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 on: May 21, 2015, 01:44:32 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
Each year, the Ancient Order of Hibernians walk from St. Gabriel’s Church on Centre St. to honor the 6000+ Irish immigrants that died and were buried around the area of the Black Rock which sits in the Montreal side of the Victoria Bridge.  This year the Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation will join the AOH in the Walk in support of building a Beautiful Cultural Green Space in the area. Details and information about this project can be found at: -

This Walk originally scheduled for May 31st has now been moved to Sunday, June 14th and everyone is invited to join the Walk.

 on: March 03, 2015, 12:54:39 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by TraceyFam
Thank you so much, Fergus, for reposting the article re the Tracey Family books.  I would like to add that these books are not just a family history, but a complete historical fiction novel which follow the experiences of the Tracey family against a backdrop of historical events in the 19th century.  I focused on the founding of the little settlement called St. Colomban and moved onto historical events in Griffintown, an Irish dominated area of Montreal near the Lachine Canal.  Against a backdrop of the 1837 Rebellion in Lower Canada (Quebec) the reader can follow the political events that led to Confederation.
I am close to completing the last part of the trilogy on the Traceys, sketching out John Tracey's trek out West in 1890, including stories of the 1885 Riel Rebellion, the industrial revolution, the development of railways, and finally the lead-up to the First World War.  It's a lot of ground to cover, but I sought to show history from the peoples' perspectives, rather than the dry-as-dust Canadian history books we studied in High School.  I wish everyone happy reading.  (Go to: - and search for Evelyn Cohoon Dreiling).

 on: February 22, 2015, 10:49:11 AM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
As some of you know, in addition to the St. Columban project, I am also involved as a director with the Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation.

The objective if this foundation is to have the City of Montreal build a cultural green space in the area of the Black Rock.

The history behind it, is that in 1847, (about 20 years after most of our ancestors arrived in Canada), another wave of Irish immigrants reached Montreal – all were fleeing the Great Hunger and many were suffering from Ship’s Fever (Typhus). At least 6000 died of the fever in Montreal and were buried around the Montreal side of a bridge called the Victoria Bridge that joins the island of Montreal to the mainland. (A few of these 1847 Immigrants did find their way to St. Columban)

In 1859, the workers building this Victoria Bridge discovered some of the bones of the Irish immigrants that and died and were buried on the spot some 12 years earlier. They took a stone from the St. Lawrence River and placed this Black Rock on top of the graves.

We asked a friend Rick Murrin, from the Underground Divas, to write a song about this tragic event and here is his effort. Please do listen; comment and share his haunting effort at

You can follow our effort either on our web page at: /or our facebook page at:

Regardless of where you live, you could also send an e-mail to our Mayor of Montreal telling him that you support this project. His e-mail link can be found at:…



 on: January 14, 2015, 01:55:40 PM 
Started by ohioszo - Last post by claude bourguignon

I don't have any others info about the picture.

 on: January 14, 2015, 01:50:50 PM 
Started by ohioszo - Last post by claude bourguignon

This is a picture from the Noreen Phelan archives. It is the Funchion family in Napoleon, Ohio. Just read the bottom of the picture.

If you will interested to others send me a message.


 on: January 14, 2015, 01:17:12 PM 
Started by ohioszo - Last post by ohioszo
I would like to know the names of the people in the photo!

I can read French, but, have never been immersed in the language to become fluent.  I am sorry for that.

 on: January 13, 2015, 11:22:35 AM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
Here are the links to two new interesting web sites.

1.   The first is a web page offering all kinds of interesting Genealogy links that can be found at:

2.   There is also a new web site that is starting to list information about all the cemeteries in Quebec.

(I have sent them an e-mail and asked them to include St. Columban on their site.)

The site can be found at:

 on: January 04, 2015, 01:03:51 PM 
Started by ohioszo - Last post by claude bourguignon
Voici une photo de la famille Funchion en Ohio

Collection intiale: Noreen Phelan

 on: January 03, 2015, 01:19:07 PM 
Started by ohioszo - Last post by Fergus Keyes
Just found out that the Michael Funchion family, Michael born in Canada in September 1854, is connected to my family.

