Family Histories

A collection of histories of early settlers of the area. See also the GVHS Library and Archives under specific family names.

360 Years of “The Crosses” - also available as a PDF document 4.2MB
Story of Isaac Cross origins in England and emmigration to Canada and the generations of the Cross family in Meech Creek.

The Maxwell Homestead Story - also available as a PDF document 1.5MB
Story of the the Maxwell homestead and family from 1871, located on chemin Maxwell northeast of Wakefield, Quebec.

The Farmers of West Hull: Connections to the Maxwells of Wakefield - also available as a PDF document 6.2MB
Story of the Maxwells and and related families of Wakefield prepared by D. Jeffrey Brown.

The History of Our Old Log House - also available as a PDF document 8.5MB
Story of a log house originally located on Mountain Road prepared by Chris Gardner.

North Shore Of Meech Lake - also available as a PDF document 4.1MB
A short story of some early settler families: La Charité, Farrell, McDonnell, Finnerty, McGrath, Cross and McKelvie, and some early cottager families: Tilley, Hope and Davy by Bill McGee.

Pioneer Settlers in the Western Part of Gatineau Park - also available as a PDF document 7.4MB
The story of early settlements west of Lac LaPêche by Bill McGee.

Settlers Along Lac Mousseau Road in Gatineau Park 1850-1910 - also available as a PDF document 4.8MB
Story of settlements from about 1850 to about 1910-1920 along Meech Lake, Lac Mousseau and Lac Philippe, now in Gatineau Park by Bill McGee.

The Ridge Road Settlers in Gatineau Park 1818-1907+ - also available as a PDF document 1.8MB
Settlements along the Ridge road, now in Gatineau Park, up on what was called Kingsmere mountain by Bill McGee.

Finding Traces of the Early Settlers in Pre-Gatineau Park 5MB and map JPG
Presentation by Bill McGee of early settlers (McCloskey, Ryan, Keogan, Fortune, McKinstry, Dunlop and others) from the 1800s — mainly Irish families who settled along Ridge Road (now Trail 1) and who farmed most of the high land between Kingsmere Road and Wolf Trail.

The 'Jenness Property' at Ramsay's Crossing 7.2MB
A brief illustrated history of the 'Jenness Property' and its neighbourhood by Stuart E. Jenneiss.

Jack Harrison's The Haven 2.4MB

Les draveurs de Cascades (en français) - also available as a PDF document 120K
Entrevue avec L Campbell et D B Campbell, Point-au-Chêne Qc, avril 2020

Newell Family History - also available as a PDF document 12.5MB
Letter written by Henry Newell in 1931 about the journeys at sea from Ireland in 1832 and the hardships of settling in the new land.

Who's Which? 30MB
A Genealogical and Historical Family Record (428 pages). Book published in 1970. Author: Reby (Johnston) Dodds. Genealogical data for the Gatineau Valley families.

The following is a selection of links to other related contents on this website: