John GOSSON
County Meath, Ireland, to Richmond / North Gower area, Upper Canada
(some descendants later to Iowa, USA)

February 27, 2003:

I was looking at your web page and saw the following. Could you please send me info
on the following;
Scott, Mathew John 7/18/11 Gosson, Susan Eliz. Cath.
Please send it to gosson@sympatico.ca

Michael Gosson
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Thanks for the answer.  Indeed the "home church. was the St. Philip's from
the time they arrived until 1894 when the first generation died and the farm
between Richmond and Manotick was sold.  I've attached a copy of a document
where I copied a rather poor photo copy of an article about the death.

Where did you get the marriage info from.

I think that it may have been Huntley. She was the niece of Monsignor Walter
E. Cavanagh, who I think was in that area.  He died in 1938 and was buried
at St. Clare's Dwyer Hill.

Michael J. Gosson

-----Original Message-----
From: Al Lewis [mailto:ag.lewis@sympatico.ca]
Sent: February 26, 2003 5:35 PM
To: gosson@sympatico.ca
Subject: Re: marriages


Michael:

Scott, Mathew John
son of Scott, John and Carroll, Sarah
(farmers)
married on  7/18/1911
Gosson, Susan Eliz. Cath.
daughter of Gosson, Patrick and  Cavanagh, Elizabeth

This marriage may have occurred at St. Joseph's RC Church in Ottawa
although it is recorded at St. Michael's in Huntley.

There were no witnesses given (maybe in the original records of St.
Josephs?)

I believe that the 'home' parish of the Gossons, from about 1850, was St.
Philip's in
Richmond. Prior to that, there may be some at Notre Dame on Sussex.

... Al Lewis
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Thanks for the answer.  Indeed the "home church. was the St. Philip's from
the time they arrived until 1894 when the first generation died and the farm
between Richmond and Manotick was sold.  I've attached a copy of a document
where I copied a rather poor photo copy of an article about the death.

Where did you get the marriage info from. (St. Michael's, Corkery ... Al)

I think that it may have been Huntley. She was the niece of Monsignor Walter
E. Cavanagh, who I think was in that area.  He died in 1938 and was buried
at St. Clare's Dwyer Hill.

Michael J. Gosson
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I'm not sure where the following was published, but I have a similar copy of 
one from the Ottawa Citizen.

If you are out by St. Philip's, at the extreme corner of the grave yard
where the two roads meet is where they are buried.  The stone is in perfect
condition, it looks almost new.


Michael J. Gosson


Newspaper Article, November 1894, Richmond Ontario
Gone To Their Reward During the past week two old residents of North Gower township passed to their eternal reward, in the person of Mr. John Gosson and his wife, the former on Nov. 24 later but four days later, and deep sympathy will be felt with the bereaved family in the loss the have sustained. The shock was unusually severe; both being in accustomed good health and spirits until about six short days before their respective demise, the near approach of death was unheralded by an serious signs of sickness, and the double visitation of the grim reaper called forth the deepest expressions of regret upon all sides of the community where the deceased gentleman and lady were known. Sustained by ail the consolations of our holy religion, and with proper intention of their fullest facilities to the very last, they calmly breathed forth their souls a fitting termination to their useful and well spent lives. Mr. Gosson was a native of the Emerald Isle, born about 68 years ago at Kels in the County of Meath. With his father, Patrick Gosson, he crossed the ocean while yet a child, and made his home in Canada. Of the brothers he was the oldest and only one now remains, Patrick who lives in Sioux City Iowa, USA; the other Joseph died some few years ago. One of the earliest pioneers of North Gower, he toiled patiently from his earliest youth, and changed a forest wild into a comfortable home and prosperous farm. Deceased was a typical Celt in his genial manners and his devotion to the faith, his country, his family and his friends. He was an ardent Catholic, but ever tolerant towards those other religious persuasions, and in the field of education his views were alike, intelligent and firm. In politics he was a Liberal, and the owes him much for his earnest efforts in all its contests for many years. He was one of Carleton County’s delegates to the ____t convention of the party two years ago in Ottawa. A more interesting and intelligent conversationalist it would be hard to find . He was versed in history, politics and literature to a surprising extent when you consider how circum scribed were his means of acquiring knowledge. He was a notable example of what energy and good heart can do towards advancing a man. His remains were buried in the family burying ground at Richmond on Monday, Nov. 26th, the funeral being largely attended. Akin to a common saying, the remark that sorrow seldom comes unattended, will here apply with uncommon force. Mrs. Gosson passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28th. Grief of her husbands death, combined with a general indisposition to bring on an attack of heart failure, to which dangerous sickness she had been for some years s ubject. She was a daughter of Patrick Maguire, a soldier in a cavalry regiment, and who had served at Waterloo, Quatre Bras, and other historic struggles. She had two brothers, one, Thomas, who preceded her to the grave some years , another John who at present resides at Milwaukee. She was a kind mother possessed of an amiable and cheerful disposition which won her many friends. Her unostentatious piety and ceaseless industry cast a bright sunshine of peace around here earthly home, a figure of the eternal reward and future enjoyment of the Christian soul. She was in the 64th year of her life and leaves ten of a mourning family. The funeral irrespective of persons followed the remains to the side of the tomb, which had lately closed over her husband, on Friday Nov. 30th. May they both rest in peace. The leaves of the oak and the willow shall fade, Be scattered around and together be laid, The young and the old, the low and the high, Shall moulder to dust and together shall lie. Kings
Also posted on February 27, 2003: Research by Ellen Paul, from the records of St. Philip's RC Church, Richmond, Carleton County: 13 November 1854 Marriage of John Gosson, son of Patrick Gosson (deceased) and Bridget Cavanagh & Susan Maguire, daughter of Patrick Maguire and Jane Parnell, both of N. Gower. Present: James Maguire and Margaret Maguire. 8 September 1855 Baptism* of Patrick Joseph, born 23 August last. Name of parents: John Gossin and Susanah Maguire. The sponsors were James Maguire and Margaret Maguire. 15 March 1857 Baptism* of Mary Jane, born 19 February last. Name of parents: John Gosson and Susanna Maguire. The sponsors were Thomas Maguire and Mary Doyle. 15 April 1859 Baptism of Catharine, born 19 February last of the lawful marriage of John Gossin and Susan Maguire. The sponsors were John Maguire and Bridget Cavanagh. 11 November 1860 Baptism of Thomas James, born 18 October last of the lawful marriage of John Gossin, farmer, and Susan Maguire. The sponsors were Patrick Maguire and Ann Maguire. 19 June 1864 Baptism of Martha Ann, born 15 May last of the lawful marriage of John Gossin and Susan Maguire. The sponsors were Walter Cavanagh and Eliva Brennagh. 18 March 1866 Baptism of Margaret, born 18th February last of the lawful marriage of John Gossin and Elizabeth Maguire. The sponsors were William Callahan and Mary Callahan. 14 July Baptism 1867 of John, born 8 April last of the lawful marriage of John Gossin and Susan Maguire. The sponsors were Peter Cavanagh and Mary Myers. p. 92 A List of those confirmed by his Lordship, Bishop Duhamel Martha (John Gossin & Susan Maguire) 26 November 1894 Burial in the cemetery of this parish of John Gosson, aged 68 yrs., who died the 24th inst. 30 November 1894 Burial in the parish cemetery of Susan McGuire, aged 64 yrs., who died the 24th or the 28th inst., wife of John Gosson. * Indicates entry is found at the end of Volume 2 on pages with the heading "Depuis le 1er septembre 1853 jusqu'au 1er janvier 1855." Entries cover the years 1853 - 1857. A Branch of the Catholic Total Abstinence Society of Richmond commenced 1 May 1842 by the Revd. Terence Smith P.P. The whole of the names below enrolled belong to and attend the Richmond Church Patrick Goston Bridget Goston Thanks Ellen!!
