ML# 213 on the McCabe List
Queen's County (Laois), Ireland, to Nepean Township, Upper Canada
Later to Venosta, Gatineau Valley, Quebec

also the surname LAWLESS

Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893

January 24, 2002:
I was looking on the internet for  my great great grandfather Darby
Kealey Born 1792 in Ireland married twice 1st unknown. they had three
children. 2nd Elizabeth Mulligan born 1792 in Ireland.  We do not know
for certain what became of Darby & Elizabeth after 1851. He sailed to
Canada from Sligo Ireland in the early 1800's with two brothers or

Vi Torrie


Hello Vi:

I've started a new page for your GGGrandfather, Darby Kealey.
He may have been a brother to James Kealey (see link below). According to the 
McCabe List (1829), both James and Darby came from Queen's County originally.
Queen's County is now called Laois and is in central Ireland. It's interesting
that Darby sailed from Sligo.

Darby's name is recorded at various times in the records of Notre Dame Basilica
in downtown Ottawa. He was a contemporary of some of my ancestors and he may be 
buried in Notre Dame Cemetery. I'll keep an eye out for him. Maybe we'll discover
the name of his first wife.

There are other researchers interested in the Kealeys and you may hear from some of them.
Let me know if we get any further info on Darby and his family.

Thanks and Good Luck!

... Al Lewis

Note: See also James Kealey who may be a brother to Darby
      and also Daniel Kealey / Cayley / Caley

March 21, 2002: Hello Vi, I was interested in your posting to the Bytown or Bust website regarding Darby Kealey. The Kealeys are related to my family through the Lawlesses (see below, dated March 21, 2003). I'm trying to find out if they are also related to my husband’s family (Mulligan), but haven't been able to find out just who Elizabeth Mulligan is – and another Elizabeth Mulligan shows up in the Kealey line a little further down. I’d be interested in sharing some information. I have quite a bit on the Lawless / Lawlis family and quite a bit on the Mulligans (my husband’s side) as well. Lorraine
April 14, 2002: Al, last night I went to the library and photocopied from the Nepean Census books some information on the Kealey (and variations) family. I came home and put it into the computer. Would you like me to send it to you and if so, what is the best format? Lorraine ============== Thanks to Lorraine for transcribing the following info and sending it along for us all! Census Family Given House Age Household Year Name Name Number Position 1852 KALEY Maria 221 25 1852 KALEY Michael 6 14 1852 KEALY Ann 228 15 DO 1852 KEALY James 226 6 1852 KEALY James 365 7 1852 KELAY Darby 134 58 HEAD 1852 KELAY Elisabeth 134 34 WIFE 1852 KELAY Elisabeth 134 1 1852 KELAY Ellen 134 11 1852 KELAY James 134 13 1852 KELAY Joseph 134 2 1852 KELAY Martin 134 7 1852 KELAY Mary 134 15 1852 KELAY Michael 134 9 1852 KELAY Patrick 134 3 1852 KELLY Ann 145 7 1852 KELLY Ann 343 15 1852 KELLY Ann 350 14 DO 1852 KELLY Ann 352 17 1852 KELLY Bridged 139 54 WIFE 1852 KELLY Catherine 139 19 1852 KELLY Darby 352 56 HEAD 1852 KELLY Elisabeth 343 39 1852 KELLY Elisabeth 343 2 1852 KELLY Ellen 145 4 1852 KELLY James 343 39 LA 1852 KELLY Jeremiah 352 23 1852 KELLY John 64 39 LA 1852 KELLY John 139 54 HEAD 1852 KELLY John 145 9 1852 KELLY Margaret 343 9 1852 KELLY Mary 145 11 1852 KELLY Mary 352 15 1852 KELLY Mary J. 343 6 1852 KELLY Michael 321 20 DO 1852 KELLY Michael 352 19 1852 KELLY Patrick 145 43 HEAD 1852 KELLY Patrick 145 1 1852 KELLY Roderick 139 21 1852 KELLY Sarah 343 12 1852 KELLY Winifred 145 34 WIFE 1861 KEALEY Martin 90 60 HEAD 1861 KEALEY Martin 90 18 1861 KEALEY Mary 268 15 1861 KEALEY Briget 388 41 WIFE 1861 KEALEY Briget 388 15 1861 KEALEY Elisabeth 250 49 WIFE 1861 KEALEY Elisabeth 250 10 1861 KELLY Jeremiah 579 0 1861 KELLY John 72 44 1861 KELLY John 318 49 HEAD 1861 KELLY John 318 1 1861 KELLY John 619 41 1861 KELLY Margret 107 59 1861 KELLY Mary 577 25 WIFE 1861 KELLY Mary 577 1 1861 KELLY Michael 579 32 HEAD 1861 KELLY Patrick 230 39 HEAD 1861 KELLY Thomas 230 0 1861 KIELLY Daniel 619A 10 1861 KIELLY Elizabeth J 619A 19 1861 KIELLY Hugh 619A 15 1861 KIELLY Margaret A 619A 20 1861 KEALEY Eliza 388 9 1861 KEALEY Ellen 250 19 1861 KEALEY Ellan 388 5 1861 KEALEY James 388 13 1861 KEALEY Jeremiah 250 59 HEAD Darby is a nickname for Jeremiah
