Carnew, County Wicklow, Ireland
to the Ottawa, Canada area in 1844

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

January 7, 2010:

Happy New Year, Al!
I was looking for the John Tompkins who came from Wicklow at the same time as Richard Mulhall 
(re Annette's posted list of Fitzwilliam Estate emigrants, and on that map on your page on 
surveys of Ottawa, I noticed a Richard Mulhall and John Tompkins living near one another in Bytown.
You speculated that John Tompkins was possibly married to Elizabeth Traynor. Well, I have this baptism 
of John Tomkins, Jr. from Tomacork parish:
Tomacork parish, Co. Wicklow:
6 Aug 1842
Bapt. of John, s/o John Tomkins and Bes Traynor, Carnew
Sp: Tom Farrell and Catherine Traynor
...and then these records from Ottawa and environs:
(Source: Drouin Records at 
ND Ottawa
Bapt. of Mary, b. 26th instant, d/o John Tompkins and Elizabeth Tranery of Bytown
Sp: Thomas Keogh and Cathrine Kilrogh (probably Kehoe, less likely Kilroe)
[Married in Orleans on -- Sept. 1868, to Richard Grimes s/o John Grimes and Mary Montgomery; 
wit: John Tomkins and Mary Grimes]
Catherine, d/o John Tomkins and Elizabeth Trainer
Sp: Matthew Keghoe and Mary Keghoe
Bapt. of Eliza, d/o John Tomkins and Elizabeth Treiner
Sp: James (?) Teahan(?) and Catherine Keogh
[Married in Orleans on 24 June 1863 to David Martin, dit Barnabe]
Bapt. of Catherine, d/o J. Tompkins and E. Traynor
Bapt. of Anna, d/o John Tomkins and Eliza Tranor
Sp: Wm. Keogh and Mary Keogh
Bapt. of Patrick, s/o John Tompkins and Elizabeth [blank]
[He married Mary Ford; they were having children in Orleans]
However: there was another John Tompkins in the area, and he might have been related 
(re those Kehoe sponsors). He might also have been the one on the FW list of 1842 
20 Aug 1844    After the publication of two banns, marriage of Michael
Tompkins of Bytown, adult son of John Tompkins and Mary Kehoe, to Bridget
Brennan, minor daughter of Thomas Brennan and Margaret Moony of Bytown
Witnesses: Edward Brennan & Bridget Lawler / Lawlor         D. Dandurand, P.O.M.I.

I haven't found the Tompkins in the 1851 census yet.

They eventually settled in Cumberland, Al - along with all those other Wicklow bodies: Lewis Byrne, Lancelot Jackson, etc. According to John Tompkins Sr. in 1901, he came in 1844. 1901 Census of Canada ( about John Tomkins Name: John Tomkins Gender: Male Marital Status: Widowed Age: 83 Birth Day & Month: 13 Mar Birth Year: 1818 Birthplace: Irland Relation to Head of House: Chef (Head) Immigration Year: 1844 Racial or Tribal Origin: Irish Nationality: Canadiene (Canadian) Religion: Roman Catholic Household: Marital Gender Ethnic Age Birthplace Occupation Religion Status Origin John TOMPKINS M Male Irish 65 Ireland Farmer Catholic Elizabeth TOMPKINS M Female Irish 60 Ireland Catholic John TOMPKINS Male Irish 35 Ireland Schoolmaster Catholic Patrick TOMPKINS Male Irish 26 Ontario Farmer Catholic Ann TOMPKINS Female Irish 28 Ontario Catholic -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Source Information: Census Place Cumberland, Russell, Ontario Family History Library Film 1375865 NA Film Number C-13229 District 104 Sub-district C Division 1 Page Number 82 Household Number 323+ ... Anne Burgess __________________________________________________ A new page for the Tompkins would be great, Al. I also was looking at the Tompkins in the Buckingham area because one of them married a Lawrence Burns who lived in Lochaber, and they later joined the Anglican church in Buckingham. There was a John Tompkins b c1794 m. a Nancy Hannah Bigelow, and I wondered if these were Lawrence Burns's parents-in-law. They had a big family in 1851 Grenville Deux Montagnes. I've attached a marriage record for a Catherine Burns of Lochaber to a Robt. Tompkins (son of John and Hannah Bigelow, I believe). Catherine must be some relative of Lawrence Burns, but I don't know what. Lawrence had a dtr Catherine born in 1840, but that won't work. ... Anne Burgess
New May 16, 2011: Hello Was searching for info on any brothers and sisters of Father John Tompkins. son of Patrick Tomkins and Mary Ford, found your info. Patrick and Mary Lived in Orleans (Ottawa now) They are Laid to rest in the cemetery the Parish of St. Joseph D'Orleans. C. Horton
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