The original settlement of the Magundy, Blaney Ridge (York County, NB)

The York Sunbury Museum recently had the following enquiry about early Irish settlement in New Brunswick (Canada):

“I am wondering what information you might have on the original settlement of the Magundy, Blaney Ridge, Magaguadavic area of Prince William, York County in the late 1820’s. From my genealogy research, it appears that many of these settlers came from County Donegal, Ireland. Was this an organized immigration, similar to the “Scotch Colony” that settled in Kintore and Kincardine in Victoria County in 1873, when the new immigrants were recruited from a small area?

In the 1881 census, there are 77 still living residents of Prince William who gave their country of birth as Ireland, and many of them had that recorded on their tombstones.I have not yet found any documents to indicate this, but will keep trying, as it is a pet theory of mine.”

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6 responses to “The original settlement of the Magundy, Blaney Ridge (York County, NB)

  1. geneva ensign-Langin

    I understand that my husband’s ancestory, Thomas Landon(Langan) & Jane Mooers were married in 1772. How can I find documentation for that fact? Also, they lived at St. Anns, abt 1775, but later moved to Burton by 1882-3. Can I find records of this?

    Geneva Ensign-Langin

    • 1772 is before the Index to New Brunswick Marriages (1847-1960 found here, Index to Marriage Bonds (1810-1932 found here and Daniel F Johnson’s New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics (1784-1896 found here

      In my experience, the best source of early birth, death and marriage dates has been the church records, if they still exist and are open to the public. If your ancestors were married in New Brunswick then you will probably find the church records at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB) in Fredericton. ( If you look under the search menu on the PANB’s main page, you will find several searchable databases that may assist you in locating your ancestors. There are land petition records, land grant records and directories. Try the various spellings of the last name in your searches. I have found that my ancestors names were spelt in a variety of different ways, especially when dealing with early records.

      If all else fails, contact someone from the Capital Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society. They have been researching families in this area for several years and know the records. They have a wonderful documetn called “First Families ( that has this information about your family in it and at the vottom it lists the source. You might want to contact the PANB for copies of the sources if you don’t already have them.

      “LANGAN: Thomas Langan born c1755 Rowley, MA, died by 3 Apr 1811, m. c1772 in Sunbury County, Jane Moores b. 25 Jun 1753 at Rowley, MA, died after 1811, d/o Peter Moores and Mary Howe: settled in Burton Parish, Sunbury County:

      Children born in Sunbury County:
      1) Jane or Jessie Langan b. c1774, d. 29 Dec 1860 Simonds Parish, Carleton County, married 2 May 1797 in Burton Parish, NB, Jeremiah Barker b. 1775 at Maugerville in Sunbury County, died before 1851 in Carleton County, s/o Nathaniel Barker and Lydia Burpee:
      2) Rebecca Langan b. 1775, d. after 1851, m. 27 Mar 1796 in Burton Parish, David Gage b. – , died before 1851: settled in Carleton County:
      3) Mary Langan b. 1779, d. 21 Dec 1859 at Fredericton, m. 21 Dec 1797/8 in Burton Parish, Edward Bartlett born 1774, died 9 Sep 1851 in York County:
      4) Huldah Langan born 1780, died unmarried 23 May 1842:
      5) Margery Langan born 1782, died 18 May 1818 at Sheffield, NB, m. 16 Jul 1802 in Burton Parish, Asa Upton b. 7 May 1783 in Sunbury County, died 19 Jun 1875 at Florenceville, Carleton County: settled at West Florenceville, NB: 6) Edward
      Langan born 1785, m. 10 Apr 1817 in Sunbury County, Rebecca Jane Upton born 1789:
      7) Elizabeth Langan b. c1790, m. 25 May 1810 in Burton Parish, Asa Perley:
      8 ) Thomas Lewis Langan born c1791, d. 10 Dec 1833 in New York City, m. (1st) 23 Jan 1823 Sarah Bailey, m. (2nd) 26 Jan 1828 in Saint John, Charlotte Whitney b. in Saint John, d. in NY, d/o Samuel Whitney:
      9) Margaret Langan b. c1792, m. 29 Nov 1814 in Sunbury County, Robert Mersereau:
      10) Hugh Langan b. 1794, died after 1861, m. 7 Apr 1812 Mary Treadwell: settled in Chipman Parish, Queens County:
      11) Frances Louisa Langan b. 1798, m. 6 Nov 1818 William H. Sherman.

      Sources: MC1/Barker #4, 5 pages: see MC80/364 E. Stone Wiggins, History of Queens County, pages 38 to 39: see MC80/1397 Daniel F. Johnson’s New Brunswick lineages, page 180: see MC80/1790 Ken Kanner’s Early families revisited, page 170: see also MC80/2354 Saint John Branch, NBGS: Arrivals 99: our first families in New Brunswick, pages 160-161.”

      Good luck with your search.

  2. From “Where is Home? New Brunswick Communities Past and Present” on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website:

    “Located 7.45 km WSW of Lake George, on the road to Magaguadavic: Prince William Parish, York County: settled about 1820 by Irish immigrants: PO 1861-1969 was located 3 km NE of Magundy at Pokiok Stream: in 1866 Magundy was a farming settlement with about 5 families: in 1871 it had a population of about 150: in 1898 Magundy had 1 post office, 1 store, 1 church and a population of 150.”

    For more check out this link:

  3. My Ancestors settled in Mugundy around 1845, they where Graham’s from Donegal! I am also trying to find out that answer but two Graham brothers Gilbert and Pat Graham married two Duncan sisters from Ireland, hope to find out more information soon!

  4. My great grandfather Rev. J. Chapman was Church of Ireland minister in Gweedore, County Doneganl mid-19th century. Tough going for a Protestant, but the local parish priest was apparentlt a kind soul!

  5. Sorry, the commercial in our village was Donegani, meant Donegal!

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