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BOOK - Founding Families of Beckwith Township 1816-1846 (Lanark County, Ontario)
By Carol Bennett-McCuaig
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2022
Originally published by Juniper Books, Renfrew, 2007
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Did your ancestors pioneer in Beckwith Township between 1816 and 1846? If so, they were among the earliest families of the district. Although few of them were rich in worldly goods we should think of these people as part of an elite group who, through their hard work and vision of a better future, have left us a legacy of which we can be proud. It was they who cleared the land and set up institutions which are valued by us today.

The material here is part of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle which has been put together using information gathered from the early censuses, church registers, obituaries, newspaper stories, land records, family notes and diaries, as well as graveyard inscriptions. To this has been added a certain amount of data generously shared by family researchers.

While this book does not pretend to include complete genealogies of the pioneer generation - that would involve the work of several lifetimes - the author has gathered some information which should be of value to their descendants.

Whether you are working on your family tree or merely acknowledging, with justifiable pride, that you are descended from one or more of the founding families of Beckwith Township, this book was compiled for you!

Contents include:
  • 19th century map of Beckwith Township with Lots and Concessions, towns and waterways identified
  • Author's note
    • Introductory remarks
    • Things which might puzzle you
    • Background of the Beckwith Settlers
      • The Scots
      • The Irish
      • Military Setllers
  • The families - This main section of the book is organized alphabethically by surname. Includes information regarding who, where from and when, often the ship of arrival, family members and related data. Amount of information varies by settler.
  • Appendix I - Early settlers about whom little is known
  • Appendix II - Additional settlers listed in the censuses of the 1820s
  • Sources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index (click here to view Index)
Founding Families of Beckwith Township 1816-1846, after being long out-of-print, is available once again in its complete original format. This book has be republished under an exclusive publishing agreement with the author's heirs.

  • 200 Pages
  • 8-1/2 x 11"
  • Index
  • Softcover - Perfectbound
  • Originally published by Juniper Books, Renfrew, 2007 under ISBN 978-0-919137-37-0
  • This new edition published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2022 under ISBN 978-1-77240-189-9

About the author: Carol Bennett-McCuaig
Carol Bennett-McCuaig (1938-2018) was a former weekly newspaper editor who became a prolific and respected author. She earned two degrees from the University of Waterloo, one in History and the other in Religious Studies. She wrote sixty three books, including regional histories, commissioned works and books geared to helping people who are researching their Lanark and Renfrew County (Ontario) roots, and a long list of historical novels. One of her histories, In Search of the Red Dragon: The Welsh in Canada, received the Ninnau award for its contribution to North American Welsh culture. In 1997 she received an Achievement Award from the Ontario Heritage Foundation, for her body of work in recording regional history.

Click for a list of Carol Bennett-McCuaig's books

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