I am curious to know if my ancestors were "Irish Boat People"?

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I am looking for Clarence Byron Adair's (b. Mar 18, 1922 to Arnold Clarence D. Adair and Bessie McCabe in Ontario, Canada) ancestry.  Bessie died while Clarence was a toddler. His father remarried Ethel Woods.  Bessie's branch is of more interest as Clarence did not know his maternal's grandparents.

I would also like to know where the Adair branch is from. I know they came from Ireland at some point, however, as far as I can tell, Adair is not an Irish last name. I have heard its actually Scottish but have not found much information to support this.

in Genealogy Help by Brianne Clayton G2G Crew (310 points)

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From familysearch.org.  Bessie's parents are Anson McCabe b. Canada and Annie Hastings.  It appears that Anson may be the son of Henry and Ann Elizabeth McCabe, but would require more confirmation/research. 

Good Luck

Ontario Deaths


Bessie Adair

Death  26 Mar 1922  King, York, Ontario

Female age: 20 est birth  1902

father: Anson Mccabe   mother: Annie Hastings


Canada Census, 1901   B, Cardwell, Ontario


head  Anson Mccabe M 28 abt 1873 Ontario  

wife  Annie Mccabe F 28 Ontario abt 1873 

dau  Bessie A Mccabe  F Born Ontario


Possibly the correct Anson below?

Canada Census, 1881   Albion, Cardwell, Ontario


Henry McCabe M 44y IRE

 Ann McCabe F 36y Ont

 Rebecca McCabe F 22y Ont

 John McCabe M 21y Ont

 Ellen McCabe F 17y Ont

 Margaret McCabe F 12y Ont

 Anson McCabe  M 9y Ont

 Ida McCabe F 6y Ont

 Ralph McCabe M 1y Ont


More Albion, Cardwell Ontario Census data on Henry McCabe b. abt 1837-38 IRE  – wife is Ann/Elizabeth: Parents John & Elizabeth - correct location, requires more confirmation  - see link below?


by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (771k points)
selected by Keith Baker
Thank you very much! What a wonderful starting point!

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