SURNAMES: ASTLEFORD BAILEY BALLANCE BENSON BLACKBURN BRADEN BOYD CHAMNEY COAD
CODD CODE CONN COOKE CRAMPTON DACK DAGG DALZELL DAVIDSON DEZELL DOWDALL DOWLING DUNFIELD ELLIOT
FERRILL FLINN FLYNN GILLTRAP (GILTRAP) GROVES HALPENNY (HALFPENNY) HAMILTON HAMMOND HARRIS HOPKINS
HORRICKS HUGHES HUNT JACKSON JAMES JOHNSTON KINCH LEWIS LEYBOURNE LOWE MacFARLANE
MAGEE McCALL McCRUM McGEE McGHEE McCREERY McCREARY McKAY MARTIN MITCHELL
MOFFATT MOONEY MORRIS PAUL PENNY PRICE PRYCE SHEPPARD SINGLETON SNEDDEN STEPHENSON STEVENSON STURGEON TOTTON TWAMLEY
WARREN WATCHORN WILLOWS WILLIS WILTON WOOLSEY WRIGHT
(Surnames with links are emigrants from County Armagh and will principally be found on the separate M'Creery/Dalzell Page,
but may also appear throughout the web site, as, after arrival there
were frequent intermarriages between those from Armagh and those from
My name is Brian Bailey. I grew up in Lanark County, Ontario,
my Irish ancestors landed and took root in the 1820's.
I am now 65 years old and counting. My search for my Irish roots began
when I was seven years old, and came home from school asking my
mother if there was anyone famous in our family. She too had been
about this as a young person and had asked the same question to her
- who told her that the McCreary side of our family were directly
to Thomas D'arcy McGee. My mother's aunt,
Laura (McCreary) Ferrill
had grown up in rural Lanark in the 1880s was the self-appointed family
record keeper. When I was growing up, the family held
picnics at Boyd's Settlement where the family had landed and stayed
on. This study adds to my Aunt Laura's
collection of names in the 1940s. Like my mother, I am a story teller
and was more interested in the story than the names and dates. This is
the story (or rather part of the story) as I know it. To contact me with information or inquiries CLICK HERE.
web site shares information of the settlers from two regions of Ireland
who made up the majority of Irish emigrants in the Boyd's Settlement
region of Lanark County, Ontario.With
the large amount of information which has surfaced, I have decided, to
make things flow better, to divide up the site into the families from
County Armagh and the families from County Wicklow. This page will
feature the Wicklow families - while the Armagh families, and the story
of early emigration from Ireland will be principally found on the M'Creery/Dalzell Page.
CODDs & Others From County Wicklow
More recently, a third, interconnected,
stream of settlers has become apparent,
coming from Coolcullen, Kilkenny, which
is southwest of Aghold - SEEN HERE.
My web site is not of the style set by software which generates family trees. While I like these too - my own quirk is the need to visualize whole family configurations at
once to make sense of them, to know where people were located
geographically and to use information which doesn't fit easily on a computer-generated family tree.
I don't think of myself as a genealogist. Still, I admire those who do
genealogy that way - and have included other people's family trees - painstakingly created over time. Since visitors here
have been kind enough to send me records and pictures, I include them,
as well as family tree information wherever possible.
The most intriguing piece of information I received is the unusual Latter Say Saints Nauvoo Baptimal File of 1843 found by Walter Brown of Smiths Falls, Ontario. Seen HERE, it gives serious researchers a rare multigenerational look at the CODD/ CODE/ COAD family from Aghold Parish in Wicklow. Another page, seen HERE, traces every Wicklow County Codd known to me as far back as 1700. This large web site has several pages devoted to many the other families - like the Astlefords, who inhabitted "The Wood" - seen on the left - in Aghold Parish.
Known Aghold (Wicklow) Families In Canada: Codd (largely Code and Coad in Canada),
Halpenny, Kinch, Blackburn, Dowdall, Dowling, Jackson, Groves, Hawkins, Hopkins,
Twamley, Poole, Chamney, James, Dack (Dagg), Swain (Swayne), Flinn,
Price, Singleton, Astleford, Watchorn, Giltrap, Lewis, Harnett and Connor - and others yet to be discovered.
For an ever-expanding listing of families from northeast Wicklow (then called Carlow) who came to Ontario CLICK HERE.
Do you have names to add to this list? Send them to me!
Here are two clues if you are a genealogy buff and want to search this for yourself.
Many of these families sent members to Canada, starting in
the 1817-1820 time period. They were able to do so because the British
government assisted families by paying their passage to Canada, and by
setting them up with the essentials of homesteading when they reached
Canada. To be considered for such assistance, aspiring emigrants were
placed on a list about 1817. Persons on this list were volunteering to
be transported to Canada. To see this list for Wicklow - go HERE. Is your family among them?
Clue #2 When one hears the stories of emigration to Canada, it was rare that an entire family emigrated at the same time. Family members with the same surname are often also seen in the Griffiths Valuation
for that area of Wicklow in the early 1850's. Family members were
still there. Most of the names above, but not all, are seen in
the Griffiths Valuation for Aghowle (Aghold) - as seen HERE. There are additional surnames on this list - which may be a clue to the origins of other families not named above. Is your family among them?
Collected Information About My Wicklow/Carlow Families - and their confreres from Armagh County
of my gggg
grandfathers - THOMAS CODD (later COAD) came from Wicklow - Aghold Parish in 1820.
My other gggg
grandfather, JAMES McCREERY was from Armagh. Written material belonging
to one of his older sons suggested that the family came from the part
of Armagh near Portadown - in 1823.
From my great aunt - Laura Ferrill -
I had gotten County Armagh as the county from which the
emigrated - but not the precise location in Armagh.
My McCreery / McCreary ancestors will henceforth be seen HERE. For more
specific information about the ongoing search for JAMES MCCREERY's family
origins CLICK HERE.
County Carlow and County Wicklow Connections ... enter the Halpennys
While looking to find the ship on which the McCreery-Magees arrived in 1823
- (Aunt Laura had mentioned a man John Halpenny - who arrived on the same ship)
I searched for a John Halpenny. As names are often repeated, the
question was also - which John Halpenny.
A John Halpenny (b. 1791-94 d. 1867) from County Carlow emigrated
with hs bother William D. Halpenny and sister Mary B. Halpenny.
Halpenny Jr., son of this John Halpenny and
married Alice McCreery, the youngest daughter of James and Elizabeth
(b. 1828) in 1849.
I fopund that one of the Halpennys, likely John, was granted Ramsay
Con. I Lot 5. This was right next to the Lot settled by my Codd ancestors. It looked interesting!
As well, another William Halpenny (1805-1879) in 1830 brought
his widowed mother - Esther Gilltrap (b. 1780), younger brothers
- also a John Halpenny, Richard Halpenny, and Jacob Halpenny
sisters Mary Halpenny (b. 1802) and Margaret Halpenny
from the village of Coolkenno in County Wicklow.
Mary married Robert Watchorn (b. 1799 from County Carlow.)
All of these emmigrant Halpennys (also spelled Halfpenny) are buried at
Boyd's Methodist Cemetery where both the McCreerys and some of the Codds are interred. .
While John Halpenny who arrived in 1823 and William Halpenny
who arrived in 1830 were quite conceivably already related and from the
same extended family in Ireland, their most immediate connection was that
they married two sisters Lewis sisters.
The Lights Go On
Following records back is often frustrating and tedious - but occasionally
very rewarding. Just such a reward popped up while following the
trail of John Halpenny, who, by family records, arrived in Lanark
on the same boat in 1823 as the James McCreery- Elizabeth Magee
family. While I was looking for settlers from County Armagh, County Carlow and County Wicklow kept coming up.
to this point, the location the Codds came from in Ireland had also eluded
me - but suddenly in the Halpenny search I
found that the Halpennys, the Chamneys, the James, the Hopkins, the
Codds, the Twamleys, the Jacksons, the Dowdalls had all been members
of a single (Church of Ireland i.e. Anglican) church in Ireland
- St. Michael's Church in Aghold Parish in Wicklow
near the villages of Shillelagh and Coolkenno, and the town
of Tullow just across the County Carlow border.
this day, St. Michael's church ministers to members of these same
families - who at the turn of the nineteenth century were served by Rector
- James McGhee. Yet, the family members who came between 1820 and
1823 had largely become Wesleyan Methodists.
Records of St. Michael's are, unfortunately, partial, and in some cases - missing - but they often mention some of the above-named emigrants
specifically - and while there are no apparent Boyds, McCreerys or McGees
- who were said to have come from Armagh - clearly the Lanark County community
had been laergely built around these former members of St. Michael's - in Wicklow.
To the right is a painting I did of St. Michael's Church as it might have looked when my ancestors attended here in the early 19th Century.
Below is one of several pages which list, among others, the families
who emigrated. On this fascinating (to me) page we see the marriage of
Chamney to Jane Twamley in 1762, the baptism of their
son, John a year later and the baptism of Lancelot and Abigail
Jackson's daughter Margaret. We also see a plethora of
, Chamneys, Twamleys and Halpennys, whose families had been caught
up in the Irish Rebellion of 1798.
had, in 1798, led a valiant defense of the embattled Protestant community,
a Captain Chamney had lost his life alongside
and Twamleys - who had also died in the fighting. A one-page extract naming Codds and Twamleys appears below. Further records from
this rather large collection can be perused at: http://www.halpenny.net/general/aghold.html
The Codd / Code Connection
My ancestral Codd family had come out in 1820 at the same time as Samuel Boyd - and later became Codes and Coads. While detailed
suggestions of a community's origins are often lost to "official" records,
my great aunt, Laura (McCreary) Ferrill (who 's buried at Boyd's)
as an amateur historian put together much of the ancient Codd family
tree data before such practices were common. She records the histories
of the Codds who also arrived in 1820 and who later married into
the McCreery family. The Codd (or Code) family came to Wicklow County
from the "Barony of Forth" County Wexford (17th
century). Their origin was English - and ultimately Anglo-Norman - coming
over from Normandy with William the Conqueror, and arriving in Ireland
at Castletown in Wexford with Strongbow in 1190 as landed gentry.
is reference to Lake of Lady's Island as "once in four
or five years opened evacuating itself into the sea - a passage cut by
Squire Codde of Castletown (on the east coast of Ireland in Wexford) ."Squire
John Codde is mentioned in the parish register of Wexford.
Codde of Castletown married a Reverend Thomas Bunbury of Balesker in
1668. Jane Codde married Thos. Richards Esq. of "The Park" and later
Rathaspec. Loftus Codde of Castletown deposited a will in 1696 at
Emiscarthy (Enniscorthy). These Norman Coddes were Roman Catholic - and only later families became Protestant.
Enniscorthy, Rathaspec, the Barony of Forth, and Lake of Lady's Island
are all near each other in the area around Wexford - most of them being
north of Wexford , near the borders of Carlow and Wicklow Counties. Unfortunately
I was unable to locate Corwick Lowhelem** - but I imagine that by a different
spelling it is in this area. Of course, this was the area where Thomas
D'arcy McGee grew up as well.
Not One But (at least) Three (Related) Codd Families
In fact, there were (at least) three closely related Codd emigrant families who settled Lanark Twp, in Lanark and Kitley Twp. in Leeds County and two others who settled Drummond Township
- and who were probably more distantly related. I will speak first of
the one I know best - and to whom I am more closely related. The established facts are that - Thomas
Codd (Coad) (1773-1852)** came to Canada in 1820 with his wife LADY Elizabeth
(nee Twamley (1774 or 1778 -1839) from Corwick Lowhelem*. Their
offspring - the 2nd generation Codes who came to Boyd's Settlement
were George, Richard, Thomas, Abraham, Rachel and James. Abraham
later moved to North Dakota and James to Saginaw, Michigan. The others
remained in the Boyd's Settlement community and latterly at Kitley Twp. until the late 1840's to early 1850's when
George and Richard moved their families to Trowbidge in Huron County and East Wawanosh in Western Ontario respectively. The elder Thomas Codd and his son Richard, changed their name to Coad in the late 1840s, and moved to Kitley Twp. to be with their Coad kin. The reason for the name change has remained a well-kept secret.
