James KINSELLA and (1) Bridget McGOVERN DORSEY and (2) Jane THORPE

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Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
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 October 26, 2002:
Mr.Lewis,
In visiting the ByTown or Bust site, I came across the name James Kinsella born 1812 
in Ireland. He is my g-g-grandfather.I was wondering if you could find any information 
for me...such as Where in Ireland he came from? Who his parents are or if he had relatives 
in the area? As it said most of these families are listed in St. Michael's, Corkery.
I have some info. on him. I know he lived in Franktown, maybe Carleton Place and Montague 
at one time. I know he was married twice. 1st. wife Bridget (McGovern) Dorsey they had 
3 children together. Thomas, Ellen, and John (my great grandfather) and Bridget also had 
a daughter named Mary Dorsey. and a sister named Catherine, and 2 brothers named Thomas 
and Farrell McGovern. I don't know who Bridget's parents were.
2nd wife: Jane Thorpe, they had 2 children Rachel and Elizabeth. and Jane also had a son 
named John Henry WARD.
both wife's died and are buried in Ontario.
Family story about James Kinsella (notes written by his grand-daughter) that he made the 
voyage from Ireland twice. the first time at the age of 17, about 1829. he became homesick 
and returned to Ireland. and about the age of 30 he returned to Canada. app..1842. but 
never mentioned where in Ireland he came from. who his parents were or who his brothers 
and sisters were.
After Jane died, James and children all came to Dakota Territory about 1880. Settled in 
Grand Forks County, Gilby, North Dakota and he died there in 1897.
 
I know that he lived in concession 1 lot 13 in Franktown. I am curious if Patrick Kinsella 
in Franktown was James brother? So if you could fill in any of the missing blanks I would 
be very excited.

Thank you 

Jo Alene Glinnon
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Franktown:

Note: Franktown (The Lilac Capital of Ontario) was surveyed by the military in a typical
grid fashion at approximately the same time as the Town of Perth was established (1816).
Franktown was used as a supply depot and is geographically central to Perth, Carleton 
Place, Richmond and Smiths Falls.
... Al


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