The Earle & Welford Families of Yorkshire, England 1268 - 1911
The Earle & Welford Families       of Yorkshire, England               1268 - 1911

Ireland Family of Burlington, Canada



This section includes the records of Joseph Ireland and his descendants. Joseph was born in 1792 at Bowes, Yorkshire, the fifth child of eight born to Thomas Ireland and Mary Fadden (see Bowes section)


According to the Museums of Burlington website, Joseph arrived in Upper Canada in the year 1819 and immediately petitioned for 100 acres of land. The following year, he purchased another 100 acres and by 1847 he had acquired over 1000 acres of land


Joseph began construction of a family home in 1835, known today as Ireland House. The house was built of fieldstone with lime-based mortar strongly resembling his family home in England. He completed the house in 1837, adding an addition in the early 1840's creating living quarters for hired hands and a room on the main floor


In 1823, Joseph married Ruth Best at St. John’s Anglican Church in Ancaster. They had eight children, five of whom survived into adulthood. Joseph became a respected figure in Nelson Township serving on the Nelson Township Council and was an overseer of highways. A newspaper clipping dating to 1859 refers to Joseph Ireland as a Justice of the Peace. He was also co-founder of St. John’s Anglican Church built in 1842 on Dundas Street near Guelph Line. When Joseph passed away in 1868, his will left various parcels of land to children and grandchildren; his son, John inherited the farm and homestead in 1869
Joseph's brother, Jonathan and family moved to the Nelson township about the year 1846 as did several nieces about the same time

St Romald's Church, Romaldkirk, Teesdale


Baptism - 5th April 1792

Joseph son of Thomas & Mary Ireland - Thringarth


Halton County, Ontario, Canada


Marriage - 18th September 1823

Joseph Ireland & Ruth Best

St John's Anglican Church, Burlington, Ontario, Canada


Memorial Inscription

In memory of Mary daughter of Joseph & Ruth Ireland loving wife of Samuel Dynes born May 19 1832 died Apr 2 1863

St John's Anglican Church, Burlington, Ontario, Canada


Memorial Inscription

Ireland - In memory of Joseph Ireland 1792-1869 His wife Ruth Best 1802-1867

Joseph Ireland (1792-1869)
Ruth Best (1802-1867)

St John's Anglican Church, Burlington, Ontario, Canada


Memorial Inscription

In memory of James Ireland died 1st September 1870 aged 44 Years 5 Mo's and 19 Days


Newspaper Notice

SUDDEN DEATH - A sudden death caused by excessive drinking occured near Wellington Square last Thursday morning. While proceeding to that village, James Ireland, a resident of the township of Nelson, fell down dead. The Coroner's jury which was empannelled returned a verdict of "died from suffocation"

St John's Anglican Church, Burlington, Ontario, Canada


Memorial Inscription

Robert Best Ireland died Jan 24 1886 aged 62 years. Gone but not forgotten. (side) Ann Ireland wife of R B Ireland died Dec 21 1894 aged 76 years. There are no partings in Heaven

Ireland House c1877

Ontario, Canada - Death Register


Death - 21st December 1894

Ann Ireland aged 76; from Nelson, Halton; born England 1818


Death - 11th May 1903

Elizabeth Ireland aged 72; from Burlington, Halton; born England 1831


St John's Anglican Church, Burlington, Ontario, Canada


Memorial Inscription

Ireland - John Ireland 1839-1904 and his wife Eliza Ann Naisbit 1846-1900. Mary 1914 infant daughter of W Breckinfield and Ellen G Ireland. Ruth Winifred 1925-1926 daughter of Edwin S and Alice M Ireland

John Ireland (1839-1904)
John Ireland with his second wife Eliza Ann Naisbitt and their 12 children, and one in-law



John Ireland (1839-1904) was the first member of the family to be born in Ireland House and was the seventh child of eight born to Joseph and Ruth Ireland. He was named after an older brother who had died in 1829 at the age of 3.

When John was 21, he traveled to England in search of a wife. In 1860, he met and married Elizabeth Breckinfield (1837-1861); in 1861 she gave birth to their daughter, Mary Ruth. Sadly, that same year both mother and daughter died within ten days of each other. Mary Ruth was only four months old.

In 1868, John married his second wife, a local girl by the name of Eliza Ann Naisbitt (1846-1900). John and Eliza had 12 children, all of whom survived to adulthood

Ontario, Canada - Death Register


Death - 3rd August 1910

Joseph Ireland aged 81; labourer from Nelson, Halton; born England 23rd July 1829; son of Joseph Ireland & Ruth Best; informant, Thomas Ireland his son


St John's Anglican Church, Burlington, Ontario, Canada


Memorial Inscription

Thomas Ireland July 23 1829 - Aug 3 1910 his beloved wife Charlotte Walton Nov 10 1827 - Jun 7 1914 their children Alethea Mary 1862 - 1917 David John 1861 - 1929

Ontario, Canada - Death Register


Death - 9th February 1921 (buried 11th February)

Jonathan Ireland aged 79 years 11 months; labourer from Burlington, Halton; born England 13th March 1842; son of Jonathan Ireland & Mary Dent*; informant, Fred Ireland his son; primary cause of death, bronchitis


* Jonathan Ireland's mother was Mary Raine, not Mary Dent. There is a record of a Mary Dent marrying John Ireland at Middleton-in-Teesdale in 1744, but this is Jonathan's great grandmother. Did Fred Ireland the informant just get the surname wrong? [check]


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Do you have any old photographs of Earle and Welford ancestors tucked away in your albums? If so I would really love to hear from you. Perhaps you would allow them to be added to this website as its so much better when you have a face to go with a name.


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