County Cavan, Ireland to Onslow Township, Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada
May 25, 2015:
Yes, I am from Sudbury and remember our meeting at Tim Horton's in Deep River. My name is Robert O'Reilly.
Unfortunately, I am not related to the Muldoons on your side of the family. Church records from both my
mother and father are available at St. Mary's Church in Quyon, Quebec.
My father's name was also Robert. He had three siblings - William, Edmond and Mary Jane. He also had
step-siblings - Martin, Maurice and Maggie. My grandfather's name was Patrick and my great grandfather
who came from County Cavan in Ireland was Maurice. He married a woman named Johanna Sheehan. My uncle
William wed a woman named Adeline Vallillee. My uncle Ed married a woman named Irene Moyle. My aunt
Mary Jane wed a man named Peter Moyle ( no relation). Martin and Maurice left to lumberjack in British
Columbia and were never heard from again. This is because my uncle William was the oldest male in the
second family and would inherit the farm.
My paternal grandfather obviously married twice. His first wife was Julia Davis who died after giving
birth to Maggie. His second wife, and my grandmother, was Elizabeth Hickey. I do not know how many
siblings he had, but I know of three - Dave, Robert and Marguerite. The latter was grandmother to Dave Keon,
the great Maple Leaf hockey player. These records originally came from St. Brigid's Church in North Onslow
Township but the church has since been closed and all records moved to St. Mary's. The tombstones are still there.
My maternal grandmother's name was Annie Cooney. My maternal grandfather was Michael Muldoon. Their offspring
were: Mary Teresa (my mother), Gladys and Lorena ( both who died young,) Monica, Mildred and Doris,
The males were: Francis and Albert (twins), James, and Michael. I hope this information helps you.
Here are some records from the 1901 (or 1911, I have to re-check the year) Census for Onslow Township showing some
O'Reilly and Davis families who were neighbours at that time on the 6th Range. Another famiy living nearby were
the "GAVINs" who are likely the proprietors Gavan's Hotel in Quyon. See our page for Pontiac County.
more to come ...
from Bob ...
Thank you, Al. Patrick O'Reilly did not marry Johanna Sheehan. She was his mother. His father was Maurice. Patrick was born in 1865.
This makes me believe that Maurice came from Ireland during the famine years.
E-mail Robert O'Reilly and Allan Lewis
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