Joseph ARMSTRONG and Catherine SMITH
County Cavan to the Ottawa area
(probably ML# 356 on the McCabe List)
January 13, 2008:
Dear Mr Lewis,
I am looking for information on Joseph Armstrong and Catherine Smith,
of Co. Cavan, Ireland. So far, I have no solid evidence that this
couple were ever in Canada, but 4 of their children were in March
township by the mid 1830s:
James Armstrong, born Cavan circa 1810, married Bridget Kelly (Notre
Dame, Bytown, 15 April 1844). Buried at St. Isidore, 30 March 1904.
(Thomas Armstrong, son of James Armstrong and Bridget Kelly, married
[St. Pat's, Fallowfield, 24 November 1886] Henrietta Charlebois,
daughter of Arsene Charlebois and Margaret Moran and granddaughter of
my gr-gr-gr-grandparents James Moran and Margaret Jamieson, who
emigrated from Ireland to Huntley township).
Ann Armstrong, born Cavan 1816, married James Lahey (Notre Dame,
Bytown, 11 February 1836). Died 17 December 1839 at the age of 23,
buried 19 December 1839, "in the Cemetery on Sandy Hills." (James
Lahey and Ann Armstrong are my gr-gr-gr-grandparents. James Lahey
born circa 1799 in the parish of Lorrha, Tipperary).
John (Jack) Armstrong, presumably born Cavan. Married: 1. Bridget
Lahey (Notre Dame Bytown, 15 January 1845 [Bridget Lahey, daughter of
Daniel Lahey and Catherine Lahey, born 1825 in the parish of Lorrha,
Tipperary, niece of the above James Lahey]); 2. Mary Donnelly (Notre
Dame Bytown, 19 November 1855). Died before 1871.
Catherine Armstrong, born Cavan 1822. Married Edward Fahey (Notre
Dame, Bytown, 29 April 1844 [Edward Fahey the son of John Fahey and
Margaret Lahey, nephew of the above James Lahey]). Buried at St.
Isidore, 4 April 1908. Ontario civil death record lists Cavan as her
place of birth.
There appear to be several different Armstrong families from Ireland
in the area in the nineteenth century. So far as I can make out, this
is the only RC Armstrong family in March township. There are a number
of Armstrong-Lahey marriages in March township, with many records
found in the parish register for St. Isidore, South March, and they
also intermarried with my Killeen ancestors (Denis Killeen, born circa
1786 in the parish of Meelick, East Galway, enlisted in 1804 and
served in the 97th regiment of foot, worked as manservant in the
household of Captain John Benning Monk in South March, married Mary
Ahern / Ahearn).
There is a Joseph Armstrong who signed the McCabe list (#356 ), where
he listed his birthplace as parish of Annagh, town or townland of
Killane, Co. Cavan, and indicated that his relations were all in
Canada. This may or may not be the Joseph Armstrong I am looking for.
Any hints, clues or suggestions would be much appreciated.
Thanks very much.
Mary Catherine Moran
The signor immediately after Joseph Armstrong on the McCabe List is ML# 357, William
Armstrong, also from the same parish and townland in County Cavan. Both Joseph and
William state that "all of their relations are in Canada". Chances are that Joseph
and William are related. In 1829, Joseph is married with a family while William is single.
In 1830, a Joseph Armstrong was the best man at the wedding of William Tracey / Tracy
and Rachel Dagg / Day. I believe that the Tracey family were also early settlers in
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