BEHAN / BROWN / FINNER / TEEVENS
/ O'REILLY / LEE
Ireland to the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada
Some death Records from Huntley Township: (St. Michael's Parish, Corkery)
Behan, Mrs Patrick, nee Catherine _______ 4/28/1916,Behan, Patrick (dec) age 84 Witnesses:Brown, John & Kennedy, Edward & Hanley, Michael
Behan, Mrs Edward nee Anne McMahon/buried in Fitz. H.
9/8/1896 Behan, Edward (dec) Behan, Edw.,Jeremiah, Patk & John (sons)
Behan, Peter Patrick(dec) Loherin, Judith 6/16/1902 6/1819/02 22 Behan, William & James (brothers)
Behan, Thomas Patrick Lahorn, Catherine 3/21/1889 3/23/1889 18 Behan, Patrick & Grace, Martin
Brown, Anne Jane James Forrest, Helen farmer 11/14/1884 11/15/1884 Cork 10 Brown, James & Thomas
Brown, Bridget Barbara Thomas Sissons, Mary Anne infant 6/19/1894 6/20/1894 Cork 2y7m Brown, Thomas & McDonald, Alexander
Brown, Frances Ellen Malcolm McGrath, Marg. Eliza. 9/28/11 9/30/11 Cava 6m Manion, Martin & Brown, Malcolm
Brown, James farmer 11/25/1893 11/27/1893 Cork 61 Brown, Joseph & Thomas (sons)
Brown, James Alexander James Forrest, Helen farmer 11/14/1884 11/15/1884 Cork 6y10m Brown, James & Thomas
Brown, Mrs James nee Lena Forrest 2/22/18 2/24/18 Forrest, James (dec) Stan 80 Brown, Malcolm & Vaughan, Edward & Kennedy, Michael
Brown, Mrs Thomas Scissons, Maryann/died at Almonte 10/21/17 10/23/17 Brown, Thomas(dec) Stan 71 Ryan, James & Scissons, Samuel & Brown, Malcolm
Brown, Rose Mary Richard infant 10/24/15 Stan Kennedy, Laurence & Ryan, Jas & Killeen, Angus
Brown, Simon James Forrest, Elen farmer 11/26/1884 11/28/1884 Cork 13 Brown, James & Thomas
Brown, Thomas lately of St Mary's, Almonte 5/2/12 5/4/12 Scissons, ______ Cava 75 Scissons, John & Manion, Joseph & Vaughan, Edward
Brown, Thomas S 8/2/01 8/4/01 Cork 19 Brown, Thomas & Joseph
Finner, Mrs Benjamin Galligan, Mary / of Fitzroy 2/17/20 2/19/20 Stan 80 O'Keefe, Herbert & O'Hara, Martin & Finner, Sylvester
Finners, Benjamin died at Fitzroy 11/4/04 11/6/04 Galligan, Mary Gagn Finners, John E & Marguerite
Finners, Charles 1/6/09 1/8/09 Tonnie, Sabina(dec) Cava 63 O'Keefe, Thomas & Manion, Patrick & Finners, John
Finners, James Patrick Breslin, Mary 10/22/1891 10/24/1891 Cork 24 Finners, Patrick & John
Finners, James labourer of Fitzroy 9/29/00 10/1/00 Cork 73 Finners, Patrick & Benjamin (brothers)
Finners, Margaret 6/9/09 6/11/09 O'Keefe, _____ (dec) Cava 87 Kennedy, Jno H & Sullivan, Lawrence & Hogan, Thomas
Finners, Mrs Patrick nee Mary Breslin 12/23/1893 12/23/1893 Finner, Patrick Cork 48 Finners, Patrick (husband) & John (son)
Finners, Mrs William nee Catherine Breslin/Pakenham 12/29/1893 12/31/1893 Finners, William Cork 52 Finners, William & Patrick
Finners, Patrick 2/4/06 2/7/06 Breslin, Mary (dec) Cava 70 Scott, Michael & Brown, Malcolm
Teevens, John Bernard McNulty, Mary 6/17/08 6/19/08 Cava 86 O'Malley, John & O'Cleary, Thomas & Foley, Michael
Teven, Maryann Patrick Loumer, Mary blacksmith / Rep 5/119 4/22/1883 4/23/1883 O'Mal 4 Teevens, Patrick & Carroll, Thomas
