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George BREMNER bc 1765 in Scotland made his own emigration society to travel from Scotland to New Lanark, Ontario aboard the ship David of London in 1821. There were 18 persons in the Deanston (by Doune) Emigration Society, all consisting of his immediate family. We have all assumed that his wife, Ann FARQUARSON, had died sometime between 1811 and 1821 in Deanston Scotland where they resided before leaving for Canada because she did not travel with the Deanston Emigration Society, however, according to the BIFHSGO Pub. #1, Ann Farquarson had already traveled to Canada ahead of her family - maybe with the Farquarson's?

The people who joined George in the society were his children:

Jean BREMNER & her husband, Alexander MCNICOL
Isabella BREMNER & her husband, William LIVINGSTONE and their 4 year old child, Hugh LIVINGSTONE
George BREMNER Jr. & his wife, Janet FERGUSON and their two children, George Jr, Jr. 3 years old and Isabella, 1 year old
Ann BREMNER
Charles BREMNER & his wife, Catherine MARSHALL
Elizabeth BREMNER
(James?) BREMNER, male bc 1804
Peter BREMNER
David BREMNER
John BREMNER

According to Early Settlers & Col Marshall's 1834 Report on Conditions 1820-1822 for Lanark Twp. Concession 9 Lot 6 West, George BREMNER Sr. had died before 1834 and John AIKEN was a squatter on his land. It also indicates that George's sons were working on the Rideau Canal and some of the land on the above lot had been cleared.

George's daughter, Jean BREMNER bc1792 in Scotland, married April 10, 1821 at Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland to Alexander MCNICOL bc 1789, Scotland. According to Early Settlers & Col Marshall's 1834 Report on Conditions 1820-1822 they lived in Lanark Township, Concession 8 Lot 15 East. The report also indicates that there was a large clearing but the lot was rough land. Also from the film # C-106 at the National Archives of Canada, Return of Lanark Society Settlers Located in the Township of Lanark who have performed their Settlement duty and pray that their Patent Deeds may issue dated Perth 28th July 1836, lists Alexander MCNICOL as having a land deed in Lanark Township Concession 8 Lot 15 East as well.

Jean and Alexander had the following children, presumably on this lot in Lanark Twp., Lanark Co. ON:

  1. Anne MCNICOL b. November 6, 1821 married December 31, 1840
    to David GEMMILL b: May 10, 1819 in Cumnoch, Ayr SCT s/o John GEMMILL & Anne WEIR
  2. Margaret MCNICOL bc 1822 married 1850
    to James CARSWELL bc 1823 SCT s/o Thomas CARSWELL
  3. Isabella MCNICOL b. 1825 married 1852
    to George BROWN b. September 15, 1823 s/o Robert BROWN & Margaret WAYNE
  4. Duncan MCNICOL b. 1828 married March 8, 1859
    to Mary MCLEOD bc 1838 in Fitzroy Twp., Carleton Co. ON d/o Donald MCLEOD & Catherine
  5. Jean (Jane) MCNICOL b. January 19, 1832 Hopetown, Lanark Twp. married
    to Robert BROWN b: April 6, 1828 s/o Robert BROWN & Margaret WAYNE
  6. Elizabeth MCNICOL b. April 1835 married April 25, 1860 Douglas ON
    to John STEWART bc 1834 Sterling, Perthshire SCT s/o Daniel STEWART & Catherine

This family moved to Grattan Township, Renfrew County and are shown on the 1851 census for that area living on Concession 3 Lot 7. The agricultural census indicates that Alexander and Jean have 200 acres of land with 40 under cultivation, 22 of these under crops and 19 under pasture with 1acre for garden. They had 5 acres of wheat which produced 60 bushels. 160 acres under wood or wild and not yet cultivated.

Alexander died April 6, 1859. Jean died October 29, 1860 according to her tombstone, however, on the 1861 census for Admaston, there is shown a Jean BREMNER aged 60 years living with her son, Duncan (maybe the death date on the tombstone is incorrect?). Both are buried in the Admaston Cemetery in Renfrew Co. Plot # E5.

George's daughter, Isabella BREMNER b 1793 in Scotland, married April 10, 1821 at Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland to William LIVINGSTONE b January 6, 1799 in Port of Monteith, Perthshire, Scotland. According to Early Settlers & Col Marshall's 1834 Report on Conditions 1820-1822 they lived in Lanark Township, Concession 8 Lot 9 East. The report also indicates that there was a large clearing and some good land. Also from the film # C-106 at the National Archives of Canada, Return of Lanark Society Settlers Located in the Township of Lanark who have performed their Settlement duty and pray that their Patent Deeds may issue dated Perth 28th July 1836, lists William LIVINGSTON as having a land deed in Lanark Township Concession 8 Lot 9 East as well.

