William McNabb 1815

William McNabb 1815

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William McNabb was the son of George McNabb and Jane Purcell, christened on April  6, 1815 in the Church of Ireland parish of Oughaval, Co. Mayo*. It appears that his mother (Jane McNabb) died in 1820*. There was a large extended McNabb family in the parish just outside Westport, Mayo, where they worked as linen weavers.

In the 1830's William came to Canada with his (uncle?) Henry McNabb's family (wife Elizabeth Livingstone and sons Robert, John and Thomas (known as Henry) and was brought up as a son within that family**. In Canada, the McNabb family prospered, soon homesteading five large farms in what is now the county of Dufferin, near the junction of Highway 89 and Hurontario Street, at the crossroads just outside the town of Mono. Henry McNabb, the patriarch, was a Napoleonic war veteran, having served in the 83rd Irish Regiment from 1808 to1816, and earned his right to a veterans' land grant, but once in Canada kept a very modest profile, always referring to his former occupation as that of a weaver. Anecdotally, he was to have said that his goal was to see "McNabb land as far as the eye could see" and this was certainly achieved within his lifetime.

William married the daughter of another Irish immigrant family, Jane Cotton, whose family came from Northern Ireland, and the couple raised a family of nine children, Maria, Eliza, George, Thomas, Henry, John, Jane, Elizabeth and Mary Ann. Several of their children travelled to western Canada, where their descendents live today, while others remained in Ontario.

Both William and Jane lived to a good age, William died at the age of 95, (although his gravestone gives his age as 92) while living wth his son George in Swan River, Manitoba, and was was buried in the Bowsman Old Cemetery, and Jane, who suffered from severe arthritis, lived to age 87, living with her daughter in Keldon, Ontario.

*records from RootsIreland.

** records from Canadian census, vital statistics, land records

Additional Information
Date of Birth 6th Apr 1815 (circa) VIEW SOURCE
Date of Death 9th Oct 1910 VIEW SOURCE
Number of Children Father: George McNabb Mother: Jane Purcell William: born 1815, Aghagower, Co. Mayo, Ireland Christened: 6 April, 1815, Church of Ireland parish of Oughaval, Co. Mayo Spouse: Jane Cotton Married: c1843 - based on birthdate of first child  


  • My ancestors are from Westport and we do have McNabb's in our tree - I wonder if any of this William's descendants have carried out a DNA test that we could compare with to see if there is any link?


    Sunday 22nd April 2018, 08:33PM
  • Two tests - one female (Gedmatch-T753679), one Y-111 have (Gedmatch-T611739) been done. William was a son of George McNabb and a nephew of Henry McNab - and others of Henry's line have also been tested - see Vincent McNabb and Kevin McNabb on  Family tree DNA

    GrammaJan McNabb

    Monday 23rd April 2018, 01:17AM
  • Only a very minimal match with T753679 (Ch 7,9,11,12,15,17 with highest on 9 @ only 3 cM) and a marginally higher match with T611739 (Ch 1,7,10,14,16,17 with highest on 1 @ 3.7 cM).  Will check out Family Tree DNA.


    Monday 23rd April 2018, 08:22AM
  • My family was and still is McNabb. My grandmother was Mary McNabb, her father was Joseph McNabb son of Robert McNabb and Sarah (sally)  Fitzpatrick from Drumkeen, Claremorris county Mayo. Vince Mc Nabb and I are in contact as well as James. We have a Facebook page called Descendants Walsh McNabb County Mayo. Please look and join if you are a descendant.

    My Gedmatch kit # BB6383430



    Thursday 4th February 2021, 02:45PM

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