The MOROZUK family
from Galicia to South Gloucester in 1902 and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
April 16, 2011: (also posted new material from Shirley, below, also dated April 16, 2011)
Hi there! My name is Shirley Morozuk and I grew up in the Gloucester area and
you can guess that I am hooked on Genealogy. I just read the articles about
Our Lady of the Visitation and I had NO idea of the history
behind this church. My great grandparents and grandparents tomb stone is one of
the first you see as you enter the graveyard. My grandparents owned the old stone
house along highway 31 close to the church.
Michael Stepanovych Morozuk - September 15, 1889 Ternopil, Ukraine
Pearl Bychyk - October 29, 1897 Ternopil, Ukraine
Married January 22, 1921 Ottawa, Ontario
This family tree documents the family of Stephan (Stefan) Ivanovych Morozuk (born 1860) wife Maria Leonidivna Marushchak
(born 1870) and their descendants. Stephan and Maria's only son Michael Stephan Morozuk was born in 1889 in their native
home of Ukraine. In 1902, Stephan sailed from Hamburg, Germany to Halifax, Nova Scotia and settled in the Gloucester,
Ontario area for the next 6 years. In 1908, Stephan returned to his native land and returned to Canada in 1909 aboard
the CPR Vessel "Montreal" which sailed from Austria to Montreal, Quebec. He became a permanent resident of Ottawa, Ontario
and soon after, he sent for his wife and son to join him in Canada. The young family settled in Gloucester, Ontario and
coaxed the land into yielding wheat, rye, barley, buckwheat, hay, garden vegetables, and strawberries.
Michael Stephan Morozuk met Pearl Fedorivna Bychyk (born 1897 in Ukraine) in Ottawa, Ontario and they married on
January 1921. The newly-weds settled on a farm in the South Gloucester area (south of Ottawa) where they farmed and raised
a large family of 7 boys and 4 girls. After enduring the hardships of the depression and World War II, Michael and Pearl
"retired" from farming in 1957 and moved into Ottawa. Most of their children stayed true to their Gloucester roots,
and remained in the area. They followed their parent's path of building strong families as well, producing a total of 35
grandchildren for Michael and Pearl. Although Michael passed away in 1976 and Pearl in 1978, the family growth has
continued, with 46 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren as of 2011. Although the family
tree now has branches from coast to coast in Canada, the main branch remains in the Ottawa area, with some still living
in the general neighborhood of Michael and Pearl's farm.
I was wondering if I could purchase a copy of the Gloucester map you spoke of which
would be a nice addition to the family tree.
I also took note of an old photo of the church as well. Does anyone know if one
can retrieve a marriage certificate from the church? I'm having a tough time
finding one on Microfilm. Last but not least - where can I pick up the
140 Anniversary booklet?
Thank you in advance for any help you can pass along.
Here's a transcription of your ancestors' gravemarker:
In Memory of a Beloved Mother and Father
Mary and Stephen Michael Morozuk Ukraine 1889 Ottawa 1976
beloved husband of
Pearl Bychyk Ukraine 1897 died 1978
Rest in Peace
Source: Our Lady of the Visitation cemetery transcription by David Bryden, August 1985
with an Introduction by Michael Daley.
Please - go ahead and set up a web page for the Morozuk family as part
of the South Gloucester and Our Lady of the Visitation history.
My great grandparents are also buried in the graveyard, but there are no dates
on the tombstone. Perhaps you might have that information in the cemetery records??
Wouldn't that be a nice addition to my tree.
If you need anything further, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thank you - look forward to hearing more.
April 28, 2011:
From Hawthorne Road to Highway 31 in 1935
After a devastating fire at the first farm, Michael's growing family moved into St. Mary's Church temporarily until
a 2-story log house was constructed. The family of 13 moved into the cabin until the stone house on highway 31 was built.
These photos were taken in 2005 behind the current stone house and all buildings are still standing today in 2011.
April 16, 2011:
Thanks to Shirley who has supplied the following information regarding the Morozuk family from the book
GEOGRAPHY IN THE FIELD: A SAMPLE TRAVERSE IN SOUTH GLOUCESTER, ONTARIO by A. COLEMAN and W. E. S. HENOCH
Records in the county registry show that the Crown first granted this land in 1829, but it inherent difficulties
are indicated by the fact that only five acres had been cleared by 1912 when it was bought by Stephen Morozuk,
a Ukrainian immigrant, and worked mainly by his son Michael. The Morozuk family entertained high hopes of a 100-acre
holding which was large in comparison with the peasant plots of their native village. For the first six years they
lived in a small wooden shack near the well, digging out the stumps of trees by hand and levering surface boulders one
by one to the edges of the fields. They made their own tools, erected a barn and shed, and gradually coaxed the land
into yielding wheat, rye, barley, buckwheat, hay, garden vegetables, and strawberries. At the end of World War I
the shack was relegated to the status of a farm building, and the family moved into the stone house at Station 6.
