Patrick EARLY and Ellen O'HORA / O'HORO
and their daughter Ellen, married to Thomas BURNS
Concession 2, Lot 13, Osgoode Township
also Hugh McGUIRE and Mary EARLY
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
May 16, 2007:
Here's another mystery, partially solved, but as usual, more questions.
Below is the death certificate for an Ellen Burns who died in 1915, aged 77
years (born c. 1838). Ellen lived on 25 acres in Concession 2, Osgoode Township
(west side of the Manotick Station Road). Directly across the road
were the farms of Lawrence Burns and James Burns.
There is a grave marker at St. John's in Enniskerry (on the Stagecoach Road).
The name in large, at the bottom of the stone reads "BURNS". The writing on the
stone is as follows:
"BURNS -- In memory of Patrick EARLY, died June 1871. His wife Ellen O'HORO
died Nov. 1887, aged 83 years".
Ellen was born in Oxford Township, lived part of her life in
Osgoode Township, died in the hospital in Brockville in 1915.
These are the parents of Ellen Burns; their names are also given on the
Now, here's something curious. The elder Ellen was born in Oxford Township
in 1838. Was she connected to the Lawrence and James Burns families from
across the road in Osgoode Township? Oral tradition in my Burns / Byrnes
family has it that before coming to work on the canal in Bytown, 1827,
our Byrnes ancestor had settled south of Osgoode Township, closer to the
St. Lawrence River.
1881 Census Place: Osgoode, Russell, Ontario, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375865 NAC C-13229 Dist 104 SubDist G Div 1 Page 59 Family 258
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Occ Religion
Thomas BURNS M M 34 Irish Ireland Farmer Catholic
(son of Ellen Early O'Horo)
Ellen BURNS F M 36 Irish Ontario Catholic
(daughter of Ellen Early O'Horo / Hora / Horan)
Ellen BURNS F W 80 Irish Ireland Catholic
(1804 - 1887)
October 29, 2008:
I'm wondering if the Ellen Burns, age 80, in 1881 Osgoode above, was actually the
widow Ellen O'Harra Early, and the enumerator got it wrong. We know from the Burns/Early
marriage record that Ellen Early Burns's mother was Ellen O'Harra Early.
I have an old email from you describing the tombstone at St. John's Enniskerry, and you
say it "has the name Burns in large letters at the base of the stone. Ellen O'Horo Burns
is buried there. Also on the stone is the surname EARLY."
Unless the widow Ellen O'Horo Early then married a Burns? Is that likely?
I think that you are correct. Ellen O'Horo Early was at no time a Burns. She was an O'Horo
(as spelled on the tombstone) and the widow of Patrick Early.
Here's something more, a wife for William Early:
1 Patrick Early 1797 - 1871 Con. 2, Osgoode (buried at St. John's, Enniskerry)
.. + Ellen O'Horo also spelled "Horan" or "O'Hora"
....... 2 William Early 1841 -
........... + Ellen Mantle 1840 - 1905 (PR descendant ?)
....... 2 Thomas Early 1842 -
+ Ellen Burns
These Burns ancestors will be the end of me!
E-mail Allan Lewis
December 3, 2008:
Re: the Patrick Early / Ellen O'Hora page:
Perhaps I'm just handing you another puzzle, but here (from B or B) is a listing for the St.
Patrick's marriage of Thomas Burns to ANN Early, giving her father's name as RICHARD.
16 Jul 1877: Married, Thomas BURNS, 30, son of Patrick Burns and Ann Burns, to Ann EARLY,
30, daughter of the late Richard Early and Ellen O'Hara
Maybe the 1881 enumerator got a few things wrong!
And, here's the death cert. for Thomas, Al. Not a very useful document, except that it gives
his lot and concession number, so that you can maybe match that up.
Thanks for this. The Early / Burns farm was directly across the Manotick Station Road from
my Grandparents' farm (John GEORGE BURNS and Catherine THERESA CHRISTOPHER). The witness
was Thomas HERBERT. Hi to my HERBERT cousins: Marian, Shirley, Vincent and Brad.
December 12, 2008:
Hugh McGUIRE and Mary EARLY
Do we know the names of any other children of Patrick and Ellen – I have a Mary Early born
about 1849 married Hugh McGuire. (McGuire Road ?)
I have no info other than that provided on the statement of death for their daughter Mary
McGuire (who married Thomas P. Whelan) which states the following parents are listed as
Hugh McGuire and Mary Early place of birth is listed as Nepean, Ontario the informant was
my grandfather Thomas Hugh Whelan. According to the stone at Notre-Dame Cemetery, Mary
McGuire's years are 1849-1919.
According to a death in the Ottawa Free Press a Hugh McGuire died March 18, 1881, I
have also found Mary McGuire in the city directories after her husband Hugh’s death as
owning a grocery store on Dalhousie Street, Ottawa.
The McGuire / Early are still my brick wall.
... Gail O'Neil
Good morning, Gail:
I don't think that I can provide any more information except for the following record of
Mary's birth in 1847:
24 Jan 1847
Baptism of Mary, born the 2nd of the marriage of Hugh McGuire and Mary Early of Bytown
Witnesses: Matthew O'Rourke & Catherine Dolan
Oops, here's some more:
1 Sep 1848
Baptism of John, born 25 August of the marriage of Hugh McGuire and Mary Early of Bytown
Witnesses: William Mullen & Bridget Dowling
23 Jun 1851
Baptism of Brian, born 7 June at Bytown, son of Hugh McGuire and Mary Early
Brian McGuire & Margaret Kean / Keane / Cain
25 Aug 1851
Funeral service for Barney (Bernard) McGuire who died yesterday, aged 2 mos., son of Hugh McGuire and
Philibert Bastien (a church official) & Louis Foubert
4 Jul 1852
Baptism of Hugh, born 28 June of the marriage of Hugh McGuire and Mary Early / Hurley?
Philip Clifford & Jane Murray
The above records are from Notre Dame on Sussex Drive and the original documents can be found
in the Drouin Records at ancestry.ca.