Newspaper obituaries often supply loads of genealogically useful information, along with interesting forename and surname spellings. Here, for example, is the obituary for my paternal great-grandfather Alexander Michael Moran (1871-1939). A fairly standard obituary, which informs readers of the death of A.M. Moran, and supplies practical information about the arrangements for his funeral and burial. … Continue reading Death of Alexander Michael Moran
Here is my great-grandmother Anna ("Annie") Maria Benton in the Ottawa city directory of 1895-6:[1. The Ottawa city Directory, 1895-6: embracing an alphabetical list of all business firms and private citizens, a classified business directory and a miscellaneous directory, containing a large amount of valuable information : also a complete street guide, to which is … Continue reading Where did my great-grandparents meet?
Last Remembrance Day I posted a brief remembrance of Emmett Patrick Sloan and Donald Michael Sloan. I've since come across a couple of brief but interesting newspaper notices relating to the two brothers. These I discovered through a search of the Google news archive (which is no longer easy to use and now seems like … Continue reading ‘Ottawa Flier Missing’ (Donald Michael Sloan)
Emmett and his brother Donny served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. Donny's plane was shot down; and he spent time as a POW in a camp in Germany. [When my dad was a kid, he heard tales of cousin Donny having been forced to eat "black bread," presumably pumpernickel or … Continue reading Emmett and Donny: A Remembrance
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, … Continue reading “My Maternal Ancestors,” by Alec Lunney
Alexander ("Sandy") Michael Moran (1830-1892) and Mary Leavy (1832-1907) had the following children: John (1854-1921) Margaret Jane (1856-1873) James (1858-1899) Mary Ernestine ("Tina") (1859-1943) Thomas Edwin (1860-1942) Julia Amanda (1864-1941) Ellen Elizabeth ("Nellie") (1866-1947) Mary Eugenie Gertrude ("Minnie") (1868-1953) Anne [or Anastasia?] ("Annie") (1871-?) Alexander Michael ("Alec") (1872-1939) Mary Emelia [sometimes Emma] ("Em") (1874-1963) I … Continue reading Children of Sandy Moran and Mary Leavy