Roderick KELLY and Catherine LUTHER
Ireland to Nepean Township (Jockvale), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

July 8, 2010:


I love the Bytown site updates - keep finding new bits of info on my very-hard-to-find ancestors there.  
I seem to have hit another brick wall and wonder if you can give me a lead:

My great-grandmother was Catherine Luther Kelly, dob 1833 Tipperary, Ireland, dod 20 Apr 1871 
Nepean, Carleton, Ontario.  

Around the time Catherine died, two sons - Roderick 25 Feb 1866-23 Apr 1871 and Richard 
14 Aug 1867-19 Apr 1871 and an infant daughter, Catherine 13 Apr 1871-26 May 1871 also passed.  
Although I've found the Ontario death records, I've been unable to find any burial records with t
heir church, St. Patrick's Fallowfield (or St. Phillip's Richmond).  Further, I cannot 
locate a record of Roderick Kelly and Catherine Luther's marriage although it's almost 
100% certain they married (probably 1857 or 1858) at St. Patrick's Fallowfield.  

Without these records - and with no idea when Catherine Luther arrived in Canada, I cannot 
trace her family at all.  If you have any information on a Luther family from Tipperary 
to Upper Canada that you could send me, I would be most grateful.

Thanks - once again - for a wonderful site and all your help.

... Frances Sheldrick

Thanks Al.  Yes, please start a page for my family - although there don't seem to be many 
descendants left.  I'm attaching a file with everything I have been able to collect to date.  
You can include this on the page if it's helpful.

Here is a map showing the location of the Roderick Kelly 200 acre farm in 1879.
It's located SOUTH of the Jock River in Nepean Township. ... Al

Map Source: McGill University Digital County Atlas Project Location of Roderick Kelly farm in Nepean in 1879
Perhaps there's a Luther descendant out there who can enlighten me on that branch of the family! Frances __________________________ Descendants of John Kelly Generation No. 1 1. JOHN1 KELLY was born Abt. 1790 in Ireland1, and died Sep 1870 in Nepean, Ontario, Canada2,3. He married BRIDGET KEENAN. She was born Abt. 1796 in Ireland, and died Apr 1860 in Nepean, Ontario, Canada4. Notes for JOHN KELLY: John Kelly purchased property in 1848--B&S for Cons 3, lot #5, 2 Feb 1848 - Burke to John Kelly 1852 Census Upper Canada West Nepean, Carleton County 12 Kelly, John Farmer Ireland Roman Catholic 55 M 13 Kelly, Bridget Ireland Roman Catholic 55 F 14 Kelly, Roderick Labourer Ireland Roman Catholic 22 M 15 Kelly, Catherine Ireland Roman Catholic 20 F 16 Henan, Ann Ireland Roman Catholic 50 F 17 Henan, Rory Servant England Roman Catholic 14 M 29 Sep 1870: John Kelly, aged 80 years, in presence of Rody / Roderick Kelly, Daniel Delaney and many others "On the 29th of Sept., 1870, I the undersigned Priest have interred in the Cemetery of Nepean the body of John Kelly, aged 80 years in the presence of Rody Kelly, Daniel Delaney and many others -- signed P.O'Connell" Index of Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals for 1870 Burials #6 - John Kelly More About JOHN KELLY: Burial: 29 Sep 1870, St Patrick's Fallowfield, Nepean, Ontario, Upper Canada Notes for BRIDGET KEENAN: 6 April 1860: Bridget Heenan, wife of John Kelly of Nepean in presence of a great concourse More About BRIDGET KEENAN: Burial: 06 Apr 1860, St. Patrick Fallowfield, Nepean, Carleton, Canada Child of JOHN KELLY and BRIDGET KEENAN is: 2. i. RODERICK2 KELLY, b. 1830, Ireland; d. Bet. 1892 - 1899; Stepchild. Generation No. 2 2. RODERICK2 KELLY (JOHN1) was born 1830 in Ireland, and died Bet. 1892 - 1899. He married CATHERINE LUTHER Abt. 1857 in Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada. She was born 1833 in County Tipperary, Ireland, and died 20 Apr 1871 in Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada5. Notes for RODERICK KELLY: From Roderick Kelly's bible: Rody Kelly, his book, dated the 18th day of December 1864. "Rody Kelly is my name. America is my nation. Nepean is my dwelling place and heaven is my expectation." 1851 Census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia: Name: Roderick Kelly Gender: Male Age: 22 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1830 Occupation: Laborer Birthplace: Ireland Religion: Roman Catholic Province: Canada West (Ontario) District: Carleton County District Number: 4 Sub-District: Nepean Sub-District Number: 31 More About RODERICK KELLY: Confirmation: 18 Feb 1859, St. Phillips Church, Richmond, Goulbourne, Ontario, Canada Occupation: Farmer Notes for CATHERINE LUTHER: Ontario Deaths 1869-1947 Name Catharine Kelly Death date 20 Apr 1871 Age at death 38 years Death place Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Birth date 1833 Estimated birth year 1833 Birth place Co. Tipperary, Ireland Gender Female Marital status Married Spouse name Roderick Kelly GSU film number 1846466 Digital GS number 4171914 Image number 53 Reference number p 62 cn 015688 Catherine Luther Kelly was only 38 years old when she died of puerperal fever, being sick only 9 days before her death on 20 Apr 1871. During the same time, two sons, Richard and Roderick Jr. were sick with scarlet fever and died on the 19th and 23rd of April. The baby, Catherine then died of "failure to thrive" (malnutrition) 6 weeks later. Margaret Kelly moved to Syracuse, Ney York, USA, where she lived until her death in 1942. She never married. John Kelly (Jr.) eventually emigrated to British Columbia. He never married. William Kelly apparently married and moved to somewhere in "western" Canada, possibly Alberta or Saskatchewan. More About CATHERINE LUTHER: Cause of Death: Puerpart Fever - 9 days Medical Information: 38 years old. Wife of Roderick Kelly. Roman Catholic. More About RODERICK KELLY and CATHERINE LUTHER: Marriage: Abt. 1857, Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Children of RODERICK KELLY and CATHERINE LUTHER are: 3. i. BRIDGET THERESA3 KELLY, b. 11 Mar 1859, Nepean, Ontario, Canada; d. 11 Jan 1947, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, USA. ii. MARGARET ANASTACIA KELLY, b. 04 Nov 