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From: Jeanne Swick <>
Subject: Re: [S-I] I wonder if anyone can tell me how early the Scot-...
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2008 19:06:27 -0700
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Unfortunately, it seems, I am talking about Prescott County....Alfred is close to Plantagenet on the Ottawa River. Just east of Bytown (Ottawa).
> Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2008 19:50:36 -0500> From: > To: > Subject: Re: [S-I] I wonder if anyone can tell me how early the Scot-...> > Unfortunately, Prescott as a birth location is not as helpful as some> others may have been.> > There may even be some ambiguity since it is the name of a town along the> St. Lawrence near the location of the former Fort Wellington and it was> also the name of a county located further east along the boundary with> Lower Canada. However, it is very unsual for folks in Canada to indicate> their birth location by county and Prescott County joined a neighbouring> county in 1820 to become the United Counties of Prescott and Russell. > (Incidentally, the population of these counties at that time were> predominantly, but not exclusively, UEL.) So we can probably assume that> you are talking about the town of Prescott. Fort Wellington was built on> the farm of a UEL during the war of 1812. It was about 1 mile from> Ogdensburg, New York. As far as I know, Prescott grew as a result of the> fort, but you might want to lok into that since I do not live in that area> and am not really expert on its history.> > Although I haven't done much research in Prescott, I have looked into> several of my ancestors nearby in Brockville and Kemptville, as well as a> little further west in Gananoque, that would fall into our definition of> scotch-irish so I would not abandon the list just yet. Unfortunately,> your ancestor could also have been a member of the English army garrison> at Fort Wellington who was decommissioned after the war and received a> land grant based on his army service or even just stayed in the town that> grew up near the fort.> > In addition, I believe that Prescott was also a gateway to eastern Upper> Canada in the early 1800s, so the 1820s immigration influx is a good> possibility. Your Pembroke connection could be consistent with that> since, as I mentioned in my earlier message, many immigrants at that time> were being given location tickets for land in the upper Ottawa River> valley. Your ancestor could have been born during their passage through> Prescott.> > Obituaries, if you can find them, might be your best bet.> > John Carey> > > > > -------------------------------> To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message
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