Patrick McCANN and Elizabeth BRIEN
County Wicklow, Ireland to Gloucester Township

February 26, 2008:

Hi Al,
I had an email from a man in NS who saw the McCann family listed in our chart on 
B or B, and one of his ancestors seems to be the Ann in the attached family.
I was astonished to find that I had the Clonmore parish, County Wicklow, baptisms of 
3 of the McCann children. Here they are:
 bapt. 22nd OCT. 1826

 bapt. 20th MAY 1832

 bapt. 11th OCT. 1823
I suspect those Doyles would be relatives. (The son, John, maybe stayed in ireland.)
... Anne

Fitzwilliam Tenants from County Wicklow - Family Group 
    ID:  742 Parish     Aghowle 
           Year Listed:   1851 
   Surname   McCann 
          Reference No.     72 
   Group Members: 
   Eliza 54, Bryan 29, Catherine 24, Pat 19, Ann 17, George 15. 
   Voyage       Townland 
  Ship  Pilgrim      As spelt in the Emigration 
   Departure  New Ross. May 1st      Aghold 
   Arrival  Quebec    Official       Aghowle 
   Other Information    Holding 
   Chest/Graves in side column. 

Hi Al,
I've been corresponding with a Gary Long, descendant of Ann McCann and Richard Brady, 
and from what he gave me, plus what you have on B or B, I've put this material 
together on the FW McCanns in Ottawa. I asked Gary Long to send you a family tree 
for Ann McCann and descendants, and he said he could do that.

George McCann, b c1837 Co. Wicklow, s/o Patrick McCann and Elizabeth Brien, 
married Mary Bambrick, d/o Michael Bambrick and Mary Long (ND Cathedral)
- known children: Patrick (b c1868); Michael (b c1870)
Patrick McCann, b 20-5-1832, Aghowle, Co. Wicklow, s/o Patrick McCann and Elizabeth 
Brien, m. Margaret Hogg
- known child: Margaret, b c1865, m. Victor Auger b c1861, s/o Joseph Auger and Martha 
Isabella Leslie 
Ann McCann, b c1833 Co. Wicklow, s/o Patrick McCann and Elizabeth Brien, m. Richard Brady
- known child, Margaret, b c1864, m. John Allen Long, b c1849, s/o John Long and 
Mary Allen, on 21-11-1883. (Mr. Long was previously married (14-5-1874) to Elizabeth 
Kill, s/o John Kill and Isabella Henry.)
Al, do you suppose John Long was related to the Mary Long who m. Michael Bambrick 
at Notre Dame Cathedral: 26 June 1835, whose daughter Mary m. George McCann, above??
Bryan McCann, b c1822 Co. Wicklow, was in Gloucester Township in 1851 (census page attached), 
listed next to Robert Sharp, also from Aghowle (mentioned in the letter from Thomas 
Dowling on the Wicklow emigrants' page on B or B).
Bryan McCann was on the same 1851 census page as Moses Doyle, who kept us so 
busy last week!
I've found nothing on Catherine McCann.
... Anne

 don't know how I missed this yesterday, Al: the marriage of the parents of that 
 FW McCann family:
Clonmore RC parish, Co. Wicklow:
 This couple must have moved into AGHOLD after their marriage,

... Anne

Here's a possible tangent or red herring, not my first:

Look at this list of labourers from the 1851 census.

Labourers in Gloucester, 1851
There are several large farm families plus numerous "labourers", all Catholic, INCLUDING our Robert Sharp. It's as if they were all working on a construction project together. Maybe clearing land for one of the farmers, maybe building Our Lady of the Visitation Church, maybe working at the locks at Long Island, or maybe working or staying at the large RC operation (retreat / seminary / boarding place?) on the Bowesville Road, not far from South Gloucester. I wish I knew more about that place -- maybe it was a boarding place for new immigrants from Ireland. Was Robert Sharp a Catholic, or is the census record incorrect? Note: Michael Daley has informed me that this property was the 200 acre Spratt farm. It is now called "Wapoos Farm" and is owned by the Oblate Fathers. It was not owned by the Oblates until the late 1950's. I believe that some of these men belonged to farms in the area, Patrick Fox, the Redmonds, etc. What were they doing all apparently working together and not working their farms at the time of the 1851 census? ... Al (names for search engine: Patrick Fox, John Redmond, Bryan McCann, Robert Sharp, William Chapman, Owen O'Donnell?, Thomas Rourke / O'Rourke, Mary Redmond, Patrick Whelan and John Doyle). ___________________________ Hi Al: I think that Catholic designation for Robert Sharp is an error, Al. I think, since he could write, that he was a Methodist / Presbyterian like Barb Dowling's people. Would these men have been stonecutters in Ireland? In last week's discussion about Brian Doyle's Hill, Mary Quinn mentioned quarries in the area. Clearing land for the farmers is a very likely occupation for them, too, as you suggest. Now the following is a bit off the wall. When I asked John O to search for Brian Doyle, he had no success, and said Brian / Bryan would be an unusual first name in Ireland then; it was more commonly a surname. Here's the off-the-wall part: Could Brian Doyle's first name perhaps have come from his mother's surname, Brien / Bryan? (Notice that Bryan McCann of Gloucester carries his mother's surname as his first name, AND that in 1851 he was on the next page to Brian Doyle, b. Wicklow.) Lower Aghowle is about a mile (probably less) from the Carlow border. ... Anne ________________________ Anne: There are very few men using Brian as a first name among the Peter Robinson Settlers of 1823, the 1818 military settlers in Goulbourn or mentioned on the McCabe List. However, here are a couple of real Irish names in early Bytown. These first names are also likely last names. Here are the names -- poetry in a name: Callahan Fitzgerald. Farrell O'Finan. ... Al
February 27, 2008: Thanks to Michael Daley for reminding us that the Bytown and Prescott Railway was being built in this area in the early 1850's. Hi Al & Anne , Your list of labourers, in the 1851 census, I stand to be corrected, may have been labourers working on, the building of the Bytown and Prescott Railway which passes by the farms of the REDMOND , the Fox, and the Doyle families, and the Rourks were not too far away. the first train went through CHRISTMAS Day ,1854. in my day,there were Fox, Nolan, and Redmond men, and others still working as section men, on that route, I do have a book on the building of that railway , but I lent it out a couple years ago. there may have been a work camp set up , and MARY REDMOND may have been the cook.???. hope this helps, ... Michael Daley _______________________________ Thank you, Michael; that's fascinating that there was a train there so early. That would be the one that Al said later ran into the By Ward market area--an earlier version of the O Train?? It sounds like very rocky terrain in that area, so not pleasant work at all. In transcribing the Fitzwilliam rental records, I see the occupation "stonecutter" quite often. ... Anne ______________________________ And here's another possibility: this group of labourers may have been staying at John Cunningham's Inn which was located at Gloucester Station. Many of the railroad men spent time there. One of my Great Uncles, William (Willie) CHRISTOPHER, worked for the railroad. He married Isabella Leslie from the Gloucester Station neighbourhood. Anne: I think that you sent me something yesterday about an Isabella Leslie being married to a man named "AUGER" in the 1860's. This could be the same lady. ... Al
New May 2, 2011: from Anne Burgess: Hi Al, I was looking at the Ottawa Citizen article on Lewis Byrne this a.m., and found a reference to an Anne Brady—from Wicklow to Sandy Hill--married to Richard Brady. She was an Fitzwilliam Estate McCann:,4853493&dq=richard+brady+cumberland&hl=en and this page has her obituary:,5294887&dq=brady+wicklow&hl=en It’s so frustrating not to be able to print those Citizen pages!! I’ve been reading the long piece about the McCanns (the first one above), who came in 1851, from the townland of Aghowle and parish of Aghowle, according to the CD. But there’s such additional good stuff in that Citizen article: 1) It says they came from Kilquiggan, which is a townland in Aghowle; 2) It says the McCanns had received a letter in Kilquiggan from a former neighbour, telling everyone to come to Bytown where there were riches for everyone. The letter was written for the Wicklow person by a Bytown schoolteacher, who fabricated the story about the riches. The former Kilquiggan neighbour, living in Bytown, is named in the newspaper as a “Mrs. Blank”, real name withheld. But…it says that the next morning Mrs. Blank was moving to Osgoode, where someone belonging to her husband had died, and they had the chance to buy a small piece of land for not too much money. So, Al: here’s your task for today: what was the real name of these Blanks who moved to Osgoode c1851??? 3) It says the McCanns came “up from Grenville”; (we’ve always wondered how some of these Fitzwilliam Estate emigrants came to Bytown). ... Anne _______________________________________ Hi Anne: Thanks for this interesting material. I’d like to hope that the following is the Mrs. Blank and her husband: As you know, there were the two confusing Burns families on the Manotick Station Road. My ancestor Lawrence Burns and his family. He settled on Lot 10. About 1845, my great great grandmother, Margaret Doyle died. Out of the blue, a James Burns and his wife (Elizabeth Walsh), and children appeared in the early 1850’s and were able to buy a piece of land on Lot 12. This James Burns and family used similar names for their children – Lawrence, James, etc. as my Burns ancestors. Lot 12 was owned by the Jordan family. When the James Burns family came to Osgoode Township, they bought Lot 11, between my ancestors on Lot 10 and the Jordans on Lot 12. Now: My Lawrence Burns (Lot 10) married Bridget Jordan as his second wife, in 1845. There was one unoccupied lot available in the neighbourhood – Lot 11, and this is where James Burns and Elizabeth Walsh settled. I remember there was a great flurry of legal paperwork done when this transaction took place. James Burns brought the property from Mrs. Jordan. The Mrs. Blank would then have been Mrs. James Burns and they obtained land on Lot 11 in the early 1850’s. The “someone belonging to her husband” would likely have been the Lawrence Burns family and Mrs. Blank would then have bought the land from Bridget Jordan who would have been related to the Jordans through her husband. This is interesting. I could never find out where this James Burns and Elizabeth Walsh came from – they seemed to have a connection to my family, maybe cousins, but they definitely just dropped into Osgoode Township in the early 1850’s, apparently out of thin air. The land deal is recorded on a microfilm numbered “TP-2” at the Osgoode Museum in Vernon. I saw the papers early on and it seemed to be a complicated transaction. The Jordans and James Burns were the principals involved. A couple of years later, I was curious enough to go back and take a look again to see if I could figure it out. But by this time the Museum had decided to charge something like $10.00 per hour to look through the records. This is a very large microfilm reel and the records are all hand-written so I declined, but there is no doubt that the land records recorded there is a goldmine for that neighbourhood. I think that these records on TP-2 were originally held at L’Orignal which may have been the county seat at that time. ... Al ______________________________ Isn’t that funny, Al – I’d thought of James Byrne right away when I read the thing. And your details fit so very well – I’m sure you have it right. I’ve just had a look at the Clonmore records, and all the Byrnes seem to have been centred around Ballynultagh / Ballyraheen, etc., which includes Kilquiggan. I also had a look at the CD for bodies coming from Kilquiggan, and all I’ve found wound up in Camden / Sheffield area *northwest of Kingston, Ontario). I’ve asked Marg T if she has records of anyone married to the Bryan McCann who went to Kingston for a job and was never heard from again. Since the Citizen said that the McCanns moved into the Blanks’ vacated house, would there be Bytown records that would note these two families’ presence at the Deep Cut? (I remember a million years ago a priest at Canadian Martyrs described Ottawa East as “beginning at the Deep Cut and ending at…” I’ve forgotten the end point – Riverdale Ave. probably.) And did you see the mention in the Citizen article (one of them) about a William Kehoe – a farrier – and his wife, Ms. Ring. Remember Bytown’s Wicklow Kehoes divided themselves into the Steel Kehoes (blacksmiths) and the Wood Kehoes – Matthew and company, who were carpenters. This is a very nice turnout to the day! ... Anne
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