Code (b. 1800 at Croneleagh Hill, Wicklow - granted Lanark Con. XII- Lot 4E) married Pearl Boyd
of Samuel Boyd - the original settler who was granted
Thomas Sr. received Con. XII Lot 4W. Daughter Rachel Code
married Thomas Jackson*** (Lanark Township Con XII Lot 2E)
who came with Lancelot Jackson (Con. XII Lot 1E) in
Thomas Code b. 1807 stayed on the homestead
Con. XII Lot. 4W
(of which I painted a picture when I was 16) and married Mary Jane James
and had 7 children by his first marriage - William, James, Rachel,
Ann, Eliza Mary and Letitia.
After Mary Jane died, Thomas Code remarried Mary (Price or
Pryce) with whom he had 10 more children - Harriet (m. an Agnew)
(m. Mary Willows - the Willows owned the property to the south of
Thomas' farm - Lanark XII Lot 3) Alicia (who married William
John, Margaret ( who married John McCreery),
and Abraham - 17 children in all. Margaret Code McCreary was my great grandmother.
** Thomas Code, b. 1773,
Munahullen, Aghowle Parish, Shillelagh Barony, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, d.
July 23, 1852, Lanark Twp, Lanark Co., Ontario, Canada, m. Elizabeth Twamley
in Ireland before 1800.
*** Thomas Jackson, b. 1798,
Tullow, Co. Carlow., Ireland, d. August 13, 1881 Lanark Twp., Lanark Co.,
Ontario, Canada, m. Rachel Code January 1, 1821 in St. James Church, Perth,
Lanark Co., Ontario, Canada.? Children are: Elizabeth, Ellen (Eleanor),
John, Abraham, Thomas, Leticia and Mary.
Codd Family Number Two - GEORGE and MARY CODD
Thomas Codd (Code) was not the only related Codd to arrive in
Lanark at this time from the same small Irish neighborhood. George
Codd (married to Mary Blackburn in Wicklow, Ireland) seems to have arrived from Aghold
(Aghowle Parish) near the Carlow/Wicklow/Wexford border about 1832 and settled at Kitley Township near
Smiths Falls. While there was an arrival of a George Codd* on the Brock in 1820 and while Henrietta Codd, said by some to be George and Mary Codd's daughter, married a man named John
Flynn in 1823 - who was a single passenger on the same ship, evidence is that this George Codd was still in Ireland at the time. Census
records and a birth record for son James Codd in 1826 at St. Michael's
Church tend to suggest that George could not have arrived until 1832.
*The George Codd who arrived on the Brock in 1820 could have been (and likely was) the George Codd (m. Jane Morris
in Canada) who settled Beckwith Twp. Con. 12 Lot 3 in December 1822.
George Codd of Beckwith Twp. would become the ancestor of Canadian
novelist Alice Munro,
many of whose stories chronicle early life in Beckwith Twp. in the
years after the settlements. See more on this family below.
Offspring of George Code and Mary Blackburn of Aghold, Wicklow include:
Henrietta (controversial)(? baptized at St. Michael's Church) b. 1803 m. John
Flinn (of Carlow?)
George b. 1811 m. Ester Johnson
Catherine b. 1813 m. Wm. Singleton
Abraham b. 1818 m. Jane Willis
John Edward b.1820 m. 1.) Mary Ann Pepper 2. Jane Dagg (Dack)
Thomas b. 1824 m. Eliza Martin
James b. 1826 m. Esther Willis
There is, additionally, a baptism of a son, William Codd to George and Mary July 29th 1821
George Codd's origins in Aghold remain a matter of ongoing research.
b. 1813 (orphaned nephew) came to Kitley in 1820 (or later)
with "an uncle" (candidates for this uncle's identity include William Dagg ( m. Jane Codd)
and George Codd (m. Mary Blackburn) Joseph Codd and his wife Mary
who emigrated in 1824 - or even William Codd -
who also emigrated in 1824.
He married Ann Wilton
Amelia b:1835 Caroline b: 1835 Thomas b:1836 Margaret b:1838 William -1840
-1907 John : b 1843 Henrietta: 1845 - 1909 Solomon: 1847 -1891 Elias:
1851-1918 George: 1853-1916 James: 1856 - 1918 Levi: 1858 - 1886.
