My own research has concentrated on the assisted emigration of poor people from the South of Ireland to Upper Canada in 1823 and 1825—ambitious socio-economic experiments designed by Robert John Wilmot-Horton and supervised by Peter Robinson. My father’s ancestors were recruited from Mitchelstown, Co. Cork for Robinson’s second emigration and were located in Douro Township, U. C. in 1825. As there was a tremendous interest and even controversy surrounding Wilmot-Horton’s bold plans for assisted emigration, the historical records of Robinson’s expeditions—both in Great Britain and in Canada—is extraordinarily rich and varied.
Allen’s Upper Canada Sundries is first setting about to aggregate—and curate—these historical records. Visit often, to see how we’re doing!