1861 KEALEY Joseph 250 11 1861 KEALEY Margaret 388 11 1861 KEALEY Martin 250 15 1861 KEALEY Martin 388 44 HEAD 1861 KEALEY Martin 388 7 1861 KEALEY Michael 250 17 1861 KEALEY Patrick 250 13 1861 KEALY Margaret 493 16 1861 KEELY Aunby 560 1 1861 KEELY James 560 31 HEAD 1861 KEELY Margaret 560 29 WIFE 1861 KEELY Moses 560 5 1861 KEELY Nicholas 560 7 1861 KEELY Simon 560 3 1861 KELEY Ana 70 9 1861 KELEY Catherine 70 5 1861 KELEY Elen 70 26 WIFE 1861 KELEY James 70 39 HEAD 1861 KELEY Mary 70 5 1861 KELEY Mary 70 0 1861 KELEY Michael 70 11 1861 KELEY Sarah 70 3 1861 KELEY William 70 0 1861 KELLEY Bidy 113 1 (Bridget) 1861 KELLEY Catherine 113 27 1861 KELLEY Catherine 493 1 1861 KELLEY David 493 39 1861 KELLEY Edmond 493 3 1861 KELLEY John 113 69 HEAD 1861 KELLEY Margret 113 0 1861 KELLEY Margret 493 29 1861 KELLEY Patrick 493 5 1861 KELLEY Rody 113 29 1861 KELLY Ann 577 2 1861 KELLY Ann 579 22 WIFE 1861 KELLY Bridget 230 27 WIFE 1861 KELLY Bridget 318 32 WIFE 1861 KELLY Catherine 113 24 1861 KELLY Jeremiah 577 39 HEAD 1871 KEALEY Michael 268 23 1871 KEALEY Sarah 268 13 1871 KEALEY William 268 10 1871 KELLEY Ann 10 13 1871 KELLEY Ann 11 34 WIFE 1871 KELLEY James 11 1 1871 KELLEY Jeremiah 10 4 1871 KELLEY Jeremiah 11 10 1871 KELLEY John 10 8 1871 KELLEY Margaret 10 6 1871 KELLEY Margret 11 7 1871 KELLEY Mary 10 34 HEAD 1871 KELLEY Mary 10 10 1871 KELLEY Mary 11 3 1871 KELLEY Michael 11 48 HEAD 1871 KELLEY Patrick 11 9 1871 KELLEY Timothy 11 5 1871 KELLY Bridget 142 12 1871 KELLY Catherine 142 40 WIFE 1871 KELLY Francis 1 40 DO 1871 KELLY James 142 1 1871 KELLY John 267 64 1871 KELLY John 142 8 1871 KELLY Joseph 169 35 1871 KELLY Margaret 169 50 1871 KELLY Margret 142 10 1871 KELLY Richard 142 4 1871 KELLY Rodrick 142 46 HEAD 1871 KELLY Rodrick 142 5 1871 KELLY William 142 6 1871 KALEY Darby 32 77 HEAD 1871 KALEY Elizabeth 32 60 WIFE (Mulligan) 1871 KALEY Elizabeth 32 20 1871 KALEY Ellen 33 24 WIFE 1871 KALEY Joseph 32 21 1871 KALEY Julia Ann 34 23 WIFE 1871 KALEY Margret 34 4 1871 KALEY Martin 34 30 HEAD 1871 KALEY Mary 34 2 1871 KEALEY Annie 268 18 1871 KEALEY Bridget 90 54 WIFE 1871 KEALEY Catharine 268 15 1871 KEALEY Elizabeth 268 5 1871 KEALEY Elizabeth 90 21 1871 KEALEY Ellen 268 41 WIFE 1871 KEALEY Ellen 268 7 1871 KEALEY Ellen 90 16 1871 KEALEY Emily 268 10 1871 KEALEY Hugh 268 3 1871 KEALEY James 268 53 HEAD
March 21, 2003:
Dear Lorraine and others, I was doing family research on the web and came across this reference to the Lawlesses. Would you please forward and references etc to me about them. I would appreciate it very much Regards, Michael Lawless
December 15, 2004: Hi How could I find info for Joseph Kealey 1861, that is on your list (above). I'm sure this is my husbands ancestor. Aliceann Kealey E-mail: ackea@comcast.net
January 23, 2005: New E-mail address for Lorraine: ray-lorraine.mulligan@sympatico.ca
April 3, 2005: Just came across your messages about the McCabe List. I've been doing research off and on for the past several years on the Darby Kealey family. Darby was my G-G Grandfather, James my G-Grandfather and Will was my grandfather. My father emigrated to Chisholm, Minnesota, USA from Venosta, Quebec with his father Will around 1900. I have about 800 entries in my database, but am particularly interested in where Darby came from in Ireland and where he is buried. I've been in touch with Lloyd Kealey in Ottawa (is that your father, Lorraine?) I would appreciate any information you can provide and would be happy to share my information, which is an extension of Laurel Doucette's Kealey Family History. Hoping to hear from you! Ron Kealy (My grandfather changed the spelling of our name from Kealey to Kealy) __________________ Hi Ron: Thanks for your e-mail regarding the early Kealey family in the Ottawa area. According to the 1829 McCabe List, Darby came from Queen's County in Ireland. He came from the parish of Mayo and the village or townland was called "Coulo" (spelling?). ... Al __________________ Thanks for your prompt response, Al. Please add my email and email address to your website. I'll be traveling to Ireland in June and hope to do a little family research in Laois. Ron Kealy _________________