A separate page located HERE contains more details about WILLIAM CODE.
CODD Family Number Three - JOSEPH and MARY CODD
In 1822-4, another "Kitley Codd" - who would become a Coad later on - Joseph Codd, the 1843 creator of the Nauvoo Baptismal File, arrived and bought a piece of land from John Flinn in the Codd "neighborhood." He was possibly George Codd (Mary Blackburn)'s cousin. His descendants trace their roots to an Abraham Codd - Mary Twamley marriage - the third marriage between sisters and brothers in the Twamley & Codd families.
There was clearly a close family connection between the "Kitley Coads" and the
Codds/Codes who settled in Lanark Township. The Lanark Township Codes all are
recorded to have spent time in Kitley temporarily before settling north
of Perth at Boyd's Settlement. Perhaps it was through Jane Code (b.
1765, married to William Dack), daughter of George Code (b. 1733) and Rachel Twamley
(b. 1738) - who came across with her husband William Dagg (Dack) and ten children in
1817 on the ship Mary & Bell, settling near Toledo and running a public
house (seen on the right). NOTE: Joseph and Mary (also thought to be a CODD, ? the sister of George (above) were joined in 1824 by a William Codd
and his wife and five children under 12 - none of whom are seem
in the Aghold baptismal records. Recent research (2008) by Annette Code has revealed the baptism at neaby (? 3 miles) Tullophelim C of I of a WILLIAM CODD, son of William and Mary Codd July 20th 1794. The William-Mary marriage and even the existance of an older William Codd had not previously been known - except for WILLIAM CODD b. 1765 to John Codd and Mary Singleton. William had married a Catherine ________ c. 1794 (daughter Mary 1795). The name Catherine had not been seen in the Codd family tree in Aghold since about 1700 - before this marriage, and is seen again in the 1st daughter of George Codd & Mary Blackburn (Catherine b. 1811). While more research is both indicated, and ongoing, it seems likely that William Codd who emigrated in 1824 with Joseph was likely the above- named Willam, son of William and Mary. This family "disappears" from the Kitley records after 1839.
Codd (Code) Family Number Four - JOHN & GEORGE CODD
Codd (Code) 1796-1890) and his wife Jane Morris (m. Canada 1826) settled at Beckwith
Township Con. XII Lot 3, in 1820-22, just three lots away from Thomas
Codd (b. 1773) who, by reports, was his uncle.
In the right hand map which listed settlers, we see JOHN CODD at Lot 4 and George Codd (Code) and John Jr. sharing Lot 3. This is the first (and clouded) reference so far to John Code from Aghold Parish, inWicklow being in Canada. More work will be required to ascertain exactly who he was.
I think that George Code/Codd's brother, John Codd and his spouse Mary
Ann Nugent were granted Beckwith Con XII Lot 4, but
moved to Lanark Township, Con. XII Lot 3 with his brother Thomas Codd,
eventually selling the property to Lancelot Jackson and moving to
Innisville. John Codd was the forebear of the Codes who later populated
both Innisville and Perth as recorded in David Code's The Codes of Perth.
relocation in Lanark Township has caused a little confusion of identities,
as they were situated right next to (i.e. south of) Thomas Code
(seemingly John's uncle) and Thomas's son
In time, George Code and Jane Morris' son, Joseph Code
(b. 1827) would marry Thomas Code's daughter Ann Code (b. 1839)
and another son, George Code Jr. would marry Thomas' daughter
Code (b. 1840) - indicating that their spouses were their their second cousins.
How The Three Emigrant Codd Families Were Related!
The Codd families arriving after 1820
mostly passed through Kitley Township, staying as much as year before
finally settling. This made sense. William Dagg (Dack) and his
wife Jane Codd were from one of three marriages between three pairs of
brothers and sisters (George Codd m. Rachel Twamley at St. Michael's
Church in 1764) - and they arrived first on the Mary and Bell
in 1817. John Codd's family of four brothers - John, Thomas, George and
Abraham - arrived later, John spending a year in Montreal before
spending time in Kitley before settling - first in Beckwith
beside his brother George - and then in Lanark Twp. with his brother
Thomas - adjacent to their uncle Thomas - and finally moving on to
Innisville. Thomas also spent time in Kitley on his way to his lots at Lanark Con. 11 Lots 4 and 5 in 1820.
