Patrick BYRNE and Johanna FORTUNE
County Wexford to Fallowfield
November 7, 2003:
Al, just to let you know that I am doing research on my family - I am a descendant
from Patrick Byrne (1831-1900) and Johanna Fortune (1826 -1895) from Fallowfield.
Besides tracing the genealogical data I am also talking with survivng relatives and
capturing their stories on tape as well as obtaining some old photos.
I am also working on both sides of my family tree (the other one being Kelly from PEI)
I have been at it for two years now but on a part time basis as I am still working.
My family tree includes alot of Irish families from this area. They include the
O'Grady, Sullivan, Houlihan / Houlahan, Shanahan, Rooney, Deavy / Deevy,
O'Connell etc. families
So if you hear of anyone else who is doing research on these families, I would
be prepared to share my work with them.
Once I have captured more of the stories and other information, I will
gladly share it with you to augment your work on the site. However if there
is anything in particular you want me to share now, I would be pleased to do so.
One particular interest I am working on is the great fire of the 1870's
as it burnt out my family farmstead and resulted in my family taking over
the Sparks family farm in the 1870's. I will be visiting the National
Archives to see if I can find some of the newspaper stories. Some of my
older relatives recall stories about people who died during the fire and
how they died.
Thanks very much for your e-mail regarding Patrick Byrne and Johanna Fortune.
I'm really interested in your Byrne ancestors and I'd like to find out
sometime if there is any relation to my Byrne / Burns families who settled in
Osgoode Township in the 1840's. As you know, there are lots of Burns and Byrnes
who were here early on - starting in the 1820's I think. Many of them were in
Bytown before moving to farms in Osgoode, Fallowfield, etc.
There also seems to have been a couple of other Fortune girls, maybe sisters of Johanna.
Let's keep in touch, and thanks again!
... Al Lewis
No problem with adding my e-mail address. I plan to visit St. Philips.
I have already visited St. Patrick's in Fallowfield to obtain info on births, deaths
and marriage to see if I can get a better idea of how people are related. Any
info which would be easy for you to share would be helpful ...but not to be
concerned if it isn't.
Regarding the Fortune girls, I have been doing some research on them and have
found very little for which I can make any link to Johanna.
Regarding the Byrne's of Osgoode, I haven't found any links yet, but I do not
have the full lineage of my great grandfathers brothers and his parents. As my
research continues and I am able to go back further in time, I will see if there
are any links which connect us.
From Ellen Paul's records of St. Philip's at Richmond:
4 November 1857
Baptism of Edward, born 2 inst. of the lawful marriage of
Patrick Burns / Byrne and Joanna Fortune. The sponsors were John Burns
and Elizabeth Fortune.
November 22, 2003:
My Great Grandmother was Mary Byrne from Fallowfield. She was married to Patrick
Monaghan and had 6 children. After Patrick died, she married William Brennan at
St. Philip's in Richmond in 1844. She died in 1873 and is buried in St.Patrick's
Cemetery in Fallowfield. They lived at the corner of Fallowfield and Moodie Drive.
Do you have any information about her, or is she one of your ancestors. Any info would
be greatly appreciated.
E-mail Terry Byrne, Ed Brennan and Al Lewis
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