Patrick McKNIGHT and Mary Anne LYNUM
I just recently found your site, and would like to add some info to it.
My McKnight's came to Ottawa in the 1850's, I will add more soon. What information do
you use, I have some birth, death, marriage and even a prison record. Do you use a
special format to post or could I just e-mail the information.
How would I contact a person who has posted some info?
Their url is www.bytown.net/molamphy.htm
They may have a family connection with the Molamphy/McKnight families. You may
foward my e-mail address if needed.
Thanks for your e-mail regarding the McKnight family. I'm glad you wrote - I keep
coming across the surname McKnight but so far have almost nothing about the family on
my Web Site.
There's good news and bad news. The bad news is that the first part of the Molamphy
page (the scanned picture of John Murray Molamphy and related text) was uploaded by
me from a book on pioneer families in Pennsylvania. This book is on the Internet, but
unfortunately I can't locate it but will try again later.
The good news is that the remaining info on my web page came from Mr. Michael Daley who
I believe is related to the Molamphys, Keoughs and possibly the McKnights. He lives in
Osgoode Township (now part of the City of Ottawa) and is a wealth of information.
He can be reached by e-mail through the historical society of Osgoode at firstname.lastname@example.org,
attention Michael Daley.
If you live in the Ottawa area, I could give you his phone number. He has some early
pictures and stories.
Anything you can send me (in e-mail format or Family Tree Maker format) would be
appreciated. I'm trying to get some info and contacts on all the early Irish families in
the Ottawa area and there seems to have been quite a few McNights. (I think we're all
related over time!).
Glad to hear from you so soon. My father and I wrote a book (unpublished) about the
McKnight family. The information is accurate (as far as I know). I will try to send it
as an attachment on MSWORKS. If neccessary I can send an overview. I used to have a
decendant chart on file, but that was lost on the last time my computer was crashed.
I haven't had the time to retype it. The McKnight's lived in Ottawa from the 1850's
to the 1950's My great-grandmother and step-great grandfather along with all of her
six children and their families all moved to Hamilton to find work. And all of them
and their families still lived in the Hamilton area. I will send an e-mail to Michael
THE MCKNIGHT FAMILY
by Shannon McKnight
"Yesterday a man named Patrick McKnight was under the Summary Conviction Act was
brought before His Honour Judge Armstrong charged with stealing some fowl and a bag
of buckwheat flour from a farmer residing in Gloushire. The evidence against him was
plain. He was in position of the articles trying to sell them and afterwards admitted
to Detective O’Neil that he had stolen them. His Honour after hearing the evidence
against him and later making inquires into the mans general character sentenced him to
two years hard labour in the Penitentiary. We hope the severity of the sentence will
be with effect to other parties residing in the Townships not over burdened with work
and expecting of getting their poultry for free. If caught they can expect room and
board at the public expenses. They will probably get less poultry for dinner"
Ottawa Citizen February 25, 1870.
Patrick McKnight Prison Number 7454- Kingston Penitentiary
Height: 5 ft, 5 in.
Fair skin, blue eyes, brown hair
married with 3 children
Place of birth: Ireland 1840
Roman Catholic Date of Release: December 7, 1871
Patrick McKnight was the first McKnight known to immigrate to Canada. His parents’
names were Daniel McKnight and Margaret Cleary. It is not known if he had any
brothers or sisters although large families were common in Irish families. Research
indicates that most likely he was born in Kilveen in County Monaghan in Ireland. The
Great Irish Famine (1845-1850) affected County Monaghan more than any other part of
Ireland. It is suspected that Patrick came to Canada either alone or with the Cleary
family. There is no known information available to believe that Daniel or Margaret
ever immigrated from Ireland.
Patrick settled in Ottawa, Ontario Canada and when he was twenty-two married
Mary Anne Lynum in 1861. Mary Anne’s family was from the village of St.Catherine in
the Province of Quebec. Her mother’s name was Jane Lynum and according to the 1871
Ontario Census Jane was a widow with four children all of which were born in Quebec.
It is an interesting fact that there was a large Irish population who came from County
Monaghan to St. Catherine in Quebec. The Cleary’s among the immigrants. The Ottawa that
Pat and Mary settled in was a collection of wooden shacks along streets of mud with water
delivered by horse and wagon. Pat supported his family by working in the lumber trade,
which now in 1862 they had a daughter named Ellen. Two years later in 1864 another
daughter was born who was named Catherine. In 1869 a son was born who they named James
Patrick who’s descendants are the McKnight’s this history is about.