1860, Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada6; d. 17 Oct 1942, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York6. Notes for MARGARET ANASTACIA KELLY: 1920 Cenusus shows year of immigration as 1887 Never married More About MARGARET ANASTACIA KELLY: Baptism: 11 Nov 1860, St. Phillips Church, Richmond, Goulbourn, Ontario, Canada Immigration: 1887 iii. JOHN KELLY, JR, b. 08 Jun 1862, Nepean, Ontario, Canada; d. 29 Jan 1942, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada7. Notes for JOHN KELLY, JR: 22 Jun 1862: John KELLY, born 5 Jun 1862, to Roderick Kelly and Catharine Luther Death date 29 Jan 1942 Death place Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Name John Kelly Gender Male Age 79y 7m 12d Birth date 17 Jun 1862 Birth place , Ontario Father name Roderick Kelly Mother name Catherine Howe Film number 1953634 Digital GS number 4438062 Image number 994 More About JOHN KELLY, JR: Baptism: 22 Jun 1862, St Patrick's Fallowfield, Nepean, Ontario, Upper Canada iv. WILLIAM KELLY, b. 09 Jun 1864, Nepean, Ontario, Canada7,89. Notes for WILLIAM KELLY: 26 Jun 1864: William KELLY, born 9 Jun 1864, to Roderick Kelly and Catherine Luther Baptism: From the National Archives, Ottawa, Canada (M-1954) page 118---On the 26th day of June, 1864, the undersigned Priest baptized William born on the 9th Inst of the lawful marriage of Roderick Kelly and Catherine Luther. Sponsors-Roderick Keenan and Ann S. Keahan (?Keenan) signed P. O'Connell. More About WILLIAM KELLY: Baptism: 26 Jun 1864, St Patrick's Fallowfield, Nepean, Ontario, Upper Canada v. RODERICK KELLY, JR, b. 25 Feb 1866, Nepean, Ontario, Canada11; d. 23 Apr 1871, Carleton, Ontario, Canada12,13. Notes for RODERICK KELLY, JR: Ontario Deaths, 1869-1947 Name Roderick Kelly Jr. Death date 23 Apr 1871 Age at death 5-1/2 years Death place Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Birth date 1866 Estimated birth year 1866 Birth place Nepean Gender Male Father name Roderick Kelly GSU film number 1846466 Digital GS number 4171914 Image number 53 Reference number p 62 cn 015689 More About RODERICK KELLY, JR: Baptism: 25 Mar 1866 Burial: Burial "a cemetry in Nepean", St. Patrick's Fallowfield Cause of Death: Scarlett Fever Medical Information: Age 5 1/2 years, Son of Roderick Kelly and Catherine Luther. Nepean, Ontario, Canada. vi. RICHARD KELLY, b. 14 Aug 1867, Nepean, Ontario, Canada14; d. 19 Apr 1871, Carleton, Ontario, Canada15. Notes for RICHARD KELLY: Ontario Deaths, 1869-1947 Name Richard Kelly Death date 19 Apr 1871 Age at death 3-1/2 years Death place Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Birth date 1868 Estimated birth year 1868 Birth place Nepean Gender Male Father name Roderick Kelly GSU film number 1846466 Digital GS number 4171914 Image number 53 Reference number p 62 cn 015687 More About RICHARD KELLY: Baptism: 08 Sep 1867 Burial: Burial "a cemetry in Nepean", St. Patrick's Fallowfield Cause of Death: Scarlet Fever -- 5 days Medical Information: Male -- 3 1/2 years of age, Son of Roderick Kelly. Nepean, Ontario, Canada vii. JAMES KELLY, b. Abt. 1869, Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada16; d. 08 Sep 1875, Ontario, Canada16,17. Notes for JAMES KELLY: Ontario Deaths 1869-1947 for James Kelly Name James Kelly Death date 08 Sep 1875 Age at death 6 years Death place Nepeau, Carleton, Ontario Birth date 1869 Estimated birth year 1869 Birth place Township Of Nepeau Gender Male Father name Roderick Kelly GSU film number 1846472 Digital GS number 4171967 Image number 594 Reference number 132 More About JAMES KELLY: Burial: Burial "a cemetry in Nepean", St. Patrick's Fallowfield Cause of Death: diphtheria Medical Information: Diphtheria -- 6 days. Son of Roderick Kelly, (Rody Kelly) Male -- aged 6 years. viii. CATHERINE KELLY, b. 13 Apr 1871, Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada18,19,20; d. 26 May 1871, Carleton, Ontario, Canada. Notes for CATHERINE KELLY: Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959 Name Catharine Kelly Gender Female Birth date 15 Apr 1871 Birth place Carleton, Ontario Father name Roderick Kelly Mother name Catharine Luther Batch number I04486-0 Record group Canada-EASy Film number 1844888 Reference number p 23 rn 21658 Ontario Deaths 1869-1947 Name Catherine Kelly Death date 26 May 1861 Age at death 6 weeks Death place Nepean, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Birth date 1861 