Teevens, Francis John Patrick Loumer, Mary blacksmith / Rep 5/120 5/7/1883 5/8/1883 O'Mal 1y4m Teevens, Patrick & Teevens,Mary
Teevens, Margaret Mary Patrick Loumer. Mary blacksmith/farmer / Rep 5/118 2/8/1883 2/10/1883 Teevens, John (dec) O'Mal 84 Horigan, Thomas & Teevens, John
Tevins, Daniel Patrick Loumer, Mary blacksmith / Rep 5/120 4/23/1883 4/24/1883 O'Mal 6 Teevens, Patrick & Teevens, Mary
Marriage at St. Michael's, Corkery
Groom: Teevens, John (30) b in Huntley
Parents: Teevens, Thomas Reilly, Sarah
Marriage Date: 10/10/1864
Bride: O'Neil, Ellen (34)
Parents: O'Neil, Jno & O'Dwyer, Ellen
Witnesses: Teevens, James & O'Neil, Anne
To Ron Lee, P. Teevens and Gord Brown:
I have recently found some old church records from the Ontario side of the
Ottawa River, across from Pontiac County, Quebec. Some of the surnames are Teevens, Brown,
Behan, O'Reilly, McMahon, Lynch, Cain, O'Malley, O'Donnell, Teevens, O'Connell
The children of Jeremiah Behan / Suzanne O'Reilly were born in Quyon, Quebec ,and
married there , but most are (like their parents) buried in Michigan, USA . The main known
exception was their sixth child , my grandfather, Jeremiah Patrick Behan . He and
10 of his 12 children came to coastal British Columbia in 1920, after Jeremiah buried
two wives in Quyon--namely Tessie O'Donnell and Ellen Nellie Teevens .
Contact with those long-lost family ties would be very much appreciated .
P Teevens on Sat, 04 Nov 2000, in response to
Behan & O'Reilly of Quyon, posted by Ron Lee on Wed, 09 Aug 2000
My father was from Quyon. one of thirteen children 12 boys one girl. i still have
relatives in the area.you might want to check in the Arnprior / Ottawa area .
most of the Teevens's that i know of live in that area.
Send e-mail to
Ron Lee, P. Teevens, Gord Brown and Al Lewis
From: gord brown
I am trying to find a starting point to trace my family.
I know very little about the background except that I was born in Alymer, Quebec, My mom Lena BROWN (boucher)
was born some where (up the line)ie. in Pontiac county. Her father Austin Boucher from
Irland and Mother Claira Boucher, I understand has some connection to the native tribe (Algonquin)
from the area.(dead end) where can I turn for help in. If you are unable to assist can
you point me in the general direction to get started. thank you.
E-Mail from Sherrice:
I am seeking information on James BURNS who married Ellen FINNER.
They had a daughter named Margaret Jane Burns, born August 8, 1872 in Arnprior Ontario.
Does anyone make a connection to these names?
January 31, 2003:
Hello again Al. Could we add another file to your much appreciated site? Attached
is a skeleton outline of what I have on my Behan roots. I can expand on many
sections, as the need arises. Also, since "talking" to you last I have made up a
cross reference list of known contacts (marriages, baptisms and funerals). Of major
interest and/or importance to me right now are the numerous McMAHON, O'DONNELL,
KENNEDY and TEEVENS links. Although O'REILLY, O'CONNOR, CONNELL and FARRELL
sightings are less numerous who knows what gems they might uncover?! ............Ron L.
