John FERMOYLE and Margaret BERRIGAN / BERGIN
Ireland to Nepean Township, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in the 1840's


July 9, 2013:

Note: We have two web pages for the Fermoyle family, this one which you are on and the other one.
... Al
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I ran across your information of the Tierney / Brophy / Fermoyle names on the 
Net just now. Also noted the "Ireland to Ottawa, Canada" subhead on the 
Bytown or Bust page.

My father (Francis Ernest Fermoyle) and grandfather (Francis "Frank" 
Fermoyle) were born in the Ottawa area. My great-grandfather, John Fermoyle 
(1825-1911), was one of 3 brothers who came over from Ireland circa 
1838-40, near as we can tell. His brother, Patrick & Michael (yes the 
prototype Irishmen, "Pat & Mike") came over about the same time but went to 
Boston, Massachussetts, USA.

John Fermoyle settled in Fallowfield and married Margaret Berrigan 
(1834-1877) sometime in the late 1850s. Margaret Berrigan was the daughter 
of John Berrigan and Anne Cummins, who emigrated from Ireland about 1832 
(one child was born aboard ship on the voyage), landed in Quebec City and 
settled in Fallowfield.

My grandfather, Frank, was the youngest child of John & Margaret, who died 
(I believe of Tuberculosis) shortly after his birth. He was raised by her sister, Mary.

My father was the eldest son of Frank and Sarah Anne Coyle. He married 
Mary Ellen Kenny, born in Farrellton on the Gatinau River. I have three 
brothers and I am the eldest. I was born in Detroit but spent a lot of time 
in the Ottawa area during the 1930s and early 1940s. I have one aunt & many 
cousins still living there, and attended a small reunion in Kingston, Ont. 
in 1998. I spent several days in Ottawa also; an aunt (only surviving 
descendant of Frank Fermoyle & Sarah Ann Coyle) still lives there.

I have a lot of information on both the descendants of John Fermoyle and 
Margaret Berrigan, as well as what we call "the Boston Branch.

There is a lot of convergence of names. A cousin in Canada (Kingston, Ont.) 
has suggested that there is a connection with the Brophy family through marriage 
(could a Bridget & Julia be involved?). I know there has been a 
relationship somehow with Tierneys and the Byrnes. My father had what he called 
a "half-cousin" named Jim Byrnes.

I haven't done any genealogy work for a couple of years now, so I'm a bit 
hazy on some of the details, but I have a fair amount of info entered in 
Family Tree Maker, copies of a lot of material collected and prepared by my 
Kingston cousin's father, plus detailed information on the Boston branch.

Perhaps we can help each other fill in some blanks in our respective family 
trees!

Regards,
Ken Fermoyle

From Taylor Kennedy on April 7, 2001: Hi, Taylor (& Al) At 12:19 AM 4/9/01 +0000, you wrote: Hello Ken and Al Ken, my name is Taylor Kennedy, decendent from the Kennedy family who farmed in Nepean, Carleton County, Concession III, lot number 16. This was 200 acres split between William and his sons James and Thomas, and son-in-law Andrew Fogarty. (Fallowfield area). I suspect that Margaret Berrigan's brothers were John, James and Thomas who also farmed on Concession III, lot 21, just north of the Kennedy's. I say this as only a guess because of the close relationships of the above titled names and their fixed abodes. I think your suspicion is correct. John Berrigan & Ann Cummins Berrigan had six children, in this order: Mary (1829-1915), John (1831-1919), Margaret (1834 or 1839-1877), Michael (1833-?), James (1803-1904), and Thomas (1847-1917). Margaret was my great-grandmother; she died shortly after giving birth to my grandfather, Francis (Frank), and her sister Mary raised him. Thomas Kennedy is my great grandfather. His brother James Kennedy was Desmond Kennedys grandfather. Desmond Kennedy wrote a book called the Kennedy Story. There will be some exerpts that will be attached at the bottom. What you have sent is very interesting, and I would like to pursue our interconnecting to piece together any additional information that will help fill the puzzle, keeping in mind, addressing Al Lewis at all times so he may keep his site updated. If it wasn't for him, we would have never connected. Michael Joseph Kennedy, son of James Kennedy, married in 1904, Ellen Mary Brophy who was the daughter of Michael Brophy and Mary Fermoyle. Mary Fermoyle's half sister Julia Fermoyle married Michaels brother Patrick Brophy. Their daughter Julia Brophy married Jermiah Berrigan. I show lots of Marys and a Julia, but her married name would have been Burns or Byrnes...I think. I believe she may have been married twice. Will have to check that. The Mary Fermoyle mentioned in your excerpt from Desmond Kennedy's story might have been related somehow to the John Fermoyle who married Margaret Berrigan, but if she came over in 1862 at 19 she was not part of the line for which I have records. As I've mentioned earlier, John Berrigan & Ann Cummins Berrigan came over about 1832, and John Fermoyle emigated from Ireland 6 to 8 years later Looking forward to more contact. Take care guys Taylor Kennedy ____________________________ This is exciting, but a little confusing. I will dig out my genealogy files and try to pass on more information shortly. I will also contact my Kingston cousin, Mark Barnes, whose father did a lot of research on the Fermoyle family some years ago. Mark has sent me copies of many of his father's notes & charts but there apparently is a lot more in files at his mother's house. His mother is my Aunt Dorothy, my father's sister & youngest of Frank Fermoyle and Sarah Ann Coyle, my maternal grandparents. (Frank, as mentioned, was the youngest son of John & Margaret Fermoyle. I also have quite a lot of information on a branch of the Fermoyle family descended from a Patrick Fermoyle (1848-1898), who came from Laois (Queens) County in Ireland and wound up in Minnesota, USA. Since John Fermoyle & his brothers also came from there -- and since Patrick went first to Canada, in about 1857 -- he was probably related to the Nepean-area Fermoyles. As I say, it's confusing...but very interesting, too. ... Ken
February 9, 2002 Good Day! I am researching my Father's birth family, and you folks seem to have quite a bit of information! May I get a little of your background information? Here is the line I am tracking: Me: Barry J. Fellner, II 1956 - Father: Barry J. Fermoyle Fellner 1929 - 2001 (adopted in 1938 by Matt Fellner after marriage to Ruth Craven) GF: John James Fermoyle 1903 - 1975 (married to Ruth Craven at the time, but divorced later) GGF: John Berrigan Fermoyle (notes at home, I can't remember his dates) GGGF: John Fermoyle 1825 - 1911 (married to Margaret Berrigan)
May 8, 2002: Hi, Was having a look around the web when I stumbled upon some Fermoyle's and relations to Fermoyle's. I am Dylan Fermoyle I live in Dublin, Ireland and would be happy to do some research on this side of the pond if any of you need me to. Regards, Dylan Fermoyle Ottawa
1881 Census data: Surname FERNEY ... Note: Transcribed onto 1881 Census CD as FERNEY, but could be either FERMOYLE or TIERNEY ... Al Census Place: Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375867 NAC C-13231 Dist 108 SubDist A Div 3 Page 37 Family 158 Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace John FERNEY M M 50 Irish Ireland Occ: Farmer Religion: Catholic Bridget FERNEY F M 47 Irish Ontario Religion: Catholic Thimithy FERNEY M 24 Irish Ontario Occ: Farmer Religion: Catholic William FERNEY M 21 Irish Ontario Occ: Farmer Religion: Catholic Ellen FERNEY F 15 Irish Ontario Religion: Catholic Richard FERNEY M 12 Irish Ontario Religion: Catholic Joseph FERNEY M 11 Irish Ontario Religion: Catholic Ellen FERNEY F W 75 Irish Ireland Religion: Catholic
January 4, 2003: Hi, guys, I got your e-mails about the Fermoyle genealogy & found it all very interesting. I have been super busy these past few weeks, however, and don't have time right now to provide the detailed replies your letters deserve. I'll do so ASAP. Please write a brief reminder note again if you don't hear from me in 12 or 14 days. Al, you wrote: "I think that Bill mentioned that the Fermoyles left the area - there are 5 or 6 Fermoyles in the Ottawa 'phone book, who may or may not be descendants. I can't find their farm on the 1879 Nepean Map." I'm sure all the Fermoyles listed are cousins of mine, most probably offspring of Mike or John Fermoyle, who remained in the Ottawa area until their deaths some years ago. The farm location you mentioned sounds like the one described to me by my Aunt Dorothy. Ken: Your info on the Fermoyle & Berrigan families was most interesting, too - and pretty much jibes with what I've learned I am the eldest of the 3rd generation of Fermoyle born in North America in my branch of the family. I am descend from John & Ann (Cummins) Berrigan, who came over from Ireland circa 1832. My great greandfather, John Fermoyle, came to Canada about 6 years later & married their daughter Margaret. My granfather Frank (Francis) was their youngest child. Margaret died shortly after he was born. Frank married Annie (Sarah Ann) Coyle. My father Francis Ernest (Ernie) was their eldest - so I am the eldest son of the eldest son. Feeling some responsibility as a result of that got me started on family genealogy research about 10 years ago. More later, guys, and feel free to fire questions at me - as long as you don't expect immediate answers every time. 8-) I'm trying to finish a book that has been in the works for more than a decade, running an online bookstore, still writing articles, have started a mystery novel, have built & now webmaster a few websites in the past 6 months - and will be 76 come Feb.22. If you're interested, there's a lengthy interview an editor did with me last summer, complete with 3 photos taken in the psst 2 years & 1 (the first) taken about 1998. It's at: www.ioba.org/newsletter/V8/fermoyle.html Or visit my online bookstore at the first URL listed below. Now I'm off to bed... Take care, Ken Ken Fermoyle, proprietor Fermoyle Books - Our Specialties: Mystery 1st Editions (many signed) plus Women Authors, Vietnam War, 22250 Capulin Court, Woodland Hills, CA 91364 818/346-9384 - kfermoyle@earthlink.net ___________________________________________________ also posted on January 4, 2003: Thanks to Ken (Eagle-Eye) Armstrong for the following. He knows a lot about finding information from the 1881 Census: Hi Everyone; Noticed that you are looking for Census information on the Fermoyles, well I came across this one while searching the 1881 Census, and it looked rather interesting, and in fact I think that it is the 1881 Census information for "John Fermoyle and family. The transcriber probably had difficulty reading the last childs name, as it should have been Francis and the age fits with his birthdate of 1877, check it out: Census 1881: Place:Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375867 NAC C-13231 Dist 108 SubDist A Div 3 Page 19, Family 81: John PENNOYLE, Male, Widower, Age 52, Origin Irish, Born Ireland, Occ: Farmer, Religion: Catholic Thomas PENNOYLE, Male, Age 20, Origin Irish, Born USA, Occ: Laborer, Religion: Catholic John PENNOYLE, Male, Age 18, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Occ: Laborer, Religion: Catholic Patrick PENNOYLE, Male, Age 16, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Occ: Laborer, Religion: Catholic James PENNOYLE, Male, Age 15, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Occ: Laborer, Religion: Catholic Marcy PENNOYLE, Female, Age 13, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Religion: Catholic Michel PENNOYLE, Male, Age 11, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Religion: Catholic William FENMOYLE, Male, Age 8, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Religion: Catholic Margrette FENMOYLE, Female, Age 6, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Religion: Catholic Aeries FENMOYLE, Male, Age 4, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Religion: Catholic I also found several Tierneys, but spelled as "TEARNY" and several "BERGEN' and one "BERCAGAN" which turned out to be the Berrigans, as follows: Census 1881: Place: Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375867 NAC C-13231 Dist 108 SubDist A Div 3 Page 9 Family 42: William BERCAGAN, Male, Married, Age 66, Origin Irish, Born Ireland, Occ: Farmer, Catholic Norah BERCAGAN, Female, Married, Age 66, Origin Irish, Born Ireland, Catholic Dennis BERCAGAN, Male, Age 27, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Occ: Farmer, Catholic John BERCAGAN, Male, Age 24, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Occ: Farmer, Catholic Thimity CARRIAGAN, Male, Married, Age 39, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Occ: Jobbers, Catholic Marcy Ann CARRIAGAN, Female, Married, Age 32, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic Peter CARRIAGAN, Male, Age 6, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic Margrett Ann CARRIAGAN, Female, Age 5, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic Marcy CARRIAGAN, Female, Age 3, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic Michel CARRIAGAN, Male, Age less than 1, Born: Aug; 7/12, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic NOTE 1: This William Berrigan (son of Michael Berrigan and Mary Quigley) and Hanora Maher, and their daughter Mary Ann Berrigan married to Timothy Carrigan plus their children. Census 1881: Place: Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375867 NAC C-13231 Dist 108 SubDist A Div 3 Page 10 Family 43: Dennis BERGEN, Male, Married, Age 60, Origin Irish, Born Ireland, Occ: Farmer, Catholic Catherin BERGEN, Female, Married, Age 48, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic Margrette Ann BERGEN, Female, Age 16, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic James BERGEN, Male, Age 14, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic Dennis BERGEN, Male, Age 11, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic Mary BERGEN, Female, Age 8, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic John BERGEN, Male, Age 4, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic NOTE 2: This is Dennis Berrigan and Catherine Nash (I think), and Dennis is a son to Michael Berrigan and Mary Quigley. Census 1881: Place: Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375867 NAC C-13231 Dist 108 SubDist A Div 3 Page 11 Family 48: Dennis BERGEN, Male, Married, Age 35, Origin Irish, Born Ireland, Occ: Farmer, Catholic Mary BERGEN, Female, Married, Age 25, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic Martin BERGEN, Male, Age 3, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic James BERGEN, Male, Age 1, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Catholic NOTE 3: I think this is Dennis Berrigan and Mary Kealey and family, and Dennis Berrigan is a son of Martin Berrigan and Mary Margaret Whalen, and Martin Berrigan is a son of Michael Berrigan and Mary Quigley. Census 1881 : Place: Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375867 NAC C-13231 Dist 108 SubDist A Div 3 Page 41 Family 173: John BERRIGAN, Male, Age 45, Origin Irish, Born Ontario, Occ: Farmer, Catholic Ann BERRIGAN, Female, Widow, Age 73, Origin Irish, Born Ireland, Catholic James BERRIGAN, Male, Age 32, Origin Irish, Born Ireland, Occ: Farmer, Catholic NOTE 4: I think this is John Berrigan (Son of John Berrigan, Sr. and Ann Cummins) and his Mother Ann Cummins and brother James Berrigan, and John Berrigan, Sr. is a son of Michael Berrigan and Mary Quigley. Hope I have helped a little bit with the information. Ken Armstrong
November 11, 2004: Thanks to Kathy Adamson for the following: Hi All: Going over some notes in my records came across m.24-Nov-1891, St Patrick's, Ottawa Michael Fermoyle s/o John Fermoyle & Margaret Bergin and Catherine O'Meara d/o Daniel O'Meara & Margaret Hogan. I assume Margaret is daughter of John Bergin / Ann Cummings. Margaret on 1852 census 15 next birthday b circa 1836-37. ... Kathy Adamson
July 9, 2012: Greetings All: My name is Stephen Morin and I live in Nepean, Ontario, Canada. I am looking for confirmation of a final resting place for John Fermoyle and his wife. There is a headstone at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Nepean, Ontario (see next).
Grave Markers for early Fermoyle family - Ireland to Ottawa, Canada
The monument was erected by son, James. “In Memory of his father, mother, brother and sisters” but I am hoping someone has some positive proof that he lies there. I also found James Fermoyle and sister, Mary Fermoyle resting at the same church cemetery. I have uploaded on Ancestry.com my family history. I descend from the Fermoyle side from my maternal grandmother Marjorie Ann Fermoyle (Morin). If you look me up (Stephen Ronald Morin 1964 -) on Ancestry.com you can see a some grave photos and lineage of the Fermoyles. I look forward to hearing from any of you who may have some sort of record that will assist me. Blessings, ... Pastor Stephen Morin ____________________________ Thanks to Taylor Kennedy, as usual, an expert on the early Jockvale settlers: Hi there Please find below St. Patrick's of Fallowfield register stating the interment of John Fermoyle into the parish cemetery. ... Taylor Kennedy
Death Record for John Fermoyle, Ottawa, Canada
_______________________________ Hi Al: I received confirmation from Mr. Taylor Kennedy that John Fermolye is, in fact, buried at Fallowfield. Mystery solved! I was wondering a hoping that you may have in your possession a photograph of John or Mary or James Fermoyle. I await your reply. Kindest regards, ... Pastor Steve ________________________________ Pastor Steve: Unfortunately I don't have any photographs of any members of this Fermoyle family. Maybe someone following this web site will have one. ... Al
July 11, 2012: Hello gentlemen: I am wondering if either of you have some sort of map of the area showing where John Fermoyle’s farm was located? There must be some sort of concession map for the fallowfield (Barrhaven) area. I understand that there are no photographs of John other than the one I have. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Pastor Steve __________________________________ Hi Pastor Steve and Al Please find below the approximate farmlands of John Fermoyle. He was married to Margaret Berrigan aka Bergin and most likely rented. The births of his children was listed in 1874, 1877 as Lot 11, Concession II R.F. and by the time he died they also farmed on Lot 12 as well in the same concession. Lot 11 was owned by Berrigan, Margaret's father and was likely passed to John Fermoyle when he died. ... Taylor
Map Source: McGill University Digital County Atlas Project Map Showing Location of the John Fermoyle farm, 1879, Ottawa, Canada
________________________________ Hey, Taylor: Thanks for this slick bit of detective work. It confirms my suspicion that the Fermoyle farm was located at the south-west corner of what is now Woodroffe Avenue and Strandherd Drive. There is now a shopping plaza there , it contains one of the new, large Shopper's Drug Marts. I'll post this later, along with your new photo of the Grave Marker, Steve. ... Al ________________________________ Here are four wonderful pictures of the Fermoyle family. Thanks to Pastor Steve:
John Fermoyle, Ottawa, Canada William and Margaret Fermoyle, Ottawa, Canada
William and Aeneus Fermoyle, Ottawa, Canada William and Aeneus Fermoyle (2), Ottawa, Canada

July 13, 2012: Hello gents: Sorry to keep bothering you but I am wondering about something. If John Fermoyle lived around Woodroffe and Strandherd area, how did he end up being buried way at the other end of Fallowfield at St. Pat’s church? Do you think he and his family commuted to church every Sunday. Being farmers and the distance involved, does it seem likely? Your thoughts and comments would be appreaciated. Thanks. ... Steve _____________________________ Good morning, Steve and Taylor: The first Fermoyle family, depending on what year they arrived, would likely have attended Dawson’s Chapel which was located at the south end of Woodroffe Avenue where the Jock River enters into the Rideau River. There is a bridge over the Jock River there now, on Prince of Wales Drive, between Woodroffe Avenue and Capital Memorial Gardens. This church was closed by the 1840’s and the parishioners then travelled to St. Philip’s in Richmond or to St. Patrick’s at Fallowfield. From the Fermoyle farm, either of these churches would have been within walking (or horse and buggy) distance. My ancestors travelled about 8 miles to church in the 1840’s and I think they made a day of it, attending services and visiting with friends and neighbours. The Fermoyles appear in 1843 in the records of St. Philip’s. There was a family connection to the Brophy family who farmed on Moodie Drive. All of these families show up in the records of St. Philip’s and St. Patrick’s at Fallowfield. The Irish Catholic community was close-knit and there were connections between most of the Catholic churches and families in the area. I live near Berrigan Avenue in Barrhaven. At one point there was a Bergin / Berrigan farm located there, where the Lutheran Church is located today. For sure these Bergins would have known the Fermoyles. This would likely have been closer to St. Pat’s at Fallowfield than to St. Philip’s at Richmond so there are likely Fermoyle records at St. Patrick’s in Fallowfield. There is a map showing the location of Dawson’s Chapel on our page for Long Island . ... Al
July 15, 2012: Hi guys: Here is a photo of my maternal grandmother (Marjorie Ann Fermoyle) and my great aunt (Mary Margaret Elizabeth (May) Fermoyle. Please feel free to add them to your Fermoyle page at Bytown or Bust. Cheers! ... Pastor Steve
Fermoyle Ladies - Ireland to Ottawa, Canada
also added the e-mail address for Mr. Lorne Burnett to the list below. ... Al
January 17, 2017: An update on the Brophy and Fermoyle families by Taylor Kennedy: Read or Download Update to Brophy and Fermoyle family history by Taylor Kennedy

E-Mail Ken Fermoyle, Barry Fellner, Taylor Kennedy, Dylan Fermoyle, Kathy Adamson, Pastor Stephen Morin, Lorne Burnett and Al Lewis

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