North Plantagenet and South Plantagenet Townships
Prescott County, Ontario, Canada

History and Genealogy

Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893

September 18, 2015:

The book Language, Schooling and Cultural Conflict: The Origins of the French-Language Controversy 
in Ontario by Professor Chad Gaffield, University of Ottawa, McGill-Queens University Press, 
1987, ISBN 0-7735-0602-0 provides a good basis for the study of Prescott County in the nineteenth century. 

Prescott County includes the townships of North Plantagenet, South Plantagenet, Caledonia, 
Alfred, East Hawkesbury and West Hawkesbury. The main feature 
of Prescott County is its bicultural nature -- early anglophone settlers  starting about 1815, were 
joined by a massive immigration of Francophones from Lower Canada / the Province of Quebec, starting 
about 1850. By the 1880's, Francophones formed a majority of the population of Prescott County. 

This book is a good example of microhistory. Professor Gaffield teaches 
a history course on microhistory at the University of Ottawa, (originally St. Joseph's College) 
in Lowertown Ottawa.

and here is a good article regarding the history of Prescott County. Starting in the 1850's this 
area was settled by a new group of French Canadians who migrated from across the Ottawa River in 

"Boom and Bust: The Demography and Economy of the Lower Ottawa Valley in the Nineteenth Century" 
by Chad Gaffield. I think I downloaded this file in .pdf format from -- 
a great web site to find academic papers and theses.

October 25, 2008:

My name is Marcia Kennedy. I am the oldest granddaughter of Cora Watters Johnston [b.1881, 
North Plantagenet] of Ottawa and Albert Hugh Nelson Kennedy [b. 1870 or 1871], son of Hugh 
Kennedy and Eliza Tomb(s) of Martintown. Cora and Albert were married in 1912 in Winnipeg,

Cora was the daughter of Hugh Johnston (born Prescott County [N Plantagenet?]) [1847-1910] 
and Florence Amelia Watters (born Templeton Quebec +/- 1859). 
Hugh Johnston was the son of Francis (Robert?) Johnston and Frances (Fanny) Hurst [d.1888 
in Pendleton, Ontario].

My sister and I spent the last week roaming around Ottawa and the Martintown area. We have 
found quite a bit of info from 1881  1911, mainly in Ottawa, but some from Martintown. But 
we are missing quite a lot.  We are also trying to separate fact from fiction. Our father, 
was born in Medicine Hat Alberta in 1915. We are trying to figure out how Cora and Albert 
got there from here.  

Any information or leads you may have would be appreciated.  

Marcia Kennedy

A Johnston family owned a ferry service beginning in the 1800's. This family might be related 
to your Johnston family.

They operated it from their farm which was located on the south shore of the Nation River
in South Plantagenet Township. There were several early Johnston families in this area, both 
in North Plantagenet and in South Plantagenet.

Nearby villages are Pendleton, Curran and Riceville.

Johnston's Ferry across the Nation River, c. 1920 Photo Source: Fournier, 1867-1992 ner
On the following map, the farm of Hugh Johnston in 1879, is in North Plantagenet in the north west quadrant of the village of Pendleton.