I’ve heard there are 3 primary Behan "root" families from the Ottawa Valley. Are
they related? JEREMIAH BEHAN and CATHERINE FLYNN didn’t come to Canada personally
but 5 of their children settled around Quyon / N.Onslow / Fitzroy Harbour. Six known Children:
1) JOHN BEHAN (~1806-1884 in Quyon) heads my particular line. First he married
ROSANNA O’CONNOR (5 known kids ... see list below) then CATHERINE McHUGHES
(Mom of Timothy:1848-1939) and finally CATHERINE HIGGINS (Margaret, Bridget
Children of John/Rosanne: (a) Jeremiah B.(Jan 1,1835-1910) married Suzanne
O’REILLY (Dec 26,1840, in Eng-1916) on Sept 17,1857, at Portage Du Fort
most to Petoskey, Michigan, USA. The exception was Jeremiah Patrick B who wed
(1st) Bridget Theresa O’DONNELL in 1895 at St Mary’s, then (2nd) Ellen Nellie
TEEVENS ... my grandmother... in 1903.
(b) Daniel B.(Oct 13,1836-??) wed Ellen KARBRY/CARBERRY on Oct 9,1864, at St
Mary’s Quyon> to Pringhar, Iowa. (c) John B.(Dec 20,1838-??) baptized Jan 15,1839,
at St Michael’s Corkery.(d) Catherine B, (b ~1842) and (e) Ellen ?? (not confirmed).
2) EDWARD BEHAN (b~1809 in Nenagh, Co Tipperary -1871) wed ANN McMAHON
(1821 in County Clare -1896) on June 12,1843, at St M’s Corkery. Known children:
(a) Mary B ... Mrs Stephan O’CONNOR (b) Edw B...married Bridget O’BRIEN
(c) Jeremiah B...wed Mary KENNEDY.
(d) John B. (e) Catherine Julia/Jane B...Mrs John O’MALLEY. (f) Patrick W. B...
wed Catherine O’BRIEN. (g) John James B. (g) Eliz. Ann B... Mrs Patrick RYAN.
3) MARGARET BEHAN married George HEDGE / EDGE on Oct 3, 1842 , at
N.D. Cathedral, Bytown.
4) BRIDGET BEHAN married George DARLINGTON on Feb 15, 1847, at
St Phillip, Richmond. (see below, dated February 8, 2003)
5) MICHAEL BEHAN married Margt (Bridget?) McGRATH on June 20, 1851, at Alymer.
Known children: (a) James B. wed Marie CAMERON in Le Passe, Ont. (b)Catherine
Theresa B. (c) Jeremiah B. (b Aug 6,1853) (d) Mary Ann B ... Mrs Thomas FARRELL.
6) THOMAS BEHAN married Mary MARTIN from County Cavan on Nov 4, 1852 .
In 1835 Tom and bro Edw bought land from the Canada Company, 1835 ... lot 19, conc 11,
in Fitzroy Twp. Later > to Marcus, Iowa. Eleven Children. Several (Tom and Mike)
eventually lived in Saskatchewan.
... Ron Lee
February 8, 2003:
Thanks for the TEEVEN info. I'll get it posted later. (see February 10, 2003 ... Al)
Here's a BEHAN from 1847. George DARLINGTON was a Protestant who joined
the Catholic Church on Feb. 14, 1847 and the next day he married into
the Behan family.
"14 February Received the abjuration of George Darlington and have baptized
him conditionally in presence of Thomas Behan.
15 February Marriage of George Darlington, son of Michael Darlington and of
Mary Caten, and Bridget Beahan, daughter of Jeremiah Behan and of Catharine
Flynn, all of the Township of Fitzroy. The witnesses were Thomas Behan and
Mary Ann Wade (McQuade)."
The above is recorded at St. Phillips in Richmond. (Thanks to Ellen Paul
who has recorded the records from St. Philips). The priest may have travelled
from Richmond to Fitzroy (before St. Michael's at Fitzroy was built).
February 10, 2003:
Hello once again Al. Here is an outline of the Teevens tale, as I know it so far.
Lots of pieces to play with -- but do they all belong in the same box?!
I have considerable data re the Teevan family from Co.Cavan (Derryleague, Kilnagare, etc...)
-- but can’t see the link to my Canadian relatives.
I also have an Ireland >USA file (esp N.Y. state) -- but can see no confirmed link with
the Ottawa Valley Teevan/Tivens/Teevens cousins.
In Canada I know about the following families, but haven’t confirmed the link between
any of the first four listed below and my own verifiable roots (in #5).
(1) Bernard TEEVANS married Mary McNULTY (both born in Ireland) Church records link
them with St.Michael’s, Corkery.
