These pages are devoted to genealogical and historical data relevant to the 19th century settlers, primarily Irish Protestants, of Gore Township, Argenteuil County, Québec.
Most of the data was collected for my own personal use but I hope it will be of assistance to other researchers with interests in Gore Township and environs. I do not live in the area so I am unable to conduct any local research for others.
The transcriptions and indexes provided here have been carefully checked but no guarantee as to their accuracy is given. Researchers should consult the original sources wherever possible to verify the information.
Feel free to contact me with any corrections or suggestions for improvement you may have. Please let me know if this site has been helpful to you. I am considering the addition of further data if sufficient interest is expressed.
Source: National Archives of Canada, Lower Canada Land Petitions, RG1 L3L, pages 89677-78, as viewed on LDS Family History Library microfilm # 1631060.
Background: What follows is a transcription of a petition from the original Irish settlers to George Ramsay, the 9th Earl of Dalhousie, who served as Governor of Lower Canada from 1820-1828.
I found this to be particularly interesting as it illustrates how settling in the new country could be fraught with difficulty, and that the actual locality might be decided more by chance or necessity rather than by deliberate choice.
The undated letter, including the list of names, was all written in one hand.
To His Excellency George Earl of Dalhousie, K.G.C., captain General and Governor in chief of the provinces of Lower Canada, Upper Canada, &c, &c
The petition of the undersigned citizens of Ireland
Most humbly sheweth
That your Excellency's petitioners emigrated from Ireland, for the purpose of settling themselves and families, in some part of His Majesty's American colonies, and on their landing at Quebec and making the requisite enquiries, were decided to proceed to the Township of Godmanchester, Hinchinbrooke or Hemingsford. On their making application to the agent for these townships, they were informed the land was all allotted. Petetioners then proceeded to the Township of Wentworth, which they were informed was then lotting out; but there they were again disappointed, in consequence of the land not being surveyed.
Thus, my lord, having wandered about until their resources were exhausted, and their families overtaken by the winter, they had no prospect remaining, but that of immediately erecting shanties to protect them from the inclemency of the weather, and perishing, which they did on a gore of Government land, east of the township of Wentworth, and in the rear of the Seigneury of Argenteuil. Your Excellency's petitioners, can each produce unexceptionable testimonies of loyalty and good character, from clergymen of the church of England, and captains of yeomanry under whom they served. They therefore most humbly implore that your Excellency will be graciously pleased to suffer them to remain unmolested on the said land, till at some future period, it may be surveyed and lotted out.
This your Excellency's petitioners will as in duty bound ever pray.
|James Stevenson||James [Kelso?]||Alexr Cochrane|
|George Stevenson||Thomas Smyth||Andrew Timmins|
|James Stevenson||John [Kelso?]||Danl Timmins|
|John Stevenson||Noble Johnson||Hugh Timmins|
|William Stevenson||Adam Johnson||Andrew Timmins|
|Robt Stevenson||Arthur [Kelso?]||John Timmins|
|Robt Smyth||John Johnson||Arthur Davis Senr|
|James Campbell||Robt McMahon||Arthur Davis Junr|
|James Campbell||Saml Campbell||Griffith Morrison|
|John Davis||Michl [Hawkins?]||Joseph McMahon|
|Robt Davis||John Campbell|
Any answer your Excellency may be graciously pleased to grant, can be directed to James Stevenson. Post Office St. Andrews Argenteuil