James CONWAY and Sarah Alice DUNN
Ireland to Osgoode Township, Ontario, Canada, then to Osgood Township, Iowa, USA

Posted to the Iowa Irish Bulletin Board on April 19, 2001 by Cathy Joynt Labbath:

Here is another Conway family of Iowa-I am not directly related...


Descendants of James Conway

 1   James Conway  b: 1795 in Kilkenny, Ireland    d: 06/08/1882 in Osgood,
Iowa
.  +Sarah Alice Dunn  b: 1792 in Ireland    d: 04/28/1852 in Osgoode,
Carleton County, Canada
........ 2   Bridget Conway  b: 1823
........ 2   John Conway  b: 1824 in Ireland    d: 06/23/1897 in Emmetsburg
Iowa  src: St. John's Cemetery Records
............  +Mary Collins  b: 03/15/1835 in Potsdam, St Lawrence, New York
m: 1854 in Potsdam, St Lawrence, New York   d: 03/15/1908 in Emmetsburg Iowa
src: St. John's Cemetery Records
................... 3   Alice Jane Conway  b: Abt. 1856 in New York  src:
1880 Palo Alto Co, IA  Census  d: 08/27/1924  src: St. John's Cemetery
Records
.......................  +Charles Thomas Nolan  b: 12/17/1855 in Elgin,
Illinois   m: 10/14/1874  src: Palo Alto County Marriage Records-Book 1 d:
10/17/1935 in Emmetsburg Iowa
.............................. 4   Bridget Ann Nolan    d: Bef. 1935
.............................. 4   Mary Ellen Nolan  b: Bet. 1877 - 1878 in
Palo Alto County, Iowa  src1: 1880 Palo Alto Co, IA  Census, src2: 1895 Iowa
Census-Freedom Twp  d: 02/16/1913 in Graettinger, Iowa
..................................  +M J Laughlin
.............................. 4   Johanna M Nolan  b: 11/1879 in Iowa  src:
1880 Palo Alto Co, IA  Census  d: 02/23/1882  src: St. John's Cemetery
Records
.............................. 4   Ella J Nolan  b: Bet. 1881 - 1882 in Palo
Alto County, Iowa  src: 1895 Iowa Census-Freedom Twp
.............................. 4   Alice Nolan  b: 1882  src: St. John's
Cemetery Records  d: 1946
..................................  +Liebert
.............................. 4   Catherine Nolan  b: 08/07/1884 in Palo
Alto County, Iowa  src1: St. John's Cemetery Records, src2: 1895 Iowa
Census-Freedom Twp  d: 08/16/1896  src: St. John's Cemetery Records
.............................. 4   John Nolan  b: Bet. 1887 - 1888 in Palo
Alto County, Iowa  src: 1895 Iowa Census-Freedom Twp
.............................. 4   Thomas C Nolan  b: Bet. 1889 - 1890 in
Palo Alto County, Iowa  src1: St. John's Cemetery Records, src2: 1895 Iowa
Census-Freedom Twp  d: 1952  src: St. John's Cemetery Records
.............................. 4   Patrick Nolan  b: 1892  src: St. John's
Cemetery Records  d: 1892   Burial: St John's Cemetery, E'burg, Iowa
.............................. 4   James J Nolan  b: 1893 in Palo Alto
County, Iowa  src: 1895 Iowa Census-Freedom Twp
.............................. 4   William B Nolan  b: 1897  src: St. John's
Cemetery Records
..................................  +Agnes G
................... 3   Laurence E Conway  b: 07/20/1858 in Osgoode,
Carlton, Canada    d: 03/22/1928
.......................  +Theresa A Hickey aka: Tessie b: 07/22/1863   m:
02/07/1887 in Osgood, Iowa  src: Palo Alto County Marriage Records-Book 2 d:
09/29/1945
.............................. 4   Mary V Conway  b: 1888    d: 1978  src:
St. John's Cemetery Records
..................................  +Isaac E Drew  b: 1879  src: St. John's
Cemetery Records  d: 1946  src: St. John's Cemetery Records
.............................. 4   Margaret A Conway  b: 12/07/1891  src:
St. John's Cemetery Records  d: 09/06/1971  src: St. John's Cemetery Records
..................................  +John A Kliegl  b: 12/07/1883  src: St.
John's Cemetery Records  d: 11/16/1957  src: St. John's Cemetery Records
.............................. 4   J W Conway
.............................. 4   Alice J Conway  b: 08/23/1893  src: St.
John's Cemetery Records  d: 01/04/1933  src: St. John's Cemetery Records
..................................  +Clarence A Frederick  b: 03/26/1892
src: St. John's Cemetery Records  d: 03/28/1978  src: St. John's Cemetery
Records
.............................. 4   John L Conway
.............................. 4   Ambrose Conway  b: 1897  src: 1880 Palo
Alto Co, IA  Census  d: 1944  src: 1880 Palo Alto Co, IA  Census
..................................  +Josephine A  b: 1900
.............................. 4   ? Conway
..................................  +Delbert Conlon
.............................. 4   Leo Conway
................... 3   James P Conway  b: 1861 in Osgoode, Carleton, Canada
src: 1880 Palo Alto Co, IA  Census  d: 1932  src: St. John's Cemetery
Records
.......................  +Mary Lowery  b: 1862 in Palo Alto County, Iowa
src: 1895 Iowa Census-Walnut Twp  d: 1952
.............................. 4   John Conway  b: Bet. 1892 - 1893 in Palo
Alto County, Iowa  src: 1895 Iowa Census-Walnut Twp
.............................. 4   Anna Conway  b: 1894 in Palo Alto County,
Iowa  src: 1895 Iowa Census-Walnut Twp
................... 3   John J Conway  b: 09/17/1863 in Canada    d:
07/13/1937 in Osgood, Iowa
.......................  +Alice Hickey  b: 11/20/1866 in Iowa  src: 1900
Census Palo Alto County, Iowa  d: 11/03/1952
................... 3   Mary A Conway  b: 04/06/1867 in Osgoode, Carlton,
Canada    d: 02/07/1943 in Emmetsburg Iowa
.......................  +John William Hickey  b: 04/06/1860 in Emmetsburg
Iowa   m: 02/07/1887 in Emmetsburg,Iowa   d: 05/27/1940 in Emmetsburg Iowa
.............................. 4   Margaret Hickey
..................................  +Fred Beschorner
.............................. 4   Bridget Hickey  b: 1896    d: 1976
Burial: St John's Cemetery, Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
..................................  +Russel O'Dell  b: 06/19/1892 in Paxton,
Illinois   m: 10/09/1923   d: 02/12/1930   Burial: St John's Cemetery,
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
.............................. 4   Lawrence Hickey
.............................. 4   Charles Cleo Hickey  b: 12/08/1909 in
Emmetsburg Iowa
..................................  +Berniece Joletta Knudson  b: 12/12/1913
m: 02/20/1935 in Emmetsburg,Iowa   d: 03/17/1988
.............................. 4   Michael Hickey
.............................. 4   Kathleen Hickey
..................................  +Peter Toole
.............................. 4   Mary Ann Hickey  b: 12/02/1887 in Vernon
Township, Palo Alto County, Iowa    d: in Chicago, Illinois
..................................  +Edward McEwan   m: 06/10/1912
.............................. 4   John Hickey
.............................. 4   James Hickey
.............................. 4   Daniel Hickey
................... 3   Michael P Conway  b: Abt. 1869  src: 1880 Palo Alto
Co, IA  Census
................... 3   Catherine B Conway  b: 06/1875 in Iowa  src1: 1880
Palo Alto Co, IA  Census, src2: 1900 Census Palo Alto County, Iowa  d: 1943
src: St. John's Cemetery Records
.......................  +Frank King  b: 01/1871 in Iowa  src: 1900 Census
Palo Alto County, Iowa m: Bet. 1895 - 1896
.............................. 4   James King  b: 03/1900  src: 1900 Census
Palo Alto County, Iowa
................... 3   Thomas Conway  b: Abt. 1878  src: 1880 Palo Alto Co,
IA  Census  d: 10/1933 in Estherville, Iowa   Burial: 1933 St John's
Cemetery, Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
.......................  +Nora Sullivan   m: in Ruthven, Iowa
.............................. 4   Lucille Conway
........ 2   Michael Conway  b: 1828 in Deux Montagnes, Quebec, Canada
........ 2   Catherine Conway  b: 07/03/1832 in Deux Montagnes, Quebec,
Canada
............  +Edward P McEvoy  b: 07/04/1835 in Deux Montagnes, Quebec,
Canada   m: 01/16/1861 in South Gloucester, Canada 
Note: Deux Montagnes is on the Ottawa River, just west of Montreal, heading 
towards Ottawa. Many of the Irish pioneers in Ottawa came through Deux Montagnes.
................... 3   Alice McEvoy  b: Bet. 1863 - 1864 in Canada  src:
1880 Palo Alto Co, IA  Census
.......................  +Michael Richard Bradley  b: 10/08/1864   m:
05/10/1899   d: 07/17/1944
.............................. 4   Edward J Bradley
.............................. 4   Bernard M Bradley  b: 1907    d: 1968
.............................. 4   Mary Bradley
..................................  +Leonard Schumacher
................... 3   Michael McEvoy  b: 02/1862 in Canada (Osgoode Township)  
src: 1895 Iowa
Census-Walnut Twp
.......................  +Mary Rashford  b: 10/1869 in Illinois  src1: 1895
Iowa Census-Walnut Twp, src2: 1900 Census Palo Alto County, Iowa m: Bet.
1889 - 1890
.............................. 4   Richard McEvoy  b: 10/1889 in Palo Alto
County, Iowa  src: 1895 Iowa Census-Walnut Twp
.............................. 4   Mary McEvoy  b: 01/1893 in Palo Alto
County, Iowa  src: 1900 Census Palo Alto County, Iowa
.............................. 4   Basil McEvoy  b: 05/1895 in Iowa  src:
1900 Census Palo Alto County, Iowa
..................................  +Emma Torgeson   m: 09/1926 in
Minneapolis, Minnesota
.............................. 4   Leo McEvoy  b: 05/1896 in Iowa  src: 1900
Census Palo Alto County, Iowa
.............................. 4   Kate McEvoy  b: 08/1897 in Iowa  src:
1900 Census Palo Alto County, Iowa
.............................. 4   Elizabeth McEvoy  b: 05/1899 in Iowa
src: 1900 Census Palo Alto County, Iowa
................... 3   James McEvoy
................... 3   Catherine McEvoy
................... 3   Edward J McEvoy  b: 12/1873 in Palo Alto County,
Iowa  src1: 1895 Iowa Census-Walnut Twp, src2: 1900 Census Palo Alto County,
Iowa
................... 3   Bridget A McEvoy
................... 3   Johanna McEvoy aka: Josie b: 06/1879 in Palo Alto
County, Iowa  src1: 1895 Iowa Census-Walnut Twp, src2: 1900 Census Palo Alto
County, Iowa
................... 3   Mary McEvoy  b: Abt. 1868  src: 1880 Palo Alto Co,
IA  Census  d: 07/20/1898
.......................  +Bernard J Bradley  b: 07/23/1862 in Dodge County,
Wisconsin   m: 05/10/1893 in Emmetsburg,Iowa   d: 12/07/1936
.............................. 4   Joseph Bradley
.............................. 4   dau. Bradley
..................................  +John Luke

Mr. O'Dell: Thanks for your e-mail regarding the Conway family. I do know Michael Daley quite well. When I began researching my ancestors about 5 years ago I quickly discovered that he is the expert around this area. He's helped me very much. Small world - reading a recent version of the Osgoode Township Historical Society Newsletter, I see an article written by yourself regarding the Conways. Do you have this article saved on a disk? If so, could you e-mail a copy to me for my web site on Irish pioneers in the Ottawa area? Was there a George Conway married to Mary Ritchey (spelling?) in your ancestry? They had 3 children between 1838 and 1844 in the Ottawa area and then seem to have disappeared. I just mention it because the surname Conway caught my eye. ... Al Lewis ----- Original Message ----- From: To: Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 9:02 PM Subject: Your e-mail - [IA-IRISH] A Large HICKEY family > Al Lewis - you are right in part. As far as I know no Hickey buried in > your Osgoode. > I wonder if you are in contact with Michael Daley of your area - RR 1 > Osgoode, Ont. Can. KOA 2WO. We have been in touch for years. > My grandmother, Mary Ann Conway [m. J.W. Hickey] was born in Osgoode of > Jas. Conway and Sarah Alice Dunne...Sarah Alice is buried in your soil....as you > inform - now part of "greater" Ottawa. The whole famdamily came to Palo > Alto co., IA - 1870, bringing the name Osgoode - to become Osgood, IA, to be with a > couple of female siblings who were pioneer settlers of PA co. c. 1856. McEvoys > also came c. 1871. Will be happy to keep in touch with you Al. > As we find in most genealogies there are some errors and omissions in the > data sent you boot "the large Hickey" family. G-dye mate. > Matt O'Dell in Butte America = Montana.