Ron, No one seems to know for certain where Darby is buried. In the local newspaper (The Ottawa Citizen) March 4, 1872, page 2, column 4, I came across his death notice as follows: Death of Jeremiah Kealey, aged 80 years, on March 2, 1872. Funeral Service was at St Joseph's Ottawa, on March 4, 1872. In 1872 there was at least one multi-denominational cemetery in Ottawa and it is likely he might have been buried there. It was in Sandy Hill. The problem is that the cemetery apparently kept very poor records and was moved around the 1900's, with the bodies being moved to either Notre Dame or Beechwood. There is only a small list of names that are on record with respect to people moved, and Darby wasn't on the list. I know all this because my GG Grandfather Hugh Byers died in 1866 and the newspaper article indicated he was also buried in the downtown Ottawa area and I have never found where, however, in trying to research I was made aware of this cemetery. You may want to get ahold of the record of Darby's funeral record at St Joseph's to see if it yields any further information about his parents and burial. Hope the above helps. ... Mitchell _______________________ Kealey Genealogy Pals - Just a note to share with you my glee at finding new info re: the Darby Kealey family. First, from Al Lewis, the place in Ireland where he came from, and which I will try to visit in June. (Laois County - villages of Clogh, Swan, and Wolfhill). And from the Nepean census info provided by Lorraine - the entire Darby Kealey family (misspelled as Kelay in the 1852 census) but Darby, his wife Elisabeth, and all their children - Mary, James (my GGrandfather), Ellen, Michael, Martin, Patrick, Joseph, and Elisabeth, with birth dates within 2 years of my previous information, all living in house #134. What a breakthrough for me! So thanks for your help - I'll work at building on that information and will share my findings with you. Ron Kealy E-Mail: rkealy@mindspring.com
November 23, 2005: Dear Allan: Thank you for forwarding me the emails about our great-great-great grandfather. I'm going to respond to everyone on the list, in that we seem to have a mutual ancestor. Jerimiah "Darby" Kealey and his first wife had Catherine Kealey, who married John Lawless. They Had Michael Lawlis (sic), who married Mary Tucker. They had Francis Lawlis who married Elizabeth Myles. They had Mary Lawlis who married William Shields and had me. As you know, a few years ago I did some genealogical "digging" and wrote up a brief family history. I haven't had time to get back to it (these things can be enormously time consuming); there is much work to be done. But for what it's worth, here's what I wrote about Darby. I won't attach the illustrations (they're nothing special, but if anyone wants them, just email me). Darby Kealey had three children by his first wife (her name is not known to us, but as will be demonstrated it might have been Nash or Connolly): John, Catherine, and Thomas. John and Catherine Kealey married John and Catherine Lawless in Canada. Catherine Kealey and John Lawless were my great-great grandparents. Their father Darby’s first wife died and he remarried Elizabeth Mulligan (born in Ireland in 1816, therefore 24 years younger than her husband) and they had eight children between 1835 and 1849: Mary, James, Ellen, Michael, Martin, Patrick, Joseph, and Elizabeth. Mary, Martin, and Elizabeth died in 1894, 1894 and 1887 respectively. They are buried in the old cemetery in Martindale, near Venosta. Their names are on the newly erected common stone (see the illustration at the end of Chapter 3). There is convincing evidence to indicate that Darby Kealey was one of Ottawa’s (that is, Bytown’s) early settlers. It must be noted that his given name "Darby" is used interchangeably with "Jeremiah"; both are ways of anglicizing the Irish name "Diarmada". Thus, he sometimes appears as Jeremiah Kealey and at others as Darby Kealey. His family name is sometimes spelled "Kealy" and "Keally". There is a document in the National Archives of Canada that lists the people who worked for the early lumber baron Philemon Wright (PW),(Author Index J-O, finding aid 542). It indicates that Darby Kealey worked for Wright and is dated 14 December 1837. Darby gave Nicholas Sparks and Family as a reference. As will be demonstrated later, other evidence indicates that Darby was in Bytown in 1820, when his son Thomas was born. Although I have not yet conducted the necessary archival research, it is quite possible that he worked on the Rideau Canal. When it was completed in 1832 he seems, like many of the labourers, to have turned to logging and later to farming. Historians regard a lengthy, book-long poem, Recollections of Old Bytown by William Pittman Lett, as a reliable primary source for life in early Bytown. The poem itself is rather dreadful, using heavy Victorian language and going on for thousands of lines of tortured rhyming couplets. But in the poem Lett, an early resident of Bytown, recalls the people he knew in the town‘s earliest days. I borrowed a copy from the library and discovered two lines (the spelling is Lett‘s): And Martin, James, and Darby Keally, From the land of the "Shillaly". A few years ago I visited one of the Ottawa museums, one devoted to local history (The Bytown Museum). I asked to speak to the curator and asked if she knew anything about my great-great-great grandfather, Darby Kealey. She seemed interested in a perfunctory way, as though she often encountered people looking for ancestors, but when I happened to mentioned that Lett refers to him in his poem she seemed genuinely impressed and later gave me an extra copy of the book which she had on hand. It is ironic that the reference to Darby in the poem mentions a shillelagh (pronounced "shi-LAY-lee"), for we know that he brought one with him from Ireland. Shillelaghs are walking sticks that were originally made from oak that came from a forest near the town of Shillelagh, County Wicklow, Ireland. The town is a short drive from James Lawless’s Ferns and John Lawless’s Ballon. When the oak forest was cut down, shillelaghs came to be made of blackthorn, an extremely hard wood with thorns. They would be painted black, save for the head of the stick, which is the part that grows beneath the ground. Although intended as a walking stick, a shillelagh was often used as a convenient weapon. In surfing the net for the photo that appears to the left, I actually came across a website that promotes "shillelagh fighting" as a Celtic marshal art and has video clips demonstrating duelling techniques (see http://www.geocities.com/cinaet/shillelagh.html). Darby Kealey’s shillelagh was passed down through the generations until it came into the possession of a distant cousin, the antique dealer Ken Lawless of Spencerville, Ontario. Ken sent it to the Canadian Museum of Civilisation in Gatineau, Quebec, where it remains. Like all museums, most of this one’s collection is stored away and is not on display. One of these days I hope to contact the appropriate curator and see, as well as photograph the object. I suspect that the curators will be delighted to learn of its provenance, particularly in light of the McCabe list, which will be considered below. Recent scholarship has brought to light something called the "McCabe List". John McCabe, a genealogist, uncovered (in Ulster) a list of Irish immigrants who were living in the eastern Ontario/western Quebec region in February, 1829. The list gives the immigrants' names, town, village or townland of origin, parish, county, number of people in their family, relatives in Ireland, and the name of a responsible person who would vouch for