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  1. Joseph Lee Allen Morrow

I received all of the following information from Toni (Ireland) Raugust who happens to have an account on ancestry and do I.  Feel free to look us both up.  She received this from other individuals.  In addition she sent pictures of descendants of James Moore and Anne Roe and their dependants.  And the photo of Sarah Poole (wife of Thomas Roe)

Joe Morrow


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Hello again. Thank you for the email.  Yes I am on facebook Toni (Ireland) Raugust I will look you up. This is wonderful. Glad you got the picturesLet me see how to start…lolI found this site not long ago and it is really good.

Thomas Poole- his father Henry Poole and mother Mary (Burgh) Maiden name or middl name not sure but married name was Rochford. Mary being the daughter of LT Colonel Rochford

Henry was the son of Thomas Poole and Mary Cowell

Thomas was the son of Samuel Poole who married the daughter _______Saxton of Peter Saxton of Leeds, England

Samuel was the son of William Poole

William was the son of Richard Poole born about 1550 in Skyehouse, Derby County, England

Jane Smith died 1811 and Thomas Poole born 1749- 1849 married about 1775 Parents of Sarah Poole who marries Thomas Roe

Jane smith died October 12 1811 both in coon (‘An Cuan) townsland about 10 km NE of Kilkenny city and are buried in the Protestant Parish of Dysart in the church of Coolcullen, Kilkenny. (I have a picture of the churchyard where it is believed that Jane and Thomas Pool are buried the old stones in the older section are very worn down and manes are not legible

** The pictures above were taken in May when (the woman that I mention below) went to Ireland. The cemetery is in the middle of nowhere. It’s very small and most of the stones are nubs. She told Thomas and Jane that they weren’t forgotten.

Thomas Poole taught at Dysart School between 1770-1830 he was a Wesleyan Methodist Minister. Thomas could well have been the second son. In these times in this mostly agricultural country. The elder’s son inherited the family farm.  Through the years farms had been divided among the surviving sons and had become so small they could barely support on family.  So the career path of the second son was usually to choose the church becoming a minister or priest.  At this time the church had considerable influence over the Irish people.  Choices after that were very limited so most emigrated to England, Australia, the US and Canada.

Thomas and Jane had 12 children

    • Henry 1778-Feb 18 1823 married Olivia Wilson dec 17, 1822 nine children Mary, Thomas, William, Anne, Henry, Jane, Wesley, John and William.
    • John Dec 8 1788 Marr: 1816 – Mary Connor 1798- Died: 24 Jul 1863 – Montague, Lanark, Ontario, Canada William march 26, 1791-Feb 1 1844 married Martha condie born 1791-Aug 4 1853 They immigrated in 1831 and had 10 children named Samuel, James, William, Henry, Thomas, Jane, James, Olivia, John and Wesley.
    • Mary Aug 1 1794 Coon, Dysart Parish, Kilkenny, Ireland married Thomas Kilfyle b sept 7 1811
    • Ann Nov 20 1796 Coon, Kilkenny, Ireland -Oct 22 1873 Married John Wilson Jan 29, 1818
    • Margaret March 17 1799 -?
    • Sarah Dec 23 1801 Coon, Kilkenny, Ireland Marr: 1820 – Thomas Roe Died: 9 May 1879 – Montague Twp, Lanark, Ontario, Canada - May 12 1879 married Thomas Roe born 1796-april 19 1871 They immigrated to Montague in 1832 they had 10 children Thomas, john, Eliza, Richard, William, Anne, William H, Sarah, Hester and Samuel.
    • Thomas may 13 1803-1923 Coon,, Kilkenny, Ireland Died: 28 Feb 1886 – Montague, Lanark, Ontario, Canada married Jo Anne Vigors
    • Isabella Aug 24, 1806- Marr: – John Wynn or a WM Wylie Died: 28 Feb 1867 – Minto,, Ontario, Canada
    • Eliza Dec 3 1880 – Coon Townlands, County Kilkenny, Ireland Marr: – John Roe  Died: 21 Dec 1868 – Howick, Ontario Married in Dysart on April 24th 1829 They had 8 children Thomas 1813, Richard 1833, Henry 1835, John 1837, William 1839, James 1842, Samuel 1847 and Robert 1845 They stayed in Ireland to care for her father anc came to Canada after he died in 1849. They came to Canada in 1850. Her brothers and sisters came in 1831. Eliza and john settled in Montague Two Lanark City They later moved to Howick Ontario.
    • Weley b Nov 11 1810
    • Mary Ann Born: 12 Oct 1811 – Died: 27 Jun 1874 –

Jane died 11 months after giving birth to Wesley. 1811. it’s possible she died giving birth?

