My third great-grandfather, James Raynard Sr., was a longtime resident of the Merritton/St. Catharine's area from at least the early 1850s, but I have been unable to locate who his parents or possible siblings may have been.
He was born in Ireland in July 1829, conceivably in one of the northern counties as he appears to have been a longtime member of the local Loyal Orange Lodge. The earliest record I have of his residence in the Merritton/St. Catharine's area is his April 1854 marriage to Catherine Bradley. The 1851 census for Lincoln county does not exist so locating him among other potential Raynard family relations at that time has proven difficult. Further records do not seem to show other Raynards/Reynards in the Lincoln area. There also does not appear to be any obvious connection to the members of the Raynard clan living in the Perth area during the mid-1850s.
An 1844 marriage record for a Margaret Raynard to an Arthur Bradley in St. Catharine's suggests the possibility of an elder sister, but she appears to have died shortly thereafter with no clues to her origins.
James Raynard Sr. lived in the area until about 1890 when he and his family moved to Idaho. He was variously described in records as a seaman, captain and barge owner. The family returned to Canada about 1903 when they resettled in Alberta. He died in 1904 near Stettler, Alberta.
Any suggestions or possible connections to other Raynards would be greatly appreciated.