(2) James Teevens married Mary ROWAN in Ireland, then emigrated. Family records show
up in Pakenham, Pembroke and Torbolton Township ....
(3) John Daniel Teevan (b 1810 in Butlersbridge) bought land in Carleton County, and
married Elizabeth NEWMAN (also from Co. Cavan). Generations following called Fitzroy
Harbour, Pakenham and Smith Falls home.
(4) John Teevans (b 1823 in Co Cavan) married Mary Anne CUMMERFORD / widow HUGHES before
1851 and they raised their family around Fitzroy Harbour.
While I have seen pictorial proof that some of these families knew each other,
the blood link has not yet been conclusively proven .
Wonder how much DNA testing for everybody would cost ?!.
(5) Thomas Teevan (?? - before 1851) married Sarah O’REILLY (b~ 1810 in Co. Cavan)
Their 5 known children were born in Huntley Twp:
(a) James T. married Ann O’NEIL (?? - Nov 29th, 1871)
(b) John T. / Eleanor (Ellen) O’NEILL, d/o John O’N. and Ellen O’Dwyer, on on
Oct 10th, 1864, at St Michael’s, Corkery. (microfilm # 1304513) . They had seven known
(c** Daniel Tivins/Teevens (my great grandfather) married Marie/Mary WATTERS**
on Nov 25, 1873, at Notre Dame Cathedral, Bytown.
Their 7th child (out of 12 or 13) Ellen Nellie Teevens (Nov 20, 1882 - Jan 24th,
1920), was the second wife of Jeremiah Patrick BEHAN, and my grandmother. Their
wedding day was May 23, 1903, at St Mary’s Quyon. Their ten children were born in
N. Onslow and/or Quyon, with most, if not all, of their baptismal records traceable
to St. Bridget’s.
(d) Mary Teevens married John MULLINS on April 28th, 1870, at St Michael’s,
Fitzroy Harbour. Seven known children.
(e) Suzanna/Susan Teevens (born Aug 2nd, 1842, in Fitzroy Twp.).
I’ll gladly share the (sometimes meager) data that I have on any/all of the
Perhaps you hold the key to this riddle without even knowing it (i.e. a ship
passage reference)!! I’d love to hear about any and all possibilities.
February 28, 2003:
Subject: Mantle and Finner
I hired a research firm in Ireland and they were able to find a few
baptism dates for children of Peter Robinson settlers John Mantle and Ellen Horgan / Hourigan.
Rathcormac Parish listed the following -Robert Mantle - Jan. 15, 1817,
Sponsors Richard Barry and Johanna Cotter.
John Mantle - April 10, 1803, Sp. Maurice Sinon and Mary Sweeny / Sweeney
(mother listed as Helen Horrigon).
James Mantle - July 8, 1804, Sp. Lawrence Spillane and Margaret Brien.
John Mantle (John 1803 must have died) Nov. 21, 1815,
Sp. Edmond Barry and Honora Coughlan.
Catherine Mantle- Feb. 24, 1822, Sp. James Mantle and Ann Lotty
Elizabeth Mantle - Feb. 17, 1820, Sp. William Barry and Honora Minahan.
Castlelyons Parish - Mary Mantle, July 20, 1806 Sp. John Brien and
Catherine Gearan (mother recorded as Haragan)
Mary Mantle married Benjamin Finner. Could you please do a look up for me?
Marriage - Peter Robert Finner 7/26/15 Scott, Catherine Mary
Births - Finner, William 9/19/1870
Births - Finner, William James 11/25/1866
Births - Finner, John 7/4/1868 and also Margaret same date 7/4/1868.
