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 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

 on: December 28, 2014, 03:18:35 PM 
Started by kathyclare - Last post by kathyclare
Am searching for a family from Uskerty Townland that are known to have emigrated in 1847. The group was a family of seven  (no names) headed by "Widow Maher" and her children. Part of the Wandesforde Emigrations.

 on: December 28, 2014, 11:41:14 AM 
Started by Jeff Legault - Last post by Jeff Legault
Interesting news about WW I records.

Currently you need to pay to see these on special request. These should be available free in the future. Up to now only the WW I attestation forms were posted online for all soldiers. You can search here:

If you have a relative that served in the British Army in WW I their full service records are available on for subscribing members.

Similarly you can also order WW II records of the war dead by searching here:

More about LAC Military collections

It's worth searching as some full service files are available if someone else requested these in the past. Eventually all will be available as time allows.

 on: December 17, 2014, 12:14:21 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes

Since this post was made almost a year ago, I thought that I would repost it since both of these books can now be found at the site quoted in the original post (You may have to search the word "Tracey" at the top of the site to find these two publications that can be downloaded for a few dollars each). ( )

I have uploaded another book in my series on the Tracey family of St. Columban; it is entitled "From Colony to Country: Michael Tracey" and it follows the story of Daniel Tracey's son, Michael, against the backdrop of some of the historical events of the mid-19th century.  It is a work of historical fiction, just like the first in the series "A Rebellious Spirit: Daniel Tracey" but it is based on the Traceys who lived in St. Columban and Griffintown in Montreal.  I love digging into history and am constantly surprised by the little vignettes I come across which may or may not have found their way into the history books.  But I especially like to find the root causes of conflicts and political events.  I also wrote an acknowledgement to Fergus Keyes and Claude Bourguignon.  This is what I wrote:
"The people who organized and established a website and a contact point for information on the former Irish settlers of St. Columban deserve a special thanks.  It is only through the tireless efforts of Fergus Keyes and Claude Bourguignon, as well as the many members of this organisation that these two books have been made possible, both the story of Daniel Tracey and his son Michael Tracey in the sequel.
This group is entirely comprised of volunteers and their efforts to raise money and awareness of this area have made all the difference in preserving the heritage of the little Irish community that struggled against all odds to settle the harsh, unforgiving land in such a primitive setting in the 19th century."   The ebook is being reviewed at present, but should be ready for uploading on the site very soon.  I hope the book succeeds in bringing awareness to the little village of St. Columban.

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