Thanks for your message. I worte to your cousin/ uncle Paul when I found his posting of the family tree I put together many years ago, but he seems to have changed address. I will send you that message if you send me your address.
I'd love to see the Captain's Log you mention your Aunt Josephine has - or maybe a copy of it. My brother Brian is at work on a play about the Great Lakes Shipping trade.
Capt John and Patrick Nelligan were in fact brothers - or at least they named the same parents when they married the Keiley sisters. The had another brother, Bartholemew, born in Ottawa in 1832, and a sister described in the baptismal register there as 'Nobby', but I suspect a Francophone priest got it wrong. Bartholemew's family moved about, but ended up in Ottawa. He is the old gentleman in the 1903 family photo. Paul posted a really great photo of JB's 12 children. Is Paul still about? I'd love to get a copy of that.
It would be interesting to see if JB's sons who went to Montreal actually went to a Nelligan relation there. I suspect that Patrick and Captain John's parent, John Nelligan and Catherine Daly, settled in Ottawa because of a land grant given to British army soldiers. It seems a brother of John's, also called Patrick, also cot a grant of land and made more of a success of the farming; they stayed there for several generations. My mother's cousin John is a lawyer in Ottawa (still practising in his late 80s), and I have asked him to look into this if he has time.
I lived in Ireland for 20 years. I looked around Tallow, whence came the Keileys, and found the location of their cabin. It was a garrison town. Dalys also lived there. I suspect the Nelligan boys came their when/ if they signed up for the army, and they might have served in the Peninsular Wars.
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