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The following are some of the surnames of interest to me. I am happy to exchange information and sources if you find a connection.

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Mary Anne Beamish ca 1854-1929

George Beamish (ca. 1820 - 18 May 1892) from County Cork, Ireland to Upper Canada (Toronto) circa 1830. He married Mary SWANTON 22 June 1843 in St. Phillips Church, Weston, Ontario. They had 6 children. George died in Toronto in 1892. Their daughter Mary Anne married John PULLMAN in Toronto in 1872.
John Brooks (ca. 1797 - 10 April 1895) from England to the village of Baltimore in Northumberland County, Ontario circa 1851. His wife was Jane (possibly MIDDLETON). They had 4 children. Their daughter Mary Ann married Robert WEIR in 1853.
Thomas Burnett, U.E. (1729-1813), from Poughkeepsie New York, settled in Kingston, Upper Canada before 1790. He married Margaret GIPSON(?) and they had 7 children. Their daughter Hannah married (1) Thomas GOODE and (2) John DARLEY.
Mary Darley ca 1805-1892
John Darley, (ca. 1750 - 31 May 1821) one of the "Treasury Loyalists" arrived in Kingston, Upper Canada from England, in 1792. He married Hannah BURNETT, widow of Thomas GOODE (also a Treasury Loyalist). John and Hannah DARLEY had 7 children. Their daughter Mary married Thomas GLASSUP in Kingston, Upper Canada in 1832.
George Glassup, (ca. 1765 - July 1807), a Corporal in the Royal Artillery and his wife Ann ALLSEY were in Kingston, Upper Canada circa 1799. They had 7 children. Their son Thomas married Mary DARLEY in Kingston in 1832.
Rev John Leishman on left
John Leishman (17 July 1802 - 9 November 1868) and wife Jessie King BRYSON (ca. 1804 - 13 September 1873), married in 1827 in Annan, Scotland and arrived in Richibucto, New Brunswick from Dumfriesshire, Scotland circa 1832. They had 10 children. Their son John Dunbar Leishman married Caroline Sophia GLASSUP in 1875 in Kingston, Ontario. John (1844-1921) was a Presbyterian Minister and after serving about 15 years in the Angus, Ontario area, the family moved to Fleming, Saskatchewan around 1900.
McGregor family circa 1905
Gregor McGregor (ca. 1750 - after 1818), born in Scotland, received a land grant in the Pictou, Nova Scotia area in 1784 when his military unit was demustered. He married Isabella Morris MacDONALD. They later moved to Cape Breton. They had 13 children. Donald McGregor (1843-1924) and his wife Mary McLean (1844-1936) were both born in Whycogamagh Cape Breton, married there in 1870 and later settled in Fleming Sakatchewan. They are shown here with their 6 children. William Allan (1884-1964), second from left in the back row is my grandfather
Elizabeth Neild and husband Fred Weir
William (1827 - 28 February 1873) and Nancy Neild (nee WILKINSON) (1828 - 8 August 1915) were married in Oldham, Lancashire, England in 1849 and arrived in Northumberland County, Ontario about 1854. They had 7 children. After William's death in 1873, Nancy and her children moved to Peterborough, Ontario. Later, she moved to Calgary Alberta to join family and died there in 1915. Their daughter Elizabeth married Frederick William WEIR.
John Pullman (8 December 1841 - 19 January 1905), son of John Pullman and Ann FROOM appears in the 1861 census for Toronto, Ontario. He was born in Heavitree, Devon and died in Toronto in 1905. He married Mary Anne BEAMISH in Toronto 22 January 1872 and they had 4 children. Their daughter Sarah married Carson Brook WEIR in Toronto in 1917. Click here to read my article on the search to confirm John Pullman's origins in Devon, England.
George Swanton (ca. 1790 - 17 September 1853) married Charlotte WRIGHT (ca. 1799 - 1879) in Ballydehob, County Cork, Ireland. George arrived in York (Toronto) circa 1838 and is noted on a number of military paylists. Family likely followed later. They had 8 children, some born in Ireland and some in Ontario. Their daughter Mary (1827-1865) married George BEAMISH in Weston, Ontario in 1843.
Robert Weir ca. 1830-1905
Lancelot Weir (ca. 1796 - April 1871), wife Margaret (possibly MONCRIEF), ca. 1790 - 1882, and 4 children arrived in Cobourg, Upper Canada, about 1837. Their son Robert's obituary (Peterborough, Ontario, 1905) states the family was from County Monaghan, Ireland. Their son Robert, pictured, married Mary Ann BROOKS in 1853. I have gathered a lot of information pertaining to the Weir family in Cobourg, Baltimore and Peterborough areas. click here to view the information on early WEIR settlers in Northumberland County and my attempts to find connections.

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