Daniel O'CONNOR and Margaret POWER,
Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland to Bytown
(O'Connor Street in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) in 1827
also four other Daniel O'CONNORs
Possibly ML# 532 on the McCabe List
February 28, 2002:
Daniel O'Connor, from Clonmel, Tipperary arrived in Bytown in 1827 with his wife
Margaret Power. Their daughter Mary Ann (later married Henry Friel) was the first
white female baby born in Bytown.
Daniel O'Connor quickly became a man of influence in the new community. He was
one of the first Roman Catholics, along with Captain George Thew BURKE, to do well
here. He died in 1858. O'Connor Street, downtown, is named after him.
He held many local offices and has left an extensive collection of his diaries which
are now held by Library and Archives, Canada, on Wellington Street in Ottawa.
October 25, 2012:
Thanks to Mary Quinn for the following. Daniel O'Connor's diary is fascinating reading. It also contains the names
of a lot of the early settlers along the Rideau Front in Gloucester Township. Many of these pioneers are recorded in
the McCabe List of 1829.
Hi Mike - Based on the email you sent earlier, I did a search to see if Daniel O'Connor's papers were available online from
the Library and Archives Canada. Check out the following link:
Check it out - it is his diary. Thanks Mike, now I have some reading to do.
... Mary Quinn
Mary and Michael: I managed to print off a copy of this document for the Bytown or Bust Library and will get copies for you both.
March 15, 2010:
Keywords for search engine: Dow, Nicholas Sparks, (Sparks Street) Braddish Billings, Shiners.
May 8, 2002:
My GGGrandfather may have come to the area to work on the Rideau Canal too. I have read that
there were a lot of Irish people working to build it. It is interesting as in the later
part of the 1800s my maternal GGrandfather was a locktender on the New York Erie Canal.
The two canals were built in the same era to move people and goods. It took many hands to
build them and it was backbreaking work.
We do not know if John Close was married in Ireland or Canada. He did own land and had a
will. We are trying to obtain those records. I find that the more that I learn about the
place where he lived the more pieces of the puzzle I find. Who knows, they may have been
Was your GGGrandfather, Daniel O'Connor, any of the individuals listed
These four Daniel O'Connors were all in the Ottawa area before 1830.
1. 1823 Peter Robinson Settler, Daniel Connor, age 33, from Kanturk, County
Wife Bridget, aged 26 in 1823
Settled on Lot 13, Concession 10, Ramsay Township (just west of Ottawa)
2. 1829 McCabe List, Daniel O'Connor, from Clonmel, County Tipperary (above)
3. 1829 McCabe List, Daniel O'Connor, from Kilcomnack (sp. ?), County
I'm trying to reconcile some duplicate names from the Peter Robinson
Settlers and the people on the McCabe List of 1829.
I'd like to add your e-mail address and some info on your pioneer O'Connor
family to my web site (with your permission).
The home page is http://www.bytown.net
... Al Lewis
Got your message on the Leeds/Grenville site.
THis is something about our dear Daniel O'Connor. He came from the Parish of Thogher,
Dunmanway, Cork, Ireland in 1821. His first residence was Stones Mills later called Delta, Ontario.
We have a letter from his mother Joanna Ronan dated August 24, 1824. Daniel was the son
of Joanna Ronan and Michael O'Connor.
We had no idea what he did during those first years until this last year when we found the
family of James Trainor - the brother of Daniel's wife Bridget. Turns out Peter Trainor
from County Westmeath brought his family to New York State, USA, in the 1820's to work on the Erie Canal.
When they were done there they moved to Kitley to work on the Rideau Canal. We assume that
Daniel might have been working on the canals as well or at least was in communication with
that group In 1830 when Daniel was 30 and Bridget Trainor 15 they married and one year
later they moved to Long Point - now located on county road 3. They had nine children.
The daughters married a Slack, Palmer, McDonald and Flood. All were children of early
settlers in the area.
His obituary is very long and full of info. Here is some of that info.
1. In the troubles of 1827-28 he served in the volunteers and was stationed for a part
of the winter of 27 in Gananoque under Capt Robison of Beverly. Daniel was a first sergeant.
The following spring Capt Kindrick (Kendrick ?) took command of the company and Daniel retained his rank
until he retired due to old age.
2. William B. Richards was elected to represent South Leeds in the old parliament of canada.
He had Daniel appointed to in the commission of the Peace and consequently was the first
Irish Catholic Magistrate in the county of Leeds.
3. He gave the land at Long Point to the town for a school. This came from his devotion
4. Many of the Methodist ministers who preached at the Long Point School (it was used for
Sunday services until churches were built) were his frequent guests. Rev. Mr. Hill, Rev
Vincent Smith. Rev. Mr Hindmarch and Rev Mr. Brown. They participated in lively discussion
about religion and other topics.
Another interesting note I think is that he knew many people. When Charles O'Connor was
about five years old he remembered going to visit the McArdle family in Seeley's Bay and seeing
the new born Emily. Years later they married and lived over 50 years together. Charles
and Emily lived at Long Point until about 1920 when they moved to Kingston to be near
their son - Dr. Fergus O'Connor Sr.
My husband and I recently purchased the stone school house at long point from several
of my cousins. Another fellow has bought the farm house and we both intend to restore
This summer the descendants of Daniel and Bridget are going to have a reunion up in that
area. We have located many of the descendants. There are many still living in the area and
the rest of us are scattered all over.
I hope this gives you some information on our Daniel and Bridget. We have pictures of them
and their children.
Let me know if there is anything else you would like to know.
May 24, 2011:
I see that this is a very old blog post that I am reading
(2002)...but thanks to the internet, I was able to google it. We are
also relatives of Daniel O'Connor > Michael> Charlotte who married
Warren A Mengel. Moved to New York, USA, and > Warren B Mengel .
I would be interested in any onfo you have on this side of the family.
Unfortunately my Dad's dad left his young family when my
Dad was 6 months old. There was a little connection with the Mengel
family, but I'm sure there is a lot we never learned due to this
separation...We do have a photo of a young Warren B and his
Grandfather Michael. Thanks
Jeri Mengel Bellan
This is great info and we have tons on the rest of the family. if you are dong research on the family we are
having a little get together up at the school house on Daniel's property on august 2-4 of relatives who are
interested in genealogy. you can come and learn a great deal about our family history. Michael seemed
to have been an interesting person - Sheila Byrnes who is a cousin of yours on that line is planning to
attend and maybe she will bring Margaret O'Connor from Gananoque along with her.
I had 25 first cousins and siblings on my line. we are all in touch and connected to it is very nice when I am
up there to have so much family around. we have made connections with many of the families. you are more
than welcome to join us if you like.
December 14, 2015:
Thanks to Christopher Smith who is researching his ancestors William Tracey and Rachel Dague (Dagg, Dack).
He sent along a page of records from 1830 at Notre Dame showing, among others, the baptism of John, son of
Daniel O'Connor and Mary Power.
E-mail Margaret Brennan, Mary Quinn, Michael Daley and Al Lewis
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