**The above was given from a family bible to a woman who lives in Brandon Manitoba. She is an elderly lady who found a poem and my email on the grave of James Moore in Portage La Prairie. Her son looked me up. She has met with my parents and supplied us with a lot of information. When she saw my note by the grave of James Moore she thought of the prayer she said in Ireland and that my poem said basically the same thing. She says she wonders what these people would think if they knew their GGGgranduaghers were so exited about learning more about their lives.

Remarkabl y Thomas lived to be 99 this would have been very uncommon at that time as it was the end of the potato famine and life expectancy for healthy person was about 40. His daughter Eliza who was only three with her mother died stayed at home to run the household and looked after he father until he died. I have a picture of Sarah (Poole) roe who married Thomas Roe I have a picture of Sarah (Poole) and Thomas Roe’s gravestone in Ontario (rough one but have it) Stone reads "Cease ye mourners, cease to mourn O’re the graves of those you love Pain and death and night and anguish enter not the world above.  And their children Thomas, Eliza Roe- stone she has gone to worlds above where saints and angels meet to realize her saviour’s love and worship at his feet.  William’s stone this lovely youth so blooming fair called hence by earthly doom just came to show how sweet a flower in paradise would bloom. And SamuelThese elaborately carved stones and flowery messages do not reflect the incredible poverty this family (apparently so I am told) faced.  They are so different from the grave markers commonly used.

**Thomas and Sarah and their four or five children (more information on these children is below) emigrated from coon town lands Co. Kilkenny Ireland between 01 April 1832 and 26 September 1836.  They settled in Montague twp just south of the pinery near Poole’s corner (no idea what Poole’s corner is) This was an uncomfortable five to six week sea journey followed by a two week trip up the St. Laurence River to Ottawa and then took a stage coach to Montague Township. Their first child to be born in Canada was their second Daughter Ann who marries James Moore (my link they had 19 children. James and Ann’s daughter Eliza lived with her grandparents Thomas and Sarah to care for Thomas and Sarah until Sarah passed away in 1879.) Thomas and Sarah had four more children

Sarah 1839-aug 19, 1943 married Francis Kilfoyle I have Franktown public cemetery Franktown Ont as her cemetery. Their son Lloyd Stanley Kilfoyle (I think I found his grave today oct 14 1918

William hezekiah 1841-march 61860 William Hester (think this should be Henry) married Scyrina Sculland moving to Boisevain Manitoba 8 children Richard, violet, Henry, Mary, and aiena, Mervin, Harold, Sylvia and Ruth they moved to Shaunavon Sask Samuel 1847 died at six months April 1847-Oct 1847 (I don’t have a Lillian) Born: ABT 1885 – Michigan
  Marr: – Henry Johnston 

Thomas and his brother John married sisters. Daughters of the Irish teacher and Wesleyan Methodist churchman, Thomas Poole. (1749-Jan 3, 1849) According to an obituary written by the sister’s nephew, William Henry Poole (1820-1896) John and Eliza Roe remained in Ireland until her father died and then emigrated with their eight sons to take up residence on Con 10 in Montague two.  They remained there until shortly after the 1851 Canada Census, when they immigrated to Huron County.

**Thomas and Sarah had10 (11) children Thomas, john, Eliza, Richard, died mat 12 1878. Andrew married Jane Gleeson youngest son was Henry Roe 1870-jan 14, 1905 was killed in a railway accident at Smith Falls

I have a picture of Henry with others who may be his brothers William (1867) Thomas and George (1865) Then Thomas and Sarah had William, Ann, William Henry, Sara Hester, and Samuel.

Thomas Sir built one of the early schools in the district on his farm in 1857 he was actively involved in the orange Brotherhood.  Thomas Sr and Sarah are buried in the small Christ Church plot (Orange Cemetery #31) on C6 along with their infant son William and some other family members and neighbors.

The oldest son Thomas was married twice Rebecca Fennel then Maria Dunbar 5 children. 4 died within a our month period in early 1877.  Appears Anne and Susan are twins in their teens when they died. John Dunbar Roe son of Maria Dunbar lived and remained in the district. John married twice and fathered 10 children the last of whom died in the late 1997.  Thomas and Maria along with four young children are buried in the Pioneer graveyard at Minesing.

John and Richard Roe are buried in Franktown Ontario.  They settled on the 200 acres on con 10 Richard married Jane Gleeson the oldest Canadian born daughter of john Gleeson of Killinane Parish Co Carlow and Mary Kidd of Coon.  John and Mary were married in Ireland in 1923 and immigrated to Canada between 1829 and 1831.  Mary’s parents Andrew Kidd and Jane Kilfoyle and Mary’s six younger siblings emigrated with them as there is no record of any of them in Canada before the 1841 heads of household census.

