The Queen vs. Kelly

‘Shocking Murder’ It was on Good Friday, 9 April 1841, that John Kelly killed his brother-in-law Michael Hourigan. According to an account published in the Bathurst Courier, the two men had spent the afternoon drinking at Henry Smith’s brewery, where they had been overheard…

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Railway Ancestors

Thomas Benton Also a Lumberman Ancestor. Born at Clonganhue, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary in 1826, Thomas Benton was the son of Thomas Benton Sr., a tailor, and Catherine (‘Kitty’) Dwyer. Thomas Benton emigrated to North America (probably first to the United States) in…

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Lumberman Ancestors

Thomas Benton Also a Railway Ancestor. Born at Clonganhue, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary in 1826, Thomas Benton was the son of Thomas Benton Sr., a tailor, and Catherine (“Kitty”) Dwyer. Thomas Benton emigrated to North America (probably first to the United States) in the…

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Seamstress Ancestors

Bridget Loreto Killeen Bridget Loreto Killeen was born at March township, Carleton Co., Ontario on 9 June 1861, the daughter of Patrick Killeen (1820-1890; also born at March) and Bridget Galligan (1835-1861; originally from the townland of Loughaconnick, parish of…

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Memories of the Morans

By Emmett Patrick Sloan Emmett Patrick Sloan (1920-2007), RCAF pilot and WWII veteran, was the son of John Percival (‘Percy’) Sloan and Mary Lillian Fagan, and a descendant, through his mother’s side of the house, of James Moran and Margaret…

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My Maternal Ancestors

By Alec Lunney Peter Alexander (“Alec”) Lunney (1896-1953) was the son of Hugh Andrew Lunney and Margaret Amelia Hourigan, and a descendant of James Moran and Margaret Jamieson, and also of Mary Lahey. His “A Collection of Family and Ottawa…

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