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 on: January 29, 2018, 05:37:05 AM 
Started by TraceyFam - Last post by Dec
Hi Evelyn,

My name is Declan Tracey and I have been some research on Dan Tracey, Irish comedian and song & dance man. The information that I have is that he was born about 1858 in Montreal Canada.

The best match that I have found is:

Michael Tracey & Mary McCarthy
Michael Daniel Tracey! b. 26 July 1856 St. Columban

As you know he is listed in the 1861 and 1871 Canadian Census.

In the 1880 US Census he may be listed as:

1880 Census - 93 Chrystie Street, New York, New York
Daniel Tracy, border, Male, 22, Canada, parents born Canada, actor

Do you know what happened to him?

I will be including information and a link to your books with my next monthly update.

By the way, I have completed a profile on the 'other' Daniel Tracey
Daniel Tracey and family (Roscrea, Montreal and Albany)



 on: January 13, 2018, 04:19:34 PM 
Started by Charles.Phelan - Last post by MKenna315
Charles,  saw your post and I have alittle info you might enjoy and it might be helpful.  My Great Great Grandfather,  John Kenna married my Great Great Grandmother Judith Phelan in St. Columban, Quebec.  Judiths parents names were,  Patrick Phelan and Margaret (Lawlor) Phelan.  Judith and John were married  on  November 24th, 1846.  They had 12 children that I know of,  one being my Great Grandfather, Martin Francis Kenna who I am named after. That much I do know and I am in the process of trying to trace my Great,  Great, Great Grandfather,  Michael Kenna who is Johns father.  I know it's not much but I do hope it provides alittle insight to the Phelan clan.  Regards,  Marty

 on: January 10, 2018, 03:51:00 PM 
Started by MKenna315 - Last post by MKenna315
Hello,  My name is Martin Kenna and this is my first day on the St. Columban-Irish forum.  I am looking for any information that pertains to Michael Kenna 1797-1878 Married to Mary Dunn.  Their parents, and possibly the county in Ireland that they came from.  They are my Great, Great, Great Grandparents which i have positively confirmed.  I would appreciate any input.  Thank you,  Marty

 on: August 27, 2017, 11:17:44 AM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
Once again the Irish descendants of the settlers of Saint Colomban have to take a moment to thank Mayor, Jean Dumais Maire his staff; Claude Bourguignon and everyone else that was involved in organizing the 3rd Irish Heritage Day in Saint Colomban.

Lots of stuff for kids to do; great photo exhibition; Irish dancers and music etc.

On hand were Scott Phelan, current President of the SPS and his brother Chris Phelan (both St. Colomban descendants; Victor Boyle, President of the Canadian AOH and others….

Also had a chance to meet many members of the Hall family who were holding a family reunion in honour of native son of St. Colomban – Emmett Hall. (These Hall family members, and many others, mentioned how welcome they felt by the great effort by the Mayor and residents of St. Colomban).

And for me, there was an added bonus – as usual Claude displayed a number of photos of old St. Columban families and included, was one of my own father, Victor Keyes, that I had not seen before. Really cool in his fur coat, and just likely hanging out in St. Columban in the mid 1930’s.
A very nice day overall….

 on: August 25, 2016, 02:38:25 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
Here is a document that Claude Bourguignon sent me.
It dates from 1835 and includes all (or at least most) of the Catholic households in St. Columban at the time. It also includes a total of 8 pages.

It is the list of individuals who have pledged, before the notary, funds to build a residence for the priest.
The amounts are likely in British pounds etc.

 on: July 05, 2016, 04:55:15 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by kecarm

I have information for you about Michael’s sister Anne Elliott who did come to the U.S. She married Michael Dwyer, also of St. Columban, in 1856. They married while still in Canada. Anne was my great, great grandmother. She and Michael Dwyer had 11 children: John Elliott (1857), Mary Agnes (1858; my great grandmother), Thomas (1860), Delia “Bridget” (1862), Margaret Jane (1865), Joseph James (1866), Catherine “Kate” Ellen (1868), Anna “Annie” Matilda (1872) , Michael Francis “Frank” (1874), Malvina Alice (1876), and William Edward “Ed” (1878). Joseph James, born in 1866, was the first child born in the U.S. (Chicago), so they must have come to this country between 1856 and 1866.

My great grandmother married John Dwyer Wallace in Chicago in 1877. John died at age 38, leaving Mary Agnes with seven children to raise: Henry Arnold, Gertrude Anne (my grandmother), John Dwyer Jr., Evelyn Mary, Elsie Mae, Elliot Michael, and James Woolverton.

Anne and Michael Dwyer both died in Hobart, IN which is where is where Malvina lived. Michael died in 22 Nov 1909 and Anne Elliott Dwyer died 7 Mar 1916. (I have attached pictures of Michael and Anne circa 1890).

I remember visiting “Aunt Malvina” in Hobart when I was a very little girl. She and her husband Frank Belkow lived on a farm and they had a water pump in the yard, which fascinated a city kid like me.

This St. Columban site is so fascinating! I knew my Irish relatives came to the U.S. from Canada, but I had no idea there was an entire Irish community there pre-potato famine.

Kate Carmichael

 on: April 15, 2016, 10:44:12 AM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
My name is Madeleine Wallace Milan ( and I was just recently helping my son research his family background for a school project.  In doing so, we traced my great grandmother to St. Columban.  Her name was Mary Agnes Dwyer.  She at some point moved to Illinois and married my great grandfather, John Wallace.  They then moved to Chicago sometime before 1880.  We were so excited to find your website, particularly because I believe the picture of one of the "discarded" tombstones in the Irish cemetery - Mary Dwyer - is Mary Agnes' aunt or great aunt.  Anyway, I thought you would like some information about where some of the Irish settlers descendants ended up. 