Map of the Township of North Plantagenet in 1879

Map Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project
McGill University Digital Atlas Project February 26, 2012 The names on the above map (Township of North Plantagenet in 1879) have been transcribed here for your convenience. Please note: Georgian Lake was later known as Georges Lake Starting from the East, bordering on the Ottawa River: Concession 1: Lot 3: E. Hughes (210 acres) Lot 5: H. Hughes (75 acres) Lot 6: Charles Flyn (210 acres) Lot 7: H. Erratt (150 acres) August 17, 2013: The town of Treadwell with a post office and two wharves (an early stop for steamships) Lot 12: F. Hendrie (320 acres) Lot 13: Archibald MacArthur (225 acres) Lot 23: B. Duford (including saw and grist mills and a blacksmith shop) Lot 23: J.M. Lamb (100 acres) Wendover post office and wharf Lot 23: X. Perrault (200 acres) Lot 24: P. St. Pierre (17 acres) Lot 26: G. Gouliet and a Hotel (95 acres) (Goulet?) Concession 2: Lot 8: A. Herbert (100 acres) Lot 9: G. Gauthier (150 acres) Lot 12: Jos. Brisbais (tenant) Lot 31: C. Mainville (tenant) Lot 35: Robert McCormack (310 acres) Lot 37: Robert McCormack (115 acres) plus a house for Jno. Hunter Concession 3: Lot 6: L. Charbonneau (100 acres) Lot 14: P. Caul (100 acres) Concession 4: Lot 5: Jas. ?? The Town of Plantagenet and "Mill Property" takes up Lotes 6 and 7 on the Concessions 4 and 5 Concession 5: Lot 8: Henry Smith (520 acres) Lot 9: P.H. Proctor (200 acres) Concession 6: Lot 6: William Rodden (1300 acres) Lot 7: Plantagenet Mineral Springs Lot 9: P.B. Winning (150 acres) plus Carratrats (?) and Mineral Springs Lot 21: A. W. Anderson (200 acres) plus a saw mill and a store Concession 7: Lot 5: B. Yeon Sr. (75 acres) Lot 11: A. Legault (150 acres) Lot 14: O. Duford (50 acres) Concession 8: Lot 1: D. McKericher Lot 3: J. B. Yeon (100 acres) The town of Curran stradles lots 9 and 10 in Concessions 7 and 8. Lot 11: Jos. C. Chaltin (50 acres) Lot 12: Jno. Chaltin (200 acres) and Jos. Lalonde (tenant) Concession 9: Lot 1: J. Greffe and L. Bissnette (150 acres) (Bissonette?) Lot 2: J. B. Montpellier (100 acres) Lot 17: Jno. Brownrigg (100 acres) Lot 18: John Shane (140 acres) Lot 21: Hugh Johnston (383 acres) Nearby, across the border in South Plantagenet, Hugh Johnston has a second farm, as seen on the following map.

Map of the Township of South Plantagenet in 1879

Map Source: McGill University Digital Atlas Project
McGill University Digital Atlas Project February 26, 2012 The names on the above map (Township of South Plantagenet in 1879) have been transcribed here for your convenience. If any corrections are required, please let us know. Concession 10: Lot 20: Henry Moffatt Lot 21: Hugh McLean Lot 22: Arch McLean Concession 11: Lot 9: Mrs. S. McGregor (100 acres) Lot 11: R.W.T. Lendrum (50 acres) Lot 20: H. Bradley (100 acres) Lot 24: Hugh Johnston (133 acres) Concession 12: Lot 1: Deward Sloan (472 acres) Lot 5: Jas. McGregor (100 acres) Lot 6: Duncan McGregor (400 acres) Lot 8: Brick Kiln Lot 12: Jno. Caldwell (250 acres) Concession 13: Lot 4: Jno. Hunter Lot 5: W. J. Reid (100 acres) Lot 6: H. Franklin & Son (150 acres) plus a store Lot 8: the Village of Riceville Lot 9: Peter Mclaren (200 acres) Concession 14: Jas. Charlton (180 acres) The town of Fournierville Lot 6: Geo. W. Cutt (200 acres) (Grace's ancestor) Lot 9: Geo. Reid (200 acress) (Grace's ancestor) Concession 15: Lot 13: David Scott (100 acres) Concession 18: The town of Kerry
January 20, 2009: Hi Al, I saw your page on N. Plantagenet today, and coincidentally I'd found a death record for this Matthew Stringer of N. Plantagenet, b. County Wicklow. (Sorry for the line spacing here; it's taken on a life of its own.) Ont. marriages: Feb. 3, 1834 Matthew STRINGER to Grace HUGHES both of Plantagenet. Wit: Thomas Bates, John Hughes. (date of birth for Grace Hughes may be 1814 - see posting by Gerald Patterson, dated February 26, 2010.) From the GenForum message board: "Our tree has a Matthew Stinger marrying Grace Hughes of Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland. No birth or death dates but info has them marrying in 1834 in Ontario." North Plantagenet - Death Mathew Stringer 23 Feb 1882 Eighty-five years Farmer b. Co. Wicklow, Ireland Informant: William Stringer, son Church of England 1881 Census: William STRINGER M Male Irish 36 Ontario Fermier Weslyan Methodist Martha STRINGER M Female Irish 29 Ontario Weslyan Methodist Mathew STRINGER W Male Irish 80 Ireland Weslyan Methodist William STRINGER Male Irish 7 Ontario Weslyan Methodist Effa Grace STRINGER Female Irish 4 Ontario Weslyan Methodist Ann Jane STRINGER Female Irish 2 Ontario Weslyan Methodist Richard STRINGER1 Female Irish 27 Ontario Journalier Weslyan Methodist -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Source Information: Census Place Plantagenet North, Prescott, Ontario Family History Library Film 1375864 NA Film Number C-13228 District 103 Sub-district H Division 1 Page Number 33 Household Number 130 Abraham BARRAGAR, 24, Winchester, same, s/o George BARRAGAR & Mary Ann [or is surname Arm?], married Grace A. STRINGER, 2-, North Plantagenet, same, d/o Mat & Grace, witn: William STRINGER & Sarah ROWE, both of North Plantagenet, 26 Feb 1863 ... Anne Burgess
February 4, 2010:

