When I was traveling in the Upper Ottawa Valley on both the Ontario (Renfrew) and Quebec (Pontiac) sides in 2012, a nice lady found and commented on this blog. She was very enthusiastic and was involved with the Sheenboro history. Unfortunately, I had already returned to my home and did not get a chance to meet her. We have since them communicated via email and more.
She said she was related to everyone in Sheenboro, Pontiac Co., Quebec and she is very interested in the families, genealogy and the history of the people of the Upper Ottawa River including Sheenboro, Chichester and Chapeau on Allumette Island. She had also visited many of the cemeteries and taken photos of them calling it her Stones and Bones tour.
Her name is Linda Berube Inch and she is on Facebook and Ancestry and is also the administrator of the Facebook group titled: The League to Preserve Timmins Heritage. Apparently a lot of people from the Sheenboro and Chichester area migrated to Timmins. If you are like me, Timmins is north of Sudbury, Ontario which is north of Toronto. Linda has many photographs and interesting documents and information on this page so you might want to check it out.
She has graciously given me permission to share this photo which she presented on her Facebook page.
Unfortunately the photo is very difficult to read so with help from Linda this is what we came up with:
I am particularly interested in Hugh Downey and his wife Theresa McDonell who was the daughter of John McDonell and Julia Elizabeth Lacour (Ricard/Tebeau/Thibault). The Angus MacDonald mentioned married Ida Perrault and was a son of John and Julia.
John looks very promising as the brother of my great-grandfather Archibald McDonell who lived in Chichester and was the Culbute Lockmaster.
I have been trying to find more of Archibald’s siblings but have not been as successful as I have with his wife my great-grandmother Mary McDonell. Yes she was a McDonell as well. This whole blog is about these families and the ones connected to them.
You will find past posts on this blog about Hugh Downey and Theresa and the others I have mentioned. Here are several posts you may want to study. I am still trying to make sure the lineage is correct so if you have information please comment. Just go to the side bar on this blog and you can search for them either in the Archives or in the Categories.
The Migrations of the Downeys and MacDonalds, dated June 5, 2014
A Discovery: Archie’s brother John McDonell, living next door in Sheen?, dated March 31, 2012.
My curiosity being what it is, I tried to find information about this Sennetville Colony mentioned above but cannot bring up anything of significance online. The Archives of Saskatchewan has a very nice website devoted to settlement but no mention of this group of settlers at Sennetville: http://www.saskarchives.com/sasksettlement/
UPDATE 8/1/2014 at 10:03 am – From the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan we find the Irish Colony called Sinnett after the Fr John Sinnett : http://esask.uregina.ca/entry/irish_settlements.html Try Fr. Sinnett in Saskatchewan, Irish Settlements etc. in Google. Very interesting.
If you have any information about any of these families and their migrations, please contact us by leaving a comment on this blog, both Linda and I would love to hear from you.
NOTE: I have learned about the nature of Canadian research and after traveling in Ontario and Quebec that you need to increase your search area (geographically) for your ancestors. They were a lot more mobile then we think and you just might find them in Ottawa or Montreal, or further out West or even into the USA like my family did in 1901. Remember that the area of Sheenboro, Chichester, Waltham, Chapeau (Allumette Island) and Pembroke was a thriving mining, lumbering area when our ancestors were there but by 1900 it changed and now it is a sleepy neighborhood community. I know, I traveled it and you can read about my travels in the posts titled Tour/Touring of the Upper Ottawa Valley which includes Renfrew and Pontiac Counties.
UPDATES 8/3/2014: a book to check into: The way things were…LeRoy and District Saskatchewan Centennial 1905-2005, Vol. #2 under Loyola School District #1910. The History of Loyola, it was the school in the hamlet of Sinnett.