The weakest link in the above Tree is the connection of George Codd b. 1784 (Mary Backburn) to George Codd b. 1767. There is no hard evidence for this connection and much to suggest (see Note above) that George may have had a father named William. Indeed, one record in Aghold seems to name him George William Codd. This is explored further on another page.
family tree above is still "conjectural" - but
it makes sense. There are some details which do not quite fit together
- and my thinking changes as I receive new pieces of information. These
Codds had all grown up close by each other. Many
were at least cousins twice over -
each and every one having both Codd and Twamley ancestors. More time and
more research will "tweak" the final structure - or may fill in missing
family members. If you want to know the logic behind my putting forward this tree CLICK HERE.
TWO EARLIER EMIGRANT CODD FAMILIES (arriving before 1820)
Adding complexity to the mystery of the Irish CODDs
connection, there were at least two other Codd families who arrived in the same time frame. These were the first Codd settlers in Lanark County.
John Codd (1792 - 1848) Arrived 1816
The first Irish CODD family to settle Lanark County, John Codd and Elizabeth Powers
were not from Aghold - but from a relatively nearby parish
at Knockadawk in Wexford, arriving in 1816, on the ship - the John
- which also brought, it would now seem, some early settler families with surnames common to the Aghowle/Aghold neighborhood. From
the Passenger List of the John, at least six families located in Drummond Township, in 1816, near the farm of the Codds.
How were they
connected? Perhaps not at all. Was the Warren family from which Ann Warren came the same Warren family which settled at Boyd's Settlement in 1822 and who married into the Beckwith Twp. Code families who came from Aghold Parish in the 1850 era? There do not appear to have been direct
intermarriages between this Codd family and the Codd families of nearby Boyd's Settlement. Perhaps time will tell. This Codd/Code family
largely moved on to Renfrew County in 1859/1860.
Their detailed genealogical record appears HERE.
Ship JOHN (Passenger List) 1816
Deacon, James Jr.
Thomas Codd (1773-1844) Drummond Twp. near Perth Arrived 1818
Thomas Codd and his wife Elizabeth
Bailey/Baley/Bayley (m. April 18 1808 in Bunclody - about ten miles from Aghold/Coolkenna) arrived in 1818 on the ship Maria -and were settled in Drummond Twp. - midway between Kitley and Lanark Townships.
It appears at this time that while they lived about ten miles from the
Aghold CODDs in Ireland, that the families were not interconnected in Canada -
again living ten miles or less from each other. An extensive genealogy
of this family exists HERE.
The two Codd
families listed here lived a short distance from each other ( a few
farms away) but whether they were connected to each other, either in
Ireland or after emigrating, is not known.
some years I felt that there were no links between the earliest
arriving Codds and the later arriving ones. But this was because
I had no way to investigate beyond establishing that there were no
intermarriages. Now, I feel that there were definite links. To see what
they may have been CLICK HERE. To look at the Irish origins of the Bayley family of Drummond CLICK HERE.
The "Second Wave"
The CODEs of North Elmsley
the wave of emigration in the 1820's, settlers from Wicklow slowed down
to a trickle until the next generation was ready to send out settlers.
In 1849 a new wave of emigration ensued, bringing a whole new group of
Codes to the area. Most of these Codds chose the spelling Code. A special page is dedicated to these Codds - who were related to be sure. Access the Codes of North Elmsley Page HERE.
did some of these CODD families become CODE and some COAD? And why
didn't they just remain CODD? Speculation is rife. Was it because the
pronunciation of CODD sounded like CODE or COAD and recording officials
spelled their names phonetically? This was undoubtedly the case for
some. Was it because the CODDs got teased for their name - which
was derived from a generic word for the male member - or was it because
they developed religious schisms over the years. Surely
someone has written down the story - something that happened around
1850 - spreading from family to family.
