Irish Counties in Fitzroy Harbour Mission Marriage Records, 1852-1856

From 1852, there was a Catholic Mission at Fitzroy Harbour (Carleton Co., Ontario). A stone church (St. Michael’s) was built in 1861;1 but the mission did not become the independent parish of St. Michael until 1917.2 The Fitzroy Harbour Mission served Catholics in the Fitzroy Harbour area, of course, but also, in its early years, Catholics from across the river in the Quyon, Onslow area of Québec.

Marriage of Patrick Killeen and Bridget Galligan.

St. Michael (Fitzroy Harbour, Carleton), Register of Baptisms and Marriages, 1852-1863, 28 February 1859, image 49 of 80, M. 9, Patrick Killeen-Bridget Gallagan marriage, database: FamilySearch.org (http://www.familysearch.org), Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923.

From 1852 to 1865, the Fitzroy Harbour Mission was served by the Rev. Bernard McFeely. His handwriting was the opposite of neat; his spelling was idiosyncratic at best; and his practice of recording the Irish counties of origin of the parties to a marriage was a gift to future genealogists. It is thanks to Father McFeely that many of the descendants of these Irish Catholic emigrants can begin their family history research with a specific Irish county, rather than just “Ireland,” as the starting point.

To the right is the marriage record for my 2x-great-grandparents Patrick Killeen and Bridget Galligan. Patrick is given as “son of age of Denis Killeen and Mary Hearn formerly of the County Galway Ireland;” and Bridget as “daughter of age of Patrick Gallagan and Mary Quilean [Cullen] formerly of the County Cavin [Cavan] Ireland.” Patrick Killeen was almost certainly born in Upper Canada, whereas Bridget Galligan was certainly born in Ireland (parish of Kilmore, County Cavan). But this distinction is not made clear in the marriage record (I have this information from other records). Father McFeely’s “formerly of the County [Irish county] Ireland” refers to at least the parents of the bride or groom, but in some (probably quite a few) cases, will also refer to the bride or groom as well.

Below is a list of some marriages recorded in the parish register of Fitzroy Harbour Mission, from 1852 to 1856. I have only included marriages where one or both parties are identified with an Irish county (the vast majority of marriages recorded in the early register for Fitzroy Harbour). These Irish counties include: Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, and Tyrone.  

Please note that the Rev. Bernard McFeely continued his practice of recording Irish counties well into the 1860s; I only stopped at the end of November 1856 because my tabular data was getting a bit unwieldy for a blog-based table. I may do 1857 to 1861 or so in a future entry. 

As usual, I have resisted the urge to “correct” the spellings. In more than a few cases, I could not “correct” the spelling even if I tried: at least a few of the surnames transcribed below do not really make sense to me even as variant spellings of a surname. I have attempted to transcribe what I read, but in a few cases, Fr. McFeely’s text is all but unreadable.

