Tag Archive for Lahey

Sophia Scissons, “Irish”

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)…

A Visit to Brother André’s Shrine

Canada’s “‘Rocket Richard’ of religion” has been canonized. Here’s a photograph from the mid-1950s, of a visit to Brother André’s shrine (St. Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal). The photo shows my grandparents, with my grandmother’s cousin Clifford Lahey and his wife Stella…

Albert Austin Massey: Home Child

Albert Austin Massey was born in London, England about 1884,* the son of Thomas Massey and Mary Armitage (his parents’ names come from his RC parish marriage record, and also from the Ontario civil marriage record which was based on…

Upper Canada Militia Rolls, 1828-1829

Nowadays, people tend to think of militiamen and citizen’s militias and the like as a peculiarly American phenomenon, but that’s not really historically accurate. The whole apparatus of the citizen’s muster rolls was imported from England, actually, and can be…

Bridget Loretto Killeen (1861-1932)

I am slowly (but I hope surely) working on a family history scrapbook for my father, all computer-generated. This digital scrapbook page features my great-grandmother Bridget Loretto Killeen, who was a seamstress. Credits: Vintage sewing card from The Vintage Workshop.…

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…

Henrietta Godmother

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…