Dedicated to the Tennants and Grawbargers who settled the Ottawa Valley in the 1850's.

The Grawbargers sailed to New Amsterdam (New York) in 1710 or so on the "Elizabeth". Some of their family members (Andrew Grawbarger) migrated northward as loyalists to the British Crown in the late 1700s or early 1800s.

The Tennants sailed to Canada in June 1820 on the "Commerce" out of Greenock Scotland and Dublin Ireland . They originally settled in Lanark Township in Lanark County Ontario and subsequently spread throughout Canada and the USA.

Meeting up in the Wilberforce Township area (near Killaloe) in the 1850s the Tennants and Grawbargers became fast friends and intermarried quite extensively.

Moving northwest into the Petawawa area together in the 1870s they founded the "Tennant Settlement" on what is now part of the Petawawa Military Base. Being bought out by the Military in 1906 some moved into nearby Chalk River while others made the trek to the Restoule/Golden Valley area and others rode the rails to Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

Their story of hard toil and heavy burdens marked them as they set down roots and pioneered the Lanark area in the early 1800s. Finding strength in each other and through their fantastic familial relationships as their descendants married other pioneers, the Tennants and their extensive families spread out from Lanark to explore whole new homesteads and occupations.

Thomas Tennant and Ann Hill would be proud of the varied and broad legacy of their descendants. Their heart-wrenching decision to sail to a new world would in a few short decades after their death, ultimately be rewarded with their progeny weaving themselves into and becoming a part of the very essence of Canada.

Their never ending spirit lead their descendants to become explorers, clergy and pastors, shanty-men, hunters, trappers, doctors, farmers, scientists, administrators, lawyers, railroaders, soldiers, writers, educators, paramedics, morticians, elected officials, police officers, firefighters, sports enthusiasts and entrepreneurs of the day.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

65th Wedding Anniversary - Tom Tennant & Elaine Cuthbert

On Wednesday June 30, 1948 Tom Tennant and Elaine Cuthbert were married by Rev. Carl Dean in St. Andrews United Church on Main Street in Chalk River ON. The maid of honour was Eunice Moore and the best man was Tom's brother Jack Tennant.


Tom and Elaine celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at a garden party at their home in Chalk River with approximately 70 family and friends including several great grandchildren. Deputy Mayor Anne Giardini brought greetings from the Town of Laurentian Hills while Marjorie Kellow, their daughter, read out greetings from the Governor General, Prime Minister Harper and Her Majesty the Queen.

Tom and Elaine (front) with Jack and Eunice (rear)

Family Photo June 30, 1948

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