March 17, 2015
22 August 1858 -- 18 June 1861
A few more marriages from the register for the Catholic mission at Fitzroy Harbour (Carleton Co., Ontario). This is a continuation from Part One.
|Date||Groom||Son of [Parents], of [Place]||Bride||Daughter of [Parents], of [Place]|
|Date||Groom||Son of [Parents], of [Place]||Bride||Daughter of [Parents], of [Place]|
|22 Aug 1858||James Doyle||Denis Doyle and Ellen Ryan late of the Pontiac and formerly of the County Tipperary Ireland||Ann Collins||Michael Collins and Ann Shae formerly of the County Wexford Ireland|
|6 Jan 1859||William Gorman||Patrick Gorman and Margaret Cashin formerly of the County Tipperary Ireland||Margaret Butler||James Butler and Ellen Bele formerly of the County Dublin Ireland|
|10 Jan 1859||John Keef||Bernard Keef and Ellen Kennedy formerly of the County Limerick Ireland||Johanna Fleming||John Fleming and Margaret Henessy formerly of the County Cork Ireland|
|10 Jan 1859||John O Rork||Daniel O Rork and Peggy Doherty formerly of the County Cavin Ireland||Sally Doherty||Denis Doherty and Bridget Gallagher formerly of the County Donegal Ireland|
|19 Jan 1859||John O'Connor||John O'Connor and Allice Donagher formerly of the County Limerick Ireland||Mary Burk, widow||John Burk and Mary Mahon formerly of the County Tipperary Ireland|
|19 Jan 1859||Alexander McGillis||Angus McGillis and Isabella McDonald formerly of Glengarry C.W. [Canada West]||Johanna Deneen||Denis Deneen and Ellen Power formerly of the County Limerick Ireland|
|24 Jan 1859||Hugh O'Donnell||John O'Donnell and Margaret Jones formerly of the County Mayo Ireland||Margaret Bennett||Michael Bennett and Mary Lynch formerly of the County Kerry Ireland|
|14 Feb 1859||Thomas Gibbin||Richard Gibbin and Eleanor McNally formerly of the County Mayo Ireland||Ellen Cannon||James Cannon and Sarah McDermott formerly of the County Sligo Ireland|
|23 Feb 1859||William Leahey||Patrick Leahey and Elisabeth Wharton formerly of the County Tipperary Ireland||Margaret Power||John Power and Alice Keeley formerly of the County Donegal Ireland|
|28 Feb 1859||Patrick Kileen||Denis Kileen and Mary Hearn formerly of the County Galway Ireland||Bridget Gallagan||Patrick Gallagan and Mary Quilean formerly of the County Cavin Ireland|
|28 Feb 1859||Patrick Rady||Michael Rady and Mary Duffy formerly of the County Mayo Ireland||Mary McCrea||Charles McCrea and Cathrine [illegible] formerly of the County Fermanagh Ireland|
|5 Mar 1859||Thomas McNamara||Martin McNamara and Margaret Bond formerly of the County Tipperary Ireland||Julia Curley||Matthew Curley and Julia McGra formerly of the County Clare Ireland|
|1 Jan 1860||Thomas Nugent||Arthur Nugent and Ann McDermott formerly of the County Tyrone Ireland||Sarah Clark||William Clark and Cathrine Clark formerly of the County Sligo Ireland|
|21 Jan 1860||Thomas Williams||James Williams and Mary McGattisan formerly of the County Donegal Ireland||Harriet Derawa||David Derawa and Mary Arno formerly of the township of Hull C.E. [Canada East]|
|2 Feb 1860||Patrick Kerry||James Kerry and Honora Hennessy formerly of the County Clare Ireland||Bridget Quigley||Patrick Quigley and Ellen Golden formerly of the County Sligo Ireland|
|8 Apr 1860||John Leavey||John Leavey and Jean Byrne formerly of Longford Ireland||Mary Farry||Patrick Farry and Mary Lunney formerly of the County Fermanagh Ireland|
|27 Jul 1860||Edward Kennedy||John Kennedy and Margaret Mangin of the township of Huntley and formerly of the Co. Tipperary Ireland||Mary Lyndsay||Patrick Lyndsay and Cathrine Quinn of the mission and formerly of the County Tyrone Ireland|
|27 Sep 1860||James Herrick||Francis Herrick and Cathrine O'Neil, of this mission and formerly of the County Tipperary Ireland||Ellen Wilson||James Wilson and Margaret Murphy formerly of the County Mayo Ireland|
