John PENNYFATHER
from County Tipperary to Bytown, 1820's

ML# 354 on the McCabe List

According to the McCabe List (1829), John Pennefather's relations were all in
Canada by then. There were 2 males and six females in his family. John was in 
Bytown by 1827.

John was the contractor for the major excavation of the first eight locks of
the Rideau Canal, where the Rideau River drops into the Ottawa River (then 
called the "Riviere Grande" by the fur trade voyageurs). 
This was probably the toughest and most labour-intensive part of the work done 
on the Canal.

There is some mention of John in Shirley Woods' book on the History of Ottawa.

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