The Old Hotel in the Village of Plantagenet

Photo Source: Sketch by Michael Flynn appearing in the Ottawa Journal on March 13, 1976, page 37 Old Hotel at Plantagenet, Ontario, Canada
December 7, 2015:
Thanks to Mark cullen for the following photograph of the Commercial Hotel in Plantagenet. Old Commercial Hotel at Plantagenet, Ontario, Canada

February 26, 2010: Came across a posting Anne placed on the Internet back in January 2009 regarding the marriage of Mathew Stringer to Grace Hughes. There was a question about when Grace was born. I have her DoB as 1814, however, I’m not sure how accurate that date is. I think I found it in a family tree put together by Earl Johnston in the mid 1960’s. Hope this is of some help. Gerald Patterson

April 4, 2010: The Village of Lemieux was created in the 1850's. Lumber was harvested in the hinterland and transported down the Nation River to the Ottawa River. The village was moved in 1990, a few years before a landslide wiped out the village.
November 15, 2010: At Christmas in 2002, I received a calendar wherein each month included a copy of a work by Ottawa artist Ben Babelowski. Here is an excerpt from one of his paintings, a fisherman in a canoe on the Nation River in the village of Plantagenet:
Ben Babelowski -- Painting of a Fisherman in a canoe at the Nation River, Plantagenet Township, Ontario, Canada, 2002

August 22, 2013: The village of Plantagenet was founded by John Chesser and Abner Hagar in 1812:
Chesser Park Memorial Plaque, Plantagenet Village, Ontario, Canada, Chesser Park Memorial Plaque, Plantagenet Village, Ontario, Canada,

January 26, 2012: The area of the village of Pendleton (see map above) is the site one of Eastern Ontario's archaeological finds. It is called the Lamoureux Site (BiFs-2) and is close to the Muldoon Site (BiFs-1). Many Aboriginal artifacts have been found there. ... Al

February 16, 2012: The following map shows the old towns and villages from part of Prescott and Russell County. Many of the small hamlets shown on this map do not appear on today's road map or road signs. Places such as Bradley Creek, Parker's Corners, etc. are not named today. If your ancestor was in one of these now un-named villages, this map will show the location. July 6, 2020: The village of Bourget is named after Bishop Bourget from Montreal:
Bishop Ignace Bourget of Montreal Photo Source: Noel, Janet, Canada Dry: Temperance Crusades Before Confederation, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995, ISBN 9780802069764310 Map Source below: Extracted from the Eastern Ontario map published by Map Art Publishing in the Toronto area. Map of part of Prescott and Russell County

