Deathbed wills are documents that were dictated orally by a testator who was in imminent peril of death, who did not expect to make it through the night, who did not hope to see another day. There is a more technical name for them -- noncupative wills[1. See, for example, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Where There's … Continue reading Deathbed Wills
(Or formerly of [the father's native] England, as the case may be.) This is bordering on fussy pedantry, perhaps. Or maybe it crosses that border? But genealogical research is all about paying attention to the small details. And Irish genealogy, especially, requires close attention to the small details. Given the paucity of Irish records, and … Continue reading Formerly of the father’s Irish county
The family lore surrounding my 3x-great-grandparents James Moran and Margaret Jamieson is so romantic (and I have to say, so seemingly improbable) that I sometimes refer to the story of their elopement to Canada as "The Ballad of James and Margaret." The story goes something like this: Margaret Jamieson came from a family of quality, … Continue reading The Ballad of James and Margaret
"Al [Lunney] has this advice for budding genealogists. DO IT NOW, before you lose the members of the older generation who know the family lore." -- Al and Jeri Lunney and the Lunney Genealogy, The Millstone (11 September 2013)
A reader is looking for information on a family who emigrated from Co. Fermanagh, Ireland to the Ottawa Valley in the early- to mid-19th century. The family name was Currie/Curry or Corry, and the forenames were Patrick, Frank, Thomas, and Christopher. They apparently left Ireland with the Lunney family who settled at Pakenham (Lanark Co., … Continue reading Currie/Curry or Corry, from Fermanagh to the Ottawa Valley
You know you're a census geek when you find yourself reading the "Nominal Return(s) of Deaths" from the Canadian census returns. The "Nominal Return of the Deaths within the last twelve months" (1871 Census of Canada, Ontario, Carleton County, Township of March) for the Township of March records twenty deaths in the township for the … Continue reading Scarlet fever deaths in March Township, 1870-1871
A couple of family connections have told me that James Hourigan, son of Thomas Hourigan and Julia Moran, died in the Great Fire of 1870. Their source of information was apparently Alec Lunney's "My Maternal Ancestors," which I posted here.[1. From Alec Lunney's “A Collection of Family and Ottawa Area Information.”] But looking closely at Alec … Continue reading Cause of Death for James Hourigan?
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