their character (often a landlord). In that Darby Kealey was said to be an early immigrant to Ottawa (Bytown), I had hoped his name would be on the list. I was delighted to find that it was, as was James Kealey's name. Darby indicated that he was from the town or townland of Coulo, in the Parish of Mayo, in what was in his day called Queens County but was formerly and is now again called County Laois (pronounced "leash" and also spelled Leix and Laoghis). Darby indicated that he had two brothers-in-law, Thomas Connolly and James Nash living in Coulo and that they were known to a Mr. FitzMaurice of that town (his character reference and probably his landlord, in that Catholics were forbidden to own land). Note that Darby had two brothers-in-law back in Ireland: Thomas Connolly and James Nash. There are, of course, two classifications of brothers-in-law: one’s sister‘s husband and one’s wife‘s brother. As I indicated earlier, we do not know the name of Darby’s first wife (my great-great-great grandmother), but if either of these men were Darby’s brother-in-law because they were his wife’s brother, then she would have been a Nash or a Connolly. Alternatively, however, Nash and Connolly might both have been men who married Darby’s sisters. We don’t know. The McCabe List also indicates that Darby brought three people with him to Canada, but does not specify who they were. In that he and his first wife had three children before she died, I initially assumed that she must have died in Ireland and that the three people travelling with him were his children. New evidence, however, suggests that Darby’s second child (Thomas) was born in Bytown in 1820. Thus, it is not clear who the three people travelling with him might have been. I suspect they were his unnamed first wife, his eldest son John, and perhaps another child who died young. The evidence indicating that Thomas Kealey was born in Bytown and therefore could not have been one of the three people who accompanied his father Darby to Canada from Ireland is a newspaper article that appeared in The Ottawa Citizen in 1920. FIRST BOY BORN ON SITE OF OTTAWA DIES IN PERSON OF THOMAS KEALEY Had Reached Ripe Old Age of 100 Years- Spent Most of His Life At Venosta, up the Gatineau The first boy born on the site of Ottawa passed away when Mr. Thomas Kealey, aged 100 years, died recently at the old homestead, Venosta, Quebec. Mr. Kealey was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Darby Kealey, who were among the first settlers of old Bytown. Early in life Mr. Kealey moved to the Gatineau, and took up residence at the place now called Venosta, where he staked a homestead and took up farming. He was one of the pioneers of the Gatineau Valley and rumour says he had the distinction of owning the first work horse in the valley. Growth of Gatineau During his life he saw the growth of the Gatineau from a vast forest in which wild animals roamed to its present state. He saw the building of the Canadian Pacific branch of the railroad called the Ottawa & Maniwaki. In the early days it was known as the Gatineau Valley Railroad. He witnessed the ineffectual attempts of the engineers to fill in the lake now known as Rice’s Sink Hole (surname Rice) and saw them despair of success in this and circle it. He was well known throughout the entire Valley and his death will cause sincere regret to all who came in contact with him. Proud of Distinction Acquaintances of Mr. Kealey say that when the Old Boys’ Reunion was held in Ottawa some years ago, he had a dispute with another man whose name cannot be ascertained about the honour of being the first male child born in Bytown’ and won out. He was a Catholic and for many years had attended Martindale church. Surviving him are three sons: John Kealey, of MacLaren’s Lumber Company, Buckingham; P.J. Kealey, on the old homestead, and M. J. Kealey of Venosta; and one daughter, Mrs. Sophia Sullivan. His wife, Mrs. Ann Darcy Kealey, predeceased him about a quarter of a century. Many at Funeral The funeral, which was the largest seen