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Colonel Wyndham’s 1839 Irish Emigrants

These emigrants were selected from among applicants on Colonel George Wyndham’s Irish estates. They sailed from Ireland to Quebec on the Waterloo, superintended by Charles Rubidge, a half-pay naval officer who had settled in the Newcastle District. Rubidge accompanied the immigrants to Cobourg, helped them to find a first job in the area, and paid occasional attention to them thereafter. He drew up this list in January 1840 and sent it to Anthony Hawke, the chief emigrant agent for Upper Canada, to quell rumours that the immigrants had all decamped for the United States.

This emigration was the first Wyndham sponsored from Ireland and the only one conducted on lines similar to the Petworth emigrations under his father, the third Earl of Egremont. It was supervised by Thomas Sockett and James Marr Brydone, who acted as chairman of the Ennis Emigration Committee. In later years, Wyndham sponsored roughly as many emigrants from Ireland as his father had from England. After 1839, however, he sent his emigrants under the same spare system as other Irish landlords with none of the special care taken in 1839.

A list of Persons sent out by Colonel Wyndham to Upper Canada under the superintendence of Lieutenant Rubidge, their age and place of residence there in January 1840.

This information has been transcribed from British Parliamentary Papers, 1840, Canada, Correspondence Relative to the Affairs of Canada, Part IV, 19-21, "A List of Persons sent out by Colonel Wyndham,” enclosed in Charles Rubidge to Anthony Hawke, 1 February 1840.

Burns, Kitty 25.
Near Cobourg.

Carroll, John 39, Bridget 36, Mary 15, James 14, Peggy 10, Judy 6, Kitty 5.
Cobourg.

Carty, Patrick 21.
Supposed United States.

Clancy, Daniel 44, Mary 37, Peggy 14, Bridget 11, Mary 9, John 5, Thomas 1.
Near Port Hope.

Clarney, Patrick 36, Mary 36, Biddy 11, Michael 9, James 6, Peter 5, Martin 3, Mary 9m.
Supposed United States.

Collins, Bridget 49, Patrick 30, John 25, Catherine 15.
Port Hope.

Collins, Murtagh 20.
Supposed United States.

Collins, William 35, Mary 35, Mary 11, John 9, Martin 6, Patrick 5, Natherine [Catherine] 3, Cancy [Nancy] 1, Nancy (sister) 20.
Near Port Hope.

Connor, James 24.
Supposed United States.

Culligan, Patrick 31; Kitty 25, Mary 2, Simon 26, Mary 25, John 3, Nancy 2, Infant 7m.
Supposed United States.

Cullinane, Patrick 16.
Peterborough.

Cusick, James 40, Mary 36, Michael 20, Daniel 15, Peggy 13, Kitty 11, Biddy 6, Mary 2.
Supposed United States.

Cusick, William 22.
By Town [Ottawa]

Davis, James 29, Mary 24.
Port Hope.

Dillon, Mary 24.
Near Cobourg.

Doyle, Timothy 26, Mary 23, Norah 11m.
Near Cobourg.

Duncan, Mary 22.
Otanabee.

Dwyn, Michael 30, Nancy 26, Mary 8m, Margaret (sister) 26, Catherine (sister) 18, Pat., son of Mary [sic] 2.
Near Cobourg.

Fox, Michael 30.
Supposed United States.

Galvin, John 29, Biddy 28, James 3, Martin 1.
Cavan W.D. [Newcastle District]

Giltman, Patrick 35, Nancy 32, Michael 12, Biddy 5, Mary 2.
Cavan.

Gregy, Margaret 20.
Supposed United States.

Gregy, Mary 23.
Near Cobourg.

Hartigan, James 48, Ellen 40, Patrick 24, Bridget 20, Mary 18, Peggy 14, James 10.
Near Cobourg.

Hayes, Johanna 21.
Supposed United States.

Hayes, Mary 19.
Near Cobourg.

Healy, Peter 21.
Near Cobourg.

Hogan, James 45, Kitty 32, Daniel 18, Judy 17, Catherine 13, Mary 11, Peggy 6, Patrick 5, James 2.
Emily.

Hogan, Margaret 19.
Near Cobourg.

Kelly, James 46, Mary 30, Biddy 11, John 9, Michael 6, Nancy 1.
Near Port Hope.

Lucknane, John 40, Mary 36, Michael 20, Daniel 15, Peggy 13, Kitty 11, Biddy 6, Mary 2.
Supposed United States.

Maroonay, Catherine 25.
Cobourg.

McMahon, Cornelius 29, Margaret 29, John 8, Honora 3.
Smith’s Falls Rideau.

McMahon, Kitty 25.
Near Cobourg.

McMahon, Nelly 17.
By Town [Ottawa]

McMahon, Thomas 40, Mary 35, Biddy 14, Mary 11, Michael 9, Timothy 6, Nancy 3.
Near Port Hope.

McNamara, Patrick 35, Peggy 30, Bridget 12, Mary 8, John 6, Winifred 5, Martin 2.
Near Port Hope

Meeham, James 30, Nancy 25, Bridget 4.
Supposed United States.

Meers, James 21.
Supposed United States.

Moylan, Patrick 27.
Supposed United States.

Mulgreny, Michael 31.
By Town [Ottawa]

Mulgueny, Catherine 21.
By Town [Ottawa]

Murray, John 30.
Supposed United States.

O’Neil, Patrick 44, Elizabeth 34, Morgan 17, Thomas 13, Michael 12, John 6, Mary 5, Judy 4.
Cavan N.D. [Newcastle District]

Quin, Catherine 16.
Near Cobourg.

Quin, Edmund 17.
Supposed United States.

Rennie, James 20.
Supposed United States.

Roche, Edmund 45, Kitty 40, Patrick 11, Mary 9, Ellen 6, Catherine 5.
Cavan N.D. [Newcastle District]

Ryan, James 28, Anstes 26, Patrick 14, Nancy 11, Biddy 9, John 5, Mary 2.
Port Hope.

Ryan, Patrick 26, Catherine 30, Timothy 10, John 9, Catherine 22.
Near Cobourg.

Ryan, Thomas 29, Johanna 30, Mary 8, Infant 7m, Ellen 26.
Near Cobourg.

Stackpole, John 28.
Supposed United States.

Stackpole, Kitty 20.
Supposed United States.

Welsh, Patrick 25, Biddy 25, Maurice 4, Johanna 2.
Near Cobourg.

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