O'Brien Family Page
By
Roberta M. O'Brien
Updated March 2, 2002

William John (Jack) O'Brien (1894-1978)
My Grandfather, Jack O'Brien, was born on a farm in Huntley Township, Carleton County, Ontario, the eldest son of Dennis O'Brien and Mary White. He quit school at age 12 to help on the farm and then about a year later got a job on the lumber rafts on the Ottawa and Petawawa Rivers. Lumbering took him to Nicholson in Northern Ontario but he soon moved to Chapleau and a job with the Canadian Pacific Railway. In Chapleau, he boarded with the Petrosky family who took him under their wing as an adopted son.

Jack was a sniper in the artillary in WWI and was hit in the leg by shrapnel at Paschendael. The doctors wanted to amputate the leg but a nurse convinced them that they should leave it on. (This gave him a phobia of doctors which lasted all this life) After a lengthy recuperation in England, he went back to Chapleau and married Eva Petrosky. They had one son.

Jack was laid off at the beginning of the depression and spent the next several years working at various railway jobs all over North America, doing "grubstake" prospecting and farming a few acres in the bush while Eva worked as a clerk for various businesses in town. At the end of the depression, he was hired back by the CPR as a trainman and worked his way up to conductor on the CPR "Canadian" passenger service.

While in England, Jack discovered socialism. He joined the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) to fight for justice for workers. This resulted in his excommunication from the Catholic Church. But Jack wouldn't be deterred and he stayed heavily involved with the CCF/NDP until just before he died.

Ancestors and Relatives of Jack O'Brien
My Grandfather and didn't talk much about his family. While I knew his sisters Margaret and Mary and his brother Norman, the O'Brien story remained a mystery. At my Grandfather's funeral, his sister Margaret must have noticed my ignorance and relayed to me (via my Grandmother) the following cryptic message: "This is very important, don't forget: There were four brothers from county Cork; two got into some trouble and were sent to Australia in 1824; the other two were sent to Canada to keep them out of trouble; there are no records because the church burned down."

O'Brien Research
(1) Direct ancestors
In the Ontario Archives I traced my Grandfather's ancestry back to a Timothy O'Brien (and family) who left County Cork, Ireland for Canada in July 1823 as part of a government emigration experiment. The progress of these settlers is documented in the government land records. Fortunatley (for me) there was also a dispute over the the land grant which left many more documents to fill in the gaps up to the first useful census in 1851. Unfortunately, there are no church records for Newmarket or Kanturk, Cork Ireland before 1825.

(2) Two brothers sent to Australia I hired a research firm in Ireland to look for two O'Briens from the Newmarket area sent to Australia about 1824. They turned up Cork Jail records and newspaper accounts of William 40 and Patrick 30 who were caught out after the curfew in Newmarket and were sentenced in December of 1823 to 7 years transportation under the Insurrection Act. I have not yet found any evidence of their arrival in Australia.

(3) The other brother sent to Canada This is like looking for a needle in a haystack. One obvious candidate is John O'Brien from Kanturk who was also on the "Stakesby" in 1823. He was last noted about 1825 as "working at his trade in Montreal". It is also possible that the other brother came out on his own in 1823 or at some later date.

(4) Descendants and relatives I am tracing O'Brien and White relatives in the Huntley/Almonte area and their migrations up the Ottawa Valley and to western Canada and the States. I have found several relatives (some of them have found me) who have more current information.

Fitzgerald | Buckley | Curran | James White | Michael White | Sheehan |


Timothy and Mary O'Brien of Huntley Township

My great-great-great-grandparents Timothy and Mary O'Brien came to the Bathurst District of Upper Canada from Newmarket County Cork in 1823. They were part of the first
Peter Robinson emigration. The family with children Margaret, Bridget and Denis is listed (no.s 90-94) on the Stakesby ships list.

Timothy was first offered a free land grant on the East half of lot 4 concession 2 in Darling Township but finding the land unsuitable he moved the family to the northwest corner of Huntley Township. After considering several lots, he decided on the West half of lot 22 concession 10 in Huntley. His descendants lived on this lot until Oct. 1891

Timothy died in the late summer or fall of 1827 leaving Mary with six children to raise on her own. Widow Mary O'Brien fought a lengthy battle with the lands authorities to ensure that her eldest son Denis would obtain the patent for the land grant. Denis was finally awarded the patent by the Heir and Devisee Commission in 1853.

