The Early McCOY and NESBITT families in
Goulbourn Township, Ontario, Canada

New April 17, 2014:

Hi 
I'm looking for information on William Nesbitt and John McCoy.
 
William Nesbitt recieved a land grant in1824 from the military. He was a disbanded soldier from the 
100th Regiment of Foot.
 
John McCoy maintained, leased land from abt. 1837-1840 as he was recorded in 1841 Goulbourn Census.
 
I think they would have served in the Richmond Milita. 
 
My family took over the property that William Nesbitt was deeded by the Crown.
I'm trying to find the link as the property remained in William Nesbitt's hands for about 30 years after 
we began to farm it. Lot 21 concession 7 of Goulbourn is the location of the property.
 
Thank You

Jack
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Hello, Mr. McCoy:
 
I had a look around for your McCoys and Nesbitts and have found a bit on them from the late Mr. Robert 
Sample's database. 
Here are just the first couple of generations.
 

    Some Descendants of John McCoy

 1 John McCoy 1769  1859, born in Belfast, Ireland

.. +Mary (Gladys) Unknown 1794 - 1880

........ 2 Margaret McCoy 1818 - 1902

............ + David Todd 1814 - 1902

........ 2 James 'Jim' McCoy 1826 - 1898

............ + Jane Hanna(h) 1851 - 1875

........ 2 Robert McCoy 1829 - 1889

............ + Rachel Graham 1837 - 1901

........ 2 William McCoy 1834 - 1899

............ + Martha Faulkner 1849 - 1938

............................. *2nd Husband of Lola Edna McCoy: 

................................. +Austin Carney 1919 -

........ 2 Annie McCoy 1835 -

............ + Thomas Sullivan Orr 1830 -

and presumably the following are some descendants of William Nesbitt who was a disbanded soldier 
who settled in Goulbourn, according to the book "For King and Canada" by A. Barry Roberts. According to 
the book, Private William Nesbitt had been a weaver in County Cavan, Ireland before joining the
100th Regiment in 1804 at age 20. On discharge, he took up lot 21E in the 7th concession
of Goulbourn.

Some Descendants of James Nesbitt   (also from the database of the late Mr. Robert Sample)         

    1      James Nesbitt    1841 - 1927
 
..        + Mary Jane Nixon    1843 - 1904
 
........    2      Isabella Nesbitt    1877 - 1960
 
............        +George Whitfield Bennett    1868 - 1953
 
........    2      Jane Elizabeth Nesbitt    1879 -
 
............        + Bert Shaver    1875 -
 
........    2      Thomas Glassford Nesbitt    1881 - 1965
 
............        + Margaret"Maggie" Sample    1881 - 1975
 
........    2      Gertrude Mabel Nesbitt    1885 -
 
........    2      Cassie Agness Nesbitt    1886 -
 
............        + Roy Shaver    1885 -
 
........    2      James Wilson Nesbitt    1888 - 1932
 
............        + Evelyn Oddriah Mills    1890 - 1960
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According to the 1879 Belden Carleton County Atlas, the McCoy family had three farms and the Nesbitt family 
had one. James McCoy had 50 acres on lot 22, concession 5; William McCoy had 100 acres on Lot 21, Concession 7
and also had 48 acres on Lot 22, Concession 7. 
Source: http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/Countyatlas/images/maps/townshipmaps/car-m-goulbourn.jpg

On the right below is the 100 acre farm of William McCoy, just south of Rathwell's Corners (now called Stanley's Corners):
The map on the left shows the land of S. Nesbitt in 1879, just west of Richmond.

Farm of S. Nesbitt, Goulbourn Township, 1879 Farm of William McCoy, Goulbourn Township, 1879

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