Isabella and William had the following children:

  1. Hugh LIVINGSTONE b: June 20, 1816 in Inchie, Port of Menteith, Perthshire SCT married
    to Margaret Eiza AIKEN bc 1818 SCT d/o John AIKEN & Margaret
    Hugh was the natural son of James HUTCHINSON and came to Canada with his mother in 1821.

    The following children were born presumably on the above lot in Lanark Twp., Lanark Co. ON:
  2. Ann Farquharson LIVINGSTONE b March 28, 1822 d: Bef. 1836
  3. Neil LIVINGSTONE b 1824 Lanark Twp. married March 15, 1850 in Pakenham ON
    to Anne CAMPBELL b: January 1, 1823 d/o John CAMPBELL & Mary
  4. Margaret LIVINGSTONE b June 30, 1830 married March 23, 1846 in Pakenham ON
    to Michael B MCFARLANE b: May 10, 1824 in ON s/o ?
  5. Jean LIVINGSTONE b 1832 Lanark Twp. d. January 20, 1893
  6. George LIVINGSTONE b October 9, 1834 Lanark Twp. married April 6, 1863 in Renfrew Co. ON
    to Jane/Jean BREMNER b: 1832 Lanark Twp. d/o George BREMNER & Janet FERGUSON (below)
  7. Ann LIVINGSTONE b April 7, 1836 Lanark Twp. married 1st Abt. 1858
    to H. THIBODEAU s/o ? married 2nd to Richard SMITH April 17, 1873 Maynooth ON

William and Isabella moved to Grattan Township, Renfrew County and are shown on the 1851 census for that area living on Concession 6 Lot 7. The agricultural census indicates that they have 200 acres of land with 60 under cultivation, 22 of these under crops and 38 under pasture. They had 9 acres of wheat which produced 225 bushels. 140 acres under wood or wild and not yet cultivated.

Hugh is also shown in Grattan with his wife Margaret on the 1851 census for that area living on Concession 5 Lot 6. The agricultural census indicates that they have 150 acres of land with 60 under cultivation, 18 of these under crops and 41 under pasture with 1 acre for garden. They had 5 acres of wheat which produced 90 bushels and 1 acre of Barley which produced 18 bushels. 90 acres under wood or wild and not yet cultivated.

Neil is shown as well in Grattan with his wife Anne on the 1851 census for that area living on Concession 6 Lot 8. The agricultural census indicates that they have 200 acres of land with 40 under cultivation, 17 of these under crops and 23 under pasture. They had 4 acres of wheat which produced 80 bushels and acre of Barley which produced 15 bushels. 160 acres under wood or wild and not yet cultivated.

William died February 19, 1888 in Grattan Twp. Renfrew Co. ON and Isabella d: August 14, 1876 buried in the Admaston Cemetery in Renfrew Co. Plot # G6.

George's son, George BREMNER Jr. bc1794 in Scotland, married December 15, 1816 at Port of Monteith, Perthshire, Scotland to Janet FERGUSON b 1791, Scotland. According to Early Settlers & Col Marshall's 1834 Report on Conditions 1820-1822 for Lanark Twp. Concession 8 Lot 11 East, George BREMNER Jr. was not on this property and John AIKEN was a squatter on his land. It also indicates that the land was rough and rocky.. Also from the film # C-106 at the National Archives of Canada, Return of Lanark Society Settlers Located in the Township of Lanark who have performed their Settlement duty and pray that their Patent Deeds may issue dated Perth 28th July 1836, lists George BREMNER Jr. as having a land deed in Lanark Township Concession 9 Lot 15 West with his brother Charles.

George and Janet had the following children:

  1. John Ferquarson BREMBNER b: September 29, 1816 in Calziemuck Ruskie, Port of Menteith, Perthshire SCT (twin, did not come to Canada)
  2. Duncan BREMBNER b: October 1, 1816 in Calziemuck Ruskie, Port of Menteith, Perthshire SCT (twin, did not come to Canada)
  3. George BREMNER b: March 12, 1818 in Calziemuck, Port of Menteith parish, Perthshire SCT (Came to Canada in 1821)
    Nothing more is known about George, unless he is the one who is in Oxford Co. c1854
  4. Isobel BREMNER b: March 10, 1820 in Ruskie, Port of Menteith parish, Perthshire SCT (Came to Canada in 1821)
    Nothing more is known about Isobel unless she is the one married to David RUSSELL and living Pakenham, Lanark Co. ON