February 26, 2012 Some of the older settlements which are shown on the map above might not appear on other maps of the same area:
November 20, 2014: John McCORMICK and Catherine McCANN came from County Antrim, Ireland to Plantagenet, Ontario, Canada
December 2, 2015: The following e-mail fom Robyn contains a lot of information regarding early setlers in the two Plantagenet Townships (north and south). Robin has sent along much more information, including some intereting maps which have been constructed. I'll post the maps in a day or two.
RE: John O'CONNOR and Nancy (Anne) McAULEY Ireland to Plantagenet Townships, Ontario, Canada
Dear Mr. Morin and Mr. Lewis, I am a descendant of James Stewart and Margaret McCormick whom emigrated from County Antrim, Ireland to Prescott County around 1830. They patented and purchased property on Concession 10 Lot 17 near Pendleton ON. The property was bisected by the Nation River. COUNTY ANTRIM SETTLERS IN PRESCOTT COUNTY I have been researching the County Antrim irish settlers that formed a pocket in Prescott County starting in the late 1820's into the 1850's. These include the names: McAuley, McKinley, Darragh, McDonald, McPhee, McFall, McCrank, McAuley, McCormick, Stewart among others. The McAuley's were certainly early settlers in the Centrefield area along with the McKinleys, Darraghs and McDonalds. They all came from County Antrim, I think from the Glens of Antrim / Ballycastle area. The names are all of Scottish origin and I suspect they arrived in Ireland around the 1600 Plantations. The area was planted by The Earl of Antrim who was a McDonnell of Dunnyveg of The MacDonalds, Lord of the Isles. The settlers came from his own properties in Argyllshire. I have seen it noted that he planted with his own Catholic kinsmen as he was Catholic (even though King James was looking for Protestant planters). Here are some of the families I have been researching: James Stewart and Margaret McCormick John Stewart and Margaret McFall Daniel McCormick and Rose McGill Alexander McAllister and Catherine McFall Daniel McAuley and Alice McClare Alexander Hamilton and Catherine Murray Hugh McKinley and Margaret Craig John McCrank and Bridgit Brown Michael McKinley and Catherine Skelly Robert McAuley and Margaret Madden James McFall and Catherine Scullion Andrew Darragh and Mary Kain Archibald Darragh and Nancy McKinley James Darragh and Elizabeth McAuley Other early families I have not traced are: McBride, McDonnell, McPhee, Beggs, McAllister and Harrigan. A description of this settlement (alternately known as Irish Settlement, McDonald Hill, Darragh Settlement or Centrefield) can be found in "History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Quebec and Prescott, Ontario: From Earliest Settlement to the Present (1896)" by Thomas, Cyrus. (This is a great book and is our bibliography ... Al) The earliest settlers where the Ryan and Shane families came from County Wexford who arrived in the early 1820's. They are ubiquitous to the County and there are many family connections (I'm related to both) as found in the Catherine Adamson volumes. LUMBER The Cyrus Thomas book also has a small section on the significance of the lumber industry in the area. It's my impression that there was significant lumbering on the Nation River as the farms were being cleared. The men and boys in the winter then went to the shanties in the Upper Ottawa. Here's a photo of a young Stewart taken in Pembroke. I am assuming it was taken while he was in the area working in the shanties.
Mr. Stewart at Pembroke, Ontario
The two oldest Stewart sons (Michael & Robert), born in County Antrim and arriving in Canada at a young age, spent their entire lives in the lumber trade. They patented additional land north of Fournier -- see a terrific book about the early Fournier families, about 1,000 pages, out of print -- which I suspect they lumbered and farmed. They then sold the farms. By 1861 The Michael was a Lumber Merchant in Montreal and Robert was a Lumberman, situating his family in downtown Ottawa. They both appear to have lived quite comfortably from their trade. The connection to the lumber industry cannot be understated for Michael and Robert. The sponsors of their children are often lumber business associates. Michael has a close connection with John Wait MacGauvren, John Tucker, Cornelius MacDonnell (MacGauvren was from Plantagent area, MacGauvren, Tucker, MacDonnell eventually opened a mill on the Lachine canal), and the Halpin family. Robert Married Charlotte Casselman who was the daughter of Col. Martinus Casselman who founded the town of Casselman on the Nation River. I am very interested in any further information I can find on the South nation River lumber industry as it seems a significant part of the regions (and my families) history. James (the youngest son and my line of descent) even appears in the Montreal Business directory as working with his brother. He eventually has to return to the Prescott County to take over his farm as his parents age. I also suspect that in O'Connor's, The Man From Glengarry, that the donnybrook in the first chapter would have been between the Scots at the back of Glengarry County trying to push their logs with these specific County Antrim settlers. The Scotch River outlets on the Nation right where the County Antrim settlers lived. (I have a connection to the farms along the Scotch River. By the time these farms were "logged out", the men went to the shanties in a place called Lost River, due north of Plantagenet. ... Al) MICHIGAN, USA I am very interested in the Michigan, USA connection as I have early photos in our family album that I cannot trace. One family in particular is from Saginaw, Michigan. There are three Stewart sisters that disappear from the Canadian census and I always felt that they may have married and moved. Here is a copy of the picture in the off-chance someone might recognize as it appears there was migration between the two regions.
Stewart ? family in Michigan
Note: Hundreds of families left this area to work at logging in Michigan: do a search for the word Michigan by using the dedicated Google search engine at the bottom of this web page ... Al). ... Robyn
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