Category: Stories

“My Maternal Ancestors,” by Alec Lunney

I am extremely grateful to Al Lunney for sending me a copy of Alec Lunney’s “A Collection of Family and Ottawa Area Information,” which includes his account of his maternal (and my paternal) ancestors James Moran and Margaret Jamieson. Peter Alexander (“Alec”) Lunney (1896-1953) was the son of Hugh Andrew Lunney and Margaret Amelia Hourigan,…

Cause of Death: Conflicting Accounts

James Moran (1858-1899) James Moran was born about 1858 in Huntley township, Carleton Co., Ontario, the third of twelve children born to Alexander (“Sandy”) Michael Moran and Mary Ann Leavy. On 27 November 1883 (St. Patrick’s, Fallowfield) James Moran married Sarah Jane Dooley, daughter of Thomas Dooley and his second wife Mary Coughlan. The couple had…

Hannie McCarthy (1924-2010)

Hannie McCarthy died in hospital last weekend, after a decline in health of several months’ duration. I took this photograph of Hannie in June 2008, in her cottage at Farramanagh, Kilcrohane, on the Sheep’s Head peninsula in southwest Cork. Safe home, Hannie. You will be remembered by everyone who knew you.

The Queen vs Kelly (Part I)

‘Barbarously Murdered’ On Sunday last, a man named John Kelly, was lodged in gaol on a charge of murder, in having in the township of March, on the Friday previous, stabbed one Michael Horrogan, his brother-in-law, in an affray, from the fatal effects of which he did not recover. We are informed it was committed…

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…

“To Hear the Wolves Howl”

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…

Memories of the Morans

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.…