An American Family History

David Lancaster Dwinnell

Queen Anne ruled England and Great Britain from March 8, 1702 to August 1, 1714.
The united counties of Leeds and Grenville are in southern Ontario, Canada on the border with the United States.The county seat is Brockville.

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

David Lancaster Dwinnell was born on December 20, 1851 in the United States. He appeared in the 1861 census of Kingston, Ontario at age ten. His parents were probably Isaac Davis Dwinnell and Rachel Lapoint, however the last record of Isaac was in the 1848 census and Rachel married David Lancaster Jones in 1852.

He married Maria Connolly in 1883 in Montreal at the Mountain Street Methodist Church.

Maria was born in June, 1847 in Québec. Her parents were Christopher Connolly and Jane Byrne who died young. Maria and her brother, Michael Connolly, were adopted by Samuel Miller in Yonge Mills.

Daily British Whig
August 13 1878

They had at least three sons, Edward Dwinnell born in 1882, Richard John Walter Dwinnell, born in 1884 and Lorne Nelson Dwinnel, born in 1884.

In the 1887 city directory David was a steam fitter.

1887 Montréal City Directory Listing

In The Brockville Evening Recorder on August 15, 1900, the social column reported that a Mrs. D. L. Dwinnell and her son of  Montréal were visiting her brother M. J. Connolly of Caintown

The U. S. Patent Office has several patents listed in 1890 for David L. Dwinnell including a fitting for hot-water and steam pipe, hot-water boilers and , a closet cistern (page 2).

In the 1894 city directory David was an inventor.

1894 Montréal City Directory Listing

At the time of the 1911 census, the family was living in Montréal, Québec in the Maisonneuve district at 1326 St. Andrew. The household consisted of David Dwinnell born in December, 1851, Maria Dwinnell born in 1847, Richard Dwinnell born in January, 1884 and Lame (sic) N. Dwinnell born in October, 1884.

marriage record
Richard Dwinnell's marriage record

Lorne's Death Record
Maria died May 19, 1934 in Montreal. According to her death record she had been living at the "old people's home" on Notre Dame Street.

Children of Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr. and
Rachel Lapoint

  • Victoria Zellena Dwinnell Miller
  • Holland Orville Dwinnell
  • Charles N. Dwinnell
  • Sophia Floritine Dwinnell Byrne
  • Napoleon B. (Charles) Dwinnell
  • David Lancaster Dwinnell

    Children of Rachael Lapointe
    and David Lancaster Jones
  • Lewis Kossuh Jones
  • Ida Ann Jones
  • Genevieve E. Jones Marvin
  • Three daughters of William Towne and Joanna Blessing were wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem. Rebecca Towne Nurse, Mary Towne Estey, and Sarah Towne Bridges Cloyes were persecuted in 1692. The children of people in the line below are all descendants of Mary Estey.

    William Towne,
    Mary Towne Estey,
    Isaac Estey,
    Aaron Estey
    Mary Estey Dwinnell
    Israel Dwinnell,
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.,
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
    Victoria Zellena Dwinnell
    Robert Wilson Miller, Sr
    Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.

    Yonge Mills, Ontario was in Front of Yonge Township near Brockville. It is north east of Kingston and north of Watertown, New York. It is now a ghost town. In the mid 19th century, Yonge Mills, was a busy and prosperous village with a population of about 175. It had a sawmill and a fulling mill. There were hotels with taverns and a general store. The village also included two blacksmiths and a church.

    Various spellings of Dwinnell
    Doenell, Donell, Donnall, Donnell, Duenell, Dunnel, Dunnell, Dwaniel, Dwaniell, Dwainel, Dwennel, Dwinel, Dwinell, Dwinnel, Dwinnill, Dwonill, Dwynel

    The peak period of Irish immigration to Canada was during the Great Famine between 1845-1849. Most immigrants went to Canada because the fares were lower. Ships that reached Canada lost many passengers and even more died while in quarantine. From the reception station at Grosse-Ile, most survivors were sent to Montréal. The typhus outbreak of 1847 and 1848 killed many of the new immigrants. An economic boom following their arrival allowed many men to work in on the expanding railroad, in construction, in the logging industry, or on farms.



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