Michael STARRS or STARR
from County Tyrone, Ireland to Ottawa, Canada
also Charles GOULDEN and Rosanna STARRS

I am researching my great grand father Michael Starrs, Alderman, owner of 
the Bytown Inn, I think it was called. He had a sister Roseanna married to 
Charles Goulden (see 1881 Census, below) also a hotelier. They were prominent in the Irish community. 
Michael was arrested and questioned re the murder of Thomas Darcy McGee 
as it was suspected that the murderer(s) hid in his hotel. Nothing came of this 
and he continued to serve in various capacities in the city government, as well 
as keeping on his hotel business. Any information gratefully accepted. They 
came from Dromore, near Omagh, Co. Tyrone. 
Shirley McKenna

September 23, 2001 Descendants of Stephen Starr 1 Stephen Starr (Captain in Ottawa Fire Department, Replaced by Michael Burns on retirement) . + Mary Jane Burns 1873 - (daughter of James Burns and Annie Robb) ...... 2 Winifred Starr ...... 2 Michael Starr ...... 2 James Starr ...... 2 Harold Starr (Professional Hockey Player, see picture below, dated July 28, 2012) ...... 2 Maynard Starr Source: Newspaper Clipping, including picture of Harold Starr from Val Olander. See also The Ottawa Sports Book for more on Harold Starr
October 24, 2001 More Starrs (presumably all related to above family) 1. Stephen Starr (no parents given) married Mary McHugh on June 30, 1849 at Notre Dame Church. Mary was the widow of John Kilgallon / Kilgallen. 2. James Starr, s/o Robert Starr and Marie Ann Goodin married Ann Murphy, d/o Timothy Murphy and Ann Patterson, 27-11-1854 at Notre Dame. 3. Michael Starr, s/o Robert and Ann Marie (above) married Bridget Reynolds at Notre Dame on Sept 5, 1865 4. Stephen, s/o Stephen and Mary O'Brien married Mary Halpin, d/o Thomas Halpin and Ellen Mcgrove (sp.?) at Notre Dame on Oct 8, 1877
March 20, 2002: The Ottawa Citizen of March 17, 2002 (St. Patrick's Day) published an excellent account of the trial of James Patrick Whalen, who was hanged for the assassination of Darcy McGee. See page A5 , Column 1 for information on Michael Starr who owned the hotel on Clarence Street in the By Ward market. Bridget Whelan (nee Boyle) stayed at the hotel during the trial and Michael Starr tried to collect the body from the Nicholas Street Gaol to have it transported to Montreal for burial. "Jim" Whelan was the last person hanged in Canada and his remains are under the pavement of a parking lot at the Gaol. See also Darcy McGee.
February 3, 2003: Stephen Starr was President of the Ottawa Fire Fighters Association in 1919-20. (Source: History of the Ottawa Fire Department, 1838-1988, ISBN 09693609-0-8 _______________ 1881 Census: Census Place: Ottawa Ward, Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375866 NAC C-13230 Dist 105 SubDist E Div 2 Page 66 Family 308 Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Anna Maria STARRS F W 43 Irish Ireland Religion: Catholic Agnes STARRS F 20 Irish O Religion: Catholique Michael STARRS M 21 Irish O Occ: Labourer Religion: Catholique George STARRS M 17 Irish O Occ: Telegraph Office Religion: Catholique Robert John STARRS M 13 Irish O Religion: Catholique _________________ Above, there is a reference to Charles GOULDEN, an innkeeper. He shows up as a neighbour of the widow Anna Maria Starrs in the 1881 Census: He has five tenants. Census Place: Ottawa Ward, Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375866 NAC C-13230 Dist 105 SubDist E Div 2 Page 65 Family 304 Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Charles GAULDEN M M 69 Irish Ireland Occ: Hotel Keeper Religion: Catholique Rosalie GAULDEN F M 58 Irish Ireland (nee STARRS) Religion: Catholique William GAULDEN M 30 Irish Quebec Occ: Clerk Civil Service Religion: Catholique Robert Alph. GAULDEN M 21 Irish Ontario Occ: Shantyman Religion: Catholique Patrick MACSHERRY M W 64 Irish Ireland (McSherry) Occ: Labourer Religion: Catholique James CATTON M M 66 Irish Ireland Occ: Contractor Religion: Church of England Jessie CATTON F M 55 Scottish Ontario Religion: Catholic May Josephine CATTON F 21 Irish Ontario Religion: Catholic George COLLINS M 50 Scottish USA Occ: Civil Service Religion: Catholic
May 30, 2004: June 24, 1903, Eganville Leader: Died, Robert A. Starrs of Ottawa, 37 years old, son-in-law of Mrs. C. Bonfield of Eganville. Only surviving son of ex-alderman Michael Starrs. Leaves a widow and three daughters. June 30, 1905, Eganville Leader: Died at Ottawa, ex-alderman Michael Starrs. Born 73 years ago in County Tyrone, leaves a widow, but his children pre-deceased him.