In 1870, things took a turn for the worse for the couple. Pat was unemployed and robbed
a farmer. He took a sack of flour and some chickens and tried to sell them, but was
caught. Sentenced to hard labour he was removed from Mary and the children and sent to
prison until December 7, 1871. Mary and the 3 children went to live at her mother’s home.
Jane Lynum’s home was crowded, living there at the time was Mary’s brothers Edward,
his wife and children, William with his wife and children and Mary’s sister Julia Ann.
It is interesting to note that when the census taker in 1871 came to the house he asked
Mary is she had a husband, Mary being ashamed replied "My husband is not in county" Those
words are written in the Ontario Census of 1871. Christmas of 1871 must have been very
happy for Mary and her children. Pat was released from prison and came home in December.
Another daughter was born in 1873, which they named Annie. A second son was born in
1875, they named him William. Two other daughters followed, Bridgett Agnes in 1877
and Francis in 1881.
Note: I think that Jane Lynum's husband was Edward Lynum who farmed in Gloucester Twp.
and was born in Ireland in 1817 ... Al
The next we hear of the family is in 1879. The city directory of Ottawa shows that
Pat and his family was living on the west side of Preston street in the Village of
Rochester, a small town soon to be part of Ottawa. Of interest that living with them
was a Fred McKnight, a bricklayer. He may have been a relative. Patrick was recorded
as a labourer. The McKnight family was still on Preston street in 1896. The Tax Roll
records that Pat owned Lot #1541. It was 50 feet by 100 feet and value of the land was
$125 and house $50. The property was located on the west side of Preston street, where
Lawrence street intersects.
In 1922 Pat fell ill with cancer and sent to St. Vincent’s Hospital a home for terminal
cancer patients. Pat and Mary had been married for sixty-three years when he died in 1925.
The funeral was held in St. Mary’s Church on Young street. The church record records "That
on the twenty fifth day of July in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and
twenty five we the undersigned pastor performed the funeral service over the body of
Patrick McKnight, husband of Mary-Ann Lynam, of this parish whose death took place in
St. Vincent’s Hospital, Ottawa, on the twenty fourth inst. at the age of eighty-six years.
The witnesses present were James McKnight, John Quinn, and Clarence Gilcrest.
Signed J.T. Brownrigg P.P." Patrick was buried in the Notre Dame Cemetery. Mary died
in August of that same year.
In 1937, they were both disinterred along with other persons who could not afford graves.
Their graves were sold and moved to the Common Ground. No markers are on their graves.
The first of the children to get married was Ellen. She married Edward Woods at St.
Patrick’s Church on October, 1883. Later that month on October 30, Catherine married
Charles Cheney. (Groom was Protestant, Bride was Catholic) Annie married John Little
on September 11, 1892 at St.Patrick’s Church. William married Mary Cook on August 16, 1894.
They had three known children, one was named Agnes who died at the age of one on
July 19, 1897. The church record shows that the witness to the funeral was William’s
brother James. Sadly six months later on March 10,1898 James’s son James Daniel died
at the age of four. The church record at St. Patrick’s reads that William was the
witness, for some unknown reason signed the record "Willy". Francis married James
Derion / Dorion on October 1, 1899. There is no record that Bridgett ever married.
James Patrick married Hannah Brown on July 9, 1888.
JAMES PATRICK MCKNIGHT AND HANNAH BROWN
James Patrick married Hannah Brown at St. Mary’s Church in Ottawa on July 9, 1888.
The priest who performed the service was Father Whelan. The best man was William Little
and the maid of honour was Annie Brown, Hannah’s sister. It must have been hard for the
both of them, because of not only the fact that Hannah was 8 months pregnant at the time
of the marriage, she was also Protestant. She married into an Irish Catholic family, she
later converted to Catholicism. Older descendants who remember them have said that they
were very much in love. Hannah used to watch for James coming home from work every day
with boards tied to his bicycle, which he used to repair his home.
James was a labourer at Davidson’s Lumberyard, where he worked until he retired. About a
month after the wedding a son was born on August 8, 1888 in Whitby Ontario, which they
named William John. Five years later on March 10, 1893 another son was born who they
named James Daniel. James and Hannah lost him on March 10,1898. Their daughter Violet
was born in 1902 and baptized at St. Mary’s Church, the register shows that her godfather
was her uncle William. Two more daughters followed, Murial in 1904 and Florence in 1907.
