Continued from The Queen vs. Kelly: Part III. Hard Times, Hard Labour As reported in Part III, John Kelly entered the Dominion Penitentiary at Kingston on 15 May 1841, to serve a one-year sentence for the manslaughter of his brother-in-law Michael Hourigan. Dickens described the penitentiary as 'well and wisely governed'... While we don't have … Continue reading The Queen vs Kelly: Part IV
Continued from The Queen Vs. Kelly: Part II (and The Queen vs. Kelly: Part I). John Kelly's trial for the murder of Michael Hourigan took place on Thursday, 20 May 1841, at the original Bathurst courthouse in Perth.[1. At the northwest corner of Craig and Drummond Streets. This building, erected in 1822, was destroyed by … Continue reading The Queen vs. Kelly: Part III
Continued from The Queen vs. Kelly: Part I. The Queen vs. Kelly "We are informed it was committed whilst in a state of intoxication," wrote the Bathurst Courier (16 April 1841) of John Kelly's fatal stabbing of his brother-in-law Michael Hourigan. Not surprisingly, the Courier took a lively interest in the case, publishing three brief … Continue reading The Queen vs. Kelly: Part II
(Or: who were the parents of John Galligan, husband of Ellen McGee?) Daniel Galligan was born about 1821 in Co. Cavan, Ireland, the son of Daniel Galligan and Mary Walsh.[1. The names of his parents are given in his burial record: St (John) Chrysostom (Arnprior, Renfrew Co., Ontario), Register of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1883-1893, … Continue reading Who was Daniel Galligan (1821-1889)?
In addition to birthplace and religion, one of the most genealogically useful bits of information that the Canadian census might povide is that of the ethnic origin ("Origin" in 1871 and 1881; "Racial or tribal origin" in 1901 and 1911) of an ancestor.* As with all census categories, however, the data recorded on the census … Continue reading Sophia Scissons, “Irish”
The following petition contains the names of 88 adult male Catholics of Huntley township (Carleton Co., Ontario [Upper Canada]), circa 1837. This is not a complete inventory of RC males, or of RC male heads of household, in Huntley township at that time (among the names that I was expecting/hoping to find, but which do … Continue reading Some (Adult Male) Roman Catholics of Huntley township, 1837
[Note: I'm having trouble combining MT blog software with numbered footnote citations. For the moment, I'm inclined to take the easy way out: if there are more than one or two citations per blog entry, no numbered footnotes, just astericks, and references minimized, out of laziness and/or frustration. The census data, both English and Canadian, … Continue reading William Charles Burton: Home Child
Francis Moranwas born about 1812 in Co. Leitrim, Ireland, the son of Ambrose Moran and Margaret [maiden name unknown]. He emigrated to Canada about 1833, where he settled at Fitzroy township, Carleton Co. He married 1.) Margaret Behan; and 2.) Anne Galligan. With his first wife, Margaret Behan (born Ireland about 1818; died Canada between … Continue reading Last Will and Testament of Francis Moran