County Carlow, Ireland
John Foley, my
great-great-grandfather, who brought the Foleys to America, was
born in Bagenalstown, County Carlow, Ireland, in 1806.
Carlow GenWeb Project
After emigrating from Ireland to Canada in 1822, John
Foley chose Lanark County as the place where he would settle
and establish a farm. He married there, in the town of Perth, to
(another Irish emigrant) and raised a family of twelve (including
Timothy, Thomas, John, and Michael: the noted Foley Brothers). Here
are some links to historical information about Lanark County.
to Emigrants is the long and meticulously detailed account of
another early settler, the Rev. William Bell, who came to Lanark
County, and Perth, from Scotland, about five years before John Foley
arrived from Ireland. It seems likely that there would have been
many similarities in their experience.
The Rev. Bell has the
eye of a novelist, and his recounting of his family's voyage across
the North Atlantic to Quebec, their travels into the interior, the
character and customs of the people they encounter, and the geography,
economy, governance, and every-day reality of life in frontier Canada
is fascinating and instructive.
Canada Military Settlements of 1815-16 is a 1923 account of
the Irish emigration to Lanark County in 1823, which included Timothy
O'Brien and his daughter Johanna. This page links to Shipping
Lists of the Hebe and Stakesby, which lists a Timothy O'Brien,
36, of Kanturk, Cork, very likely the same person.
The above links
courtesy of the Lanark
County Genealogical Society, whose site is filled with other treasures.
"Ontario - A Wee Bit o’ Perth" is a nicely illustrated article about present-day Perth, "the prettiest town in Ontario."
Here is a little gallery
of photos of the
town of Perth, courtesy of Ontario East. For more photos and information,
check the official Town
of Perth Web Site.