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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[@]