Young Immigrants to Canada

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Poor Law Unions

The Poor Law Unions appear to have started the emigration of females to Canada in the late 1840's. Many of these young women were from the Unions in Ireland, who sent women at the time of, or just after, the famine. The following is information taken mainly from Sessional Papers and British Parliamentary Papers.

1851

1852

1853

1858

1859

1862

The report of 1862 showed the following arrivals.

Unions Sending Only Women

Date Name of Union Women Children
May 10, 1962 Ballycastle Union 5  
May 29 Rev. Mr. Fizzelle (Dublin) 1  
June 29 Cork Union 100  
July 7 Balrothery Union 8 3
July 14 Tullamore Union 13  
August 4 Kanturk Union 29  
August 30 Callon Union 7  
September 6 Rev. Mr. Frizzelle (Dublin) 4  
September 6 Cork Union 2  
October 24 Cork Union 2  

1863

1864

1865

1874

For more information on workhouses, check out Peter Higginbotham's Workhouse site and Rossbret Workhouse site.

If any one has additional information on any of these children please contact me.


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