Norma Gillespie is researching her Gillespie ancestors, who originally came from Screeby, Co. Tyrone (but very near the border with Co. Fermanagh; and in the McCabe List, William Gillespie gave his townland and county of origin as Screeby, Fermanagh). William Gillespie was in Upper Canada, in the Bytown [Ottawa] area, by 1829, at which point … Continue reading Gillespie family history
A DNA Match Suggests an Answer A number of years ago, when I was researching my Killeen ancestry, I asked: What Happened to William Killeen? William, the son of Denis Killeen and Mary Ahearn, was born in March township (Carleton County, Ontario) in 1832, and can be found in the 1851 Canadian census, living in … Continue reading What Happened to William Killeen? (Revisited)
Where did Michael James McGlade Reside? Sometimes you can't find a person, no matter how carefully and thoroughly you look. And sometimes you find the same person at more than one address (and in more than one census return) at roughly the same time. Such is the case with Michael James McGlade, son of John … Continue reading “Now comes Thos. L. Ryan…”
A reader is looking for information about her Devey (Devy, Davy, McDavie) ancestors, who presumably emigrated from Ireland to Canada in the 1820s. Margret/Margaret Devey was born about 1820, possibly in Ireland, possibly in the Bytown (Ottawa) area. On 8 September 1839, she married William Hitsman, son of Peter Hitsman (Hitzman) and Elizabeth ("Betsey") Tuttle. … Continue reading Margaret and Ann Devey (Devy, Davy, McDavie)
I'm currently researching the Ireland-to-Canada emigration of my McGlade ancestors. Did your ancestors emigrate from Forkill/Forkhill (or the neighbouring parishes of Creggan, Killevy, Loughgilly, or Newtown Hamilton), County Armagh to the counties of Lanark or Leeds, Ontario? If so, I'd love to hear from you. Please contact me at mcmoran @ gmail dot com.
A reader is looking for information about his great-uncle William McKelvey (Mckelvy/McKelvie/Mckelvie), who emigrated to Canada in 1924. William McKelvey, son of James McKelvey and Sarah Adams, was born in Killyleagh, County Down, Northern Ireland about 1894. On 28 January 1915, he enlisted with the 16th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, and served throughout the First … Continue reading William McKelvey, Killyleagh, Co. Down, Northern Ireland to Canada
John J. Vallely (1861-1935), son of Michael Vallely and Mary Ryan, was born 21 January 1861, in Lanark Co., Ontario, Canada. He emigrated to Grand Forks, North Dakota about 1882. Anna Lillian ("Lila") Moran (1861-1915), daughter of Alexander ("Sandy") Michael Moran and Mary Ann Leavy, was born 17 May 1861, at Huntley township, Carleton Co., … Continue reading The Children of John Vallely and Anna Lillian Moran
A reader is looking for more information about his grandfather, Samuel Morrison. Samuel Morrison was born about 1882 in Northern Ireland, presumably Co. Down, the son of Samuel Morrison and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). In the 1901 and 1911 Irish census returns, he can be found at Shore Street, Killyleagh, Co. Down, with his parents … Continue reading Samuel Morrison: from Northern Ireland to Ottawa, Canada