As we near the 200th anniversary of the founding of present day Ottawa I intend to
list events and people who settled here in 1818 and afterwards up to the completion
of the Rideau Canal in 1832. Persons will be mentioned and further research is left
to anyone interested in that family. This is mainly a Genealogy work.
First; Who was here in/about the fall of 1818.
Philemon Wright settled in Hull/ Gatineau in 1800
Ira Honeywell settled in Nepean Twp. Con. 1, Lot 26 in 1811
Bradish Billings settled Junction Gore Lot 17 in 1812
Dow family settled across the Rideau River from Billings in 1814
Jerard Chapman settled in Nepean Twp. where present day Richmond Road meets
the Jock River
Nicholas Sparks purchased in Nepean Twp Con. C, Lot C [200 Acres now
John Burrows [Honey] returned to Canada in 1817. Lived in Bytown and
worked on the Rideau canal until he died in 1848
Richmond Military Settlement started in the fall of 1818. This was the
second settlement, following the Perth Settlement of 1816.
Future entries will detail settlement of Richmond/Goulbourn Twp.
Info on above settlers for some is available in Dictionary of Canadian
Biography and in City of Ottawa Archives and no doubt in other places.
One of the first events in this story takes place at Quebec City on
28 July 1818. On this date the settlers were leaving Quebec for their
new settlement and crossed paths by the Duke of Richmond's party
arriving to take up his duties as Governor General of the British
Colonies in North America. It has been stated that resulting from
this meeting that their settlement be named Richmond.
5 August 2018