Denis died March 5, 1863 at age 40 unmarried. The Surrogate Court of Carleton County awarded his property to his mother Widow Mary O'Brien. Mary herself died c.1865 and on May 11, 1866 the court awarded the property to the younger son Timothy (jnr), my great-great-grandfather.

Timothy O'Brien (jnr) and Mary Fitzgerald
Timothy married Mary Fitzgerald about 1863. It was probably also about this time, or after their mother's death, that his sister Margaret left and married an unknown person described as a "farm labourer". He may have died before 1881 because she is living with her nephew John Curran in 1881.

Timothy and Mary Fitzgerald raised a large family on the farm which now included Timothy's own property next door on lot 23. Over the years, they sold off various parcels and, in one case, seem to have given away a small plot. They also had mortgages on the farm several times but always managed to pay them back (perhaps by selling parts off).

Suddenly, in October 1891, after obtaining a promise from Thomas Kennedy to buy the farm, they moved to a 100 acre lot in the north end of Admaston Township, near Douglas, Renfrew county. They are listed there in the 1901 census with grandsons John Gibney b.1888 and Andrew Ellis b.1895. In 1901 40 acres were severed off for their daughter Ellen Quinn. Timothy died in 1902 in Admaston. In 1906, the mortgage company foreclosed on the property and everyone moved to north to Douglas. Mary Fitzgerald died in Douglas in 1919.

Dennis O'Brien and Mary White
The eldest son of Timothy O'Brien and Mary Fitzgerald was Dennis (Dinny) O'Brien my Great-Grandfather. He married Mary Teressa White (my Great-Grandmother) at St. Michael's Church, Huntley in 1888. Dennis O'Brien and Mary (White) are listed in the 1901 census of Huntley Township with children Honora b.1889, Hellan 1892, John (my Grandfather) 1894, Dennis M. (Milton) 1899, Norman T. 1901 and John Gibney, his widowed brother-in-law. They are living on the farm that Mary inherited (or would soon inherit) from her father James White. James had left the farm to his son John provided that he returned to claim it within 15 years (he never returned).

Dennis was dibilitated in 1930 from an illness and after that collected a pension. He died about 1947 and Mary died about 1950. When I asked my Dad about his Grandfather, he laughed but couldn't explain why. I gather that my Great-Grandfather was a great wit and story-teller.

Dinny O'Brien became somewhat of a mythic figure; he is one of the Ottawa Valley characters in Joan Finnigan's book "Laughing All The Way Home" (apparentley many of the stories attributed to Dinny happened after he died!) He is also mentioned with fondness in Garfield T. Ogilvie's whimsical book about West Huntley "Once Upon a Country Lane".


Descendants of Timothy and Mary O'Brien
(Caution, this is a work in progress and may contain errors)

 

 