Here you go:
Finner, Peter Robert
son of Finner, William (dec) and Breslin, Catherine (dec) of Ramsay Township
married on 7/26/1915 Scott, Catherine Mary
daughter of Scott, James (dec) & Carroll, Catherine
Witnesses were Morrissey, Arthur & Nolan, Mary
Finner, William James
son of Finners, Patrick and Breslin, Mary
born 11/25/1866 baptized 11/28/1866
Sponsors: Whelan, John & Dobson, Bridget
son of Finners, Patrick and Bresnahan, Mary
born 9/19/1870 baptized 10/10/1870
Sponsors: Egan, Dan & McCormick, Bridget
son of Finner, Patrick and Bresnahan, Mary
born 7/4/1868 baptized 11/29/1868
Sponsors: O'Keefe, Edward & Bresnahan, Catherine
daughter of Finner, William and Bresnahan, Cath.
born 7/4/1868 baptized 11/29/1868
Sponsors: Finner, Patrick & O'Keefe, Mary
August 27, 2003:
Hi Bob, Al, & Ron,
Sorry Bob, the surname Teevan isn't in my family tree so I have very little
information, however what I do have may be of interest to Ron. The following is
taken from the book "Rock of Faith" by Terence M. Currie, page 65. 100th Anniversary 1892-1992
St. Peter Celestine, Roman Catholic Church, Pakenham, Ontario.
The Teevens family has left a number of connections through their marriages
to other families in the parish. The original settler of that name was Daniel
Teevens, Lot 11, Con 12, Fitzroy. He and his wife Elizabeth Newman (b. 1813)
had five children: Daniel James, Mary, John, Ann and Patrick.
Daniel James Teevens was first married in 1868 to Ann O'Neill: one of their
children was a third Daniel Teevens. Daniel James' second wife, Mary Sheridan,
died in childbirth in 1893. Daniel James' sister, Mary (d. 1913) was first Mrs.
James O'Neill, by whom she had four children, and, after his death, Mrs. John Sherlock,
with whom she had a further seven children. Her brother John married Mary Ellen O'Neill
in 1874, while sister Anne became Mrs. Edmund Newton and Patrick, youngest of
the family married Mary Louman / Luman.
November 21, 2005:
LEE Surname in Ottawa and area
My name is Dirk Lee (Montreal) My father was Donald Lee (Ottawa) 1929-2002. My
grandfather was James Henry Lee (Harry) 1901-1990 Ottawa married to Eva Belle Byron
1903-1994. My other grandfather was Michael Joseph O'Reilly.
1883-1955 married to Lillian Marie Burton 1898-1932. I found my grandfather O'Reilly's
grave at St-Michaels in Corkery, but I can not find my grandmother Burton's grave.
I was told that maybe she was buried in Portage du Fort. If you have any other info,
I would like to hear from you. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thank you for your time.
There was a Lee family in the Ottawa area (I think that Patrick Lee from Ireland)
may have been the first to arrive here before 1830. Here is a church record from
12 Sep 1831
Burial in the Catholic Church-yard at Bytown of the body of Bernard Lee from the
Township of McNab (Renfrew County) who was accidentally killed by a fall off a
horse on Sep 9, aged 29 yrs.
William Crage / Craig? and James Daly
M. Lalor, Priest
Bernard Lee may have been from the Town of Arnprior, not far from the Behans and others
mentioned above on this web page. The town was called Madawaska in the 1830's and was
a major lumber depot at the confluence of the Madawaska and Ottawa Rivers.
Maybe someone can add further information to this family. I'll check at St. Mike's at
Corkery for Lees and Burtons.
November 22, 2007:
New E-mail address for Dirk Lee: email@example.com
(incorporated in the list below ... Al)
May 10, 2009:
I am responding to a query on http://www.bytown.net/behan.htm left by
Dirk Lee. Dirk's e-mail has been returned to me so I'm hoping he'll
eventually see this reply and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are descendants of Edward Shannon and Mary Judge from Ross Township in
Michael Joseph O'Reilly was my greatgrandmother, Mary (Shannon)
Nichol's, first cousin. Joseph's parents were Michael O'Rielly and
Joseph's first wife, Lillian Burton, died shortly after childbirth in
1932 and my grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Nichols) Graham, looked after
the baby, Lillian Margaret Ann, for quite a while.
I found the baptism at St. Patrick's in Ottawa for Lillian Burton who
converted to a Catholic the day before her death, on 3 Nov 1932. She was
buried at Portage-du-Fort on 5 Nov 1932.
July 27, 2012:
HI Al & Taylor,
Here are a few extracts from "The Vital Records of Upper Canada / Canada West Vol 3, Pt 1. Dalhousie District 1825-1869"
that were passed on to me.
