Thomas Boyle Family tree - and side branches

Notes for Joseph Stephen PRITCHARD

Joseph is listed as a 36 year old farmer in the 1851 census for McGillivray, Ontario. According to this census, all of the family (except the youngest, Sarah) were born in Ireland.

The McGillivray town history book mentions that Joseph was one of the appointed “path masters” at the very first council meeting held on February 21, 1850.

In the 1861 census they are still in McGillivray, although their last name is mis-spelled as “Prichard”. It is in this census that his wife Rosanna, and all of their children, are now shown as being born in Upper or Lower Canada (Quebec or Ontario). The ages of Thomas and Judith switch around, too. They are living in a log house at the time.

By 1870, they are living in Comanche, Iowa. Only sons John, Samuel and William are living with Joseph and Rosanna by this time. Here again, Rosanna and the 3 kids are listed as being born in Canada.

In 1880, Joseph and Rosanna live in Calamus, Iowa, and their grand-daughter Josie Easton is with them.

The 1885 Iowa State census has Joseph and Rosanna in Ida Grove, Iowa. He is still listed as a farmer at this point.

Joseph remarried to widow Belle Roade (nee Redfield) in 1898. Not sure when Rosanna passed away.

The 1900 census for Boyer Township, Harrison County, Iowa shows Joseph remarried to Belle. It also shows that Joseph moved to the USA around 1861, so it would have been within a year of the 1861 census for McGillivray. He is shown as a naturalized US citizen by this time.

There is a Joseph Pritchard, age 86, whose wife is still alive, that appears in the 1905 census for Harrison, Iowa (Belle, I presume).

The town history book for McGillivray has a story (originally written in 1905), mentions that Joseph had the first wheeled vehicle in Central McGillivray: “A man who lived where John Robinson, councillor, now lives (1905), Joseph Pritchard by name, had the first wheeled vehicle in the community of Central McGillivray. The wheels were made by cutting pieces off an oak log, about four feet in diameter and eight inches thick. A large hole was made in each for an axle, which was provided with a tongue, a box was made for it and a cart was the result. It was wood throughout and made many trips through the woods to Falkirk mills. It finally broke down opposite Sandy Campbell’s and was never more resurrected. When Mr. Pritchard started home with his cart, the whole community knew it was going, it made a noise so different from any other thing that ever was made or created.” I am not sure if this is referring to father Joseph, or Joseph Jr.

Sunday, June 6, 2021