1 Timothy O'BRIEN, b. c1785 Kanturk, Cork, Ireland, d. 1827 Huntley Twp, Upper Canada (a farmer) prob. bur. W 1/2 lot 22 con 10 Huntley
......m. Mary UNKNOWN, b. c1789 Ireland, d. c1865 Huntley Twp, Carleton County, Canada West
.............2 Margaret O'BRIEN, b. c1811 Ireland, (living w. nephew John Curran 1881) d. 1886 Huntley Twp, Ontario
...................m. UNKNOWN (c1865?) (a farm labourer)
.............2 Mary (a.k.a. Bridget) O'BRIEN, b. c1814 Ireland, d. aft.1871 bef.1880
...................m. James BUCKLEY (1830 in Ottawa) b. c1800 Cork, Ireland, d. aft.1880 Sauk Centre, Stearns, Minn.(a shoemaker & farmer)
.........................3 Mary BUCKLEY, b. c1833 Huntley
.........................3 Bridget BUCKLEY, b. c1835 Huntley
.........................3 Daniel BUCKLEY, b. c1837 Huntley, d. aft.1910 Sauk Centre, Stearns, Minn? (a farmer etc.)
................................m. Mary M. UNKNOWN, b. 1859 Minnesota d. aft 1920 (Father b. Nova Scotia)
........................................4 Mary S. BUCKLEY, b. 1883 Sauk Centre, Minn.
........................................4 Anna S. BUCKLEY, b. 1885 Sauk Centre, Minn.
........................................4 Tessie B. BUCKLEY, b. 1888 Sauk Centre, Minn.
........................................4 Jessie B. BUCKLEY, b. 1890 Sauk Centre, Minn.
........................................4 Agnes E. BUCKLEY, b. 1892 Sauk Centre, Minn.
........................................4 other BUCKLEY, (died young)
........................................4 other BUCKLEY, (died young)
.........................3 Judy Ann BUCKLEY, b. 1839 Huntley
.........................3 Timothy BUCKLEY, b. 1841 Huntley
.........................3 Catherine BUCKLEY, b. c1843 Huntley
.........................3 Elizabeth BUCKLEY, b. c1846 Huntley (in Sauk Centre, Stearns, Minn. 1880)
................................m. William BRANDT, b. c1845? Pennsylvania (a carpenter)
........................................4 James BRANDT, b. c1874 Sauk Centre, Stearns? Minn.
........................................4 Mary BRANDT, b. c1876 Sauk Centre, Stearns? Minn.
........................................4 Ira BRANDT, b. c1878 Sauk Centre, Stearns? Minn.
........................................4 other? BRANDT
.........................3 John BUCKLEY, b. c1848 Huntley (in Sauk Centre, Stearns, Minn. 1880)
.........................3 Rachel BUCKLEY, b. c1856 Huntley
.............2 Denis O'BRIEN, b. c1820 Ireland, d. 1863 Huntley (a farmer, no descendants)
.............2 Elizabeth O'BRIEN, b. c1823 Darling or Huntley, disappeared (died?) after 1851
.............2 Timothy O'BRIEN (jnr), b. c1825 Huntley, d. 1902 Admaston Twp, Renfrew County, Ont. (a farmer)
...................m.Mary FITZGERALD b. c1837 Cork, Ireland, d. 1919 Douglas, Renfrew County
.........................3 Elizabeth O'BRIEN, b. c1864 Huntley, d. c1888
................................m. John GIBNEY (1886 in Huntley) b. c1864 Co. Cavan, Ire. (or Eng?) s/o John and Margaret Bowles (living w. Dennis 1901)
........................................4 John GIBNEY (a.k.a. Michael John McGibney) b.1888 Fitzroy? (w. grandparents near Douglas in 1901)lived in Douglas?
.........................3 Dennis (Dinny) O'BRIEN, b. 1866 Huntley, d. c1947 Huntley (or Almonte?) (a farmer)
................................m Mary Teresa WHITE (1888 in Huntley) b. 1864 Huntley, d. c1950 Huntley (or Almonte?)
........................................4 Honorah White (Norah) O'BRIEN, b. 1889 Huntley, d. 1918 Orillia, Simcoe County, Ont. (of Tuberculosis)
........................................4 Helen Teressa O'BRIEN, b. 1892 Huntley, d. 1982 Almonte, bur: St. Mary' cemetery, Ramsay
..............................................m. John Victor GOODFELLOW s/o John and Ethel SPINKS
........................................4 William John (Jack) O'BRIEN, b. 1894 Huntley, d. 1978 Chapleau, Ont. (a railway conductor, CPR)
..............................................m. Eva PETROSKY (1923 in Chapleau, Ont.) b. 1898 Cartier, Ont. d. 1984 Chapleau, Ontario
.....................................................5 one son m. BROADBENT
........................................4 Catherine A. O'BRIEN, b. 1896 Huntley, d. 1900 Huntley (of meningitis) stone in St. Michael's cemetery, Huntley
........................................4 Dennis Milton O'BRIEN, b. 1899 Huntley, d. 1901 Huntley (of meningitis)
........................................4 Norman Timothy O'BRIEN, b. 1901 Huntley, d. 1978 Almonte, bur: St. Mary's Cemetery, Ramsay
..............................................m. Anna Wanda RAFINSKI (sp?) (1927 in Douglas)
.....................................................5 (two children)
........................................4 Alice Olive O'BRIEN, b. 1903 Huntley, d. 1905 Huntley (in a house fire)
........................................4 Margaret Mary O'BRIEN, b. 1904 Huntley
..............................................m. Norman WALKER (a railway man, CPR) b. 1900 Sudbury, Ont. d: 1999 Sudbury
.....................................................5 (two children)
........................................4 Mary Alice Evelyn O'BRIEN, b. 1907 Huntley
..............................................m. William TUGWELL (1946 in Toronto)(a railway man, CNR)
.....................................................5 (one step-son)
.........................3 Ellen O'BRIEN, b. 1868 Huntley, d. 1906 Admaston Twp, Renfrew Co. (of TB and childbirth, bur. Douglas)
...............................m. John Daniel QUINN (1892 in Sauk Centre Minn.) b. 1862 Shakopee Minn. d. 1945 Douglas (a lawyer & farmer)[Quinn]
........................................4 Edmund QUINN, b. c1893 Minnesota
..............................................m. Mary McAULIFFE
.....................................................5 (four children)
........................................4 Mary E. QUINN, b. c1896 Minnesota
........................................4 Grace A. QUINN, b. c1899 Minnesota
........................................4 John T. QUINN, b. c1901 Minnesota
........................................4 Margaret L. QUINN, b. c1904 Minnesota
........................................4 Matilda QUINN, b. c1906 Douglas?, Renfrew County Ont.
.........................3 Mary O'BRIEN, b. 1969 Huntley, d. Douglas???
...............................m.UKNOWN (children known as O'Brien)
........................................4 Andrew Ellis O'BRIEN, b. 1895
........................................4 Mary Bridget Ann O'BRIEN, b. 1901, d. 1990 Almonte, bur: St. Mary's Ramsay
..............................................m. John Lewis EMON, b. 1892 Bagot Twp, Renfrew County
.....................................................5 (six children)
.........................3 Bridget Ann (Annie) O'BRIEN, b. c1872 Huntley, d. Douglas???
.........................3 Timothy O'BRIEN (III), b 1876 Huntley, d. Almonte?
.........................3 Margaret O'BRIEN, b. 1878 Huntley, d. 1881 Huntley
.........................3 John O'BRIEN, b. 1881 Huntley, d. c1955 Almonte
.........................3 Alice O'BRIEN, b. 1885 Huntley, d. c1955 Almonte (while visiting, buried Sudbury)
...............................m.George SUTTON, b. c1880 Renfrew County d. 1944 Sudbury Ontario
.........................................4 George Stanley SUTTON, b. c1908 North Bay, Ont. d. 1932 Sudbury Ont.
.........................................4 Lawrence Francis (Lorne) SUTTON, b. c1922, d. 1944 near Caen, France (1st Hussars)
.........................3 Margaret O'BRIEN, b. 1887 Huntley, d. 1913 Winnipeg, Manitoba (of phebitis) bur. Huntley?
.............2 Julia (Judy) O'BRIEN, b. c1827 Huntley, d. 1886 Huntley
...................m. James CURRAN b. c1814 Waterford? Ireland, d. ?
.........................3 John CURRAN, b. c1843 Ramsay, d. 1898 Ottawa, Ontario
...............................m. Mary Anne WHITE, b. c1851 Syracuse, NY??, d. 1893 Huntley
.........................................4 John CURRAN, b. 1876
.........................................4 Mary CURRAN, b. c1877
.........................................4 Margaret CURRAN, b. c1879
.........................................4 Teresa CURRAN, b. 1878
.........................................4 Thomas CURRAN, b. 1884
.........................................4 Sarah Jane CURRAN, b. 1886
.........................................4 Timothy CURRAN, b. 1888
.........................................4 John CURRAN, b. 1891
.........................3 Mary CURRAN, b. 1845 Huntley
...............................m. Edward CAVANAUGH (1871 in Huntley)
.........................3 Sarah CURRAN, b. 1848 Huntley, d. 1889 Fitzroy? Ont. bur: St. Michael's, Huntley
...............................m. Reuben J. DRAPER (1885 in Huntley) b, c1849 Lanark, Ont. mother's name Malissa
.........................................4 James J. DRAPER? b. 1886 Ont. (with Daniel Buckley in Minn. 1900)
.........................................4 other DRAPER?
.........................3 Elizabeth CURRAN, b. c1856 Huntley
.........................3 Timothy CURRAN, b. c1858 Huntley, d. 1882
.........................3 Bridget CURRAN, b. c1860 Huntley
.........................3 Catherine Ann CURRAN, b. 1863 Huntley, d. 1905 Sauk Centre, Stearns, Minn. USA [Scholl]
...............................m.John Alexander Wm. McCLENNAN (or McCLELLAN) (1880 in Huntley) b. c1845 Ontario, s/o William and Margaret, d. 1925 Washburn, McLean, N. Dakota
.........................................4 Anna Mary McCLENNAN, b. 1879 Ontario
.........................................4 Julia Agnes McCLENNAN, b. 1881 Ontario
.........................................4 James Joseph McCLENNAN, b. 1883 Ontario
.........................................4 Margaret McCLENNAN, b. 1885 Ontario d. 1941 Malta, Phillips, Montana
..............................................m. John Seldon SMITH, b. 1877 d. 1917 Malta, Montana
.....................................................5 (one son?) [Smith]
.........................................4 John Angus McCLENNAN, b. 1887 Ontario (died young?)
.........................................4 Bridget Catherine McCLENNAN, b. 1889 Ontario (died young?)
.........................................4 Alice McCLENNAN, b. 1890 Long Prairie, Todd, Minn.
.........................................4 Lillie Agnes McCLENNAN, b. 1892 Long Prairie, Todd, Minn.
.........................................4 Charlotte Catherine McCLENNAN, b. 1894 Long Prairie, Todd, Minn.
.........................................4 Clarence William McCLENNAN, b. 1896 Sauk Centre, Stearns, Minn.
.........................................4 Archibald Lewis McCLENNAN, b. 1898 Sauk Centre, Stearns, Minn.
.........................................4 Mable Leona McCLENNAN, b. 1900 Sauk Centre, Stearns, Minn.
.........................................4 Francis Alexander McCLENNAN, b. 1902 Sauk Centre, Stearns, Minn.
 