July 8, 2004: My family come from County Tyrone. I have contact with the Starrs still in Tyrone. My name is Christopher, live in Adelaide, South Australia. Family came here in 1840's. Contact me if interested. ... Christopher
February 25, 2005: Brian Jones is researching the Goulden and Starrs surnames in the Ottawa area: Hi Christopher, My son - in - law's grandfather was the William Goulden as shown on the 1881 census. Do you by any chance know what part of Ireland William's father, Charles Gaulden came from? Thanks in anticipation. Brian Jones ____________________________________ Here's an 1852 record from Notre Dame Cathedral, downtown: 25 Jun 1852 Baptism of Mary Jane, born 18 June of the marriage of Charles Goulden and Rosanna Starr of Bytown Godparents: John Tomkins & Mary Starr Source: Ellen Paul ... Al ________________________________ Brian has sent along the 1901 census records for the Starrs: 8 24 Starrs Michael M Head M May 8 1836 64 9 24 Starrs Bridgett F Wife M Jun 22 1848 52 Fireman 13 90 Starrs Stephen M Head M Mar 4 1869 32 14 90 Starrs Mary J F Wife M Jul 26 27 15 90 Starrs Michal M Son S Apr 15 1896 4 16 90 Starrs Margaret W F Daughter S Feb 4 1897 4 17 90 Starrs James M Son S Nov 14 1899 1 18 90 Starrs Mary F Mother W Apr 1835 65 13 189 Starrs Robert M Head M Jun 30 1866 34 14 189 Starrs Catherine F Wife M Oct 4 1866 34 15 189 Starrs Catherine F Daughter S May 22 1889 11 16 189 Starrs Eilleen F Daughter S Jun 27 1891 9 17 189 Starrs Anna F Daughter S Jul 11 1894 6 ... Brian
February 27, 2005: Thanks to Keith O'Connor for permission to use the following photo of Charles Goulden and Rosanna Stars and their family. Keith has more info on his web page at http://www.tinmangallery.com/xFamilyPhotos.html

March 3, 2005: I'm Tom O'Neill Grandson of Mary Jane Goulden and Great Grandson of Charles Goulden who was born at Dromore County Fermanagh Ireland Oct 5 1812 and died Dec 30 1895 in Ottawa he married Rose Anne (Starrs) on Feb 11 1844 at Dromore Co. Tyrone Ireland notes from Rod O'Connor states Charles arrived in Canada 1826 to work on the Rideau Canal. Rose Anne Starrs according to my notes from Rod was born 1819 at Omagh, Ireland and died in Ottawa in 1903. I was given a Family Tree Family and have just loaded the Goulden / Foster / O'Neill Trees which I will attach to this email. I hope this helps. Tom ONeill
August 7, 2008: Here's a marriage record from St. Patrick's on Kent Street in 1895. (Source: Drouin Records at ancestry.ca) Mary Jane (Jennie) Burns married Stephen Starr. Jennie was one of my grandfather's sisters. The best man was Luke Joyce and the Maid of Honour was Katie Plunkett, formerly a neighbour on the Manotick Station Road in Osgoode Township. Mary Jane Burns marries Stephen Starr in 1895 ... Al
June 25, 2009: I'm researching James P. Goulden who came to Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA in 1868, my mother's grandfather. I think his father was the Charles Goulden mentioned in your forum entries in the Bytown.net site. I can't prove he was related to Charles or that his brothers were possible William or Robert A Goulden. Has anyone more info about Charles Goulden, who came to Canada in 1826 - how did you find this info: "Charles Goulden who was born at Dromore County Fermanagh Ireland Oct 5 1812 and died Dec 30 1895 in Ottawa he married Rose Anne (Starrs) on Feb 11 1844 at Dromore Co. " Thanks for anything you can tell me, Anita Rudy ____________________________ Thanks to the research work of Tom and Brian, it has been confirmed that James P. Goulden is Anita's GreatGrandfather. ... Al
June 29, 2009: Anita has sent along the 1880 Census of Iowa referring to her ancestors: Name: James P. Goulden Home in 1880: Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa Age: 33 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1847 Birthplace: Canada Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head) Spouse's Name: Helen Father's birthplace: Ireland Mother's birthplace: Ireland Neighbors: View others on page Occupation: Farmer & County Recorder Marital Status: Married Race: White Gender: Male Household Members: Name Age James P. Goulden 33 Helen Goulden 26 James G. Goulden 4M Lessie Castol 22 James was probably in Iowa when my grandfather Robert Sherraden (Sheridan ?) Goulden (born July-9-1883 Council Bluffs, IA) was born - James P. was married to Helen Evelyn Sherraden (1854- abt 1930) and they had 2 sons, James G. and Robert Sherraden Goulden (my grandfather). I have several photos of the Sherraden family, but none of my great grandfather. I also believe that these 2 below could be Robert's brother and sister-in-law: From 1920 US Census, Home in Hennepin MN: James G Goulden born abt 1881 (about 30yrs old) Margaret H Goulden born abt 1882. because my mother Alys was named after her "Aunt Margaret" and wrote to her and they worked on the railroad. I would also like to see the letter that Rod has. To AL - I will send the newspaper article to you when I get it, if you would like to post it. If you want to see most of this side of my geneology, my cousin has posted it at this URL: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/h/o/l/Kurt-Holman-KY/GENE1-0001.html ... Anita
June 1, 2010: My name is Brian McAlea. I'm a school principal, living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I am doing my genealogy and have found a Jane Starrs from Dromore who married a John Tierney who had a child called Matilda Tierney who married a fellow called Arthur McMurrough who had a girl called Kathleen McMurrough who married a fellow called Robert McLeigh who had a son called Robert McAlea (note the surname change) who was my dad. Hope this is not too confusing!! My Email address is bmcalea546@stkieransps.belfast.ni.sch.uk Brian. ___________________________________________ Brian: I have added Charlie Starrs who now lives in Connecticut, USA but is from Omagh and Clanabogan, county Tyrone and hopefully he will be able to shed some light on it. I will be in Omagh on June 3rd for a week for a friends mother's 90th birthday party and planned to do some family tree searches while there on the Goulden & Starrs. Its coincidental the timing of your email and my trip just a week away. Tom ONeill
July 28, 2012:
A photograph of Harold Starr, c. 1930 Source: Tell Me Another Story, by Joan Finnigan, page 139 Harold Starr, Hockey Player, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

January 13, 2015: My great great grandfather,Terance Gormley, was a school teacher in Drumquin, Co, Tyrone. He was given that position by a Father Arthur Starrs, after the English had granted the Irish the right to once again educate themselves. I believe this took place in the late teens or early 20s of the nineteenth century. Terance married a women named Catherine Starrs. I don't know if the marriage took place before or after his appointment as school teacher. In 1847 Catherine, along with her eldest son Henry Gormley, his wife Mary Burns, their 2 children and several of Henry's siblings sailed on the ship Sesostris for Quebec. The Gormleys were among 427 passengers who hoped to survive the 6 week passage. After quarantine on Grosse Isle near Quebec City, the family eventually settled in Buckingham, Quebec. By 1880 most of the family, including many Canadian born children, had emigrated to the USA and followed the logging trade to Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Unfortunately Catherine Starrs had died in Buckingham. Another priest from Drunquin, County Tyrone named William Starrs also made it to the new world. Born in 1807, he studied classics at Maynooth College and completed his priestly studies at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He was ordained at St. Patrick's Cathedral and later in his priesthood rose to be its Rector and Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of New York.