P. 14 - Jno. FINNERS, 26, residing Huntley, born Goulbourn, son of Benjamin
FINNERS and Mary MANTEL, TO Mary CORRIGAN, 20, residing Huntley, born Couty Kilkenny, daughter of Thomas CORRIGAN and Judith DELANEY.
9 Feb 1858. Rev. VAUGHAN. Wit. Jno. MANTEL / Mantle, of Huntley.
P. 15 - William QUINN, 28, residing and born Huntley, son of James QUINN and
Mary BONFIELD, to Ellen MEHAN, 22, residing and born Huntley, daughter of
Mich'l MEHAN and Esther MANION. 30 Apr 1858. Rev. VAUGHAN. Wit. Jno. MAGRA,
P. 23 - Laurence KENNEDY, 25, residing and born Huntley, son of Jno. KENNEDY
and Margaret MANNION, to Johanna O'NEILL, 22, residing and born Ramsay Township,
daugter of Jno. O'NEIL and Mary DRISCOLL. 8 Mar 1859. Rev. VAUGHAN. Wit.
Edward KENNEDY of Huntley.
P. 23 - Daniel SMYTH, 30 residing Pakenham, born Co. Cavan, son of Daniel
SMYTH and Mary MULLIGAN, to Mary Mantel, 20, residing and born Huntley,
daughter of James MANTEL and Margaret O'DONNELL. 14 Jun 1859. Rev. VAUGHAN.
Wit Mark GOLDERICK, of Pakenham.
P. 24 - Michael LOWE, 26, residing Huntley, born Co. Limerick, son of Samuel
LOWE and Mary GRADY, to Ellen KENNEDY, 21, residing and born Huntley,
daughter of Timothy KENNEDY and Mary O'KEEFE. 8 Nov 1859. Rev. VAUGHAN. Wit.
Thomas KENNEDY, of Huntley.
... Dorothy Payne
November 6, 2013:
My Name Is Brian Bourbeau, and I am the great grandson of Patrick and Elizabeth Bahan (nee O’Neil ). Patrick and Elizabeth gave birth
to my grandmother, Annie Bridget Bahan.
Annie then married Godfrey Goulet and they had 6 children. Godfrey died in 1943 and my grandmother died in 1960.
What I find interesting is the fact that in the various census after Annie and Godfrey married, Godfrey is listed as French and Annie
is listed as Irish but all their children are listed as only French.
Unfortunately, I can find very little about Patrick Bahan and his family. Do you have any suggestions as to where I can find the info?
Also, I am looking for any pictures of my Bahan ancestors and even my Goulet ancestors. None of my family appear to have any.
As you can no doubt appreciate, I am new to ancestry research and if there is anything that you can suggest to help me I would appreciate it.
Good afternoon, Brian:
Al Lewis here from Bytown or Bust.
Thanks for your e-mail regarding your Bahan, O’Neil and Goulet ancestors.
I believe that during the early census records, the children’s ancestry was always given as that of the male head of household – this would be why the
children of Annie and Godfrey would be listed as French.
I think that there is quite a lot of information regarding the Behan / Bahan / Beahan family available. They came to the Ottawa area
very early and are related to many of the pioneer families in this area..
One problem is that the spelling varies, so you will find all three spellings in different places in the records. Go to our web page at
www.bytown.net/behan.htm and you will see some information regarding the Behan / Bahan family.
Also see the page at www.bytown.net/jononeil.htm for some O’Neil info.
There is also a book written by Jean Neil Broadfoot – it mentions the Goulet family as well. You will be able to find it by doing a search for Broadfoot
at the catalogue of the Ottawa Branch of the Ottawa Genealogical Society. (I am a volunteer there and had a look at the book yesterday).
Finally, is it OK with you if I add your e-mail to our web site as a contact for other researchers of the Bahan, O’Neil and Goulet families?
Please let me know.
You will have fun researching your ancestors and hopefully others will contact you along the way and help out.
Thanks again for this.
... Al Lewis
I have no problem with you adding my email address to your web site. Thank you for your reply and I certainly appreciate your valuable information.
... Brian Bourbeau
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