Francis McCOOL and Mary STACKPOOL / STACKPOLE ?
Ireland to the Pembroke and Petawawa area
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
E-mail Allan Lewis
July 30, 2011: (added the photo below)
"When the Men Were Men and Their Dogs Slept Outside" ... Vernon Price
August 24, 2006:
I just wanted to drop a line to say that Francis McCool (born 1820 - died
Dec. 18, 1888) was my Great Great Grandfather. My Great Grandfather was Alexander,
who would be the brother to Margaret McCool.
There is a website that was done by a
decendant of James McCool as there were four children who came over from Ireland.
James, Charles, Francis and Mary. This McCool has set up a great website (not there now ... Al)
and has pictures of the home that Francis was born in. His parents names were Michael McCool and
Maria Flanigan / Flanagan. Francis's wife's name was Mary Stackpool. (possibly Stackpole ?)
The Stackpole family came to Bytown from County Cork, Ireland, in the 1820's to work at building the Rideau Canal)
She was also born in Ireland in 1826 and died in Pembroke on January 4, 1893.
They were married in 1856 and had 6 children.
I have been to Pembroke in the last month and was able to find the graves and
headstones of Francis and Mary.
Alexander Feb 13 to (still trying to find him)
In Petawawa, I found the lot of land that Francis owned and not too far from it
there was a lot under Patrick Mcgregor.
I also noticed a lot that was under a Patick O'Brian / O'Brien and one right
next to it that was under James MacGregor....probably just a spelling error. (McGregor)
If there is anything I can contribute please just let me know.
November 20, 2019:
This graphic is from the back cover of the book "Logging on the Schyan"
I saw the same Lumber camp but I wasn't sure how it fit in. James McCool
(brother to Francis) was very much into all that - He bought ? a fort - Fort William and
opened a hotel and everything. He also owned a barge that ran the river between
Pembroke and Quebec.
Its been great fun considering that a month ago I didn't even know that my
grandfather came from Pembroke. We decided to go down for holidays and at the
last minute my Dad says his dad was born there....well.
I went to the Genealogy society and had a great time. I found all of this out,
even was able to get a copy of my Great Great Grandfather's obituary from the newspaper!
I have been trying to learn about my great grandmothers side but boy that is
hard to find as they have spelled Lamondra so many different ways. It is alot of
fun to look at the census but hard to know what to put in.
I have already heard from Frances O'Regan and Heather so it's nice to know that
you are all still around with the same e-mails.
July 14, 2011:
Walter Robert McGee
date and place of birth: July 31st, 1885 - Ottawa, Ont., Canada
next of kin: Frances McGee (wife) - c/o C.A. McCool, Pembroke, Ont., Can.
* (Walter Robert McGee is the son of Thomas D'Arcy McGee's half brother, John J. McGee).
I was sent this picture postcard and thought you all would be interested in it.
Grandson McGee, Frank Charles
(M.P.) 1926.03.03 1999.04.04
Grandson McGee, Frank Charles D.O.B. 1926.03.03 D.O.D. 1999.04.04
My Grandfather John Patrick McCool was born in Pembroke Ontario, (Renfrew County). I want to confirm there is a
connection with the McGee family. Do any of you have information to the McCool and McGee family ties?
July 21, 2011:
I think I have the McCool bug, I can't stop looking for more info. My grandfather is John Patrick McCool his father is
Frank or Francis (not sure) McCool and his wife Mae or May DeCurrie or Decurry he had a lumber camp in Pembroke.
(There were Currie and Curry families. Another possibility is the French surname Descaire / Decarie.
I came across this website about the McCool lumber camps in Ontario.
I will go buy the book to get more info, it has pictures!!!
July 26, 2011:
Note: The above link will take you to excerpts from the book Logging on the Schyan, by Vernon Price.
This is one of the best books concerning the lumber operations in the Fort Coulonge / Dumoine River and Pembroke areas.
I bought my copy (new) today from Lakeview Pavilion Books in Barry's Bay.
The Schyan River flows into the Ottawa River just east of the mighty DuMoine River.
Lots of gentle lumberjack stories from a time and place where men were both men and gentlemen.
January 3, 2016:
Thanks to Carmen Rochon who posted the following obituary for Thomas McCool to the facebook group "Fort Coulonge,
La Passe, and Westmeath History Forum" today: