In search of my McCreary-Magee-McGee Codd/Code Ancestors  in Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
   THE CODE FAMILIES OF DRUMMOND
   TOWNSHIP, Lanark County, Ontario
 

MOST GENEALOGY INVOLVES SEEKING OUT RECORDS AND RECORDING THEM.


BUT LINKING THEM AND EXTRPOLATING FROM  THEM IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT, ENABLING US TO FIND THE MISSING PIECES - BY KNOWING WHERE TO LOOK NEXT.


THIS IS MADE POSSIBLE BY HAVING PIECES  WHICH CAN BE RELIED UPON - WHICH THEN FORM A PATTERN FROM WHICH NEW FACTS CAN BE DISCOVERED.

THIS IS THE NATURE OF FORENSIC GENEALOGY.

SOME OF THE MATERIAL ON THIS PAGE IS "CONJECTURAL"

I SUGGEST YOU USE THESE CONJECTURES TO FIND NEW RECORDS WHICH WILL COMPLETE THE PATTERN.

I WILL BE HAPPY TO ADD IN OR SUBTRACT ON THE BASIS OF WHAT YOU FIND. I DO NOT VISIT LIBRARIES OR RECORD SOURCES. I RELY ON YOU TO DO THAT. BUT I WILL ADD WHAT YOU HAVE FOUND TO MAKE THE PICTURE MORE COMPLETE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


The Earliest CODD Settlers in Eastern Ontario - 1816-1818

The main thrust of Codd research in Ireland has been directed towards the Aghold Parish families - and the small branch of the family whose BMD records have been located at Carnew - which sugests that the Codds were largely located around Ballingate Townland - and tolerably close to Bunclody.

Codd researcher Annette Code chose to go a little further afield - and located the marriage record of the second earliest (1818) Codd settler in Lanark - Thomas Codd (1773-1844) at Bunclody. The earliest Codd to settle Lanark was John Codd (Elizabeth Powers) (1792-1848) who arrived in 1816.



On this same record we see the baptism of George Codd of Nicholas and Eliza Codd  - 8 Nov. 1840 - suggesting perhaps the  location of Nicholas b. 1795 at Aghold (Nicholoas was an unusual name for a Codd - departing from the endless list of Thomas', James' , George's, Abrahams, Josephs and Williams.) We also see Henry Codd of Thomas and Jane Codd in 1836, and a marriage of an Abraham Codd Feb. 3rd 1805.


In addition to the  marriage record found at Bunclody -  April 16 1808 - which also records the baptism of Thomas and Elizabeth's son John - May 20th 1810, we see John's family on the "waiting" List of Emigrants of 1817  (see list on right, excerpted numbers 72 to 99) showing Thomas and Elizabeth and four children (#79) right next to John Bayley Jr. (#80) John Bayley (#81) and William Bayley (#82) and Thomas Bayley (#83).

We know that the named Bayley families did not make the voyage - wating several years till 1834 to come. From the Bunclody records we see the deaths/burials of several Bayleys - including William (1794-1860) and Thomas (1781-1861) from Barragh Parish the Tithe Allotments place Wm. Bayley at Moneygrath Townland - a small townland of 55 acres about 4 miles NE of Bunclody. For more detail on the Bayley family of Moneygrath, Barragh, Carlow CLICK HERE.

Of major interest we see James Codd (#84) - with a wife and two children - who could well be the James Codd who ended up at Drummond Con. 5 Lot 20. This family has, to my knowledge, never been included in the many searches of the Codds of Lanark - and, if nothing else, suggests that Thomas travelled with a Codd relative - perhaps a brother  or a cousin.

The Codds of Drummond

The following is a late 1800's map of Drummond Twp. with settlers as seen on the 1842 Census  placed on the ir respective Lots/Concessions.



The 1842 Drummond Census records the following:

CODE                                    
James     Ire           Con 4 Lot 16      1819                    4     3     7
James     Ire            Con 4 Lot 21     1816                    1     2     3
John        Ire           Con 4 Lot 19     1817                    3     1     4
John  ?     Ire        Con 10 Lot 20     1819                    3     8     11
George     Ire          Con 11 Lot 4     1832                    2     7     9


COOK                                    
Benjamin     Ire         Con 9 Lot 4     1841                     2           2
Richard     Ire        Con 12 Lot 23     1823                     5

 BEALY                                         
John              Ire     Con 4 Lot 15     1835                  10     1     11
John Jr          Ire     Con 9 Lot 24     1835                    2     3     5
John Sr.       Ire     Con 10 Lot 23     1835                   2     2     4     

The numbers after the names represent (1) # born outside of Canada, (2) number born in Canada and (3) Total numbers.

Comments:

James Code Con. 4 Lot 16 is James, son of Thomas/Elizabeth - who m. Eliza Bayley in 1842.

James Code Con. 4 Lot 21 is unresearched.

John Code Con. 4 Lot 19 is John Codd /Elizabeth Powers - said to be from Wexford.

John ? at Con. 10 Lot 20 is John, son of Thomas - now (1842) m. to Maritta Seeley/Sealey

George Code at Con. 11 Lot 4  -  one Lot away from Benjamin Cook (Con. 9 Lot 4) is completely unknown to me. Where did he come from (in 1832)?

Abraham Codd/Code arrived 1821/2 and settled at Con. 3 Lot 16, next to Thomas, remaining there until 1827 -
when he sold his land to Richard Cook's father, Edward Cook and his wife Sarah Kimmit - thought to be from Hackettstown/ Carlow. Richard would later inherit the land (1837) ans sell it, moving to Con. 10 Lot 20 - and marrying Alvina Jeanette Seale (sister of Maritta)

The 1842 Census "Bealy"reference is clearly a mispelling of "Bayley."

Conjecture and Sugested Future Research:

I don't know who George Codd was who arrived in 1832. He should be researched if we are to hope to unravel the whole Codd family. I'd love to hear from anyone who knows more about George Codd who arrived in 1832..

Abraham Codd who arrived in 1821 and sold in 1828 is perhaps easier to place. He is quite Likely the brother of George Code who was at Con. 12 Lot 3 by 1822. He appears to have located with his wife Elizabeth Fulham at Ramsay Con. 2 Lot 2. He is from the John and Ann Codd family at Aghold. - with a son John who drowned at Mississippi Lake in 1849. I think there is more to be done here. This connection is pretty well a sure thing, but further investigation, examination of deeds, may reveal stronger connections between the Codds of Drummond and their namesakes at Beckwith, Ramsay and Lanark.

So,  who, then, were John, Thomas, and James?

 John Codd (Elizabeth Powers), we may never know - though the Molton family who are #74 on the above "waiting list" to come - could well be the MOULTON family who married into his family. He was the first to come - and if his birth is c. 1792 as suggested - he is a contemporary of Abraham (but not his brother - because Abraham already has a brother, John, in Canada - John 1787-1867 at Innisville by this time. He is also a contemporary of the Thomas Codd (1767-1840)'s offspring at Ballingate near Bunclody. It is not out of the question that he fits in this family.

Thomas Codd (Elizabeth Bayley), if his birth date is accurate - 1773 - is more of a contemporary of Thomas 1767-1840 of Ballingate. Yet - married in 1808 - he could have been born as late as 1790. If this were found to be the case, I would conjecture that he was a nephew of Thomas' - and likely even a brother of William 1786 at Carnew - the father of William 1813. If his birth date as recorded is reliable - he is, at most, a cousin of Thomas of Ballingate. With Abraham Codd locating next to him in 1821, he can hardly now be seen as an outsider to the Codds at Aghold - which has genrally been  accepted  to date - with nothing previously connecting them.

Thomas of Ballingate's offspring married Codds from Aghold (details here). They were, in reasonable likelihood the son and daughter of John and Ann at Aghold - and thus siblings of Abraham who came to Drummond. If there is a close relationship - not merely the same surname - this was probably it. More research is indicated.
                            
James, if we knew more about him, might fit in to the same picture as described above for Thomas. They could well have been brothers. There was a James, presumably a cousin, who set out for Canada at approximately the same time as John Codd's four sons - John, Abraham, George and Thomas.

The latter Thomas has been a mystery - like this James - suffering in the process from too little research to go on -  but the mystery may have been solved - the with the discovery (thanks to Sherry Twamley) of a Thomas Codd b.c. 1799 (Ireland) at Saginaw Michigan in the 1881 Census, living with a son John (of course) who had been born in Canada in 1848. A nice fit - but no cigar!




I've taken this line and this line of resoning as far as it merits at this time. We know there are descendants of Thomas' line who could be DNA tsted, and we know that there is more research indicated here. We are hampered by the missing records before 1808 at the Carnew Church of Ireland - which keeps this mystery enshrouded. But, where there's a will there's a way!


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