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. 

Terry Skillen

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.
Source: myles.ged
... Al
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.
... Al
New 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
E-mail Allan Lewis

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