John LEAVY / LEVI and Jane BYRNE
(See photo of John and Jane, posted on May 4, 2005)
John William LEAVY / LEVI came from County Longford, Ireland
also Bernard KEEGAN
Ireland to Pakenham

September 12, 2002:
Al,
Just looking over your website and I see there is a Byrne family.  My Gr Gr Grandmother 
was Jane Byrne married to a John Leavy. They lived in Pakenham, Ontario, Canada. 
Also my Gr Gr Grandfather Bernard Keegan and his wife Mary Morris, lived in or 
around Pakenham. He had a son named Michael, who located in North Dakota, USA, which was 
my Grandfather. I am wondering if there is any connection between the Mary Keegan 
in Iowa and our Keegan's? I know that Bernard came from Ireland, but I don't know 
where. Please contact me at my email address which is:
 
... Donnie

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Note:

There are some records of the LEAVY family at St. Michael's at Corkery. Presumably
most of the records for this family would be at St. Mary's in Almonte or St. Peter's
in Pakenham.
In most cases, the surname is spelled LEVI, LEVEY and LEAVEY in the old records.
Here's an example (Source: Births registered at St. Michael's RC Parish, Huntley Township):


Power, Thomas
Son of Power, Morris and Russell, Allis	
was born on 6/12/1842	
Godparents: Levi, John & Levi, Jane (nee Byrne)

and from the book Ottawa Valley Village, Pakenham, 1860-1900 by Verna Ross McGiffin:

Property owners in Pakenham Township, 1867:

Bernard Keegan
John Leavey, Jr.
James Leavey
Michael Leavey

September 14, 2002: ... and some 1881 census records: Census Place: Pakenham, Lanark North, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375869 NAC C-13233 Dist 112 SubDist C Div 1 Page 29 Family 111 Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Patrick LEVI M M 50 Irish Ontario Occ: Farmer Religion: Roman Catholic Elizabett LEVI F 46 Scottish Ontario Religion: C. Presbyterian Jemetta LEVI F 25 Irish Ontario Religion: C. Presbyterian John LEVI M 23 Irish Ontario Religion: C. Presbyterian Peter LEVI M 21 Irish Ontario Religion: C. Presbyterian Mathew LEVI M 19 Irish Ontario Religion: C. Presbyterian Arthur LEVI M 17 Irish Ontario Religion: C. Presbyterian Thomas J LEVI M 15 Irish Ontario Religion: C. Presbyterian Michael LEVI M 12 Irish Ontario Religion: C. Presbyterian Alice LEVI F 8 Irish Ontario Religion: C. Presbyterian Census Place: Pakenham, Lanark North, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375869 NAC C-13233 Dist 112 SubDist C Div 2 Page 31 Family 129 Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace John LEVI M M 41 Irish O Occ: Farmer Religion: Catholic Mary LEVI F M 40 Irish Ireland Religion: Catholic Thomas LEVI M 20 Irish O Occ: Farmer Religion: Catholic Peter LEVI M 18 Irish O Occ: Farmer Religion: Catholic James LEVI M 16 Irish O Religion: Catholic Michael F. LEVI M 14 Irish O Religion: Catholic Albert E. LEVI M 12 Irish O Religion: Catholic John Hy LEVI M 9 Irish O Religion: Catholic Ellen LEVI F 6 Irish O Religion: Catholic Elizabeth LEVI F 4 Irish O Religion: Catholic Census Place: Smith's Falls, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375869 NAC C-13233 Dist 111 SubDist G Page 57 Family 274+ Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Bridget LEVI F S 33 Irish O Occ: Dressmaker Religion: Catholic Mary LEVI F S 14 Irish O Occ: Dressmaker Religion: Catholic ... Al
September 17, 2002: Al Thank you for the information on the Levi's. I do have a lot of the Levi history but nothing on Jane Byrne, who I am most interested in. Do you know where I can find information on that side of the family? I was also happy to hear my Great Grandfather, Bernard Keegan, owned land in Pakenham. Could you give me any more information on how I can follow up on that? I am a little confused on the entry Power, Thomas. Was he a relative of my Great Grandmother Mary Morris Keegan? (probably a friend / neighbour). I am going to try to contact St Mary's in Almonte, and see if I can find any records for the Keegan's or Morris. Any information you have , will be most helpful. Thanks, Donnie
May 4, 2005: Hi, I’m responding to your posting (along with Donnie) that I found online. This is just a test message to see if your email works. My gr-gr-grandparents were John Leavy and Jane Byrne. Thanks, Robin Leavy __________________________ Hi Al, Thanks for responding. Mostly I was wondering if you have any photos for John Levi and Jane Byrne. I have one that I got from my cousin Lois, who got it from her father. We are descended from John>John>Michael Francis>. Are you acquainted, perhaps, with my cousin (“our” cousin) Linda Stephens? She’s done a very good job on Levi genealogy starting with the generation before John and Jane. She doesn’t like to publish her info on the web, and I agree, as she says that “genealogy is not an exact science” and the information is constantly evolving. Thanks for any help you might give, and I guess it would be fine to add my name and email to a contacts list on your webpage. By the way, the one for Donnie doesn’t work any more. Thanks again, Robin Leavy _________________________ Robin: Do you mind if I add the photos to the web site? ... Al _________________________ Hi again, No, I don’t mind at all. I’d be happy to share them. ... Robin _________________________ Thanks to Robin for this great picture of John William Levi and Jane Byrne:
John Leavy / Levi and Jane Byrne
and for this picture of John Levi II and Mary Ferry:
John Leavy / Levi II and Mary Ferry

July 30, 2007: The Levi's have a North American reunion every two years. There is a good family tree that is available as well. I have a picture of James Bond's tombstone as well. The Bond's are buried in the White Lake cemetery where my family is buried. The early Levi / Leavy / Levy are all buried in the Pakenham cemetery. I have many artifacts as well. We have not been able to find the Byrne background yet. The Leavy church in Ireland (County Longford) has been destroyed so that is a shame. ... Randall Levi

E-mail Donnie, Robin Leavy, Randall Levi and Al Lewis

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