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Re: Happy New Year
Glad to meet you!! It was great to hear that you are from the London,
Ontario area. My Sinclairs lived in Lobo Township, Ontario, Canada. I
have found that from the copies of inside of the front pages .... my cousin
from California sent me. His mother wrote a little bit of our family
history. So.... I went to do some further research and found them in the
Census Records in Lobo. In further additions last summer, I have found the
book (from Ft. Wayne - Allen Co. Genealogy Library) titled, "The Heritage of
Lobo 1820- 1990" Here is a short story of how the Sinclairs came to Canada:
In Argyleshire, Scotland on the western shore of Loch Awe, in one of the
valleys leading to the Loch, stands the little village of Corriebuie. The
village consisted of a clump of small stone houses, thatched roofed, and flag
stone floored. In one of the houses lived Lauchlan Sinclair and his wife Sara
McIntyre. Their family consisted of four boys: Lachlan, a shepherd, who died
in Scotland, JOHN (kt - here --- my 4th great grandfather), Peter, and
Duncan, and four girls: Mary, Nancy, Sara, and Catherine all of whom
emigrated to Canada.
In the year 1819 John Sinclair and his sister Sara came to Canada. Sara
remained at Ancaster and John located on his homestead, Lot 6 Con. 6 Lobo.
The next year the rest of the family followed. They sailed from Greenoch in a
sailing ship which was the only method of navigation in those days. After a
voyage of three months on the Atlantic, they landed at Montreal and
transferred to smaller boats for the trip to Little York. They called at
Ancaster for Sara who accompanied them.
John (1791-1826) married Effie Johnson d. 1893, daughter of Archie
Johnson and Margaret McMurphy (see Johnson). They had three children:
Archibald, Sara (kt- here-- My 3rd ggrandmother) who married Peter McVicar
of Sarnia and Lauchlin who died in 1931.
There are the rest of the families of Archibald (1825- 1912) and Duncan
(1858-1925) that doesn't need to be typed out. Anyways, that is how my
Sinclairs came and we've been told the same oral history of how they came
throughout the generations... and that is still all true today. Its
remarkable how accurate it was told. Didn't all the Sinclairs from Argyll
came to the same area in London, Ontario for the sake of staying together??
Did they leave Argyll because of the Highland clearances?? Perhaps... they
left because they were thinking they will survive better in Canada?? I've
been wondering why they all left. I have found them a little bit further in
another email I sent yesterday. I'm hoping to find it a little bit more
further. I know it will be harder. Thats the genealogist in me!! I know
everyone here takes pride in our ancestory. I'm getting excited because I
feel everyone is opening more clues here right now about the Argyll
Sinclairs. I feel like it has been sleeping for a while and no one talked
about it. I'm glad to we all brought up this conversation. I took a look
at your website and I do think we probably came from this same family from
back in Scotland. Yours came much later (1826 or something like that) than
mine came in 1820.
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