Felix McGRATH and Mary BARRETT
County Wexford, Ireland
to Gaspé, Quebec to Old Chelsea, Quebec
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
October 18, 2020:
E-mail Allan Lewis
This 1845 drawing is from Sir William Logan's survey of the Ottawa River. It is from the book
William E. Logan's 1845 Survey of the Upper Ottawa Valley, by Charles H. Smith and Ian Dyck,
2007, Canadian Museum of Civilization, ISBN 978-0-660-19662-6, page 173.
Two years before he started surveying the Ottawa River area, he worked for a summer in the Gaspe.
February 2, 2005:
I am the ggranddaughter of Felix McGrath. My grandparents were
Thomas William McGrath (son of Felix and Mary Barrett) and Catherine Dunlop
(daughter of Gabriel Dunlop and Ellen McCloskey) Both of my grandparents
were born at Old Chelsea. I have quite a bit of information on McGrath & Dunlop.
Nothing on Young & very little on another family connection - Dawson
Turns out that Pat and I are distantly related ... Al
also posted on February 2, 2005:
David McGrath was from Sutton Parish, County Wexford,
and went to Gaspe, Quebec. His sons Felix and William came to Gatineau and worked
at Gilmour Mills. Gilmour was urging young men to come and work in lumbering.
I am trying to get information on Gilmour Mills and the employees but haven't
yet been successful. Recently a person in Toronto sent me a copy of an obit of
a Charles McGrath (a brother of Felix and William) who was a Blacksmith and
the obit said he had also worked at Gilmour Mills. (I never knew a 3rd son
came up until I received a copy of the obit) Charles subsequently went back
to Gaspe and died in Douglastown in 1932. His obit was in a Campbellton,
New Brunswick paper.
You mentioned putting up a site for Felix McGrath - good idea.
Also if possible could you put a line out asking if anyone has info on
Gilmour Mills. (see lumbering)
I was told Gilmour provided housing for his employees on an Island in the
Gatineau River where it is said that Hydro Quebec Plant now exsits.
(oral history from my Aunt). In trying to research this I was told by someone
at the Archives in Gatineau she thought it was known as Farmer's Rapids. ???
In my family tree the Kennedy name crops up through marriages with my
Dunlops and McCloskeys and also with the Gaspe roots. McGraths and Kennedys
were inter-connected in Douglastown Gaspe. Here is a piece I have on the Gaspe Kennedy -
Issac Kennedy, the only original settler of 1785 who was still living became an
honoury churchwarden of St. Patricks in Douglastown, N.B.
... Pat McGrath
January 12, 2006:
I am the gr-grandaughter of Felix McGrath and Mary Barrett and
grandauther of George McGrath and Alice Charron.
Would like you to know how pleased and excited I was to discover this
web page. It's given me more information that I ever dreamed. Thanks
Likewise for the pages found relating to my mother's ancestors,
Kitt - Bryson and Whelan - Carty / McCarthy. Haven't tried to to make
contact yet but have learned more than I ever thought. Thanks again.
January 13, 2006:
What a coincidence, today my birthday Jan. 12th and odd that Rena's message is
posted on my birthday. I hope she will contact me at triciaottawa@Yahoo.com if
this George McGrath is the one who settled in Timmins which my Aunt Marie (Mimi)
remained connected with the family is would be nice to hear from Rena. I use to
write to Mrytle McGrath the piano teacher in Timmins but she is now deceased.
A note for Al - I emailed your cousin Diane but perhaps I don't have the correct
email address. Could you provide it again as I have not heard from her. Thanks!
Also if you know of anyone who is connected to Julia Dawson I am interested. She
was related to my grandparents Felix McGrath and Catherine (Dunlop) and married I
believe Thomas Dawson.
Curious about Robert Dunlop in Horton Township (Renfrew County) who married Mary Dunlop
from Old Chelsea. (as per my Aunt and since confirmed). Looking for more info
on this family.