 

MAJOR SOURCES: Ontario Land Records, Peter Robinson Papers, British Parliamentry Papers, Huntley Township files, Canada census 1842-1901, Ontario BMD, Manitoba Death Records, US census 1870-1920, St Michael's Church records, Carleton County Surrogate Court, Ontario wills, Ottawa church records, newspaper obits., Bennett (1987), Calvin Scholl, Dan Quinn, Joe & Vi Smith, etc.

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The Fitzgerald Family

My gr-gr-grandmother, Mary Fitzgerald, was a relative newcomer to Huntley Townhship. According to family legend, her father Michael was evicted from his farm in Co.Cork because he could not pay his tithes. Mary and her brother were sent to North America as indentured servants. At one of the eastern Canadian ports (possibly in Newfoundland) they were separated, Mary was sent to the Ottawa area and the brother was sent to the States. After her indenture was over, Mary obtained employment on a farm near Carp, in the eastern part of Huntley Township. The 1861 census shows Mary Fitzgerald, age 24, working on the farm of George Argue.


The Buckley Family

James Buckley was a Peter Robinson settler from Churchtown, Co. Cork, who came over with a brother Daniel, sister Ellen and their mother Mary in 1823 on the ship "Hebe" (no.s 167-8 & 230-1). After considering some lots in the south end of Huntley, this Buckley family settled on lots 1 & 3 con 12 in the northwest part of Goulbourn Township.

James, a shoemaker by trade, married Mary (Bridget) O'Brien in Ottawa 1830 and in 1835 he secured a disputed clergy lot (E.19 con 10) for his mother-in-law Widow O'Brien. James and Mary may have lived on this lot until 1846 when they moved to W lot 19 con 11 Huntley. The Buckley family is listed there in the 1871 census. They then sold this lot and appear to have left Huntley Twp in October 1871.

Mary must have died shortly after this; in the 1880 US census James is listed as a widower living with his son Daniel in Sauk Centre Minnesota. Daniel had left Huntley Township after "some trouble" with forged silver dollars. A number of O'Briens, Buckleys and Currans ended up at Daniel's place for short visits or longer stays. In the 1900 census, the McClennans were living next door in a rented house, possibly on Daniel's farm. Ellen O'Brien was probably visiting the Buckleys when she met John Daniel Quinn who lived nearby. Mary O'Brien (her sister) is listed as a witness at Ellen's marriage in 1892. [Quinn]


The Curran Family

James Curran came from Ireland in 1823 as an eight year old child with his parents John and Sarah, his father's sister Margaret, and siblings Joanna, Thomas and Mary. The came from Lismore, Co. Waterford and are listed on the "Stakesby" under the name of "Green" (no.s 47-53). John and Sarah settled on W lot 13 con 11 Ramsay Twp (very close to Huntley Twp)

John Curran died in the early part of 1825. Father John MacDonald from Perth, recorded in his diary that his widow Sarah married William Riordan on Nov 1, 1825. In this marriage record, Sarah's parents are given as William Butler and Margaret O'Brien, and William's parents as Timothy Riorden and Catherine Connell. (Bennett, 1987; 161) Apparently, William Riordan farmed James' lot W lot 13 con 11 until James was of age and he then moved to his own lot E 23 con 5, Ramsay (Bennett, 1987;133) Later on, James Curran acquired W lot 19 and W lot 20 con 12 Huntley where he and Julia are listed in the 1861 census.

More research is needed on James' siblings in Ramsay.