DateGroomSon of [Parents], of [Place]BrideDaughter of [Parents], of [Place]
DateGroomSon of [Parents], of [Place]BrideDaughter of [Parents], of [Place]
12 Jul 1852Thomas MoranJames Moran and Mary Danford of the County of WaterfordAnn KearnsAndrew Kearns and Elisabeth O'brien County Sligo
5 Oct 1852John Dolin, widower, "whose wife John Murdock certifying died in the County Mayo Ireland"Patrick Dolin and Grace Kiel formerly of the County Mayo IrelandMary BurkWilliam Burk and Ann Atkins all of the Mission of Onslow, formerly of the County Mayo Ireland
5 Oct 1852Thomas MurdockJames Murdock and Honora Tunny, residents of March and heretofore of the County Mayo Mary FitzgeraldThomas Fitzgerald and Cathrine Murphy of the Mission of Onslow and heretofore of the County Mayo
4 Nov 1852Thomas BehanJeremiah Behan and Cathrine M'Ginn, formerly of the County Tipereary IrelandMary MartinWilliam Martin and Ellen Smith formerly of the County Cavan, Ireland
22 Nov 1852Matthew CostelloMartin Costello and Jane garvin of the County Tipereary IrelandMary ColtonMurty Colton and Bridget Doyle, formerly of the County Carlow
5 Jan 1853John CoyneJames Coyne and Ellenor O'Brine of the County RoscommonMargaret ElliotSimon Elliott and Ann Howe, County Mayo Ireland
14 Jan 1853Martin DolinMartin Dolin and Honour Kirby, formerly of the County Mayo, IrelandAnn McDonaghPatrick McDonagh and Mary Lyons formerly of the County Sligo Ireland
17 Jan 1853Francis MoranAmbrose Moran and Mary Cannon, formerly of the County Leitrim IrelandAnn GalliganDenis Galligan and Ann Kelly, County Cavan
4 Apr 1853Lanty McCueMiles McCue and Ellen McConeyhe formerly of the County Tyrone IrelandCathrine FinneganThomas Finnegan and Mary Mcgarry formerly of the County Sligo Ireland
18 Apr 1853Thomas SmithDaniel Smith and Mary Mulligan of the County Cavin IrelandFanny AspelJames Aspel and Mary Kale of the County Wexford Ireland
26 Apr 1853John MajorJohn Major and Mary Burk formerly of the County MayoJulia BurkWilliam Burke and Ann Seton of the same County [Mayo]
28 Apr 1853Patrick McKaleMichael McKale and Mary Purcell formerly of the County Mayo IrelandBridget O'DonnelHugh O'Donnell and Mary Read of the same County [Mayo]
23 May 1853James ColtonMurtagh Colton and Bridget Doyle formerly of the County Carlo IrelandMary QuigleyWilliam Quigley and Bridget Kehoe formerly of the County Wexford Ireland
25 Jul 1853John DevineJohn Devine and Bridget Kearn formerly of the County SligoEllen WatersJohn Waters and Cathrine Gavin residents of Nepean formerly of the County Tipereary Ireland
25 Jul 1853Patrick ClairyPatrick Clairy and Mary Magher formerly of the County Clare IrelandMary McKinnonNeil McKinnon and Mary McKinnon
9 Aug 1853Peter Denis, widower, of Mary RivalePeter Denis [and] Xantic Quelance formerly of FranceCathrine GallaganDaniel Gallagan and Ann Commerford formerly of the County Cavan Ireland
5 Oct 1853Michael McGlaughlinGeorge McGlaughlin and Celia Kegan, formerly of the Co. Mayo IrelandElisabeth Timstrimdaughter according to law of Andrew Timstrim and Celia Joyce
16 Oct 1853Arthur O'Donnell, widower of the late Margaret O'Hara[parents not given]Bridget GibbinsWalter Gibbins and Bridget Kelly formerly of the County Mayo Ireland
23 May 1854Thomas Aoud, widowerPatrick Aoud and Bridget Farrel formerly of the County Kildare IrelandMary HerrickMichael Herrick and Cathrine O Neil formerly of the County Mayo Ireland
5 Jun 1854Edward RileyEdward Riley and Mary Riley, formerly of the County Cavan IrelandMary ColliganWm Colligan and Mary Hegarty formerly of the County Tyrone Ireland
19 Jun 1854Thomas DoolinPatrick Doolin and Mary Ryan formerly of the County Tipereary IrelandCathrine RedmondArhur Redmond and Mary Dunn formerly of the County Wicklow Ireland
23 Jun 1854Jeremiah SullivanJohn Sullivan and Bridget Buckly formerly of the County Cork IrelandCathrine BrownJohn Brown and Mary Collins formerly of the U. States now of Gooldburn
7 Jul 1854Joseph SalmonJohn Salmon and Margaret Mannicks formerly of the County Clare IrelandSally AllenPatrick Allen and Cath Durick formerly of Down County Ireland
6 Nov 1854Henry BrownHenry Brown and Margaret Duggan formerly of the County Kerry IrelandJulia PurcellEdward Purcell and Julia McDonald formerly of Glengarry
7 Nov 1854Denis BarryDenis Barry and Julia McDonaugh formerly of the County SligoJohanna CronnonJohn Cronnon and Ellen Gilburn
9 Jan 1855Denis RyanJohn Ryan and Honora Lyons, formerly of the County Tipereary IrelandMargaret ManginJames Magin and Ellen Shaughenesy formerly of the County Limerick
29 Jan 1855John GibbinsJohn Gibbins and Betsy Watters formerly of the County Mayo IrelandSarah LeahyPatrick Leahy and Elisabeth Wharton formerly of the County Cork Ireland
18 Mar 1855Miles GibbinsJohn Giblins and Elisabeth Waters formerly of the County Mayo IrelandBridget WelshThomas Welsh and Mary Welsh formerly of the County Mayo Irland
3 May 1855Patrick McKennyJames McKenny and Margaret Quinlin formerly of the County Cavin IrelandBridget ForanMichael Foran and Cathrine Cannion formerly of the County Clare Ireland
8 May 1855Patrick CoyneJames Coyne and Eleanor OBrien formerly of the County Mayo IrelandElisabeth DowranJames Dowran and Elisabeth Lay formerly of the County Mayo Ireland
11 Jun 1855Andrew CoghlanAndrew Coghlan and Mary Welsh formerly of the Queens County IrelandMary LaulorThomas Laulor and Cathrine Kirby formerly of the Queens County Ireland
