In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would write a post about Irish heritage. While I haven’t found any on my side (yet), I know my husband Robert has some Irish. His Irish roots go back to Robert St. Clair Stoddart born about 1769 in Longford, Ireland. His line is Robert St. Clair Stoddart-James St. Clair Stoddart-Robert Stoddart-Milford Clayton Stoddart-Maurice Randall Stoddart-Robert’s Mom-Robert Foster.
This is one of the lines that is on the list of projects to work on together, when Robert has more time. We have found some information on Robert Stoddart on our visit to the O’Dell Museum when we were last in Nova Scotia.
From a list of soldiers discharged in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. They were from the 98th (Late 99th) Regiment of Foot. (1803-1818) (disbanded)
The introduction to the list states that the Regiment of Foot was raised in Ireland in 1803. From 1806 to 1818, they were stationed at Halifax,Nova Scotia; Fredricton, New Brunswick; and St. John’s, Newfoundland. They were renumbered as the 98th in 1815. They were disbanded in 1818.
Robert Stoddors/Studdors [Stoddart] enlisted September 30, 1804 at the age of 35 in Longford, Ireland. He was discharged June 25, 1818 at Fredriction. He was listed as a carpenter.
We have found Robert Stoddart in the book “History of the County of Annapolis Nova Scotia” by W.A. Calnek. The book can be looked at on Our Roots, page 280. His is listed in Falkland as Sergeant Robert Stoddart who was an original grantee.
We have some information about this line from a relative who did up a book on Robert Stoddart’s descendants. While this is a great starting point, we still need to find more sources. But that's half the fun.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day