For marriages from 4 January 1850 to 6 February 1855, please see Part One. Part 3 to follow. *This marriage, which required a dispensation from the impediment of a mixed marriage, was later crossed out in the register.
Thomas Benton (1826-1890) was born in Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, the son of Thomas Benton and Catherine ("Kitty") Dwyer. Of these facts I am now reasonably certain (which is to say, as certain as one can ever be when it comes to 19th-century Irish genealogy). But for the longest time, I had only "Thomas Benton, … Continue reading “Of the Rail Road in this mission”
I found this photograph attached to a family tree at ancestry.ca, and contacted the owner for permission to post at my site. The owner, who must be a distant cousin of mine, kindly granted my request. This is Patrick Ryan, with perhaps one of his daughters, Bridget ("Jette"), Catherine ("Cate"), or Honora ("Annie"). The photograph … Continue reading Patrick Ryan (1842-1920)
Sorting through Ryans in Renfrew County is an exercise in patience and perseverance. Ryan is, in Carol McCuaig's words, "one of the most popular surnames" in the county.1 When one Ryan marries another (let's hope reasonably distant if not completely unrelated!) Ryan, the opportunity for confusion is multiplied to the nth degree of Ryan. For … Continue reading When a Ryan Marries a Ryan