    The following children were born presumably on C9 L15 West in Lanark Twp., Lanark Co. ON:
  5. John BREMNER b 1827 married February 11, 1851 in Renfrew ON
    to Marcella WESLEY b February 13, 1826 in USA d/o John WESLEY & Sarah GIBBON
    Note: It is quite possible that John is the s/o Charles BREMNER & Catherine MARSHALL
    (see GIBBON families)
  6. Jessie/Janet BREMNER bc 1830 married 1850
    to James KNIGHT b 1830 in Montreal PQ s/o Thomas KNIGHT & Mary SAUNDERS
  7. Ann BREMNER b 1831 (Still living at home 1871)
  8. Jane/Jean BREMNER b 1832 married April 6, 1863 in Renfrew Co. ON
    to George LIVINGSTONE b October 9, 1834 s/o George LIVINGSTONE & Jane/Jean BREMNER (above)
  9. Charles BREMNER b 1835 married August 20, 1874 in Renfrew ON
    to Hannah COCKRANE b January 1, 1845 in Niagara region, ON d/o George COCKRANE & Hannah BOWL
  10. Elisabeth BREMNER b 1838 married November 26, 1858 in Pakenham ON
    to Robert WALLACE s/o ?
  11. Ellen BREMNER b 1839 married September 14, 1862 in Renfrew ON
    to Pierre PORTUGUIST s/o Pierre PORTUGUIST & Angelique GAUTHIER

George is shown in Grattan with his wife Janet on the 1851 census for that area living on Concession 5 Lot 7. The agricultural census indicates that they have 150 acres of land with 60 under cultivation, 13 of these under crops and 46 under pasture with 1 acre of garden. They had 6 acres of wheat which produced 108 bushels and 1 acre of Barley which produced 18 bushels. 90 acres under wood or wild and not yet cultivated.

George Jr. died December 31, 1871 in Admaston Twp. Renfrew Co. ON and Janet d: ? George is buried in the Admaston Cemetery in Renfrew Co. Plot # G8.

George Sr.'s daughter, Ann BREMNER was baptised May 28, 1798 in Denhead, Parish of Fowlis Easter, Perthshire Scotland. Nothing more is known about Ann.

George's son, Charles BREMNER was baptised March 31, 1799 in Denhead, Parish of Fowlis Easter, Perthshire, Scotland, married May 12, 1821 in Kilmadock parish, Perthshire, Scotland to Catherine MARSHALL bc 1803, Scotland. According to Early Settlers & Col Marshall's 1834 Report on Conditions 1820-1822 for Lanark Twp. Concession 9 Lot 15 West, Charles BREMNER was on this property with his family. It also indicates that the land had some clay and the rest rocky.. Also from the film # C-106 at the National Archives of Canada, Return of Lanark Society Settlers Located in the Township of Lanark who have performed their Settlement duty and pray that their Patent Deeds may issue dated Perth 28th July 1836, lists Charles BREMNER as having a land deed in Lanark Township Concession 9 Lot 15 West with his brother George. They sold this land in 1841. A Charles BREMNER purchased the north-east half of L17 C9 Lanark Twp in 1860 and sold this land on Sept 18, 1864.

  1. Mary BREMNER bc 1824 married
    to James McKenzie RAE
  2. George BREMNER bc 1827 married November 23, 1860 in Usbourne Twp., Huron Co. ON
    to Margaret MURRAY b September 29, 1839 in Buckholm, Melose, Roxb ENG d/o James MURRAY & Janet SCOUGAL
  3. John BREMNER b September 16, 1828 in Lanark Twp., Lanark Co. ON
    Note: This John may be the one listed under George BREMNER & Janet FERGUSON, above
  4. William BREMNER b: April 19, 1831 in Lanark Twp., Lanark Co. ON married 1863
    to Ann DICK b 1840 d/o John DICK & Mary GEMMILL
  5. Ann BREMNER bc 1833 married
    to George HARDING bc 1828 s/o ?
  6. Jane (Jean) BREMNER b 1835 in Lanark Twp., Lanark Co. ON married November 11, 1857
    to Thomas MARTIN b 1831 in Lanark Co. ON s/o
  7. Isabella BREMNER bc 1837 married 1861 in Huron Co.
    to Duncan BALLANTINE s/o Duncan BALLANTINE & Margaret
  8. Elizabeth BREMNER b 1847 married November 14, 1864 in Huron Co. ON to
    Henry POTTER b 1838 s/o James POTTER & Ann GRAVES

It is unknown when or where Charles and Catherine died, however, Catherine died first and Charles lived for a time in Huron Co.

