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 on: March 22, 2014, 02:46:55 PM 
Started by claude bourguignon - Last post by claude bourguignon
John Carroll married Ann Funchion at the end of XIXe. Possibly Frank is a child
 of this couple or nephew ?


 on: March 22, 2014, 11:13:46 AM 
Started by claude bourguignon - Last post by jcarroll
Claude,  Is this photo of Frank Carroll , the son of William Carroll and Catherine Cunningham or of another generation? What if any is the relationship between Frank and Annie?

 on: March 15, 2014, 07:17:58 PM 
Started by claude bourguignon - Last post by claude bourguignon

Frank Carroll et Annie Funchion
Coll; Noreen Phelan (détruite)

 on: March 06, 2014, 05:59:26 PM 
Started by TraceyFam - Last post by TraceyFam
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.

 on: November 16, 2013, 02:53:44 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Walsh25607
Thanks for the document, Claude.  It will assist me in my research.

 on: November 14, 2013, 03:18:01 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by claude bourguignon
A notice about Doomsday family from Curé Isidore Forget in : St. Colomban- Ste-Sophie. Notes généalogiques (circa 1905)

 on: November 13, 2013, 10:18:54 AM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
Here is an e-mail that I received from Carol Brown concerning the Walsh & Gaffney families of St. Columban....

Hello; I am researching my family tree.  Patrick Henry Walsh and Mary Ann Gaffney were my great-grandparents, located in St. Columban, Quebec.   I see that there is a grave marker on your website for this couple.  There were also some Doomsday relatives in there, maybe part of a land grant after the war of 1812.  George Doomsday was registered with the Rifle Brigade in 1820.  From what I can gather, he came from England, fought in Canada, returned to England where he had a daughter, Sarah,  in 1827, and apparently returned to Canada between 1828 and 1829, where it appears he settled in St. Columban.  I would like to gather more information on these individuals, and others in the Walsh family in St. Columban.  I see that there is a book entitled “Saint-Colomban: An Irish Epic in the Foothills of the Laurentians”, by Claude Bourguignon.  Do you know if it chronicles all of the early settler families in the region?  Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated.



Kind regards,

Carol Brown

Vernon, British Columbia


 on: November 05, 2013, 09:19:42 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Jeff Legault
A few more photos are uploaded here:

 on: November 05, 2013, 04:11:01 PM 
Started by Fergus Keyes - Last post by Fergus Keyes
Here is the exact wording on the plaque.....

This plaque was made possible through a generous grant from the Irish Government, Dublin, Ireland - Department of Foreign Affairs' Emigrant Support Program (2010).

Cuireadh an leac seo ar fáil ar bhun deontais ó Rialtas na h Éireann faoin gClár Tacaíochta Imircí (2010) de chuid na Roinne Gnóthaí Eachtracha agus Trádála.

La réalisation de cette plaque commémorative a été rendue possible grâce à la généreuse contribution du Département des Affaires étrangères de la République d’Irlande dans le cadre du Emigrant Support Program (2010).


The Irish Settlement of St. Columban

After 1821 Irish immigrants settled on the territory of what is now called, Saint-Colomban. During subsequent years, despite inhospitable conditions, an Irish community thrived and grew under the auspices of Father Richard Jackson. After his departure in 1825, he was replaced by Father Patrick Phelan.

Father Phelan was responsible for the Irish communities of both St. Columban and Montreal. He later rose to prominence in the Church as Curate for Bytown (the future City of Ottawa) and as Bishop of the Kingston diocese.

In 1830, a public meeting was held to decide on the best location for the construction of a chapel which would serve the growing Irish Catholic population of the area. Mgr. Jean-Jacques Lartigue named the new chapel St. Columban, after the celebrated 7th-Century Irish monk who was the founder of many monasteries throughout Europe.

A simple chapel was built in 1831 on a portion of land that is now part of the Church parking lot.

On October 14, 1835, St. Columban acquired its autonomy from Ste-Scholastique and held its first meetings and elections as the self sustaining Parish of St. Columban. On December 28, 1836, John Phelan donated a section of his land to the Church wardens which is now part of the cemetery.

The story of the St. Columban Irish is part of a larger heritage, that of the Irish in Quebec.  Gradually the families in St. Columban left their farms and settled elsewhere, but their Celtic mark remains in the village their ancestors had built. 

De « l’Irish Settlement » à la ville de Saint-Colomban

Dés 1821 des immigrants irlandais s’implantent sur le territoire du futur Saint-Colomban. Les lieux encore inoccupés n’offrent qu’un sol médiocre couvert de forêts. Malgré des conditions inhospitalières, une colonie naîtra au cours des années subséquentes, tout d’abord sous l’auspice du sulpicien Richard Jackson et à partir de 1835, de son remplaçant de la même congrégation, Patrick Phelan, futur évêque de Kingston, Ontario. L’établissement est connu alors sous l*appellation de Rivière du Nord, paroisse Sainte-Scholastique ou encore de « l’Irish settlement ».

En 1830, les habitants se réunissent afin de déterminer le meilleur endroit possible pour l’érection d’une chapelle dont le patronyme Saint-Colomban choisit par Mgr. Jean-Jacques Lartigue, réfère au célèbre moine Irlandais fondateur de plusieurs monastères en Europe. La construction d’un modeste lieu de culte voit le jour l’année suivante.
Le 14 octobre 1835 l’élection de marguilliers marque le début officiel de la paroisse de Saint-Colomban. En date du 28 décembre 1836, John Phelan cède à la Fabrique une partie de sa terre en vu de permettre la mise en place du présent cimetière.

Les aléas de l’Histoire firent en sorte de voir l’ethnie fondatrice disparaître graduellement au fil des décennies, mais le territoire conserve bien présent, les traces tangibles et immatérielles de leur apport ethno-historique celtique.

In the spring of 2010, three monument walls were constructed. Mounted onto these walls were the broken headstones (some dating back to the early 1800’s ) that were found in the area.  These monument walls are dedicated to over 700 Irish immigrants and their descendants who were laid to rest in the St. Columban cemetery. Over the years their burial markers disappeared.

On July 3rd a procession was held from the church to the cemetery. It was led by Father Mike McKenna. The walls were then consecrated in an emotional and heart-lifting ceremony.

Depuis le printemps 2010, trois structures de briques intégrant les pierres tombales brisées du cimetière de Saint-Colomban, ornent le centre de la partie initiale de l’espace consacré.  Elles commémorent les quelques 700 personnes d’origine irlandaise inhumées dans le cimetière de la paroisse de Saint-Colomban sans aucun monument funéraire.

Le 3 juillet de la même année, une cérémonie inaugure l’ouvrage, fruit d’un partenariat fructueux entre les membres du Comité de mise en valeur des pierres tombales brisées et divers intervenants dont:

Tiomanta don bhreis is 700 deoraí, de shliocht Éireannach, a deir na croinicí a cuireadh sa reilig seo gan leac gan cuimhne.

This project came to fruition because of the dedication, hard work and donations of the Irish descendants and friends of St. Columban including:

The St. Patrick's Society of Montreal

La  Fabrique de St-Colomban

La ville de St-Colomban

Le comité responsable pour la conception et la réalisation de monument ce compose des personnes suivantes:

The Committee responsible for the conception, design and construction of this project are:

Claude Bourguignon
Fergus V. Keyes
Jeff Legault
Anne McLaughlin
Kenneth Neil
Audrey O’Rourke-Gossage
Kelley O'Rourke-Thomassin

 on: November 05, 2013, 11:05:18 AM 
Started by Jeff Legault - Last post by Jeff Legault
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