James and Hannah lived all their married life in the Preston and Booth street area of
Ottawa until James died on March 4, 1937. Again the funeral took place at St. Mary’s
Church and Father Brownrigg performed the service. The church records that the witnesses
was his son William John and George Lacy. James Patrick McKnight was buried in Notre
Dame Cemetery in Ottawa.
Being Irish, the McKnight family had a wake, at the time it was the custom that the
deceased would be laid out in the parlour of his home for viewing. Friends and family
would then pay their respects and refreshments would be served. His grandsons Allen
and George along with their cousin George Lacy remember that James’s brother William
knocked the casket over and James rolled onto the floor. A panic occurred and the
undertakers The McKenzie Brothers’ had to be called to place James back in his casket.
After forty-nine years with James, Hannah was alone. It was the time of the Great
Depression and because of an unpaid grocery bill Hannah was evicted from her home.
Hannah moved in with her daughter Violet on Booth street until she died in 1951. The
family buried her in the same grave as James in order for them to be together.
William John, the first of their children married Lillian Maitland in 1915. Violet
married George Lacy and had six children. They later moved to Hamilton, Ontario where
Violet died a horrible death. In 1973, Violet fell asleep in a chair while smoking and
burned to death. George passed away a few years later and both are buried in Hamilton.
Murial married Allen Carol, they later divorced and Murial married a Mr. Verdun and
moved to Montreal. Florence married Richard Olsen, they had four children, and lived
in Ottawa Ontario.
WILLIAM JOHN McKNIGHT AND LILLIAN MAITLAND
William John McKnight was born in Whitby Ontario on August 8, 1888. His children
have described him as a small man with big shoulders and arms from slinging lumber
at Davidsons’ Lumberyard where he worked. In 1915 he met Lillian Maitland (see story
of Agnes Sullivan) and they married at St. Mary’s church in Ottawa. The family lived
around the Preston and Carling street areas of Ottawa. John as he was called and
Lillian had six children. Margaret born Feruary 19, 1916, George born December 6, 1921,
William Allen born August 5, 1925, Francis Murial born March 4, 1928, James Edward born
June 16, 1933 and Gerald born in 1937. All the children were baptized at St.Mary’s church.
John was not a religious person, that part was left to Lillian who was very religious.
One Christmas the family went to Midnight Mass, John discovered that the Priest was
selling the good seats to people who could afford them. John along with friend Edward
Woods walked out in the middle of Mass, creating a disturbance as the left. On Sundays
when Lillian took the children to church he went over to his mother Hannah’s house for tea.
During the Depression 19??-19?? when families were being evicted onto the streets, John
and the other men who lived in the area would all run over to the family who was being
evicted, surround the house, link arms and not allow the bank and the police to go in and
put the family out. John was battling Kidney disease all of his life and on March 29, 1941
he died at the age of 52. John was buried along with his mother Hannah and father James
Patrick in Notre Dame Cemetery in Ottawa. His grandson William Allen Earnest McKnight
visited the grave in 1984 and when he revisited the grave in 1997 the marker was destroyed.
After John’s death Lillian married Thomas Hawthorne, a family friend. It is interesting that
Tommy was the person who introduced Lillian to John years earlier. They eventually moved
with Lillian’s children James and Gerald to Hamilton, Ontario, where Tommy got work in the
Steel Company of Canada. Tommy later took part in the Steel Strike of 1946 on the side of
the Union. Tommy passed away in 1981, and Lillian in 1984, both are buried in White Chapel
Cemetery in Hamilton.
Their oldest child Margaret married George Shields in Ottawa. They had seven children
Ronny, Robert, Heather, Victoria, Colleen, Jerry, Natalie. The family lives in the
Hamilton Ontario area. George married Lena Concordia in Ottawa, and had two children
Billy and Donna (1949-2000). The family lives in Hamilton where George died in 1997
and Lena died in 1993. They are buried in Woodland Cemetery in Hamilton.
Francis married Garnet Stratford in Ottawa and had five children Linda, Wayne, Rodney,
Deborah and Cindy (1960-1973). Both Francis (1988) and Garnet passed away in Hamilton
and are buried in Woodland Cemetery. William Allen married Geraldine Boicey and had
six children William Allen, David, Ken, John, Ted and Elizabeth. All live in the Hamilton
area. James married Patricia Pollit in Hamilton and had six children, James Jr., Robert,
Cheryl, Penny, William, Brian. James died in 1995 and is buried in White Chapel Cemetery
in Hamilton. The family lives in the Hamilton area. Gerald married Gladys Beattie and had
two children Jason and Kevin. They live in the Hamilton area.