|28 Jan 1861||Edward Cavanagh||Peter Cavanagh and Mary Quinn formerly of the County Wexford Ireland||Ann Devine||Michael Devine and Bridget Farrell formerly of the County Longford Ireland|
|11 Jun 1861||James McDonald||Hugh McDonald and Johanna Chence of this mission and formerly of Scotland||Mary Devine||Andrew Devine and Cathrine Mulligan of this mission and formerly of the County Cavin Ireland|
|18 Jun 1861||Patrick Doyle||John Doyle and Mary Carberry formerly of the County Armagh Ireland||Sarah Dowd||William Dowd and Jane Spraul formerly of the County Fermanagh Ireland|
From the register of Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal, the burial of four Irish orphans on 2 August 1847.1 Apparently all girls, their names unknown, and with only a guess as to their ages:
The record reads (in translation):
The second of August eighteen hundred and forty-seven I the undersigned priest have buried four Irish (female) orphans who died the day before yesterday and yesterday at the Bon Pasteur Monastery of this city, one of them aged about ten years, two of them aged about eight years, and the other aged about six years. Witnesses Benjamin Desroches and Isidore Godin who have declared that they cannot sign. Nercam, priest.
These orphans (and their parents) were no doubt victims of the typhus epidemic of 1847, which killed thousands at Grosse Île, and which also spread to other Canadian cities, including Montreal, Ottawa (Bytown), Kingston, and Toronto.
Basilique Notre-Dame (Montréal, Québec), Register of Births, Marriages and Burials, 1847, image 184 of 309, S.S.S.S. Orphelines Irlandaises (Burial of four Irish orphans): database, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca/: accessed 13 March 2015), Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967. ↩
I found this photograph attached to a family tree at ancestry.ca, and contacted the owner for permission to post at my site. The owner, who must be a distant cousin of mine, kindly granted my request.
This is Patrick Ryan, with perhaps one of his daughters, Bridget (“Jette”), Catherine (“Cate”), or Honora (“Annie”). The photograph was probably taken at their home, outside Killaloe Station, Renfrew Co., Ontario.
Patrick Ryan was born in 1842 at Curraghafoil, Doon,1 Co. Limerick, Ireland, the son of Michael Ryan and Bridget Lahey, and the brother of my 2x-great-grandmother Honora (“Annie”) Ryan, who married Thomas Benton. I am not sure when Patrick Ryan emigrated to Canada. His parents and sisters were in Canada by 1856; and his youngest sibling Hannah, born about 1854, may have been born in the United States (perhaps Ogdensburg, New York?), which would suggest an early 1850s Ireland-to-North-America emigration for Michael Ryan and Bridget Lahey and their daughters. But Patrick and his brother John Ryan may have come later (late-1860s?).2 In any case, Patrick Ryan was in Canada by 1871, as was his brother John.
On 17 August 1874, Patrick Ryan married Bridget Devine, daughter of Michael Devine and of Catherine (maiden name unknown to me). The couple had nine known children, six sons and three daughters. Bridget Devine died on 24 April 1891, and the cause of her death, as recorded in her Ontario civil death registration, indicates a ghastly death from childbirth complications: she apparently died, at the age of 38, of “Haemorrhage of the womb. 2 days’ duration.”3
On 13 November 1893, the widower Patrick Ryan married Ellen Harrington, daughter of John Harrington and Julia Sullivan (of Co. Cork, Ireland? I have not looked into the records here, but my first guess would be Co. Cork). The couple had four known children, all sons. Their third son, the Rev. Stephen Joseph Ryan, was a Catholic priest who died in New York City in 1930.
Patrick Ryan died on 14 August 1920, and is buried at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Killaloe, Renfrew Co., Ontario. His headstone identifies him as a “Native of Co. Limerick Ireland.”