The White Families

My gr-gr-gr grandparents, James White and Hanora Mahoney came to Canada in 1823 as Peter Robinson settlers from Clogheen, Tipperary. The family boarded the ship "Hebe" using the name "Brunswick".(no.s 119-123). There are also Michael and James White (no.s 30,31) from Clogheen on the first list. On the second list, James Brunswick seems to have disappeared and it is noted than Nora Brunswick is the wife of James White and the Brunswick children are the children of James White. There is no mention of a second James White. However, hidden in the numerous lists in the lands records is a note that Michael White was on West of lot 3 con. 11 Goulbourn and his son John, age 18 was on the East of lot 3 con 11. (Is John the other "James" from the first ship list?) It seems likely that Michael and James White were related, probably brothers.

Someone has recently submitted information about this family to the LDS and it is now incorporated into the International Genealogical Index (IGI). Some of the information has specific dates and seems to be derived from actual records. Other information is obviously conjectoral and should be treated with caution.

James White and Hanora Mahoney
James and Hanora settled on the east half of lot 17 concession 10, Huntley Twp and their son William obtained a grant for the west half of lot 20 concession 9 also in Huntley. In about 1862 James White sold the original lot and moved to the west half of lot 22 con. 11 and in 1867 he sold it to his younger son James (jnr) my gr-gr-grandfather.


Descendants of James White and Hanora Mahoney of Huntley Township
CAUTION: this is a work in progress and may contain errors.

 

1 James WHITE b: Abt. 1785 Clogheen, Tipperary, Ireland d: 1871 Huntley Twp, Ont, Canada
......m. Hanora MAHONEY b: 1788 Clogheen, Tipperary, Ireland d: 1870 Huntley Twp, Ont.
.............2 William WHITE b: Abt. 1807 Clogheen, Tipperary, Ireland d: 1874, Ottawa (living in Almonte 1871)
...................m. Johanna FORREST b: Abt. 1813 Drumcolliher, Limerick d: 1860 Huntley
..........................3 Michael WHITE b: Abt. 1835 Huntley Twp, Ont.
..........................3 Ellen WHITE b: 1837 Huntley Twp, Ont.
..........................3 Thomas WHITE b: 1840 Huntley Twp, Ont. d: 1919 Almonte
.................................m.1.Bridget Jane McNAMARA, b: abt 1845 Ont. d: 1896 Huntley
.........................................4 Emmeline Agnes WHITE, b: 1863 Huntley
.........................................4 Michael WHITE, b: 1865 Huntley
.........................................4 William WHITE, b: 1868 Huntley
.........................................4 Mary Anne WHITE b: Abt. 1870 Huntley
.........................................4 Johanna WHITE b: 1872 Huntley
.........................................4 Margaret Jane WHITE b: 1876 Huntley
.........................................4 Thomas John WHITE b: 1878 Huntley
.........................................4 Bridget Alice WHITE b: 1880 Huntley
.........................................4 James WHITE b: 1882 Huntley
.................................m.2.Catherine M. McDONNELL (1899 in Almonte) b: Abt. 1847 Huntley, d: 1927 Almonte
..........................3 Honorah WHITE b: 1842 Huntley Twp, Ont.
..........................3 William WHITE b: 1844 Huntley Twp, Ont.
.............2 Mary WHITE b: Abt. 1813 Clogheen, Tipperary
.............2 James WHITE (jnr) b: Abt. 1820 Clogheen, Tipperary, Ire d: 1898 Huntley Twp, Ont.
...................m.1.Alice LINDSAY b: Abt. 1838 Fitzroy Twp? Ont. d: 1858 Huntley Twp, Ont.
..........................3 John WHITE b: Abt. 1855 Huntley Twp, Ont, d: "out west"?
...................m.2.Catherine SHEEHAN b: Abt. 1828 Ramsay Twp? Ont. d: 1896 Huntley Twp, Ont.
..........................3 Mary Teressa WHITE b: 1864 Huntley Twp, Ont. d: Abt. 1950 Huntley (or Almonte?) Ont.
.................................m. Dennis (Dinny) O'BRIEN b: 1866 Huntley Twp d: Abt. 1947 Huntley (or Almonte?)
.............2 Other? WHITE (at least one born and died after 1823)

 


Michael and Johanna (Mahoney?) White
Michael's wife "Joan" and the rest of the family came out in 1825 on the "Fortitude" and joined him in Goulbourn Township. One of the interesting suggestions from the IGI information is that Michael's wife Joan/Johanna is the sister of James' wife Hanora. Michael's son John (a.k.a. James?) obtained the patent to E3 con. 11 in 1835; Cornelius was first on East 3 con. 10 then moved to West 6 con. 11; Patrick was on West 1 con. 10 Huntley, and; David had the west half of West lot 1 con. 12 Huntley. David moved to West lot 6 con. 11 Goulbourn after 1851.

