Married twice (to the same spouse)

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)

Marriage of Edmund Conroy and Margo Jemmison

If, as promised in December 2014, the National Library of Ireland launches a website with digitized images of its Roman Catholic parish register microfilms, this will be a game changer for Irish genealogy and family history research.[1.  And I shouldn't say if, I should say when (the NLI's Parish Registers Digitisation Project is currently scheduled to … Continue reading Marriage of Edmund Conroy and Margo Jemmison

“Of the Rail Road in this mission”

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”

1836 petition of inhabitants of Bathurst and Ottawa districts

As I mentioned in my previous post, there is now a huge amount of LAC (Library and Archives Canada) material at Canadiana.org's Héritage website. This material includes 94 digitized microfilm reels of LAC's Upper Canada Sundries (RG 5 A1), 1766-1841 series. Héritage describes the series as follows: This series is part of the Civil Secretary’s Correspondence … Continue reading 1836 petition of inhabitants of Bathurst and Ottawa districts

Squatter’s rights: the Widow Cahill petitions the Crown (Part I)

The following petition is found amongst the Upper Canada Land Petitions, though it concerns a property in Lower Canada (on Calumet Island/L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet, in Pontiac County, Quebec). Honourable Sir, I humbly beg leave to state that in the year 1835 I settled as Squatter on the Calumet Island, on a lot of land which I considered … Continue reading Squatter’s rights: the Widow Cahill petitions the Crown (Part I)