James Bond - 1800-? and Bridget Cosgrove 1800-1885)
James and Bridget were both born in County Wexford. 6 of their 12 children were born in Ireland before the family emigrated to Prince Edward County, Upper Canada in about 1831 or 1832. James Bond may be a descendant of the Bond family which arrived in Ireland around 1650 with Ephriam Bond of a Yorkshire family who were members of the Society of Adventures under Oliver Cromwell. The Society of Adventures loaned money to the English Parliament to assist in the conquest of Ireland. In return they were given land in Ireland confiscated from the Irish Catholics.The descendants of Ephriam Bond became Presbyterian ministers and one became a Baronet (Sir James Bond 1744-1820). The death record of James youngest daughter Margaret, has him born in Wexford. I see that Wexford was the site of the Sack of Wexford and the English massacre of 1500 civilians and 2000 Irish soldiers in 1649. I speculate that James marriage to the Catholic Bridget Cosgrove would not have been well received by the Bond family and the Cosgrove family would have remembered the confiscation of land and massacre. Life in Ireland would have been very difficult for James and Bridget and emigration would have been almost a necessity. Can anybody tell us more of this family?
Paternal - My Great, Great Great Grandfather Roderick McKenzie was born in the late 1700s likely in Ross and Cromarie. He married Janet McClellan likely also of Ross and Cromarty. We know their son William was born in Urray, Ross and Cromarty in 1806. William is my Great Great Grandfather. He and his wife Catherine Grant (born in about 1815) emigrated in about 1840. They went to Warwick, Ontario, Canada area where they homesteaded. My Great Grandfather Alexander Grant McKenzie was born in Ontario in 1845. He was a young soldier, who in 1870, was sent West to put down the Riel Rebellion in the Red River (now Manitoba, Canada). Sargeant McKenzie was given a soldier's land grant near Stonewall, Manitoba. He married Isabella Fraser of the Selkirk Settler Scottish community there. Most of those settlers emigrated from Kildonan Parish near Helmsdale in Sutherland County, Scotland. They sailed in the Prince of Wales disembarking in Hudson Bay in about 1815. These Sutherland family names include Fraser, Matheson, Bannerman Gunn, Gordon and Polson. My Grandfather George Garnet McKenzie was born in Manitoba but moved to Saskatchewan where I was born.
On my Grannie's side - my Great Great Grandfather John Waterston married Elizabeth Wallace likely in the 1830s in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. My Great Grandfather John Waters was born in 1856 in Corsock, New Galloway, Scotland. He married Margaret Cunningham Daughter of John Cunningham and Jane Smart. Margaret was born in 1856 in Stranraer, Wigtownshire County, Scotland. They lived in Prestwick, Ayrshire which is where my Grandmother Georgina McCready Waters was born.
I'm particularly interested in ancestors in Scotland and Ireland.
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