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John Downey1177 was born 1796 in Ireland1178, and died date unknown in Sheenboro, Quebec, Canada. He married Jane Smith on 1825 in Bytown, Quebec, Canada.

 Includes NotesNotes for John Downey:
Immigrated into Quebec Canada. Came with his two brothers one went to Ontario, one went out west. They never saw each other again.

John Sr. immigrated with his three brothers approximately 1825 or 1880? Came from Downpatrick County DownIreland. Landed at Quebec City, brothers separated and never met again. Onewent west the other to Southern Ontario. John went to ByTown where he met and married Jane Smith (also irish). Had 2 children there, moved to Goulbourn,two more children. 1839 left Goulbourn, up theOttawa to what is now Downey's Bay and built a shanty on the shore and spent first winter there. Moved inlandto what is now called Downey Lake. Records sayJohn was given 800 acres by thegovernment.

John Downey settled in Sheenboro Quebec. He was give a parcelof land (800 acres) anddue to the fact he wasone of the first enumberators forthe town of ByTown (now Ottawa census hasnames and birthdates of his ten children). Also includedin census breakdown of land. (702) acres of woodland wild, 10 acres of pasture and 70 acres of land under crops.




Crosses and Shamrocks
document- Flax Grants
Church Records St. Alphonsus RC Church, Chapeau & St. Joseph's
St. Bridget's
Pontiac County Archives, Shawville, Quebec


Sheenboro, Quebec there is a graveyard and church records there.
On Quebec land grants in 1833.

Sheenboro is a small community located approximately the North-West of 35 kms of Pembroke, Ontario. The round population of the year of Sheenboro is approximately 128 years old. In summer the population spreads up to 500 sometimes because of the seasonal residents.

Sheenboro was incorporated in 1855 and Thomas Harrington was the mayor. The townships of Esher, Malakoff and Aberdeen became part of Sheenboro in 1869. Later in 1960, Aberdeen was annexed to the municipality of Rapides-des-Joachims.
Famous as a place where travelers and transporters going to Rapides-des-Joachims broke their journey, Sheenboro retained the character of being a little corner of Ireland. The store and hotel built by Michael Hayes in 1870 still exist. A store built in 1907 now supplies the people of Sheenboro. A parish church, St-Paul the Hermit was instituted in 1872 after the original church was destroyed by fire.


Nearby Fort William is a historical site. In 1829, it was a established as a Hudson's Bay post and was an important trading post for many years. When the first post office was established in 1848, Allumette Lake took the name Fort William in memory of William McGillvery, the first postmaster. Today one can still see the factor's house, the blacksmith shop and the Church. The Hudson Bay company sold the place to James McCool in 1869. Its beach has become very popular in the summer.
on Land Grants in 1833 Quebec Canada.

More About John Downey:
Arrival: Quebec.1179
Residence: 1852, Ottawa County, Canada East (Quebec), Canada.1180

More About John Downey and Jane Smith:
Marriage: 1825, Bytown, Quebec, Canada.

Children of John Downey and Jane Smith are:
  1. +Michael Downey, b. 1827, ByTown, Ottawa Valley, Quebec, Canada, d. date unknown.
  2. Edward Downey, b. 1829, ByTown, Ottawa Valley, Quebec, Canada, d. date unknown.
  3. +John Downey, b. 1831, Goulbourn Township, Ontario, Canada, d. date unknown, Sheenboro, Pontiac, Quebec, Canada.
  4. +Thomas Downey, b. 1833, Goulbourn Township, Ontario, Canada, d. date unknown.
  5. Nancy Downey, b. 1835, Sheen, Ottawa Valley, Quebec, Canada, d. date unknown.
  6. Jane Downey, b. 1837, Sheen, Ottawa Valley, Quebec, Canada, d. date unknown.
  7. Patrick Downey, b. 1838, Sheen, Ottawa Valley, Quebec, Canada, d. date unknown.
  8. Richard Downey, b. 1840, Sheen, Ottawa Valley, Quebec, Canada, d. date unknown.
  9. Hugh Downey, b. 1843, Sheen, Ottawa Valley, Quebec, Canada, d. date unknown.
  10. Catherine Downey, b. 1846, Sheen, Ottawa Valley, Quebec, Canada, d. date unknown.
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