Essex County Irish Part 1
Because this is St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I thought it would be a good idea to locate as many Irish family names from the County as I can.
I’ve been working for a couple of hours and am not yet halfway through the list, but I will continue until I think I’ve found them all. (Which isn’t too likely .. more and more names will pop up but at least I can get started).
The source for list is the Commemorative biographical record of the county of Essex, Ontario : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families. It’s a great resource for information on local pioneer families (though I do have to wonder what the criteria for inclusion in this book was .. there are some families who are missing.)
So here are the names I’ve found so far:
McHugh – from County Cavan, Ireland. Came to Maidstone in 1840.
Wilkinson – County Tyrone, originally, then Virginia. Came to Malden in 1801. (likely a loyalist)
Cleary – County Fermanagh – came to Montreal first, then to Windsor in 1841.
Cowan – Northern Ireland, County unknown – came to Mersea about 1842
Curry – Northern Ireland – came to Windsor in 1838.
Burke – Mary Ann (came from Montreal and married John LaMarsh).
McNamara – Mary – born in 1822 in Ireland — Married Leonard Scratch (Kratz) of Gosfield.
Mooney – came to Sandwich South in 1836 after 15 years living in Valcartier Quebec. Home county in Ireland unknown.
Hanna – first came to Lanark County from Ireland in 1820. Came to Essex County in 1884.
McKeough – from Ballymackeough, Tipperary. Came to Paris Ontario in 1829, settled in Chatham sometime thereafter (the source book includes some Kent county settlers too so I will include them here)
Catherwood – first came to Peel County, then bought land in Colchester North in 1887.
McCarthy – County Cork. Came to Sandwich South about 1839.
Atkin – originally English but fled to Ireland during the time of Cromwell. Came to Essex County in 1840 from County Wexford.
Osborn – Jane – Dublin – married to Walter Atkin, came with him in 1840.
Askin – came to Sandwich in the late 1700s
Brien – Fermanagh, Ireland. Came to Essex in 1846.
Kenning – came to Canada in 1834, didn’t move to Essex County until 1887.
Miller – Louise – married into the Vermette family.
Gardiner – came from Ireland in the early 1800s and originally settled in New York State. Son James Gardiner moved to Canada, eventually settling in Chatham in 1870.
Beacom – County Fermanagh. Came to Mersea Township in 1853 after several years in Quebec (the family arrived in Canada in 1841)
McCormick – County Down and Belfast. Originally the McCormicks came to the British American colonies back in the early 1700s. Came to Colchester South in 1795. There have also been McCormicks on Pelee Island.
Hincks (Rev. John Perrot Hincks) – Dublin and Belfast. Came to Canada in 1860 and to Windsor in 1880 as rector of All Saints Anglican.
Golden – County Sligo, Ireland. The Goldens of Ireland were originally English but were forced to flee to Ireland during the time of Cromwell. Came to Anderdon in approximately 1850.
Henderson – Ernest – came to Canada in 1883 from Ireland where he worked for the Great Northern Railroad of Ireland.
O’Connor – originally came to Boston in 1824, settling up in Canada in Maidstone in the 1830s.
To be continued .. I’m only on page 146 of the Commemorative Biographical Record and I haven’t even started looking at The Irish Settlement in Maidstone. Nor have I written about the Tottens and the Irwins, my Irish ancestors. Interesting note: None of the Irish I have written about are Potato Famine Irish. They all arrived in Essex County quite a while before the famine.