Posts Tagged ‘genealogy’

Brickwalls: Seeking Information on John Heard of Angus, Ontario and Reginald Lorenzo Heard

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Brickwall #1 -

John Heard/Hurd b abt 1921 England (parents listed on marriage certificate Thomas & Sarah Heard) with possible middle name of Freeman. Have never found arrival date or origins of birth in England. Heard is too common a name. Marr #1 Sarah Jane Thompson 18 Oct 1875 parsonage Barrie = 15 children. Marr #2 Rebecca Harvey born USA 2 Mar 1847 Whitby Ontario = 6 children. John Heard died 30 Dec 1895 Angus Ontario, will probated 1898 and on son William’s death 1933 it says father born Plymouth, mother born Ogdensburg New York (have traced this family) but can find no proof of John Heard & Plymouth. Anyone know which way to go on this one?

Brickwall #2 -

Heard, Reginald Lorenzo born 5 Nov 1913 Essa Twp. Registered 8 Jan 1914 (my copy dated 28 Apr 1982) no
parents named but genealogy of the family – his parents were Wilfred Charles Heard and Ida May Alexander
of Simcoe County. Reginald married Edith Elizabeth M. M. Barker (7 Sept 1912-28 Apr 1975) on 2 Jan 1937 in
Oshawa, Ontario = 3 children lived, twins died at birth. Reginald had no siblings.

Have a card re: War Service Badge GS 1070441 for Heard, Reginald Lorenzo with rank & serial numbers
issued June 26, 1985. For years city directories listed him as soldier, and for some he lived with his
mother Ida May Heard in Oshawa.

Family information from late daughters – Reg married Elizabeth Mae DeAmbroise using name Reginald
Larribee Hurd 9 Oct 1943 & had 3 children.

From copy of marriage certificate Reg then married Jean Murray Stover as Reginald John Heard 8 Aug 1964
in village of Sombra County Lambton by license as a divorcee. Here is the questioning part – statement says his
parents were Wesley Duncan Heard and Mary Alice Lander both born Texas as was he ? (He had an uncle named Duncan Wesley).

Reg died 11 March 1983 Edmonton Alberta not long after his daughters found him. So who was this man really?
I could find no connections on Ancestry & Family Search to this American family. Any suggestions?

If you think you can help Marie-Jeanne, she may be reached directly at:

Brickwalls: Seeking Information on John Farrell and Mary O’Gara – Kingston, Ontario

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

I am seeking birth and/or death records for John FARRELL b abt 1821, probably in Co Donegal. He was married to my 3x gr-grandmother Mary O’GARA at St Mary’s Cathedral in Kingston for a very short time, then disappeared.

Mary O’Gara’s marriage and remarriage is a puzzle. She was about 16 when she married John FARRELL on 18 Nov 1845. He was shown as 24 when he signed an abjuration the day before their marriage, where John denounced his Protestant faith. They had a child — my 2x gr-grandfather John Joseph Farrell — born 22 Oct 1848. That is the only child I found for them. Seems odd that only one child is shown, considering Mary’s fertile young age. Then six years later, on 2 Jan 1851, Mary O’Gara is shown marrying Jeremiah Crowley (also at St Mary’s).

I found no death for John Farrell on the pages of the register from 1848 to 1851 or anywhere else. Perhaps he died in another location. Perhaps he just left. I have scoured the digitized records at St Mary’s Register and have found almost all the baptisms, marriages, confirmations and interments for the Crowleys, but nothing more about John Farrell. In the register, John Farrell’s parents are shown as Abraham Farrell and Jane Clarke of Drumhome, Co Donegal.

That is all I know of John Farrell. I have found no records of his birth, even though I found some information about his parents and some of his siblings by process of elimination using

  • Abraham Farrell 1792-1876 – Remained in Ballybulgan, Drumhone
  • Jane Clarke 1797- 1864 – Remained in Ballybulgan, Drumhome

Children who show one or both names as Abraham Farrell and Jane Clarke are:

  • Jane Farrell bc 1820, m Oswald Stewart. They appear to have remained in Ballybulgan
  • Margaret Farrell bc 1821, in Drumhome, Co Donegal
  • William Farrell 1825-1909, m Fanny Freeborn and lived in Waterloo and Huron Counties, CAN
  • Andrew Farrell 1837-1930(?), m Mary Griffith and stayed in Drumhome, Co Donegal

Until I can find a birth or death for John Farrell, I can never be certain of my true paternal line.

If you can offer any ideas, I can be reached at sharoncconnor[@]

Brickwalls: Seeking Information on John MacGregor, UEL – Charlottenburg, Glengarry County, Ontario

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

I am searching for information about John MacGregor, born in Scotland in 1727, although this date is uncertain. May have been in Canada by 1757-1763. He was a UE Loyalist who ultimately settled in Charlottenburgh, Glengarry County. He may have married Anne MacGilvray in 1797, possibly his second marriage. He had several children including Donald, born about 1800 in Charlottenburg as well as John, William, Elizabeth, Nancy and Malcom.

Donald was my great great grandfather, and his birth year is fairly well documented. He had a son, William Harvey, born in 1850, and a daughter, Anne. Anne was known after her marriage as Annie Wilson. William Harvey emigrated to the US, Massachusetts, in about 1871, and married Ella Jane Sprague, a Mayflower descendant, in Vermont in 1873. Their marriage certificate lists Donald MacGregor as William Harvey MacGregor’s father and Catharine McKay as his mother.

I am particularly interested in verifying the information I have about John MacGregor’s birth and marriage, and would like also to verify his birthplace in Scotland. One document I have seen says he was born in Little Dunkeld parish in Perthshire, Scotland, but I can find no information to support that. Any information that anyone could provide would be most helpful.
Margaret McGregor Castle

Brickwalls: Seeking Information on John Urquhart from Fife, Scotland to Brantford, Ontario

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

The story is quite interesting. My Great Grandfather, David Smith Urquhart’s brother, a John Urquhart was the first Pupil Teacher at Collinsburgh School in Fife ( fact ). My historic family come from the immediate area in Kilconquhar Fife Scotland and had links with Dunfermline. In 1873, the pupils of Collinsburgh School presented John Urquhart with an inscribed Chest on his leaving.

The Inscription on the Chest reads -:

To John Urquhart from the Scholars of Colinsburgh School
A token of their regret at his departure and of their earnest wishes for his future welfare
December 25, 1873

On May 1st, unknown to myself, a Kay Urquhart, from Brantford sadly passed away at the age of 93 and last week, a friend of hers contacted me through a posting I originally placed on Genuki 16 years ago saying he had inherited the said Chest from Kay and could it be the same John Urquhart I was researching. As a result of this I believe there to be a strong possibility that the John Urquhart in question is my ancestor but am seeking to prove this. As you know in geneology 2+2 does not always equal 4. I have been told that Kay had been the last living member of the Line in Canada.

Interestingly, three generations of the family appear to be buried in Mount Hope cemetery at Brantford but not, it seems, the original John Urquhart who the chest was given to and is believed to have emigrated in 1873 ?

Can you assist Stuart Urquhart with his query? If so, you may contact him directly at:

Advocacy a High Priority of The Ontario Genealogical Society: Cemeteries a Continuing Focus

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant, recently received a phone call from Michael D’Mello, Registrar of Ontario Cemeteries, in response to her letter to the Hon. Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Consumer Services, referred to in last week’s eWeekly. A subsequent meeting was held on 9 January 2014 at the Registrar’s office in Toronto with representatives of both The Ontario Historical Society and The Ontario Genealogical Society. Together they discussed shared concerns about the dilemma around preserving and protecting Ontario cemeteries.

Although Ontario apparently has one of the most stringent sets of regulations to accomplish that, identifying and locating these cemeteries is but one step in the process. OHS and OGS will continue to work on their project to complete that all-important first step. Together with the Registrar, they will attempt to clarify for municipalities and the general public what specific actions must then be taken to protect these properties which serve as resting places for our Ontario ancestors.

Future of Canada’s Libraries and Archives Under Review

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

The activities of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and the Canadian Archives Summit have been featured in previous issues of the OGS eWeekly. Both the Ontario consultation with the RSC and the Summit occurred in Toronto this week.

In response to a call for papers from the RSC, OGS asked members for their ideas about the future of libraries and archives in Canada. The resulting submission can be viewed at A copy was also shared with the Summit organizers.

Continue to watch for the results of these in-depth reviews.

OGS Open Forum with the President a Success

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

An Open Forum with OGS President Shirley Sturdevant was held at 7 PM on 8 January 2014. Participants set the topics and asked the questions.

Topics of discussion included: Family Day activities, accessibility initiatives, newsletter guidelines, transcriptions, vote on bylaws and call for candidates, OGS finances, membership fees, Families in electronic format, Digital Rights Management (DMR), webinar costs and promotion, Infant Home Records, OGS transparency, advocacy partnering with other provincial societies, Branches partnering to offer courses and Branch Facebook pages. Some participants suggested this type of forum be a regular event to keep members updated and to clarify Society happenings.

An Open Letter to the City of Toronto: Please Ensure the Preservation of the Fegan Home

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

OGS, along with the broader genealogical and heritage community, has learned that the City of Toronto has a current interest in the site of the former Fegan Boys Distributing Home at 295 George St. in the City of Toronto. The structure was damaged by fire in 2012. Many of the boys passing through these walls left their mark by way of inscribing their names and the dates of their stays on the bricks. These names are still visible.

We have written a letter that requests that the City of Toronto seriously consider the historic significance of this treasure and find a way to preserve it. Click here to view the letter on the OGS website.

Notice for London & Middlesex County Branch Meeting

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013,

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location:Westmount Branch, London Public Library, 3200 Wonderland Rd. S., London (map)

Topic:“What about Archives?”


Brief Info:Archives are sometimes forgotten with the large amount of WWW information available. What are we missing and how can we access it?

Contact Info: