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McCANN

Our account of the McCann family owes much to the excellent notes of Florence (Healy) Keller, a great-granddaughter of the immigrant Patrick McCann and his wife Anne FitzPatrick, who in July 2006 was still alive at the age of 79 years. Also, we must acknowledge our debt to Christine M. Spencer, of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, whose series of transcriptions of Leeds County source materials are cited repeatedly in these notes.
    In the preparation of these notes, we have consulted some works which yielded absolutely no material, and we mention a few of these here in order to save others unnecessary effort: The Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, vol. 8 — Johnstown District (2 vols.), and County Marriage Registers of Ontario, Canada, 1858-1869, vol. 20 — Leeds & Grenville Counties.
    Extracts from the parish register of St. Philip Neri are taken from the original records, a digital edition of which became available on the LDS FamilySearch website in January 2012. (We have not yet finished searching these records. Currently, these notes include baptisms 1856-1891, marriages 1856-1884, burials 1856-1884.)

Acknowledgements. We should like to thank the following persons for assistance:

  • Marsha (Keller) Weaver, daughter of Florence (Healy) Keller, who kindly supplied extracts from her mother’s work;
  • Tom Schaffner, who furnished copies of several important newspaper notices;
  • Linda (Cauley) Kafenzakis, who supplied information on the Cauley family;
  • Ken Murphy, son of Mary Joan (Rigney) Murphy, whose father’s first wife was a McCann;
  • Joan Tremblay, whose husband’s mother was a McCann, and who sent a copy of the address by ____ McCann (see the Appendix);
  • Anne Gajerski-Cauley, who supplied information on the Cauley family;
  • Collette Farry, who supplied a copy of the death notice of Anne (FitzPatrick) McCann, and most of the material on the Farry family.


Township map of Leeds County, 1885

The old Roman Catholic Church, Kitley
(Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, concession 6, lot 27, Kitley Township, Leeds County — the original structure, built in 1835, replaced in 1906. From Thadeus W.H. Leavitt, History of Leeds and Grenville, Ontario (1879), between pages 118 and 119. (Click for larger image)

Selections from the notes of Florence (Healy) Keller,
written in 2002

                          Anthony = Molly            John   =  Bridget
                           McCann | McDonald    Fitzpatrick |  McLenag
                                  |_______                __|  [McLenagh?]
                                         |                |
Michael Healy = Katherine Moran  Patrick McCann = Anne Fitzpatrick
              |___________               _______|
                         |               |
                John Joseph Healy = Elizabeth McCann

Elizabeth McCann was born in Leeds County, Ontario, Canada, October 8, 1859. John Joseph Healy was born in Portland [lying mainly in Bastard township, Leeds County], Ontario, Canada, August 16, 1858. Their families came from county Cork [?] in Ireland and had settled in Toledo [in Kitley township], Leeds County, Ontario, Canada. Elizabeth and John married at the Kitl[e]y Church near Bellamy Mills in 1883, and that same year emigrated to the United States near Ardoch, North Dakota. In 1906, they returned to Canada to farm in Sturgis, Saskatchewan. Their family eventually consisted of four girls and four boys. They had 45 [surviving] grandchildren [at the time of Elizabeth’s death].

1. Anthony McCann, of Ireland. We know the name of him and his wife only from the notes of Florence (Healy) Keller. He married by 1807, Molly McDonald. Known issue:

  1. (perhaps) Lawrence McCann, born 1802-03 (calculated), died shortly before 10 March 1890, aged 87 years, when he was buried in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic churchyard, Perth, the witnesses at the funeral including J. McCann and Wm. Brien. He married probably by 1837, Ann Reilly, died shortly before 27 April 1881, when she was buried in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic churchyard, Perth. The record calls her “wife of Mr. Lawrence McCann of Perth,” and notes that the funeral was attended by Jno. McGlade, D. Farry, and Jno. McCann. “D. Farry” was probably Daniel Farry, son-in-law of Patrick McCann above, suggesting that the deceased”s husband, Lawrence McCann, may have belonged to the same family. This family has been previously studied, and the researcher noted:
    Their eldest known child, Bernard McCann, was born in the United States about 1838. Five more known children (Mary; Frances Ann; Bridget; Michael John; and James) were born in Canada, at or near Cornwall, Stormont County, Ontario, between about 1843 and 1856. By 1871, the family had moved to Perth, Lanark Co., Ontario — but daughter Frances Ann McCann can be found in Perth as early as 1861, where she is enumerated (Census of 1861) in the household of Michael Hartney (abt. 1830-1890) and his wife Bridget McCann (1832-1922).[1]
  2. 2Patrick McCann, born around 1806-16 (see below).

2. Patrick McCann, of South Burgess township, Leeds County, Ontario, was born around 1806-16[2] in Ireland, died 25 July 1880 “at his residence in South Burgess,” allegedly aged 71 years,[3] and was buried 27 July following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cemetery, Perth, Drummond Tp., Lanark Co. He married apparently about 1839[4] and certainly by 1841, in Ireland, Anne FitzPatrick, born around 1823,[5] died 23 March 1888, allegedly aged 66 years,[6] and buried 25 March following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cemetery, Perth, daughter of John Fitzpatrick, of Laurel Hill, in the parish of Errigal-Trough (lying mainly in the barony of Trough, co. Monaghan), Ireland, by the latter’s wife, Bridget McLenag [McLenagh?].[7]
    According to the address prepared by a grandson for the Irish Historical Society of Canada in 1942 (given in its entirety in the Appendix),

Patrick McCann … married Anne Fitzpatrick in Ireland, she being only fifteen and he nineteen. The romance began in a small town in the County of Antrim where her father owned a grist mill and Patrick McCann went to town from his country estate, named Shannawood, to have his father’s wheat ground into flour.

It should be noted that Antrim lies far from co. Monaghan, where John FitzPatrick is supposed to have lived. There is however a townland named Shannawood in the parish of Annagh, co. Cavan, which county is directly adjacent to Monaghan. The account continues:

After seven years of marriage, Patrick McCann immigrated to Canada. He … came by boat to New York … [then] traveled to Kingston, Ontario, and eventually bought a farm of 300 acres on the Rideau Lake, three miles from Rideau Ferry at a place called the Rocky Narrows. It was so named because of the narrowness of the lake at that point and the high rocky shores which are practically perpendicular. There the water is very deep and thus a natural wharf was formed where the large passenger and freight boats plied from Kingston to Smiths Falls [in Lanark County], making a stop for passengers and merchandise. This place was called McCann’s Wharf. Wood from the neighboring countryside was loaded there to be sent to other parts of the country.
    Returning to the McCann family, my grandfather, after building a log house, which is still standing, at least it was last summer although pretty shaky, sent for his young wife. She left Ireland in 1842 [no, about 1846] with three children, one six years old, one four years old and one a couple of years younger. The youngest one died aboard ship, just before arriving at New York, and was buried in a cemetery in New York. The two older boys, John and Thomas survived the trip…. She then had to make the trip from New York to Portland by water route to Kingston and through the Rideau Lakes to Portland. She remained in Portland until she got in communication with her husband then went to live on a farm which he had secured. There she lived until her death in 1888 (March 23).
    Grandfather was a stone mason and built the Fort at Kingston and many of the stone buildings in that section of the country. Many of the beautiful old stone residences around Kingston, Smiths Falls, Perth and Rideau Ferry which are still as solid as the day they were built by him. Like many building contractors, he always intended to build a stone house for himself and family but it never materialized and they lived in the log house which was an unusually large one until after one of the younger sons, Arthur, who was my father, married.

From the 1861 census it is evident that Patrick McCann and his wife were still in Ireland at the birth of their son Thomas in 1841 or 1842, but were in Ontario by the birth of their daughter Margaret in 1848 or 1849. It would appear from evidence cited below that they came to Canada about 1846, and this is also the precise immigration date given for their son John in the 1901 and 1911 censuses. We have not succeeded in locating Patrick McCann in the 1852 census. However, the Bathurst Courier of 15 April 1853 reported that there was a letter for a Patrick McCann waiting at the Perth Post Office,[8] and Patrick McCann — definitely the present man — had his son Joseph baptized 28 December 1857 in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, Toledo, Kitley Tp., Leeds Co. (see below). It seems likely he was both the “P. McCann” shown as owner of lot 4 of the 7th concession of Bastard Tp., Leeds Co., and the “P. McCann” shown as owner of lot 5 of the 4th concession of Burgess Tp. South, Leeds Co., in some atlas published 1862, but in the index in which this entry was found, the source citation is unclear.[9]
    Patrick McCann appears as a farmer in Burgess Tp. in the 1861 census, in which the family’s religion is given as Roman Catholic.[10] Similar information is given for Patrick McCann in the 1871 census of Bastard and South Burgess townships, Leeds County.[11] Patrick’s burial record notes that those in attendance included Ed. Connolly Senr., Jno. Murphy, and Wm. O’Brien.
    The widow Ann McCann was enumerated with her family in the 1881 census of Bastard and South Burgess townships, her son Arthur being shown as the head of the household.[12] A brief death notice for her published in the Perth Courier reads “Died, on Friday, 23rd March, Ann Fitzpatrick McCann, relict of the late Mr. Patrick McCann, South Burgess, County Leeds, and mother of Mr. John McCann of Perth, aged 66.” A longer notice appeared elsewhere in the same issue:

On Friday last there passed away from this life in the person of the late Mrs. Patrick McCann, one of the oldest and most respected settlers in this part of the country. By her kind and affable manners she endeared herself to all with whom she came into contact, and her loss will be felt not only by her sorrowing children, but by all those who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. She was the daughter of the late John Fitzpatrick, Laurel Hill, County Monaghan, Ireland, and coming to this country forty-two years ago [i.e. around 1846], settled with her husband in the county of Leeds, where she remained till her death. Although unaccustomed to the hardships of country life, [she] cheerfully undertook the burden of trials which a settler in the wild woods of Canada had to undergo. Of a family of thirteen children whom she bore nine survive her. Her death was made happy in being surrounded at the last moments by her remaining children, who in her lost a good, christian, and charitable mother.[13]

In the same issue of the paper, it was reported that “Messrs. James McCann of Oso Township and Hugh McCann, Cornwall, were in town Sunday having come to attend the funeral of their mother, Mrs. Patrick McCann of South Burgess, Leeds County, who had died on Friday last and had been interred in Perth.”[14] The burial register, which records her as “Anne Fitpatrick relict of the late Patrick McCann of South Burgess, deceased … aged 66 years,” notes that among those present at the interment were William O’Brien, Esq., John McCann, Patrick Farry, Edward Connelly Junr., “and many others.”
    Issue (apart from one additional child who evidently died in infancy):

  1. 3John A. McCann,[15] of Perth, Lanark Co., born 18 December 1841 in Ireland (per 1901 census).
  2. Thomas McCann, born 1841-42 (aged 19 in 1861, aged “about 38 years” at death in 1879) in Ireland, died 5 March 1879 of smallpox, and (on account of the highly contagious nature of his illness) buried the next day in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic churchyard, Perth.[16] He was living unmarried with his parents in 1861, when he was a laborer. He married 11 November 1868 in the Roman Catholic church of St. Francis de Sales, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, Ontario, Elizabeth Mara, alive in August 1869, daughter of William Mara and Margaret Ronan. Their marriage record names his parents as Patrick McCann and Ann Fitzpatrick. He is called “Thomas McCann, of Elmsley, blacksmith,” in the 1869 birth record of his son John. His wife is perhaps the “Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Thomas McCann, aged 28,” who died 30 July 1876 at Perth.[18] A newspaper death notice reads: “Died, at Perth, on Friday, 5th March [1880], Mr. Thomas McCann, aged 37…. Mr. Thomas McCann succumbed on Friday last to the terrible disease with which he was attacked — smallpox. No other cases occurred and no danger is expected.”[19] His burial record, which gives his address as National Hotel, notes that the funeral was attended by John McCann, Dan. Farry, “and others.” Known issue (there is obvious conflict here in the alleged dates of birth of these two childrne, which we are unable to resolve):
    1. John McCann, born 4 June 1869 in Leeds Co.[20]
    2. Josephine Mary McCann, born 1 (?) August 1869, baptized 29 August following with sponsors Michael Mara and Magaret McCann.
  3. 4Margaret Ann McCann, born 12 October 1848 at Portland, Ontario (according to her death record and the family bible record),[21] died 28 November 1927.[22]
  4. 5Arthur McCann, born 10 September 1849 at Portland, Ontario, baptized 13 January 1850 in the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Francis de Sales, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, Ontario, with sponsors John Gallagan and Elleanor Rogers.
  5. Sarah J. McCann, born 1852-53 (aged 9 in 1861, 18 in 1871, 28 in 1881, aged 46 [sic] in 1894) in South Burgess Tp., Ontario (per her marriage record), living 1894, but clearly presumed dead by April 1936, when he is not mentioned among her suriving siblings in a death notice of his sister, Elizabeth (McCann) Healy. She was still living unmarried with her widowed mother in 1881, when no occupation is given for her in the census. She married 1 August 1894 in the Roman Catholic Church, in the town of Kitley (now Toledo), Kitley Tp., following publication of banns,[23] the much-younger William John Newton, born 1865-66 (aged 28 in 1894) at Portland Village, son of James Newton and Catherine Hawley (?). At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplied the names of both sets of parents including the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a tradesman, and both parties were residing in Portland Village; the witnesses were William Scott, and Elizabeth Hart of Portland. In the record of this rather unusual marriage, the groom’s age is written out in words, as if to underscore the point. We have not found this couple in the 1901 census.
  6. Mary F. McCann, born 4 September 1854 (per her death record), in Ontario, died unmarried 24 November 1938 in St. Vincent Hospital, Otttawa, aged 84 years, of cancer of the stomach.[24] She is mentioned as of Ottawa in a death notice of her sister, Elizabeth (McCann) Healy, in April 1932. She was still living unmarried with her widowed mother in 1881, when she is called a milliner in the census. She was living unmarried with her brother John in 1911, when she is again called a milliner in the census. As Mary McCann, of the bride at 27 Osgood Street, she served as a witness at the marriage of her brother James’s daughter Mabel in 1917. She was still unmarried in December 1927, when as Mary F. McCann, of 27 Osgood Street, Ottawa, she supported the application of her niece Anna Theresa McCann, stating “I am an aunt of Anna Theresa McCann and was present at the time of birth.” The address is the same as that given for her younger brother James in 1905-1911, and it was the address at which she was living prior to her death.
  7. James McCann, born 5 September 1855, baptized 26 March 1856 in in the Roman Catholic church of Saint Francis de Sales, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, Ontario,[26] living April 1932, when he is mentioned as of Ottawa in a death notice of his sister, Elizabeth (McCann) Healy. He is found as a child in his parents’ household in 1871. As “Mr. James McCann of Oso Township” he is mentioned in a newspaper item cited above concerning his mother’s funeral in March 1888. He married 15 October 1888 at Ottawa, by Roman Catholic rites,[27] Sarah Regan, born 1865-66 (aged 22 in 1888) at Ottawa, living 1911, daughter of Patrick Regan and Elizabeth Dery. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the names of both sets of parents including the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a clerk, of Ottawa, and the bride was of Gloucester; the witnesses were John Curley, and Lizzie Regan of Ottawa. An newspaper announcement of the wedding reads, “A pleasing event took place on Monday, 15th Oct., when Mr. James McCann of the Government Bureau in Ottawa and brother to Mr. John McCann of Perth, married Miss Sarah Regan of the capital city. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Father Polifer in the presence of about 300 spectators.”[28] James McCann and his family are enumerated in the 1901 census of Ottawa, where they appear in the St. George Ward, and in which he is called a printer.[29] By 1905,[30] and at the time of the birth of their daughter Isabel in 1906, they were living at 27 Osgoode Street, Ottawa. They were enumerated at that address in the 1911 census, in which his place of employment is given as “printer, Government Bureau.”[31] Possibly he was the James McCann, printer, who in 1899, at least, appears in the financial accounts of the Queen’s Printer.[32] Known issue:
    1. Francis Joseph McCann, born 14 February 1890, at or near Ottawa,[33] living with his parents in 1901 but not in 1911.
    2. Mabel McCann, born 23 November 1891 (per 1901 census; no birth registration found), still living unmarried with her parents in 1911, when she was a teacher. She married 19 June 1917 at St. Joseph’s Church (Roman Catholic), Ottawa,[34] George Arthur Thivierge, born 1883-84 (aged 33 at their marriage) at Montreal, son of Joseph Thivierge and Georgiana Damboise. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplied the names of both sets of parents including the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a civil servant, and both parties were residing at Ottawa; the witnesses were (for the groom) M. Murtiny [?], of Montreal, and (for the bride) [her unmarried aunt] Mary McCann, of the bride at 27 Osgood Street.
    3. Lillian McCann, born 5 December 1892 (per 1901 census; no birth registration found), still living unmarried with her parents in 1911.
    4. James McCann, born 5 July 1895 (per 1901 census; no birth registration found), living 1911, when he was a student.
    5. Elizabeth Mary McCann, born 15 April 1897 in Carleton Co.,[35] died 1970. She married 16 August 1924, Joseph-Francis-Xavier-Romuald Tremblay, born 4 December 1891 at St.-Roch, Quebec, died September 1983 at Ottawa, Ontario. They had four children.[36]
    6. Stillborn daughter, born 12 July 1899 in Carleton Co.[37]
    7. Cecelia Mary McCann (her name is spelt Cecilia in the 1901 and 1911 censuses), born 22 November 1900 in Carleton Co.,[38] living 1911.
    8. Isabel Marie McCann, born 12 December 1906 in Carleton Co.,[39] living 1911.
  8. Joseph McCann, born 14 December 1857, baptized 28 December following in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, Toledo, Kitley Tp., Leeds Co., with sponsors Patrick Hart and Maria Hart. He died before the taking of the 1861 census.
  9. Elizabeth Ellen McCann, born 8 October 1859 near Portland, Bastard Tp., Leeds County, Ontario, baptized 21 December 1859 in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, in the town of Kitley (now Toledo), Kitley Tp., Leeds Co., with sponsors John Canton and Mary Guthridge, died 3 April 1936, at her home in Sturgis, aged over 76 years,[40] and buried 7 April following in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic cemetery, just north of Sturgis. Her middle name is given as Ellen in the record of her baptim, but seems to be given as “Elenor” in the 1861 census, which is not very legible; elsewhere she is usually recorded as “Elizabeth E.” She was still living unmarried with her widowed mother in 1881, when she is called a school-teacher in the census. She married 22 April 1883 in (Old) St. Phillip Neri Roman Catholic Church,[41] John Joseph Healy, born 16 August 1858 at Portland, a village in Bastard and South Burgess townships, Leeds Co., baptized 24 September 1858 in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, died 20 August 1938, at the home of his daughter, Helen (Healy) Reagan, near Sturgis, aged over 80 years,[42] and buried with his wife, son of Michael Healy, of Bastard and South Burgess townships, by the latter’s wife Catharine Moran. The marriage record gives the full names of both sets of parents, including the maiden surnames of the mothers. For further details see HEALY.
  10. 6Lucy Loretta/Luretta McCann,[43] born 15 August 1861 in South Burgess Tp., baptized 1 November 1861 in the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Francis de Sales, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County Ontario, with sponsors John Hughes and Mary Byrns, died in January 1929.[44]
  11. Hugh McCann, born 1865-67 (aged 5 in 1871, 14 in 1881) in Ontario, living 1888, but clearly presumed dead by April 1936, when he is not mentioned among the suriving siblings in a death notice of his sister, Elizabeth (McCann) Healy. He is found in the household of his widowed mother in the 1881 census, and is mentioned as returning home for his mother’s funeral in a newspaper article quoted above. He was of Cornwall, Stormont County, at the death of his mother in 1888. We have not found him in the 1901 or 1911 censuses.
John J. Healy and Elizabeth E. McCann Elizabeth (McCann) Healy

3. John A. McCann,[45] of Perth, Lanark Co., son of Patrick McCann and Anne FitzPatrick, was born 18 December 1841 in Ireland (per 1901 census), died 1926 (see Appendix I). He was living unmarried with his parents in 1861, when he was a laborer. He married 13 February 1872 in the Roman Catholic church of St. Francis de Sales, Smith Falls, Ontario,[46] Mary Hourigan, born 11 August 1848 in Ontario (per baptismal record and 1901 census), baptized 15 October following in Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, died some time in 1901-1902,[47] daughter of Michael Hourigan, of Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, by the latter’s first wife, Bridget Maloney.[48] Their marriage record gives the names of both sets of parents including the maiden surnames of the mothers.
    John McCann is found with this family in the 1881 census of the town of Perth, in which he is called a mason.[49] In the birth records of his sons Thomas (1883) and John (1886), he is also called a mason. The Smith Falls Record News of 21 February 1889 reported: “The Ontario Government have appointed Mr. John McCann of Perth to be license commissioner in the stead of Mr. Samuel Garrett, resigned.”[50] Later that year, an editorial in the Perth Courier of 8 November 1889 noted, “John McCann of Perth has been appointed License Inspector for S. Lanark in place of Henry Stafford, who retired. Mr. McCann has therefore resigned his position as one of the License Commissioners. The fact that Mr. Stafford is no longer License Inspector will give great satisfaction to the Temperance business in the riding. We have every hope Mr. McCann will do his duty with vigor and zeal.”[51] John McCann is found with this family in the 1891 census of the town of Perth, in which he is again called a mason.[52] He is called a stone mason in the baptismal record of his daughter Kathleen/Catherine (1881) and a mason in that of his son Thomas (1883). But in the birth records of his sons John (1893) and Joseph (1895), and in a directory published in 1898,[53] John McCann is called a licence inspector, of Perth. In 1898 he is mentioned as a member of the Board of St. John’s Separate School [Roman Catholic], Perth.[54] He is enumerated in the 1901 census of the town of Perth, in which he is again called a licence-inspector.[55] However, he evidently later gave up this work and returned to a living closer to his original trade. He is perhaps the Mr. John McCann who “has sold his brick store on Gore street, in the town of Perth, to Mr. Stinson, of the Province of Quebec, who intends opening up a grocery business.”[56] But if so, he is nevertheless likely the John McCann listed among the granite and marble dealers of Perth in a 1904 directory,[57] and when he is was enumerated again at Perth in the 1911 census, by which time he was a widower, he is called a mason.[58] He was still alive on 29 November 1913, when the Ottawa Citizen reported that “Mr. John McCann and daughter left on Tuesday for Renfrew to be present at the marriage of his son, Dr. [James Joseph] McCann, to Miss Divine [recte Devine] of Renfrew.[59] In a delayed application for a birth registration made by his daughter Anna in 1927, he is called John McCann, of Perth, building contractor, but it is not clear whether he was then alive. He has however certainly died before the appearance of a newspaper story about his son James in March 1936, which notes that this son was already known as a Liberal in his youth “because his father, John McCann, Perth contractor, made no secret of his political faith. Dr. McCann still treasures a large autographed photograph which Sir Wilfrid Laurier, revered Liberal chieftain, gave to his father as far back as 1896.”[60]
    Known issue (first five with no birth registrations):[61]

  1. Anna Theresa McCann, born 14 April 1875 at Perth, Lanark Co.,[62] ostensibly still unmarried in 1927, when she made a delayed request for a registration of her own birth, the application being supported by her aunt, Mary F. McCann. She was living unmarried with her parents in 1901, when she was a music-teacher. As Anna Theresa McCann, daughter of John McCann, of Perth, with a birthdate exactly matching that of her birth record, she enlisted on 3 October 1916 in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, stating her occupation as professional nurse, in the C.A.M.C., with a six months’s previous service in France.[63] She is mentioned in the local newspaper as “Miss Annie McCann, daughter of Mr. John McCann of town” who “sailed last Tuesday for France with a party of nurses who are detailed for nursing in the hospitals in France.”[64] The same issue of this newspaper mentions her again in a longer story:
    John McCann, [of this] town, received a letter Saturday from his daughter Anna McCann, who is a nurse “somewhere in France.” The letter was written on the 27th April. Miss McCann says: “We are having delightful weather now and lots of excitement. Our first real experience took place two nights ago. I shall be able to tell you all about it when I get home. It has been rather quiet this week but we expect to be busy in a few days. We are losing 500 patients today so of course that means filling up again. The Australians celebrated on Monday the anniversary of the Battle of Anzac when they sent thousands of their men to the Dardanelles. The 60 lone survivors were received by the Colonel. I have had a great many Canadians in my ward during the past few weeks. Some belong to the 21st Battalion. Tom Caldwell is their major now. I believe Jack Inderwick was with them but has joined another battalion since he received his promotion. Easter Sunday was quiet here; a concert was given out on the Greens by the Guards band. The convalescent patients in their blue uniforms, the soldiers and officers in their khaki, the Australians in their wide brimmed hats, and the Canadians, English, Scotch and Welsh some in their kilts and the sisters in the 8 hospitals in greys, greens, blues, browns, with white veils. Gladys Code and another nurse from Ottawa were down to see me last night. Gladys met Miss Shaw over at Boulogne a few days ago.”[65]
    The following fall, the same newspaper printed a letter from a “Lt. Herb Wilson at present in France,” who reported: “ I saw Annie McCann in London; she looked fine and loves her work. She has signed for the duration of the war.”[66] The following spring, she was mentioned again:
    Miss McCann is the daughter of Mr. John McCann of [this] town and has been in France for the past six months nursing in a hospital near Etapes and is now at Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington, Kent County, England. She went overseas with the Chicago unit of nurses and after spending six months in France the American nurses returned to America while Miss McCann remained in England. She joined the Canadian detachment of nurses there and was stationed at the Ontario hospital. Miss McCann is a graduate of Mercy Hospital of Chicago.[67]
  2. Josephine M. McCann, born 8 April 1877 at Perth,[68] died shortly before 3 March 1963 (date of death notice, cited below), aged nearly 86 years, and buried at St. Mary’s church, Evanston, Cook Co., Illinois. She was originally enumerated with her parents in the 1901 census, but the entire line was subsequently stricken. According to the Early Settler Families of Lanark County website, she was a teacher residing at Brooklyn, New York, in 1900. While we have not found her in the 1900 U.S. census, this assertion gains support from the fact that “Misses Elizabeth & Josephine McCann, Brooklyn” are mentioned in a list of “Old Boys and Girls who were Home to Perth’s Reunion,” published in the Perth Courier, 4 August 1905.[69] In any case, she married 24 July 1907 at Perth, Lanark Co., by Roman Catholic rites,[70] George H(enry) Beaudin, born 21 May 1879 at Glenns Falls, Erie Co., New York,[71] alive in 1942 but died before 3 March 1963, son of Paul Beaudin and Caroline Greenwood. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplied the names of both sets of parents including the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a merchant, of Newark, and the bride was of Perth; the witnesses were Geo. Ledoux of Troy, New York, and Elizabeth McCann of Perth. The were enumerated at Sheridan Road in the 25th Ward of Chicago in the 1910 census, in which his occupation is given as hardware.[72] They were again enumerated at Sheridan Road in the 1920 census, in which he is said to be a ales manager for a scissor and knife factory.[73] By 1930 they had moved to Elmwood Avenue, Wilmette Village, New Trier Tp., Cook Co., and George is called a hardware salesman in the census of that year, which values his house at $30,000.[74] In 1933, when the town of Wilmette was contemplating the construction of a new library, one of the persons interviewed by the local newspaper was Mrs. George H. Beaudin, of 726 Elmwood Avenue, President of the Catholic Parent-Teacher association, who stated:
    The library is very much overcrowded, and additional room is certainly needed. I heartily favor the project of a new building if it can be secured under the federal public works program without adding greatly to taxes…. The erection of a new library building would be of great help to many of our people who need work, and the necessity for a larger building to house the library is apparent. A great many people use the library, and they are entitled to modern facilities. I certainly favor the plan to provide them.[75]
    However, by 1937 Josephine and her husband had moved to Evanston, Cook Co., Illinois, where they are listed as George H. Beaudin, sales-manager in Chicago, and wife Josephine, of 1608 Hinman Avenue, Apartment U1.[76] Although he was then 63 years of age, in 1942 George Henry Beaudin, then of 1573 Ridge Street, Evanston, and employed by J. Wiss & Sons, of Room 1129, 14 East Jackson Street, Chicago, completed a draft registration card, which was apparently required of all men under the age of 65 years.[77] Josephine’s death notice reads, in part:
    Josephine M. Beaudin, née McCann, beloved wife of the late George; dear mother of George H.; grandmother of Carolyn Loftus; great-grandmother of James Anthony [Loftus?]; sister of Kathleen Robertson of Perth, Ontario, Can. Funeral Monday … to St. Mary’s church, Evanston…. Member of Brownson Circle Evanston Catholic Women’s club. [78]
    Only child:
    1. George H[enry?] Beaudin, Jr., born about March 1910 (aged 1 month on 15 April 1910); alive in 1930. He married [Margaret?] ____. Only known child:
      1. Carolyn Beaudin, born about 1940, alive in 2008. She was a graduate of Marywood High School, Evanston, in the class of 1958, then attended Northern Illinois University from 1958 to 1961. She married ____ Loftus.
  3. Elizabeth McCann, born probably in late 1878 (aged 3 in 1881, 11 [!] in 1891). She is presumably the Lizzie McCann enrolled as a student in the Fourth Form at Perth Collegiate Institute in 1897.[79] According to the Early Settler Families of Lanark County website, she was a teacher residing at Ferguson Falls, Lanark Co., in 1901, and as noted above, “Misses Elizabeth & Josephine McCann, Brooklyn” are mentioned in a list of “Old Boys and Girls who were Home to Perth’s Reunion,” published in the Perth Courier, 4 August 1905.[80]
  4. John Leonard McCann (called “Lenord” in the 1881 census), born about December 1879 (no birth registration found), died 23 April 1888 at Perth, aged 8 years and 5 months, being described in a newspaper death notice as “eldest son of Mr. John McCann.”[81] He was buried 25 April following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cemetery, Perth.
  5. Kathleen Lucy McCann (baptized as Lucy Catherine), born 13 September 1881 (per baptismal record), baptized 2 October following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth, still alive on 3 March 1963 when she is mentioned as “Kathleen Robertson of Perth, Ontario,” in the death notice of her elder sister Josephine. She is presumably the Kathleen McCann enrolled as a student in the Second Form at Perth Collegiate Institute in 1897.[82] She was still living unmarried with her widowed father in 1911. She married 30 November 1918 at Ottawa, Frederick Albert Robertson, born 27 June 1882 in Lanark Co.,[83] son of Donald Robertson, of Perth, carpenter, by the latter’s wife Janet Shaw.[84] An newspaper announcement of the wedding reads, “At Ottawa, November 30th, in St. Patrick’s church, Frederick Albert Robertson, of Athens, son of Mrs. Donald Robertson, of Perth, to Kathleen Lucy McCann, daughter of Mr. John McCann, of Perth.”[85] According to Ron W. Shaw,
    Frederick Albert Robertson, born 1882, was a banker and bank manager with Merchants’ Bank and then the Bank of Montreal at branches throughout Ontario and Quebec including the Perth branch. He served for many years as vice-president and chairman of finance for the Perth Great War Memorial Hospital, was president of the Elmwood Cemetery Company and on the executive of the Red Cross Society. He was active in the local Board of Trade and treasurer of the Salvation Army campaign. An avid sportsman, he was also president of the Fish and Game Association and the Gun Club (Perth). He married Kathleen McCann in 1918 and the couple had three children.[86]
    Issue (per Ron W. Shaw):
    1. Donald Robertson.
    2. Charles Frederick Paul Robertson.
    3. Virginia Robertson, born 1925.
  6. Thomas Arthur McCann, born 26 August 1883 in Lanark Co.,[87] baptized 16 September following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth, alive in 1890, but not found with his parents in the 1901 census. He is perhaps the Thomas McCann enrolled as a student in the First Form at Perth Collegiate Institute in 1897.[88]
  7. (possibly) Arthur McCann, “infant son of Mr. J.A. McCann, Ottawa, aged 3 months,” died 19 August 1885 at Westport, Leeds County.[89] We have found no matching birth or death registration.
  8. Dr. James Joseph McCann, M.P., born 29 March 1886 at Perth, Lanark Co.,[90] died 11 April 1961.[91] James J. McCann, M.P. This child’s name was given as James Parnell McCann in his birth record, and he is called James P. McCann in 1901, when he was living with his parents. It is not clear when, or why, he began to call himself James Joseph McCann, but there is no possible doubt that they were the same person, as he named his parents as John A. McCann and Mary Hourigan in at least two different biographical compendia published during his lifetime. He however consistently mistated his own birthdate as 29 March 1887, which is impossible as it would conflict with the birthdate of his younger brother Edward. He was no longer living with his widowed father in 1911. McCann took M.D. and C.M. degrees from Queen’s University, Ottawa, in 1909 (graduating with the gold medal), and a post-graduate degree in medicine from the University of Chicago in 1911. His death notice in the Toronto Globe and Mail states, “Dr. McCann moved to Renfrew in 1913 to take over the practice of his late brother-in-law Dr. B.C. Connelly.” (This was properly Bernard G. Connelly, husband of his wife’s sister, Ann Mary Devine.[92]) Like several of his older siblings, he attended the Perth Collegiate Institute. Prior to entering political life, he practiced as a physician at Hamilton and at Renfrew, Ontario, serving for for more than thirty years as Coroner for Renfrew County. He was elected M.P. for Renfrew in 1935, and was re-elected in 1940, 1945, 1949, and 1953, serving for 22 years before finally being defeated in 1957. He first served in the cabinet as Minister of National War Services (1945-1948). He subsequently served overlapping appointments as Minister of National Revenue (1945-1957), and as Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys (1950).[93] His death notice in the Toronto Daily Star states, “As finance minister in the immediate post-war years, he was charged with the responsibility of re-settling Canada’s economy and was one of the first officials to warn of the danger of too-close economic ties with the U.S.” His death notice in the Globe and Mail states, “As Revenue Minister he watched Government income soar to record peacetime levels and took a personal interest in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which he had helped reorganize in 1941…. During his political career Dr. McCann was an early advocate in the Liberal Party for government health programs, many of which later became realities.” As James Parnell McCann, son of James A. McCann and Mary Horigan, he married (1) 26 November 1913 at Perth, according to Roman Catholic rites,[94] Cecilia Devine, died 1941, daughter of Felix Devine, of Renfrew, presumably by the latter’s wife Ann French.[95] He married (2) in September 1943, Blanche Helene Desjardins, daughter of Eugene Desjardins, of Luskville, P.Q. There was no issue of either marriage.
        An newspaper article announcing his election to Parliament on 14 October 1935 reads, in part:
    Dr. Jas. J. McCann, M.P., of Renfrew … was highly honored in the Federal election of Renfrew South when he achieved a magnificent Liberal victory over Dr. M.J. Maloney, Conservative candidate, and former M.P. and J.P. Morrison, Reconstructionist, a Liberal gain. Dr. McCann had a substantial majority of 2,641 over Dr. Maloney.
        Dr. McCann is a native of Perth, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John McCann, and brother of Mrs. F.A. Robertson, of Perth.
        The Renfrew Mercury referred editorially to Dr. McCann’s election as follows:
        “Dr. McCann … has often been on Liberal platforms before but heretofore it has always been in the interest of someone else…. He is a more than ordinary capable speaker, logical in all his utterances. Were he given Cabinet rank it would not surprise many of his constituents.”
        Speaking on election night in Renfrew, from a window in The Mercury building, Dr. McCann spoke in the following characteristic terms amid the applause of hundreds:
        “Ladies and Gentlemen: I am deeply appreciative of the splendid victory which you have accorded me to-day…. This has not been so much a personal victory as a victory for Liberal principles. I have fought the battle from one end of the county to the other, and you see the result … all of which goes to show that prejudices of any kind cannot supplant great, fundamental, political truths.
        I look forward to the future with great optimism. We now have real National government … and the struggle for the rights of the people will, in the realm of economic liberty and security, be carried on as never before. The Liberals of this country have been handed to them a great trust. It will not be betrayed.
        This campaign should witness the end of the hysteria and bring a speedy return to sanity, in the discussion and administration of the country’s affairs. Unemployment, poverty, adversity, want, and misery, are the enemies which Liberalism will seek to banish from our land…. Promotion of our trade, economy, redistribution of wealth, reduction of taxation, and government for all the people, not for the chosen few, will be the means to the end. I hope to play a part in this solution, and from today I shall seek to represent all of the people of this constituency, and not only my supporters…. I ask your co-operation in that task. Again I thank you a thousand times.”[96]
  9. Edmund Hourigan McCann, born 16 November 1887,[97] baptized 11 Sevember following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth. He is presumably the Edmund McCann who was a student in the third grade at St. John’s Separate School [Roman Catholic], Perth, about 1898.[98] He was still living with his parents in 1901, but was no longer living with his widowed father in 1911.
  10. John Francis McCann, born 8 November 1889,[99] baptized a December following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth, died 24 December 1889 at Perth, aged 6 weeks and 3 days, of dysentery, the father’s religion being stated as Roman Catholic.[100] An announcement in a local newspaper reads: “John Francis McCann, infant son of Mr. John McCann, aged 6 weeks and 3 days,” died 24 December 1889 at Perth.[101] We have found no matching birth registration.
  11. John Herbert McCann, born 14 January 1893 in Lanark Co.,[102] baptized 22 January following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth. He was still living unmarried with his widowed father in 1911, when he was a student. As Sgt. Herbert John McCann, student, of 223 Huron Street, Toronto, son of John McCann of Perth, he enlisted on 8 February 1917 in the 590th Regiment of the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force.[103] He is mentioned in a newspaper item of 1917: “Herb McCann, son of John McCann, [of this] town, has been attending the Royal Dental College in Toronto and has enlisted there and will go overseas with the Dental Corps this month.”[104] The same newspaper mentions him again later that year: “Herb McCann, son of John McCann of town who went overseas with the Army Medical Corps this summer, has returned to Canada to complete his course in dentistry. A number of students were permitted to return for this purpose.”[105] He married 24 October 1922 in York Co., by Roman Catholic rites,[106] Teresa Larkin, born 1899-1900 (aged 22 at their marriage) at Toronto, daughter of John Larkin and Sarah Hennessy. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplied the names of both sets of parents including the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a dentist, of Perth, and the bride of Toronto; the witnesses were Edmund J. McCann, of 1157 Farwell Ave., Chicago, and Runa (?) Larkin, of 33 Albemarle Ave., Toronto. The male witness was possibly the groom’s brother Edward/Edmund, but we have not found such a man in the 1920 census of Chicago.
  12. Joseph Raymond McCann, born 18 February 1895 in Lanark Co.,[107] baptized 3 March following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth, alive in 1901 but probably died young as he was not living with his father in 1911.
Daniel and Margaret Ann (McCann) Farry and their six surviving children, probably ca. 1901. Based on apparent age relationships, the children are probably (left to right) Thomas, Lenore, Lucy, Franklin, Agnes, and James; it is certainly James at the far right. (Click for larger image)

4. Margaret Ann McCann, daughter of Patrick McCann and Anne FitzPatrick, was born 12 October 1848 at Portland, Ontario (according to her death record and the family bible record), died 28 November 1927, of apoplexy, aged 79 years, apparently in the city of Ottawa.[108] Her death record names her parents as Patrick McCann and Ann Fitzpatrick, both born in Ireland. Tombstone of Daniel and Margaret (McCann) Farry She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1871. She married 7 January 1875 at Kitley,[109] Daniel Farry, born May 1849 (per 1911 census) in North Burgess, and if so then very early in May as he was baptized at the age of “six weeks” 10 June 1849 in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth, died 18 August 1914 at 373 Cooper Street, Ottawa, of myocarditis and arteriosclerosis, aged 65 years, and buried in Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery, Ottawa, son of John Farry and Ann O’Grady.[110] Despite the fact that each of their death records states that burial was to occur at Perth, it would appear that they were both buried in Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery, Ottawa, as Daniel was certainly buried there, and the joint tombstone of Daniel Farry, “died August 18, 1914,” and his wife “Margaret McCann 1846-1927” can be seen in a photograph included in the Farry-McCann family bible record collected by their daughter-in-law Mayme (Lynch) Farry, and now in the possession of their great-granddaughter Collette Farry. Daniel and Margaret appear in census records of Lanark South, Perth County, from 1891 to 1911. At the time of the death of their daughter Sarah Helen in 1890 their address was Gore Street, East Ward, Perth. A note in the Farry-McCann family bible record states that they later lived at 55 Craig Street, Perth. Daniel Farry is recorded as a merchant in the birth record of his daughter Lenora (1881) and as a miner in those of his daughter Mary (1888) and son James (1886).
    Of the seven children of Daniel and Margaret Farry, the only one to marry was the son James. Issue (dates from Farry-McCann family bible record unless otherwise stated):

  1. Lucy Ann Farry, born 16 May 1877, baptized 27 May following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth, with sponsors John Doyle and Catherine Farry,[111] died unmarried 12 April 1968 at Vancouver, B.C.[112] She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1901, but not in 1911. The name of Lucy Farry appears in a list of nurses who performed military service in World War I and who “enlisted or demobilized in Nova Scotia,”[113] and this accords with the family tradition that one of the daughters in this family was a nurse who survived the Halifax explosion of December 1917.[114]
  2. Franklin Joseph Farry, born 29 October 1878, died unmarried 5 November 1946. He was no longer living with his parents in 1901.
  3. Lenore Elizabeth Farry (birth registered as Lenora), born 29 December 1881,[115] died unmarried 16 March 1960. She is found in her parents’ household as Lenna in 1891, is not found in 1901, but reappears in 1911 as Elizabeth, with her date of birth stated as December 1882.
  4. Thomas Vincent Farry, born 19 March 1884, died unmarried 17 March 19__ (date left incomplete in bible record).
  5. James FitzPatrick Farry, born 3 July 1886 at Perth,[116] baptized 17 July following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth, with sponsors Michael Foy and Mary McCann,[117] died 16 March 1960 at Vancouver, B.C.[118] He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1911. He married 27 July 1926 at Ottawa,[119] Mary “Mayme” Ella Lynch, born 1889-90 (aged 36 in 1926) at Manotick, near Ottawa, Ontario, daughter of James Lynch and Mary Ann O’Neill. At the time of their marriage he was residing at Hamilton and was a traveller, and she was residing at Ottawa and was a secretary. They had two sons:
    1. Gerard Farry, born about 1928-29, still alive.
    2. John Brian Farry, born 20 March 1931, died 9 July 2009. His daughter, Collette Farry, assisted greatly in obtaining materials for this section of these notes.
  6. Mary Agnes Farry, born 15 or 16 June 1888 at Perth,[120] died unmarried 13 April 1965 at Vancouver, B.C.[121] She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1911.
  7. Sarah Helen, born 8 August 1890, died 1 November 1890 at Perth, aged 2 months, 23 days, and buried 2 November following in the Catholic Cemetery, Perth.[122]
James Farry and Mayme Lunch on their wedding day
James Farry and Mayme Lynch on their wedding day, Ottawa, 1926.
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John and Gerald Farry as infants John and Gerald Farry as choristers
John (left) and Gerald (right) Farry as infants
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John (left) and Gerald (right) Farry as choristers
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5. Arthur McCann, son of Patrick McCann and Anne FitzPatrick, was born 10 September 1849 at Portland, Ontario, baptized 13 January 1850 in the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Francis de Sales, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, Ontario, and died 30 August 1915 at his home on Lanark Road, Bathurst, Ontario,[123] and was buried 1 September 1915 in St. Johns Cemetery, Perth. He was still living with his parents in 1871. As noted above under the account of his mother, Arthur McCann is found as a head-of-household in the 1881 census of Bastard and South Burgess townships, in which he is called a farmer. He married 11 September 1889 in St. John the Baptist Church (Roman Catholic), Perth,[124] Mary Teresa McDonagh, born about 1861, died 1945, and buried with her husband, daughter of Patrick Michael McDonagh and Catherine McDonald. She was a dress-maker. Their marriage record gives the names of both sets of parents including the maiden surnames of the mothers. The Perth Courier of 26 January 1894 reported, “Arthur McCann, S. Burgess, brother of John McCann of Perth, has bought the house and lot on W. Wilson Street belonging to the estate of the late Mrs. P. McDonagh and intends coming to reside in it next fall.” However, the same paper reported on 2 March 1894 that “Arthur McCann has sold his house and lot on Wilson Street bought by him from the late Mrs. McDonagh at $925 to John A. McLaren.”[125] On 16 November 1894 it reported that “Arthur McCann of South Burgess, having sold his farm on Rideau Lake to Michael O’Meara, intends removing to town in the spring or perhaps buying a farm in the vicinity of Perth.”[126] In the death notice of a brother of his wife in August 1899, Arthur McCann is called “of Bathurst.”[127] Arthur McCann was enumerated with his family in the 1901 census of Bathurst Tp., Lanark Co.[128] We have not found him in the 1911 census, but it seems likely he and his son Arthur Jerome McCann are the Art McCann and Jerome McCann, both of concession 4, lot 27, Bathurst Tp., with postal address of Perth, listed in a directory published in 1914.[129] He is posthumously called Arthur McCann, of Cranworth, farmer, in the delayed registration (1928) of the birth of his son John. His widow, as “Mary Theresa McCann, of 52 College Ave., Ottawa,” attested to the circumstances of the birth of this son in this application. According to the address prepared by a son for the Irish Historical Society of Canada in 1942 (given in its entirety in the Appendix),

My mother’s name was Teresa McDonagh. She lived in the town of Perth from her childhood until she married my father and went to live in the old McCann homestead. They lived there for three years but mother, unable to bear the loneliness and privations, induced my father to sell the property and move to the more modern farm two miles from Perth, where they lived until my father’s death in 1915; and mother then moved to Ottawa with her family and now we feel that beautiful Ottawa is our real home.
Known issue:[130]
  1. John Quincy Joseph McCann, born 17 August 1890,[131] at Kingston, Ontario,[132] living 1928 (when he made a delayed registration of his own birth), died 1989. He crossed into Buffalo, New York, on 23 November 1942.[133]
  2. Arthur Jerome McCann, born 6 May 1892 (per baptismal record and 1901 census; no birth registration found), baptized 8 June following in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, with sponsors Patrick O’Grady and Mary O’Grady. He died in November 1963 at Los Angeles, California. As Jerome Arthur McCann, carpenter, last of Sturgis, Saskatchewan, destined for El Centro, California, he crossed into North Dakota in April 1923.[134] However, we have not found a match for him in the 1930 U.S. census. He is said to have married Léonie ____, and had two children, Madeline McCann and Lee McCann.
  3. Mariana Elizabeth McCann (called Marina in the 1901 census), born 27 January 1895 (per 1901 census; no birth registration found), baptized 17 March following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth, died (unmarried?) in 1994.
  4. Monica Ursula McCann, born 4 March 1897 at Perth,[135] baptized 28 March following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth, died 5 January 1980 at Ottawa. Monica Mccann, single woman, aged 28 years, born at “Perth, Canada” and of Canadian nationality, is recorded on 10 July 1925 as “returning home [to] 175 Waller Street, Ottawa,” having arrived at Montreal, Quebec on the vessel Melita, which had sailed from Cobh, Ireland; her reference being listed as “Dr. Jeffs, London S.W., England.”[136] She married 27 January 1944 at Ottawa,[137] Richard Francis Nolan.
  5. Mary Agatha McCann, born 10 April 1899,[138] baptized 13 April following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth. She married 30 July 1959 at Ottawa,[139] Arthur Charles Finley.
  6. Mary Lenore McCann, born 12 June 1901 in Lanark Co.[140] She married 4 May 1940, Édouard Gérard Demers.
  7. Theresa Catherine McCann, born 4 August 1903 in Lanark Co.,[141] died s.p. 1988. She married [as his second wife?] 7 April 1954 in the Blessed Sacrement Church, Ottawa, Wilfrid Howard Rigney. Considering the distinctiveness of his name, we do not see how he could be other than the Wilfrid Howard Rigney born 21 September 1898 at London, Middlesex County, Ontario, son of Samuel George Rigney and Mary Louise Howard.[142] This man is found as a 12-year-old in the home of his parents, no. 812 Dundas Street, London, Ontario, in 1911.[143] Wilfred (sic) Howard Rigney, of 812 Dundas Street, London, clerk in the C.P.R., enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces on 13 June 1917.[144] He married [1?] 7 September 1931 in the parish church (Roman Catholic) of St. Patrice, Ottawa,[145] Gertrude Maud Sibley, died 26 September 1948, and buried in Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa.[146] The record of the marriage notes that he had originally been baptized as an Anglican. The only child of this marriage was Mary Joan Rigney (1932-2002), who is buried with her mother; she married Donald Richard Murphy (1927-1998), and had six children.[147] Wilfrid Rigney was subsequently re-baptized as a Catholic as an adult on 4 June 1934 in the same church in which he was married for the second time, the record calling him husband of Maude Sibley and son of Samuel George Rigney and Mary Louise Howard.[148] As Wilfrid H. Rigney, he stood unsuccessfuly as Social Credit candidate for Ottawa East in the federal election of 1962.[149]

6. Lucy Loretta/Luretta McCann,[150] daughter of Patrick McCann and Anne FitzPatrick, was born 15 August 1861 in South Burgess Tp., baptized 1 November 1861 in the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Francis de Sales, Smith’s Falls, Lanark County, Ontario, and died in January 1929.[151] She is found in the household of her widowed mother in the 1881 census. She married 28 January 1884 in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, in the town of Kitley (now Toledo), Kitley Tp., Leeds Co.,[152] John Cauley, born in December 1850 (per 1911 census) or in December 1851 (per 1901 census) in South Burgess Tp., died in November 1928,[153] son of Roger Cawley (note the difference in spelling) and Catherine Hoban. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the names of both sets of parents including the maiden surnames of the mothers, both parties were residing in South Burgess Tp., and the groom was a farmer; the witnesses were Archey McCann, and Sarah McCann of South Burgess. In the birth record of their daughter Ann (1886), John Cauley is called a farmer, of Toledo. In the birth records of their sons John (1887) and Francis (1889), John Cauley is called a farmer, and his postal address given as Lombardy. He and his wife are enumerated in Kitley Tp. in the 1891 census, in which John is called a farmer and the family’s religion is given as Roman Catholic.[154] They are enumerated at Brockville, on the Kitley-Elizabethtown townline in Leeds Co., in the 1901 census, with similiar information.[155] They and two other their sons are enumerated in three consecutive households at Toledo Village in the 1911 census, in which John is again called a farmer, and the family’s religion given as Roman Catholic; there are some inexplicable discrepancies between some of the children’s names as given in 1901 versus 1911, although the ages coincide.[156] According to her great-granddaughter, Linda (Cauley) Kafenzakis, Lucy (McCann) Cauley was a teacher.[157] Known issue:

  1. Thomas FitzPatrick Cauley, born 16 October 1884,[158] baptized 16 November following in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, with sponsors Jeremiah Donevan and Mary McCann. He was living unmarried with his parents in 1901, and is enumerated next to them in the 1911 census, in which he is called a farmer. He married 20 January 1915,[159] Cecelia Jordan.
  2. Catherine Isadora Cauley (called Isadora C. Cauley on her tombstone), born 14 April 1886.[160] baptized 9 May following in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, with sponsors Richard F. Byrne and Sarah McCann, died in 1936 at Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, and buried in the Holy Japanese Martyrs Catholic Cemetery, Philipsville, Leeds and Grenville.[161] She is recorded in census records as Isadora in the 1891, Catherine D. in 1901, and Isabella in 1911, although the ages all agree. She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1911. Thus the date of 12 October 1909 given in an annotation in her baptismal record cannot be correct.[162] She did nonetheless marry (as his first wife) Caesar Joseph Myers, born 12 December 1886 in Leeds County, died 14 December 1962 at Elgin, Leeds County, and buried with both of his wives,[163] son of Thomas Henry Myers (1856–1920) and Rose Anna Healey (1862–1949), who are buried in the same cemetery. He married secondly, Katherine Sybil Scanlan Myers (1892–1983). Their monument does not indicate the presence of any children.
  3. John Patrick Cauley, born 23 November 1887 at at Toledo, Leeds Co.,[164] baptized 7 January 1888 in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, with sponsors Thomas Cauley “and wife.” He died in Jan. 1970 (per the death notice of his son Gerard). He was enumerated next to his parents in the 1911 census, in which he is called a farmer. He married 5 August 1924 at Peterborough, Peterborough Co., Ontario,[165] Ellen Agnes Quinlan, born 1893-94 (aged 30 in 1924) at Ennismore, Ontario (per marriage record), died in 1941 (per the death notice of her son Gerard), daughter of David Quinlan and Ellen Agnes Gorman.[166] At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of the parents of both parties, the groom was a farmer, of Toledo; the witnesses were David Joseph Quinlan, Jr., of Ennismore, Ontario, and Margaret Elizabeth Cauley, of Toledo. After his wife’s death his maiden aunt, Mary McCann, helped him raise his children.[167] Issue (order uncertain):
    1. Gerard Cauley, born 14 March 1926 at Frankville, Kitley Tp., died 22 July 2004 at Brockville General Hospital, aged 78 years. He married 15 September 1951 in St. Philip Neri Church, Toledo, Laura Teresa Donovan, still alive on 22 July 2004. According to his daughter, Linda (Cauley) Kafenzakis, “My father told us stories many times of the summers he spent out west as a young teen working in the wheat fields during WWII. One year in Saskatchewan and one summer in Alberta…. He went with his brother Marcus Cauley, a cousin Stan Cauley, and a neighbour Cecil Healy. On one occasion when they went to church they met with Father [James] Healy to have lunch afterward. He also use to tell us that Father Healy either attended a school in this area for Redemptorist Priests or he was a teacher for priests at the school (St. Mary’s College). This school was also associated with a junior college out west so there may be some confusion there.”[168] In a later message, she refers to “Father Healy, whom they all knew to be a relative.”[169] The priest was indeed a first cousin of John Patrick Cauley (father of Gerard Cauley), their mothers being sisters; however any relationship between him and Cecil Healy is too distant for us to trace.[170] A death notice of Gerard Cauley reads, in part:
      Raised in Frankville, he went to public school there and attended Athens High School. He travelled to Saskatchewan and Alberta twice as a teen to work on farms during the Second World War. On September 15, 1951 he married Laura Teresa Donovan in St. Philip Neri Church, Toledo. He made his living as a transport driver, beginning in Frankville with Edwards Transport and then moving to Brockville where he worked for Direct Winters Transport, which was later known as Motorways and then Kingsway. He retired 13 years ago in 1991. He attended St. John Bosco Church, was an avid reader and had a keen interest in both professional and amateur baseball and hockey, especially any games his grandchildren were involved in. He enjoyed reminiscing with the gang at Burger King and restructuring the entire Canadian political system over burgers. Mr. Cauley is survived by his wife Laura and four daughters, Linda Kafenzakis and her husband Jim and Marilyn Washburn and her husband Gary, both of Brockville, Anne Cauley of Kanata and Jeanette Cauley of British Columbia, as well as seven grandchildren, Tina, Nicholas and Emily Kafenzakis, Randy and Gillian Besco and Matthew and Curtis Washburn. Also surviving are three brothers, Ambrose and his wife Gladys of Brockville, Marcus and his wife Terry of Belleville and John of Brockville, and three sisters, Margaret Donovan of Philipsville, Sylvia Severson of Domville and Monica McCarthy and her husband Lambert of Ottawa, as well as 22 nieces/nephews. He was predeceased by his mother in 1941, his father in January 1970 and brothers-in-law Raymond Severson on September 30, 1988, and Maurice Donovan on January 26, 1994. Friends called at the Irvine Funeral Home, Brockville, on July 25. The funeral was held July 26 at St. John Bosco Church, with Father Tim Harrison and Father Gerard Donovan (his wife’s cousin) officiating. Burial followed at St. Philip Neri Cemetery, Toledo. The pallbearers were Nicholas Kafenzakis, Gary Washburn, Curtis Washburn, Randy Besco, Matthew Washburn and Brian Cauley.[171]
      Issue:
      1. Linda Cauley, our informant, alive in December 2006. She married Jim Kafenzakis, alive on 22 July 2004. Issue: Tina Kafenzakis; Nicholas Kafenzakis; Emily Kafenzakis.
      2. Marilyn Cauley, married Gary Washburn. They were both alive and of Brockville on 22 July 2004.
      3. Anne Cauley, apparently unmarried and of Kanata on 22 July 2004. Issue: Matthew Washburn; Curtis Washburn.
      4. Jeanette Cauley, apparently unmarried and of British Columbia on 22 July 2004.
    2. Ambrose John Cauley, died in 2011 at Brockville. He married Gladys Boisvert, and they had issue.
    3. Marcus Cauley, still alive and of Belleville on 22 July 2004; married Terry ____.
    4. John Cauley, still alive and of Brockville on 22 July 2004.
    5. Margaret Cauley; married Gerald Maurice Donovan. She was living at Philipsville on 22 July 2004. They had at least one child.
    6. Sylvia Rita Cauley, married Raymond Severson. She was living at Domville on 22 July 2004. They had at least one child, a daughter who married Patrick Alphonsus Freeman.
    7. Monica Cauley, married Lambert McCarthy. They were living at Ottawa on 22 July 2004.
  4. Francis Leonard Cauley, of Ottawa, born 18 February 1889 in Leeds Co.,[172] baptized 17 March following in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, with sponsors John Ovington and Mary Garvin, died in October 1972. He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1911, when he was a teacher. According to his granddaughter Anne Gajerski-Cauley, he was given a job at the Ministry of Revenue by his cousin, Dr. James Joseph McCann (below) when the latter was minister (1945-1957). He married 2 February 1916 at Aylmer,[173] Mary Eva “Anneva” Glenn, of Aylmer, Quebec, died 1988. According to their granddaughter Anne Gajerski-Cauley, “They met in a boarding house in Ottawa. Anneva worked at Birks Jewellers in Ottawa…. Frank trained as a school teacher and went to Normal School in Athens. He also maintained a piece of land in the Toledo area after he had moved to Ottawa. He spent most of his career in the civil service. I was told by relatives that he liked to hold court at the Lord Elgin Hotel and that he loved to go to Parliament to watch Question Period every day. I was told that my grandfather was a very controlling man and that he was quite punitive to Anneva. She spent time in the mental hospital in Brockville when my mother was a child. She was also musical and fully bilingual. She was a devout Catholic.” Issue (all information from Anne Gajerski-Cauley):
    1. Mary Cauley, died in March 1995 at Ottawa; married Leonard Kelly. They have one child:
      1. David Kelly, born 24 July 1957; married 3 June 1989 (but subsequently separated), Graziella “Grace” Cassone, born 24 October 1956 in Reggio, Calabria, Italy. Only child: Ashley Kelley, born 3 July 1991 at Ottawa.
    2. Frank Cauley, born in 1921; still alive in 2016. He served in the war and married Barb Lerner. Two children:
      1. Kathie Cauley, married ________; no issue.
      2. Glenn Cauley, married (and divorced) ________; no issue.
    3. Rita Cauley, died in 1993; married Doug Cameron. They had no children of their own, but adopted Doug’s grandson and raised him as their own in the early 1960s. Doug was in broadcasting and Rita ended up working for the RCMP.
    4. Patricia Cauley, died in January 1992 of cancer; married in 1952, Peter Gajerski, died 1987 of cancer, aged 60. Their ashes are interred in Avonlea cemetery, near Domain, Manitoba. Issue:
      1. Steve Gajerski, of Winnipeg, born 1955; not married. He works for the Canadian National Railway.
      2. Bruce Gajerski, born 1956; not married. He is a retired statistician.
      3. Anne Gajerski-Cauley, a United Church minister, born 1960; married in 1989, Domenico Barillari, a nuclear physicist. Four children: Cedric Gajerski-Cauley-Barillari, born 1995; Everett Gajerski-Cauley-Barillari, born 1986; Matteas Gajerski-Cauley-Barillari, born 1998; Alden Gajerski-Cauley-Barillari, born 2003.
  5. Stanislas Cauley, born 14 February 1891 (per baptismal record; no birth registration found), baptized 28 March following in (Old) St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, with sponsors Patrick Morrly (Manly?) and Bridget Morly (?); he presumably died young as he does not appear with his parents in the 1901 census.
  6. Unnamed son, born in December 1899 in Leeds Co.,[174] presumably died young as he does not appear with his parents in the 1901 census.
  7. Dermot R. Cauley, born 5 November 1892 (per 1901 census; no birth registration found) at Toledo (per marriage record), called Stanley in the 1911 census, but the birthdates agree. As Dermot Cauley son of John Cauley and Lucy McCan, he married 24 October 1922 at Athens, Ontario, by Catholic rites,[175] Margret Anna Keyes, born 1892-93 (aged 29 in 1922) at Shea-town (per marriage record), daughter of James Keyes and Sarah Shea. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of the parents of both parties, the groom was of Toledo and a clerk with the Canadian National Railway, while the bride was a teacher, of Shea-town; the witnesses were Norbert Cauley of Toledo and Regina Harvey of Carthage, New York.
  8. Norvert [sic] H. Cauley, born 16 September 1894 (per 1901 census; no birth registration found), called Norris in the 1911 census and Norbert in the 1922 marriage record of his elder brother Dermot, in which he appears as a witness.
  9. Annie Loretta Cauley, born 27 August 1896 (per 1901 census; no birth registration found) at Kitley (per marriage record). She married 12 October 1920 at Kitley, by Catholic rites,[176] Bernard John Shea, born 1891-92 (aged 28 in 1920) at Kitley (per marriage record), son of Edward James Shea and Elizabeth Hennessy. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of the parents of both parties, both were of Kitley, and the groom was a farmer; the witnesses were Lucy Cauley, of Ottawa, and Thomas Shea, of Mallorytown, Ontario.
  10. Lucy J. Cauley, born 29 March 1898 (per 1901 census; no birth registration found). She was still unmarried in 1920, when as Lucy Cauley, of Ottawa, she served as a witness at the wedding of her elder sister Annie Loretta. According to her grandniece Anne Gajerski-Cauley, “Lucy was courted by King Clancy, who had the longest hockey career in Canada serving with the Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and then as a coach and manager. She never married him but he was reputedly in love with her. I believe around 1929 she was engaged to a man named Eric Omstead from a wealthy family (jewelry store). They were Protestants. The night before the wedding, the groom’s family hosted a reception at the Chateau Laurier but afterward, Eric was sent on a train out west and on the wedding day, Lucy was left standing at the altar when the groom and his family never showed up. My grandfather Frank was to give the bride away. She reputedly had a nervous breakdown and went to the Maritimes (where we had no relatives). By 1930 she married Clive Holder (she was 32) and they adopted a son Gerald the first year of their marriage. That is the story. Her husband died several years later and she died at age 44 leaving Gerald an orphan at age 12.”
  11. Edward Cauley, born 20 December 1899 (per 1901 census; no birth registration found), called Justin Cauley in the 1911 census, but the ages (although not the birthdates) agree. A Justin Cauley of Toledo married 8 September 1930 in St. Francis de Sales Church, Smiths Falls, Marie Frances Salmon, born 19 April 1909 in South Elmsley Township, died 27 January 2006 at Brockville General Hospital, aged 96 years,[177] daughter of Ambrose Salmon and Margaret Morrissey.
  12. Marguerite Cauley, born in June 1903 (per 1911 census; no birth registration found). She was still unmarried in 1924, when as Margaret Elizabeth Cauley, of Toledo, she served as a witness at the wedding of her elder brother John.

Appendix

Address prepared for delivery to the Irish Historical Society of Canada (Ottawa) by ____ McCann, Secretary of the Society, 1942; punctuation added for clarity. From a copy kindly supplied by Joan Tremblay.

I believe it is customary for a member of the Irish Historical Society of Canada who is giving an address to make reference to their immediate ancestors.
    My father was Arthur McCann, son of Patrick McCann and Anne Fitzpatrick, who were both born in Ireland. My grandfather married Anne Fitzpatrick in Ireland, she being only fifteen and he nineteen. The romance began in a small town in the County of Antrim where her father owned a grist mill and Patrick McCann went to town from his country estate, named Shannawood, to have his father’s wheat ground into flour.
    After seven years of marriage, Patrick McCann immigrated to Canada. He and his brother [is this a confusion with his brother-in-law Luke O’Reilly below?] came by boat to New York. His brother settled there and he traveled to Kingston, Ontario, and eventually bought a farm of 300 acres on the Rideau Lake, three miles from Rideau Ferry at a place called the Rocky Narrows. It was so named because of the narrowness of the lake at that point and the high rocky shores which are practically perpendicular. There the water is very deep and thus a natural wharf was formed where the large passenger and freight boats plied from Kingston to Smiths Falls, making a stop for passengers and merchandise. This place was called McCann’s Wharf. Wood from the neighboring countryside was loaded there to be sent to other parts of the country.
    Returning to the McCann family, my grandfather, after building a log house, which is still standing, at least it was last summer although pretty shaky, sent for his young wife. She left Ireland in 1842 [no, about 1846] with three children, one six years old, one four years old and one a couple of years younger. The youngest one died aboard ship, just before arriving at New York, and was buried in a cemetery in New York. The two older boys, John and Thomas survived the trip. John settled in Perth and lived there until his death in 1926. His oldest son, James, became a doctor and later a Member of Parliament for Renfrew North.
    When my grandmother arrived in New York she got in touch with her husband’s brother, who had remained there [no, this was Luke O’Reilly, who married her own sister, Margaret FitzPatrick]. His grandchildren are living in New York, one of them being Judge O’Reilly of New York. She then had to make the trip from New York to Portland by water route to Kingston and through the Rideau Lakes to Portland. She remained in Portland until she got in communication with her husband then went to live on a farm which he had secured. There she lived until her death in 1888 (March 23).
    Grandfather was a stone mason and built the Fort at Kingston and many of the stone buildings in that section of the country. Many of the beautiful old stone residences around Kingston, Smiths Falls, Perth and Rideau Ferry which are still as solid as the day they were built by him. Like many building contractors, he always intended to build a stone house for himself and family but it never materialized and they lived in the log house which was an unusually large one until after one of the younger sons, Arthur, who was my father, married.
    My mother’s name was Teresa McDonagh. She lived in the town of Perth from her childhood until she married my father and went to live in the old McCann homestead. They lived there for three years but mother, unable to bear the loneliness and privations, induced my father to sell the property and move to the more modern farm two miles from Perth, where they lived until my father’s death in 1915; and mother then moved to Ottawa with her family and now we feel that beautiful Ottawa is our real home. Much of the land along the lake has now been divided as lots for summer homes. Many Ottawa people are enjoying the beauty of the land and lake which was the home of this young Irish couple who must have been very lonely so far away from those they loved.


Notes

1M. C. Moran, “Lawrence McCann, husband of Ann O’Reilly (Ireland to Canada),” at http://www.ottawavalleyirish.com/2013/05/lawrence-mccann-husband-of-ann-oreilly-ireland-to-canada.html. Michael Hartney (son of Patrick Hartney and Bridget Lynch) and Bridget McCann (daughter of Michael McCann and Elizabeth Murphy) were married on 16 May 1859 in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth (Mariages Catholiques de la Region de Perth, Ontario, comp. Peter Andersen & Hubert Houle, Ottawa, 1986, 60).
2He was aged 50 in 1861, 64 in 1871, aged 71 at his death in 1880. This does not accord well with the statement (below) that he was aged 19 at his marriage (around 1839).
3Per his burial records, and the (extremely brief) death notice in the Perth Courier of 30 July 1880, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier Obituaries, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthCourierEighteen.htm. We have not found an official record of his death.
4If, as stated in the family record by their grandson quoted below, they had been married for seven years prior to his departure for Canada.
5She was allegedly aged 15 at her marriage (around 1839), and was aged 38 in 1861, 50 in 1870, and 66 at her death in 1888.
6We have not found an official record of her death, but see the newspaper death notice quoted below.
7All this is from the notes of Florence (Healy) Keller.
8Bathurst Courier, 15 April 1853, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Bathurst Courier, 1853, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ BathurstCourier1853.htm.
9Canadian County Atlas Digital Project.
101861 Census of Canada West, Leeds Co., Township 207 (Burgess), enumeration district 1, p. 4; PAC microfilm no. C-1044. The entry reads:
Patrick  McCann  50 mar. Ireland  farmer
Anne          "  38 mar. Ireland  ----
John          "  21 s.   Ireland  labourer
Thomas        "  19 s.   Ireland  "
Margret [sic] "  12 s.   U.C.     ----
Arthur        "  11 s.   U.C.     labourer
Sera [sic]    "   9 s.   U.C.     ----
Mary          "   7 s.   U.C.     ----
James         "   6 s.   U.C.     labourer [!]
Joseph        "   4 s.   U.C.     ----
Elenor [?]    "   2 s.   U.C.     ----
----
Entire family is Roman Catholic
111871 Census of Ontario, Leeds South, subdistrict i (Bastard & South Burgess townships), division 1, pp. 75-76; PAC microfilm no. C-10002. The entry reads:
Patrick  McCann  60 mar. Ireland  farmer
Anne          "  48 mar. Ireland  ----
John          "  31 ---  Ireland  farmer
Arthur        "  21 ---    " *    ----
James         "  16 ---    " *    ----
=== (page-break) ===
Hugh          "   5 ---   Ont.    farmer [!]
Margret [sic] "  22 ---    "      ----
Sera [sic]    "  19 ---    "      ----
Mary          "  17 ---    "      ----
Elizabeth E.  "  12 ---    "      ----
----
* These ditto marks are erroneous; these children were born in Canada
Entire family is Roman Catholic, and of Irish origin
121881 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 110 (Leeds South), subdistrict G (Bastard & Burgess South), division 1, p. 10; PAC microfilm no. C-13232 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,868]. The entry (the LDS transcription of which gives the surname as McLan) reads:
Arthur McCan       M  30   Ontario   farmer 
Ann      "   wid.  F  60   Ireland     
Sarah    "         F  28   Ontario
Mary     "         F  26   Ontario   milliner
Lizzie   "         F  20   Ontario   school teacher
Lucy     "         F  18   Ontario
Hugh     "         M  14   Ontario
--------
Entire family is of Irish origin, and Catholic in religion
13Death notice, Perth Courier, 30 March 1888, from a copy kindly supplied by Collette Farry. This notice has also been abstracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier Obituaries, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthCourierTwentySix.htm.
14Perth Courier, 30 March 1888, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier — Comings and Goings, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthComingsAndGoings16.htm.
15His middle initial appears in the 1883 birth record of his son Thomas.
16Newspaper death notice (see below) and church register; we have not found an official notice of this death.
17Mariages Catholiques de la Region de Perth, Ontario, comp. Peter Andersen & Hubert Houle (Ottawa, 1986), p. 95. We have not found an official registration of the marriage.
18Perth Courier, 4 August 1876, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier Obituaries, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthCourierFourteen.htm. An official notice of this death has not been found.
19Perth Courier, 12 March 1880, as extracted in available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthCourierEighteen.htm.
20Leeds County birth registrations, no. 006189.
21Farry-McCann family bible record collected by their daughter-in-law Mayme (Lynch) Farry, and now in the possession of Collette Farry.
22Ontario Death Registrations, Ottawa Division, 1914, no. 010932.
23Leeds County marriage registrations, no. 007077. The bride’s parents are named as “Patric McCann and Ann FitzPatric.”
24Ontario Death Registrations, 1938, no. 011943, naming her parents as Patrick McCanna and Ann Fitzpatrick, both born in Ireland.
25Linda (Cauley) Kafenzakis, personal communication, 29 December 2006.
26As indexed in “Ontario, Canada, Roman Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1760-1923” at Ancestry.com; original record not yet checked.
27Carleton County marriage registrations, no. 002403.
28Perth Courier, 19 October 1888, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Births & Marriages — Perth Courier & Others, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ BirthsMarriagesDeaths20.htm.
291901 Census of Canada, Ontario, distict no. 100 (Ottawa), subdistrict E (St. George Ward), E, division 3, p. 15; PAC microfilm no. T-6488. The entry (translated from French) reads:
James McCann  M   head M September  4 1859  41 printer
Sarah     "   F   wife M December   1 1865  35
Francis   "   M   son  S February  14 1890  11
Mabel     "   F   dau. S November  23 1891   9
Lillian   "   F   dau. S December   5 1892   8
James     "   M   son  S July   5 1895   5
Elizabeth "   F   dau. S April 15 1897   3
Cecilia   "   F   dau. S November  22 1900 4/12
----
Entire family born in Canada, of Irish origin; Roman Catholic
30A lengthy list of “Old Perthies” serialized in the Perth Courier lists under date of 9 June 1905 “James McCann, 27 Osgoode St., Ottawa.” See List of 1905 Old Boys — “M” and “N” Names, available online at http://globalgenealogy.com/LCGS/1905oldboys/1905609.HTM.
311911 Census of Canada, Ontario, district no. 105 (Ottawa City), subdistrict no. 40 (St. George’s Ward), p. 21. The entry reads:
James McCann M  head September 1859  51 printer, Gov. Bureau
Sarah     "  F  wife December  1865  45
Mabel     "  F  dau. November  1891  19 teacher
Lilian    "  F  dau. December  1892  18
James     "  M  son  July  1895  15 student
Elizabeth "  F  dau. April 1897  14
Cecilia   "  F  dau. November  1900  10
John      "  M  son  December  1903   7
Isabell   "  F  dau. December  1906   4
-----
All born in Ontario, of Irish origin; all Roman Catholic
32Sessional papers of the Dominion of Canada, vol. 1, pt. 2 [fourth session of the eighth Parliament, session 1899] (Ottawa, 1899), p. 1-34.
33Carleton County birth registrations, no. 004720.
34Carleton County marriage registrations, no. 015345.
35Carleton County birth registrations, 1897, unnumbered; the 1901 census gives the same date.
36“Tamra Wilson’s tree” at ancestry.com.
37Carleton County birth registrations, 1899, unnumbered. In this record the mother’s surname is given as Ryan.
38Carleton County birth registrations, 1900, unnumbered. In this record the mother’s surname is given as Ryan. The 1901 census gives the same date.
39Carleton County birth registrations, no. 011900.
40Death notice from a Sturgis area newspapaper, from the collection of Thomas Schaffner; the date of 1939 given in Harvest of Memories is erroneous.
41The date and place are from a newspaper announcement of their 50th wedding anniversary, which does not make it clear whether the groom was then still living in Canada; we have not found an official record of the marriage.
42Death notice from a Sturgis area newspapaper, from the collection of Thomas Schaffner.
43Her name is given as Lucy Loretta McCann in her marriage record, but as Lucy Luretta McCann in the 1887 birth record of her son John.
44Information from her great-granddaughter Anne Gajerski-Cauley.
45His middle initial appears in the 1883 birth record of his son Thomas.
46Mariages Catholiques de la Region de Perth, Ontario, p. 95, the record calling him a son of Patrick McCann and Ann Fitzpatrick. We have not found an official registration of the marriage.
47She predeceased her father, but the statement in his death notice (see below) that she “died some years ago” can hardly be literally true.
48“Died, on Saturday, 12th April [1879], Bridget Maloney Hourigan, wife of Mr. Michael Hourigan, Esq., South Elmsley, aged 70.” — Perth Courier, 25 April 1879, as extracted by Christine M. Spencer in Perth Courier Obituaries, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthCourierSeventeen.htm. We know Bridget Maloney was Michael Hourigan’s first wife because of the following item relating to her successor: “Mrs. Michael Hourigan, Smith’s Falls, says the Echo, died on Monday afternoon from pneumonia after a two weeks’ illness at the age of 40. She was the first cousin of Edward Kennedy, once of this town, and was step-mother of John McCann of Perth.” — Perth Courier, 26 April 1895, as extracted by Christine M. Spencer in Perth Courier Obituaries, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthCourierThirtyNine.htm. Michael Hourigan’s death notice in the Rideau Recorder of 27 March 1902 (per Hourigan at http://kennytree.com/Irish/Family%20names/hourigan_how.htm) also mentions her:
An old and highly esteemed Citizen was called to rest, Michael Hourigan who died at his home on Market St. about 5 p.m. last evening. For some time he had been failing in health, but didn’t suffer as he slept [slipt?] away. He was 87 years and [for?] over three score years he had been a prominent figure in the community. He was born in County Clare, Ireland, and moved here when he was 20 years. He settled in Poonamalie and lived there all his life until he moved to town some years ago. He was always a good reader and the most intelligent and best informed man in his neighborhood. He served for a number of years in the Elmsley Council and was Reeve of the township. He is survived by his wife, 3 children, Patrick of Montague, Francis of Smith Falls, and Mrs. Thomas Balfe of Elmsley. Two other daughters, Mrs. Moran and Mrs. John McCann, died some years ago. The funeral will be tomorrow at 2 p.m.
491891 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 111 (Lanark South), subdistrict B (Perth), Division 1, p. 24; Library and Archives of Canada microfilm no. C-13233. the entry reads:
name        age  cond.  birthplace  occupation
----------------------------------------------
John McCann      37  M  Ireland     mason
Marey McCann     32  M  Ontario
Annie McCann      8  -  Ontario
Josephine McCann  5  -  Ontario
Elisabeth McCann  3  -  Ontario
Lenord McCann     1  -  Ontario
=====
Entire family Irish, Catholic
50Record News (Smith Falls), 21 February 1889, as extracted in Leah Truscott, The Record News, Smiths Falls — Newspaper Articles — 13th section, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/RecordNews/ records_news_thirteen.htm.
51Perth Courier, 8 November 1889, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier — Comings and Goings, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthComingAndGoings18.htm.
521891 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 84 (Lanark South), subdistrict H (Town of Perth), Division 1, p. 1; Library and Archives of Canada microfilm no. T-6349. The entry reads:
name     relationship   cond. age birthpl. father  mother  occupation
---------------------------------------------------------------------
John McCann      [head] mar.  49  Ireland  Ireland Ireland  mason
Mary McCann       wife  mar.  41  Ontario  Ireland Ireland
Annie McCann      dau.  --    17  Ontario  Ireland Ontario
Josephine McCann  dau.  --    14  Ontario  Ireland Ontario
Elizabeth McCann  dau.  --    11  Ontario  Ireland Ontario
Kathaleen* McCann dau.  --     9  Ontario  Ireland Ontario
Thomas McCann     son   --     6  Ontario  Ireland Ontario
James McCann      son   --     4  Ontario  Ireland Ontario
Edmond McCann     son   --     3  Ontario  Ireland Ontario
====
Entire family Roman Catholic
* sic
53Perth, Ontario, 1898-1899 Directory, transcribed at http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cdobie/perth-1899-directory.htm.
54Perth, Ontario, 1898-1899 Directory, transcribed at http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cdobie/perth-1899-directory.htm.
551901 Census of Canada, Ontario, district no. 81 (Lanark South), subdistrict H (Town of Perth), division 6, pp. 9-10. The entry reads:
name       relationship  birthdate     age birthplace occupation
---------------------------------------------------------------------
  John      McCann head  18 December 1841   59 Ireland  licence inspector
  === (page-break) ===
  Mary         "   wife  11 August  1848  52 Ontario
  Annie T.     "   dau.  14 April 1874  26 Ontario  music teacher
* Josephine M. "   dau.   8 April 1877  23 Ontario
  Cathleen     "   dau.   3 September 1881  19 Ontario
  James P.     "   son   29 March 1886  15 Ontario
  Edmond H.    "   son   16 November  1887  13 Ontario
  J. Herbert   "   son   15 Jan.  1893   8 Ontario
  Joseph R.    "   son   18 February  1895   6 Ontario
-------
All born of Irish ancestry; all of Canadian citizenship;
all Catholic
* Entire line stricken
56Monetary Times, 12 June 1896, p. 71, col. 1.
57The Union Publishing Co’s Farmers’ and business directory for the counties of Carleton, Dundas, Glengarry, Grenville, Lanark, Leeds, Prescott, Grenville, Russell and Stormont, vol. 13 (Ingersoll, Ontario, 1904), p. 788.
581911 Census of Canada, Ontario, district no. 90 (Lanark South), subdistrict no. 23 (Perth), p. 1. The entry reads:
John McCann head   wid.  December  1841  69  Ireland* mason
Kathleen    dau.   s.    September 1882  22**Ont.     ....***
Herbert     son    s.    March 1893  18  Ont.     student
Mary        sister s.    Jan.  1863  54  Ont.     milliner
----
Entire family of Irish origin; of Canadian citizenship;
Roman Catholic
  * date of immigration: 1846.
 ** sic!
*** illegible
59Ottawa Citizen, 29 November 1913, p. 6, col. 3.
60Two M.P.’s meet after 33 years — Senator Asseltine and Dr. J.J. McCann former students at Perth Collegiate,” Evening Citizen (Ottawa), 7 March 1936, p. 15, col. 6.
61We have been helped here by Bob Bond, Early Settler Families of Lanark County, Ontario, Canada, available online at http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=rbond007.
62Ontario birth registrations, no. 901804 (delayed); military record.
63Canadian Expeditionary Forces, Attestation Paper and Discharge Certificate, Library and Archives of Canada, RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6612-43.
64Perth Courier, 4 February 1916, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier — World War I [part 4], available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ WW1_4.htm.
65Perth Courier, 4 February 1916, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier — World War I [part 4], available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ WW1_4.htm.
66Perth Courier, 24 November 1916, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier — World War I [part 7], available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ WW1_7.htm.
67Perth Courier, 2 March 1917, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier — World War I [part 8], available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ WW1_8.htm.
68Date per 1901 census, place per marriage record.
69Visitors to Perth Old Boys REunion, 1905, part 2, available online at http://globalgenealogy.com/LCGS/1905oldboys/1905804.HTM.
70Lanark County marriage registrations, no. 012856.
71Per his draf registration, as cited below.
721910 U.S. Federal Census, Illinois, Cook Co., Chicago Ward 25, enumeration district 1035, p. 2A; NARA microfilm no. T624_267. The entry reads:
name      relationship age cond.  birthpl. fa. b.p.      mo. b.p.  occupation
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
George Beaudin    head  31  M  New York    Canada (Eng.) Can. (Eng.) hardware
Josephine Beaudin wife  27  M  Can. (Eng.) Can. (Eng.)*  Ireland*
George H. Beaudin son 1/12  S  Chicago     New York      Canada (Eng.)
=====
* These pieces of information are reversed.
731920 U.S. Federal Census, Illinois, Cook Co., Chicago Ward 25, enumeration district 1398, p. 8A; NARA microfilm no. 31109_4300492. The entry reads:
name      relationship age cond.  birthpl. fa. b.p.   mo. b.p.  occupation
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
George Beaudin    head 40  M  New York      France    France
                                   sales manager, scissor and knife factory
Josephine Beaudin wife 39  M  Canada        Canada*   Canada
George Beaudin     son  9  S  Illinois      New York  Canada
Golda Slyder   servant 18  S  West Virginia Maryland  Virginia 
                                                servant [to] private family
=====
* This is erroneous
741930 United States Federal Census, Cook Co., New Trier Tp., enumeration district 2209, p. 41; NARA microfilm no. 503. The entry reads:
name      relationship age cond.  birthpl. fa. bp.     mo. b.p.  occupation
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George H. Beaudin  head 50  M  New York    Canada (Eng.) Canada
                                                          hardware salesman
Jos. Beaudin*      wife 50  M  Can. (Eng.) Ireland       Canada
George H. Beaudin  son  20  S  Illinois    New York      Canada (Eng.)
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* Year of immigration to the United States: 1883
75“Leaders Urge Action to get Modern Library for Wilmette,” Wilmette Life, 21 September 1933, pp. 3, 37; available online at http://news.wilmette.lib.il.us/details.asp?NewsID=303250&bFT=yes.
76Polk’s Evanston and North Shore (Cook County, Ill.) City Directory, 1937, p. 47 (of listings for Evanston at back of binding).
77U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, NARA microfilm no. 30955_164600; image available online at Ancestry.com.
78Chicago Tribune, 3 March 1963.
79Perth, Ontario, 1898-1899 Directory, transcribed at http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cdobie/perth-1899-directory.htm.
80Visitors to Perth Old Boys REunion, 1905, part 2, available online at http://globalgenealogy.com/LCGS/1905oldboys/1905804.HTM.
81Perth Courier, April 27, 1888, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier Obituaries, available online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthCourierTwentySix.htm.
82Perth, Ontario, 1898-1899 Directory, transcribed at http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cdobie/perth-1899-directory.htm.
83Lanark County birth registrations, no. 016194.
84On Donald Robertson (1828/30 - ca.1896) and his wife Janet Shaw (1840-1919) see Ron W. Shaw, The Seven Children of William and Agnes Shaw, at http://gerla.us/shawreunion/seven.html.
85Lanark Era, 4 December 1918, as quoted by Bob Bond.
86Ron W. Shaw, The Seven Children of William and Agnes Shaw, as above.
87Lanark County birth registrations, no. 016330; “Birth, on the 26th August [1883], the wife of Mr. John McCann of Perth, of a son” — Perth Courier, 14 September 1883, as extracted by Christine M. Spencer in Births & Marriages — Perth Courier & Others, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/ Spencer/BirthsMarriagesDeaths14.htm.
88Perth, Ontario, 1898-1899 Directory, transcribed at http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cdobie/perth-1899-directory.htm.
89Perth Courier, 28 August 1885, as extracted by Christine M. Spencer, in Perth Courier Obituaries availabl online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthCourierTwentyTwo.htm.
90Lanark County birth registrations, 1886, no. 018110, and newspaper article quoted below. Most printed sources (see below) erroneously give his birthdate as 29 March 1887.
91The Canadian Who’s Who, vol. 7 (1955-1957), 722; Who’s Who in Canada, vol. 84 (1960-61), p. 1296; death notices in Toronto Daily Star, 11 April 1961, p. 2, cols. 8-9, and Toronto Globe and Mail, 12 April 1961, p. 8, cols. 6-9; Parliament of Canada, “The Hon. James Joseph McCann, P.C.,” available online at http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/key/bio.asp?query=16790, which shows a more mature photograph of the subject than the one shown here. There is also a short article on McCann (partly contributed by the present writer) in the Wikipedia, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Joseph_McCann.
92They were married 19 June 1900 (Renfrew County marriages, 1900, unnumbered) and are found on Raglan Street, Renfrew, in the 1911 census (district no. 117 [Renfrew South], subdistrict no. 34 [Renfrew], enumeration district 3, p. 2). In his marriage record he is called Bernard G. Connally, physician, and in the census Bernard G. Connelley, physician.
93Parliamentary website, as cited above; also Perth Old Home Week Booklet, June 27th to July 4th, 1948, transcribed by Vivian Dickinson, available online at http://globalgenealogy.com/LCGS/docs2000/PERTHohw.htm.
94Mariages Catholiques de la Region de Perth, Ontario, p. 94; Ontario marriage registrations, 1913, no. 013406.
95We take her mother’s name from the marriage record of her sister, Ann Mary Devine, cited above, as Cecilia’s own marriage record does not name her parents.
96Unidentified and undated newspaper clipping, collection of Tom Schaffner.
97per 1901 census; no birth registration found; “Birth, on the 16th November [1887], at Perth, the wife of Mr. John McCann of a son” — Perth Courier, 2 December 1887, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Births & Marriages — Perth Courier & Others, available online http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ BirthsMarriagesDeaths19.htm.
98Perth, Ontario, 1898-1899 Directory, transcribed at http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cdobie/perth-1899-directory.htm.
99“Birth, on Friday, 8th November [1889], the wife of Mr. John McCann, Perth, of a son.” — Perth Courier, 15 November 1889, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Births & Marriages — Perth Courier & Others, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ BirthMarriagesDeaths22.htm.
100Lanark County death registrations, 1889, no. 009018.
101Perth Courier, 27 December 1889, as extracted by Christine M. Spencer in Perth Courier Obituaries, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthCourierTwentyEight.htm.
102Lanark County birth registrations, no. 1893-017153 (registered as John McCann, with no middle name). A brief announcement reading “Birth, on Sunday, 15th Jan. [1893], the wife of Mr. John McCann of Perth, of a son” was published in the Perth Courier of 20 January 1893, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Births & Marriages — Perth Courier & Others, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ BirthMarriagesDeaths29.htm. The date of 15 January 1894 given in his military record is certainly confused. He is called J. Herbert in the 1911 census, but Herbert John in his military record and Herbert J. in his marriage record.
103Canadian Expeditionary Forces, Attestation Paper and Discharge Certificate, Library and Archives of Canada, RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6613-48.
104Perth Courier, 9 March 1917, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier — World War I [part 8], available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ WW1_8.htm.
105Perth Courier, 1 December 1917, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier — World War I [part 13], available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ WW1_13.htm.
106York County marriage registrations, no. 005860 (of modern stamped numbering).
107Lanark County birth registrations, 1895, no. 016137; “Birth, at Perth, on Monday, February 18, [1895,] the wife of John McCann, license inspector, of a son” — Perth Courier, 22 February 1895, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Births & Marriages — Perth Courier & Others, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ BirthsMarriagesDeaths33.htm.
108Ottawa Division death registrations, 1914, no. 010932; Farry-McCann family bible record collected by their daughter-in-law Mayme (Lynch) Farry, and now in the possession of Collette Farry.
109According to the Farry-McCann family bible record. No official record of the marriage has been found.
110Ottawa Division death registrations, 1914, no. 010636; death notice, Ottawa Evening Journal, 19 August 1914, p. 12, col. 2; funeral card, included in the Farry-McCann family bible record; burial register of Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery, Ottawa.
111Certified extract from baptismal register of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth, included in the Farry-McCann family bible record.
112British Columbia Death Registrations; family bible record says 13 April 1968.
113M. S. Hunt, Nova Scotia’s Part in the Great War (Halifax, 1920), 222-25, at p. 224.
114Information from Collette Farry.
115Ontario Birth Registrations, Town of Perth, no. 016302.
116Ontario Birth Registrations, Town of Perth, no. 016784.
117Certified extract from baptismal register of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Perth, included in the Farry-McCann family bible record.
118British Columbia Death Registrations; family bible record says 14 March 1960.
119Ontario Marriage Registrations, 1926, no. 032946; Mariages Catholiques de la Region de Perth, Ontario, comp. Peter Andersen & Hubert Houle (Ottawa, 1986), 45.
120Ontario Birth Registrations, Town of Perth, no. 018353 (giving date as 15 June 1888); family bible record (giving date as 16 June 1888).
121British Columbia Death Registrations; family bible record erroneously gives date as 13 March 1965.
122Funeral card, included in the Farry-McCann family bible record.
123We have not found an official record of his death, but see the newspaper death notice quoted below.
124Lanark County marriage registrations, no. 63920; Mariages Catholiques de la Region de Perth, Ontario, p. 95, the record calling him a son of Patrick McCann and Ann Fitzpatrick.
125Perth Courier, 26 January 1894 and 2 March 1894, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier — Comings and Goings, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthComingAndGoing27.htm.
126Perth Courier, 16 November 1894, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier — Comings and Goings, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthComingAndGoing28.htm.
127“Rev. Father John Hugh McDonagh, parish priest in Picton, Ont., died on Sunday last, 20th inst. [1899] after a very brief illness…. Father McDonagh was a son of the late Patrick McDonagh…. Two brothers and a sister survive him, Dr. A.J. McDonagh, dentist, Toronto; A.P. McDonagh, barrister, London; and Mrs. Arthur McCann of Bathurst.” — Perth Courier, 25 August 1899, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier Obituaries, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthCourierFortyEight.htm.
1281901 Census of Canada, Ontario, district no. 81 (Lanark South), subdistrict A (Bathurst), division 3, p. 8; PAC microfilm no. T-6477. The entry reads:
Arthur McCann  M   head  M  September 10 1850 50 farmer
Mary T.   "    F   wife  M  April 17 1862 28
John      "    M   Son   S  August  17 1890 10
Arthur J. "    M   Son   S  May    6 1892  8
Marina    "    F   dau.  S  Jan.  27 1895  6
Monica    "    F   dau.  S  March  4 1897  4
Mary A.   "    F   dau.  S  April 10 1899  1
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Entire family of Irish ancestry
129Vernon’s Farmers’s and Business Directory for the counties of Carleton, Dundas, Glengarry, Lanark, Prescott, Renfrew, Russell and Stormont, 18th ed., 1916-17 (Hamilton, Ont.), p. 239.
130This account draws heavily on McDonagh of Mayo: A Family Tree, available online at http://www.mcdonagh.ca/.
131Ontario birth registrations, no. 902019 (delayed registation); “Birth, at Burgess on the 17th August [1890], the wife of Mr. A. McCann of a son,” Perth Courier of 22 August 1890, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Births & Marriages — Perth Courier & Others, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ BirthsMarriagesDeaths24.htm. The 1901 census gives the date as 18 August 1890.
132Per his border-crossing record, cited below.
133Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1956, database at Ancestry.com.
134Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1956, database at Ancestry.com.
135Date per 1901 census, place per the re-entry record cited below; no birth registration found); “Birth, on Thursday, March 4 [1897], the wife of Arthur McCann, Bathurst, of a daughter,” Perth Courier, 12 March 1897, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Births & Marriages — Perth Courier & Others, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ BirthsMarriagesDeaths39.htm.
136Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Library and Archives of Canada microfilm no. T-14716; image available online at Ancestry.com. Although the question which we have characterized as her “reference” actually asked the respondent to name the “nearest relative in the country from which you came,” it is obvious from the surrounding entries, which include such references as the States Hotel at Cobh and the Compagnie Française du Tourisine, that the question cannot be taken literally.
137Mariages Catholiques de la Region de Perth, Ontario, comp. Peter Andersen & Hubert Houle (Ottawa, 1986), 133.
138Lanark County birth registrations, 1899, unnumbered; the 1901 census gives the same date.
139Mariages Catholiques de la Region de Perth, Ontario, comp. Peter Andersen & Hubert Houle (Ottawa, 1986), 46.
140Lanark County birth registrations, 1901, unnumbered.
141Lanark County birth registrations, 1903, unnumbered.
142Date and from Middlesex County birth registrations, 1898, unnumbered, in exact agreement with his enlistment record and in his 1934 baptismal record; place from enlistment record; parents’s names given most fully in the record of his adult baptism, below.
1431911 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 94 (City of London), enumeration district 1 (Ward 4 of London), p. 18. The entry reads:
name       gender  relat. cond. birthdate  age  occupation
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Samuel Rigney   M   head   M    October 1852   58  motor man, street railway
Mary Rigney     F   wife   M    July 1860   50
Wilfred Rigney  M   son    S    September 1898  12
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All born in Ontario, all of Irish origin, all Methodist.
144Soldiers of the First World War, Library and Archives of Canada, RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8279 - 29, record no. 334526, image available online at http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-119.01-e.php?id_nbr=618293.
145Photocopy of original parish register in the Drouin Collection, image available online at Ancestry.com.
146Death notice, Evening Citizen (Ottawa), 28 September 1948, p. 22, col. 2; Jim & Jane Blanchfield, Pictures of Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Section 15-4, at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~snaylor/OntGraMk/Ottawa/ Gloucest/ NotreDame/15-4/15-4.HTM, with link to photograph of stone. The inscription reads: “Gertrude Maud Sibley 1890-1948 wife of Wilfrid H. Rigney | Mary Joan Rigney 1932-2002.
147Mary Joan Rigney subsequently obtained an annulment from her husband and reverted to her maiden surname, under which she is buried (information from her son, Ken Murphy).
148Photocopy of original parish register in the Drouin Collection, image available online at Ancestry.com.
149See Ottawa-Vanier, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa%E2%80%94Vanier.
150Her name is given as Lucy Loretta McCann in her marriage record, but as Lucy Luretta McCann in the 1887 birth record of her son John.
151Information from his great-granddaughter Anne Gajerski-Cauley.
152Church register; Leeds County marriage registrations, 1884, no. 006460. The names of the bride’s parents are given in the record as Patrick McCann and “Lnna [sic] Fitzpatrick,” as if the writer began one name and finished by trying to write “Anna.”
153Information from his great-granddaughter Anne Gajerski-Cauley.
1541891 Census of Canada, Ontario, Leeds Co., Kitley Tp., division 1, p. 5. The entry reads:
name           cond. age occupation
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John    Cauley  M  39  farmer
Lucy       "    M  28
Thomas     "        6
Isadora    "        5
John P.    "        3
Francis    "        2
Stanislas  "    2 mos.
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Entire household is Roman Catholic
1551901 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 47 (Brockville), subdistrict G (Kitley), division 1, p. 11; PAC microfilm no. T-6460. The entry reads:
name         gender  relat. cong. birthdate     age occ.
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John      Cauley  M   head  mar.  December  24 1851 49  farmer
Lucy         "    F   wife  mar.  August  15 1862 38
Thomas F.    "    M   son   sgl.  October  16 1884 16
Catherine D. "    F   dau.  sgl.  April 14 1886 15
John P.      "    M   son   sgl.  November  23 1887 13
Francis L.   "    M   son   sgl.  February  18 1889 12
Dermot R.    "    M   son   sgl.  November   5 1892  8
Norvert H.   "    M   son   sgl.  September 16 1894  6
Annie L.     "    F   dau.  sgl.  August  27 1896  4
Lucy J.      "    F   dau.  sgl.  March 29 1898  3
Edward       "    M   son   ----  December  20 1899  1
1561911 Census of Ontario, district no. 91 (Leeds), subdistrict no. 9 (Kitley Township, Toledo Village), p. 10. The entry reads:
                  mar. stat.
                      /
John Cauley, Jr.head  s November  1887     23  farmer
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John A. Cauley  head  m December  1850     62  farmer
Lucy       "    wife  m August  1862     48  .....
Isabella   "    dau.  s April 1886     25  .....
Frank      "    son   s February  1889     22  teacher
Stanley    "    son   s November  1892     18  farmer's son
Norris     "    son   s September 1894     16  farmer's son
Annie      "    dau.  s August  1896     15  ----
Lucy       "    dau.  s March 1898     13  ----
Justin     "    son   s December  1884 [!] 11  ----
Marguerite "    dau.  s June  1903      2  ----
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Thomas Cauley   head  s October  1882     20 farmer
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All born in Ontario; all of Canadian citizenship and Irish origin;
157Linda (Cauley) Kafenzakis, personal communication, 23 December 2006.
158Baptismal record, agreeing with 1901 census.
159Per an annotation in his baptismal record; such annotations are common in the register of St. Philip Neri.
160Baptismal record; Leeds County birth registrations, no. 019027 (registered in error as Ann).
161https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40747573/isadora-catherine-myers.
162Per annotation in baptismal record, which calls her husband Joseph Caesar Myers.
163https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40747572/caesar-joseph-myers.
164Leeds County birth registrations, no. 019437 (for the date and county); baptismal record (for date); marriage record (for the precise place); the 1901 census agrees as to the date.
165Peterborough County marriage registrations, 1924, no. 016869; annotation in baptismal record (agrees as to date).
166The record is quite illegible here, but our reading is confirmed the marriage record of her parents, Peterborough County marriage registrations, 1877, no. 9122: Daniel Qinlan, 25, farmer, born and residing in Asphodel Tp., son of Daniel Quinlan and Maria Hogan, married 12 June 1877 at Ennismore, Ellen Agnes Gorman, 26, born and residing at Ennismore, daughter of James Gorman and Mary McCarthy; witnesses: Michael O’Brien and Catherine Gorman, both of Ennismore.
167Linda (Cauley) Kafenzakis, personal communication, 29 December 2006.
168Linda (Cauley) Kafenzakis, personal communication dated 23 December 2006.
169Linda (Cauley) Kafenzakis, personal communication dated 29 December 2006.
170We treat the ancestry of Father James Healy in our HEALY page. Cecil Healy (1927-2004), whose death notice appears in the Brockville Recorder & Times of 25 August 2004, sect. B, p. 7, mentioning Gerard Cauley as an honorary pallbearer, is there stated to have been a son of John Healey and Mary Yates. The latter couple was married 28 April 1909 in Leeds Co. [Leeds County marriage registrations, 1909, no. 013218] and the record calls the groom (who was 23 and thus born in 1885-86) a son of William Healy, farmer, and Ellen O’Grady. They must surely be the William Healy of Bastard Tp., aged 28 and thus born in 1853-54, who married 26 April 1882 [Leeds & Granville County marriage registrations, 1882, no. 006180], Alice O’Grady, the record naming his parents as Owen Healy and Bridget O’Hara. Thus, it is chronologically impossible for Cecil Healy to have been descended from the Rev. James Healy’s grandparents, Michael Healy and Catharine Moran.
171 Brockville Recorder & Times, 25 August 2004, sect. B, p. 7.
172Leeds County birth registrations, no. 018843; his baptismal record and the 1901 census agrees as to the date.
173Per annotation in baptismal record.
174Leeds County birth registrations, 1899, unnumbered.
175Leeds County marriage registrations, 1922, no. 013620.
176Leeds County marriage registrations, 1920, no. 018567.
177Brockville Recorder & Times, 3 March 2006.


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