Moynahan Surnames

Monday, February 11, 2019

Nellie Moynahan & Niece Mary Broderick

I was delighted to come across this 1939 news clipping recently from the Windsor Star. 
It made me think about the life of my great-aunt Nellie Moynahan (1865-1940) and her niece Mary whom she raised.

Source: Clipped from The Windsor Star, 11 Apr 1939, Tue, Page 16
When Nellie's sister Clara (Moynahan) Broderick died in 1919 at the young age of 37 years (after a lingering illness), her five children (aged 18 months to 15 years) were sent to live with relatives. As the story goes, my great aunt Nellie Moynahan took two-year-old Mary Aileen Broderick (above) to live with her.

Bernard Broderick pictured with his mother Clara (Moynahan) Broderick in 1918
Picture taken at John Moynahan's Parent Ave. home when Clara was visiting with her brother.
(Clara died December 1919)
From an oral history interview that I recorded in 1987, Bernard Broderick (son of Clara) recalled:

About Bernard Broderick's mother Clara (Moynahan) Broderick (1882-1919):
"although my mother was a Moynahan - I never knew her - she died too young, um, although I do remember incidents that happened......."...."She was - what do you call? - a seamstress making hats and dresses..."

"She (Clara) had eight children, but in those days, there was not the medical facilities they have today. If you had ten children you were lucky if you had five that continued you know. So I think that they had five that lived. A number of them died, and it was an interesting thing - there was the oldest of the Moynahan girls (your grandfather was the second oldest) but the oldest was Nellie, her name was Ellen but they called her Nellie. She was like the godfather...she acted as midwife, and she took over. She was....domineering..""

About Bernard Broderick's sister Mary Aileen Broderick (1917-1990):

Mary: "then my baby sister, she must have been only five, old Aunt Nellie took her in and kept her from the time she was five until she was about twenty...."......" Mary was a clever girl - she had finished high school and she had started nursing and so forth and she just loved this guy and he is a wonderful man." ........"That has been a wonderful marriage"

Nellie Moynahan (1865-1940)

Nellie Moynahan raised her niece Mary Aileen Broderick (1917-1990) for twenty years (from 1919 to 1939)

Nellie Moynahan (1865-1940)
Some facts about Nellie:
  • Nellie decided to never marry (women teachers were not allowed to be married).
  • Nellie chose to live with her parents Jeremiah and Mary (Brennan) Moynahan and care for them her whole life
  • Nellie and/or her brother John Moynahan taught their mother Mary (Brennan) to read (See my post "Revisiting the Censuses")
  • 1887-1932, Nellie taught school in Essex county for forty-five years (teaching the longest according to Thomas McCloskey, of all the Essex county teachers in the late 1880s).
  • She was remembered as a strict disciplinarian by students.
  • In 1892, while on her way to teach at S.S. No. 8, Nellie's "horse became frightened at the cars, and she was thrown out of the buggy and sustained painful injuries.: (Source: The Amherstburg Echo: 30 December, 1892)
  • In, 1904, Nellie is riding a bicycle and sprained her knee in a fall ( The Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) 27 May 1904, Fri  • Page 7 )
  • In 1908, Nellie resigned as teacher of R.C.S.S. No.7, Maidstone and left on a trip to England, Ireland and Italy
  • In 1912, Nellie traveled to Ireland and Scotland and spoke to the Oldcastle Women's Institute about it (Source: The Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) · 22 Jul 1912, Mon · Page 3)
  • In 1913, when her parents, Jeremiah and Mary, celebrated their golden anniversary, Nellie was living with them at the Maidstone Moynahan farm ("Talbot St. a mile west of the Cross") 
  • In 1916, the Maidstone Dramatic club presented "The Shannon Boys" with a cast of 30 people. "The success of the drama was largely due to the untiring efforts and able management of Miss Nellie Moynahan under whose supervision the play was presented." (Source: The Windsor Star, 20 Mar 1916, Mon  • Page 5 )
  • In 1920, following the death of her sister Clara (Dec 1919), Nellie decided to raise 3 year-old Mary Broderick (1917-1990)
  • In 1921, Nellie moved to 432 Hall Avenue, Windsor with her parents( Jeremiah and Mary and her niece Mary Broderick after the Moynahan Maidstone farm (298 South Talbot Rd) was sold.
  • In 1922, Nellie's father Jeremiah died and in 1926, Nellie's mother Mary died
  • In 1939, Nellie announces the engagement of her niece, who she has raised since two years-of-age to Edward Francis Lyons (1914-1991)
  • According to Bernard Broderick, my grandfather Ernie Moynahan (1900-) would stop at Nellie's house on Hall Ave. on his way to work at Fords to take care of her furnace (Source: Oral History) and my grandmother Rhea would sew her curtains for the house (Source: Handwritten thank you from Nellie Moynahan to Rhea (Coughlin) Moynahan)

Nellie Moynahan's Class of 1911

Raising Mary 1919-1939
Source: Photo archive of Michael Lyons

Mary Aileen Broderick was born November 5, 1917 the youngest child of Patrick Francis and Clara (Moynahan) Broderick.

Mary lived with Nellie Moynahan at the Maidstone Moynahan farm and later on Hall Avenue in Windsor, Ontario.

Mary Aileen Broderick (Source: Lyons Family archives)
Mary met and fell in love with Edward Francis Lyons (1914-1991) and in 1939, their engagement is announced.

My grandparents, Ernest and Rhea (Coughlin) Moynahan, hosted their wedding shower at the Moynahan home on Marentette Ave.

(Windsor Star, 11 Apr 1939, Tue, Page 16)
The wedding took place at the Immaculate Conception Church in Windsor

Mary Aileen (Broderick) Lyons (1917-1990) (Source: Lyons family photo archives)

Mary Aileen (Broderick) Lyons (1917-1990) (Source: Lyons family photo archives)
Mary Aileen (Broderick) Lyons (1917-1990) (Source: Lyons family photo archives)

The Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) · 24 Apr 1939, Mon · Page 13
Previous Blog Posts 
About Mary's Brothers and Sisters:

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Finding Our Broderick Ancestors in Co. Clare, Ireland

This blog post is the second of several that I hope will assist me in locating the townlands and parishes of my ancestors in Ireland. My brother, sister and I will be visiting Ireland and staying in Co. Clare in 2019.

My 3rd great grandparents Michael and Margaret (McNally) Broderick emigrated from county Clare, Ireland in 1843 with my 2nd great grandfather Martin Broderick (born 1831).

County Clare, Ireland 

In the year that our 2nd great grandfather Martin Broderick (1831) was born:
"The newspapers of spring 1831 carried many reports chronicling the disturbed nature of Clare society. Destitution, want, distress, and misery were the lot of the landless peasants and starvation and lack of work or assistance prompted the widespread insurrection against local landholders and land agents." (Source:

The Illustrate London News 1849, Killard, County Clare

The Families of County Clare, Ireland:
Over One Thousand Entries from the ...
By Michael C. O'Laughlin

Between 1831 and 1841 the conditions worsened in County Clare. Let us begin in the beginning for our 2nd great-grandfather Martin Broderick.

Martin Broderick: Born in County Clare, Ireland 1831
A Crayon Portait of Martin Broderick (1831-1915)

In 1831, Martin Broderick was born in Ireland. All of the Ontario censuses records (1851-1911) say that he was born in Ireland. None of the census records say that he was born in Clare, Ireland but his obituary does specify county Clare.

Source: Detroit Free Press, Page 11
Tuesday, October 11, 1915

1843 Emigration

We know that Martin emigrated from Ireland around 1843 as he was twelve years old at the time. He emigrated with his parents  according to his obituary below. I have not been successful finding any ships records yet.
Source: Detroit Free Press, Page 11
Tuesday, October 11, 1915

1851 Census: Sandwich, Essex County, Canada West

The family settled in Sandwich, Essex county, Ontario. On the census there are four Broderick's listed together:
  1. Father Michael (1801-1889); 
  2. Mother Margaret (McNally) Broderick (1798-1875) 
  3. Brother Patrick (1833-1860)
  4. Martin (1831-1915)
Source: 1851 Census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia; Year: 1851; Census Place: Sandwich, Essex County, Canada West (Ontario); Schedule: A; Roll: C_11720; Page: 187; Line: 49
The family is living on a farm of 100 acres at Concession 3, Lot 4 in Sandwich West. This property was divided and passed down to Martin's descendants (sons) through the 1900s.