Estimated birth year 1861 Birth place Nepean Gender Female Father name Roderick Kelly Mother name Catherine Kelly GSU film number 1846466 Digital GS number 4171914 Image number 54 Reference number p 63 cn 015695 More About CATHERINE KELLY: Burial: Burial "a cemetry in Nepean", St. Patrick's Fallowfield Cause of Death: Newborn -- mother died when she was a week old -- wasted away Medical Information: Her mother died when the child was a week old after which she gradually wasted away until her death. Catherine Kelly, 26 May 1871, Female -- 6 months old. Generation No. 3 3. BRIDGET THERESA3 KELLY (RODERICK2, JOHN1) was born 11 Mar 1859 in Nepean, Ontario, Canada21,22, and died 11 Jan 1947 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York23. She married JEAN BAPTISTE KOLB 11 May 1886 in St. Joseph's German Church, Syracuse, New York, son of GEORGES KOLB and ELISABETH BECKER. He was born 24 Jun 1855 in Riedseltz, Bas-Rhin, Alsace25,26, and died 01 May 1927 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York27. Notes for BRIDGET THERESA KELLY: Baptism Record: Father: Roderick Kelly, Mother: Catherine, Godfather: Daniel Eagen / Eagan, Godmother: Catherine Kelly. 1930 CENSUS -- Syracuse, Onandaga, New York Kolb, Bridget, head, 69, widow, born Canada/Eng, Parents: Canada/Eng Lived next to daughter Loretta OBITUARY Mrs. Theresa B. Kolb, 87, widow of John B. Kolb, died today in the home of her daughter, Mrs . A.M. Fralick, North Syracuse. Born in Canada, Mrs. Kolb had lived in Syracuse about 60 years, formerly residing in Wilkinson St. She was a communicant of Saint John the Evangelist Church. Survivors, besides Mrs. Fralick, are two other daughters, Mrs. M.D. Rainear of Rochester and Mrs. Frank Perli and 11 grandchildren. Services will be conducted in the McKinley Bros. Funeral home at 9 A.M. Saturday and in Saint John the Evangelist Church at 9:30 A.M. where a solemn high mass of requiem will be celebrated. Burial will be in Saint Agnes Cemetery. Bridget's grandfather, JOHN KELLY b. 1790 in Ireland, emigrated to Canada in the early 1800's. After he cleared 200 acres of farmland land and built a log house, he sent for his wife, BRIDGET KEENAN KELLY b. abt. 1790 in Ireland, and children. More About BRIDGET THERESA KELLY: Baptism (LDS): 1859, St. Phillips Fallowfield, Nepean, Canada Burial Note: Buried at St. Agnes Cemetery, Syracuse, New York Immigration: 1882 Note: Many of the above records are from
New July 24, 2018: Hi Al, It's been a long time since I first inquired about my Nepean ancestors, but I've never stopped searching for them. With the help of Reaching Out Ireland and the digitization of Ireland's records online, I've finally made some progress! I now have records for my great-grandmother, Catherine LUTHER, and her birth family. She was born to William LUTHER and Margaret CLARKE in Crotta, Borrisokane, County Tipperary, and baptized on 27 Sep 1833. Her sponsors were listed as Josh (probably Joseph) LUTHER and Marie CLARKE. It appears she had 4 brothers: Joseph (1831), William (1836), Richard (1839) and John (1841). I have still not found any emigration records for her and could not explain when/how/why she arrived in Nepean - until recently when I discovered William CLARKE (1821 Borrisokane - 1896 Nepean) and his wife, Mary Honora DOORLY (1839 Borrisokane - 1887 Nepean) living just a few farms away from the KELLY farm at Lot 5, Conc III. William CLARKE (1821-1896) was the son of William CLARKE (abt 1793, Tipperary and emigrated to Nepean as a widower) and Catherine KELLY (abt 1795, Tipperary) and I am convinced that my 2x-great grandmother, Margaret CLARKE was their daughter (and a sibling to the younger William). This would explain Catherine Luther's presence in Canada, as well as the Kelly connection to the Nepean community. In turn, it would appear that they were related to many of the Nepean families. Frances Sheldrick ______________________________________ Hi Frances: I have just added your present enquiry to your web page at and will have a look into this subject in a day or two. An interesting item: Many of the pioneer Irish families who settled here in Jockvale in Nepean Township came from the Townland of Borrisokane in County Tipperary and the road where they settled to build their farms has recently been renamed to the "Borrisokane Road". I'll be in touch. ... Al

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