Munster Hamlet in Goulbourn Township, Ontario, Canada
History and Genealogy
(now part of the City of Ottawa)
April 1, 2010:
Munster Hamlet was named for the province of Munster in Ireland although only a few of the pioneer families in the Munster Hamlet area
came from that area in Ireland. Most of the pioneers came from County Cavan and Kilkenny starting in the 1820's.
The early McFarlane family came from Scotland.
Map Source: McGill University Digital Maps, Goulbourn Township in 1879
Names of settlers in 1879: Butler, McFarlane, Duncan, Hill,
Tubman, Massey, Williams, Hobbs, Lackey, Cavanaugh, William Garvin (see Mr. Garvin in the photo of the Munster Militia, below), Fee,
Shillington, Anderson, Brady (Bradley?), Higginson.
The Jock River is shown on the western side of the village.
Visit the Saunder's Farm Web Site
The building below is now the home of the Munster Hamlet Library.
It was previously a church. The United Church of Canada (see picture above)
was created at the time of Church Union in 1925. It is likely
that church below was originally a Methodist Church and it probably
amalgamated with the United Church to become the Munster United Church.
(I'll make a trip back to confirm this ... Al)
The United Church of Canada is the largest Protestant church in Canada today.
October 27, 2011:
Hi Al: I am presuming that this picture might be of the Carleton Blazers but I'm not certain if there were different
regiments in Munster. I note the captain is a William Garvin (see his location on 1879 map, above).
(My Garvin connection is to John Garvin & Jessie Hogan).
I don't know who any of the other men are in this picture. Maybe some of our readers will be able to name these men.
... Linda Falls
April 27, 2015:
The Munster Union and Shillington Cemeteries are two of the oldest cemeteries in Carleton County, Ontario.
Here are some of the pioneer settlers and their years of birth:
These and many more death reord are recorded in the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society Publication 97-08-13
James HILL 1785
Mary HILL 1789
Esther BEGGS 1778
Catherine BRADY 1794
Catherine BROOKS 1794
Barbara BROWNLEE 1788
Thomas BROWNLEE 1788
Andrew BURNS 1797 (minister at Stanley Corners?)
Ann BURNS 1798
James BUTLER 1792
? CHAMBERS 1787
William GORDON 1758
Francis GRAHAM 1800
John GREEN 1799
Henry HARE 1774
Jane HARE 1785
Nancy HERRON 1794
Thomas HERRON 1796
Hugh Houston 1784
Deborah KERFOOT 1798
George KERFOOT 1796
Robert LINDSAY 1784
William McFARLANE 1798
Mary MOFFET 1780 MOFFATT
Robert MONTGOMERY 1783
Jane NEELIN 1782
Michael NEELIN 1781
WILLIAm NEELIN 1780
Mary NEILIN 1779
Barbara ROBINSON 1780
Barbara SHILLINGTON 1780
Thomas SHILLINGTON 1777 (Shillington Avenue in Ottawa)
Deborah SMITH 1798
J.S. SMITH 1775
Mary SMITH 1763
Andrew TRIMBLE 1793
Barbara TRIMBLE 1788
Hugh WILSON 1780
September 22, 2015:
The Morton and Higginson families may have travelled together from Balinderry, County Antrim, Ireland to
the Munster Hamlet neighbourhood in Goulbourn Township.
Here is an excerpt from the 1863 Wallings Map of Carleton County, showing the Morton and Higginson farms.
Note: This map is slightly offset -- there is a blank area which was not properly scanned. Notice also that on the
1863 map Higginson is spelled as "Hickison".
To see a very good wall-sized copy of this map at Watson's Mill in Manotick, Ontario.
Bring your camera to get close-ups.
E-mail Linda Falls, Oleh and Allan Lewis
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