62 Royal West India Rangers settled in New Brunswick
Sixty-Two New Brunswick Soldier-settlers and their families listed
"Arthur B Walsh Esq
Oct 24, 1842
Age 49 yrs
Son of George Walsh Esq
of Dublin Ireland."
Lt. Walsh's gravestone: Behind the former Presqu'Ile ["Presk-eel"] Military Post in Carleton County are ten gravestones in a small privately-owned graveyard. The gravestone of one our Royal West India Rangers was photographed here recently.
Neighbour Mike McCatten and a relative pick RWIR Lieutenant Walsh's gravestone off the forest floor for a photograph Saturday 5 May 2007. Thanks to Norm DeMerchant for these photos and the Walsh gravestone transcript.
Lt Arthur Blaney Walsh - Quick Facts:
Born abt 1793, son of George Walsh of Dublin, Ireland (gravestone inscription)
Ensign with Royal West India Rangers 8 Apr 1813; Lieut w RWIR 1 Feb 1816 (source: Army list)
Senior officer among the Rangers who in 1819 accepted land in the Military Settlement (
Commissariat Record Book, Presqu'isle
military post, New Brunswick)
With the others may have stayed at Presqu'Ile military post through the winter of 1819-20 (EC Clarke, "Military Settlement"). The Arthur Nicholson family had a 205 acre land grant south of the military post. His grant was west of the post and of the Nicholson land.
Marries Margaret Nicholson 1 October 1819:
|"d.24th ult., at his residence in Wakefield, Carleton Co., Arthur Blaney WALSH, Esq., age 48, Lt. H.M. Royal West India Rangers and Major 2nd Batt. Carleton County Militia, Magistrate, left widow." (From Daniel F. Johnson Newspaper Archives at PANB)
Is buried in the Presqu'Ile Garrison graveyard. (E mail Norm DeMerchant to MH May 2007; also Northern Carleton County Cemetaries, Vol. 1, Numerical Listing, Cemetary #53, pp. 274-5 as per Lezlie Carson e mail March 2007)
His land grant forms part of a boundary of Simmonds parish in Carleton County: (See item 18 (b) at parish boundaries )