There are several extra Whites in the baptismal and census records who may belong to the Michael White family:
Francis WHITE m. Ellen ROSSITER, children: Richard b. 1844; Mary b. 1847; Francis b. 1849; Joseph b. 1869(?)
Morris (Maurice?) WHITE m. Alice SMITH, child: Patrick b. 1846.
Maurice WHITE m. Ellen SEYMOUR, children: Michael b. 1855; Ellen b. 1856; Thomas b. 1859.
Timothy WHITE, b.abt 1828 Ont. m. Ann FAGAN, children: Catherine abt.1857; Daniel abt.1859; Mary Ann abt.1861; Francis abt.1863;
Margaret Matilda b.1865; Matthew b.1867; Patrick Michael b.1869; Timothy? abt.1872.


Descendants of Michael White and Johanna (Mahoney?) of Goulbourn Township
CAUTION: this is a work in progress and may contain errors.

 

 

1 Michael WHITE b: Bef. 1785? Clogheen, Tippereary, Ireland d: Bef. 1851 Goulbourn Twp, Carleton Cnty, Ont.
......m. Johanna (MAHONEY?) b: Abt. 1785 Clogheen, Tipperary, Ireland d: Aft. 1871 Goulbourn Twp, Carleton Cnty, Ont.
.............2 John WHITE (a.k.a. James) b: Abt. 1807 Clogheen, Tipperary, Ire. (in Goulbourn 1835, moved away before 1851?)
.............2 Patrick WHITE b: Abt. 1809 Clogheen, Tippereary, Ireland
...................m. Ellen GORMAN b: Abt. 1808 Ireland
..........................3 Catherine WHITE b: Abt. 1835 Huntley
..........................3 Mary Ann WHITE b: Abt. 1837 Huntley
..............................m. KEEFE?
..........................3 Daniel WHITE b: 1838 Huntley
..........................3 Elizabeth WHITE b: 1839 Huntley
..........................3 Martin WHITE b: 1841 Huntley
..........................3 Hanna WHITE b: Abt. 1843 Huntley
..........................3 Ellen WHITE b: 1845 Huntley
..........................3 Margaret WHITE b: 1846 Huntley d: Bef. 1851?
..........................3 Johanna WHITE b: 1849 Huntley
..........................3 Francis WHITE b: Abt. 1852 Huntley
.............2 Michael WHITE b: 1810 Clogheen, Tipperary, Ireland
.............2 Cornelius WHITE b: Abt. 1811 Clogheen, Tipperary, Ireland
.............2 Thomas WHITE b: 1815 Clogheen, Tipperary, Ireland
.............2 David WHITE b: 1818 Clogheen, Tipperary, Ireland
...................m. Sarah Anne LAUGHREN b: Abt. 1820 Ireland
..........................3 Alice (Eliza?) WHITE b: 1845 Huntley, Ont.
..........................3 Bridget WHITE b: 1846 Huntley, Ont.
..........................3 Patrick WHITE b: 1849 Huntley, Ont.
..........................3 Johanna WHITE b: 1851 Huntley, Ont. d: Bef. 1861?
..........................3 Thomas WHITE b: Abt. 1857 Goulbourn?
..........................3 James WHITE b: Abt. 1860 Goulbourn?
..........................3 Daniel WHITE b: Abt. 1862 Goulbourn
.............2 Alice (Abby) WHITE b: 1823 Clogheen, Tipperary, Ire.
...................m. Michael WHEALAN (1848 in Richmond) b: Abt. 1825 Ireland s/o Jeremiah Whealan
..........................3 Michael WHEALAN b: Abt. 1849 Goulbourn
..........................3 John WHEALAN b: Abt. 1851 Goulbourn
..........................3 Catherine WHEALAN b: Abt. 1853 Goulbourn
..........................3 Cornelius WHEALAN b: Abt. 1855 Goulbourn
..........................3 Johanna WHEALAN b: Abt. 1857 Goulbourn
..........................3 Alice WHEALAN b: Abt. 1859 Goulbourn
..........................3 Mary WHEALAN b: Abt. 1861 Goulbourn (1861 census)
..........................3 Eleanor WHEALAN b: Abt. 1863 Goulbourn
..........................3 William WHEALAN b: Abt. 1865 Goulbourn
..........................3 Thomas WHEALAN b: Abt. 1867 Goulbourn
.............2 Other? WHITE b: Aft. 1825?

 


The Sheehan Family

I am fairly certain that my gr-gr grandmother, Catherine Sheehan, was a younger daughter of James and Mary Sheehan who were also Peter Robinson settlers on the "Hebe" (no.s 281-287). The Sheehans settled on the west half of lot 11 con 4 Ramsay Twp, Lanark County. The widow Mary Sheehan and some of the children including Catherine, age 30, born in Upper Canada, were still there in the 1861 census of Ramsay Twp.


Descendants of James and Mary Sheehan of Ramsay Township
CAUTION: this is a work in progress and may contain errors.

 

1 James SHEEHAN b: Abt. 1785 Buttevant? Cork, Ireland d: Bef. 1861 Ramsay Twp, Ont.
......m. Mary UNKNOWN b: Abt. 1790 Cork? Ireland d: Aft. 1861 Ramsay Twp, Ont.
.............2 John SHEEHAN b: Abt. 1807 Buttevant? Cork, Ire.
.............2 James SHEEHAN b: Abt. 1807? Buttevant? Cork, Ire.
.............2 Patrick SHEEHAN b: Abt. 1811 Buttevant? Cork, Ire.
.............2 Margaret SHEEHAN b: Abt. 1813 Buttevant? Cork, Ire.
.................m. McAULIFFE???*
.............2 Mary SHEEHAN b: Abt. 1816 Buttevant? Cork, Ire.
.................m. Thomas DWYER (1844 St. Michael's, Huntley) b. Abt. 1810? Ireland
..........................3 Mary Anne DWYER b: Abt. 1853
..........................3 Other? DWYER
.............2 Timothy SHEEHAN b: Abt. 1824 Ramsay
.............2 Elenor SHEEHAN b: Abt. 1826 Ramsay d: Wilberforce Twp, Renfrew Cnty, Ont?
.................m. Daniel BULGER (1846 St.Michael's, Huntley) b: Abt. 1813 Ireland
..........................3 Catherine BULGER b: Abt. 1849 Wilberforce
..........................3 Mary BULGER b: Abt. 1854 Wilberforce
..........................3 Patrick BULGER b: Abt. 1856 Wilberforce
..........................3 Michael BULGER b: Abt. 1857 Wilberforce
..........................3 Julia BULGER b: Abt. 1860 Wilberforce
..........................3 Daniel BULGER b: Abt. 1862 Wilberforce
..........................3 Joseph BULGER b: Abt. 1864 Wilberforce
..........................3 Other? BULGER
.............2 Catherine SHEEHAN b: Abt. 1828 Ramsay Twp, d: 1896 Huntley Twp
.................m. James WHITE b: Abt. 1821 Co. Tipperary, Ire d: 1898 Huntley Twp, Ont.
..........................3 Mary Teressa WHITE b: 1864 Huntley Twp, d: Abt. 1950 Huntley Twp or Almonte
..............................m. Dennis (Dinny) O'BRIEN (1888 in Huntley) b: 1866 Huntley, d: Abt. 1947 Huntley or Almonte
.............2 Elizabeth SHEEHAN b: Abt. 1832 Ramsay
.............2 Other? SHEEHAN

 

 

*Sheehan-McAuliffe??? Included as "family" in the 1861 census record of the Sheehans is a Catherine M.?oulof, age 7 b.Can.W. and a Peggy M.?oulof, age 45, Wid. b.Ire. I assumed that "Peggy" was the daughter Margaret age 10 listed in the 1823 records. After staring at "M.?oulof" for several years, I finally came to the conlusion that it is "McAuliffe". In the 1871 census of Beckwith there is a widow Margaret McAuliffe, age 55 with a large family including a son named Malache and a daughter Catherine age 18. However, this widow McAuliffe is very definitely Margaret Fitzgerald. Are these two Margarets the same person? Or, were there two different widows named Margaret McAuliffe, the same age and with daughters named Catherine the same age?

Other Sheehan Families
There seem to be some other Sheehans who came at a later date, perhaps during the famine. According to the Lands Records, in 1864 my gr-gr-grandfather Timothy O'Brien gave a 4 acre plot of land at the back of his farm to a William Sheehan. According to the 1861 census, William was b. c1820 in Ireland. William was married to Elizabeth Berry had several children including a son Thomas b. c1854 Ont. There was also another Thomas Sheehan in Almonte 1871, b. c1840 in Ireland. It is not known if or how these three Sheehan families are related.


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