Miscellaneous Surnames in the Ottawa, Canada Area
I am looking for any information on Daniel O'BYRNE b 1805 - 6 m Jane McBRIDE
b 1811 - 15 both of Ireland, they immigrated to Canada around 1849 and settled in the
South Indian (Limoges) Russell, Ontario area. Their children are Patrick, Bernard ,
Mary, John, Daniel, Archibald, James, Anastasia, and Malcolm b 1836 - 61. I am also
researching Joseph Racette b 1805 - 08 m Marceline GAGNON b 1832 who travelled
from Quebec to the South Indian (Limoges), Russell, Ontario area between 1858 - 60.
Their children are Joseph, Cordelia, Dolphis, Philias, Malvinia, Amanda, Eugenie,
Jules, Emeryl, Mary and Aldophe b 1848 - 70. Any information on either of these
families would be greatly appreciated.
January 31, 2002:
Joseph John R. O'Byrne s/o Daniel & Eugenie Racette m 16-Feb-1920 at St. Viateur,
Limoges,Russell twn.,Russell County
to Amanda Julien v.Alexander Brownlee. Joseph had a brother John James who m.
Philead Racette s/o Philead & Celanise Normane m 9 Sept 1912,St. Luke, Curran,
North Plantagenet, Prescott County to
Blance Labrosse d/o Alfred & Odile Lafontaine. Here I have a Joseph Philias b.
Aug 13, 1885 s/o Philias Racette and Celanese Normand, would this be the same?
I'm not related to these but picked up Malcolm O'Byrne from South Indian, Limoges
husband of Rose Jane Shane and Maude O'Byrne d/o Malcolm O'Byrne & Mary Golden Maude married Edgar Shane.
These I picked up when researching my publication on the Shane history. If possible could
you send me more information on Malcolm, Maude and Edgar, dates, places of birth, death, etc.
The late Mary O'Byrne Davis wrote 'The Patrick O'Byrne Family History (1785-1981).
Who were Mary O'Byrne's parents as I am a direct descendent of Patrick O'Byrne and the
Racettes, I do not have her listed. I also have 7 generations of Shane if you would
like to share information. I am probably repeating what you have, but you never know.
Thanks for your help. Laurie
Katherine Adamson and Laurie Vogel
February 1, 2002:
Here is a little more on Racette:
Embrum, St. Jacques, Russell twn, Russell County founded 1858.
Amanda Racette d/o Joseph & Marcelline Gagnon
Isaie St-Pierre s/o Jacques & Josephte Richer
Anna O'Burns d/o Daniel & Genn McBride
James McAuley s/o Charles & Eloise Bogley
Malvina Racette d/o Joseph & Marcelline Gagnon
Noel Chevigny s.o Calixte & Delina Paquette
Daniel O'Burn s/o Patrick & Catherine Dunn (see a little farther down)
Eugenie Racette d/o Joseph & Marcelline Gagnon
Limoges, St Viateur, Russell twn Russell Co.founded 1897
Caroline Racette d/o Philias & Celinise Normand
Jean Baptiste Briere s/o Eugene & Marie Laberge
I don't find any earlier Parishes in Russell, and a check across the river at
Montebello-Notre Dame Bonsecours did not yield any Racette or O'Byrne-O'Burn entries
From Al Lewis, Feb. 1, 2002:
1. PATRICK BURNS was born 1843 in Canada West, and died in Osgoode Township.
He married CATHERINE DUNN.
Notes for PATRICK BURNS:
In the 1861 Census, Patrick was working on the Smith farm on Lot 5, Concession 3,
Osgoode Township. (Manotick Station Road)
He later married and moved to 200 acres on Concession 10, Lot 6. (near Russell Township)
He may have been related to the Burns on Lots 10 and 11, Concession 3. (Lawrence Burns, etc)
or he may have been related to Edward Byrnes from County Queen's to Gloucester Township.
Child of PATRICK BURNS and CATHERINE DUNN is:
i. ELIZABETH BURNS, b. August 1862.
Notes for ELIZABETH BURNS:
Baptism at St. John's, Enniskerry, Osgoode Township
Sponsors were Terrence Byrnes (likely brother to Lawrence Burns above) and Anne McGillicuddy
Noean BURNS (Dean) died
in Mckillop twp, Huron Co. in Ontario in 1861. He was born in the 1830's in
Quebec. Dean was married to Hannah Catharine Kennedy from Halton County, Ontario.
Dean and Hannah had two children: Dean Samuel BURNS, and Bessie BURNS. When
they were 10 and 12 years old (in 1871 census) they WERE NOT living with
their mother and step father. Later in life they moved to Michigan, USA.
I'm trying to find out more about this story.
Bessie BURNS later married Alexander MCMASTER of Orangeville. Dean BURNS
for a time taught at "a Vermont French school".
Dean lived next door to his brother and sister-in-law, William and Elizabeth
BURNS. I think he had another brother, Robert BURNS, north of Toronto.
Robert had several children (especially Dean) with similiar names.
E-mail Tammy, Frank L. Mann, Pat McGee and Al Lewis
January 25, 2002:
I am doing research on a Kennedy family in Glengarry County and have only been
able to get as far as this info:
ANGUS KENNEDY was born Abt. 1880 in Kenyon Township, Glengarry Cty,
Ontario. He married (1) MARY MARGARET ROBINSON, daughter of LOUIS
ROBERTSON / ROBINSON and FLORA DUMOULIN / MILLER. She was born March 28,
1890 in Lochiel Township, Glengarry Cty, Ontario, and died January 25, 1976
in Alexandria, Glengarry Cty, Ontario. He married (2) MARY ELLEN LEMON
July 27, 1901 in St Alexander's Church, Lochiel, Glengarry Cty, Ontario,
daughter of DAN LEMON. She was born Abt. 1882 in Kenyon Twp, Glengarry
Cty, Ontario, and died January 2, 1910 in Kenyon Twp, Glengarry Cty,
I saw that you had a place on your website for miscelleneous surnames so
maybe someone else out there is searching this family as well.
Thanks for your time,
February 16, 2003:
My name is Tammy O'Byrne and I am looking for any information on a Helen or
Ellen Ryan. She married my ggg grandfather Bernard Byran O'Byrne. I know Bernard
came to Canada about 1850 and settled in the Limoges area, Helen/Ellen came to Canada
about 1854, not sure with who or if she settle in the Limoges area also, Some say
it was Russell area. Please e-mail me back.
May 20, 2003:
Jesse Linden MANN
Please add my search to the website.
I'm trying to find any record of my uncle, Jesse Linden MANN who emigrated to
Ottawa after the end of the Second World War. He was in the Merchant Navy and
might have lived on Clarence Street. I don't have any dates or anything.
Frank L Mann
August 22, 2003:
I was looking for information about Jacob Bellamy who married Harriet Parke or Parks or Parker.
how many children they had ? I only know they are my great grandparents parents
of James A Bellamy my grandfather. Any information would be appreciated.
My grandfather was born and lived in Carleton Place and Married Rhoda JACKSON
born in Leeds England They were married in Carleton place and left sometime
between 1906 and 1920 for Coppercliff, Ontario where my father was born.
October 26, 2004:
Re: Anna Burns & James McAuley m 09.Feb. 1880
In searching the ‘net’ I came upon your email address with respect to
the above H&W who may be distant relatives. Are you able to provide me
with information on their ancestors or descendants?
Any help would be much appreciated.
John, In my family tree I have a James McAuley m. Anastasia O’Byrne,
and an Annie McCauley who m. a Daniel Herbert O’Byrne. I hope that
this helps you in some way. If you come across any more information
especially on the O’Byrne side I would appreciate it.
March 16, 2005:
Mte: See posting below, dated October 26, 2004
Email Katherine, Laurie and Al
Posted by Robert C Kelsch <> on Wed, 06 Sep 2000
Surname: ROCHE, FITZGERALD, GREEN, DUNN
Looking for birthplace of Michael ROCHE,b.3/9/1821,"In Rideau near Hummitt,Lake
Ontario" I can find no locality in Canada named such today. Michael married Margaret
FITZERALD in 1845. She was the daughter of Gerald Fitzgerald and Mary GREEN.
Michael was the son of William ROCHE and Margaret DUNN. Michael emmigrated to
the USA in 1848. He returned to Canada in 1890 and married a Jane BURKE in 1891.
He died in Madison, South Dakota, USA, in 1910.
Email Robert and Al Lewis
I am hoping someone can help me with this family. John O'NEIL (NEILL)
(NEILL) and his wife Elizabeth BARRETT, married about 1828 in County Wicklow,
came to Canada about 1840. They were accompanied by four
children, Patrick, Margaret or Mary, Elizabeth and Edward. I cannot
seem to establish their place of residence in CO Wicklow, nor do
I know the names of their parents.
They settled first in Goulbourn Township, near Ottawa, Ontario,
and later moved into Ottawa. John was listed as a carter on local directories.
Thanks for anything!!
May 12, 2002:
Hello Jean and Al,
What can you tell me about your Edward O'Neil? I have an Edward John O'Neil b. abt 1831
who married Mary Purcell we think in Montreal, Qc. They settled in Ottawa, Ont. and attended
St. Patrick's Church. The oldest daughter Mary Ann listed that she was born in Montreal abt
1855 on her wedding record. They had 8 daughters and 2 sons at St. Patrick's Church. Edward
died on 4/13/1887 and Mary Purcell died on 8/19/1909 with the funerals held at St. Pat's.
Would be interested to know if this is your Edward and whether you might have seen them. I
have no weddings or funerals for most of the girls. It seems they had moved to Gatineau
around 1879 and I have been unable to trace them further.
I think Mary Purcell is a sister to George Purcell my husband's great grandfather. Any help
Sue Herbert at email@example.com
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Subject: McEVOY in the Ottawa Valley
Am researching Mcevoys of the Ottawa Valley in Ontario. Have identified five
distinct families. Is anyone else doing Mcevoy. If so, could exchange data.
Presently using FAMILY TREE which is compatible with Word Perfect.
(New E-mail address as of September 14, 2004)
Email Bob and Al Lewis
From: Jean Broadfoot <>
Organization: The National Capital FreeNet, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Subject: HUGHES - OTTAWA or AYLMER, PQ
Am looking for information on the family of James HUGHES and
Brigid O'NEIL, marr 30 Jul 1878 in Ottawa, Roman Catholic.
James was born in Gibralter / Gibraltar or Scotland, the son of John
Hughes and Suzannah Collins. They had three children who
died young, Mary, James Matthew and Elizabeth. Other
family members were Arthur J., Susan and John J. I don't
think Susan married but am trying to follow up on Arthur J.
and John J. They lived in Ottawa, except for John J. who
moved to Aylmer, PQ and then may have moved back to Ottawa.
Any information on this family gratefully received.
Email Jean and Al Lewis
I am looking for information on a BURNS family from Canada. Darie O'Neill is researching the Matthew Downey family who went to New York state.
June 4, 2013:
The following may be a little out of our goegraphic range, but I'm interested in the surname McGee from the north of Ireland ... Al
Hi Al! I have enjoyed your Bytown or Bust website over the last couple of years, especially the sections about the McGees / Magees.
In the last 3 years, I have been trying to find out where in Upper Canada my GG grand uncle Robert McGee and his wife Margaret Brown
(both Irish-born) had their first 5 children. His brother (my GG grandfather) James McGee and wife Mary Clark (both Irish born)
likely also lived in UC during that time and had children there. I know they all suddenly appeared in northern New York State in
the 1830 USA census. I have searched in vain so many online Canadian databases for their names. I'm wondering if you have ever seen
any information on them in the course of researching your McGees. They weren't among the 1823 Peter Robinson settlers,
but they may have been part of a group of ex-military to settle in Upper Canada. Here are some details:
Robert McGee, born 1795 in Leckpatrick Parish, County Tyrone. Joined Royal Artillery (5th Battalion Artillery, private) 1811 at age 16;
fought at Waterloo. Had to retire at age 24 in 1819 due to a pectoral complaint. His RA file has been lost, but this info came from some
sort of index. From NY censuses, I have found listed his first 5 children born in Canada English (one record said Ontario): Jane born ca 1823,
Mary b ca 1823, George b 1825, Joshua b 1827, Sarah "Sally" b 1829 (then 4 more children born in NY state 1836-1840.) Robert and Margaret
immigrated from UC to Fort Covington NNew York, USA in 1830. I haven't found any birth records for any child of theirs.
A few miles west of Fortt Covington, his older brother (we think!) James McGee (b 1780-1790) was farming in Brasher with wife
Mary Clark and 3 unnamed children born 1816-1830. I have found birth records online and on a purchased CD ROM for 2 of their sons,
Luke born NY 1830 and James b NY 1837, at the St Regis Catholic Church in Hogansburg NY. It seems to me that James and Mary raised
their family as Catholics, but Robert may not have done so. James' son James, born 1837 in Brasher, was my great grandfather.
By 1840, Robert and Margaret had moved to a farm across the road from James and Mary in Brasher. By 1860, sons of Robert were
operating both farms as, in 1859, Mary Clark McGee, widow, took her youngest son James to Kingston and married Daniel Braniff of
Pittsburgh Township, near Kingston, Ontario. James took over the Braniff farm, married the neighbour's daughter Ann Kilduff,
and started their large Catholic family, including my grandfather Robert McGee, born 1870 in Joyceville.
I know a lot about the 1859 and onwards McGee family story. The problem is the 1820's in Upper Canada. I suspect that Robert may
have been posted to UC by the Royal Artillery either before or after Waterloo, and maybe decided it would be a good place to settle
down. The bottom fell out of the linen market in Ireland by 1820 during an agricultural depression. Robert had been a "weaver" at
age 16 when he enlisted. He probably brought other family members with him, including his older brother James. I have found 4
possible McGees who were farming in Leckpatrick when he was born, one of whom was likely my GGG grandfather. I am now working
with 3 American McGees to link our McGees to John MacGhee, the first Scottish Catholic McGee to settle in the Strabane, County Tyrone area
in 1610. That is an amazing story, which involves a famous smuggler, amongst other colourful characters!
Like everyone else I know who is doing genealogy, I am obsessed with ferreting out every possible detail before I get too old to do the
research and pass it along to my younger relatives.
It would be great if you can give me some suggestions on where I should be looking. I've found lots of McGees in online records for places
like West Gwillimbury, but no way to tie them to mine! I live in British Columbia, so it isn't possible for me to search local Ontario
All the best from
Pat McGee in Surrey, BC.
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