ALLEN MCKNIGHT AND GERALDINE BOICEY
SAVAGE FIGHTING ALONG THE FRONT
"Breaking out of the Kusten Canal Bridge Head Number 2 Sqn. of the Governor General
Foot Guards of Ottawa. Under the command of Captain Clive Conlon lead the Regiments
advance North towards Bad Zwischenahn West of Oldenburg forcing the fight in the face
of heavy motor fire and flack guns used in a ground support role Lieutenant Peter Collins
and his troop along with Baker Company of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment advanced 3, 000
yards the first day. Here a troop under the command of Lieutenant Leslie passed through
and pushed on another 2,000 yards reaching their objective. Under the cover of darkness
German Machine-gun fire was heavy in this sector and the tanks were severely handicapped
by the fact that the roads were cratered having been blown by Sea-Mines and to deploy was
impossible. Lieuntenant John Heywood moved forward with Dog Company of the Lincoln and
Welland moved forward to their objective under savage resistance by German Infantry backed
by Tiger Tanks and paved the way for the taking of the high ground at Spechen. Here
number 2 Sqn. with the Infantry in support held this important feature in the face of
It was in this phase of the fighting that number 3 Sqn. under the command of Captain
Chester McKergow passed through and took up positions immediately south of the town of
BadZwischenahn and under the worst weather conditions held this important point cutting
the east-west road to Oldenburg. Number 1 Sqn. Commanded by Captain Floyd Henery with
the Algonquins in support moved due east to Oldenburg south of the town of Rastede while
number 2 Sqn pushed right into the town itself. Number 3 Sqn. then passed through the
outer defenses engaged German Paratroops and Tiger Tanks.
Then the big news came over the radio CEASE-FIRE. It was announced by the Commander
Officer Lt.Col. E.M. Smith that operations would cease at 0800 Hours on May 5, 1945.
Thus bringing a close to a Campaign that started back in France and ended at the town of
Rastede in Germany.
No Tribute or praise can be too high or loud for the sterling men of the Governor General
Foot Guards, who made history in their spectacular drives throughout the four countries
that they fought in and never once failed to take their objectives. When final opinions
are voiced, it will be found that the Regiment ranks with the cream of the Canadian Army
or any other army. GOOD WORK FOOT GUARDS FOR A JOB WELL DONE"
Regimental History of the 21st Armoured Regiment
Guardsman Allen McKnight of Number 3Sqn. had just turned seventeen when he joined the
Army. His father John had died one year earlier, his mother Lillian was a widow with
little money and Allen enlisted to help. While in transport to the Pacific, the Atom
Bomb was dropped on Japan and war ended (1939-1945) ended and Allen came home to Ottawa.
At a street dance on VJ (Victory over Japan) day he met Geraldine Boicey whom he later
married when he mustard out of the Army.
The two were married at Western United Church in Ottawa. Allen was Catholic and
Geraldine was Protestant. The wedding took place September 7, 1946. The witnesses
were Allen’s brother George and Geraldine’s sister Shirley. They moved into a house
at Upland Airport, an old military airport. On July 29, 1947, a son was born who they
called William Allen Earnest. Allen and Geraldine moved to Spruce Street in Ottawa and
by 1949, they were living at 192 Preston Street. Another son was born on August 26,
1949 who they named David Arthur. At this time, Allen was working at O’Keefe’s Brewery
when they decided to leave Ottawa to look for work in Hamilton. Geraldine and the boys
would go to live at Geraldine’s parents home on Booth Street until Allen could send for
them. In the winter of 1950, Geraldine and the boys left for Ottawa for Hamilton.
Geraldine and the boys were the last of James Patrick’s grandchildren to leave Ottawa.
Patrick and Mary’s other son William and his grandchildren stayed in Ottawa.
The family had split into the Hamilton McKnights and the Ottawa McKnights. It is of
interest that both branches lost contact with each other until 1999. When in the
course of this research, William’s grandson Ellard made contact with James Patrick’s
great grandson William Allen in Hamilton. While in Hamilton, Allen had gotten work
in the Ice House of Peller’s Brewery. The family moved in with Allen’s brother George
at 453 Burlington Street East. Later they lived in a cottage at Van Wagner’s Beach
and above Kramer’s Garage directly on the shore. The apartment above the garage had
two rooms, and icebox and an out-house that was shared with the Kelly family who lived
next door. Another son Kenneth Bruce was born on February 12, 1953. In 1954 all was
washed away when Hurricane Hazel struck.
Moving back into the city the family rented three rooms at 50 Oliver Street. It had a
bathroom which was shared with the assorted families that rented upstairs. Having no
kitchen sink Geraldine had to use the bathtub as a kitchen sink and as a washtub for
the family clothes. Below them lived the landlord, an Italian lady named Annie who
ran a Bootlegging Operation from the house. The rent was 50 dollars per month. Allen
was working at Westinghouse at the time and later got work as a spray-painter at
International Harvester where he got involved in politics and the Union movement.
He retired as Union President of Local 2868 of the United Steelworkers of America.
One day, the police raided the McKnight home and everyone was arrested including Allen
who was later released when the explained that he was only a tenant. An incident took
place on Sunday. Allen was taking a bath when one of the guests from a party that was
going on upstairs, walked into the living room and asked for a telephone. Geraldine
pointed down the hall, but the guest did not understand, because he know no English.
The guest walked into the bathroom and asked Allen for the telephone. Allen was so
upset he jumped up stark naked and chased the poor man downstairs and into the street
dripping wet. A fourth son named John Jack was born on April 8, 1964 and a fifth son
named Theodore (Ted) Gerald was born on July 16, 1959.
The family moved from Oliver street in 1960 and lived in various houses throughout Hamilton.
In 1962, Allen’s family was living in an old house on Woodward Avenue when a fire broke out
and the family was left with nothing. The family broke up and everyone lived with relatives.
Allen bought a house on Barton Street and moved it on floats to Woodward Avenue. The family
was together again, and finally a girl was born on August 26, 1963 who they named Elizabeth.
Allen retired from International Harvester in 1983. Allen and Geraldine live on Barlake Avenue
The first of the couple’s children to leave was William Allen, he joined the Canadian Armed
Forces and left for Alberta. He later married Debbie-Lee Mary Jeffery on February 9, 1972 in
Hamilton at the Provincial Court (Criminal Division). Allen and Debbie had three children,
Shannon Lee born October 1, 1972, Jennifer Rebecca October 13, 1973 and son William John
February 25, 1980. Allen currently works at Stelco Hilton Works as Chief Safety Representative
for the Union (Local 1005) with 28 years service in the Blast Furnace.
David married Cherie Rose on October 29, 1976 at Pioneer United Church and they had three
children Kim Marie on April 17, 1976, Kori-Lyn Teresa on October 11, 1978 and a son Kyle
David born June 20, 1985. David makes his living as a die-setter. Ken married Doreen Graham
on February 24, 1973 and they had two sons Douglas William born December 27, 1973 and
Alexander Graham born November 17, 1975. Ken makes his living as a spray painter at
International Harvester (Case). John married Elizabeth (Betty) Fritz and had three
children Melissa Freida born April 26, 1983, Nichalos William born October 8, 1985 and
Andrea Marie born April 25, 1987. They later divorced. Ted married Patricia Rogers and
they had two children Nicole Patricia August 27, 1982 and Bradley Gerald born February 27,
1985. Ted works as a Heavy Equipment Operator at Stelco Hilton Works. Elizabeth (Beth)
lives with her parents Allen and Geraldine.
It was discovered during the research of the McKnight Family that Lillian Maitland
was not her real name. On June 11th, 1897, a child was born to Timothy Sullivan and
his wife Annie Sullivan (maiden name McCarthy) in London England. She was born not in
a hospital but in her home at 14 English Ground on Tooley Street on the London docks.
Tim was a foreman on the wharf and Annie was a servant. The couple named the girl Agnes
Sullivan and she was baptized under that name at St. Peter’s Woolwich Church by Reverend
Joseph Weeks. Then for some unknown reason on April 2nd 1900 the little girl was admitted
into Nazareth House, Southland by the sea, a home for abandoned children under her
real name Agnes Sullivan. The following year she was moved to Madam Louvet to adopt.
It is not known if Madam Louvet changed Agnes’ name, but two years later in 1903 she
presented the child now known as Lillian Louvet into the care of the Mother Superior
at the Convent of Notre-Dame in Worthing England as a boarder. Lilly as she was now
called stayed in the Convent until 1906. In 1906 the Mother Superior was transferred
to to the Convent of Notre-Dame in Hollowly London. It seems that the Mother Superior
at Worthing could not see her way to keep the little girl at the Convent in Worthing.
She requested the Mother Superior to take Lilly to the Convent at Hollowly and to
consult a Mr. Hunter, an Adviser to the Arch Bishop to discuss Lilly’s future. Mr.
Hunter decided to send Lilly to Canada and for some unknown reason had her Baptized
again under the name of Lillian Maitland. On May 31st 1907 along with other children
the ship Virginian left Liverpool for Quebec Canada. It was after this that the Mother
Superior at Worthing found out that Madam Louvet was not the mother of Lilly as stated
when given into her care. She ascertained that Lilly was the illegitimate child of a
servant named Honora Sullivan. It was only after she passed away that it was discovered
that she did have parents who were married. Tim Sullivan was her father and Annie McCarthy
his wife was her real mother. Why she was placed into the care of the Church as the child
of not Annie Sullivan but Honora Sullivan? Why did Madam Louvet say that the child was hers?
What was the reason her name was changed to Lillian Maitland and baptized again under that
name before being sent out of the country? Further research is required into this part of
On May 31st 1907 nine year old Lilly Maitland alone with other Home Children as the were
called, arrived at Quebec City to work as labourers and servants on farms. She was part
of Rev. Hudson’s party and left for Ottawa. She was placed with a Mrs. J.S. Wilson on
256 Kent Street in Ottawa. Later as she grew up she worked on farms as a servant. It
is well documented that working conditions were hard for these children. In 1915 a friend
of Lillian’s girlfriend Tommy Hawthorne arranged for Lillian to meet his friend William
John McKnight. Lillian’s children recall that they met on Somerset Bridge in Ottawa
and were later married. (see William John McKnight and Lillian Maitland.)
E-mail Shannon McKnight, Taylor Kennedy, Candy and Al Lewis
DECENDANTS OF DANIEL MCKNIGHT AND MARGARET CLEARY
(Thanks to Shannon McKnight for this)
GENERATION NO. 1
1. Daniel McKnight was born in unknown Ireland and died in ???? in ?. He married Margaret
Cleary before 1839 in Ireland.
Child of Daniel McKnight and Margaret Cleary are:
+2 Patrick McKnight was born May 14,1839 in unknown Ireland. Died July 24, 1925 in
Rochesterville, Carleton County Ontario.
GENERATION NO. 2
2. Patrick McKnight (Daniel) was born May 14, 1839 in unknown Ireland. Died July 24, 1925
in Ottawa, Carleton County Ontario. He married Mary Ann Lynum (daughter of unknown and Irene Lynum ) before 1861.
Children of Patrick McKnight and Mary Ann Lynum are:
+3 i. Ellen McKnight born 1862 in Rochesterville, Carleton County Ontario. Died unknown.
+4 ii. Catherine McKnight born 1864 in Rochesterville, Carleton County Ontario. Died unknown.
+5 iii. James Patrick McKnight born June 4, 1869 in Ottawa, Carleton County Ontario.
Died March 4, 1937 in Ottawa Ontario. Buried Notre Dame Cemetary Ottawa, Ontario
+6 iv Annie McKnight born 1873 in Ottawa, Carlton County Ontario. Died unknown.
+7 v. William McKnight born October 23, 1875 in Ottawa, Carleton County Ontario.
+8 vi. Bridget Agnes McKnight born September 11, 1877 in Ottawa, Carleton County Ontario.
+9 vii. Francis McKnight born October 1881 in Ottawa, Carlton County Ontario. Died unknown.
*notes for Patrick McKnight. Funeral Record of St. Mary's Parish Ottawa Ontario. "On the
twenty fifth day in the year of our Lord one thousand on hundred and twenty five we the
undersigned performed the funeral service over the body of Patrick McKnight, husband of
Mary Ann Lynum of this Parish whose death took place in St. Vincent's Hospital Ottawa on
the twenty fourth of July at the age of eighty six years. The witnesses present were
James McKnight, Clarence Gilcrest and John Quinn. Signed Father Brownrigg."
3.Ellen McKnight (Patrick, Daniel) was born in 1862 in Rochesterville, Carlton County
Ontario and died unknown. She married Edward Woods(son of James Woods and Ann Hanrdham)
October 30, 1883 at St. Patrick's Church Ottawa Ontario.
Children of Ellen McKnight and Edward Woods are:
+10 i. James Woods born October 12, 1884 in Ottawa, Ontario. Died unknown.
+11 ii. Edward Woods Jr. born unknown, died unknown.
+12 iii. Mary Elizabeth Woods born unknown, died unknown.
+13 iv. Francis Woods born in 1887 unknown, died unknown.
