In honour of Canada Day, I am listing all of my ancestors who made the long ocean voyage to settle here. Most of them arrived here well before Confederation and all of them settled in what is today Quebec and Ontario. I haven’t completely researched or documented everyone listed here – some are still more in the realm of ‘family lore’ than I would like. However, I need to start somewhere, so please consider this a work in process. If anyone ‘out there’ thinks you are connected to any of those listed below – please send me a note!
Philip St. John (1793-1874) and Ann Nancy (Baker) St. John (1792-1880)
My 4g-grandparents – Irish Palatines - arrived in Canada from Co. Limerick, Ireland in 1817. My 3g-grandfather, James St. John (1812-1904) was also born in Ireland. They settled in Brock Twp., Ontario.
John Lloyd (1774-1848) and Margaret (Glover) Lloyd (1774-1861)
To the best of my knowledge at this point, my 4g-grandparents immigrated in 1827 from Roscommon, Ireland and eventually settled in Brock Twp.
James Barker (1816-1902) and Hannah (Taylor) Barker (1821-1892)
I believe my 4g-grandfather James Barker came from England but am uncertain when he arrived in Canada. He died in Sunderland, Ontario. I haven’t yet determined from where or when Hannah or her family arrived.
Reuben Thomas (1818-1909) and Melissa (Haight) Thomas (1819-1873)
Reuben Thomas, my 3g-grandfather, is believed to have emigrated from Cornwall, England in 1840. He died in Oshawa, ON. His wife, Melissa, was the daughter of Harrison Haight and Agnes (Doan) Haight. They came from the United States and settled in the Little Britain, Ontario, area around 1834.
Christopher Summerville (1822-1901) and Elizabeth (Humphreys) Summerville (1820-1886)
The Summervilles, my 3g-grandparents, emigrated from Co. Fermanagh, Ireland, in 1846. They settled in the Sharon, Ontario, area.
Thomas Fee (ca1816-1897) and Charlotte (Williams) Fee (ca1825-ca1896)
Thomas Fee, my 3g-grandfather, emigrated from Ireland to the Montreal, Quebec, area around 1837. His wife, Charlotte, was the daughter of Robert Williams and Elizabeth (Hamilton) Williams who we believe came from Co. Down, Ireland sometime in the 1810s-1820s.
Richard Salter (ca1782-1847) and Sarah (Bohle) Salter (1795-1847)
My 4g-grandfather, Richard Salter, appears to have been a British soldier during the War of 1812. He married Sarah Bohle around 1814 in Montreal, Quebec. Sarah appears to be the daughter of a Prussian who settled in Quebec sometime in the 1770s/1780s.
John Johnson (1847-1939) and Alice Jane Burton (1848-1928)
My 2g-grandfather was born in Quebec in 1847. I am currently trying to determine who John’s father is. I believe it may be a Baptiste Johnson who appears to have immigrated from Ireland. His mother, Ann Kelly, was also of Irish descent but I am uncertain if it was her or her parents who emigrated. Alice Jane Burton emigrated in 1868 with her parents Thomas Burton and Dionysia (Ansted) Burton. They were from Co. Norfolk, England.
Edward Pardoe Coulman (1852-1908) and Alice Louisa (Oakley) Coulman (1856-1947)
My 2g-grandfather Edward Pardoe Coulman emigrated from England in 1870 with Alice Louisa Oakley and her parents Cornelius and Jane (Adams) Oakley. Edward and Alice married and lived in Toronto, Ontario.
Edward Cornelius Coulman (1883-1949) and Rebecca Alice (Richardson) Coulman (1883-1952)
Edward Cornelius, my great-grandfather, was born in Canada but Rebecca Alice Richardson, daughter of William John and Rebecca (Lusty) Richardson, emigrated from the London, England area around 1888. They lived in Toronto, Ontario.
Robert Hunter (1816-1888) and Hannah (Dool) Hunter (1823-1908)
Robert and Hannah (Dool) Hunter were my 2g-grandparents. We believe they emigrated from Ireland around 1840. They settled in Chinguacousy, Ontario.
William Davey (ca1790-btw1871-1881) and Elizabeth (Snyder?) Davey (uncertain)
I believe that my 4g-grandfather William Davey was born in England and emigrated to Canada at some time prior to 1828. I am uncertain when Elizabeth or her family would have emigrated and from where.
John Henry Hindle (1813-1905) and Faith (Collins) Hindle (1817-1886)
My 3g-grandparents emigrated from Yorkshire, England in 1840. They lived in the Brampton, Ontario area. After Faith passed away, John Henry emigrated to the United States where some of their children had previously moved.