Michael WALLACE and Catherine MURPHY
North Lot 14, Concession 2, Osgoode in 1879
June 18, 2003:
Manotick Station Road, between the Early and Finlay families. Probably taught school at the Herbert Corners School
on the Stage Coach Road.
1881 Census Place: Osgoode, Russell, Ontario, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375865 NAC C-13229 Dist 104 SubDist G Div 1 Page 55 Family 241
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Occ Religion
Micheal WALLACE M M 51 Irish Ireland Schoolmaster Catholic (see posting dated July 25, 2009 at our
Osgoode Township page.
Cathrine WALLACE F M 47 Irish Ireland Catholic
Catherine WALLACE F 21 Irish Ontario Catholic
Hannah M. WALLACE F 20 Irish Ontario Catholic
Richard WALLACE M 15 Irish Ontario Catholic
Johncainds WALLACE M 11 Irish Ontario Catholic
Agatha M. WALLACE F 7 Irish Ontario Catholic
Magdeline WALLACE F 4 Irish Ontario Catholic
March 28, 2010:
Re: Teacher rules with power of music
Thank you all for the interesting articles on this site.
The Mr. Wallace you referred to in the subject article I believe is my great great grandfather. He lived in Osgoode for most
of his life. I found him listed in the 1861 Census. In 1906 there was a fire at his house and the article in the Journal said he
went back into the house to rescue some property. The family lore was that he died trying to retrieve a ring he brought from Ireland.
I believe Catherine died soon after. Family lore also says he came from County Kilkenny and Catherine was born in Upper Canada.
Note: This death by house fre is recorded in the records of St. John's Church at Enniskerry.
He married Catherine Margaret Murphy. I recently came across a marriage listing which I believe is for them. It is difficult to
read but it looks like his father was Richard Wallace and his mother was Johanna Lynch. My great great grandmother's father was
Nicholas Murphy and her mother was Catherine Cadigan (??). They had 8 children - John Leonidas, Mary Magdelin, Alfoncis Nicholas,
Richard (who married Catherine Diamond), John (who married Emily Power), Catherine (who married Jim Lenahan), Hanna Maria (who
married Charles Miller) and Agatha Mary (who married my great grandfather Michael Joseph Donovan son of Patrick Donovan).
Patrick Donovan (sometimes O'Donovan) married Ellen Heaphy (there are Heaphys buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Kemptville),
(sometimes Heafy or Hafey) and was a school teacher in Burritt's Rapids
in Marlborough Townhship. The family lore regarding him was that he was involved with shipping somehow,
maybe as a navigator, but I haven't found any proof so far. On his grave at St. Clare's it says he was a native of County Kerry, Ireland.
Thank you all again for contributing to this site. It has been a source of much interest to me. Our family often went to church at
Our Lady of the Visitation and we all had our first communions there.
My aunts say the Wallace and Heaphy families were very musically inclined.
... Jean Donovan
Good evening to, Jean Donovan, just a line, from my notes:
Michael Wallace son of Richard Wallace & Johanna Lynch, married Catherine Margaret Murphy Feb 18 1857 daughter of
Nicholas Murphy & Catherine Costigan,
Michael Wallace died in a house fire Feb 17 1906, age 80 years. His wife, Catherine Margaret Murphy, died April 14 ,1908.
Folk Lore, the way it was told to me, one of Michael's neighbors, had done some ditching, draining his field, Michael
was not too happy with the water draining on to his property, [the natural lay of the land].
The parish priest was being driven by, when Michael was blocking the drain, the priest comment was; "THAT MAN WILL BE
BURIED IN A SMALL BOX, ??
NOTE, To this day you cannot block the natural flow of water.
QUESTION if you don't mind. are you related to the Norbert Donovan [DECEASED] that was married to Margaret Rowan of
Metcalfe, I have a small file on your Diamond connection.
Thanks for your interesting article,
... Michael Daley
That was a rather odd thing for the priest to say. Thank you for the info regarding Michael Wallace’s parents and in-laws.
I made an error when I said Catherine Murphy was born in Upper Canada (got her mixed up with my other great great grandmother,
Ellen Heaphy). In the 1901 Census 1834 is recorded as the year Catherine came to Canada and 1849 for Michael Wallace.
I haven’t come across a Norbert Donovan, but my great grandfather, Michael Joseph, had four brothers who so far I have very
little information on. Thomas died in 1894, James was born around 1855, William was born around 1866 and moved to
Michigan, USA, and married Maggie Fahey, and John was born 16 Oct 1871. If I come across a connection I will let you know.
July 5, 2015:
Here is a nice example of a thorough record from St. John's Church at Ennikerry.
We learn that St. Brigid's on the River Road was still a mission of St. John's in 1907.
There are also some nice signatures for Richard Wallace, Catherine Diamond, Henry Nolan and Margaret / Maggie O'Brien
E-mail Michael Daley, Jean Donovan and Al Lewis
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