Screenshot: Source: Ontario Historical County Maps Project; Essex County Map (1877)

Source: OnLand Historical Books: Essex County

1860 Martin's Brother Patrick Dies At 25 Years

I was not able to locate a death certificate, obituary or headstone for young Patrick Broderick (1835-1860). He died quite young at twenty-five years of age and the family must have been devastated.

Source: Diocese of London (Ontario); London, Ontario Source Information Title: Ontario, Canada, Roman Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1760-1923

1861 Census

The Broderick family (on the 1861 census) has an interesting addition of an unfamiliar family member: Marcus Broderick born in 1839 (Ireland).
  • Michael Broderick (b 1806 Ireland)
  • Margaret Broderick (b 1806 Ireland)
  • Martin Broderick (b 1835 Ireland)
  • Marcus Broderick (b 1839 Ireland)

Source: Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Census Returns For 1861; Roll: C-1021
 Marcus Broderick - A DNA Match!

The photo below was sent to me in 2010 by a fellow Broderick Researcher T.S. (name withheld for privacy reasons) who said that his great grandfather Marcus was related to our 2nd great grandfather Martin. The paper trail that I had at the time failed to provide sufficient evidence that would connect the two Broderick branches however the relationship was confirmed recently through DNA.

T.S. wrote that

"This would make my Marcus the 1st cousin of Martin (married to Mary Hussey)."

I wonder if  Marcus was sent to help on the Broderick farm in 1861 because of the sudden death of Patrick in 1860?
Photo source: American cousin T.S.: Broderick Father and Son: Marcus Sr. and Marcus Jr
Marcus Broderick's 1867 Michigan marriage record to Aurelia Armitage confirms County Clare as the birthplace and the godparents ("parrain") in the1869  baptismal certificate (below) of first-born Marcus Jr are Michael Broderick and Margaret (McNally) Broderick my 3rd great-grandparents!

Source: Diocese of London (Ontario); London, Ontario Source Information Ontario, Canada, Roman Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1760-1923 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2017.

The fact that Marcus is Martin's first cousin means that they share grandparents! This was a helpful clue in working my way back to a specific town in Co. Clare. 

In 2010, when I first corresponded with T.S., he wrote:
"My great grandfather was Marcus Broderick, born October 1838, County Clare.  I believe he came to the U.S. just after the Civil War, settling in Michigan.  He married Aurelia Armitage in 1867.  Their marriage license has Marcus born in County Clare. They had 11 children.  My grandfather, Richard, was the youngest, born 1891. Do you have Patrick Broderick (1805-1847) and Margaret O'Laughlin (1803-1893) as the parents of Martin?" 
It seemed possible that T.S.'s Patrick Broderick (1805-1847) and Margaret O'Laughlin (1803-1893) might be Martin's aunt and uncle. The paper trail had not yet confirmed this.

1862: Sailing and the Military

In the years before Martin married, it was written that he did not fancy farming and that he sailed the great lakes instead. Martin joined the Voluntary Independent Infantry Co. No. 2 in 1862

Source: Martin Broderick Obituary: Essex Free Press; Oct 15, 1915 P.1/10

1865 Martin Marries Mary Hussey

The marriage certificate for Martin and Mary Hussey has not been found despite many efforts to locate it. I have even scrolled page by page through the church records. It is likely, given the story of their relationship, that they were not married in Windsor, Ontario or Detroit, Michigan.

Source: Martin Broderick Obituary: Essex Free Press; Oct 15, 1915 P.1/10

1866 Martin and Mary Broderick's Family 

Their first child Margaret Ellen (Broderick) Dufour who was born September 14, 1866 making their probable marriage date in 1865 (record not found). In total, Mary and Martin had nine children one of whom was our great grandmother Mary Anne Elizabeth (Broderick) Moynahan (1869-1960)

Oral History: Information from Bernard Broderick 

I had the opportunity to record a family history oral interview with my 1st cousin (twice removed) Bernard Broderick (1916-1992) in November 1987. He was the son of Patrick Francis Broderick (1871-1943) and grandson of Martin and Mary Broderick.

Bernard had made several trips to Ireland in search of  his Irish Roots and he offered some clues.

Bernard Broderick (1916-1992) in 1989 at his parents new headstone
St Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Maidstone, Essex County, Ontario, Canada
Bernard never met his grandfather (he was born in 1916 and his grandfather died in 1915) and he was very interested in the Moynahan - Broderick family tree. We are double cousins, his mother Clara being a Moynahan (sister to my great grandfather) and his father Patrick was a Broderick (brother to my great grandmother)

The note below (redacted to omit private information) as prepared by Bernard on letterhead from when he worked at St. John's School in Uxbridge, Ontario in 1990. This document points to Kilkeedy Co. Clare as being the birthplace of Martin!

The genealogy notes of Bernard Broderick (1916-1992) (redacted)
Decades ago, Bernard Broderick had specified Kilkeedy, Clare for reasons never explained to me.

Our American cousin T.S., had seen Kilkeedy (or Kilkeady), Co. Clare in his research as well. I decided to scroll through some Catholic Parish records for Killkeady Parish in the diocese of Killaloe, County Clare (online records begin in 1833) and I found a number of Brodericks including some of the Brodericks in T.S.'s family tree. I found:
  • 1833 Mary Ann: d/o Michael Broderick and Mary Ann Harrigan
  • 1833 Timothy: s/o Timothy O'Kelly and Bridget Broderick
  • 1834 Michael: s/o Andrew Broderick and Honora Egan
  • 1834 Mary: d/o Michael Broderick and Margaret Hinnelly
  • 1835 Mary: d/o Timothy O'Kelly and Bridget Broderick
  • 1838 Michael: s/o Patrick Broderick and Margaret O'Loughlin
  • 1838 Bridget: d/o Timothy O'Kelly and Bridget Broderick
  • 1840 Norry: d/o Andrew Broderick and Nory Egan
Source" NLI: 1838 Michael: s/o Patrick Broderick and Margaret O'Loughlin
It does seem to me that Kilkeady should be the primary focus for research and I will update this blog page whenever new information is located.

The list of outstanding records needed and actions to be taken:

  • Populate my Ancestry tree with information provided by American cousin T.S.
  • Clare, Ireland: birth record for Michael Broderick (1801-1889)
  • Clare, Ireland: birth record for Margaret (McNally) Broderick (1798-1875)
  • Clare, Ireland: birth record for Martin Broderick  (1831) and/or his brother Patrick (1833)
  • Clare, Ireland: marriage record for Michael Broderick and Margaret McNally
  • 1843 Emigration Record for family Michael, Margaret, Martin and Patrick Broderick
  • Connect to Co. Clare genealogical societies, libraries etc and share this page in the hope of finding new clues.
Some Clare, Ireland Research Links

Searchable Databases
Browse-able Databases
Geography Links
Clare History Links
Kilkeedy History Links
Irish Famine & Emigration Links
Miscellaneous Links

My Previous Blog Posts About Martin Broderick

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Capt. James Minihan (1840-1899)

Capt. James Minihan as pictured in
"A brief history of the Tenth Michigan Cavalry by Trowbridge, L. S., 1836-1912"
I became curious about a Capt. James Minihan who I found while researching my Colorado cousins. James showed up in:

With thanks to Diana Copsey of Denver, Colorado and the South Park National Heritage Area , I learned a great deal more about Capt. James Minihan and his family in Michigan and Colorado.

Another "Michigan-Colorado Cousin" 

 The South Park National Heritage Area wrote, "The Moynahan family was so prominent in Park County as I'm sure you know. Also, I have obits on a Capt. James Minihan and his son Ralph. The Minihan obit says he was a cousin to  James Moynahan (1842-1919) so I thought you might like to see them which I've attached. Photos of their headstones also attached. 

Capt. Jas Minihan and son Ralph Minihan buried beside each another in Colorado
(Source: South Park National Heritage Area)

My "Michigan-Colorado cousin": Capt. Jas Minihan
(Source: South Park National Heritage Area) See:
Another Colorado cousin: Ralph Mininhan South Park National Heritage Area

I found the 1870 census and discovered more family members:
  1. Wife: Frances E. (Hiles) Minihan
  2. Son: Albert J Minihan (born: 8 Oct. 1868 Farmington, Oakland, Michigan; died 23 Jun. 1876; buried at Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan, Plot D, 14)
  3. Son: James B Minihan (born: 22 Jan. 1869 Farmington, Oakland, Michigan; died 25 Mar. 1872; buried at Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan, Plot D, 14)
  4. Daughter: Louise M. Minihan (born: about 1874, Michigan; found in directories at 104 Porter working as a stenographer 1891-1895)
From the census below and from the birth record of Albert J.; father James Minihan was born in New York City.

US Census; 1870; Michigan, Oakland, Farmington

In 1889, James' son Ralph worked in Leadville, Colorado at the "Herald Democrat" as a printer. He was 18 years-old. Four years later he died after taking morphine. He is buried in the Buckskin cemetery ext to his father Captain James Minihan who died five years later.

Ralph Minihan's sad obituary (from the Fairplay Flume Newspaper dated 1894 December 6, page 4
(from the Fairplay Flume Newspaper dated 1894 December 6)

Minihan, James; Capt. Jas. Minihan; CO. D.; 10 Mich. Cav.
Notes:  Buried in fenced area with Ralph C. Minihan .
Minihan, Ralph C.; Ralph C.; Son of James & F.E. Minihan, Died Nov. 
30, 1894; Aged 23 Yrs, 27 Ds; Minihan
Notes:  Enclosed in a fenced area with Capt. James Minihan; Son of 
James and F.F. Minihan 

Buckskin Cemetery, Alma, Park County, Colorado 

Some Park County, Colorado Links:
Some Colorado Moynahan Links:

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

2018 - My Top 5 Family History Discoveries

Photo taken at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Toronto, final resting place of Timothy Moynahan (1861-1941)

I have been researching my family history since the early 1980s and I have been sharing my genealogical discoveries online since 2013 (thanks in large part to Amy Crow's 52 Ancestors).

We may never know who the author of the above "Chosen" quote is but I can tell you that it has always resonated with me. Since the 1980s, I have felt "called" to find the ancestors and tell their stories in the hope that they would approve.

My retirement combined with the increasing availability of genealogical records online have contributed to some incredible discoveries for me particularly in 2018. Here are My Top 5 Family Tree Discoveries in 2018:
  1. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Coughlin cousins
  2. Detroit, Michigan Moynahan-Pheney cousins
  3. Jemima Bell Hind and the British Home Child Community
  4. Ontario Land Records Online
  5. Ireland Trip 2019 - From My Brother
1.) Breaking Through My Coughlin Brickwall

In February 2018,  after over thirty years of searching Poughkeepsie records for information about my great-grandfather William Henry Coughlin's (1872-1952) family, I accidentally located a record at Family Search that set in motion many more wonderful discoveries!

Our Poughkeepsie Coughlin family found at last!

The "accidental discovery" was due to my frustration with surname search engines (which had never produced ANY "Coughlin" results) and so I decided to "browse" the FREE records at Family Search for Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York.

And there they were! Th Coughlins in 1875 in Poughkeepsie (Ward 1) living with the Mulligan family (James Mulligan was a saloon keeper in Poughkeepsie)!!

Source: Poughkeepsie; Ward 01; The Cochlin family
Well, as they say, the rest was history. The series of events went as follows:
  • At I found obituaries and news stories that took me deeper into the Coughlin story in Poughkeepsie. Two of the Coughlin boys died tragically too young.
  • When led me from Poughkeepsie to Connecticut, I eventually reached out (by email) to someone who I suspected could be my second cousin (1x) and the hunch paid off! I had found our Coughlin family at long last!!
  • There has been so much sharing of photographs and information (see my links below) with my Connecticut cousins since then. I feel so grateful.
  • Finally, on February 27, 2018, I mailed away for my great-grandfather Michael Coughlin's (1840-1921) death certificate and I received it (one year later) in the first week of January 2019. I now the names of Michael's parents (Patrick and Margaret (McGrath) Coughlin) for the very first time!
Source: New York State Department of Health Bureau of Vital Records; Death certificate: Michael Coughlin 1921
 My 2018 Coughlin blog posts:

2.) Connecting With My Pheney Cousins

In all the years that I have been researching my Moynahan ancestors in Essex/Windsor, Ontario, I have also been curious about the MANY, many Moynahans in Detroit across the river.