Michael Morozuk obtained the sandstone from his neighbor's land and cut and squared it himself. In order to pay the
stonemasons who erected the building he had to raise a second mortgage on his land. However, despite his incredible
industry and good humor, "Strawberry Mike" was never able to clear the land completely and never able to make farming
pay without doing supplementary work at a lumbering shanty in winter, hauling stone for road contractors, and
clearing neighboring bush lots. In 1931 the barn caught fire and the house was also gutted. Michael Morozuk and his
growing family decided to move out to another farm on highway 31, and subsequently removed their house, stone by stone,
in order to reconstruct it on a site near South Gloucester Church.
It is therefore clear that the three dendrochronological dates cited, 1909, 1917, and 1935, relate respectively to the arrival
of the Morozuk's, their translation from the wooden to the stone house, and their dismantling of the stone house after the fire.
To the east of the farmhouse stand the overgrown foundations of farm buildings and the abandoned well. The weeds and shrubs
that infest them are much more recently established than the trees growing in the basement, suggesting that the outbuildings
remained in use long after the house was demolished. The field itself gives an even stronger impression of more recent
abandonment, as it is still mainly in grass. In fact, animals continued to be grazed here, first by Michael Morozuk
and then by the farmer to whom he sold the farm several years after World War 11. Both the pasture and the fences
gradually deteriorated, and in 1965 for the first time no animals were run on this land.
The weed and scrub vegetation on the sandstone is similar to that on the dolomite. Both weeds and trees tend to be relatively
non-specific for parent material and much more responsive to wet versus dry conditions. For example, milkweed, maple,
and beech flourish in somewhat drier areas; cedars, willows, birch, poplars, and of course bulrushes prefer dampness. The
main effect of the parent rock concerns the habit of growth. On the dolomite there is denser under thicket including
small-berried shrubs, wild cherry, and so forth, whereas on the sandstone growth is slower and more spindly. Trees tend
to produce top growth and to lose their bottom branches. Crossing to the northeastern corner of the field (Station 7)
one encounters two further reasons for the agricultural failure of this terrain: outcrops of bare, ice scraped rock, and
erratic blocks. The latter were ice borne from the north as is evidenced by the inclusion of crystalline rocks from the Canadian Shield,
especially fresh and altered granite, amphibole gneiss, and amphibole schist. Some of them owe their final phase of
transport to Michael Morozuk who hauled them off the fields and onto the rock outcrop.
April 26, 2011:
Stone home built by Michael Morozuk
Source: Gloucester Roots, by Lois Kemp, page 41
May 8, 2011:
I recently located my great grandfather and grandfather's names on the 1911 Census list with the address "16 Chamberlin Avenue."
I also noted quite a few people used this same address. Do you have any idea what this address was used for?
Your e-mail brings back some memories. I lived fairly close to this street for a few years when I was about ten years old.
It is now a commercial / residential street and is now spelled “Chamberlain”, I believe. You should be able to find it on
Google maps and may be able to get a street view of the address, if the building still exists.
Are most of the residents single men in 1911? A lot of men from the country came to the centretown area for work,
for at least part of the year when it was slower on the farm. This street was easy walking distance to the downtown area,
Lebreton Flats (mill workers) and the commercial Lowertown area.
I remember in the early 1950’s, there was a train station and a stockyard across from Chamberlain Avenue. This area had
been known as "Hickey's Bush" after the Irish Hickey family who owned several large parcels of land and were
market gardeners there, between centertown and the Glebe neighbourhood. Sometimes, we
would be playing ball hockey on the road and a steer would break loose from the stock yard and interrupt the game.
We also used to hop the freight cars near the station and take a little ride until our parents found out. I remember many
acres of stacked lumber for a long way along the railway tracks. J. R. Booth owned the railway and he was a well-known
lumber baron in Ottawa.
Let me know if you can find 16 Chamberlain on a google street view map. I would likely remember the building.
The railway line has been replaced by the Queensway (Highway 417) which is the major east-west highway through the
City of Ottawa. Chamberlain is the first street south of the Queensway and it runs between Bronson Street to the
west to Bank Street in the east.
E-mail Shirley Morozuk, Michael Daley and Al Lewis
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