HURLEY and McEVOY families
Osgoode Township, Ontario, Canada
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
November 1, 2007:
Ron Hurley has sent in two very informative Adobe Acrobat files (.pdf format)regarding
his McEvoy ancestors in the Township of Osgoode and his Hurley ancestors in the same township.
They are big files but well worth the download time.
E-mail Allan Lewis
November 2, 2007:
What a pleasure to read the accounts of the McEvoy Family history assembled and
shared by Ron Hurley. Nice job, Ron. I was much intigued to see the references
to the various marriages between the McEvoys and the McCartins. Glancing at the
1879 Belden Map of Osgoode though shows how closely were the neighbouring farms
(in Concessions 3 and 4) of both families as well as the O'Callaghans. The son
John of Cornelius O'Callaghan and Bruidget McEvoy is John Henry (b.1868), my great
grandfather. He was commonly known as 'Black Jack' O'Callaghan and he married
the younger sister of Owen and Patrick McCartin, Mary Helena McCartin. Small world, eh?
September 22, 2012:
Here is the Obituary for Joan Margaret O'Callaghan who died on September 17, 2012.
This obituary appears in todays Ottawa Citizen. I met Miss O'Callaghan, who was a
granddaughter to Black Jack O'Callaghan (above), at an end-of-summer party at Sleepy Cedars
Family Camping on the old Jordan farm, last summer. She was a
wonderful lady and she had many old Irish stories to tell. Mr. Morris Douglas was there
and the music was supplied by Jack McGuire of Ottawa, whose ancestors were in the Pontiac
in the 1800's.
I never knew my greatgrandfather so the recounts of my grandmother (Margaret Laura
O'Callaghan) and father are the only source of anecdotal info. I have. To my
knowledge John Henry was darker than some of the similarly named area O'Callaghans
around those parts so he was dubbed "Black Jack" instead of "Red Jack" or "Long Jack".
As well as a farmer he was a coffin-maker. She was a life long member of the WCTU
(Women's Christian Temperance Union). I have a poor photo of John Henry, Mary Helena
McCartin and children.
The original Dunlop farm is just south of the fork in Hwy. 31 at Greeley and is the
present site of the Greeley community centre and office. It can be found under
the label of James and John Dunlap on the Belden map. James married Mary Jane
Fanning from down the road.
... Will Dunlop