First Generation McAuliffe
Martin McAuliffe, born in Ireland in 1798 would become an emigrant from his homeland to Upper Canada. Arriving here he made his way to the Newcastle District. After establishing a homestead, he took Mary Leonard as a bride, in the early 1830s. Born in County Cork, Ireland, she was the daughter of Bartholomew Leonard and came to this country as part of the Peter Robinson immigration in 1825. Bartholomew, a widower with seven children, settled in Ennismore Township on the north half of Lot 2 of Concession 1.
After their marriage, Martin and Mary settled in Emily Township on Concession 8, the north half of Lot 20. By 1851, they had a family of eight children. A daughter Mary had been born about 1834 and a son Peter was born 10 August 1834. Catherine was born in 1839, Michael in 1843, Patrick in 1844, John in 1846, Martin Jr., was born in 1848 and Leonard born 14 September 1851. In 1854, another daughter, Ellen was born.