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Where did John Lahey Go?

Or; Margaret Jane Killeen, the Widow who Wasn’t

There are a couple of notable scandals to be found in the annals of my Lahey ancestors, but I think I’ll leave the manslaughter cases for a later entry. For now, just a little story of family desertion and family reunion.


John Lahey of March

John Lahey was born at March township (Carleton Co., Ontario, Canada) in March 1837, the first and only child of James Lahey, originally of Ballymacegan, Lorrha, Co. Tipperary, and Ann Armstrong, originally of Co. Cavan. He was baptized 2 April 1837 (Notre Dame, Ottawa), with James Armstrong (his mother’s brother) and Mary [Lahey] Hourigan (his father’s sister) serving as godparents. His mother died 17 Dec 1839, when he was not yet two years old, at which point his father was apparently in legal custody in connection with one of the above-mentioned scandals (of which more to follow in a later entry…). So it’s not exactly clear who raised him, but presumably his paternal aunt Mary Lahey, aka the Widow Hourigan, played a part, as did his paternal uncle John Lahey, a lifelong bachelor whose land (at Concession III, Lot 14, March township) he was to eventually inherit.

Last Will and Testament of Denis Galligan

Denis Galligan (sometimes spelled Gallaghan) was born about 1815 in Co. Cavan, Ireland, probably (but this is not yet documented) the son of Denis Galligan and Anne Kelly. He emigrated to Canada in the early 1840s (as did his suspected parents Denis Galligan and Anne Kelly), where he settled at Fitzroy township (Carleton Co., Ontario). He married (presumably in Canada, about 1855) another Cavan native, Margaret (“Peggy”) Cahill (1820-1893), with whom he had seven known children: Anne, Mary, Bridget, Elizabeth, Margaret, Denis, and Michael. Denis Galligan died 3 December 1888, and is buried at St. Michael’s RC Cemetery, Corkery.

Daniel Driscoll: Home Child

Found in the household of James Moran and Sarah Jane Dooley in the 1891 census (Ontario, Carleton, Nepean, p. 5, family no. 23), a domestic servant named Daniel Driscoll, born in England about 1878:

  • Name: Driscoll, Danl
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 13
  • Relation to Head of House: Dom [Domestic]
  • Country or Province of Birth: Eng [England]
  • Place of Birth of Father: Eng
  • Place of Birth of Mother: Eng
  • Religion: R.C. [Roman Catholic]
He is not found in this household (now headed by a widowed Sarah Jane [Dooley] Moran) in the 1901 census.