Williamsburgh, Ontario, Irish Immigrants who landed there
during the time of the great Irish Famine, 1845-1847
(from the Fever Sheds of Montreal, Quebec)
April 24, 2017:
Source for the following "big" text is
Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry - A History, 1784-1945
Author: John Graham Harkness, page 198
Description: Included Williamsburgh Township in the 1800's
Note: As mentioned above, some Irish emigrants settled in Cornwall, Ontario, just downstream from Williamsburgh.
In keeping with the distribution of emigrants of Black '47, the emigrant agents at Montreal tried to send the newcomers to either
previously etablished Irish communities in Upper Canada or to localities where canal construction projects were in progress.
The village of Morrisburg, east of Montreal and south of Ottawa, on the St. Lawrence River was a canal construction site starting in 1846.
Many of the famine Irish stayed for a while in Williamsburgh Township before moving to settle either north to the Ottawa area or south to the
United States. (USA for search engine)
Left Map Source: Mcgill University Digital Atlas Project, Map of Williamsburgh Township, Ontario, Canada, in 1879
The map on the left shows the location of the Williamsburgh Canal in 1879.
The map on the right shows the Williamsburgh Canal (name is highlighted in yellow), Source.
Here is a ship entering the Farran's Point Lock, Williamsburgh. Source: SHWC003: Ship entering Farran’s Point Lock
(right click over the photograph below for the exact URL of this image).
Here are some names of emigrants from the fever sheds in Montreal, Quebec to Williamsburgh, Ontario,
transcribed by my granddaughter, Hannah. Thank you Hannah!
Anthony Fearns , Kearns ?
John Gaughan / Geohegan or Gahan ?
Richard Toomy / Toomey
Michael Byrne / Burns
Patrick Grant (to Osgoode Township, now in the City of Ottawa, wife was Martha Thompson)
Thomas Cummins / Cummings
Edward Tinnerty / Finnerty ?
Patrick Callanan / Callaghan ?
Robert McCloud / McLeod
John Kilfoy / Guilfoyle maybe
William Holms / Holmes
Thomas Cosgrave / Cosgrove
James Roshford / Rocheford ?
Con / Cornelius Callahan / Callaghan
Murtha / Murtagh Brien / O'Brien
Daniel McSweeney / Sweeney
Michlael O'Leary / Leary
John Mullins / Mullen
John Daly / Daley
John Cane / Keane /
Patrick Foy Jr.
John Halleran / Halloran ?
John Scanlan / Scanlon
John Hannegan / Hannigan
Simon Purcil / Purcell
Daniel Flannigan / Flanagan
John Mullowny / Maloney ?
Daniel Daugherty / O'Dougherty
Thoas Quillin / Quinlan ?
Patrick Byrne / Burns
Patrick Feeley / Feheeley
Widow Lawsin / Lawson
John Prin ?
John Melay / Maley / O'Malley ?
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.
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