John DOWNEY, Up from County Down, Ireland, to the Ottawa Valley
and his wife, Jane SMITH

January 4, 2002:
HELLO AL THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS SITE. I WONDERED IF YOU COULD
DIRECT ME TO ANY INFORMATION ON THE DOWNEY'S FROM THE SHEENBORO AREA. MY
GG GRANDFATHER  JOHN EMIGRATED FROM DOWNPATRICK, COUNTY DOWN. HE WAS BORN
IN 1795. HE MARRIED JANE SMITH AND THEY HAD 10 OR 11 CHILDREN. ONE WAS
JOHN , MY G GRANDFATHER WHO MARRIED 3 DIFFERENT TIMES AND HAD 26 OR 27
CHILDREN. I HAVE SOME BASIC INFORMATION BUT WOULD LIKE TO GET A LITTLE
MORE DETAIL AND TRY TO TRACK THEM BACK TO IRELAND. HOPE YOU CAN HELP.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.   SINCERELY WILLIAM J. DOWNEY
April 8, 2002: I have been researching my family history in the Ottawa Valley. John Downey from Ireland married Jane Smith in Bytown in 1825. He was my great great grandfather. His son John Jr., was one of ten children & was my great grandfather. His son Lorne was my grandfather. I have made other contacts in British Columbia & Quebec with Downey's interested. Email address is moedowney@rogers.com Maurice Downey ------------ Hi William: John Downey Jr., was my great grandfather too. His son Lorne was my grandfather. I have some information through the archives in Ottawa but like you I don't know how he came to Canada or exactly when. I don't know either what happened to his two brothers. I'm sending this email to two Downeys I found on the internet. One is Bob from BC & the other is Brian from Quebec (Hull). Bob's great grandfather was John Jr.'s brother - Patrick (both sons of John's from Ireland). Brian's great grandfather is the same as ours also & his grandfather's name was Patrick, my grandfather's half brother. Hope to hear from you. I found a web site www.mrcpontiac.qc.ca/archivesmrc/1847.htm you might find interesting. Maurice Downey -------------- April 10, 2002: My great grandfather John Downey's first wife Ellen Tallon died and he married Ellen Brennan in 1872 and had four children named Martha- Jane 1872, Patrick1874, Christopher 1877,and Clara-Mary Downey, 1879. I'm not sure about her connection to your's but Brennans are still present in Sheenboro Quebec neighbours still to the Downey farm originally started by John of Ireland and owned by Leo (see obituary below, posted on March 24, 2010) today. also on April 10, 2002: Hi William and Al: The following information re John Downey and family was obtained from microfilm No.c1132 showing the census records of Sheen Township, where Fort William is located. For those interested in pursuing studies in genealogy ,you may obtain such material from the national archives in Ottawa. Perhaps you will be as surprised as I to learn that the enumerator for this report was the great great grandfather himself In spite of the fact that he has himself down as owning 800 acres of land and details of the farm ,he has himself down as labourer, whereas he classifies others owning land as farmers. Here is the account: Name (status)Occupaton Place of Birth Age House John Downey M Labourer Ireland 56 Log Jane Downey F Housewife Ireland 49 Michael M Bytown 25 Edward M Bytown 23 John Jr M Goulborn 21 Thomas M Goulborn 19 Patrick M Sheen 14 Richard M Sheen 12 Hugh M " 9 Nancy F " 17 Jane F " 15 Catherine F " Agricultural Census John Downey...Concession 2 Held by each member of the Lot 25 family 800 acres Under cultivation 80 acres ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Under crops Pasture Woodland Wild 70 10 720 Wheat Peas Oats Indian corn Potatoes Hay Wool 10ac. 5ac 12ac 2ac 3ac 25tons 301lb. 10ac. 5ac. 12ac. 2ac 3ac 25tons Bulls,Oxen,Steers Cows(milk) Horses Calves Pigs 6 10 4 2 9 I (John's signature) enumerator of enumeration division------? of the Township of Sheen in the county of Ottawa maketh Oath and with that the sheets hereunto annexed marked Personal Census 1 to 5 consecutively, and agricultural cencus contain the full and particular enumeration of the said district Township and that the same was diligently and faithfully taken by him in accordance with the instructions that he received touching the same and that to the best of his belief the said return is correct and true. Sworn before me at Aylmer this 6th day of Feb.1852 (officials signature) (John sr's) enumerator The enumerator having now brought the duties required of him to a close to the best of his ability, it only remains for him to advise that there are two creeks in the township which at certian times of the year furnish enough water for two moderate sized grist mills. The land is light and sandy and when the marketable timber is cut and taken away it is the opinion of the enumerator that the present selling price...........? shillings, is more than its net value. There followed in the record names we have heard spoken Andrew and Jane Keon, Kelly, Hayes , Sullivan, Berrigan Donnelly and This research was done by a great granddaughter, Bernadette Downey, Sister Gabriella C.S.J.