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 on: July 19, 2011, 01:23:43 PM 
Started by Herve - Last post by epaul
Hello Herve,
I am a great-great-granddaughter of Timothy Collins, descended from his eldest child Mary Elizabeth Collins.

The Canadian census of 1861 and 1871 lists the Collins family in St Colomban. 
In the 1891 census  Timothy & his wife live with daughter Mary Elizabeth who was married to Robert John Birch (in the census it's mis-spelled as Berch) .  They are living in Hochelaga district, Cote St Antoine sub-district. One of Mary Eliz.'s children - Olivia Gertrude b. 1883 - was my grand-mother.

I have attached some files of my research, hope that they might be useful to you. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Elaine Paul

 on: July 19, 2011, 01:41:33 AM 
Started by cinders27 - Last post by cinders27
Does anyone know in what newspapers the people of St Columban would have listed their obituaries? I want to try to find some in the archives when I am up there in August.  thanks 

 on: June 11, 2011, 06:56:51 AM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
A Follow Up E-Mail
Hi,  I just wanted to thank you for replying to my email and posting it on your web site.  If you don't mind I do have another question.  My ancestors lived in Durham and Tingwick.  Can you give me any suggestion on how to go forward with my research?   I am really stuck.

Thanks again for you help.

Margaret Wheeler

PS:  I just realized that I never gave you the name of my g g grandfather.  It was James "Crowley",  In 1842 spelled Crolly, not Wheeler.

 on: May 29, 2011, 09:22:12 AM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
Hi,  I am desperately trying to find my trace my ancestors. My g g grandfather was a farmer, resident Durham. He married in 1842, Sherbrooke, St. Michel.  Two of his children were baptized at St. Columban,1846 and 1849.  I  went through the 1851 census,  but I could not find them.   Would there be an 1851 census for Durham and Tingwick?  (He father lived in Tingwick)  My gold is to find something that would show were in Ireland they came from and when they came to Canada. Would you have any suggestions?  Anything information you could provide would be very much appreciated.
Many thanks,
Margaret Wheeler
PS:  Your web site is very nice!

 on: May 08, 2011, 04:47:20 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
E-Mail Received....from Ray Cowan

Reference: 1851 Census

Hi guys.

I may have already sent this information, but thought that I would do so, just in case.

On page 3,:-

Numbers 5, 6, 7 and 8 are the Scheffer family (two children born in St Colomban and in Church records and originally from the German Schaeffer with no “e”, just an “a umlaut”).  Number 5 is Eusebe (or Seb for short) with his wife Christian Miller (daughter of John Miller and Elizabeth Miller (nee Cowan – my g.g.g aunt - of Lachute) and two children.  You will find the Scheffer family (and particularly son, Peter, who was also baptised in St Colomban) among the pioneers of Montana, to where they travelled from St Colomban – Frenchtown, Missoula.

Numbers 38, 39 and 40 are the McDonald family.  Husband Duncan, son John, and Duncan’s wife Christian McDonald (nee Cowan – Elizabeth Miller’s sister).

The reason I contacted you earlier, was to track down the latter family, but I have not had much luck – given the common surname.  I think I may have the death details of Duncan (and maybe his son Duncan), but I am not positive.  I have found nothing on Christian McDonald, another g.g.g. aunt).

I hope this is of help, and if you can help me in return, I would be grateful.

Ray Cowan
Sydney, Australia

 on: April 19, 2011, 03:08:39 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
Hi my great great grandmother Mary Ryan married a Micheal McGuirk around 1851.  Mary was the daughter of Ellen Dorney and Thomas Ryan of Tipperary, Ireland.

I know she came with her mother to the Shefford area not sure abouts siblings but there is a rumor that Mary may have had a sister that had gone to Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA.  My McGuirk family came this way.  Anything you could add to this information would be helpful.



 on: April 11, 2011, 08:02:15 AM 
Started by Pat Marx Geiser - Last post by Pat Marx Geiser
Just found this, another page from Cecilia McDonald's notes!

 on: April 11, 2011, 08:01:03 AM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Pat Marx Geiser
Just found this!

 on: April 06, 2011, 04:42:14 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Pat Marx Geiser
Here are the business cards of Honora Madden McDonald and her son, my grandfather. Unfortunately he didn't win the election.  Both cards are from Cincinnati, Ohio, where Honora met and married William J McDonald, a widower with three young children. Together they had three more children, one of whom was my grandfather. One son from William's first marriage, William Purcell McDonald, was an artist with Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati.  One of his vases is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

 on: April 06, 2011, 01:18:26 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Pat Marx Geiser
One more picture of Honora Madden

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