Wednesday, October 18, 2017

November 11 - We Remember


Every November 11th, I dedicate a blog post to four ancestors who served in the First and Second World Wars and my parents who served with the R.C.A.F. in peace time. 

"More than a third of Canadians are unaware if they had ancestors who participated in either of the world wars" (based on a survey by ancestry.ca.) 

Gerald Moynahan's CVSM 1939-1945 Medal & Clasp and Attestation Papers
(Source: Moynahan Archives/ Cindi Moynahan-Foreman)

I believe by remembering them, we become aware of the horrible human cost of war and we will  work harder for peace for future generations. My previous blog posts:
25 New Names Added 
to This Remembrance

This year am adding some names that I have come across in my ongoing genealogical research.

WWI Dead: James Coveny (1897-1918)

My Tilbury, Ontario second cousin (2x removed) James Coveny was killed in the First World War on the 28th of August 1918, 1 Mile S of Arras, France.

Source: Library and Archives Canada; War Graves Registers: Circumstances of Death; Box: 167 ; Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948

James Coveny was buried at: Achicourt Road Cemetery, Achicourt Achicourt Departement du Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: D. 21. Created by: CWGC/ABMC Record added: Aug 06, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 56184696
I have dedicated an entire blog post to him at: http://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2017/10/james-coveny-no-123175-1897-1918.html

200+ Years of My Maternal Ancestors
Marrying Military Men 
John, Florence (Curd) and Dorothy Moreland (c1910)

My Haligonian cousin reminded me of my maternal ancestors that married military men:

My Atlantic military ancestors
In the photo above (clockwise):
  • William Melhuish (1890-1954)
  • Dawn (Creighton) Moynahan (1936-1981)
  • Charles Laidlaw (1916-1998)
  • Dale Huston (1953-1976)
  • Myron Huston (1927-1972)
  • Clyde Garrison (1921-1994)
  • Jack Creighton  (1935-1995)
I am missing military photos for Cyril O'Connor (1928-2006) and Ken Creighton (1940-1992).
Jeremiah Moynahan (1918-2011)
Tilbury, Ontario

I have written about Jerry Moynahan previously (Kent County (Ontario) Moynahan Ancestors )  and recently I became aware of his military service through a website called "Gathering Our Heroes" which aims to compile all of the names and stories of the World War I and II veterans from Chatham-Kent, on a website, and to make it accessible to everyone through the internet.

Jerry Moynahan of Tilbury, Ontario (1918-2011)
"Jerry enlisted with the Essex Scottish I September of 1939. (TT 28/09/39) and he transferred to be a Signalman A21902 with the army in Germany.

While near Calcar, Germany serving with the battalion headquarters, they were surrounded by the enemy. The group fought off repeated attacks over night as the Germans tried to capture the town. They sheltered in the cellar while Nazi artillery fired on the building. (CDN 8/03/45)

Reported returning from overseas duty aboard HMCS St. Laurent, expected to dock at “an eastern Canadian port” soon. (CDN 8/09/45). Jerry was reported being welcomed back to Chatham from overseas duty by Aldermen George Kerr KC., A. G. Goodman and Bert Joyce also by Rehabilitation Officer William Foreman and Alex Copeland for the Civil Reception Committee along with hundreds of citizens. (CDN 12/09/45)".
Source: http://www.gatheringourheroes.ca/hero/moynahan-jerry/

Family Portraits With Soldiers

The Conlon Family (c1910) (Source: Photo archives of Pete Foreman)
This photo of the Conlon family came from Pete Foreman's private photo archive and is shared here with his permission.

The young man in he rear is John Aloysius Conlon who served in WWI. I have had no luck tracking down his military records. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland May 15, 1898 and he died suddenly in Toronto on December 8, 1962.


The Sutherlands: (Source: Sandy Sutherland, Find A Grave, Memorial# 65543591)
The soldier in the photo above is James Sutherland (1872-1940) who is a descendant of the Annal clan (see: http://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2016/05/distant-cousins-from-annal-hess-clan.html)

He enlisted January 22, 1916 at the age of 44 years and 11 months. He was:
  • five feet six inches tall
  • fresh complexion, dark eyes and grey hair
  • On June 13, 1916, he was considered fit for service
James Sutherland's full file is not yet available from Library and Archives Canada. As of Oct. 15, 2017, 502,740 of 640,000 files are available online in our Personnel Records of the First World War database. (Visit the Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files page for more details on the digitization project.) (Latest box digitized: Box 8555 and last name Russell.)

WWII Nurse Bernice (Phillips) Moynahan

Nurse Bernice (Phillips) Moynahan (xxxx-1980)was married to my great-uncle Gerald Moynahan (1908-1961) (RCAMC) and the story goes that she was a young nurse from England and they met during the war.

After the war, they lived in Windsor, Ontario and she worked as a nurse at Bendix. I am still searching for her records. 

ATIP and Personnel Records


I have two outstanding Access to Information requests and hope to have the files before Remembrance Day 2017

PRA-2016-09916
Thomas Bernard Moynahan
(22 Sep 1909- 8 Feb 1974)

PRA-2016-09915
Gerald Moynahan
(2 Nov 1908- 17 Jul 1961)
 

WWI Soldier James Coveny (1897-1918)

My second cousin (2x removed) James Coveny was killed in the First World War on the 28th of August 1918, 1 Mile S of Arras, France.

James Coveny was my grandfathers second cousin

 Barbara Moynahan (B: 1876)

James Coveny is a descendant of the Tilbury Moynahans and his mother's name was Barbara Moynahan 

Barbara Moynahan's Family Tree (Source: Ancestry)

Barbara Moynahan was the middle child of Matthew (1835-1910) and Catherine (Carr) Moynahan (1845-1927) 

In 1895, on the 20th of May, Barbara married John Coveny (Coveneigh) who was the son of Michael Coveny and Margaret Tracey (from Dunwich, Elgin county).



May 20, 1895


Source: Ontario French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1747-1967
April 20 1897

James Coveny is the first born child of Barbara and John Coveny in Coatsworth, Kent county, Ontario.

I could not locate a birth record for James and the information is taken from his WWI Attestation papers.

Source: WWI CEF Attestation Papers, 1914-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006. Images are used with the permission of Library and Archives Canada.
Original data: Canada. "Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918)." Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4930 - 35. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.

July 24, 1899

At twenty three years of age, a death was registered for Barbara Coveny (Lot 24, Concession 3, Kent county) and the cause of death is recorded as "confinement" (Source: Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Series: MS935; Reel: 92)

On July 25, 1899, the records show that  Barbara gave birth to twins Barbara Ellen and John Russell! (Source: Archives of Ontario; Series: MS929; Reel: 146)

Source: Archives of Ontario; Series: MS929; Reel: 146


James Coveny was only two years old when his mother died.

1901
On the 1901 census, the twins are both living with Matthew and Catherine (Carr) Moynahan and are recorded as the adopted son and daughter. (Also an Eva Hargan 3 years old born (Feb 16, 1898) The twins are recorded as being born July 24, 1899 on the census which makes more sense.
Source: Detail: Year: 1901; Census Place: Romney, Kent, Ontario; Page: 7; Family No: 7; Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Canada: Library and Archives Canada. RG31, T-6428 to T-6556.
While James' twin siblings were living with their grandmother in 1901, James was living with his aunt and uncle (Schindler)

Detail
Source: Year: 1901; Census Place: Romney, Kent, Ontario; Page: 7; Family No: 70; Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Canada: Library and Archives Canada. RG31, T-6428 to T-6556.Original data: Library and Archives Canada.


1911

I cannot locate James on any census in 1911

1915

On September 10, 1915, James Coveny, at 18 years and 5 months of age, enlisted for the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (CEF). He was
  • Five feet nine inches tall; 130 lbs
  • He had a medium complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair
  • He listed his 16 year-old sister Barbara Coveny (of Tilbury, Ontario) as his next of kin.
  • He had never served in the military before

You can view his Attestation Papers and his complete 30 page Personnel File at Library and Archives Canada by clicking here: https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=121412

 1916
On April 26, 1916, James embarked on the S.S. Lapland and he disembarked in Liverpool May 5, 1916 (Read a descriptive diary of the trip from an Aylmer boy http://www.canadaworldwarone.com/2010/03/halifax-to-liverpool-on-ss-lapland.html)
 
Source: Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.(Original text : From Red Star Line brochure, no copyright (Reference to Vaderland dates this to before 1914, so PD in US.)), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39011025
James was initially assigned to the 70th Battalion.  
"The battalion was authorized on 15 August 1915 and recruited in the Ontario counties of Essex, Kent, Lambton and Middlesex. The 70th Battalion embarked for Britain on 25 April 1916, where it provided reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field until 7 July 1916, when its personnel were absorbed the 39th Battalion, CEF.
(Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.)
On the 10th of July 1916, James was drafted to the 5th C.M.R. (Canadian Mounted Rifles)

"Canada's Crack Cavalry Corps" World War I recruitment poster.
Unknown artist; Howell Lithograph Company, Hamilton, Ontario - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3g12402
 
Source: Library and Archives Canada: Digitized service file of James Coveny - PDF format: B2063-S043
1918 

 Private James Coveny died on the 28th of August 1918 of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Source: Library and Archives Canada; War Graves Registers: Circumstances of Death; Box: 167 ; Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948
Twenty-one year old James never made it home to Tilbury, Ontario and is buried in France at the , Achicourt Achicourt Departement du Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: D. 21.  

Burial: Achicourt Road Cemetery, Achicourt Achicourt Departement du Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: D. 21. Created by: CWGC/ABMC Record added: Aug 06, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 56184696

 
Achicourt Road Cemetery, Achicourt Achicourt Departement du Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-war-dead/results?firstName=James&lastName=Coveny&serviceNumber=123175


 
The others buried with James Coveny at Achicourt Road Cemetery, Achicourt Achicourt Departement du Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-war-dead/results?firstName=James&lastName=Coveny&serviceNumber=123175

 
James Coveny is commemorated on Page 390 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. ( This page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 24 every year)


Related Records:


WWI LINKS

Saturday, October 14, 2017

"Family Tree" with Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly

Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly, as Aunt Jane and Uncle Jim in the Andrews and Kelly Family Trees

I was not aware of this song until I recently tuned in to listen to The Genealogy Radio Show http://www.clansandsurnames.com/the-genealogy-radio-show

I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to share it here on my blog.

Julie Andrews asks:
"Did you ever stop and wonder 
if you could be related 
to everyone with your last name?" 

Enjoy!



Part I of "Family Tree" Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly can be found here:

Part II of "Family Tree" Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly can be found here:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Young Timothy: Not Forgotten By Family



Young Timothy Moynahan (born May 5th, 1861), who was twelve years old when he suffered an attack of meningitis in 1873 (that resulted in admission to the London Lunatic Asylum in February 11, 1878) is one of my ongoing obsessions.

1878
"Removed To London"

Source: Essex Record; 14 Feb 1878; page 1 of 4

On my recent trip to the Archives of Ontario (September 2017) my obsession with Timothy was renewed following the help I received from the amazing reference staff there. I believe that I am even closer to locating his final resting place.

I also found a reference to a patient ("Tom M.") with some details identical to Timothy Moynahan in a book by Geoffrey Reaume "Remembrance of Patients Past: Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane".

Followers of my blog know how obsessed I can get with the Bachelors, Spinsters, Priests and Nuns in my family tree (those who had/have no children/descendants to honour or write about them) and these two "September Finds" have piqued my interest even further. 

Geoffrey Reaume wrote that "Tom M." "was long since forgotten by family members". Timothy Moynahan is not.


Timothy Moynahan (1861-?)



Timothy was the son of Timothy Moynahan (Sr) (1813-1902) and Archange Parent (1824-1903). This was Timothy Sr.'s second marriage following the death of his first wife Margaret (Cronin) Moynahan (1811-1859).

I believe that when Timothy's father Timothy Sr.  died in London, Ontario in 1902, that he was visiting with his son Timothy Jr in the London asylum and died there. I have no proof of this but I also have no idea what other business would cause Timothy to travel from Windsor to London, Ontario at 89 years of age? 


The London Asylum
1878 to 1906


 
Archives of Ontario:  London Psychiatric Hospital patient registers 1870-1957


In June 2016, I visited the Archives of Ontario to access the records for Timothy Moynahan Reg. No 1300. Here are some points taken from the Patient Files (note xxxx indicates words that I cannot decipher)
  • Oct 17, 1878: Labourer, Roman Catholic, Single, Canadian: About five years ago he had an attack of xxxx-spinal meningitis amid which time he has exhibited symptoms of loss of reason - dangerous and violent -not hereditary - xxxx and temperate habits - inclined to be filthy in his habits - admitted by warrant - February xxxx 1878.
  • Condition Feb, 15, 1878: Mania. Across xxxx xxxx fellow. Strong and healthy. Walks up and down halls constantly; pulling at his clothes; makes his water in floors xxx; very little can be got from him because he will hardly talk at all; 
  • Mar 1, 1878: Unchanged
  • Mar 2, 1878: Put into canvas as he wont keep his clothes on
  • Apr 2, 1878: Unchanged
  • May 2, 1878: No change
  • Jun 5, 1878: Unchanged
  • Jul 2, 1878: No change
  • Aug 1, 1878: No change
  • Sep 2, 1878: No change
  • Oct 3, 1878: No mental or physical change
  • Nov 2, 1878: Unchanged 
  • Dec 2, 1878: Unchanged
  • Jan 1, 1879: Remains unchanged mentally and physically; walks up and down hall; still wears canvas suit;
  • Feb 3, 1879: Remains unchanged
  • Mar 3, 1879: Out of canvas; wearing his own clothes  
  • May 2, 1879: Got quarreling with patient Silverthorne; received a slight bruise and cut on nose
  • Jan 1, 1880: In good bodily health; unchanged mentally
  • Sep 13, 1880: In the last few days has not been eating; Is failing; Handles knives as if he is inclined to commit suicide; Made a slight cut on wrist; Gave him a dose of calormal? to be followed by salts; Also feed him on a milk diet;
  • Jan 1, 1881: In good bodily health; unchanged mentally; Eats well; Diet (extra) struck off; 
  • Apr 2, 1881: Has not been eating in the last 2 or 3 days; Is in fair bodily health; 
  • Jan 1, 1882: In fair bodily health; unchanged mentally; xxxx and untidy; does not work; is quiet
  • Jan 1, 1883: No change in his condition in the past year
  • Jan 1, 1884: In fair bodily health; unchanged mentally; xxxx untidy; but quiet & stupid; also a little xxxx picking
  • Feb 23, 1884: Left cheek swollen; possibly the result of decayed teeth  
  • Jan 1, 1885: In fair bodily health; unchanged mentally; works with xxxx pickers & with wagon party
  • Feb 22, 1885: Broke a pane of glass lst night and cut the fleshy part of hands; applying xxxx dressing; 
  • Jan 1, 1886: Hand quite well; is in fair bodily health; works almost the same as a xxxx xxxx; no mental change xxxx
  • Jan 30, 1886: has large blister on bottom of heel produced by slipper
  • Mar 15, 1886: Has right eye black; cause unknown; unchanged bodily & mentally
  • Jan 1, 1888: In good bodily health and unchanged mentally
  • Jan 1, 1889: Remains unchanged bodily and mentally
  • Feb 23, 1889: Ditto; Fighting with C. Blatchford xxxx his face and neck scratched 

On August 4 1906, 
Timothy Moynahan (#1300)
Was Transferred to the Toronto  Asylum

At this point in his life, forty-five year old Timothy Moynahan likely was not even aware that he was the last living of his family
His father: Timothy Moynahan died 19 Oct 1902
His mother: Archange (Parent) Moynahan died 28 Jun 1903
His brother James Moynahan died 24 Feb 1899
His brother Enos Moynahan died 8 Aug 1903
His step sister Mary Moynahan died 8 Apr 1905

With no next of kin, he was transferred to the Toronto Asylum

The Toronto Asylum
1906 to 1921 to ?

I came across the following information in Geoffrey Reaume's book Remembrance of Patients Past: Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane 


Quite a coincidence! And there's a photo of the patient in Graeme's book! Could Tom M. be Timothy Moynahan? If so, Timothy Moynahan was NOT "long since forgotten by family members" as Graeme wrote. Timothy was the last of his kin.

Based on the census reports below, I know that Timothy Moynahan lived to 1921. More research is needed.




1911 Census
The Toronto Asylum: 999 Queen St.

 
"Recensement du Canada de 1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27XQ-33C : 15 July 2016), Timothy Moynahan, 1911; citing Census, Toronto South Sub-Districts 13-72, Ontario, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,418,528.




1921 Census
The Toronto Asylum: 999 Queen St.

1921 Census: Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 92; Census Place: Ward 6, Toronto South, Ontario; Page Number: 9


Next Steps?
Thanks to the amazing reference staff at the Archives of Ontario who reviewed the files, they determined that it contained restricted material that is governed by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act(FIPPA). 

In order for me to access these records I must contact the Senior Manager, Information and Privacy (Customer Service and Preservation Services, Archives of Ontario) in writing. 

I am so grateful for the helpful staff at the Archives of Ontario and will be mailing my request this week



Some helpful links: