Enjoyable Family Réunion

We had a great get together again this year! A big “Thank You” to everyone who took part.

Once again we discovered new connections. Last year Emmett O’Connor’s daughter Marion joined us. She was back with us this year. And we were joined by Ambrose O’Connor’s daughter Mary, age 91.

Ottawa Citizen adOren Frood’s great grandson Jonathan brought along some wonderful photos. Possible Wilson and O’Callaghan relatives searched family trees to find connections.

Sharon (O’Connor Line) helped us sort through Killeen connections.

Garry A. is interested in Irish families of the Valley and has joined us each year and is a great resource.

Bruce and Gerry Mc came to Kanata from Pembroke, and shared with everyone photos of the day.

Reunion Date Set: Sunday Nov. 17!

If you’ve joined us before, please stop by this year!

If you’ve never visited, please join us!

O’Connor, Doyle, Dolan, Killeen, Kilby, O’Callaghan, Cadieux, Frood, Wilson and McEwan descendants, join us! We’d love to meet our cousins from these families who come from the Osgoode/Manotick area, the Renfrew area and those from Quyon and the Shawville PQ area!

There are Delaneys and McGraths who married into these lines, as well as Aubreys and Watts.

If you’ve got photo albums, or iPads with photos, bring them along to share!

We’ve got coffee and tea, and some goodies .. so come and sit awhile with us and share the story of our common ancestors.

Did you know Oren Frood of Renfrew played in the Stanley Cup ? 1910

That Antoine Cadieux worked for the Hudson Bay Co. ?  1860

That our Killeens descend from among the first settlers in March Township? 1825

Join us Sunday, November 17, 2-5pm

Country Inn and Suites Gathering Room, Terry Fox Drive, Kanata ON

Oren Frood and the Berlin Dutchmen, Stanley Cup 1910

Oren Frood, Citizen, March, 1910My first cousin, Oren Claude Frood, in the years before his service in the Great War, had an interesting, if short-lived, career in professional hockey.

In the years around 1910, the Stanley Cup was awarded to the top hockey team. Any team that won its league championship could challenge the team currently holding the Cup.

In 1910, the Berlin Dutchmen (the town of Berlin is now known as Kitchener) were the champions of the Ontario Professional Hockey League, and challenged the Montreal Wanderers for the Cup.

Oren played left wing, and scored one of the goals in what would eventually be a 3-7 loss to Montreal. The Ottawa Citizen reported on the game, and included a photo of Oren — the only photo I have of him! — in a photo spread labelled “Pembroke Hockey Stars Who Played For Berlin For Stanley Cup.” Beside his picture was one of Hugh Lehman in his Dutchmen hockey uniform — Lehman went on to have a career as both professional player and, for one year, as a head coach with the Chicago Black Hawks.

On his 1916 enlistment papers Oren lists his occupation as “accountant,” apparently finishing his hockey career when the Ontario Professional Hockey League folded.

Federal government witholding 1921 Census

UPDATE: The 1921 Census was finally released, and is available through ancestry.ca under an agreement with the LAC.

Elizabeth Lapointe in her blog Genealogy Canada, reports that the 1921 Census is ready for release … it is already digitised and prepared to be put on the LibraryArchives Canada website, ready, in fact, since 12 June.

Apparently, the Federal Government has decided to withold the Census.

The word leaked to her from an LAC employee is that the best way to get things back on track is to contact Heritage Minister James Moore and urge the release NOW.

Minister Moore’s mailing address is:

The Hon. James Moore,

Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages,

House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Remember, there is no postage required for sending snail-mail to MPs from within Canada.

His telephone number is 613-992-9650, and his fax number is 613-992-9868.

His email james.moore@parl.gc.ca


Here is my email sent tonight:

Dear Minister Moore,

There is nothing more important to preserving the heritage of Canada than to be able to tell the story of its history and pass that story along.

Historians, genealogists and average folk who want to research their history need to be able to have access to the digitised 1921 Census already prepared for release by LibraryArchives Canada.

I urge you to give the OK for the immediate release of the census on the LAC website today.

There is absolutely no legal or practical reason to delay its release.

Looking forward to a speedy resolution of this matter through your efforts,


Shaun OConnor

from:  ottawafamilytree@gmail.com
to:  james.moore@parl.gc.ca
date:  Tue, Jun 18, 2013
subject:  1921 Census release

Irish Land Maps 1656-1658 Available Online

The 1650s saw the end of 12 years of warfare with the victory of Cromwell’s forces in Ireland. The cost: Irish Catholics lost their land, which was given to English “adventurers” (investors and entrepreneurs) and English soldiers.

To accomplish the task of re-distribution of land on such a massive scale, the Down Survey was undertaken. It measured all Catholic lands being confiscated throughout the whole of Ireland.

DownSurveyMapsThere are two main components to this Trinity College website. The Down Survey Maps section comprises digital images of all the surviving Down Survey maps at parish, barony and county level. The written descriptions (terrier) of each barony and parish that accompanied the original maps have also been included. The second section, Historical GIS, brings together the maps and related contemporaneous sources – Books of Survey and Distribution, the 1641 Depositions, the 1659 Census – in a Geographical Information System (GIS). All these sources have been geo-referenced with 19th-century Ordnance Survey maps, Google Maps and satellite imagery.

This makes it possible to find the original land owner and location, as well as the name of the owner after the redistribution of the land.

Thanks to Deborah Large Fox and Mary Catherine Moran who passed along this information.

The mystery of James Killeen’s death (1868-1900)

Helena Killeen, my great grandmother came from a large family of 10 children. The question of what happened to her brother James was only magnified by his death certificate which seems to read “killed by trains.” The 1900 death rolls provide only that very small amount of information as to how he died in Ottawa on 17 October 1900, at age 32. He was buried from St. Ann’s in Sebastopol, in the Renfrew area, but the records there do not indicate what happened.

Canadian Atlantic Railway locomotive No. 15, blocking the lower end of Elgin Street (about where the Queensway runs today.) Natl Arch C-6317
Canadian Atlantic Railway locomotive No. 15, blocking the lower end of Elgin Street (about where the Queensway runs today.)
Natl Arch C-6317

The new microfilms of the Ottawa Journal now online through ancestry.ca were one way to try to find something out.

A short report headlined “Killed by Train” told the story of the discovery of his body at the Canadian Atlantic Railway yard. Interestingly, it suggested he had been hit while using the crossing… and a short article — elsewhere on the same page — headlined “The Killeen Accident” offered the railway’s version: he was found 300 yards from the crossing and must have been on their right of way, not using the crossing, at the time of his death.

James had been working for Dominion Bridge Company, which was building the interprovincial bridge. He was apparently living in Eganville and working in Ottawa, possibly staying with a brother in the city. Could he have been coming back by train and fallen off? .. or was he sleeping by the trains waiting for an early morning trip back home to Eganville?

We know a little more about what happened to him, but still more to find out.


The Frood family and the 100th Anniversary of World War I

As the commemorations of World War I approach, I think about the family members who lost their lives in the Great War. Many, many of my ancestors were among the 690,000 soldiers of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (CEF); a number were among the 67,000 killed and 173,000 wounded — almost 39% of those mobilised.

I was particularly touched by the story of Peter Frood (1865-1934), his wife Naomi McEwen (1857-1950), and their family. Peter was my great grandmother Barbara Watt Frood’s brother, my great grand uncle.

Even before the War, they had seen tragedy. In 1912, their daughter Iva Ray, a school teacher, had committed suicide.

cbfroodIt is hard to fathom their sorrow when, in 1915, they learned that their son Lorne Vine Frood, of H Company, CEF, died in the trenches somewhere near St. Julien, France. It was soon to be compounded, when news reached them in 1916 of the death, at age 19, of (Clarence) Boyd Frood, 8th Canadian Mounted Rifles, CEF, near Mount Sorrel, France.

Their bodies were never recovered, but they are remembered in the ceremony that takes place daily at 8pm, at the Memorial at the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, where their names are inscribed. Sons of Renfrew, their names are also inscribed on the cenotaph outside town hall in Renfrew.

One of the plans to commemorate those who died in the Great War is to nightly project the names onto the War Memorials in Ottawa and several other cities across Canada.

In the run up to the celebrations of the 100th anniversary, many are reflecting on the meaning of the Great War. I find it hard to think about 10 million soldiers’ and 6 million civilian deaths.

Seeing it one family at a time begins to give some sense of the devastation that took place on both sides of the Atlantic.