerome in 1820. This man, William Burnett, later came to
Nepean Township to farm and to work on the Rideau Canal.
Our house in Barrhaven was built on a lot on his farm in the 1970's and one of his great great grandsons is
a neighbour here, occupying a subdivision lot on the original farm.
I'm swamped again, but Olivia is helping out quite a bit. She took a lot of photos for the web
site on our trip to Maniwaki on Wednesday.
Thanks again for the link! I'll make a new web page for it. It will be a big help to many readers.
Another message but related to the disbanded soldiers who settled in Goulbourn Township and area. I believe that
some of these men from the 99th regiment were first granted land just north and west of Montreal. I have found
a William Burnett, whose land grant was given in 1822 in Quebec. He had
five children then. He seems to have moved to the Barrhaven area about 1828, possibly enticed by
better farmland here plus the opportunity for construction work on the Rideau Canal, plus
he would have known the soldiers already settled here. His land grant in Quebec clearly states
that he was a member of the 99th. How many other of these men first received land north of Montreal?
Maybe some of the later arrivals were given land here in Barrhaven? I believe that our home here
is built as part of a subdivision on the original William Burnett farm. A neighbour of mine is
descended from William Burnett! Can you pass this message on to Jim Stanzell?
I'll get a copy of the original Quebec Land Grant from 1820. There is also a plaque in Burnett Park
here which states that William Burnett came from Ireland in 1828 but doesn't mention that he was
in Canada much earlier. See photo above. I will also add the original land grant to this Burnett
page at www.bytown.net/costello.htm.
Here it is:
E-mail Allan Lewis