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People from the Fitzwilliam estate who settled in Ontario, 1847-55
In the late 1840s a program of assisted emigration was initiated by Lord Fitzwilliam to reduce the number of tenants on his estate in southwest County Wicklow Ireland. Most of these emigrants sailed from New Ross to Quebec City, but few of them stayed in Quebec, where the population was for the most part French-speaking. Instead, they continued on up the St. Lawrence River to the province of Ontario (then called Upper Canada) and became part of Irish communities there.
The following data was compiled by Anne Burgess. It lists many of the Irish from the Fitzwilliam estate who settled in the West 1/2 of Ontario, from roughly Belleville to Lake Huron.
People that settled in the East 1/2 of ontario can be found at
A Story of Emigration: Southwest Wicklow to Ontario, Canada
|Name of Tenant||From||Settled In|
|BALFE, John and DOBBS, Alice||Hillbrooke||Oro, Ontario|
|BANNISTER, Andrew and Elizabeth||Askakeagh||Trafalgar, Ontario|
|BOGGS, Leyburn and BYRNE, Jane||Rossbane||Garafraxa East, Ontario|
|BOULGER, Judith||Glenphillippeen||Cobourg, Ontario|
|BOWES, James and ELLIOT, Eliza||Coolfancy||St. Vincent, Ontario|
|BYRNE, Edward and Betty||Coolfancy||Barrie, Ontario|
|BYRNE, Edward and Margaret||Tanseyclose||Haldimand, Ontario|
|BYRNE, Hugh||Ballyshonog?||Garafraxa West, Ontario|
|BYRNE, John and Mary||Toberlownagh||Hamilton Twp., Ontario (Northumberland County)|
|BYRNE, Margaret DOYLE||Coolfancy||Barrie, Ontario|
|BYRNE, Mary KENNY||Kilcavan||Vespra, Ontario|
|BYRNE, Mary; Joseph; Lawrence; Mark; Mary Ann; Peter||Ballinguile||Hamilton, Ontario|
|BYRNE, Mat and Fanny||Toorboy||Niagara, Ontario|
|BYRNE, Patrick and Ann||Toberpatrick||Etobicoke, Ontario|
|BYRNE, Patrick and Ann||Cronelea||Darlington, Ontario|
|BYRNE, Patrick and Ellen||Rosbane||Trafalgar, Ontario|
|BYRNE, Simon and BRIEN, Margaret||Coolboy||York, Ontario|
|BYRNE, William and Bridget||Coolfancy||Toronto, Ontario|
|CARNEY, Betty; Richard||Moylisha||Etobicoke, Ontario and Colborne Twp, Ontario|
|CARROLL, John and Bridget||Coolfancy||York, Ontario|
|CARROLL, Joshua and Alice||Coolfancy||Etobicoke, Ontario|
|COADY, Patrick and Mary||Rathshanmore||Whitby, Ontario|
|COLLINS, Ann and Jane (Grandy stepdaughters)||Croneyhorn||Manvers, Ontario|
|CONNELL, Edward and McCARTHY, Ann||Kilcavan||Arthur, Ontario|
|CONNELL, James||Kilcavan||Arthur, Ontario|
|CUFFE, James and Mary||Askakeagh||Percy, Ontario|
|CUFFE, John and Anne||Askakeagh||Bentinck, Ontario|
|CURREN/CURRAN, Patrick and TOOLE, Mary||Coolboy||Toronto, Ontario (Peel)|
|DILLON, Richard||Rosnakill||Dereham, Ontario|
|DORCEY, Miles; Peter; Catherine||Coolroe||Etobicoke, Ontario and Glenelg, Ontario|
|DOYLE, James and Judy||Kilmalone||Toronto, Ontario|
|DOYLE, Pat and Biddy||Killinure||Hamilton Twp., Ontario (Northumberland County)|