George's daughter, Elizabeth BREMNER b 1802 in Scotland, married March 31, 1831 in Brockville ON to George CARDIFF b 1806. According to Early Settlers & Col Marshall's 1834 Report on Conditions 1820-1822 a George Cardiff lived in Lanark Township, Concession 10 Lot 9 East. The report also indicates that he had 100 acres.

  1. George Bremner CARDIFF b April 2, 1832 in North Elmsley, Lanark Co. ON married January 10, 1859 in Renfrew ON
    to Bethea N. CARSWELL b December 1, 1838 in McNab Twp., Renfrew Co. ON d/o Allan CARSWELL & Margaret
  2. Ann CARDIFF b 1833 m: November 10, 1859
    to Charles MOORE b 1836 s/o Elias MOORE & Isabella KEON
  3. Jean CARDIFF b 1837 in Admaston ON m: May 8, 1863
    to Dudley MOORE b 1839 in Admaston ON s/o Elias MOORE & Isabella KEON
  4. Mary CARDIFF b 1840 in Admaston ON d 1842 Admaston ON
  5. John CARDIFF bc 1842 in Admaston ON m: September 17, 1869
    to Margaret Ann MCDOUGALL b 1845 in Admaston ON d/o Alex MCDOUGALL & Lily Ann ARMOUR
  6. William CARDIFF b 1844 Admaston ON m.
    to Margaret Jane CARDIFF d/o William CARDIFF & Ellen BOYES

George and Elizabeth are shown in Admaston on the 1851 census living on Concession 3 Lot 12. George died September 27, 1885 in Admaston ON and Elizabeth died January 17, 1890 in Admaston ON. They are buried in the Admaston Cemetery Plot # E10.

George's son BREMNER bc 1804 in Scotland and who came with George from Scotland, there is nothing known about.

George's son, Peter BREMNER bc 1807 in SCT married to Mary with the following children is listed in the Founding Families of Admaston, Horton & Renfrew Village by Carol Bennett. However, Peter is not listed in the 1851 Census of Canada West: Renfrew County, nor have I ever came across any reference to him in the area.

  1. John BREMNER
  2. Mary BREMNER
  3. George BREMNER
  4. Ann BREMNER
  5. Archibald BREMNER

George's son, David BREMNER bc 1811 in Scotland, married Margaret McLACHLAN bc 1824, Scotland. David applied for a land deed 24 January 1839 in McNab Township, Renfrew County and was granted Concession 5 Lot 1 McNab on 13 July 1839. The grant consisted of 200 acres. David's widowed wife and children are to be found in Admaston Twp. on the 1861 census.

  1. Jane Ann BREMNER bc 1859 married August 23, 1888 in Renfrew ON
    to Joseph THOMPSON of Renfrew, ON
  2. David William BREMNER b September 17, 1860 married July 2, 1885 Kingston ON
    to Mary Ann JAMIESON d/o ?

George's son, John BREMNER baptised August 6, 1811 in Doune, Parish of Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland, married June 21, 1841 in Pakenham ON to Agnes PATTERSON b 1817 daughter of Archibald PATTERSON and Mary BUCHANAN. John bought Concession 4 Lots 8, 9 & 10 Grattan Township from John and David RUSSEL and David's wife Isabella RUSSELL, all of Pakenham, 21 November 1873.

  1. Mary BREMNER b: June 15, 1842 in Renfrew Co. ON married March 29, 1861
    to John Buchanan FERGUSON b April 18, 1840 in Argyleshire SCT s/o Archibald FERGUSON & Margaret BARR
  2. George BREMNER b January 6, 1844 in Admaston ON m 1868
    to Sarah Ann LEDSTONE b in Mitchell ON d/o ?
  3. Anne BREMNER b January 13, 1846 in Admaston Twp. ON married October 15, 1864 in Renfrew Co. ON
    to Robert CRAIG bc 1841 in Ramsay Twp., Lanark Co. ON s/o Thomas CRAIG & Elizabeth MITCHELL
  4. Jean/Jane BREMNER b March 1, 1848 in Admaston Twp., Renfrew Co. ON d: June 13, 1849 in Admaston Twp., Renfrew Co. ON
  5. John L. BREMNER b: May 23, 1850 (twin) married
    Margaret Riddle ARNOT b: July 14, 1850 d/o William ARNOT
  6. Archibald Patterson BREMNER b May 23, 1850 in Admaston ON married January 27, 1886 in Renfrew ON or Calgary?
    to Grace Ann CARDIFF b November 12, 1865 in Renfrew ON d/o John CARDIFF & Margaret Ann MCDOUGALL (above)

Agnes died June 1, 1850 shortly after the birth of the twins. John died July 28, 1883 in Admaston Twp., Renfrew Co. ON and both are buried in the Admaston Cemetery, Renfrew County in Plot # D-8.


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