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Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Departure from Ireland 
My cousin Darlene Perrett sent me a copy of the book "In Search of Buchanan from Anselan to President James Buchanan" written by Irene Martin, copyright 2011. I had hoped for evidence of a connection between the well-documented Ramelton Buchanans in Northern Ireland and my branch of the family, but found nothing tangible. Maybe it will prove useful later. One thing that struck me rather forcefully was the picture on page 108. The author included it because at the bottom it said Buchanan, Printer, but the date and place were what grabbed my attention! If this ship was in port in Derry from June 28 to July 13, there is a chance it was the ship that brought our Buchanans to Quebec, in any case there is an excellent chance that they saw it in Derry. The poster says:




Those Persons who have taken their Passages by
the First Class Coppered Ship
Are required to be in Derry on Tuesday, 13th
JULY, Pay the remainder of their Passage Money,
and go on board, as the Vessel will sail first
fair wind after that date. A few more Passengers
will be taken, on moderate terms, if immediate
application is made to
MR. DAVID MITCHELL, Dungiven, or the Owners,
Derry, June 28, 1847.
The Cargo of the SUPERIOR, just arrived, from
Philadelphia, consisting of Indian Corn, Indian
Meal, Flour, &c., for Sale, on moderate terms.

Transcribed by Gordon Drummond


We don't know when the Buchanan family first boarded ship, but we have a better time line later, so I will work backwards in time.

They traveled west from Kingston to Esquesing, Ontario, where they worked in the harvest: maybe September or October

Prior to this they spent a month in quarantine in Kingston: maybe September or October.
They spent 9 weeks crossing the Atlantic: maybe leaving Ireland in June or July and arriving in Canada about August or September 1847. The quarantine station at Quebec had overflowed, so passengers were being sent on to Kingston, Ontario.
The ship was refitted, I have seen no time period listed but I am guessing two weeks, in late May or early June.

They were out from port 10 days when the ship was damaged in a storm and returned to harbor (same harbor?) for refitting. If it took 10 days to get to the point where they turned around, it maybe took 10 days to return (they would have the wind in their favor now).

From this I would estimate their original departure to be around the beginning of May, 1847.

So there is an excellent chance that they saw the Superior prior to their second departure for Quebec, since Derry was the closest port to Drumquin. They lived on the rural townland of Binnawooda, near the village of Drumquin, County Tyrone, Ireland.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


1847 – 1864 No Buchanans living there in 1847
Hi Bill - you may already have seen this - copy and paste this link in your address bar and you can see the 1847 records for Binnawooda.

Monday, September 3, 2012 at 2:36:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Bill Buchanan said...

Dates for Griffiths Valuation

I wonder about the comment above. As I understand it, Griffiths Valuation did not cover a period of time but was a single event that took place in different places at different times. Like a census it was a "snapshot in time". According to the Valuation in Tyrone was in 1851. is more specific but places the Valuation of Ulster even later.

"The Primary Valuation of Ireland 1848-1864

"Irelands Valuation office conducted it's first survey of property ownership in Ireland from 1848 to 1864.The surveyors started this enormous task in the very south of the country so the valuations for Cork or Waterford date from 1848 while the Province of Ulster was last to be valued between 1858 and 1864"

In any case, it appears that the Valuation of Binnwooda townland in Ardstraw Parish took place after my Buchanan family had left (probably in the spring of 1847). We know that they were living there in 1846 when William Buchanan married Ann Thompson, because their marriage registration gives Binnawooda as his residence.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 11:55:00 AM MDT  

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