Pierce GRACE and Julia REGAN

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

October 12, 2002:

I am searching for genealogical information on the families of Pierce Grace, born 1814 
in Kilkenny, Ireland, died 1880 in Ottawa, wife Julia Regan, born 1813 in Tipperary, 
Ireland, died November 1869 in Ottawa. and children who settled in Bytown in 1836 by 
way of Newfoundland.  When they arrived in Bytown, they were listed as having one daughter 
(name unknown) born in Ireland, one daughter Anastasia born 1836 in St. John's, 
Newfoundland, one daughter Mary Alice born 1842 in Ottawa, on son Edward Alexander born 
1847, Ottawa.
Daughter Anastasia married Michael J. O'Boyle 1854 in Ottawa, who was the son of Thomas 
O'Boyle and Mary Clynes.  He died before 1871.  I have found record of only one child 
being born names Julia Grace O'Boyle born 1856 and died 1920, never married.
Daughter Mary Alice married Thomas James Burke in 1864 and he died in 1866.  No record 
of any children so far found.
Son Edward Alexander also known and William? moved to the US., married, divorced and 
ended up back in Ottawa with his 2 widowed sisters where he died in 1911.
This family were parishioners of St. Patrick's church downtown Ottawa. (Kent Street)

Note: There was a John Grace, also from Kilkenny, in Bytown by 1829.
... Al
Also searching for information on the families of GRANT and MURPHY.

Pearl Grant, daughter of D.A. Grant of Ottawa,  married Herbert James Murphy 
(born 1895, Ottawa) son of W.A. Murphy.  Herbert James died in 1932 at the age of 37 
leaving a young widow and 3 children.  
Both families were parishioners of St. Patrick's church downtown Ottawa.

Leigh Hay-LeBlanc

April 21, 2005: Hi there I put my name into google search today and I came across your website searching for Graces in Kilkenny. My name is Michael Grace and my father was born in Graignamanagh, which is a village in southern County Kilkenny. My Grandfathers name was Pierce Grace, who sadly passed in September 2001, aged 85. My fathers reckoning is that the Pierce Grace that you are searching for could have been perhaps an uncle of his or a relative, because there are still Pierces in the family. ie my full name is Michael Pierce Patrick Grace. I hope this of use to you and my father is going to ask some of our family members for any additional information that might benefit you. All the best Michael Grace _________________________ Hi Michael and Betty: I remember you telling me once that a man named "GRACE" came to Canada with your ancestors. Was his first name Pierce? An e-mail just came in from a Michael Pierce Grace (above) from County Kilkenny who thinks he may be related to some of the Grace family who came to the Ottawa area. ... Al ________________________ HI AL, GRACE,YES THERE WAS A RICHARD GRACE ,CAME WITH MY G,G, GRANDPARENTS, PATRICK NASH FROM CO ,KILKENNY ,HIS WIFE MARGARET BLANCHFIELD, FROM CO. TIPPERARY , Ireland arrived in Canada n 1832 ,with 4 children , settled in Gloucester. Richard Grace was born Ireland in 1829, i have no info on him, The McEvoy , family , Edmund mcevoy his wife Catherine Kennedy , from the parish Freshford, Co Kilkenny to Quebec ,1827, Edmund died Dec,12 , 1834 , buried in St Scholastique, Que, his wife , Catherine and three sons , and families moved to Osgoode , Ontario, Catherine is buried in St, Johns cemetery date of death ,Feb. 27, 1861 , in Enniskerry , some where in the past there was a woman by the name of "Grace " NEW YORK CITY WAS MENTIONED . ANOTHER SUGGESTION , Gracefield QUEBEC, GOT ITS NAME FROM A GRACE FAMILY , BETTY RECALLS , A DOCTOR GRACE , HER FATHER DENTIST , ALSO HIS SON WAS THE EDITOR OF THE OTTAWA JOURNAL , ?? . MAYBE THE GATINEAU VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MIGHT HELP , PUBLICATION AND SALES , I hope this helps. ... Michael _______________________ Dear Al Thanks for your returning email. I have no qualms of you forwarding the email onto your website. I have given your mail address to my uncle and he is going to research some more for you. He said he will contact you if he discovers any more about us Graces. Thanks once again Michael
February 28, 2007: Hello, My name is John Grace from Co. Tipperary Ireland. The Christian name Pierce is in our family for generations. My own Fathers and great gran-fathers mane was Pierce as is my son. Our family and some relations have a tradition of ironcraft – blacksmiths, farriers etc. I think some of my fathers people emigrated to America. Best regards ... John Grace
September 24, 2007:
William Edward GRACE went to Idaho, USA
Hi! I found your series of emails today, after doing a search for Pierce Grace. I am so greatful for the information that you had on there, and I thought I would add some additional information for one of the sons. My family records show the son as having the full name of William Edward Grace, with a birth date of 13 October, 1847. He married a Margrett McCulloch, from Scotland, supposedly in Weston, Idaho, USA, on 18 August 1878. Family legend has it that he was working on the railroad in the US, but I have found nothing to corroborate this. Thank you so much for the information that you posted on the website! Margaret Ernstrom

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