Robert GILLIE and Elenor TRACEY
also, son James M. GILLIE and Mary Jane SHANNON
From County Wicklow, Ireland to Upper Canada
October 16, 2008:
Are you looking for information on the Gillie family in Bytown?
Robert Gillie is my Great Great Grandfather.
I am looking for information on Elizabeth, Ann & John (8 M) in 1852
... Sam Gillie
Thanks to Anne Burgess for her detailed research regarding the Gillie, Lowe and Shannon
I had no luck at all in tracing Ann and John, but I did see the burial of an Elizabeth
Gilly in Buckingham, Que., wife of a Peter Brady. And then I found their marriage (attached)
in Grenville, Que., and her parents were Robert and Eleanor.
Do you have ancestry.com or ancestry.ca? They have Quebec Vital Records online.
I think this is Elizabeth Gillie and husband Peter Brady in 1881:
Peter BRADY M Male Irish 60 Ireland Farmer Catholic
Elisabeth BRADY M Female Irish 42 Ireland Catholic
Elisabeth BRADY Female Irish 22 Quebec Catholic
Edward BRADY Male Irish 13 Quebec Going To School Catholic
James BRADY Female ? Irish 11 Quebec Going To School Catholic
Census Place L'Ange-Gradien, Ottawa, Quebec
Family History Library Film 1375860
NA Film Number C-13224
Page Number 15
Household Number 74
Do you have any family lore on what brought the family to Bytown? Or from Wicklow? I'd
be interested to hear about that.
... Anne Burgess
Good morning, Sam:
Thanks for your e-mail regarding your Gillie ancestors in the Bytown area.
Here is the only family I could find in the 1881 census with the spelling "Gillie":
1881 Census Place: Wellington Ward, Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375865 NAC C-13229 Dist 105 SubDist A Div 2 Page 151 Family 721
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace
James GILLIE M M 47 Irish Ireland
Occ: Civil Service Religion: Catholic
Mary J. GILLIE F M 40 Irish Ontario
Marrie GILLIE F 19 Irish Ontario
Eliza GILLIE F 17 Irish Ontario
Occ: Milliner Religion: Catholic
Emma GILLIE F 14 Irish Ontario
Mary GILLIE F 11 Irish Ontario
Margrat GILLIE F 8 Irish Ontario
James GILLIE M 5 Irish Ontario
Ethel GILLIE F 3 Irish Ontario
Would this be relatives of your ancestors?
... Al Lewis
That 1881 listing was for James (s/o Robert and Eleanor) and Mary Jane Shannon; they were
married in Grenville, QC, and some of their kids' baptisms are in the St. Pat's records,
Kent Street, Ottawa.
Dear Al and Ellen,
I am researching and am descended from the Robert SHANNON Sr. and Maria LOWE clan of
Quebec and that area. Another surname in our research is GILLIE and they were connected
to Ottawa. James Gillie married Mary Jane Shannon, sister of my great-grandfather Robert
Shannon Jr. Many emigrated to Michigan, USA. My cousin Sam Gillie from Hawaii and I have
been digging for a few years now and will certainly share anything we have to help you too.
Can you help us out?
... Kevin M. O'Brien
Attached is the church record for the adult(?) baptism of Robert Shannon, husband of
Maria Lowe (from the Quebec Vital Records, ancestry.ca).
What information are you looking for? I have a subscription to ancestry.ca, and could
have a look.
Here's Robert Shannon in 1851, Grenville, Quebec, Deux Montagnes, Kevin. You can see he
was a neighbour of the Lowes and the Gillies (they are on the same census page).
Allan and Anne,
Thank you for your reply. The Gillie list below are the family of James and Mary Jane
Shannon Gillie James M Gillie (5) is my grandfather. I visited Ottawa a few years ago.
James' father and mother Robert & Elenor Tracy were married in Dublin Ireland February 1st
1826, per the research I had done there. Don't know if they lived in Dublin or Wicklow.
Am planning to get some additional research there on Elenor.
Per the Ottawa directories they lived on Cathcart St and later moved to 452 Lewis, which
is still there. In the mid 1880's they moved to Merrill, Michigan. The Gillie's and the
Robert Shannon's were close families.
Don't mind starting a Gillie WEB page, as there are other relatives we are looking for, but
who inputs and update information? (I do ... Al)
James was a carpenter by trade - and family history is that he worked on the grand staircase
in the Parliament Building, but that building buried down so I assume the staircase is gone.
Attached are two Pictures of 452 Lewis Street and James and Mary Jane Gillie (Their son
John Gillie graduated from Ottawa College with a mining degree - He moved to Butte Montana in
1880 where he became the Superintendent of Montana Mines for the Anaconda Copper Company.
Also, would like to find where Robert and Elenor are buried in Ottawa.
... Sam Gillie
December 20, 2009:
I've noticed in the early Pembroke Mission records that there's a Robert Gillie as godfather a few times. Attached is the 1861
census page for Robert and Ellen Gillie, and I believe it's the same couple who were living with their children in
Deux-Montagnes in 1851.
Source: 1861 Census records above from ancestry.ca
E-mail Sam Gillie, Kevin O'Brien, Anne Burgess and Al Lewis
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