4. Catherine McKnight (Patrick, Daniel) was born in 1864 in Rochesterville Carleton
County Ontario. Died unknown. She married Charles Cheney (son of Isah Cheney and Eliza
Rourke) October 1, 1883.
Children of Catherine McKnight and Charles Cheney are:
5. James Patrick McKnight (Patrick, Daniel) was born on June 4, 1869 in Ottawa, Carleton
County Ontario. Died March 4, 1937 in Ottawa Ontario. He married Hannah Brown (daughter
of John Brown and Jane Anderson) July 9, 1888.
Children of James Patrick McKnight and Hannah Brown are:
+14 i. William John McKnight born August 8, 1888 in Whitby Ontario. Died March 29, 1941
in Ottawa Ontario.
+15 ii. James Daniel "Billy" born unknown died March 10, 1893 in Ottawa Ontario
+16 iii. Murial McKnight born unknown, died unknown.
+17 iv. Violet McKnight born unknown, died unknown.
+18 v. Florence McKnight born unknown, died unknown.
*notes for James Patrick McKnight "On the sixth day of March in the year of Our Lord one
thousand nine hundred and thirty seven we the undersigned pastor performed the funeral
service over the body of James Partick McKnight, husband of Hannah Brown, of this Parish
whose death took place on the fourth inst. at the age of seventy years. The witnesses
present were William McKnight and George Lacy." St. Patrick's R.C. Church Ottawa
J.T. Brownrigg P.P. Vol. 5 pg. 198 #9
6. Annie McKnight (Patrick, Daniel) was born 1873 in Ottawa Carleton County Ontario.
Died unknown. She married John Little on September 12, 1892.
Children of Annie McKnight and John Little are:
7.William McKnight (Patrick, Daniel) was born October 23, 1875 in Ottawa Carleton
County Ontario. Died unknown. He married Mary Ann Cook August 16, 1894.
Children of William McKnight and Mary Ann Cook are:
+19 i. Agnes Cecilla McKnight born September 13, 1896 in Ottawa Carleton County
Ontario. Died July 19, 1897 (18 mos.7 days) in Ottawa Carleton County Ontario.
+20 ii. Ida M. McKnight born October 10, 1898 in Ottawa Carleton County Ontario.
+21 iii. Thomas Harold McKnight born December 17, 1900 in Ottawa Carleton County
Ontario. Died unknown.
8. Bridget Agnes McKnight (Patrick, Daniel) was born September 11, 1877 in Ottawa
Carleton County Ontario. Died unknown. Married unknown.
9. Francis McKnight (Patrick, Daniel) was born October 1881 in Ottawa Carleton
County Ontario. Died unknown. She married James Derion October 1, 1899.
Children of Francis McKnight and James Derion are:
GENERATION NO. 4
10. James Woods (Ellen McKnight, Patrick, Daniel) was born October 12, 1884 in Ottawa
Carleton County Ontario. Died unknown. Married unknown.
11. Edward Woods Jr. (Ellen McKnight, Patrick, Daniel) was born unknown, died unknown,
12. Mary Elizabeth Woods (Ellen McKnight, Patrick, Daniel) was born unknown, died unknown,
13. Francis Woods (Ellen McKnight, Patrick, Daniel) was born in 1887 in Ottawa Carleton
County Ontario. Died unknown, married unknown.
14. William John McKnight (James Patrick, Patrick, Daniel) was born August 8, 1888 in
Whitby Ontario. Died March 29, 1941 in Ottawa Carleton County Ontario. He married
Lillian Maitland (Agnes Daisy Sullivan) (Daughter of Timothy Sullivan and Honora
McCarthy) September 11, 1919 in Ottawa Carleton County Ontario.
Children of William John McKnight and Lillian Maitland are:
+22 i. Margaret McKnight born February 19, 1920 in Ottawa Carleton County Ontario.
+23 ii. George (Sonny) McKnight was born December 6, 1921 in Ottawa Carleton County
Ontario. Died February 1, 1997 in Hamilton Ontario.
+24 iii. William Alexander (Allen) McKnight was born August 5, 1925 in Ottawa Carleton
+25 iv. Francis Murial McKnight was born March 4, 1928 in Ottawa Carleton County
Ontario. Died July 25, 1988 in Hamilton Ontario.
+26 v. James Edward McKnight was born June 13, 1933 in Ottawa Carleton County
Ontario. Died May 11, 1995 in Hamilton Ontario.