In the case of our Moynahan-Pheney connection, it all started with a unique zinc tombstone in the Mt. Elliott cemetery in Detroit:
Located just inside the gates of historic Mt. Elliott cemetery,
this stone sits among grand mausoleums, Smithsonian art, and several other zinc monuments.
Later I came across a Mary Moynahan in Corktown Detroit and I corresponded with a Detroit Corktown researcher Paul Szewczyk (aka Paul Sewick) who was writing about Corktown's tradition of female home ownership in the 19th century.
  • Mary Moynahan is the daughter of my 4th great-uncle Timothy Moynahan (1813-1902) of Maidstone, Ontario
  • After M.J. Moynahan's wife Hannah died in 1870, he married Mary (1847-1905) in 1877. 
  • M.J. and Mary Moynahan's daughter Margaret M. Moynahan married Sylvester J. Pheney.
The name "Pheney" came up again when I received the medical file for my first cousin (4x) Timothy Moynahan (1861-1941) who, at seventeen years-of-age, was sent to the London asylum. (In 2014 It became my obsession to locate Timothy Moynahan's  final resting place (which I did in 2017))
  • Cerebro-spinal meningitis did not kill Timothy in 1873 (as it did to his younger brother James) and Timothy's poor father reluctantly committed Timothy Jr. in 1878 to an asylum.
  • Timothy spent his entire life in asylums (1878-1941) a total of 63 years. He died in the notorious Toronto asylum (known to locals as "999 Queen").
  • When Timothy Jr. was failing in his final years, the asylum attempted to locate his next-of-kin but all were dead except for one - Mrs. Margaret M. (Moynahan) Pheney in Detroit.
  • After my great aunt Nellie Moynahan informed authorities of her whereabouts, the Toronto Asylum sent telegrams to Mrs. Sylvester Pheney. 
  • Mrs. Sylvester Pheney is the daughter of Timothy's half-sister Mary (Moynahan) Moynahan who had lived in Corktown (and who died in Detroit, Michigan in 1905)  
  • There is no record of Mrs. Sylvester Pheney answering the telegrams in Timothy's file. This I believe is due to the fact that her husband Sylvester Pheney (1875-1940) (who was a well-known attorney) had JUST died in May 1940 after an extended illness (the telegrams from the Toronto Asylum were sent shortly after his death in October 1940).
Much of the documentary evidence connecting the Detroit-Windsor Moynahans is sorely lacking, however, there is a DNA match connecting my father directly to this Pheney family.

The most delightful part of this story is that on September 12, 2018 my father contacted his DNA match and we have been sharing information about our family history ever since! Here are more links to this Moynahan-Pheney branch of the family tree:

3.) Finding Jemima Gray Hind 
and Connecting To 
The British Home Child Community

In October 2018, when I was commemorating my great-grandfather John Moreland (1882-1940), I was curious about why we NEVER knew anything about one of his sisters (Jemima), even though we knew a lot about his other two sisters (Mary and Catherine)? Their mother Agnes Bell Hind Moreland died on the 3rd of January 1888 at 36 years of age leaving behind four small children.
  1. 11-year-John and his sister 7-year-old Mary are found at the Smithston/Ravenscraig/Lochilhead workhouse for children .
    • John became a career soldier, fought in WWI, married his Dover, England bride and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. He died a Quarter Master Sergeant of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Kingston, Ontario.
    • Mary became an attendant at the Lochilhead Poorhouse/Asylum (and later a nurse) and she was married at Lochilhead in 1904 to Lochilhead Poorhouse/Asylum attendant William Stenhouse who is the son of a Police Contable. Mary remained in Scotland all her life.
  2. 14-year-old Catherine is found in 1891 at 53 Drumfrochar Rd, in the town of Greenock, Scotland working as a domestic for the Smith family (Head of household Margaret Smith is noted as a "Mariner's wife" and the "mariner" is not listed on the census)
    • Catherine married Alexander Freeman (d. 1919) and they had a daughter Agnes. Catherine's second marriage was to widower John Gentles. Catherine remained in Scotland all her life.
  3. 15-year-old Jemima is found in in 1891 living as a domestic for the Campbell family in Montreal Quebec; moving to Brockville, Ontario in 1901 and then lost in paper records after that.To my surprise, I discovered that Jemima Agnes Hind was a Quarrier Child!
I sent  £25  to the Quarriers Bridge of Weir Renfrewshire, for Jemima Hind's records and received her file in December 2018.

