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.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Hollmer side of things

Peter Hollmer and Katarina Martinsen
Peter Hollmer was born on March 17, 1848, in Wöhrden, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, the son of Jacob. He married Katharina Christine Elisabeth Martinsen and they had four children together. He then married Margaret Ann Hudson on April 14, 1903, in Renfrew, Ontario. He died in Chalk River Ontario on November 18, 1903, at the age of 55.

Peter Hollmer is listed as passenger #1 on the ship "Steinhoft". He left Hamburg by himself at the age of 48 as listed on the manifest on the Steinhoft with 148 other passengers on the 15th of September and arrived in Montreal on the 4th of October 1894.
Peter's wife, Katarina, and their children left Hamburg on September 29, 1894 on a different ship called the "Baumwall" and arrived in Quebec City on the 17th October 1894.
John Hollmer, his son Percy and my grandpa George Tennant
One of those children was Jacob (John) Hollmer, my great grandfather on my dad's side. When John (Jacob) Christopher Hollmer was born on March 20, 1881, in Germany, his father, Peter, was 33 and his mother, Katharina, was 32. He married Ella Lena (Elsie) Bergman on October 24, 1905, in Chalk River, Ontario. They had eight children in 10 years. He died on June 8, 1948, in Chalk River, Ontario, at the age of 67. When Elsie Bergman was born on October 21, 1885, in Germany, her father, Paul, was 35, and her mother, Annie, was 34. She married John (Jacob) Christopher Hollmer on October 24, 1905, in Chalk River, Ontario. She died as a young mother in the great influenza outbreak of 1918-1920 on October 21, 1918, in Chalk River, Ontario, at the age of 33.
Annie Pearl Hollmer

One of those eight children of John and Elsie was my grandmother Annie Pearl Hollmer. When Annie Pearl Hollmer was born on January 7, 1909, in Chalk River, Ontario, her father, John, was 27, and her mother, Elsie, was 23. She married George Edward Tennant (my grandfather) on January 11, 1927, in her hometown of Chalk River. They had six children in 26 years. She died on December 20, 2002, in the hospital at Deep River, Ontario, at the age of 93.

George Edward Tennant
When George Edward Tennant was born on June 3, 1906, in Chalk River, Ontario, his father, George, was 29 and his mother, Margaret, was 19. George Edward Tennant was born on June 3, 1906, in Chalk River, Ontario, to Margaret McAuley, age 19, and George Cardiff Tennant, age 29. He married Annie Pearl Hollmer on January 11, 1927, in his hometown. They had six children in 26 years. He died on June 9, 1989, in Chalk River, Ontario, at the age of 83. George worked on the local Canadian Pacific Railway establishment in Chalk River. George and Pearl are buried in Forest View Cemetery (just off highway #17 at Fields Road) in Chalk River Ontario.
Pearl Hollmer and George Tennant - Xmas 1977

Pearl Hollmer and George Tennant
Tom Tennant, his father George, his mother Pearl Hollmer and me - Doug Tennant 1978

No comments: