When James and Matilda (McElroy) Brandon emigrated to Canada from Ireland in 1850, the trip across t…
When James and Matilda (McElroy) Brandon emigrated to Canada from Ireland in 1850, the trip across the Atlantic took 4 weeks and 4 days. They sailed with 3 sons and 3 daughters. Their baby died and was buried at sea.
They sailed to New York City, took a lumber wagon to Rochester, crossed Lake Ontario to Hamilton, then came to Warwick Village where a Brandon uncle was already settled. They came by wagon to a shanty in the bush south of Forest. James cleared the farm and built a log house, bringing shingles from Forest.
Four more children were born in Canada.