Parliament Building remains were discovered in an archaeological dig a decade
ago. A car dealership on the site was purchased and made into a museum with some
excellent displays and a DVD on the archeological findings. Fort York has a 5
million dollar new facility. Fort York was burned and pillaged in the spring of
1813 and the Parliament Buildings were burned. There will be lots of activity
around there in April.
Northern Ontario in 1812
little population in Northern Ontario and Quebec in 1812. There were a few
Seigneuries on the Ottawa River but the most activity was the work of the fur
traders and their few forts. The native population was involved and this was one
of the reasons the native participation in the war of 1812 was so intensive and
so critical to its success. The initial battle at the U.S. Depot in
Michilamacimac with native help was a critical first success for Canada.
when the war was ending my wife's earliest descendant came from France and
travelled to support the defence of Michilamacinac. He married a metis woman
which led to my wife’s grandfather on her mothers side and a remarkable family
war Michilamacinac was given back to the Americas and the Upper Canadians were
relocated to Drummond Island. Drummond Island was later given back to the
Americans and the people were relocated to Midland/Penetang. We have celebrated
numerous family reunions their over the years.
Logging and Lumbering
early 1800s as the war developed the remarkable change that opened Northern
Ontario took place as lumbermen arrived. Stephen Burritt and William Merrick
started on the Richelieu River.
1800 Philemon Wright (1760-1839) an American came to the Chaudiere Rapids with
50 workers including a freed slave. He sent squared timber to British ships
fighting Napoleon. He developed the square timbers and log cribs that opened the
areas along our northern waterways and beyond.
the War of 1812 was fought primarily in Southern Ontario in the Niagara
Peninsula. I have been reviewing my family history with my brother the family
genealogist. My 2 maternal grandparents came from United Empire Loyalist stock
and fled the U.S. in the American Revolution. One of the grandparents settled in
the Niagara Peninsula where a lot of the War of 1812 battles took place. He had
seven children and though he died in 1804 his sons fought in the War of 1812 and
they and the rest of the family suffered the incredible abuses of the war and
received land as a result. What happened after the war is another story for