While it may seem a glaringly obvious point, it's a point worth keeping in mind when you discover an ancestor's obituary. That obituary or death notice[1. There's no bright line, no hard and fast rule for distinguishing, between a death (or mortuary) notice and an obituary. In general, a death notice was very brief, perhaps … Continue reading Obituary for Thomas and Alexander Moran
John J. Vallely (1861-1935), son of Michael Vallely and Mary Ryan, was born 21 January 1861, in Lanark Co., Ontario, Canada. He emigrated to Grand Forks, North Dakota about 1882. Anna Lillian ("Lila") Moran (1861-1915), daughter of Alexander ("Sandy") Michael Moran and Mary Ann Leavy, was born 17 May 1861, at Huntley township, Carleton Co., … Continue reading The Children of John Vallely and Anna Lillian Moran
A reader is looking for information on Thomas Dooley. Thomas Dooley was born in Ireland about 1810, possibly in Co. Kilkenny. He emigrated to Canada in the early 1830s (the 1842 census of Upper Canada records that he and his first wife had been in Canada for 10 years), where he settled on a farm … Continue reading Thomas Dooley (abt. 1810 – 1891)
Except that, in the eyes of the Catholic Church (and, perhaps just as importantly, in the eyes of the bridegrooms' Catholic parents), the first marriage ceremonies did not count, because the brides had not been baptized. Yes, that's brides and bridegrooms in the plural, because: Two Gaffney brothers, the sons of Bernard Gaffney and Catherine … Continue reading Married twice (to the same spouse)
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
While Catholic burial records can supply a wealth of genealogically significant information, the cause of death was not something that the priest was required or expected to record. And as I've mentioned before, 19th- and early 20th-century Catholic burial records did not generally record the cause of death of the deceased. In some instances, however, … Continue reading Death by Fire (Two Moran Children, Ages 4 and 2)
I'd be interested in learning more about this case (and whether it ever got anywhere as a court case). From The Ottawa Journal, 20 October 1896, a notice that Robert and Eliza Jane Hemphill of Huntley had filed an action against Thomas E. and Mary Moran, also of Huntley township. The "Thomas E." almost certainly … Continue reading Sued for Slander?
My father's family tree. With maple leaf icons for those born in Canada, shamrock icons for those born in Ireland: Credits: All papers and elements from TheShabbyShoppe. Font: Mrs Eaves. View the Family History Scrapbook.