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Re: Dewars from Harrington, Quebec
Posted by: Barry Peers (ID *****5822) Date: November 30, 2012 at 19:04:52
In Reply to: Dewars from Harrington, Quebec by Anna MacRae of 500

My 3X great grandfather was Roderick Dewar who settled on Lot 14 Concession 4 in Harrington, Argenteuil, Quebec in the 1830s. Based on census records he was born somewhere in Ontario about 1801 and was married to Agness who was born in Scotland about 1802. They were enumerated in Harrington in 1842 and 1851. They had 8 children including: William, Donald, John and Catherine. I have not found a record of his birth, marriage or death. 

It is possible that my ancestor Roderick's father was John Bane Dewar mentioned on page 15 of “The MacLoers of Galder Glenelg A genealogy study of the Dewar's of Glengarry Ontario” researched and published by Donald Keith Dewar in Thorold, Ontario, as quoted below:

“(A) JOHN BANE DEWAR and his wife Catherine MacLennan (b.1771), came from Glenelg Scotland, on the very first boatload of Highland settlers to Glengarry County, along with 40 other families. They left Greenock in April of 1793, and arrived in Prince Edward Island with a foot of snow on board the ship. They stayed all winter there, and in April of 1794, they finally arrived at their new lots of land, in the north half of the County of Glengarry. John Bane Dewar received 200 acres on lot 29 of Concession 7, just west of the present day "Kirk Hill West Church", in an area first known as Glenelg. Received the deed for this farm n July 7/1828. He died in 1844.
(AA) WILLIAM - may have been the first child, since John Bane sold the west 100 acres to William in 1828.
(AB) RODERICK - appeared to have had a falling out with his father and left the farm. Did not receive any land upon his father's death, but the other brothers had to give him a gift of 50 pounds sterling, his share of the will. May have moved to Lot.07/Con.03 Lochiel, 200 acres, purchased (deed) Feb.12/1850
(AC) Angus (b. 1803)
(AD) Donald John (b. 1804)”

Support for this theory is similarity of their presumed birth years and the likely time period when one Roderick left Glengarry and the one settled elsewhere. There is also similarity of family member names (although they were very common names), and the physical and cultural proximity of of Glengarry and Argenteuil Counties. The possibility that John Bane's son Roderick may have bought land in 1850 in Ontario while my ancestor Roderick was enumerated in Argenteuil in 1851 contradicts my theory. It seems unlikely to me that someone would buy a farm at age 50 during this time period.

Have you taken over the research data of Donald Keith Dewar, author of the “The MacLoers of Galder Glenelg”? If so, I would very much like to communicate with you. 

I have details for this branch of the Dewar family from Harrington from 1829 until 2006


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