Osgoode Township, Ontario, Canada -- 1800's
Connections to Oka, St. Columban's and Ste. Scholastique, Quebec, Canada
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
September 19, 2015: (general update of this web page)
This web page continues research into the many families who came to Bytown and area in Upper Canada from various
parishes in Lower Canada, mostly from the townships north of the Ottawa River and the Petite Nation seigneury.
Some francophone settlers came from Lochaber, Buckingham and the Gatineau Valley.
A major migration of Francophones to the Townships of Prescott County occurred in the second half of the nineteenth century.
March 2, 2006:
Some members of the Irish Catholic community in the north-west corner of Osgoode Township had connections to the parishes of St. Columbans, Ste. Scholastique and the Oka / Deux Montagnes / Kanesatake region near Montreal, in Quebec.
See also The Irish in St. Columban's web site.
We are trying to determine connections between these Deux Montagnes and Osgoode
Township folks during the 1800's.
The following persons were Irish Catholics, born in Quebec, living in Osgoode
Township in the 1881 Census and MAY have been from the St. Columban's area.
Can anyone confirm these connections or add new names to the list? Any names
which should be deleted?
Cen: Ont Russell Osgoode
CALLAHAN, Bridget 1843 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
CALLAHAN, Catharine 1863 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
CALLAHAN, Amey 1866 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
CALLAHAN, John 1868 M Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
CALLAHAN, Richard 1870 M Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
CALLAHAN, Steven H. 1873 M Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
DALY, Micheal 1827 M Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
DALY, John 1831 M Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
KEANY, Eliza 1824 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
(KENNA, KENNY or KEALEY)
KELLEY, Catherine 1840 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
KINSELLA, Thomas 1838 M Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
KILFOIL, Ellen 1851 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
KILFOIL, John 1846 M Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
MCEVOY, Mary 1826 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
MARSHALL, Michael 1841 M Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
MCEVOY, John 1843 M Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
MCEVOY, Mary 1854 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
MCEVOY, Bridget 1856 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
MURPHY, Micheal 1843 M Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
MURPHY, Elenne A. 1874 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
PLUNKETT, Ann 1837 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
SULLIVAN, Mary 1836 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
YORK, Mary 1843 F Irish Bir: Queb Cen: Ont, Russell, Osgoode
(YORK is her married name)
E-mail Allan Lewis
March 3, 2006:
According to Claude Bourguignon, the first four Irish families to settle
in the St. Columbans area arrived in 1821. The heads of households in
1. James Murphy
2. Hugh Reilly
3. Andrew Cowan
4. John Millen (Mullin ?)
There were a great number of new Irish settlers in the St. Columbans area during the
remaining years of the 1820's.
In addition, Claude has compiled a list of land transactions between early
residents of St. Columbans and those in our area of Upper Canada.
Liste des Colombanois ayant des liens avec l'Ontario au 19e siècle
Réalisée à partir des chaînes de titres des 320 lots du cadastre de Saint-Colomban
NOTE : Cette liste est non exhaustive. En effet, les chaînes de titres n'étant pas complète à 100%
Préparée par Claude Bourguignon, 25 février 2006
- Lot 18 : Vente par William S. Boyd à David Price William,
marchand de cuir, de la cité d'Ottawa et maintenant de la paroisse de
St-Colomban, le 13/08/1877
- Lots 42, 43 : Vente par James Murphy à Mallick Gaven / Gavan, cultivateur de Hull (Gatineau County),
- Lot 42, 43 Vente par Martin Furlong, époux de Judith Coughlan / Coughlin veuve de Mallick Gaven,
de Hull à Thomas Donaghue, le 8/02/1847
- Lot 58 : Vente devant le sherif Lapointe à J.C Shea, procurur, épicier ville d'Ottawa,
- Lot 90 Vente par Andrew Keyes cordonnier à Ottawa (autrefois Saint-Colomban) à
Michael Kelly, canton Gloucester, Ontario, le 21/02/1870
- Lot 98 Vente par James Woods, maintenant de Westmeath, comté de Renfrew, Ontario
à Samuel Smiley, le 8/10/1880
- Lot 132 Vente par Bridget Innis (veuve de Lawrence Delaney et épouse actuelle de
William Murchison) du canton de Lochiel, comté de Glengarry) à Francis
Donaghue, le 20/06/1848
- Lot 133 Vente par John Dempsey à John Marshall, canton d'Osgoode, le 23/02/1847
- Lot 135 Vente par Patrick Phelan à Mary Whelan, de Prescott, Haut-Canada, le
- Lot 139 Vente par Daniel Phelan, Cornwall, comté de Stormont à Edward Elliott ,
- Lot 153 Vente par Thomas McEvoy, cultivateur du Haut-Canada, canton d'Osgoode à
Dennis Coughlan, le 12/03/1845
- Lot 163 Vente de Richard Shea et sa femme Alley Murphy, cultivateur de Bytown à
William Nevell, le 11/07/18936 (could be William Neville ... Al)
- Lot 164 Vente par John Shea, cultivateur du Haut-Canada à Patrick McCarthy,
- Lot 216 Vente par William Murphy, cultivateur du Haut-Canada à Edmund Mooney,
- Lot 271 Vente par Emery Morris dit Lanfantaisie, journalier (labourer) de la cité d'Ottawa à
édouard Monette, le 23/04/1871
- Lot 272 Vente par John Mc Ginity (McGinty ?) du comté de Carlton, Haut-Canada
(district de Bathurst) à Dennis Callaghan, le 7/11/1829
- Lot 281 : Vente par Edward Davay (Davey ?), cultivateur de Bytown, à Michael Rock / Roche,
- Lot 320 Vente par James McEvoy à Philip Holligan (Houlihan ?), laboureur de Bytown, nov 1829
March 4, 2006:
Michael Daley has compiled some material titled "The Murphy's of Osgoode Township" which
will be added to our web site soon.
Here is an excerpt from his article which makes reference to Ste. Scholastique / St. Columban's:
Nicholas Murphy , Cooper,/ farmer, his wife Catherine Costigan native of County Kilkenny, Ireland,
were settled at St, Scholastique , Quebec, prior to 1832, The family moved to West Osgoode ,
1843-44 settled on lot 24, con 3, 9 children were born to this couple , Mary Jane , the
first born ,August 18 , 1827 ,at St, Scholastique, married Patrick Terry born ,1824 ,
Waterford Ireland, Son of Michael Terry, and Margaret Tierney, of lot 18 ,con, 3 ,Osgoode (Manotick Station Road),
Patrick ,the last born ,Feb, 12 1844, was Baptized March the 24th at Notre Dame Cathedral ,
sponsors were John McEvoy, and Catherine McKenna of Osgoode.
March 8, 2006:
for what its worth, Edmond McEvoy his wife Catherine Kennedy, from [ Freshford Parish ]
Co, Kilkenny, 1827 ,to Ste. Scholastique, Province of Quebec, with Three sons, Michael
born 1803, John born 1808, Thomas born 1815,
The Parish register of St, Scholastique church in Deux Montagues, Quebec
gives the death date of Edmond McEvoy, as Dec, 12 1834, His wife Catherine Kennedy
died Feb 27, 1861, her body was laid to rest ,on land donated by McEvoy Families,
to build a church, and burial ground, on lot 20 , con, 3, in Osgoode
Son , Michael married Mary Castigan moved to lot 29 ,con 2 ,Osgoode Tws,
Son John ,married , Feb,8 1836,to Anastasia Powers, daughter of Richard Power ,and
Bridget Murphy, in St, Columban, P,of Quebec, moved to lot, 20, con,3 Osgoode Tws,
Son Thomas, married , Mary [ Margaret ] [Rourke,] O'Rourke , 1844,?? settled on
lot 17 con 3 Osgoode, in the 1840's.