25 Jul 1855Thomas DoyleHugh Doyle and Mary O'handon formerly of the County Wexford IrelandMary DoyleJohn Doyle and Margaret Colton formerly of the County Wexford Ireland
17 Sep 1855Hugh O'NeilJohn O'Neil and Mary Price formerly of the County Tyrone IrelandBridget McGlaughlinGeorge McGlaughlin and Cilea Kegan formerly of the County Mayo Ireland
16 Oct 1855Edward LeachEdward Leach and Mary Murphy formerly of the County Carlow IrelandCathrine CurleyPatrick Curley and Mary Finnerin formerly of the County Galway Ireland
7 Jan 1856James LoolyJohn Looly and Catherine Duffgan formerly of the County Tipperary IrelandCathrine MoranThomas Moran and Bridget Moran formerly of the County Mayo Ireland
3 Apr 1856Martin FoleyPatrick Foley and Margaret McNamara formerly of the County Tipperary IrelandHonora HendraghanPatrick Hendraghan and Honora Winkle formerly of the County Kerry Ireland
4 Apr 1856William NauriceJohn Naurice and Mary Colligan formerly of the County Tyrone IrelandBridget DevineAndrew Devine and Cathrine Mulligan formerly of the County Cavin Ireland
15 Apr 1856John McDermottBernard McDermott and Mary Coyne formerly of the County Mayo IrelandMary O'NeilFrancis O'Neil and Julia OMara formerly of the County Tipperary Ireland
14 Apr 1856Joseph Elihaw McDoudeDonald R. McDoude and Elisabeth Cap formerly of GlengarryMary MoorePat Moore and Margaret Ryan formerly of the County Carlow Ireland
28 Apr 1856Martin StantonJohn Stanton and Cathrine Gibbins formerly of the County Mayo IrelandCathrine GormanPatrick Gorman and Margaret Haskin formerly of the County Tipperary Ireland
13 Jun 1856James CullJohn Cull and Mary Ryan formerly of the County Limerick IrelandBridget/Elisabeth Copp [named as Bridget Copp in margin; named as Elisabeth Copp in text of record]Edward Copp and Mary OShaughnessy formerly of the County Limerick Ireland
28 Jul 1856Martin DoyleJohn Doyle and Bridget Curley formerly of the County Galway IrelandEllen LogueMichael Logue and Ellen Hagarty formerly of the County Tyrone Ireland
4 Sep 1856Denis GallaganJames Gallagan and Ellen Marchall formerly of the County Limerick IrelandEllen DoorMichael Door and Mary Keef formerly of the County Limerick Ireland
24 Sep 1856Nicholas RyanNicholas Ryan and Bridget Farrell formerly of the County Limerick IrelandMary ConnorsJames Connors and Ellen Keef formerly of the County Cork Ireland
27 Sep 1856John KaneJohn Kane and Mary Howard formerly of the County Clare IrelandMary CourneenDaniel Courneen and Bridget Murphy formerly of the County Clare Ireland
28 Sep 1856John MulveyFrancis Mulvey and Ellen Ward of LitchfieldBridget O'DonnelJohn O'Donnel and Margaret Fony formerly of the County Mayo
28 Oct 1856James SalmonJohn Salmon and Margaret Monoufue formerly of the County Clare IrelandElisabeth AllenStephen Allen and Margaret Hogan formerly of the County Clare Ireland
8 Nov 1856Thomas ManganPatrick Mangan and Mary Riddle formerly of the County LimerickBridget HendrihanMichael Hendrihan and Bridget Kirmely formerly of the County Kerry Ireland
8 Nov 1856Michael MulvehillJohn Mulvehill and Margaret Mangin formerly of the County Kerry IrelandBridget CourneauMichael Courneau and Mary Clifford formerly of the County Tipperary Ireland
25 Nov 1856Thomas MoranOwen Moran and Mary Flinny formerly of the County Tipperary IrelandCathrine HerrickMichael Herrick and Cathrine ONeil formerly of the County Tipperary
28 Nov 1856Martin Dolin, widowerPat Dolin and Honora Kirby of the County Mayo IrelandJohanna DempsyThomas Dempsy and Ellen Murphy of the County Kilkenny Ireland
29 Nov 1856Pat MilieBartholomew Milie and Honora Higgins formerly of the County Mayo IrelandMary DolinJohn Dolin and Cathrine McGra formerly of the County Mayo Ireland
  1. This stone church replaced a wooden church that had burned to the ground in 1854. The suspected cause of the fire was anti-Catholic vandalism. See Marion G. Rogers, “St. Michael’s Church Fitzroy Harbour,” The Ottawa Journal, 29 July 1972.
  2. “St. Michael’s Fitzroy Celebrates 150 Years,” Catholic Ottawa Newsletter, Spring and Summer 2010, p. 11.

  3 comments for “Irish Counties in Fitzroy Harbour Mission Marriage Records, 1852-1856

  1. Ann Harrington
    2 July 2014 at 7:09 am

    Thrilled to find my Great great grandparents listed here as married on the 14th April 1856. We always refer to my gggrandfather as Elihu Joseph McDonald and his parents as Donald McDonald and Elizabeth Cass. They lived in L’Orignal although Donald was born in Knoydart Inverness Scotland and came to Glengarry as a child on the Ship Macdonald in 1786; Knoydart to Quebec. It has taken me quite a while to trace this record. You have made my day… Elihu and Mary immigrate to Mason County Michigan in November of 1872 with their eight children. They have three more in Michigan. In 1976 I left Michigan for Melbourne Australia. And settled…. I am working on writing a story of my roots for my two Australian/American children. I appreciate all the people who gather these records and put them online. I use to research offline back in the late 1970′s and accomplished so little. Thank you. Thank you. Please pass on my appreciation. I hope one day I can gather the funds to come and visit your beautiful area.

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