* I know I'm related to Catherine Starrs, but know nothing else about her family. I also don't if fathers Arthur and William Starrs are related or if they are related some how to Catherine. Hoping one of you might be able to give me a lead, ...Kevin Gormley *Obit in the New York Times, Feb. 7, 1873 ___________________________________ Hi Kevin, I have also been trying to find more about the Starrs. Here's what I have learned - most I got from this website http://www.bytown.net/starrs.htm and Tom O'Neill. My great-grandfather was James Patrick Goulden (b. abt 1845, Buckingham (Ottawa) Canada, d. 1904 in Santiago Cuba of malaria; James lived in Iowa ~ 1868-1883 when my grandfather Robert Sherraden Goulden was born. Father of James P. Goulden was Charles Goulden, an innkeeper, b. 5 Oct 1812 at Dromore County Fermanagh (Catholic), d. 30 Dec 1895 in Ottawa, Canada, came to Ottawa in 1826 to work on the Rideau Canal, married 11 Feb 1844 at Dromore Co. Tyrone, Ireland to Rose Anne Starrs (b. 1819 at Omagh Ireland and d. Ottawa 1903.) -Anita Rudy ___________________________________ Al Mr. Richard O'Connor of the city of Ottawa is also a Goulden it was was his uncle or father who had the information on James that was forwarded to me. I will forward this to him and see if someone on his side of the tree can help. Also I will include Michael O'Neill who is involved at Saint Patrick's Basilica here in Ottawa whose family coming from Buckingham. Thanks Tom ONeill
May 22, 2015: Hi all : I have been doing some investigating into a Michael Starrs born 1851 in Buckingham Quebec. From records I found his parents are Henry Starrs and Catherine Carrol. Also from more records, this Henry Starrs parents are Robert Starrs and Mary McGuiggan. This Robert Starrs has a daughter named Rosanna that marries a Charles Goulden ( info from public member trees ) . From info from a Helen Shirley Mckenna this Rosanna ( confirmed married to Charles Goulden ) also has a brother named Michael ( one generation older than the one I have been tracing ) . From public member family trees the Robert Starrs born 1792 Dromore, county Ireland also has a son named Robert James Starrs with a whole line of known descendants. Putting together all of these tidbits of information you would have Robert Starrs born 1792 Dromore, Tyrone married to Mary McGuiggan with the following children : Rosanna b. abt .1819-23, Henry Starrs b. 1825, Michael Starrs, and Robert James Starrs. If anyone has something to add please contact me at darcystarrs@telus.net p.s. would also like to contact Shirley Mckenna, so if anyone knows her email address, could you pass it on ? Thanks, ... Darcy Starrs _____________________________ Good morning, all: By coincidence I am also related to the Starrs family through Jane (Jennie) Burns and by chance, I was recently reading a book about the History of Buckingham by Pierre Louis Lapointe which I have recently added to our web page at www.bytown.net/buckingham.htm. The Star / Stars/ Starrs family is mentioned in the book and thanks to your e-mail, Darcy, I am now reminded that these families were connected. Thanks for this! I believe that one of the Starrs men at Buckingham was a land agent for the government. I'll check again in the book and see what his first name was. Is it OK with you if I add your e-mail to our web page at www.bytown.net/starrs.htm as a contact for other researchers of the Starrs family? Please let me know. By the way, here is my connection to the Starrs family. Jane (Jennie) Burns was my grandfather's sister: My grandfather's grandparents were Lawrence Burns and Margaret Doyle who came to Bytown (Ottawa) in 1828 to work on the Rideau Canal. Here are some Descendants of Stephen Starr and Jane Burns. Several of the Starrs, Burns and Sulivan men (also my ancestors) probably all met when they were working for the Fire Department in Ottawa in the early 1900's. 1 Stephen Starr .. + Mary Jane Burns 1873 - ...... 2 Winifred Starr ...... 2 Michael Starr ...... 2 James Starr ...... 2 Harold Starr ...... 2 Maynard Starr ... Allan Lewis

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