Francis SKILLEN and Mary KERNS / KEARNS
Ireland to the Gatineau Valley, Quebec, Canada
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
January 28, 2004:
My gggrandparents Francis and Mary Skillen came to Low Township about 1835 and settled
on a farm below Brennan’s Hill. My ggrandfather John took over the farm from his
twin brother James who apparently went to the USA. I know that Francis and Mary’s
eldest child Anne married a Matthew Synnot in 1848 at St. Stephen’s church Old Chelsea
and relocated to Wisconsin where she died in 1913. The second child Catherine married
Denis O’Sullivan and lived
out her life in Low. I have no idea about the other children
who including Elizabeth b. 1835; Maria b. 1842; Margaret b. Nov?Dec. 1844, baptized
St. Paul, Aylmer June, 1845 and married , same church to Flamingo Gaspari, 1864;
Letitia b. 1849, baptized St. Stephen’s Chelsea and Ellen b. 25 Dec.1851, baptized
in St. Camillus church, Farrelton. Any information about these children of Francis and
Mary Skillen would be much appreciated.
April 6,, 2004:
Joseph Thomas Carroll, born 1895, married Mary Magdeline Demarais, born 1901.
The marriage took place on August 27, 1926 at Farrellton.
The witnesses at the baptism of Mary Magdeline Demarais / Desmarais at St. Camillus
RC church, Farrellton, Quebec were Martin Skillen and Lena Carroll.
1881 Census Place: Lowe, Ottawa, Quebec, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375861 NAC C-13225 Dist 97 SubDist II Page 4 Family 12
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Occ Religion
John ROURKE / O'Rourke M W 68 Irish Ireland Farmer Catholic
John SKILLEN M M 40 Irish Quebec Farmer Catholic
Anne SKILLEN F M 35 Irish Quebec Catholic
Martin SKILLEN M 4 Irish Quebec Catholic
Letitia M. A. SKILLEN F 3 Irish Quebec Catholic
James F. X. SKILLEN M 1 Irish Quebec Catholic
Ellen NELSON F M 39 Irish Ireland Presbyterian
I believe that John O'Rourke was related to my Burns ancestors from Osgoode
Township. My grandfather's farm was originally settled by a John O'Rourke in the 1840's.
In the mid-1950's, my family used to play euchre with Father Thomas O'Rourke and Bud
Farrell who came from Farrellton.
E-mail Allan Lewis
December 14, 2010:
Mary Ellen Letitia Skillen b. 25 Dec 1853 married Lewis Snider
She is buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.
Mary Ellen's Father, Francis Skillen born in Enniskillen Ireland 1809 died 4 March 1894 at Ottawa Canada.
Mary Ellen Skillen died 1876 in West Newton Pennsylvania.
have more let me know if you are interested.
... Ramona Pryor