Michael’s daughter married a second cousin, Frank Smith (originally Schmitz from Trier) and Frank’s niece, Wilhelmina married to Michael Funchion’s son, Joseph.  All of Henry County, Ohio.  I don’t have to be on the forum.  Frank and John Smith, sons of Anthony Smith/Schnitz of Schleidweiler, Trier-Saarburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.  Immigration from Antwerp on the Laconia to NY, June 12, 1848.  An obituary online is from Joseph and “Minnie” Wilhelmina's daughter, Marie.

ADRIAN – Marie Rupley, age 87, of Adrian, died Monday, September 24, 2012, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility under the care of Hospice of Lenawee.

 Born February 15th, 1925, at Cadmus, MI, to Joseph and Minnie (Smith) Funchion. She graduated from Clayton school in 1942 and married Ernest Rupley, Jr. on June 10th, 1944. He preceded her in death on February 9th, 1994.  Marie worked for the Adrian School system for 19 years, including Prairie and Michener in the Cafeteria, retiring in 1990. She also worked for Easy Way Laundromat for 10 years. Marie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was a very devote catholic and past that gift of faith on to her children. She joined the Altar Society in 1956 at Rose Da Lima Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. She also belonged to the Woman of the Moose Lodge and the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary in Adrian. Marie will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends, who dearly cherished her for their memories that included, family get-togethers, homemade dinners, special occasions and holiday gatherings.

Marie is survived by eight children, Carol (Larry) Wallis, James (Karen) Rupley, Kathleen (James) Johnson, Beth (Philip) Morse, Thomas (Barbara) Rupley, Mary (Rodney) Clark, Stephen Rupley and Joseph (Theresa) Rupley; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Arleta Sager and Maxine Camp; and a brother, Donald Funchion.

The Funeral Liturgy for Marie will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary of Good Counsel Parish with Father Shawn Lowery presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Hudson. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian where a Vigil Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Thursday from 9 – 9:45 a.m. at St. Mary of Good Counsel Parish  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.  “The Rupley family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at Lenawee Medical Care Facility for the care and kindness that was shown to their mother.”

 on: January 03, 2015, 12:21:14 PM 
Started by ohioszo - Last post by ohioszo
Michael Funchion lived in Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA by 1880.  His daughter, Anna married Frank Smith.  His son married Wilhelmina "Minnie" Smith, niece of Frank Smith.  Frank's father is Anthony Smith/Schmitz of Schliedwiler, Trier-Saarburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.  Anthony immigrated in June 12, 1848 from Antwerp on the Laconia to NY.  He lived in Riley Township, Sandusky, Ohio, USA.  Anthony's sister is a Great-Grandmother to me when she married Johann Meyer of the same county.  Her brother, Anthony's family moved away from Sandusky County, yet, another brother, John, remained and he is listed in a history of Sandusky County.  We are in the process of looking for Anthony's family, and, found this connection to a Irish Canadian Family: Michael Funchion was born in September of 1854 in Canada.

As a side note, a daughter of Joseph and Minnie (Smith) Funchion has her obituary from Lenawee, Michigan, USA (2012).

Re:On the Funchion side, my grandfather, Martin Funchion, was the only brother to stay in St. Columban. I believe that he had 4 or 5 other brothers who moved away. One went to New York State somewhere, another moved to somewhere in Ohio, another moved to Alberta, and I don't know where the others ended up. The Funchion farm was sold by my father to pay off the debts of his brother. The three Funchion siblings who lived and grew up in St. Columban were my dad, John, his brother Richard, and his sister Mary. Richard never married, and had no children. Mary married John Kenna, and they had three daughters, Mae, Jean, and Joan. Jean & Joan are twins, and they still live in St. Columban. Mae Kenna married Jim Templeman of Montreal. Mae has two daughters. Joan Kenna never married, but her twin sister Jean married Ernest Kutchko. Jean and Ernest had three children, all of whom still reside in St. Columban.  From Tim Funchion

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