Henrietta Moran (1837-1921)
Henrietta Moran caught my attention when I noticed how often she turned up as a sponsor at her nieces’ and nephews’ baptisms. For the Morans of Huntley (but also for the Laheys of March), she seems to have been on the A-List of potential godparents.
Henrietta was godmother to at least the following children (but there may have been more, which I haven’t yet come across):
- Thomas Hourigan (1857-1899), son of Thomas Hourigan and Julia Moran, born 8 Mar 1857, baptized 15 Mar 1857 (St. Patrick’s, Ottawa), godfather John Lahey
- Thomas Alexander Lahey (1864-1945), son of John Lahey and Margaret Jane Killeen, born 7 Jun 1864, baptized June? July?* 1864 (St. Isidore, March township), godfather James Hourigan
- Francis Charlebois (1862-1924), son of Arsene Charlebois and Margaret Moran, born 19 Mar 1862, baptized 27 Apr 1862 (St. Phillip’s, Richmond), godfather Thomas Moran
- Mary Moran (1886-1947), daughter of James Moran and Sarah Jane Dooley, born 15 Apr 1886, baptized 23 Apr 1886 (St. Michael’s, Corkery), godfather Thomas Moran
- James Lambert Charlebois (1895-?), son of James Lacey Charlebois and Bridget Ellen O’Neill, born 7 Nov 1895, baptized 24 Nov 1895 (St. Isidore, March township), godfather Fr. John Andrew Sloan (parish priest at both St. Isidore and St Patrick’s, Fallowfield)
- James Allan Armstrong (1892-?), son of Thomas Armstrong and Henrietta Charlebois, born 6 Oct 1892, baptized 30 Oct 1892 (St. Isidore, March township), godfather Joseph Newsom**
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.
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.
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.
From some reminiscences written by Thomas Edwin Moran (1860-1942), son of Alexander Michael Moran and Mary Leavy:
My father known as Alexander Morin known as ‘Sandy’ married Mary Levi of Pakenham. They lived on a farm in the White Lake district, a virgin forest well populated with wolves, bear, and deer. If they wished to hear the wolves howl, they’d blow the dinner horn which was made of the bow of an ox and the wolves would answer.
They lived a short time in Pakenham & returned to the homestead in Huntley & raised a family of 4 boys and 8 girls. He collected taxes for Huntley township from about 1869 until 1891…
…When Mrs Morin’s [i.e, Mary Leavy’s] brother and sister came to visit, the brother asked, ‘Mary, would you like to have some deer meat?’ And she said ‘Yes.’ He wasn’t long gone when he returned and asked them to go with him to bring the deer in. He was not long fixing up the deer he had shot, and when they got back home he asked them if they took notice of him looking up on the rock which was nearby. They had not noticed. He said there was a wolf on the rock watching them while he was quartering the deer. He said, ‘If that fellow had howled for his companions, we wouldn’t have got much deer.’*
*Emmett Patrick Sloan, Moran family history notes.
Arthur Joseph McGlade was born 3 April 1861, at Perth, Lanark Co., Ontario, the son of John McGlade and Bridget Dunne. Both his parents came from Co. Armagh, but met and married in Canada. Catherine (“Kate”) Honora McCarthy was born 7 June 1876, at Kitley township, Leeds Co., Ontario, the daughter of Eugene McCarthy and Honora/Ann McDonald [or possibly McDonnell]. Her father came from Farranamanagh, Kilcrohane, Co. Cork; her mother came from Co. Clare.
This photograph was apparently taken on or about their wedding date (18 October 1899).
Arthur Joseph McGlade and Catherine Honora McCarthy. Presumably taken October 1899.
I came across the marriage record for Michael Galligan and Elizabeth Jordan almost by accident. Not quite by accident, because I waslooking for Galligans in the Québec RC registers. But I was thinking of Ottawa Valley area parishes and missions, of places just across the Ottawa River from Carleton and Renfrew counties. It certainly hadn’t occurred to me that Michael Galligan might have been married in Montreal.
As far as I knew, Michael Galligan had been born in Co. Cavan, Ireland about 1812, had emigrated to Canada in the early 1840s, and had settled in Fitzroy township (Carleton Co., Ontario), where he had married an Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) from Co. Longford, Ireland. I also suspected that Michael was the son of Denis Galligan and Anne Kelly, who emigrated from Co. Cavan to Fitzroy township in the early 1840s.
Thomas Edwin Moran was born at Huntley township on 1 March 1860, the fifth child and third son of Alexander (‘Sandy’) Michael Moran and Mary Leavy. Bridget Mary McDermott was born at Fitzroy township on 7 March 1876, the eighth of ten known children of John McDermott and Mary O’Neil.
Emmett Patrick Sloan (1920-2007) was the son of John Percival Sloan and Mary Lillian Fagan, and a descendant, through his mother’s side, of James Moran and Margaret Jamieson. He was also a family historian who spent years constructing a very detailed family tree, which involved tracing any number of Morans and Leavys across North America. A few months before he died, he sent me his memories of my great-grandparents Alexander (‘Alec,’ ‘Alex’) Michael Moran (1872-1939) and Anna Maria (‘Annie’) Benton (1871-1947). He also gave me a big, thick binder of his Moran family history research notes, for which I am extremely grateful.