The CODE-CHAMNEY-TWAMLEY Connection
Next to George Code at Beckwith Con. XI, Lot 3 was (perhaps
some time later) Edward Chamney Jr. , whose father was Edward
Chamney of Munahullen and whose grandparents were Edward Chamney
Jane Twamley (married at St. Michael's Church in 1762
- see church records below).
Edward Chamney Sr.'s family
did not all emigrate (son James Chamney and daughter Rebecca
Chamney stayed behind) and, by reports, the Chamney family still operate
the same farm in Munahullen today.
Edward Chamney Jr. (1812-1869) married George Code's daughter
Ann Code (b.
1828). At about the same time as George Code (m. Jane Morris) emigrated (c. 1820)
Chamney (b. 1763 - see excerpt from St. Michael's Church records above ) Edward Chamney Jr.'s uncle,
received Lanark Township Con. 12 Lot 3. and his son-in-law
James (m. to Elizabeth Chamney) received
Lanark Twp. Con. 10 Lot
11E. The Chamney and Code families became the forebears of famous Canadian novelist Alice Munro - who wrote extensively about her settler ancestors, and their trials and tribulations in her novels. A well-worked-out genealogy exists which connects Alice to Codd, Twamley and Chamney ancestors in Aghold Parish as far back as the early 1700s.
The large James family - John, William Jr., Thomas H.,
Mary Jane, Elizabeth, Leticia, Anne, Nathaniel, Rebecca, Sarah, Benjamin
and Edward, intermarried with the Codes (Leticia James
married Abraham Code b.1839) Mary Jane James (as indicated
above) married Thomas Code Jr. and the Chamneys (Thomas James
married Mary Chamney in 1838.)
Summary: Two or more Code families, a Hopkins family, two Jackson families, two
Chamney families, a number of Halpenny families, the Dowdall family
and several James families, and possibly several more not listed here - arrived at or near Boyd's Settlement around the same time, from
the same small Aghold neighborhood in Wicklow - and had a rather high rate of intermarriage. But this was hardly
uncommon among the Irish - and particularly among Irish Methodists.
Yet many of the families remained Church of Ireland (Anglican) on coming to Canada.
The McCreary and Code Families Connect - Formally
Joseph and Harriet McCreary, Joseph being James' son - had a large family. William James
(1849-1922) married Alicia Code, daughter of Thomas Codd,
while his brother John McCreery married Aliciaís sister Margaret
Code (1859-1945). Elizabeth died as an infant (1853-55) and
married James Moffatt. Samuel, born in 1857 disappeared,
seemingly after a competition for the hand of a young lady who married
one of his younger brothers. Joseph (1859-63 died young, and Joseph
(b. 1861) marred Alice Paul. Hiram, who would inherit the
farm married Catherine McKay. George Wellington McCreery
married Christina Snedden, and Robert Nelson McCreery (1867-1949)
married Edna Elliot. All surviving siblings but Samuel appear in
a 1890's family photograph (below.)
In the centre are Harriet
(holding a picture of the disappeared Samuel) and Joseph Campbell McCreery.
On either side of them are Joseph and Alice (Paul). On the far right of
the back row are my great-grandparents John and Margaret (Code). Next to
them are William and Alicia (Code). The single man next to Alicia is Robert,
who is yet unmarried. Margaret (between her parents has her hand on her
fatherís shoulder. James Moffatt her husband is to the right of
Joseph. The remaining two couples (back right) and middle right) are Hiram
and Catherine (McKay) and George and Christina (Snedden). The last members
of this family cluster died in the mid 1940ís. Hiram passed the farm on
to his son William Harwood McCreary, who passed it on to his son Daniel
McCreary whose daughters are in their 40's. The farm has passed to other
Brian C. Bailey, husband of Nancy
Son of Irene Margaret Ross (Bailey)
Grandson of Mary Zena McCreary (Ross)
Great grandson of John McCreary and Margaret Code
Great great grandson of Joseph Campbell McCreary and Harriet Bailey
Great great great grandson of James McCreary and Elizabeth Magee
Great great great great grandson of Elizabeth Magee
Brian Bailey can be reached at 819-827-0561
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