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The SPRATTs of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Ireland)

Updated December 14, 2002

I am doing research on three SPRATT brothers who came to Canada from Ireland in the early part of the 19th century. James (b.1804), Andrew (b.1807), and John (b.1820) SPRATT all emigrated from Ireland and eventually settled on land near Manotick, Ontario (close to Ottawa, Canada's capital). Family lore has Andrew SPRATT as coming from Antrim Co, Ireland, while John SPRATT's side of the family has him as coming from King's Co, Ireland. It's yet to be seen where in Ireland these men came from.

Andrew SPRATT settled in Canada in 1827. Apparently, he was involved in the building of the Rideau Canal, which at the time was to be used as a supply route linking Montreal and Kingston, Ontario. At that time in Canada's history, the British were preoccupied with the thought of being invaded by the Americans, and a supply route was needed to ensure that supplies would reach the front line, should the Americans cut off the route on the St. Lawrence River.

All three men eventually aquired land in Gloucester Township, but John Spratt eventually moved to Cumberland Township, where some members of his family farmed, and he eventually died.

Darren Spratt
P.O. Box 127
Southport, Manitoba R0H 1N0
(204) 428-3460

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