Monday, June 12, 2017

Settlers of Present day Ottawa

12 May 2017

Dow Family 1814
  Abraham arrived 1814and settled in Nepean Twp. Lot M, Con. C just across the
river from Bradish Billings [ Ref; Ottawa Past and Present] Brothers Marble and Samuel
arrived 1816 and settled near Abraham. Their sister Lamira  married Bradish Billings
in Merrickville 18 Oct 1813.

Sparks Nicholas 1816
  Came to Lower Canada to work for Philemon Wright. In 1826 he married Sally Olmstead
the widow of Philemon Wright Jr. He purchased Lot C, Con. C, Nepean Twp. from
John Burrows. More info in DCB, Dictionary of Canadian Biography.

Burrows, John 1817
   [Previous surname Honey]. Lived in Bytown and was involved with the Rideau Canal
until his death in 1848. Ref; John Burrows Fonds at LAC and also in DCB.

Firth, Isaac c1812
  Operated an Inn  at Richmond Landing. Came from Yorkshire and married
Miss Dalmahoy, a millner, who arrived from Scotland in 1818. Ref; Carleton Saga.

Smith Ralph
  Settled near Richmond Landing and operated a stillon the south shore of the
Ottawa River  Ref; 'Rideau Waterway' br Robert Leggat

Wilson, Andrew  Capt. Royal Navy
  Ref; Ottawa Genealogist [Ottawa branch News Jan/Feb 2007.

LeBreton John
  In 1820 bought Robert Randall's property which became known as LeBreton Flats.
No more needs to be said about John LeBreton as we are still talking about his 'Flats'.

The above list is by no means all inclusive of early settlers and I am going to start
dealing with the Richmond Military Settlement of 1818, which is the beginning
of the settlement of the present City of Ottawa, formerly Bytown.