Madeleine Wallace Milan
120 S. Lombard
Oak Park, IL

Here is some of the information I have about Mary Agnes:
Born July 8, 1858 in ST Columban Quebec
Daughter of Michael Cullerton Dwyer and Anne Elizabeth Elliott
Sister of John Elliott Dwyer, Thomas Dwyer, Bridget Dwyer, Margeret Jane Dwyer, Joseph James Dwyer,Catherine Ellen (Kate) Dwyer, Anna Matilda Dwyer, Micheal Francis Dwyer, Malvina Alice Dwyer and Edward (Ed) Dwyer
Wife of John Wallace — married April 1877 [location unknown]
Mother of Henry Arnold Wallace, Gertrude Ann Wallace, John Dwyer Wallace, Evelyn Mary Wallace, Elsie May Wallace, Elliott Michael Wallace and James Wolverton Wallace

James Wolverton Wallace is my grandfather and apparently a direct descendant of Patrick "Staker" Wallace:

 on: April 02, 2016, 08:39:57 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by cmclewin
Hi Fergus,
Revision to my letter to you from much earlier today.
Mary Ann Keyes married to George Casey.
The Basillique Notre Dame is in Ottawa, Ont.where George was baptized (not Montreal as I wrote.)
It would be great to find out when his parents arrived at Montreal, then Ottawa...but the Census I went to thru this site for 1841/1851/61 (I think) had no results anywhere.  I know they were here pre 1846 as their oldest son John was born about then in Ontario (1871 census copy I have.)
Maybe it's time for me to head up to North York Civic Centre here in Toronto to begin reading passender lists !
Thanks again for all of your efforts.
Cathy McLewin

 on: April 02, 2016, 12:50:58 AM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by cmclewin
Hi Fergus,
So enjoy this site.  I've learned a few things about the Keyes branch of my own family tree here.  My great grandmother was Mary Ann Keyes. Julie was a witness at her baptism (Ann Keyes) in 1854 as you posted, but Mary Ann was actually born Dec 19/1850; Andrew and Catherine O'Connor had married Feb 5/1850. Then Catherine died Aug 31/1857 at age 27. 
Mary Ann Keyes (Kees) married George Patrick Casey on Apr. 17/1872 at St. Joseph's Parish Church in Ottawa, Ont.  His parents were Patrick Casey and Mary Ann Cassidy (born in Ireland.) Georges' other sibs were John and Mary.
George Casey and Mary (Ann) Keyes' children were:  Patrick or Uncle Pete as we called this great uncle who looked just like Winston Churchill !!; Catherine, Mary E., John M. my grandfather, Annie, Georgina, and Maggie.
John M. or Jack Casey married Emma McEvoy (her 2 bros founded McEvoy Bros. Funeral Home on Kent St. in Ottawa.) Their children were Leo, Jack, Jimmy, Charlie, Georgina, Mary and Anna who is my mother.
Anna Casey married Reginald Ernest McLewin on Oct. 5/1940.
Someone did a family tree on the McEvoy arm; I have much info on them. And here on your site there is a great document which traces the McEvoys to St. Colombe & back to Freshford, Ireland; it also includes many great photos.
Presently, I'm working on finding out where the Caseys came from. I think George (married to Mary Ann Keyes) was baptized at Basillique Notre Dame in Montreal around 1850. His parents Patrick Casey and Mary Ann Cassidy were born in Ireland, but I have no idea where. ??? Nor do I know when they emigrated to Canada; but there they are in the Ottawa City census of 1871.
So, here I sit, late at night, trying to connect the dots and loving it :)
Posting this in case someone out there can make a connection !
PS:  John (Jack) Michael Casey, my grandfather, was well known in Ottawa. He founded the St. Colomban Choir at St. Joseph's Parish Church, taught mathematics and music at the University of Ottawa, AND he owned a baseball team !!! I found a newspaper article in a book of his which was all about applying new 'turf' on baseball fields :-)

 on: March 19, 2016, 11:15:39 AM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
A recent e-mail received....

My apology for not finding the correct email address for sharing this with the whole forum. . .

First, I want to thank everyone involved in sharing, researching and archiving so much wonderful work pertaining to St. Columban. . .  I am so appreciative of your heart-felt efforts to make sure that the lives of so many are remembered and cherished for the future generations!
I came across your wonderfully researched website quite a while back when researching my mother's extended family of the Elliott's.
Mr. Michael Elliott,(b. 1864 at St Columban) son of Edward Elliott and Mary Blanchfield, came to the small town of Mount Hope, in Grant County, Wisconsin between 1872 to 1875, and settled in an area (still) called "Irish Ridge", that dates back to the establishment of a large following of Irish Catholic families attending St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic church.  According to Michael's obituary, he was the youngest of 16 children, and it is believed that only he and his sister, Ann, came to the USA.

Michael Elliott married a good Irish Catholic girl, Mary Ann Mulrooney in 1881 at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church and they had 11 children. . . Mary Ann Mulrooney was the daughter of Darby Jeremiah Mulrooney, b. 1833 in Riverstown, Sligo, Ireland and wife, Catherine Dunn, born in Kilkenny, Ireland. 

I would be most appreciative and interested in sharing any information about the Elliot/Elliott family members from St Columban with whomever has an interest!  I would like to know of extended Elliott family in the area and where the rest of the family spread out to. . .
And, I would most definitely share any information and assist in others' research as well!

Please view my updated profile for listing of my research so far, (since abt 1986 when my grandmother passed away), and feel free to view my tree on and email me directly at

I have SO enjoyed the photos, the memories, the research shared about the St Columban Irish at your website!
Here's wishing you all many 4-leaf clovers in your future endeavors!

Warmest regards,
Lisa J. Jones

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