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Ellinor ?

Female 1763 - 1847  (84 years)

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  • Name Ellinor ?  [1, 2
    Born 1763  Birr, County Offaly, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender Female 
    Immigration 1843  Clandeboye, McGillivray Twp., Middlesex County, Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 5 Apr 1847  McGillivray Twp., Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6
    Person ID I17561  Culbert
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2017 

    Family ? LEWIS,   b. Abt. 1762, Prob. Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Margaret Emily LEWIS,   b. 1807, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1871  (Age 64 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 26 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F1295  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1763 - Birr, County Offaly, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - from Birr, County Tipperary, Ireland - 1843 - Clandeboye, McGillivray Twp., Middlesex County, Upper Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Apr 1847 - McGillivray Twp., Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • News
    Ellnorr Lewis, 1763-1847
    Ellnorr Lewis, 1763-1847
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  • Notes 
    • Came to Canada With Family At Age of 80 Years - Mrs. Ellinorr Lewis Made Long, Perilous Journey from Ireland in 1843 - Among Early Settlers in Clandeboye Area - Completed Plans for Trip to Dominion Without Telling Family of Fact
      Elderly people in the Clandeboye community, in North Middlesex, tell an interesting story concerning one of the members of the pioneer Lewis family, who settled in that district nearly a cenruty ago.  This tale of the bygone days deals particularly with Mrs. Ellnorr Lewis, a woman of advanced years who made the long and perilous journey from Ireland to Canada rather than be separated from others of her people who had decided to try their fortunes in the new land.  This remarkable woman was born near Birr, Tipperary [sic-Offaly] County [in the] shadow of the old feudal castle of Bettemore and spent her early life in that locality.  After her marriage, she took up residence with her husband on the Lewis ancestral estate, where their five children were born and grew to maturity.  One daughter, Margaret, married Thomas Culbert and for a number of years they resided in the same community.  The latter died, when still a young man, leaving four small children Thomas, William, Ellen and Sarah.  After her husband's death, Mrs. Margaret Culbert decided to take her children and come to Canada as there were relatives of the family living there and she believed the new country would have greater opportunities for her fatherless family.  Her two brothers, William and James Lewis, having entered the legal profession, decided to seek their fortune in Australia and afterwards went to that country where they became wealthy.  Another brother, Joseph Lewis, made up his mind to accompany her to Canada and to take up farming in this country.  They were urged by the others to go with them to Australia, but Canada had been decided upon and to this land they came.
      On the morning of their departure they gathered together, in the large living-room of the old home on the Lewis estate, to say farewell to relatives and friends.  The tenants of the estate were also included in this gathering as it had long been the custom to summon them, by the ringing of a bell, to join the family each morning in prayer.  When all had been assembled they were led in prayer by James Lewis and then joined in singing the old hymn, "On Canaan's Bright and Happy Shore, We'll Meet to Part No More."  At this, James Lewis, who was the eldest son, was so overcome with emotion that he was obliged to leave the room and was unable to say good-bye to his loved ones.  This sad parting was very trying on all present but imagine the grief and astonishment, of those who were going to remain in Ireland, when Ellnorr Lewis came into the room, dressed for the journey, and announced her intentions of going to Canada also.  At the last moment, unknown to the family, she had decided to make the long journey as she could not bear to be parted from her youngest son and widowed daughter.  This meant a great sacrifice on her part, as she was then 80 years of age and would be obliged to leave her fine home and three remaining children; her husband having been dead for some years.  Two of these, as stated before, afterwards went to Australia and the third, Allie Lewis, remained in Ireland and spent the rest of her long life on the family estate.  The party bound for Canada embarked 93 years ago in a wooden sailing ship and after a voyage of many weeks arrived safely.  They then made the slow and laborious journey across country and finally joined their relatives, who had emigrated from Ireland a short time before.  Joseph Lewis had brought a large quantity of gold with him (believed to have been in the neighborhood of $6000 worth), which he carried concealed in a belt concealed by his clothing.  He is believed to have settled in McGillvray Township, in the vicinity of Clandeboye, which section of country was then mostly unbroken wilderness.  Tradition has it that he built a log house here in which both himself and his mother resided.  Later, another log house was erected in the neighborhood for the use of his sister and her family.  The men of the community, eager to help the widow, turned out to the raising in such numbers that this structure was completed in one day.  The story is still told of how one of the men, when the building was finished, climbed up on the roof and breaking a bottle of liquor over the ridge, exclaimed: "The young man's fancy, The widow's delight, Begun in the morning, And finished at night."  This quaint ceremony of christening the newly-built home was often practised in some of the earliest pioneer communities.
      Ellnorr Lewis continued to live with her son, Joseph Lewis, until her death which took place four years after they had come to this country.  She was one of the first to be buried in the little Lewis cemetery, on Highway No. 4, a short distance from Clandeboye and carved on the broken tombstone over her grave is the following: "Ellinor Lewis, died April 5th, 1847, age 84 years."  This small neglected burial place can still be seen and is comprised of land taken from, what was in pioneer days, a Lewis farm.  Many of that name are interred there and they were members of other Lewis families who settled in this district in olden times.  Afterwards, Joseph Lewis bought a homestead in Stephen Township, which he farmed successfully for many years.  Finally, he retired to Lucan and erected a comfortable frame residence in which his latter days were spent.  He was a great admirer of the Salvation Army and built a large frame building, just north of his home, which he donated to them for use as a citadel.  This structure still stands and is now the Biddulph Township Hall.  Upon his death, he was buried in the Lewis Cemetery beside his mother and widowed sister, Mrs. Margaret Culbert, who had died several years before.  The latter was survived by her family of four and they all lived to advanced ages.  The two sons, Thomas and William, spent their early life farming in McGillivray and then moved with their families to the fertile lands of Tuscola County, Michigan, where they passed the remainder of their days.  At a recent family reunion about 150 of the descendants were present.  The graves of these men can still be seen in the beautiful cemetery at Fairgrove, Michigan.  Ellen Culbert, the eldest of the two daughters, married George Lewis of McGillivray Township and resided there for a lengthy period.  Finally they moved to West Lorne, in Elgin County, and the remainder of her life was spent in that village.  Sarah Culbert, the youngest daughter, married James Scott, a pioneer of the 15th concession of London Township, and lived the greater part of her life in that locality.  She died at her daughter's home in Lucan in 1911, being then in her 82nd year. [7]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1636] McGillvray Township Pioneer Monument.
      Elinor Lewis

    2. [S1530] London Free Press, 4 Apr 1936.
      Elinorr Lewis
      See Notes for transcription

    3. [S1636] McGillvray Township Pioneer Monument.

    4. [S2698] William Culbert's Heirs, Maryalice Gibbs Oserby and Shirley Culbert Renwick, p. 1, Jun 1994.
      Provides birth location

    5. [S1530] London Free Press, Came to Canada With Family at Age of 80 Years, 4 Apr 1936.
      See document attached to Ellinor Lewis

    6. [S2698] William Culbert's Heirs, Maryalice Gibbs Oserby and Shirley Culbert Renwick, p. 1, Jun 1994.
      Provided death date

    7. [S1530] London Free Press, Came to Canada With Family at Age of 80 Years, 4 Apr 1936.
      See general notes