|DUNN, Frank and Lucy||Rathbane||Whitby, Ontario|
|FOX, Denis and Elizabeth||Coolboy||Hamilton Twp., Ontario (Northumberland County)|
|FREEMAN, Richard||Toorboy||South Easthope, Ontario|
|GAHAN, Elizabeth||Farnees||Toronto, Ontario and Newmarket, Ontario|
|GRAHAM, Nicholas||Carnew||Toronto, Ontario|
|GRANDY, Henry and Susan||Croneyhorn||Manvers, Ontario|
|GRIFFIN, Thomas and Jane||Knocknaboley||Howick, Ontario|
|HAGEN, John and Ann||Carrigroe||Markham, Ontario|
|HARMON, Edward, James, Peter, Thomas; cousin Peter Harmon||Ballinguile||Hamilton, Ontario and Aldborough, Ontario (Elgin West)|
|HEALY, James and Winny||Askakeagh||Brighton, Ontario|
|HEFFERNAN, John and TOMPKINS, Sally||Coolroe||Vespra, Ontario|
|HOPKINS, Edward and Jane||Corndog||Somerville, Ontario|
|HUTTON, Thomas and Charlotte||Slievenamough||Bentinck, Ontario|
|JOHNSTON, Henry and Mary||Ballinglen||Hamilton, Ontario|
|KAVANAGH, Garret and Mary||Ballyraheen||Arthur, Ontario|
|KAVANAGH, John and KENNY, Catherine||Parkmore||Vespra, Ontario|
|KEARY/CAREY, Robert||Kilballyowen||Niagara, Ontario|
|KENNY, Martin||Tomacork||Vespra, Ontario|
|KERRIVAN/KERWIN, Cornelius; Eliza||Ballinguile||Niagara, Ontario|
|LAMBERT, Catherine||Slievemweel||Brighton, Ontario|
|LAWRENCE, Anthony and Dorothy||Rathshanmore||Toronto, Ontario|
|LAWRENCE, Henry; Anthony; Susanna; Martha||Slieveroe||Bobcageon, Ontario and Somerville, Ontario|
|LAWRENCE, John and Martha||Slieveroe||Glenelg, Ontario|
|LAWRENCE, Thomas and Henrietta||Rathshanmore||Whitby, Ontario|
|LEE, John and Mary||Coolfancy||Trafalgar, Ontario|
|LYNCH, Anne Byrne; Michael||Glenphillippeen||Barrie, Ontario and Toronto, Ontario|
|MELLON, Peter and Jane||Coolboy||Vaughan, Ontario|
|MOORE, Mary HEFFERNAN||Ballykelly||Barrie, Ontario|
|MORRIS, Stephen and CUMMERFORD, Bridget||Mullans||Toronto, Ontario (Peel)|
|MURPHY, Edward||Mullannaskeagh||Proton, Ontario|
|MURPHY, Margaret DOYLE; John; Margaret||Parkmore||Vespra, Ontario|
|MURPHY, Patrick and DOBBS, Julia||Parkmore||Oro, Ontario|
|MURPHY, Philip and Bridget||Tomnafinnogue||Proton, Ontario|
|MYERS, Dorothy||Tallyhoe||Manvers, Ontario|
|NOWLAN, Mary; Edward; Patrick||Killinure||Normanby, Ontario|
|O'NEAL, Patrick and Dolly||Kilballyowen||Etobicoke, Ontario|
|PRESTLEY, Robert and Mary||Motabower||Etobicoke, Ontario|
|REDMOND, John and Ann||Croneyhorn||Hay, Ontario|
|ROACH, Catherine||Motybower||Chinguacousy, Ontario|
|ROSSITER, Ann||Tombreane||Adjala, Ontario|
|ROSSITER, John||Tombreane||Tecumseth, Ontario|
|ROSSITER, Patrick and Ann||Tombreane||York East, Ontario|
|RYAN, Michael and Mary||Coolfancy||York, Ontario|
|SHANNON, Ann DOYLE||Hillbrooke||Barrie, Ontario|
|SHERIDAN, Edward and DOYLE, Ann; William; Mary||Slievenamough||Orillia, Ontario|
|SHERIDAN, Lawrence and Bridget; Patrick||Slievenamough||Orillia, Ontario|
|TWAMLEY, George and Eliza||Rosnastraw||Whitby, Ontario|
|WHELAN, William and Mary||Ballynavortha||Pickering, Ontario|