Richard and Jane also had eight children mary, John Sarah Thomas William Albert Henry (have photo of Henry, and some dates of birth/death) Christina.  Richard died at an early age 1832-1879 he is buried in Franktown public Cemetery right beside the graves of his parents in law.  Jane kept the family farm until 1893 she was living in merrickville until her death in 1925 at 92 yrs.  Their son William Ro 1865-1949 married on August 2 1899 to a Lanark girl scyrn Sculland 1877 0r 1955 in Boissevain Manitoba

John, Richard and Ann produced 33 grandchildren for Thomas and Sarah. We don’t know if their other children married and gave them grandchildren but we do know that when Thomas and Sarah were in their early 70′s their 13 yearly old granddaughter Eliz came to live at their home to look after them.  Although she did get married she looked after Sarah until she died.  In the spring of 1871 Thomas died he is buried in Orange 31 cemetery lot 8 concession 6 Montague township Ontario. With Sarah laid beside him.  Over the years the cemetery fell into disrepair and some family member must have taken the fallen gravestones and encased them into a concrete base.  The beautifully carved stoned of Sarah and Thomas and five children including William and six month old Samuel and four grandchildren are lined up in the centre of this tiny cemetery.

Emigration began because of over population.  Emigration was recommended as a solution with provision for one year. Chain migration led people from southern Ireland to settle along Rideau Corridor from Kingston to Baytown (Ottawa) Immigration to Canada from 32 Irish counties from 1815- 1820.  Occurred for over 26,000 people.  Mosquitoes carried deadly malaria.  They had thought this was a fever caused by bad air from swamps.  In 1838 they learned it was from biting mosquitoes.  The last case was 1870.  In 1828 people rapidly died in the fall from Malaria.  In 1846 there was great famine in Ireland.  In 1847 Canada agreed to accept 100.00 people to ease the suffering sick and dying began to arrive in Canada the ship Virginius left Liverpool with 476 Irish immigrants 158 died after 63 days.  Before the left Goss Isle 19 more died then…mmm missing my next paper. Will have to check with my parents and see there copy if I for some reason lost it….got it…another 49 with the fever. 250 arrived in Kingston most ill and helped to fever sheds. In 1847 immigrants brought Cholera/Typhus 2.500 immigrant arrive at kingson dock each week and filled fever sheds.  On the shore behind the old Molson Brewy. Children who had lost both parents wandered the streets and begged.

Each immigrant from the British Isles was given free passage and 100 acres of land. They were provided with food until the land could support them. The government loaned them 10 ponds and each group of four families was given a grindstone, a cross-cut saw and whip saw. Each family received a knife, handsaw, auger, door lock and hinges, a scythe, two hoes, a hay fork and a blanket for each member of the family. In the census of 1851 Thomas and Sarah and their seven children remaining children were all living in a small log cabin in Montague township concession 8 lot 28 3 miles northwest of smith falls. Their 140 acres in oats 100 bushels one acre in potatoes 100 bushels They owned three cows, four calves, 14 sheep, seven pigs and had produced that year 300 pounds of butter, 300 pounds of beef, 1000 pounds of pork plus 40 pounds of wool and 18 yards of cloth. Only the two youngest 10 yr old William and eight year old Hester were attending school. For summer reason, Thomas gave his occupation as laborer although his neighbors called themselves farmers. Thomas and Sarah listed themselves as members of the Church of England and yet their two oldest sons were listed as Wesleyan Methodists. The census enumerator added the following to his report on this family. People in general very poor. Most parts of them gets their living by working out (meaning taking a second job clearing wood, farming, teaching etc.) In addition to working their own farm in the winter and raising a little crop in the summer. Them that don’t work out strive to make out their wants by getting a little firewood or hemlock bark. I don’t think there is 10 families as could live by the crop they could raise on their farm. No water except a few springs from the swamps, very few creeks and them is pretty dry from July until the rains come in the fall.

In 1857 the Community finally decided to elect some trustees, build a school, select a teacher and try to educate their children. It was all done by voluntary contributions with an outstanding expenses covered by taxation. The school was built on Thomas Roes’ farmland. Many of the children traveled to school in ox carts. I have been given a picture of a cabin similar to what Thomas and Sarah might have lived in as this photo was taken in the area of their homestead. But a devastating fire destroyed log houses in the area in the 1900’s. It’s hard to believe they might have lived in something even more primitive then the picture I have.