James DUFFY and Mary Ann WOODBURN
also William Arthur DUFFEY
and Alexander Smith WOODBURN, editor of the Ottawa Free Press
THANKS FOR THE WEBSITE I JUST LOCATED!!! IT'S GREAT...I WAS ABLE TO LOCATE MY
THIS IS THE FAMILY I AM LOOKING FOR...HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANY RECORDS
FOR THEIR 20 YEARS IN CARLETON COUNTY THO...
JAMES AND MARY ANN (WOODBURN) DUFFY, BOTH B. IN IRELAND (JAMES IN DONEGAL;
MARY ANN IN DERRY).
THEIR CHILDREN: ISAAC S., B. 6/6/1847; AUGUSTUS B. 2/2/1849; ALEXANDER MAYNE
B. 2/14/1852; JAMES WOODBURN, B. 4/5/1853; WILLIAM KNOX, B. 10/2/1854; AND
FREDERICK H., B. 6/24/1863. RECORDS IN THE USA SAY THEY WERE B. IN CANADA EAST (Quebec);
ONE SAYS "AUTI" ONTARIO, CANADA.
CAN YOU HELP IN ANY WAY...I DESPERATELY NEED TO FIND INFO ABOUT WHEREABOUTS
IN DONEGAL JAMES WAS FROM OR NAMES OF HIS PARENTS.
I BELIEVE JAMES AND MARY WERE MARRIED IN 1846, BUT DO NOT KNOW IF IN CANADA OR IN Ireland
KAREN DUFFY MCPHERSON
REYNOLDSBURG, OHIO, AND THE PROUD COUNTRY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
March 10, 2004:
Well, I have been searching the Duffy / Duffey line for a couple of years now and
oddly enough, came across gravesites in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa Ontario
(what could be yours). I was trying to track down my grandfather's side, William Arthur
Duffy (changed to Duffey). He is buried at Beechwood and I plan on visiting this summer.
I am attaching the files that I obtained from OCFA (Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid. I hope
you can open it. If you contact the cemetery, sometimes they have quite a bit of background
information on the people interred there.
January 10, 2006:
Hi Al, Michele and Karen,
Is your Mary Ann Woodburn the daughter of James Woodburn and Martha Mayne of
Garvagh, County Derry?
They emigrated to Aylmer, Canada East ( now part of Gatineau, Quebec) in 1843 and
moved the next year to Gloucester Township ( now part of the city of Ottawa) as part of
the second wave of Irish immigrants to the township, settling on Lot 19 Concession 3
Ottawa Front. They had nine children when they emigrated and a 10th was born in
Gloucester in 1845.
I am not related to this family but I frequently run across info about them because
they were near neighbours to my ancestors and were very active in community affairs.
If you like I'll pass along whatever I come upon in the future.
Al, one of the sons of James and Mary Ann was A S Woodburn who was for a time an owner and publisher of the Ottawa Free Press.
One of the daughters, Elizabeth married a Phair ( I'm not sure which one) and after
he died she married the Richard Allen who is on the list of the early settlers on
the Ottawa Front.
Hope this helps
March 23, 2007:
I wanted to update you on what has been going on. Karen & I met here
in Ohio and shared old photos and stories. It is very amazing
to me that we live so close after all the generations that separated us.
We have not had much luck locating James Duffy’s birth records in Ireland,
but Karen recently uncovered a fond at the National Archives of Canada that
is quite interesting concerning ALEXANDER SMITH WOODBURN. Woodburn was
also born in Northern Ireland. He was one of the founders of the Ottawa
Field Battery and served as secretary-treasurer of the Ottawa-Carleton
Exhibition Association. He founded the Ottawa Evening Journal, the Irish
Protestant Benevolent Society, and lots more. Thanks Karen!
Michele Duffy Martin
September 3, 2011:
Well, all these years have gone by and I am still trying to track down the Duffy Family in Ireland.
I have found that James Duffy was (very likely) the brother of both Eliza Duffy (who married William McVey, Daniel Thompson)
b. 1816 in Ireland, and Mary Duffy (who married to Andrew Cochrane) b. 1820 Ireland.
Evidence is circumstantial - both James and Mary were sponsors for the 1840 baptism of ELiza's first child,
and were witnesses at Eliza Duffy (McVey's) 1853 re-marriage to Daniel Thompson in Bytown (after her
first husband William McVey's early death in 1850).
This was from Daphne’s Forum email in July 2011 on Ancestry.com.
It makes sense because one of the sons of Mary Anne and James Duffy were named Andrew Cochran Duffy, b. 1860. I believe
that Mary Anne died shortly after his birth.
I also found out that they were married June 16, 1846 in Ottawa, Ontario and that there was a total of 7 sons. Mary Anne’s
family had settled in Aylmer, Quebec, and in Ottawa later.
"This sixteenth day of June one thousand eight hundred and forty-six, James Duffy of Bytown, Bachelor and Shoemaker,
and Marianne Woodburn of the same place, Spinster, were married by me under authority of the governor general's licence.
Witnesses: Elisabeth Woodburn and C.E. Ed------ (indecipherable).".
I still have not confirmed that James Duffy was born about 1823 in Donegal, Ireland, or that he died on December 12,
1890, aged about 67, in Pittsburgh, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada.
I would love any more information, should you come across any.
... Michele Martin
September 7, 2011:
Thanks to Sue or the following in-depth research of James Duffy and his family:
The James Duffy who was married to Mary Ann Woodburn can be found with wife and 4 children in the 1870 Cuyahoga Falls,
Summitt county, Ohio, USA census. In the 1870 census, he is 43 and a shoemaker. In the 1880 census, same place,
Mary Ann (as Marian) is still married but no James (because James is in the Cleveland census in an asylum suffering from mania.
He is 53 and is a shoemaker). By the 1900 census, he is back home and says that he was born in Ireland in March of 1827 and
aged 73 (so matches all his previous years of birth given in the censuses of 1827). Mary says she was born in July of 1832
in Ireland. Interestingly, Isaac says he came to the States in 1880 which would explain why he wasn't in the 1870 census
with his parents. Frederick says he emigrated in 1864 to the USA. James and Mary Ann seem confused as they say they emigrated
to the US in 1850 but have only been in the US 36 years (which = 1864). They also say they have been married 50 years
and have had 6 children, all surviving.
Son Augustus died June 2, 1902 and father James died July 2, 1905 in Cuyahoga Falls, Summitt 9, county, Ohio at age 73.
This from the Ohio death records on the LDS site. Mary Ann died May 28, 1912 and Isaac died feb 20, 1917. There is a
plaque for James and Mary and sons Isaac and Frederick in the Oakwood cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit county, Ohio
(which is logical, for that is where they lived from 1864 until their deaths - except for Isaac).
It would then seem logical that they should be in both the 1851/1852 and 1861 censuses in Canada. The boys say they
were born in "Canada E", so Quebec. Although, in the 1881 Wellington Ward, Ottawa, Ontario census, Isaac S. Duffey,
printer, says he is a Methodist and born in Ontario. He obviously leaves for Ohio shortly after this census.
The following information comes from the online Ohio Death Registration available at the LDS site:
Frederick Duffy died August 2, 1935 in Summit county, Ohio and his Ohio death registration says he was born in Ottawa
July 6, 1867. However as his family and Frederick himself seem to think that they came to Ohio in 1864 and that
he was aged 12 in the 1870 census, whoever gave the information re his birth was clearly misinformed. He was divorced.
Isaac S. Duffy was born June 16, 1847 in Ontario and died in Cuyahoga Falls on Feb 20, 1917. He was single.
Mary A. Duffy was born July 20, 1829 in Garvah (Garvagh), Ireland, a a daughter of James Woodburn of County Colerain,
Ireland and Martha Woodburn of Garvah, Ireland. She died May 29, 1912 in Cuyahoga Falls.
(Garvagh is a town in County Londonderry). The informant was her oldest son Isaac.
April 21, 2012:
I have changed my email since we emailed a long time ago. I wanted to give you the correct address in case you find any further
information on my Duffy family.
My correct email is: firstname.lastname@example.org (incorporated in the list below ... Al)
The following is an excerpt from the book The Hub and The Spokes, by Anson Gard, page 354.
E-mail Karen Duffy McPherson, Michele Duffey, Allen Craig, Sue and Al Lewis
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