March 3, 2003: The one that I would like to really find out more about is Colonel Patrick Maguire, 13 November 1854 Marriage of John Gosson, son of Patrick Gosson (deceased) and Bridget Cavanagh & Susan Maguire, daughter of Patrick Maguire and Jane Parnell, both of N. Gower. Present: James Maguire and Margaret Maguire. He fought in the Crimean War at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, was invalided to the Chelsea Military Hospital in London England, and then came to Canada, he kind of disappears after 1854 Michael J. Gosson
September 25, 2005: To Michael Gosson; John Gosson the son of Patrick was my great, great grandfather. His son Thomas moved to Cache Bay (west of North Bay, Ontario) and was my great grandfather. His children were John, Raymond, Anne, and I think Margaret. John was my grandfather. His children were Thomas, Terrence, Sheila and Margaret. I have later generations for this line. My sister Barb has a lot of genealogical information in much greater detail. Just thought I'd say hello. ... John
November 4, 2005: Hello all - enjoyed reading info regarding John Gosson and Susan McGuire. Not sure if your records agree but I show their children as: 1) Richard (Margaret Jane Emery) (this is my ancestor) 2) Jack (Sarah McNeely) (see photo, below, dated July 7, 2008) 3) Patrick (1- Betty Cavanagh, 2-Mary Ann Emery, sister of Margaret above) 4) Tom (Jane O'Brien) 5) Walter (died young - baby of family) 6) Martha (Thomas McEwen) 7) Catherine (James McEwen) 8) Winnifred (John Conley) 9) Margaret (Mac McKenna) 10) Susie Elizabeth (Patrick Cavanagh) 11) Mary (? Quinn) I have some descendents of a few of the above marriages as well. Hope to hear from you soon. Mary Quinn mmpquinn@gmail.com
February 2, 2006: Hi Mike ~ is there a cemetery transcription booklet for St. John's at Enniskerry? I do not have one and am trying to find the birth and death dates for Rita and Clyde Service. I assume they are buried there or possibly St Brigid's. Rita's mother was a Gosson and we are working on the tree. Can you let me know. Thanks. ... Mary Quinn ______________________ Hi Mary, Al, Yes Mary I have Cemetery books For St, Brigids , and St, John's , Rita and Clyde, are both buried in St, John's cemetery Rita's Mother was Mary McEvoy , daughter of Philip McEvoy and Mary Daley Rita died March 9, 2002, Clyde in 1991, Rita's Father was "John Harvey McEwen,"son of James McEwen, and Catherine Gosson, John Harvey's first wife was Mary Laplante, [ no children], Mary McEvoy , first husband, Rolland Cleland, [no children]. ... Michael Daley
February 5, 2006: Re Mary Gosson Kelsey Attached is the typed version of the document she wrote. It is rambling in some parts and repetitive but she wrote it at the age of 79 years and I'm glad she did. I have some other interesting tidbits from her life story as well that were written by her son which I'll try to send you later. ... Mary Quinn
May 30, 2006: Hello Al and Mary, Mary, the letter that you posted (see link above) by Mary Gosson Kelsey was an incredible read. The Grandmother of the author (Catherine Kelsey) is my 2nd great grandmother (making MGK my 1st cousin twice removed - if I have done my calculations right). The amount of social history in the letter is truly a treasure and the smattering of 'facts' is the icing. I did notice that you, Mary, had made a few assumptions in your opening paragraph. I have been working on the Cavanagh History for a few years now and have some information that will clarify and expand on the background of MGK's Grandparents. William Cavanagh was not Irish by birth. The was born in Goulbourn about 1826 (using census records, his age on his grave marker (at St. Clare's in Dwyer Hill) and in his obituary (transcription attached). William was the 2nd son of Peter Cavanagh and Elizabeth Jeffries. Peter came to Canada with the British military and got a land grant in Goulbourn as part of the 99th. According to his military papers, Peter was from Co. Meath. It has been a question of mine on how William and Catherine met, perhaps he was travelling to Ireland to see his father's kin and returned on the same ship as Catherine accidentally came over on? William is the land owner shown in the Beldon Atlas for Carleton County (Concession 5, lot 8 - Goulbourn), the same farm on which I grew up. Catherine Kelsey originally came from Kilmeedy, Co. Limerick Ireland (see William's obituary) and married William on January 15th, 1855 at St. Phillip's RC church in Richmond. It should be noted that in the church records, her last name is listed as 'Kells'. She is buried at St. Clare's as well (her grave marker records her as Catherine Kelsy!). She shares her tombstone with her husband (Wm. Sr.) and her 3 children who died before she did - Her daughter Hannah and two sons - William (died in 1885 aged 22) and Alfred (I think he was also known as Leo). Mary, in your research, have you come across any other letters, documents of photos that tie into the Cavanagh line as well? Al, please feel free to post any of this information where your think it might fit on the web site. Larry Cavanagh cigale01@yahoo.ca
September 4, 2006: Here is the obituary of William Cavanagh, as submitted by Larry Cavanagh.
February 21, 2007: Thought you would like to see this picture. These McNeely sisters were raised in Manotick. Maggie and Sarah married two Gosson brothers - Richard and John. Maggie McNeely and Richard Gosson had seven daughters: Kathleen, Loretta (Grannie), Irene, Winnie, Lillian, Molly and Monica. Also Colleen - Mrs. Sam Walters is Joan (McKenna) McEvoy's grandmother - this is how we are related to them. Mary McNeely Sisters
July 7, 2008:
Photo of Jack Gosson and Sarah McNeely (Thanks to Joy Watson for the picture) Jack Gosson and Sarah McNeely

New July 2, 2014: Mary Quinn has written a very complete family history of the Gosson (and related) families.
The Gosson family Book -- from County Meath, Ireland to Eastern Ontario, Canada
This book will be added to the Library of the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society next week. Or contact Mary by E-mail for further information.

E-mail Michael Gosson, Ellen Paul, John Gosson, Mary Quinn, Michael Daley, Larry Cavanagh, Robert Sample, Joy Watson and Al Lewis

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