Pakenham Village, Lanark Township
History and Genealogy
April 21, 2006:
A very good history of the village of Pakenham is Pakenham, Ottawa Valley Village, 1823-1860,
by Verna Ross McGiffin, Mississippi Publishers - Pakenham, Ontario, 1967.
Also, Volume Two, same title except it covers the period 1860-1900.
The bridge over the Mississippi River at Pakenham
A one-of-a-kind five-span stone bridge, erected in 1901
October 9, 2008:
Pakenham Village in 1879, including the Mississippi River
Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project
Today, there are a golf course and ski hills at Pakenham. Also, the pioneer
Indian Hill Cemetery is nearby.
November 11, 2009:
Picture of the Home of Jonathan Francis, built at Pakenham, Ontario, Canada, c. 1850
(Jonathan Francis was a well-known lumberman)
Source: National Capital Region Heritage, page 19.
April 17, 2019: (post retirement), added text block beside house.
March 2, 2010:
Waterpower was a necessity in pioneer villages. Early mills were needed to process wheat and flour
and also to run sawmills. In the early days of Upper Canada, the right to operate a mill was granted
to individuals or small groups of local entrepreneurs. With the growing importance of electricity use
in the 1920's, local municipalities were given control over the generation of electric power.
Source: Ottawa Citizen Digital Archives, May 30, 1912
March 3, 2017:
During the Great Famine (Black '47), Irish families were sent from Grosse Isle, Quebec to Montreal and then on to
local communities in Upper Canada which were either on a canal system or where industrialization was taking place and jobs were opening up.
In Pakenham, Ontario there was an already established Irish community to assist the new arrivals to integrate into life in Canada.
Some of the famine emigrants stayed here in Pakenham and others moved westward into Renfrew County.
Here are names of two families who came from Montreal to Pakenham between 1845 and 1847:
Patrick Maggidan (Madigan) and family
James Brady (three adults)
Source: Names of Emigrants from the 1845-1847 records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal, Irish Research Group of the
Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, publication number 94-2, 1994, ISBN 1-55116-72-8.
This publication (112 pages) is now available from Global Genealogy in either hardcopy format or as a download in .pdf format.
Note: This book covers only the years 1845-47 and therefore does not include the later famine immigrants -- for example, those who came
from the Fitzwilliam Estate in County Wicklow the Ottawa area as late as 1854.
... Al Lewis.
Photo Source: Pakenham - Ottawa Valley Village, 1823-1860, by Verna Ross McGiffin, page 92.
Courtesy Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Groves, Pakenham
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