- Doon is the civil parish. The Roman Catholic parish is that of Kilcommon, a North Tipperary RC parish which extended into Co. Limerick. ↩
- The 1901 and 1911 Canadian census returns, along with their Ontario civil death registrations, suggest that Patrick Ryan and John Ryan did not come to Canada until the mid- to late-1860s. While their parents and sisters were certainly in Canada by the 1861 census enumeration, I have not found Patrick or John in the 1861 Canadian census returns. ↩
- Two days!? O, the horror. Nineteenth-century death records are the main reason why I’m pro-modern medicine, and also the reason why I’m a bit of a proselytizer on the necessity of childhood vaccination. Whenever I encounter a proponent of the anti-vaccination position, I want to take that person on a tour of the nearest graveyard, to show him or her the headstones for all the little Johns and little Marys who did not make it to age 5, who were carried off at a tender age by childhood diseases against which we now have the solution: and that solution is vaccination. ↩
… was me smashing through a brick wall).
Last May, I asked whether my brick-wall ancestor Thomas Benton might have been the son of Thomas Benton and Catherine Dwyer of Cappawhite, Tipperary.
And the answer is Yes.
If you have Irish Catholic ancestors, I cannot overemphasize the tremendous importance of the Catholic parish registers. In come cases, the Canadian Catholic marriage records will actually give you the names of counties and parishes of origin back in Ireland. For example, the marriage of Thomas Benton and Honora Ryan:1
This record identifies Thomas Benton as the son of age of Thomas Benton and Catherine Dwyer “from the parish of Cappa White, Tipperary Ireland.” And it also identifies “Honor” (Honora) Ryan as the daughter of Michael Ryan and Bridget Lahey of the “parish of Kilcommon Co. Limerick Ireland.” And not only does this remove Thomas Benton from my list of brick-wall ancestors, but it also removes Honora Ryan as well.
Just two days ago, I finally found a set of Ryan baptismal records from Curraghafoil, Co. Doon (Catholic parish: Kilcommon), Co. Limerick. They looked like my Ryans, and I was almost, but not quite, certain. The above record confirms it.
After six years of searching for the origins of my Benton and Ryan ancestors, I just hit the Irish genealogical jackpot with this one record.
- St. John the Evangelist (Gananoque, Leeds), Marriages 1846-1863, Thomas Benton-Honor Ryan marriage, image 18 of 41: database, FamilySearch.org (http://www.familysearch.org/: accessed 9 March 2015), Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923 ↩
One of my sisters found this notebook page inserted in a book, Ireland’s Best Loved Songs and Ballads for Easy Piano, that our mother had given her:
Well, that’s pretty much the Ottawa Valley for you: a French-Canadian ballad inserted into the pages of an Irish songbook. The Gallic-Gaelic connection, if you will.
This song is all about the rebellions of 1837 and 1838 (as my mother noted in her beautifully clear script, which my father always called “the nun’s handwriting”).
Un Canadien Errant, as sung by Alan Mills. That “O mon cher Canada!” always chokes me up. I’m sentimental that way.
Wikipedia has a rough translation of the original French lyrics into English.
I’m a jolly good fellow,
Patt Gregg is my name,
I came from the Chapeau,
that village of fame.
For singing and dancing
and all kinds of fun,
the boys from the Chapeau
cannot be outdone.
— Chapeau Boys
From the logging shanties and the dance halls of the Ottawa Valley: “a unique musical culture.”
When and where did George Vallely die?
Sometimes the records just don’t add up. Oh, I don’t mean numerically or arithmetically: genealogical research is not double-entry bookkeeping, after all. What I mean is that sometimes the information found in one record will directly contradict the information that is found in another record.
A case in point:
I doubt I have many (if any?) readers in New Jersey. The majority of the readers of this weblog appear to be located in (in this order): Canada; United States (but more Michigan and Minnesota than New Jersey, I’m pretty sure); United Kingdom; and Ireland.
But if you’re in northeast New Jersey on 15 March, and you want to hear a free presentation on Irish genealogical research, I’ll be at the Israel Crane House and Historic YWCA in Montclair, NJ, giving a talk entitled “From Ireland to New Jersey, and Back Again: Tracing Your Irish Roots.”