in the Gatineau district for many years, took place from the old homestead to Martindale church, where Rev. Father Carleton chanted a Requiem Mass. Burial was made in Martindale cemetery. There is a disturbing quality to this article, in that it denies the existence of First Nations people. As indicated, archaeological evidence suggests the Algonquin people lived on the banks of the Ottawa, Rideau, and Gatineau Rivers for thousands of years. It is therefore unlikely that Thomas Kealey was the first "boy" born on "the site of Ottawa". Perhaps he was the first "white boy". The James Kealey cited on the McCabe List indicated that he was from Carlow Park, the Parish of Kile, Queens County (i.e., Laois). He indicated that he had a brother-in-law by the name of Patrick Brennan at Queen Foyle, County Kilkenny, who is known to a Mr. FitzMaurice of Tallestar. In that James and Darby lived in different parishes at different ends of the county and cite different brothers-in-law as references, one suspects they were more likely to be cousins than brothers. I assume that James is one of the three Kealeys mentioned in Lett’s Bytown. Until the discovery of the McCabe list, we had no idea what part of Ireland Darby came from, except that he sailed to Canada from County Cork. Further research might indicate where in County Laois the townland of Coulo or the Parish of Mayo are. Maps available to me at this time are not that detailed. A townland is akin to what we Canadians call a "Rural Route". Thus, one’s address might be "R.R. 6, Kemptville, Ontario", meaning there are various routes the rural postal workers travel that radiate out of the town of Kemptville. In Ireland these routes have names, not numbers, and are thought of as separate entities and not projections of the nearest town or village. Darby’s second wife was Elizabeth Mulligan who had been born in Ireland in 1816 and was therefore 24 years younger than her husband. They had eight children between 1835 and 1849: Mary, James, Ellen, Michael, Martin, Patrick, Joseph, and Elizabeth. According to the 1842 census data, he occupied a 100 acre lot in Eardly Township, which until recently was in Aylmer Quebec but is now part of the city of Gatineau. The 1851 census shows him living with his family in Nepean Township (now Ontario, now within the City of Ottawa). The last record we have of him is in 1861, when his son James was married and he was still living in Nepean Township. As indicated, Darby’s Canadian-born daughter married John Lawless of Ballon. They had nine children who are listed at the end of Chapter Three of the present history. In December of 1880 John and Catherine's son teenaged son Francis was killed in a logging accident in a shanty north of Venosta. A protruding knot in a log caught in the boy’s clothing and he was tossed and crushed by the rolling log. His body was brought back to his parents’ home by sleigh, but his father, John, did not wish to shock his wife and so passed the house and went to an uncle’s (James Kealey’s) house. Catherine sensed that something was wrong, grabbed her shawl, and rushed out into the cold after the sleigh. She died a month later. in January 1881. Catherine, her husband John, and their son Francis are buried in the old cemetery in Martindale, near Venosta. Their names are on the newly erected common stone (see the illustration at the end of Chapter 3). ... Ian Shields
December 23, 2005: I was wandering through the Bytown website and enjoying the Kealey data. I remain hopeful of connecting my Kealey ancestors (Nicholas Kealey/Catherine Fahey) to those of the 'Venosta and Low' Kealeys who issue from Darby. I was a bit surprised to read no reference to a small publication by Laurel Doucette, The Kealey, Lawliss, Gleason, Foley and Brown Families of Venosta and Low (1993). I have a print copy of the report but no permission from the copyright holder to make reprints. ... Will Dunlop