James Conway , his wife Sarah Dunn, from Ireland to St, Scholastique Quebec ,
two children born in Quebec Michael Nov,14 1828, Catherine , July 4 1832,
moving to Osgoode settling on lot 24, con,2 [ by the 1863 map of Osgoode] 3 more
children were born in Osgoode, Catherine married Edward Patrick McEvoy son of
Michael McEvoy and Mary Castigan , moved to Iowa, USA started a little town ,
and named it Osgoode,
Note of interest, John McEvoy born the 27 / 5th 1848, son of John and Anastasia
[ Power], McEvoy, married Mary Ann Buckles, their sons Ambrose , and Domnic were
the founders of " McEvoy Funeral Homes."
Catherine McEvoy born ,1838, sister to John, married Patrick Kelly their
Great,-Great--Grandson , Lorne Kelly, is the founder of the "KELLY Funeral Homes",
... Michael Daley
Hi Michael and Al,
I'd noticed a few entries for 1790s baptisms of children of a couple of Edmund McEvoys
of Kilcoltrim, which is close to Borris town, and close to the Kilkenny border.
Maybe relatives of Edmond of Osgoode, who came from Kilkenny? See below, taken from
the Borris records website:
04 Jan 1788 Anne, Edmund McCaboy Anne Kavh Mathias Gormoran Mary Foley Killcoltrim
21 Jan 1793 Mary, Edmund McEboy Margaret Kinsella James Cody Anne Farell Kilcoltrium
25 May 1790 James, Ned Macoboy Margaret Kinselagh/ Kinsella, Hugh Kehoe Margaret Maughen Kilcoltrim
17 Mar 1795 Bridget, Ned McCoboy Margaret Kinselagh / Kinsella, Maurice Cody / Coady, Catty Cody Kilcoltrim
And Al, about your Byrnes: I didn't find Lawrence, but there are a number of entries
in the Borris records for a Terence Byrne. I wouldn't think that's such a common first name.
March 23, 2006:
Don Williams is a descendant of George WILLIAMS, an 1823 Peter Robinson settler
from County Cork. George Williams ended up at St. Columbans.
March 25, 2006:
Thomas Marshall and Anastasia Dolan were married at St. Columbans in 1837.
By 1844 they had migrated to Osgoode Township.
January 10, 2007:
On Saturday, January 27th 2007, the descendants & friends of St. Columban
will be presenting an Irish event (Music; Song; Dance & Dialogue) at the
Oscar Peterson Hall on Sherbrooke St West, Montreal.
This event has two purposes - 1) simply to honour our Irish ancestors
that arrived in Lower Canada in the 1820's and then settled in St. Columban,
Quebec 2) as a fundraiser to restore the old Irish cemetery in St. Columban.
For general information about this event and/or to reserve your tickets
($ 30.00 each), please visit the following site:- (You can also place an
advertisement in our Event Brochure at this same web location)....
To find a flyer/poster about the event that you might wish to print out
and send, or post, anywhere that you think that there might be an interest:-
The same flyer/poster in French is at:-
For any additional information, please contact us at:- firstname.lastname@example.org
July 5, 2010:
This past Saturday, July 3rd as mentioned in my last post, we were able to officially unveil “the
walls” as a monument to the early Irish settlers in St. Columban.
And now Jeff Legault has posted some great videos and pictures of the event for everyone
that was not able to attend.
To see the videos, simply go to our main page at
and click on the updated note about the unveiling.
To see photos of the ceremony, you can click on the following link:
Once again thank you to everyone that contributed to making this a reality after almost five years.
September 1, 2010:
Lumber Rafts on the Ottawa River
The Church at Oka / Deux Montagnes, early 1800's
Source: A Short History of Quebec, page 77
August 1, 2015:
Irish Festival at St. Columban's, August 29, 2015
Les membres du conseil municipal, le personnel de la Ville et le comité organisateur de la Fête
ont le plaisir de vous inviter à la première édition de la Fête irlandaise de Saint-Colomban, qui se
tiendra le samedi 29 août 2015, au parc Phelan, dès 10 h 30.
Voir programmation ci-jointe.
Entrée libre (frais seulement pour la nourriture et les boissons consommées sur place).
Ci-joint également du matériel promotionnel (dépliant et affiche) que vous pourrez utiliser pour promouvoir
l'événement à travers vos différents outils de communication.
Merci de votre collaboration et au plaisir de vous rencontrer le 29 août prochain.