Al ...I just talked to Mike's wife - but Mike was away till tomorrow. I wanted to see that there was no objection on his end about the article. As far as meself - no problem. I'll have to find it on a cluttered HD - and will await a clearance from Mike as well. Just dug up the article -and - I must say - after a re-read - that contributor - Matt O'Dell - writes an interesting article - he has all his ducks in a row [;-) You will hear from me soon. Matt Matt: Looks like an example of the Irish gift for literature ... Al {:-]
October 5, 2001 ----- Original Message ----- From: Rick Conway To: ag.lewis@sympatico.ca Sent: Friday, September 28, 2001 7:23 PM Subject: James Conway Article... CONWAY, James 1795-1880 (Article in OTHS Newsletter) Can you send me the article or give me more info???? Rick Conway Huntington Beach, CA ======== Rick: Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of the article on disk to e-mail to you. The article was written by Matt O'Dell (who lives in the U.S. somewhere I think). He said he would send me a copy to put on the James Conway page, but so far has not. The article appeared in the Osgoode Township Historical Society Newsletter within the past couple of years. Your best bet would be to contact Matt O'Dell (e-mail address on the James Conway page). If he sends you a copy, could you pass it along to me as well? Otherwise, the Historical Society at oths@magma.ca will have a copy, although maybe only a hard copy. Failing this, I have a hard copy here (too long for me to type now). If you can't get a copy of it, I could snail mail it to you. ... Al Lewis Ottawa, Canada ======== Thanks Al! I will contact Matt as well. I'm trying to trace James Conway back to Ireland. He was my Grandfather's (James W. Conway) Great grandfather. James had John who had Lawrence (see below ... Al) who had James W. who had Robert who had me. Ugh. Confusing. Anyways, thanks for writing back! I'll send it to you if I get it... Rick Conway
From Cathy Joynt Labath's Web Site: Around 03/22/1928, Newspaper unknown: Late Lawrence E. Conway Led Useful Life, Genial and Ready Served on County Council of Defense and County Mutual Board In our last issue we mentioned briefly as we were going to press, the death of L.E. Conway of Vernon township which occurred Thursday forenoon. The funeral was held on Saturday. Services were conducted in the Catholic Church at Graettinger, the pastor, Father J.J. Kelly celebrating a requiem high mass and preaching an impressive sermon in which he paid a fitting tribute to the worth of Mr. Conway as a member of his church and as a citizen. He was assisted by Rev. Leo McEvoy (from Osgoode) a relative of the deceased. The burial was in St. John's cemetery south of this city. There was a large attendance of relatives, old neighbors and friends. The pall bearers were Geo. Kliegl, john Goeders, Andrew Gappa, Peter O'Leary, Martin Laughlin and Michael Foley. Note: Peter O'Leary, Martin Laughlin (McLaughlin) and Michael Foley may also be from the Ottawa, Canada area ... Al
June 11, 2009 Thanks to Matt O'Dell for the following: Al. Guess I'll just send u the old copy with no changes. We will get to the addition of latest data as time allows. After a re-read, I can say : - I approve this Message ( ;-) . Matt ******************************************** This is a WordPerfect Ver. 6 document [Attachment} Properties tells me that this file originated on Matt’s PC 1 June 1999, that is exactly 10 years ago. Matt 9 June 2009 Send to Al Lewis, as is. . . Matt’s corrections and addenda have been incorporated into this document Filename: A:\osgoodewpe-mail.wpd [osgoode wordperfect e-mail] ===========================
Osgoode to Osgood
Forward This forward could be also considered, at least in good part, as a "backward", in that we have to study and consider previous generations in order to establish order in the genealogy of a family as well as cultivating a reliable orchid within which our family tree will prosper from century to century. Our extended family tree has survived many trials and tribulations of eons long gone. Just consider a couple: The plagues of ancient times, i.e. the Bubonic plague. In the case of our Irish ancestors they survived the attempts by Cromwell to destroy the Irish race - today it is known as "ethnic cleansing". There was the Little Ice Age - 1816 - The Year Without a Summer. Another; the famines of Ireland, most particularly the Great Potato Famine in Ireland of the 1845 era. Had our ancestors not survived those travails there would be other people with other ethnic names breathing the air which we are privileged to breath today. We consider it our good fortune, as well as our duty, to report on what we learn of our heritage as we back-track in the footprints of our ancestors. The Conways of Osgoode, Ontario, Canada, and Osgood, Iowa, USA. Osgoode is a Township in Ontario, south of Ottawa. It was the last township settled in Carleton County - today it is known as Ottawa Carleton. The name comes from the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada - William Osgoode. A great many Irish emigrant families settled in Osgoode Twsp., evidenced by the number of ethnic Irish surnames prevalent in the community. Today, there doesn't appear to be a Conway among them. But it was not always so. From Osgoode Township Historical Society newsletters we learn that the 1842 Canadian census states the population of Osgoode Township was 1,279 men, women and children. Of these numbers 124 families were from Ireland, 66 of them being Roman Catholic. By 1861 the population had risen to 4,332. By 1871 the population had decreased to 4,267. [A loss of 65 citizens] In many Osgoode families young people were leaving the township for greener fields spreading out across the continent and others were just removing to the nearest cemetery to be laid to rest amidst many of their country men and women, so far from the land of their birth. We, of the Conway clan, can explain a bit of that population drop in Osgoode found in the year of 1871. Note that our Conways arrived from Ireland [Kilkenny we believe] and first set up in St. Scholastique c. 1827. Next they proceeded to Osgoode in May of 1842...so they are relevant to Canadian census data from 1842 to 1870. When we look at the Iowa Census Walnut Twsp., Palo Alto Co., 7 June, 1880, we find on Page 1, Svc. Dist. 4, Enumeration Dist. 166 a group of individuals from line 1 thru 30. They are the E.P. McEvoys, and the John Conway and Michael Conway families, including the 85 year old grandpa, James Conway. E.P.McEvoy was married to James dau., Catherine. Of these 30 souls 6 are born Iowa, none of which are older than 7. There is one farmhand from Iowa, which leaves 23 who have migrated from Osgoode in Ontario. As explained above, they left Osgoode in 1870-71 "for greener pastures", and were among those who decreased the Osgoode census by 65 souls at the count in 1871. That is a very substantial quota; especially, when we consider that 23/65ths is about 36% of that recorded drop in Osgoode population. Now at the same time that E.P.McEvoy left Osgoode, 1871, another McEvoy family moved from Osgoode Twsp. Although there was no direct connection with this McEvoy family and the Conways, their movement from Osgoode in 1871 was certainly part of that loss of population reported upon. Several years ago Michael Daley sent Matt a four page article "The McEvoys of Osgoode" These pages are listed as "Parts". We go turn to: The page listed as MCEVOYS - Part 2 No. 10 begins: Edmund McEvoy, oldest son of John & Anastasia (Powers) McEvoy, b. Nov 14,1836, St. Columbia (near Hull) Lower Can (P.Q.), moved with his parents to Osgoode Twp. in the 1840's and settled on lot 20 con 3. On June 19, 1861, he m Mary Kelly d/o William Kelly and Margaret Kilfoyle. The young couple settled on B.F. lot 36. In the Spring of 1871, Edmund & his cousin Edward Patrick McEvoy, along with their families left Osgoode - "searching for greener Pastures? For a better way of life?" - Perhaps. They travelled together to Chicago where Edward Patrick & his wife, Catherine Conway, travelled, first by rail to Algona[sic], Iowa, & then by covered wagon north & west to Emmetsburg[sic]. The year before, two Conway brothers had left Osgoode & settle there, so the McEvoy family had a place to reside when they landed. Edmund, interested in cattle, traveled further west & settled in the Missouri Valley, Iowa, close to the Omaha Market, running water and shade, all advantages in the cattle business. Edmund and Mary had a family of 9 boys and 2 girls. Mary d Apr 27, 1885 in the Missouri Valley, far from the land of her birth. Mike, I presume that when Edmund and Mary with 9 boys and 2 girls - I don't know if all were born Osgoode prior to 1871 - would change considerably the percentage loss reported to you in my first e-mail, with the Subject: "Conways - Lost Tribe of Osgoode". If we assume that these additional 11 McEvoy children, plus their parents left Osgoode prior to the 1871 count, then we have a different equation: Instead of 23/65 we have 36/65 - which is about 56%. That accounts for a majority of that 65 soul decrease. A very considerable number of souls that any Parish would miss. It is a pleasure to find old family records that support and correlate old historical data. Mike, if those Conways and McEvoys had stayed in Osgoode for another century they would have needed a couple of Boeing wide body jets, each carrying hundreds of passengers, to leave Osgoode. As it was they kept the railroads busy in their time. As you will see later on in this article, what with the explosion of Conway offspring, it may have been a blessing that they migrated to Iowa. Old Osgoode Twsp., Ontario, would never have been able to hold all of them. It could have been like the Lemmings of the Artic; whose periodic mass migrations sometimes end in drowning. Our Conways of 1870 surely made that migration a noted local event. We've never heard of a horse-thief in the family, so they must have been missed when the basket was passed at St. John's church in Osgoode after the year 1870. Where in Osgoode Twsp. did our Conways nest after they arrived from the St. Scholastique region in "lower Canada". [family tradition has it that our Conways came from County Kilkenny - they left Ireland c. 1826 with arrival in Canada, by sailing ship, in time for Michael Conway to be born as St. Scholastique in 1827 - or '28] In the Osgoode Township Historical Society newsletter Vol. XXVI, No. 1, Mar. 1999, we read a a report by Michael Daley, who has McEvoy blood, and has roots that go back three generations into Osgoode history. Michael farms at Concession III, Lot 14, Osgoode Twsp. He is the third Mike Daley to farm that lot. The first Mike Daley came in 1826 from Kings Co. Ireland. In that same year came Thomas, John, and Michael McEvoy, from Co. Kilkenny. In Daley's article we learn that a certain Hugh McKenna, born 1790, County Tyrone, Ireland, served with the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars, and came to Canada in 1818 where as a military claimant he was entitled to land. This is something new to me. An Irishman who was actually given something of value by the British - given hell - he earned it in the Napoleonic Wars ! Prior to this story we've often heard of Irishmen given the rope, the gallows, the sentence to be hanged, drawn, and quartered as was Robert Emmet, the option to go to hell or to go to Connacht, or given a one-way ticket to Van Diemens land, etc., by the Brits. As for land, that was always "taken", never given, to my knowledge ! Now the present day Mike Daley sent Matt an 1863 map of Osgoode Twsp. We look at the old map copy and there at Con. III, Lot 14 we see the name M. Daley. Looking below that still in Con. III, at lot 17, we see T. McEvoy, and Lot 19, P McEvoy, and Lot 20, L. McEvoy, and Lot 21, John McEvoy. Looking a bit further south and west one Concession over = Con II, at Lot 24 we find M. Conway. Step down a couple of more lots and over West again to Con. I we find the site of the village, Osgoode, at Con I, Lots 28, 29, 30. We believe this Concession II, Lot 24, to be, at least, one of the homes of our Osgood, Iowa-Osgoode, Canada Conways in Osgoode Township, Ontario, Canada, before they came to the U.S. c. 1870. In addition, there are several McEvoy holdings indicated on the 1863 Osgoode map. After some inquiry Matt has learned that in Ottawa land survey maps, Concessions are vertical columns of Lots numbered from the Left, or western boundary of the Township beginning with Roman numerals I, II, III., etc. Each Concession is 1.25 miles wide and contains stacks of Lots that measure 200 acres, more or less. Lots are numbered beginning at the north boundary of the Township with 1, and, in the case of Osgoode Twsp, continuing to Lots 42, 43, or 44 depending upon the geographics of the Concessions locale within the Twsp. Each lot is 80 Rods wide, north to south, and east to west they are that same 1.25 mile width of the Concession itself. It appears that M. Conway had 100 acres. The lot is split north-south by McGuire road. The old stage coach road from the St. Lawrence to Ottawa ran north/south just a half mile east of Conway's lot 24. Mike tells us, in May of 1999, that there are no buildings on the old "Conway" lot at this time. There are a few traces of these Conways in the States, however. Matt's mother's first cousin, Leo Conway, born in 1905, and living all his life in Palo Alto co, Iowa, can vouch for traces of the Osgoode Conways. His grandfather was old James Conway, who left Osgoode in 1870. At the present time [May 1999] Leo has 9 children, some 50 grandchildren, 100 great grandchildren, and one - just one- great great grandchild. All of them share Conway blood from old James Conway of Osgoode, St. Scholastique, and Ireland. That is but one of the living offspring who traces back to old James Conway, and to the McEvoys. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of them. Maybe someday, with the aid of computers, we will be able to get a more precise count of all those who trace back to James Conway and Sarah Alice Dunn, his wife - we believe they were married c. 1818. To show you that Canada records are revelatory, we print out this declaration: “ On 28th of April, 1852, we the undersigned priest have buried in the cemetery of this parish the body of Alice Dun, wife of James Conway, 60 years of age. So. Gloucester, RC. records, Carleton, Ontario, Church of Our Lady of the Visitation, witness: Thomas McEvoy [uncle of E.P.] and William Murphy [inlaw of the McEvoys]- Father DeLeage.” [Data provided to Matt by McEvoy offshoot Debbi Abbott]. And, additional revelation: In the Canadian census of 1842, Osgoode Twsp., James Conway was counted; 15 years in province, 2 born Ireland, 3 Canadian born / 5 Church of Rome. This Apr. 30, 1999, in a re-read of The Palo Alto Reporter Obit of Mrs. Margaret Cody I have discovered an item that we've previously overlooked. It was there in the obit all the time. But recent familiarity with the geography of New York state, the St. Lawrence river boundary, and adjacent Ontario province opened my eyes. The obit reads: The deceased was born in county Kilkenny, Ireland, in the year 1819, and was married to Mr. Cody in her native land. In 1847, the family emigrated from Ireland, and settled in Ogdensburg, N.Y., where they continued to reside until 1890. In that year Mr. Cody died, and Mrs. Cody came to Emmetsburg shortly after his decease, and made her