Mount Saint Patrick, Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada
Pioneer Families

This photograph is of a monument at St. Patrick's Church at Mount Saint Patrick, Ontario.
Note for Search Engine: Finucane McNulty Coyne Friske Sammon Madigan Garskey Dodge Callaghan Nolan Maloney Lane Bradley O'Leary Carter Mhusk Stroud Conway Streich Mulvenna Foley Coules (Coulas ?) Bridgeman Gorra Moriarty Sheedy Carty Fillator Kenopic Mulvihill Curnan (Curran Kearnan ?) Frier (Friel ?) Doney Granger (Grainger ?) Mosco Dundin Gough Dillon Munhall Hanrahan Curtin Moore Dacey McGee Morrow Curley Lawlor Stack Berg Rusch Dooling Kearns Devereux Keen (Keane Kane Cain ?) Burns Marchand Robawski Byrne Carmody Laronde Grogan Gauthier
November 19, 2002: Note: The following detailed information regarding the Catholic Churches in the Renfrew / Mount St. Patrick's / Eganville area was posted to the Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogy system on November 17, 2002 by Carol Bennett McCuaig. It is reproduced here with Carol's permission. ... Al Hi, all Since mentioning that I can look up 19th century Mount St Patrick records I've heard from quite a few people, and have been happy to assist. Looking up early Renfrew County Catholic records often presents a puzzle for researchers from places far away, such as the USA, so I thought I should explain this system once again, for the benefit of new members. (It might be worth repeating in Timberline, too?) 1. Father John McNulty arrived at Mount St Patrick in 1843, but the earliest register is missing and so the first we have available starts in 1846. 2. He travelled over a wide area, establishing chapels here and there. Thus early records for places like Sand Point, Renfrew, Douglas, Eganville, Osceola, Springtown, Brudenell etc. appear in this MSP register. Mostly, those people didn't travel to the Mountain for baptisms and marriages; the priest went to them. 3. With the exception being St FX, Renfrew, his register shows church names which were later changed. St Patrick's at the Mountain was All Saints. St Peter's, Snake River became St Pius, Osceola. Annunciation at Douglas is now St Michael's. The forerunner to Eganville's St James the Less was "St Lawrence O'Toole, Lake Clear" which was actually at Donegal, Grattan Township. 4. Father McNulty left in 1851 and for a time the Mountain became a mission of St FX, Renfrew. That register between 1852-1866 therefore contains entries pertaining to Mount St Patrick, Calabogie, Griffith etc. There are still some entries for the other places in Renfrew County but now the Eganville register is a good place to search, as well. By 1867 the Mountain was a parish again, and for the remainder of the 19th century people from Springtown, Ontario and Griffith, Ontario, etc. appear there. 5. Early Douglas records can be found under Eganville, and that includes some people who lived in Admaston Township, close to Mount St Patrick. This is because they now belonged to the Douglas parish, which for a time was a mission of Eganville. People have asked me why their Admaston ancestors would hike all the way to Eganville to be married if the bride was not from there. The answer is that they probably didn't. The priest would have travelled to Douglas to perform the ceremony. 6. You may find some of your ancestors in the Brudenell register. That's because lots of people from the southern townships in Renfrew County later moved up the Opeongo Line. And if the census indicates that the family was in Canada earlier than you thought, try the Perth register. Several thousand people moved up here from Lanark and Carleton Counties in the 1830s. 7. Looking for an ancestor who died at an early date? You may be out of luck. After studying these very early registers I found that very few deaths were recorded. The reason seems to be that the priest only entered those who burials he attended. At a time when he had to travel all over the country he was seldom present at an interment, except by chance. Carol McCuaig

February 28, 2003: Looking for a Jack or John Enright from Hurds Lake who married Mary Ellen Doyle daughter of Margaret McCarthy and Robert Doyle. (Hurd's Lake is adjacent to the Madawaska River, near Calabogie and Springtown.) I am also looking for information on Louis Lorrain / Lorraine married to Ellen McCarthy (Mount St. Patrick). Louis was a master carpenter and built every mission cross from the Mountain to Pembroke Ontario. They had 10 Children, Mary Catherine she became a teacher, Philomena teacher and nurse, Nellie teacher, Alice teacher, John farmer at the Mountain, Nora Sister Nora St Joseph's Convent, Corene nurse, Louis, Margaret, Imelda. Ellen McCarthy is the daughter of John McCarthy and Ellen Kiley / Kiely. (Kealey?) Thank You Darlene Paquette
July 1, 2009: The newspaper "The Madawaska Highlander" contains stories and history for the Greater Madawaska area in Renfrew County. "To demonstrate the sort of history article that we have been writing over the last six years I refer you to the website of Greater Madawaska in Renfrew County where we have histories of the major villages and the Madawaska River for that site. The internet address is: If you go to the top of the page and click on History you will be able to view the five individual stories on that site. We have published around 40 issues of the Madawaska Highlander over the last five and a half years and everyone of them has a history story and sometimes two. Here is the link to our history of Mount Saint Patrick: Early days in Mount St. Patrick and Dacre By Bill Graham, Editor: The Madawaska Highlander "
June 7, 2012: We usually associate settlement at Mount St. Patrick with folks from Ireland. In fact, as you can see on the memorial, above, many German families came to the Mountain. Many of them are recorded as living close together in German communities, in the early days, in the census records starting in 1881. Below is a photograph of Albert Friske and his wife Rose Rusch who came from Berlin, Germany.
Albert Friske and his wife Rose Rusch at Mount Saint Patrick, Ontario, Canada
Photo Credit: page 31 in Carol Bennett McCuaig's book People of St. Patrick's. See our bibliography
March 28, 2016: Thanks to Adrienne Bjorndahl for this photograph which she posted today to the Facebook Group "The Valley Spreader".
The Holy Well at Mount St. Patrick's, Ontario, Canada
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