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Created February 2001


This is Eliza Jane's parents and my Great Great Grandparents. These pictures are portraits that were stored in my Grandpa's homestead shack that in later years was used for storage. They have been severely damaged by time and mice. A canvas like drawing and rotted away much of the breast area of both pictures. Eventually they will both disappear. Reproduction of the faces is all that can be done to preserve these old pictures. These pictures are very large barely fitting in my scanner, but it worked! Just recently much more information has been found about them!

There is a town in Ireland called Loneystowne which I will do more research on when time permits. James Loney's parents Samuel Loney and Susan Dagg married in Killaloe, Modreeny, Tipperary. Source Church Registry, although James was born in Ontario. They were not Catholic, belonging to the Church of England, even after their arrival in Ontario. They may have come through Quebec, but it is uncertain at this time. All Census reports of Renfrew co. Ontario and their marriage bann, says Elizabeth was born in Quebec to Richard Ralph and Eliza Taylor, but she was living in Pakenham, Renfrew co. and James was living in Darling twp. at time of marriage.

Loney's Chute

This picture was submitted to me by Allan Bronson. He and his Grandfather are in the picture on the right. Allan Bronson tells me it hangs in his livingroom painted by his Aunt in 1935.


It is a narrowing of the Little Mississippi river. Made and named after the Loney Family of Raglan/Little Ireland, in Renfrew county,Ontario. In the early mid 1800's, to carry the logs through, when they drove logs down the river. There was a bridge across and over the chute. Loney/Leoney Lake near Carlow twp. was also named in the mid 1800's.

Road construction was a very slow, back breaking endeaver when oxen and horses were the only help to manpower. Little Ireland was not far from Carlow's eastern boundry, for those who could only travel by river. The bridge at Loney's Chute was built to connect Carlow Twp. with Little Ireland/Raglan Twp. Families such as the Inwood's and several Loney's used this road into Carlow Twp. To get from Little Ireland to Hartsmere, you would go by road from Raglan into Mayo Twp. You would cross the Little Mississippi river at McArthurs Mills, about 10 or 12 miles up river from Loney's Chute, and to many other families including the Wannamaker's and Hannah's.

The Government finally gave a grant to build a road through the bush and a bridge across the Little Mississippi at Loney's Chute. There were 10 men with axes, crosscut saws, shovels, picks, a few steel drills, a keg of blasting powder, 3 wagons and 3 ox teams built the 5 miles of road. The pier that the bridge rests upon, was made of cedar logs.

When the road and bridge were finally finished the settlers could travel with horses and wagons to the grist mill and store that was 20 miles away to get their wheat ground into flour, hauling logs overland and taking care of other matters.

The road wound up and down through the bush over mudholes and stones. It was not an easy trip at best. Roads were often swept away by flooding and had to be rebuilt many times over. Loney's Chute became well known for it's speckled trout many years ago. Today the trout are gone and the old road and bridge has been bypassed by other roads.

Today, Little Ireland is little more than a ghostown. The bridge is gone. But in it's early days, nearly every family in that area were lumberjacks, cutting the huge forests for market. Thomas Henry Wannamaker and James Loney were logging men very early in that area.

Excerpts from the book "Before The Memories Fade" and first hand accounts by Allan Bronson and 96 year old Henry Taylor.


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