home with her sister, Mrs. John Nolan, who resides just north of town. Interment in St. John's cemetery. Indeed Margaret nee Conway Cody was buried right alongside her sister, Bridget nee Conway Nolan. Both Margaret and Bridget were daughters of old James and Sarah Alice Conway. ‘Tis this aunt Bridget [Mrs. John Nolan] who is the misplaced one. We've never been able to record her whereabouts prior to her arrival in Kane County, Ill., late in 1855. In Kane Co. she became the mother of her first born - a son. She, with her husband, John Nolan, were collected together with other Irish emigrants who were preparing to "go west" in the spring of 1856. Six families, with our John and Bridget Nolan, and baby son, were in a small wagon train that crossed the Mississippi at Dubuque and proceeded west, in the new state of Iowa, heading for the Sioux City area at the Missouri river. They didn't get that far. In Fort Dodge they met a government surveyor name of Lynch. There is an old Irish proverb: One beetle recognizes another. Lynch recognized this wagon train of Irish emigrants as akin to himself. He told them of water, timber, and rich Iowa topsoil in the new County of Palo Alto. Lynch had just finished the survey of the area. At his insistence they decided to turn north and take a look. By this time it was July, and they were "burnin' summer's daylight", winter would soon be upon them. They had experienced winter in Illinois - the knew what to look for. They were well pleased with what they saw. In fact they began a-building log cabins and animal shelters at once. These pioneer settlers were among the first handful to settle Palo Alto co. The spot they selected was very near the geographic center of the new county. This made them prime candidates for budding government positions. Bridget nee Conway and John Nolan chose an acreage to homestead and set out a dishpan to handle mail to and from the "Irish Colony". Soon they were the post office ! And that brings us to the: The Osgoode-Osgood Connection With this postal facility at hand we suspect that Bridget contacted her James Conway family in Osgoode, Ont. and kept in touch with them. How else would they know where to land when they left Osgoode in 1870. Bridget's relatives did not have to spend three months by wagon train as she had done in ‘56. Times had changed greatly, well, it was almost time to celebrate the first centennial of the United States. No, they came through Chicago and via railroad to Algona, Ia. The Chicago Milwaukee RR construction stalled at Algone during the 70's and did not complete service west into Emmetsburg until 1878. P.142, History of Palo Alto Co, by McCarty] From there they used covered wagons to Palo Alto co. After the arrival at the Nolan farm, the Osgoode Conways homesteaded acreage just north of the Nolans in Walnut Twsp. At about this time the forerunner of the Rock Island railroad was building north thru this area. A stockyard and grain elevator was scheduled for the railroad right where our Osgoode Conways had settled. Indeed, a portion of John Conway's acreage was chosen for the railroad stockyards. Not far away there was a large Scotch landholding called Blairgowrie Farm. It was proposed that Blairgowrie would be a fine name for the new community. Of course the Osgoode Conways and the Osgoode McEvoys would not stomach such a name. Osgood was proposed and voted upon. Osgood became the name of the village. Osgood it remains today - a mere skeleton of bygone days; being only 6 miles from the county seat of Emmetsburg, it had little incentive, after the automobile came into use, of becoming a metropolis. I guess its namesake, Osgoode, in Ontario has had somewhat the same growth pains. Sincerely, Matt O'Dell - Butte America - May,1999.
October 8, 2011: See also the family of Michael CONWAY and Bridget DOHERTY, who settled in Osgoode Township.

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