The LAWLESS Surname
also Archbishop John Travers LEWIS and Rebecca Olivia LAWLESS
February 21, 2009: (photo added)
Photo Source: Anglicanism in the Ottawa Valley:
Essays for the Centenary of the Diocese of Ottawa, page 32
April 15, 2004:
LAWLESS; IRL; 1500-1850
I would like to get in touch with anyone who is seriously researching
the name Lawless in Ireland. There must be someone out there with
a similar interest considering the fact that in 1993 there were 3,847
people with the name in Ireland, 3,632 in Great Britain, 1,158 in
Canada, 8,892 in the U.S., 2,477 in Australia etc.
I have 300 pages of overlapping biographies including farmers, barons,
knights, lords, RC bishops & priests, Church of Ireland Ministers, a
Church of England Bishop of Canada, teachers, scribes and convicts
(many of whom were transported to Australia). Some were good,
some were bad, but they are all mine.
The name Lawless began in Ireland with the arrival of the Norman,
Sir Hugh de Laighleis, in 1172. The names Laghles, Laules, Lawles
& Lawless appear frequently in medieval records up to the end of
the 16th century in Leinster & Munster, particularly in Cos. Kilkenny
& Dublin. There are 82 Manuscript Sources for the History of Irish
Civilisation, and its first supplement, with references to the name.
According to I.G.I sources in the later half of the 19th century alone
there were more than 200 Lawless births and more than 60 marriages.
They built manors in the vale of Shanganagh, Kilruddery, Corkagh &
Old Connacht, all in the Bray area. In the 1500s they were Lords of
Talbot's Inche in Co. Kilkenny and another branch were, for four
generations, the Barons of Cloncurry at Lyons House in Co. Kildare.
Emily Lawless, 1845-1913, was a well known author & poet but her
works were largely ignored, no doubt because of her feelings on Home
Anyone interested in exchanging information?
Nice to hear from you. Are you in the Lewis tree which has this Lewis below ?
I believe there are Lewis that are connected in this area but have never heard from them.
You certainly may post a copy of my posting to your web site.
All the Best,
John Travers LEWIS and Rebecca Olivia LAWLESS
Descendants of John "Rev." Lewis
Generation No. 1
1. JOHN "REV."1 LEWIS was born 1798, and died 1833. He married REBECCA OLIVIA LAWLESS,
daughter of JOHN LAWLESS and MARY PYNE. She was born 1807 in Cloyne, County Cork ,IRL, and
died Feb 1891 in Ottawa, ON,CAN.
Notes for REBECCA OLIVIA LAWLESS:
Olivia Rebecca Lawless 1807-1891. Olivia Rebecca Lawless m. Rev. John Lewis 1798-1833
of Cork, IRL. Rev. Lewis was Rector at Shandon, near Cork and died suddenly of the plague
in 1832. These were bad times in Ireland because of the Great Famine and Rebecca
Olivia emigrated to Canada in 1848 with 7 of her children, settling near London, Ontario.
She eventually moved to Ottawa where she died in February of 1891. Rebecca is buried in
the Ottawa "Beechwood" Cemetery Section 22, Lot 31, N.W. Part. She is buried with
Annie H. M. Lewis who died in 1886 (age 56 yrs) and Wm. Henry Toller who died Dec. 27,
1982 (age 63 years-cremated)
Olivia Rebecca and Rev. Lewis had a son, John Travers Lewis, b. June 20,1825 at
Garrycloyne Castle, Co. Cork. The abrupt loss of his father and Lewis's upbringing at
his grandparents' county seat in Garrycloyne, among hard-riding gentry, reinforced
the youth's taciturn and determined disposition, which would characterize him for life.
So too did his fine scholarly performance at Trinity College. He graduated in theological
studies in 1847. In 1849 Rev. John Travers Lewis followed his mother to CAN as a
missionary. He was posted to Hawkesbury, Ontario. On July 22,1851 he married
Anne Henrietta Margaret Sherwood in Toronto, daughter of former attorney general
Henry Sherwood. They had 11 children. He was consecrated an Anglican bishop for an
Ontario diocese in March 1862 and On Feb. 20,1889 he married Ada Marie Leigh of Manchester,
England. In 1894 Lewis became arch-bishop of Ontario. He died May 6,1901
at sea en route to England.
More About REBECCA OLIVIA LAWLESS:
Burial: Beechwood Cem., Ottawa
Child of JOHN LEWIS and REBECCA LAWLESS is:
i. JOHN TRAVIS "ARCH-BISHOP"2 LEWIS, b. Jun 20, 1825, Garrycloyne Castle, CORK,IRL;
d. May 06, 1901, At Sea; m. ANNE HENRIETTA MARG'T. SHERWOOD, Jul 22, 1851,
Toronto, ON,CAN; b. Abt. 1830.
January 8, 2011: (2 pictures added)
Photo Source: A Bishop and His People:
John Travers Lewis and the Anglican Diocese of Ontario, 1862-1902, inside front dust jacket.
John Travers Lewis and Anne (Sherwood) Lewis
Note: There is some interesting information regarding John Travers Lewis in the book
The Irish in Ontario: A Study in Rural History, by Donald H. Akenson.
He also plays a major part in an article entitled "Ritualism and the Beginnings of the
Reformed Epispocal Movement in Ottawa", by Bruce S. Elliott.
Both of the above are listed in our bibliography.
November 26, 2004:
I am interested in the Lawless Pynes,who are really Lawless anyway.
My maiden name is Lawless Pyne. My great grandfather was
Clement Paul Lawless Pyne who came here from Ireland sometime before
1870 when he married here, but am new at this and am still collecting
information. Clement's father was John Paul Lawless (Rev) who took the
I live in Australia.
April 30, 2005:
I came across your web material and found it very interesting. I'm just starting to
get into genealogy. I am a great, great grandson of the archbishop. My aunt,
(its really my great,great aunt,I think), lives not far from me in Calgary. She is the
grand daughter of the Archbishop (her father was the Archbishop's youngest son Clement)
and seems to be a matriarch of the Lewis family out west.
I have one item you might find interesting. It's a leather bound book of Robinson Crusoe,
with gold inlay printing "From Rob Johnston Esqr,to Master John Lewis 1808". On the
inside front cover is a hand written note from the Archbishop, to my grandfather,
David Travers Lewis
February 15, 2010:
I have realized that it was 2004 when I posted my message on this site. My email address has changed.
It is now firstname.lastname@example.org (Incorporated in the list below ... Al)
I am advising this in the event that someone wants to get in touch with me about the Lawless or Lawless - Pyne families.
April 13, 2010:
Grave Marker of Rebecca Olivia Lawless, 1807 - 1891
(Buried at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa)
Photo taken April 12, 2010
E-mail Denis Lawless, Betty Rixon, David Travers Lewis and Al Lewis
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