HURLEY and McEVOY families in Osgoode Township, Ontario, Canada


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.

... Al
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? New 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. ... Al Obituary for Joan Margaret O'Callaghan 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
May 28, 2008: New e-mail address for Ron Hurley is r-shurley@sympatico.ca (incorporated in the list below).

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