The package that I received from the Quarriers in the UK concerning my 2nd great aunt Jemima Gray Hind (1876-?)
What I did NOT find out that I had hoped for:
  • Some files of British Home Children contain their photos. Jemima's file did not have her photo
  • I hoped to find out where and when she died. The records that followed after Jemima left for Canada (30 May 1889) were called "Reports From Canada" (R 14/15; 36/51; 65/62; 24/71; 52/89 and 45/2) and they were all destroyed when the Canadian end of the organization closed down many years ago. This breaks my heart.
What I DID learn:
  • There is a comprehensive "Narrative of Facts" that describes Jemima's trip to Canada (30 May 1889)
  • Jemima was admitted to care on 17th of  February 1888 at the City Orphan Home, James Morrison St., Glasgow
  • She was transferred to the Quarriers village on the 18th of  February, 1888 and allocated to Cottage 18.
  • Jemima's mother Agnes Bell Hind was a domestic servant when she died at 10 Downs St. Springburn of heart disease on January 3rd, 1888
  • Jemima's grand-aunt, Mrs Weir reportedly raised Jemima's mother but cannot keep her child. Mrs Weir who "seems a decent Christian woman is getting up in years and is anxious some permanent place be got for Jemima". Mrs Weir signed Jemima's papers at her house and was unable to deliver Jemima to the Quarriers personally so she sent Jemima with Alex Miller (her son-in-law).
  • "Jemima promises to do well. She is on the 3rd Standard."
  • In 1897 - it is noted that Mrs Weir had died "some years past".
  • In Nov. 1914, the UK file says that "her (Jemima's) mother subsequently married a Moreland by whom she had three children. Mrs Miller, 42 Harcourt Avenue, Toronto, who is the daughter of Mrs Weir gave information concerning the of the Moreland children was a boy and is now said to be in Canada"
I have NOT found Jemima Gray Hind in Canadian records after the 1901 census - Brockville, Ontario where she is living in the home of Alexander Burges (b 1852) and Ann M. Burgess (b 1845). ( Alexander Burges was the Superintendant of the Quarrier receiving home in Brockville known as Fairknowe House )

Jemima Gray Hind's story is far from complete. I won't rest until I find her final place of rest.

It would be wonderful to learn that her half-brother (my great-grandfather) John Moreland or her cousin Mrs. Mary (Bain Weir) Miller (my 1c 4x) searched for her in Canada and found her. It would be a happy ending to a very sad story.

On a more positive note, the British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association community is one of the most welcoming and helpful I have found. It is based in Barrie Ontario and their CEO: Ms. Lori Oschefski has assisted me personally with my questions about British Home Children records and I am grateful for all that the association does.

4.) Learning That The  Ontario Land Records 
Went Online 

On December 18, 2017, the Ontario Land Registry built a web portal ( to deliver key statutory services relating to land and property ownership in Ontario to land registry professionals and the public.

This is a gold mine of information for genealogists with ancestors in Ontario!

In January 2018, I created five blog posts on "How To Navigate" this online resource and it turned into my most visited blog posts of all time (thanks to Family Search; the Ontario Genealogical Society and many folks on social media who shared my work)

For example, here is a walk-through demonstrating how I found the land records for my 4th great-grandfather Matthew Moynahan (1770-1860) who lived in Maidstone (known originally as Sandwich), Ontario. (Link here:

Matthew Moynahan; 296 NTR, Sandwich, Ontario; Source: Archives of Ontario; Ontario Government Record: Map Crown Lands; Sandwich South Township; RG 1-100-0-0-2458

My OnLand blog posts:

5.) My Brother Calls To Say 
"We're Going To Ireland!"

On January 18, 2018, my brother "Paddy" (that's how my grandmother Rhea (Coughlin) Moynahan wrote his name) called his sisters to say "We're Going To Ireland!" and one year after the phone call, the tickets are booked and all of the details are being planned.

Exploring our Roots in Ireland

The counties of our ancestors above are known, but not the exact townlands. I have upgraded my ancestry membership to assist me in searching through the Irish records to locate the precise parishes/townlands but Irish records are incredibly challenging to locate and decipher.

I am dedicating blog posts to each of the ancestors (noted above) starting with Finding Our Brennan Ancestors In Kerry, Ireland where I outline ALL of the known facts and clues from oral histories.

I will be devoting all of my attention to this project for the next six months and I plan to blog about it for the cousins and followers of this blog.

Thank You "Paddy"

So incredibly grateful  The sisters with brother "Paddy"

My brother has made my lifelong dream come true with this incredible offer to visit Ireland in the footsteps of our ancestors. I am so incredibly grateful and I am looking forward to 2019.