(daughter of Patrick Downey),son of Michael , son of John , for the benefit of her nieces and nephews in the hopes that they will carry on the study for the benefit of their decendants. The following information was provided by Mrs. Sheila (McMahon) (Follis)in reply to a request to her father John J. McMahon,of Sheenboro at the time for information on the family of John jr. Record of the family of John Downey( ll ) born 1830, son of John Downey Sr. and Jane Smith both of whom were born in Ireland. John Jr was married to Ellen Tallon June 16 1856 she died May 10 1868 Children Mary born April 22 1857 Thomas " May 25 1858 John " Sept 4 1860 Ellen " Feb 13 1862 Michael " May 1 1864 Hugh " April 13 1866 James " May 6 1868 Second family: Married Ellen Brennan Jan 1872 she died April 20? Children Martha-Jane Sept 20, 1872 Patrick Nov 25 1874 Christopher Dec 21 1877 Clara- Mary May 18 1879 Third family: Married Johanna Holden in 1880 Chidren Hugh Jan 17 1881 Alexander Dec 27 1884 Stella June 14 1883 Simon Dec 13 1885 Ida-Mary Nov 23 1887 Joseph-Lawrence Nov ? 1889 Sylvester Dec 15 1892 Leslie Oct 25 1893 Martin 1897 Cecilie Mar 3 1897 Anna Feb 5 1898 Wilbert Dec 9 1899 Lorraine Mar 10 1903 That's it. Hope any of my Downey family and others find this of some help and thanks to those who researched it.Passing it along was the easy part. Till later, Maurice Downey Jr (Moe), son of Maurice Sr,son of Lawrence-Joseph( Lorne), son of John Jr, son of John of Ireland.
April 14, 2002: Hi everyone. I was wondering if anybody can shed light on a couple of things.According to the (Flax Grants) of 1796,there is a listing for County Down a John ,James and Patrick Downey. Does anyone know anything about this document or list as I have had no luck. These names are the names I have always heard as being brothers but have no real proof. A Tim Houlihan states in a messageboard posting (which is free for all to read and post) that in( Crosses And Shamrocks) John came to Canada with two brothers, landed at Quebec City, separated and went their own way,one to the west....other to southern Ont. John went to Bytown ,met and married Jane Smith and had two children and moved to Goulbourn. They had two more children left Goulbourn and went up the Ottawa to what is now called Downey's Bay. John built a shanty on the shore spent the first winter there and then moved inland beside which is now called Downey Lake where his grant of 800 acres was located. I would like to contact Tim Houlihan. Any help with (FLAX GRANTS), (CROSSES AND SHAMROCKS)and proof of Johns two brothers names so I can begin their search would be greatly appreciated.....thanks Moe Downey
November 8, 2002: I know of a Mrs. Meehan (nee Brennan) in Sheenboro, Que. She is a descendant and she may be able to help you. I am also a descendant of John Downey and Jane Smith. Jane Downey m James Tallon and they are my gg grandparents. I have some other names but no dates for births, marriages, etc. Hope this helps. Zita (Tait) Valliquette November 19, 2005: New E-mail address for Zita: valliz@sympatico.ca
January 2, 2003: Have been searching Smith family from Sheenboro. Jane Smith married a Downey. Interested in Jane Smith parents. I am searching Owen Smith and Mary McAndrew from Sheenboro. Email mjsmith@sympatico.ca or Smith/McAndrew site on "Bytown or Bust" Any help so greatly appreciated. I may have pictures of the Downey headstone in Sheenboro. Almost sure have headstone when 5 brothers drowned at Christmas. ... Merle Smith Note: There is another Downey/McAndrew connection on the William Downey page. ... Al
January 26, 2003: Mr. Lewis I have recently started my genealogy research on my Downey family line. From information that I have collected I have read that our roots here in America started with a John Downey who immigrated to Ottawa Canada from Ireland. I am trying to find the link that ties him to the Downeys in Virginia. My email address is: kamakahukilani@hotmail.com I am hoping you could add me to your Bytown or Bust website. Thank-You Barbara
February 6, 2003: Hello I was wondering if anyone would talk with me about the Johanna connection? Thanks, Kerry Kennedy Butler
March 24, 2010:
Obituary for Mr. Joseph Leo Downey Ottawa Citizen, March 23, 2010 Obituary for Joseph Leo Downey, March 23, 2010

September 17, 2010: Hi Al: Maurice Downey here. I have changed my email to moedowney@rogers.com . Could you change it on the site? I have some photos of Downey’s from Sheen I would like to send. One is of Johanna Holden Downey of interest to Kerry Kennedy Butler. __________________________ Moe: Thanks for letting me know. I've changed it in the list of names, below. ... Al
New October 25, 2010: Hi All, This is a picture of Johanna Holden Downey – John II, third wife. Behind her you can see Downey Lake & Manny Lake, Sheenboro, Quebec. She was mother to Hugh, Alexander, Stella, Simon, Ida Mary, Joseph, Sylvester, Leslie, Lorne (my grandfather), Martin, Cecilie, Anna, Wilbert, Lorrain. ... Moe Downey
Johanna Holden Downey, Sheenboro, Quebec, Downey Lake

E-mail Barbara, William Downey, Maurice Downey, Zita Valliquette, Merle Smith, Kerry Kennedy Butler and Al Lewis

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