Re: McNabb

Anne Farrar

Thanks, Ken for clarifying that. Maybe they wanted to name a township for Cardwell and almost used it instead of Peel and then when Muskoka opened up in the 1868 they used Cardwell for a township in Muskoka.
I just had so many questions in my head when I saw Cardwell & Caledon in the same location. Names of places changed so often as Canada West, Upper Canada, Ontario grew and developed over the years. Keeping track of the dates when names changed is a big part of doing genealogy in Ontario.
I assumed it was in Peel because this is where so many immigrants stopped for a year or two while looking for land and obtaining the paperwork.
There are the Oro group but also the Beaverton/Thorold group. I want to find out how they were related some day.
Stay safe and well everyone! Anne
PS. Peel was probably a priority as he was the UK Prime Minister at the time
Viscount Cardwell was minister for the colonies in the Peel cabinet at the time.

From: Ken Harrison
Sent: Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:43 PM
Subject: Re: [ScotGen] McNabb

Check on the Canadian Census site.  About 40 years ago I learned that “Cardwell Co.” (not Cardwell Twp.) as used in this census was a fictional County and the location was actually in Peel County.  I don’t remember why this was done, or whether it was an error, but the fiction was consistent throughout that census for that area.

The actual home was in Caledon Twp, Peel Co., and nowhere near Muskoka.


Duncan had at least 2 younger brothers, Donald & Alexander, who emigrated with the family in 1852.  I have no further info on them, do not know whether they married, where they went, when they died ….  I’ve often wondered about the Oro bunch.



From: <> On Behalf Of Anne Farrar
Sent: March 4, 2021 9:09 AM
Subject: Re: [ScotGen] McNabb


The location for Duncan in the 1871 Census is interesting. Cardwell Township is in the Parry Sound and Muskoka District in 1871. Both sets of my maternal 2x great grandparents settled there at that time. Caledon is north of Brampton in Peel County. They are 200+ kms apart.


Duncan and Grace are not part of my McNabb family as far as I know. All of the immigrant McNabbs were in Oro Twp, Simcoe County by 1850. Later many members of the younger generations moved to the West. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. One also appears in Revelstoke. I think that branch ended up on Vancouver Island.




Hi Ken

Found this on Ancestry not sure if he is you man on the Canada cencus

Do you know Duncan children if he had any or this parents



Duncan Mcnab

In the Ontario, Canada Census Index, 1871


Duncan Mcnab



Estimated Birth Year:

abt 1796



Birth Place:


Residence District:


Residence Location:


Ethnic Origin:








Microfilm Roll:




Head of Household Comment:

This person's surname is different than the head of household surname.

 From: [] On Behalf Of Ken Harrison
Sent: Thursday, 4 March 2021 8:21 AM
Subject: Re: [ScotGen] McNabb

Duncan & Grace were my GGGgparents.  I have found no connection to anywhere on the Prairies.

Duncan was a weaver, and emigrated to Canada with the family about 1852, but I have not located a death record.  Some family papers suggest they went first to somewhere near Chatham, Ontario (no proof of this that I have found) but had moved to Chinguacousy, Ont within a year or two.  He shows in both the 1861 & 1871 censuses, living with one of his married daughters in Caledon Twp. 

Grace also emigrated with family in 1852, according to family papers, but I have never found a record of her in Canada. She is not seen in the 1861 census above, so probably died between 1852 and 1861.

Ken Harrison

On Feb 18, 2021, at 09:12, Janet Farmer via <janadama@...> wrote:

I found the following reference on Scotlandspeople:






10 233 Kildalton





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