James DEVINE and Mary LYONS
also James DEVINE
and Ellen BARTON
some of family went from Richmond / Goulbourn to Osceola, Renfrew County
also some DEVINEs to North Dakota, USA
November 15, 2004:
Hi Al, I have been looking for the place of Origin of my Devine / Lyons family.
What I know:
James Devine and Mary Lyons were in Richmond at the time of their son
Hugh Devine's birth in 1832. I believe they got there between 1826 and
1832. James and Mary had a daughter , Mary Anne who was born in Ireland
and goes to Bytown in 1834 to marry James McKenny (close spelling could
be McKinny or McKenna) Their son Hugh will get married in Pembroke on
13 Jul 1858 to Sarah McEwin (close spelling could be McKeon) of Nepean
d/o William McKeon / McEwen and Ann McIntyre. William and Ann also have
other children that I know of, John, Mary and William.
What I want to find out:
Year James and Mary arrived in Richmond.
Year James and Mary arrived in Canada.
If they had any other Children.
If they are buried in Richmond.
If James had any brothers or sisters in Canada before he arrived
I can not find them in the Peter Robinson papers ... or any other ship
in that time frame before 1832. I deduce that Mary-Ann gets married any
time after she is 18 years old so if she marries in 1834 in Bytown then
she was born in Ireland before 1816 and James and Mary could have come
over anytime after 1816 ...
Thank you for your time.
Thanks for your e-mail regarding the Devines. I had a quick look and there
seem to have been several Devine families in the Ottawa area by the early
1830's. They may or may not have been related.
I think that the family of James Devine and Mary Lyons married into some
well-know Nepean area families, some of whom later went to Renfrew County -
Costello and Kitt families from Nepean as well as the Mulligan family from
Do you mind if I set up a new web page on my site, with your e-mail and
e-mail address on it as a contact? There are probably others researching the
I have some records from Ottawa and Richmond churches which I'll add to the page.
Thanks for this.
... Al Lewis
Hi Al, thanks for getting back to me. My G-G-Grandfather Hugh Devine
and Sarah McEwin definately were in Osceola in Renfrew county and had
their children there. I have seen the name Costello and Mulligan names
in the Bromley records with the Devine, Devin and Devon name.
Here are some early church records:
Notre Dame, Bytown (Ottawa):
18 Feb 1833
Marriage of Andrew Devine & Catherine Mulligan of Fitzroy
Witnesses: James Devine & Bernard Mulligan
7 Jan 1834
Bytown Marriage of Joseph McKenny / McKenna?, son of Widow McKenny,
and Mary Ann Devine, daughter of James Devine and Mary Lyons, all of this township
Witnesses: Michael Rooney, Samuel McKenny and Sara Vann / Vaughan? (Vaughan Road runs off the Dwyer Hill Road)
6 Mar 1834
Fitzroy Baptism of Bridget, daughter of Andrew Devine and Catherine Mulligan
Godparents: James Devine & Judith Mulligan
21 Jan 1836
Baptism of Mary, aged 6 mos., daughter of William McEwen and Nancy McIntyre from Nepean
Thomas O'Meara & Elizabeth O'Meara
St. Philip's, Richmond:
9 July Baptism of Thomas, born 12 March 1837 son of John Mares (Mears / O'Meara / O'Mara / Myers) and
The sponsors were James Devine and Elizabeth Brannack.
14 October 1837
Marriage at Richmond of James Devine to Ellen Barton.
Witnesses: Patrick Larkin and Bridget Kelly.
Ellen Paul's records of Notre Dame and St. Philip's.
See also Don's Devine page
January 23, 2005:
Just reading Bytown or Bust site and see your posting.
I am a descendant of James McKenna & Mary Ann Devine - Jan.7, 1834 marriage at
Notre Dame, Bytown.
I cannot find any info where they originated in Ireland or lived in Bytown.
James & Mary Ann had 2 sons born in Sheenboro, Pontiac County, Quebec, 1847 and 1849
Hugh died 1872 in Westmeath, Renfrew County, Ont and buried in Pembroke.
James married Catherine McGinley in Pembroke and they were my great grandparents.
James & Catherine had a big family -9- that I can account for on census, church
records etc. Would be interested if you can help.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for your e-mail regarding the Devines and McKennas.
I think that James and Mary Ann lived in the Richmond area, at least for a while.
If I remember correctly, they had two or three children baptized at St. Philip's RC Church there.
Just when you think that you are at a roadblock, something interesting happens. I have been at this for about 15 years now.
Please add my email and address to your site and thanks for any records you may find.
James McKenna and Francis McKenna show on Military records of the 99th Regiment of Foot
of the Richmond Military Settlement. Just a name no next of kin or
where in Ireland they came from. I have not been successful in finding
them on any Ship's lists and have no idea when or how they arrived in Canada.
James & Francis names appear down through the descendant lines.
I went to Ireland last June and visited the Ulster History Park and the
Londonderry area, but on a coach tour you do not get time to research.
Once again thanks for all your help.
I believe that this family may be related to Hugh McKenna who came from
County Tyrone, Ireland before 1829.
October 27, 2005:
I recently came across your web of early marriages at St. Phillips Church of
Richmond on the ByTown or Bust web site. I was wondering if there are any other pages
or sites that would contain further records from St. Phillips or the Richmond / Nepean
area that you could refer me to. My GGgrandfather was James Devine and I found the
marriage record for he and Ellen Barton. I know that they are buried in the cemetery
there as well. I'm researching their children and related families (my Ggrandfather
was John Devine married to Eliza Mears.)
The family surnames that I am looking for include Devine, Mears, Cavanaugh / Kavanaugh,
Barton, Powers / Power, Larkin, Seymor / Seymour and Carson. I'm hoping to find
relatives to tie the strings together thru birth, baptism, confirmation, and death
records. I believe that James Devine was an Irish immigrant. Some were Catholic and
others Protestant and the names of the towns I have include Richmond and Fallowfield.
John Devine and his wife had several children while living in Richmond and came to the
USA (North Dakota) with his wife's family (Mears) abt. 1890. Another Devine family
(also John and from the Richmond area settled not far from them. If a connection
could be found that would clear up some confusion, it's not known if James Devine
had any relatives.
Thanks so much!
SuAnne M. Devine-Draw
also posted on October 27, 2005:
trying to find parents of James Devine born 1811 in ireland married to Ellen Barton
Oct 14 1837 in Richmond
December 21, 2005:
New E-Mail address for Zita: email@example.com
(incorporated in the list below ... Al)
June 23, 2008:
Hi - I have found a birth record from St. Columbkille's Cathedral RC (Pembroke, Ontario) Church Records:
Name of Recorded: John McKenna
Father's Name: John McKenna
Mother's Name: Emily Hyde
Place of Birth: Pembroke, Ontario
Date of Birth: December 22, 1864
Date of Baptism: December 26, 1864
Godfather's Name: William Davidson
Godmother's Name: Sarah Devine
Name of Priest baptizing: Rev. John Gillie((Gilles)?
May be of some help for you.
E-mail Don Dubé, Zita, Tammy Cooper, SuAnne Devine-Draw and Al Lewis
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