December 26, 2005: Hi Kealy folks - I'm attaching two photos of a Kealy gravesite I visited in the small village of Wolfhill, County Laois, the area from which Darby Kealy may have come. Note that the father (John) referred to on the gravestone would have been born in 1771 - could have been Darby's father or uncle. I spoke to the postmaster in Wolfhill who remembered several Kealys who lived on farms in the area but have moved away. There was a Kealy family living in Swan, just a couple of miles away, but I couldn't make contact with them. Al Lewis indicated that Darby may have come from Clogh, a village nearby, but I couldn't find any Kealys there. I only had a few hours in the area - would like to go back and do some more hunting. Ron Kealy
Kealy Grave Marker in Ireland
_________________________ From George Tuck: This is my wife's family, Ron. You will find them in Griffith's Eval., tenants of Alice Kavanagh, in Upper Slatt. We searched for their home or footings in 1996 based on information we picked up in Leach's Pub in Wolfhill (quite a story). Coming out of the pub, turn right, go about half a mile; the road continues as a dirt road leading into a reforested area; the main road bears left. Down this dirt road going in the direction of Kyle (the road is a dead end), we found some footings and a chimney remnant on the right side about a mile in. This is probably not the Kealy home. A family member still alive, informs me the Kealys lived in two cottages probably further down and to the best of his knowledge, now covered. In the same grave yard is a new, erect marker in the name of with the same information transcribed. John b1806, James, William, Thomas, Malachi and a female child were John and Sarah's offspring according to Ballyadams RC Parish records. JK and Sarah apparently were married in a joint ceremony with a male Fleming and female Kealy, brother and sister of JK & S respectively. I have not had time yet to view the marriage and death records which I believe are available. John had a 11 offspring ffrom his marriage to Mary MacDonald, all named John, James,William etc. The daughter of this 3rd John, Rosie, died in 1999. She was a great lady and supplier of alot of my information. Of about 600 Kealys in this strand, none that I know of have shared the name Darby in any form. The Swan is owned by Eamonn Fleming. Behind his pub were in 1996, two John Kealys in separate cottages. They produced clay tiles, I gather. I wasn't able to speak to them. Eamonn, too, mentioned of hearing Kealys in the Clogh area, but like you, we found no evidence in the church yard. According to the phone book, there were two Kealys in Ballylynan a little further down the main highway. If you go back you may wish to check these sources. The priest in Ballyadams was a Fr. Fleming, who may also have knowledge of the family and records. The strands on the Laois Kealy Message board from 2001 may have a few more offspring mentioned. By talking to old folks in the area you may get some more leads and hopefully colourful stories! Good luck and thanks for the photos, Ron, - much better detail than mine! ... George Tuck
July 4, 2006: Hi Folks - I don't know if you're familiar with this publication - but go to www.celtic-connection.com, click on Gatineau, and find two interesting articles related to the Kealey family, one by Martin O'Malley, and one about the Pioneer Cemetary in Martindale. Ron Kealy
January 31, 2007: Gord Cruikshank sent me the URL link to this specific section yesterday. Wow, lots of information with names I recognize and should help with my connections. Darby Kealey is my 3rd great grandfather. My connection is thru my Grandparents (Nicholas McGoey / Sarah Cuddihey), great Grandparents (John Cuddihey / Mary Ann Kealey), 2nd great Grandparents (Thomas Kealey / Sarah Darby) and Darby Kealey / unknown first wife. I do have John Lawliss and Catherine Lawliss in my tree as marrying Thomas Kealey’s brother and sister, but not much information after that. I came across a January 9t,h 1872 wedding of Elizabeth Kealey (born about 1854 Gloucester) to Thomas Brown. The parents of Elizabeth are Jermiah Kealey / Elizabeth Mulligan. One of the witnesses was Mary Ann Kealey of Low. I’m fairly certain that this is my great Grandmother. But I have been unable to tie in the Elizabeth Kealey and parents to the Darby Kealey line. I found it interesting the comment that Darby and Jeremiah names are interchangeable. This Jermiah Kealey would be too young to be the Darby Kealey. I believe one generation out. I would be very interested to hear from any of you to share further information. ... Bruce Cowen
Kealey Marriage
Names on the above document: Thomas Brown, Stanislaus Robert, James Hickey, Jane Thompson, Kealey, Graham, St. George, Bradford, Robitaille, Pelletier _______________ and thanks to Will Dunlop for some further information: Bruce, for the following info. I am quoting from the source "The Kealey, Lawliss, Gleason and Brown Families of Venosta and Low" by Laurel Doucette (July, 1993): Elizabeth Kealey (1849-1887) daughter of Darby Kealey and second wife, Elizabeth Mulligan, married a Tom Brown (brother of an Ellen Brown). Ellen Brown married James Kealey, brother of Elizabeth. The children of Elizabeth and Thomas Brown are 1. Tom Brown who married Mary Kelly, 2. Lillie Brown who married XXX Lavelle, 3. Mike Brown, and 4. Molly Brown who married Jim Miles. I hope this helps. All the best, ... Will Dunlop
March 8, 2008: Hi Al - Just a note to let you know that I'm still plugging away (off and on) at the family history (descendants of Darby Kealey). I now have over 1200 names in my database. If you run across anything of interest, please keep me in mind. Ron Kealy
October 14, 2009: Thanks to Mr. Basil Kealey for the following e-mail. It has also been posted today to our James Kealey page. ... Al
I am the ggggrandson of Jeremiah [Darby] Kealey who too was reported to be born in Laois. Ireland. My sister and I visited Ireland this summer and journeyed to the Wolfhill area and found the gravestone of John Kealy in St.Mary's Cemetery .It was always stated that this is where Darby came from and John was his father. The local relatives in the Wolfhill-Swan-Clogh dispute this information and emphatically deny that Darby is from this family and area. A Dr.Kevin Kealy who lived all his life in the Wolfhill area and is a retired Veterinarian now living in Dublin has done a great deal of research on the John Kealy family and he also can't find Jeremiah [Darby] on the tree. My research of Ireland births indicate that Darby was baptized in Nenagh Parish in 1794 in Tipperary Coounty in 1794.-- Father-Daniel Kealy and mother - Honora Scanell. This birth date also corresponds with the 1852 census and his residence in Nepean Township Records previously reported his birth as 1792 Darby was reported as coming to Canada with Martin and James and was reported to be in Ottawa before 1820.I found Martin's birth records of 1801 hailing from Kilkenny Co. If your James was born in 1818 it is unlightly that he was the person that came with Darby .I would think that the James that came with Darby was much older.In fact Darby would be 24 years older than your James as you indicate in the birth records.Please advise if you can through any light on this matter. Also,the James Kealy shown on Ireland Birth Records born in 1818 was not born in Laois Co, however like Martin born in Kilkenny Co --Regards,Basil Kealey
January 22, 2010: Thanks to Bruce Cowen and Tom Mulligan for the following newspaper article regarding the Mulligan Family Reunion in 1938. Mulligan Family Reunion in 1938:
Source: Ottawa Citizen Archives for August, 1938 The complete article accessible via www.bytown.net/citizensearch.htm Mulligan Family Reunion, Huntley Township, Ontario, Canada

October 16, 2015: Hi, Recently The National Library of Ireland has put the digitized Parish Register Online at: http://registers.nli.ie I want to check it and since I had the birth of Darby Jeremiah Kealy on july 1794 in Nenagh, Ireland I tried my chance and did find out a record for 12 july 1794 that say: Jeremiah Kealy son of Dl(?) and Honora Scanell. ... Gaston Lamontagne
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