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I am looking for information on a John Anglum (my gg grandfather) who was born about 1835 and came
from Ireland to Canada and then later on to Michigan about 1856. I’m not sure when he arrived in
Canada but there was a James Anglum who came in 1846 with his wife and 7 children and John could
have been one of those children. I do not find any of the family in any of the Canadian Census Records I
only have this information from the “Canadian Immigrant Records, Part Two”. No names of anyone but
the father in this record.
Has anyone ever run across the name Anglum or have any suggestions for me? If you need any more information please let me know.
Claudia Leach email@example.com
Belfast General Query
On Family Search Mable Catherine HODGSON is listed as the daughter of James HODGSON & Mary
TORBITT. Under Baptism/Christening place it says: 360, Belfast NO 6, ANT, IRE. 03 Oct 1869. My query is
in regards to NO 360, Belfast NO 6 -
Can anyone shed some light on what that means?
Lynn Gainer [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Seeking information in Ireland about Joseph and Henry Bell who came to Grahamsville (Toronto Gore, Peel Co) about 1819. Buried at St. Philip's Anglican, Etobicoke.
Henry's stone says Native of Fermanagh. May have travelled with a large from New York to area. It is not known if the Bell family came directly from Ireland or NY. Joseph's son Robert Bell married Rachel Patton.
Marian Pearson (email@example.com)
BELL / AGNEW
I am looking for information on my ggg grandfather and ggg grandmother John Bell and Aliza (Eliza) Ann Agnew.
He was born in Drummaul parish, Antrim in about 1792. She was born in Antrim about 1794. Their first two children , Margaret and Thomas were born in Ireland in 1817 and 1818, respectively. The next child (Sara) I have found was born in Canada in 1823. I am descended from William Bell, born 1827, in Nassagaweya Twp., Halton, Ontario. Any information would be great, but the Irish information is a big black hole for me. Birth Record, Marriage record, etc. would be gratefully received.
BUCHANAN / WILSON
My greatgrandfather John Buchanan was a farmer in Drumballyhugh and was married Dec, 14, 1876 to Rachel Greer, nee Fairly. at Parish Church, Parish of Desertcreat, County Tyrone
John Buchanan was born in Ireland, place unknown. Apr, 17, 1847, son of Andrew Buchanan. He died in Canada Apr. 17, 1928 in Township of Toronto and is buried at St, John's Cemetery at Dixie. I understand that Dixie is now part of either mississauga or Etobikoke
Rachel Fairly was married to a man named Greer and as a widow married John Buchanan. She was born c. 1842 place unknown. She was the daughter of William Fairly. Rachel had one son Robert Greer born c. 1867. He may have died young.
Rachel and John had 3 children
1877, 31, October - Elizabeth at Drumballyhugh. Died 1880 in England
1878 William died young kidney disease
1879, 6. Feb.- Margaret, my grandmother
Rachel Fairly Buchanan died of heart disease Nov, 11, 1882 In county Durham, England.
The daughter Margaret married James Wilson in Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland on 6 April, 1906/ They had 9 children. Alll came to Mosa Township, Ontario. in the 1920's.
Shirley Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernard/Bernet/Barnard/Barnhart - abt 1801 – 1876 and wife Margaret (abt 1810). First
located in 1851 Census in Streetsville, Ontario 6 children – William, Sara, Henry J., Catherine, Mary A.,
Bernet/Barney J. His occupation is listed as ‘potter’. The 1871 census has the family in Orangeville,
Ontario. A Barney/Bernet J. Collins did a ‘pottery display’ at the Canadian national Exhibition in 1913
and 1927 using an old wheel from his family in Orangeville. In 1896 it is reported that Harry Collins is
managing the pottery business quite well. Harry is believed to be the grandson of Bernard as his father
Henry James Collins (1842-1916) compares to the Henry J. Collins listed as a son of Bernard. Mary
Young (1844 – 1909) is the wife of Henry. All are buried in Orangeville.
I am interested in knowing more about the ‘potter’ Collins with a particular interest in Harry Collins, my grandfather.
Jeff C. Hemming email@example.com
COSTELLO / HOOKEY
I'm looking for further information on Thomas Costello, who married Mary
Hookey Young Sept 6, 1884. It's his siblings and parents that I'm not sure
I have completely correct.
Father: Edward Costello - born abt 1830 in Ireland Mother: Mary Jones - born abt 1831 in Ireland They Married: May 1859 in Wentworth
Parents: B Costello, Catherine Fowler/ Thomas Jones, Ellen Cahil
1861: Edward, Labourer (though census isn't not clear on first name), Mary and 1 year old son Fred. They live with Mary's parents Thomas and Ellen
1871: Edward, labourer, Mary and kids: Bartholomew 10 (where's Fred? - they're the same age), Thomas 8, Edward 5, Catherine 4, Julia 1/12
1881: Edward, labourer, Mary and kids: Norah 21 (where did she come from?), Thomas 18, Edward 16, Katy (Catherine) 14, Julia 10, Bridget 7
1891: Edward is deceased (Sept 1886), Mary and kids: Edward 25, Kate 22, Bertha 12 (where's Bridget and why wasn't Bertha in the 1881 census.
Could they be the same person? However, 1881 clearly states Bridget... and the age is off by 5 years or so. 1901/1911: Bertha is living with sister Julia and her family (Rodgers). In 1901 there is a Hattie Costello also living with them (ne: abt 1873 - same age as 'Bridget.')
Kerry McDowall, [firstname.lastname@example.org]
I am tracing the name CRANLEY. My great great grandparents (Patrick Cranley b. 1800 and Mary Hughes b. 1810) came to Ontario in the 1840’s, settled and farmed in Beverley Township, Wentworth County. They had one son that I have found (Michael b. 1840, my great grandfather). Michael married Jane Grummette in 1869 and had 12 children. There may have been other children who died in Ireland or on the boat over. Patrick died in 1851. Mary re-married Patrick Bannon in November 1870. Patrick Bannon died between 1871 and 1881. Mary was widowed a second time and in the 1881 census, was living with Michael and his family in Medonte Township, Simcoe County. She is listed in the 1881 census as a widow, 72 yrs.
I have found no records that indicate where in Ireland they are from so I cannot get out of Ontario until I have this information. They all say “Ireland” and that’s it. There was a second (and I believe only Cranley family in Ontario at the same time). They were in the East Gwillimbury Township, York North area of Ontario. I do not know if they were related, but they came from Tipperary. Any help is appreciated.
Barbara Gardner-Bray, email@example.com
RICHARD CRONE born c1796, Ireland m. c1821 Jane PIERCE (Pearce). Possibly from Derriaghy Parish,
Co. Antrim, IRE. Not sure whether or not emigrated to Canada with children. Were there any other
children born to this couple?
J. William CRONE 1822, Derriaghy Parish, Co. would like proof of this baptism. Married 1860 Collingwood, Nottawasaga Township, Simcoe Co., Ontario, Jane Ann SEWELL (also from Ireland). A brickmaker. Looking for any info on the CRONE family from County Antrim to Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada
2. Sarah CRONE, chr 6 March 1825, Derriaghy Parish, Co. Antrim, IRE Was she in Canada, did she marry?
3. Thomas CRONE, chr c1837, Co. Antrim, IRE, a weaver. According to the 1901 Ontario census he came to Canada in 1854. Married 1868, Creemore, Simcoe Co., ON, Elizabeth Nash Boyes.
4. Wesley CRONE, chr c1838-9, possibly Belfast, Ireland. Belfast was the place of birth given on his daughter's death certificate. Married 1863 Collingwood, Simcoe Co., ON, Charlotte SMITH.
Kathy Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org
CURRY / PATTERSON
Robert Currie, born c1797, Scotland (fam traditions says, brother of John); married Nancy Patterson c1853 Ire; died c1872, Bushmills, Ire. Nancy Patterson, born c1824, Ire; died Jun 1903, Dawn Twp, Lambton, Ont. Came to Canada 1882, Sardinian (LAC records).
William John married ____ Chestnut, remained Ire; Martha Jane married Joe Patterson, lived Dawn Tp between 1871-1881, died in Ont, may have lived Ohio for a time; Mary married Charles Henry Cook, died in Washington, USA; Frank; Elmer; Margaret married Jim McFall, possibly remained Ire; Robert married Annie McFaul, came to Can 1882 with mother (his wife Annie 1854-1953 was his cousin or 2nd cousin; she was dau/o Jackson McFaul & Nancy Curry married Ballintoy Ire in 1854); Elizabeth born Turfahan, Bushmills, Ire (m rec) married Will McCrary 1891 and died 1935 Detroit, buried Florence, Dawn, Lambton; Nancy c1855-c1872 (fam tradition says died same wk as father) and Sarah died young. Jim died shortly after his marriage (in Ire??). My ancestor, Rachel, born Dec 1861, Antrim, Ire; to Can 1882 with mother; married Henry S Mawlam, 1884 Florence, Lambton, Ont; died 1932, Idaho; buried Florence, Lambton, Ont. 5 children.
Have had some luck searching the Curry/Patterson line. Wish to find the Irish links & to connect to anyone searching these families.
Marie Charbonneau, email@example.com
I am looking for more information on Dales from Armagh and Down and am particularly looking for a
Dale who will have his DNA tested. I have linked up with other Derry and Antrim Dales and we have all
done the DNA thing to explore the connections.
Ron Dale firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for possible Irish orgins of Devins/Devens family. The family goes
back to Walpack, NJ about 1712.
Terrence Devins (Devens) was probaby born in the USA (1712), and married Marretje Kuykendall. His father is Samuel Davis or Davids in a history of his wife's family.
Children: Johannes (1737), Jacobus (1739), Antje (1743) and our ancestor Abraham (1747). DNA tests show they are connected to Devins DNA testing in Ireland, in Fermanagh, Donegal and Tyrone. Abraham came to York Co, Ontario about 1792. So far I have no idea when the family went to the USA. He was included in the family tree of the Davis/Davids family which took him back to 1638 era, but we do not seem to fit the DNA of any of the Davids, Davis family.
Marian Pearson (email@example.com)
My gggrandfather Joseph DUDGEON was born about 1780 in possibly Antrim, Ireland. He Immigrated
about 1889-1890 to Maryland. His son Seabourn was born on 8 June 1801 in Maryland. The
story has it that Seabourn was born at sea. Joseph died in West Pike Run, Washington Co., PA 5, June
1843. I do not know who his wife was. He had nine children.
Two books compiled about the Dudgeons do not mention Joseph.
Can anyone add information about Joseph and his origins?
Maria Minear firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine DUFFY, born 1865, Carluke, Lanark, Scotland, daughter of William DUFFY (born c1830, Ireland, died unknown) and Catherine FARLEY (born unknown and died unknown Ireland).
Information re James Duffy Born: Abt. 1820 or 1825 in Ireland died 15th Oct 1855 Rantavan Mullagh Co Cavan. Married: 13 January 1845 in Kingscourt Co Cavan Ireland to Judith McEntee Born: Abt. 1821 in Ireland died 4th March 1898 Corglass Co Cavan. His parents are thought to be John Duffy and Mary Cadden.
Email: Rosemary Cramond, email@example.com
EGAN / TEMPLE
I am looking for siblings of John Egan 1798-1868 married to Mary Temple 1812-1889. He was from the Shannon Harbour Kings (Offaly) County. Immigrated to Canada in 1847. Their children were James 1844 married to Mary Flynn 1856; Mary Ann 1846; Margaret 1850 married to Edward O'Reilly 1840; John Joseph 1853 married to Anne Matilda Flynn 1861; Catherine 1856 married to James Feeham 1850. We think Kieran 1797 (Cloghan Parish Priest) and Michael are siblings. They would be from Clononeybeg. A sister married to a Corcoran with a son Michael.
Please send any info to Maureen Kirincic, firstname.lastname@example.org
Searching for the Irish and Welsh origins of Francis Henry Evans (b.
December 29, 1820 Wicklow, Ireland, d. Feb 7, 1903 West Nissouri Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada) m. Susan Cronkricht (b. Aug 15, 1830 Upper Canada, d. Dec 21, 1912 West Nissouri Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada).
Francis had a brother George William Evans m. Sarah Jane Colwell that also immigrated to West Nissouri Township. The immigrations took place between 1839 and 1842, with Francis possibly settling in New Jersey before joining his brother in West Nissouri Township. There is a suggestion that 6 generations of the family were from Ireland and that they came from Wales prior to that.
Any information would be appreciated. Thanks. Vicki McKay mckgrov at xplornet.ca