+27 vi. Gerald (Skippy) McKnight was born November 19, 1937 in Ottawa Carleton
15. James Daniel (Billy) McKnight (James Patrick, Patrick, Daniel) was born unknown in
Ottawa Carleton County Ontario. Died March 10, 1893 in Ottawa Carleton County Ontario.
* notes for James Daniel McKnight. He died as a small child in a flu epidemic.
16. Murial McKnight (James Patrick, Patrick, Daniel) was born unknown in Ottawa Carelton
County Ontario. Died unknown. Married 1. Allen Carol 2. unknown Verdun.
17. Violet McKnight (James Patrick, Patrick, Daniel) was born unknown. Died in 1973 in
Hamilton Ontario. She married George Lacey in Ottawa Carleton County Ontario.
Children of Violet McKnight and George Lacey are:
+28 i. Jerry Lacey born unknown.
+29 ii. George Lacey Jr. born unknown.
+30 iii. Connie Lacey born unknown.
+31 iv. Violet Lacey born unknown.
+32 v. Bernard Lacey born unknown.
+33 vi. Joan Lacey born unknown.
+34 vii. Maureen Lacey born unknown.
+35 viii. Beverley Lacey born unknown. Died unknown.
+36 viiii. Ronald Lacey born in 1937, died August 15, 1995 in Hamilton Ontario.
18. Florence McKnight (James Patrick, Patrick, Daniel) was born unknown, died unknown.
She married Richard Olsen.
Children of Florence McKnight and Richard Olsen:
19. Agnes Cecilla McKnight (William, Patrick, Daniel) was born September 13, 1896 in Ottawa
Carelton County Ontario. Died July 19, 1873 in Ottawa Carelton County Ontario.
*notes for Agnes Cecilla McKnight she died as a small child as a result of a flu epidemic.
20. Ida M. McKnight (William, Patrick, Daniel) was born October 10, 1898 in Ottawa
Carleton County Ontario. Died unknown, married unknown.
21. Thomas Harold McKnight (William, Patrick, Daniel) was born December 17, 1900 in
Ottawa Carelton County Ontario. Died unknown, married unknown.
+8 vi. Bridget Agnes McKnight born
October 5, 2001
Thanks to Taylor Kennedy for sending this photo which
commemorates the Irish immigrants in the City of Hamilton, Ontario.
Original photo is in full colour and larger than the one shown here.
E-mail Taylor or myself if you want a copy of the original.
December 20, 2002:
1881 Census Place: By Ward, Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375866 NAC C-13230 Dist 105 SubDist D Div 2 Page 55 Family 287
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Occ Religion
James KINSELLA M W 60 Irish Ireland Labourer Catholic
John KINSELLA M 22 Irish Ontario Brick Layer Catholic
Jane LYNAM F W 60 Irish Ireland House Keeper Catholic
August 22, 2007:
Thanks to Taylor Kennedy for the following reply to a query regarding an early
McKnight / Brown connection:
Maybe through one of these marriages:
2306-88 James McKNIGHT, 21, laborer, Canada, Ottawa, s/o Patrick McKNIGHT &
Mary A. LYNAN, married Hannah BROWN, 17, Canada, Ottawa, d/o John BROWNE
(sic) & Jane ANDERSON, witn: William LITTLE & Annie BROWN, both of Ottawa, 9
July 1888 at Ottawa
1627-75 George WEBB, 23, stove? man, Canada, Montreal, s/o William WEBB &
Barbara McKNIGHT, married Annie BROWN, 22, Canada, Ottawa, d/o Thomas BROWN
& Mary BURGESS, witn: George ABBS of Hamilton & Matilda BARRY of Ottawa, 1
July 1875 at Ottawa
... Taylor Kennedy
March 18, 2008
And Candy writes...
Hi there I am writing you because I have noticed a mistake in the book and it is
regarding Lena Mcknight George Mcknights wife. She passed away in 1983 not 1993 ...
I would love a copy of this book. I am the granddaughter of George and Lena Mcknight.
Could you please email me? Thanks so much I am in the middle of make a family tree
myself for my daughter and son.
Thanks so much
Hi there Also you have written that they are in woodlands they are in White Chappel
the same as great grandpa and Jimmy too. Thanks a lot. If you want anymore info and if
I can help just email me. I will try to help you out.
Also George McKnight was in the war the same time as Allen McKnight. George was
Honoured with the Britsh Empire Metal. I don't know much. All he ever said was that he
drove the biggest Harley Davidson motorcycle to deliver the mail to guys on the front
line. I do have some documation somewhere around I think I do have grandpa's photo
alblum here somewhere.
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