Benjamin PRETTY / PRITTIE and Cynthia Ann HOWE / HOWEY / HOWIE
Ireland to Pontiac County, Quebec then to Manitoba, Canada

New May 8, 2008:

My great grandfather was named Benjamin Prittie / Prettie / Pretty, and his 2nd wife 
Cynthia Anne Howe / Howie / Howey lived in Aylwin, Quebec (Alleyn? see message below from
Ken Armstrong) in the early 1870s.  

Together they had 3 sons there, John, William and Oliver. They then moved to Whitemouth, 
Manitoba and had 2 more, Lauson and Richard. I do have their birthdays, etc, but would 
like confirmation with documentation from the church. 

I am wondering if you have any information other than census information that you 
could offer to help me understand the community and what possibly drew them to the 
area from the Lanark / Frontenac, Ontario area.  Also, I am trying to find any church 
information as to baptisms, etc. for the sons who were born there, but other than 
the St. Johnís and St. Andrewís, were there any Anglican Churches?  

Thanks for the help. 

Suzanne (nee Prette)

Thanks to David Smith and to Ken Armstrong for the following replies:

Hi Suzanne;

My friend Lois Klages seems to be the lady you should be in touch with. I have 
added her name to this e-mail and you can get in touch. Iím happy that we made this 

Keep well; 

David Smith


Benjamin Pretty was not in the Township of Aylwin, Ottawa County, Quebec, 
but in the Township of Alleyn & Cawood, Pontiac County, Quebec in the 1881 
Census as follows:

1881 Census Place: Alleyn & Cawood, Pontiac, Quebec, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375862  NAC C-13226  Dist 98  SubDist H  Page 2  Family 8
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace
Benjamine PRETTY M M 45 Irish Ireland
Occ: Farmer Religion: Church of England
Cynthia A. PRETTY F M 25 Irish Ontario
Religion: Church of England
Joseph PRETTY M 24 Irish Ontario
Occ: Farmer Religion: Church of England
Benjamine PRETTY M 22 Irish Ontario
Occ: Farmer Religion: Church of England
Thomas PRETTY M 19 Irish Ontario
Occ: Farmer Son Religion: Church of England
Eliza Jane PRETTY F 17 Irish Ontario
Religion: Church of England
John PRETTY M 7 Irish Quebec
Religion: Church of England
William J. PRETTY M 5 Irish Quebec
Religion: Church of England
Olliver PRETTY M 3 Irish Quebec
Religion: Church of England

Most probably in a village called Danford Lake, Quebec. There is still an 
active Anglican Church located in Danford Lake called the Holy Trinity 
Anglican Church on Chemin Harrison in Danford Lake, Alleyn and Cawood 
Township, Pontiac County, Quebec., and an Anglican Church Cemetery in Cawood 
(west of Danford) called St Peters Anglican Church.

Ken Armstrong

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