Peter McVEIGH, also the surname McCALLUM
early settlers in the Ottawa, Canada area
April 22, 2003:
I would like to add my ancestor to your list of Irish that came to the Ottawa valley.
Peter McVeigh came sometime in the 1820s and worked on the Pinhey Estate. According
to his son, John, they were from a little township just outside of Kilkeel, Ireland. In 1842
Peter purchased land near Vars and the next three generations were born there, one of
which was my Father. (The family also owned land in Goulbourn Township at one time).
I was hoping to find out what ship Peter came over on and of course a little more about what he
did when he first arrived - i.e. worked immediately for H. Pinhey or was he somewhere else
for a while.
Thanks for your kind attention.
June 26, 2008:
My great great grandfather Peter McVeigh came to the Ottawa area ca. 1826. He worked on the
Pinhey Estate and finally bought land in Goulbourn Township. He came from Ireland and later
he and his wife Elizabeth bought land in Vars. Here is where the McVeighs lived until the
early 1900's when many of the family were moving west. Thomas McVeigh, son of Peter, with
his family eventually lived in Bytown. Another son, John McVeigh had 13 children, one of
which was my grandfather, William. William married Annie Poole from Wakefield, Quebec.
I have a lot of information on this family, if there is anyone wanting more.
We have alot on the McCallum family as well. The McCallums have been in the Cumberland area
for a long time. Our families were joined when John McVeigh (son of Peter) married Isabella
McCallum (daughter of Archibald McCallum and Mary Cameron.)
... Gail McVeigh Hildebrandt
There was a Felix McVeigh in this area before 1829. He came from County Tyrone in Ireland and
is listed on the 1829 McCabe List (Felix McVea, ML# 179). I think that he settled in or close
to the village of Metcalfe (now part of the city of Ottawa), not far from Vars. Your Peter
and this Felix McVeigh may have been related. I have also come across the McVeigh / McVEY and
Poole surnames in Goulbourn. There is a Poole Creek which runs through the village of
Stittsville in Goulbourn Township.
I see that there is a Duncan McCallum also working on the Pinhey Estate -- perhaps related to
your Archibald McCallum, all good Scots names.
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