Workers on the Beauharnois Canal

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     The source for this list is the Archives Nationales du Québec à Montréal (ANQM), P464, Fonds Walter Shanly.  The records contain some plans for the Beauharnois Canal. One document included among these papers, "Final Estimate of Work Performed on Lock no 4, Beauharnois Canal. Appendix no 2, Paylist for men cutting Drains on Canal from 7th to 30 th Nov 1843 inclusive" included the list of names below.  The construction of the Beauharnois Canal began in 1842 and was completed in 1845. The Canal replaced the Cascades and Coteau Canals, but it was later replaced by Soulanges Canal in 1901.
     Walter Shanly was a civil engineer. He was born in Ireland in 1819 and died in Montreal in 1899. Shanly came to Upper Canada in 1836 with his family. His brother Francis was also an engineer. They both later worked for the Grand Trunk Railway.
     In the list below, names followed by an * indicates the original writing was difficult to transcribe with certainty. For the column,   "Amount £ ",  when the entry was "5", for example, it has been changed to "5 0 0".
     These records were very kindly provided by Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne, MA Quebec History. Copyright belongs to Denyse and permission should be obtained before reproducing this list for other than personal use.

Surname First Name Days Price £ Amount £
Brown James 5 2/6 0 12 6
Byrne Martin 18 2/6 2 5 0
Cain Pat. 16 2/6 2 0 0
Carroll Thos. 7 2/6 0 17 6
Cassady Jas. 4 1/2 2/6 0 11 3
Connell John 5 2/6 0 12 6
Connor William 19 2/6 2 7 6
Coplin Pat. 17 1/2 2/6 2 3 9
Dixon John 17 2/6 2 2 6
Dorsey Pat. 17 1/2 2/6 2 3 9
Galvin Con. 17 2/6 2 2 6
Gannaghen Pat. 20 1/2 2/6 2 11 3
Grace William 5 1/4 2/6 0 13 1 1/2
Hanley Darby 20 2/6 2 10 0
Hobien Pat. 19 3/4 2/6 2 9 4 1/2
Hyndes Michael 20 2/6 2 10 0
Kelihan Michael 18 1/2 2/6 2 6 3
Kelihan Pat. 20 2/6 2 10 0
Kelihan Wm. 4 2/6 0 10 0
Mahon Michael 5 2/6 0 12 6
Marsh John 9 2/6 1 2 6
McClusky John 15 2/6 1 17 6
McCormick Thos. 10 2/6 1 5 0
McDonell * Francis 5 2/6 0 12 6
Morran * John 15 3/4 2/6 1 19 4 1/2
Murphy John 20 2/6 2 10 0
Murray Thomas 20 5/ 5 0 0
Murray Daniel 9 2/6 1 2 6
Murray Philip 20 2/6 2 10 0
Murray James 20 2/6 2 10 0
Murray John 21 2/6 2 12 6
Murray Charles 10 3/4 2/6 1 6 10 1/2
Murthen * John 19 1/2 2/6 2 8 9
O'Neil Thomas 5 2/6 0 12 6
Sommerville John 6 2/6 0 15 0
Stack John sr 18 2/6 2 5 0
Stack Thomas 17 3/4 2/6 2 4 4 1/2
Stack John jr 7 1/2 2/6 0 18 9
Wheller Edward 18 1/2 2/6 2 6 3


Some links related to the Beauharnois Canal:
Canal de Beauharnois
Le Parc régional du canal Beauharnois
History of the St. Lawrence / Great Lakes Canals System (1783-1954)
La réouverture de l'ancien canal de Beauharnois: un projet réalisable


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Last Modified: 04/03/01
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