In search of my McCreary-Magee-McGee Codd/Code Ancestors 
in Lanark County, Ontario, Canada





(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 Wicklow/Carlow)

SUMMARY:   My name is Brian Bailey. I grew up in Lanark County, Ontario, Canada, where 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 curious about this as a young person and had asked the same question to her mother - who told her that the McCreary side of our family were directly related to Thomas D'arcy McGee. My mother's aunt, Laura (McCreary) Ferrill who 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.

This 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.

Clue #1 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

One 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 McCreerys 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. William Halpenny Jr., son of this John Halpenny and Abigail Jackson 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 and 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. 

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 County near the villages of Shillelagh and Coolkenno, and the town of Tullow just across the County Carlow border. 

To 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 Edward 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 Codds , Chamneys, Twamleys and Halpennys, whose families had been caught up in the Irish Rebellion of 1798

Rector James McGhee had, in 1798, led a valiant defense of the embattled Protestant community, a Captain Chamney had lost his life alongside Halpennys, Codds 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:


 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.

There 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. Anne 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.

*Castletown, Balesker, 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 JamesAbraham 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.

George Code
(b. 1800 at Croneleagh Hill, Wicklow - granted Lanark Con. XII- Lot 4E) married Pearl Boyd (daughter of Samuel Boyd - the original settler who was granted Con. XII Lot 2W.) 

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 1820.

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) Thomas  (m. Mary Willows - the Willows owned the property to the south of  Thomas' farm - Lanark XII Lot 3) Alicia (who married William James McCreery) John,  Margaret ( who married John McCreery), Sarah, Albert 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.

William CODE 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. Offspring:  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

Another George 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. Their 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 George.

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 Rachel 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.

The 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.


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

Rathwell, Benjamin
Connor, John
Kelly, Thomas
Leach, Richard
Codd, John

Watkins, Henry
Tattlock, John
Deacon, James Jr.
Gibbons, John

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.

For 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

After 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.

Why 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.


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 Sr. and 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) John 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 William 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 Elizabeth (II) 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 (II) (b. 1861) marred Alice Paul. Hiram, who would inherit the farm married Catherine McKay. George Wellington McCreery (1865-1930 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 hands. 

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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