County Limerick, Ireland
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 1885|
Agnes' place of birth has not been located but there is record of Jeremiah living in Cork, County and there is a Marriage certificate for Valentine and Mary Ann Stroud showing that they were married in Glenosheen, Kilflynn, Co. Limerick, Ireland. Passage to Canada was booked on the ship BRIDGETOWN for Daniel and Agnes Alton and their family. This included two married sons, Jeremiah and Valentine, Jeremiah's two daughters Agnes and Ann (Jeremiah's first wife Ellen died in childbirth before the sailing), Valentine's wife Mary Ann Stroud, Samuel, Ann, Joseph, Daniel and Frances. Agnes's husband Daniel died before the ship sailed. The ship sailed from Liverpool so we are not sure if the family boarded there or if there was a stop in Ireland. The ship arrived in Quebec August 22, 1847. Jeremiah's 3 year old daughter Ann died either on board or while the ship was in quarantine and was buried Grosse-ile Aug.29, 1847.Agnes may have had another son and daughter that did not survive the trip. The party arrived at Hamilton by lake boat and then headed by wagon toward Goderich, where they spent the winter. In the Spring of '48 they headed north to Belfast.
Agnes bought 400 acres of uncleared land from the crown—200 acres on each side of County Road 1. The price of 100 acres at that time was forty pounds or close to two hundred dollars. Agnes later sold 100 acres each to her four sons.
The family started out living in a log shanty later replaced by a log house where Agnes continued to live with her youngest son Daniel until 1877 when he sold it to his brother Samuel. She was looked after by the family until her death.
The family were Wesleyan Methodist so it is easy to find records of the families baptisms in Ontario.
More information on this family can be found in the book by Frank Alton: The Genealogy of Daniel Alton-Agnes Ruttle and Their Seven Children: Who Left Ireland in 1847 and Settled at Belfast in 1848
Jeremiah Alton (1818 - 1897)*
Valentine Alton (1820 - 1899)*
Samuel Alton (1823 - 1898)*
Ann Alton Fowler (1828 - 1885)*
Frances Alton Smeltzer (1835 - 1928)*
Joseph Caleb Alton (1835 - 1918)*
Daniel Alton (1836 - 1907)*
Maintained by: Juanita Alton
Originally Created by: jaynetty
Record added: Aug 27, 2010
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