Note N13 Index
In October 1896, Elizabeth bought fifty acres of land from Charles Fitzgerald in West NIssouri - the north west quarter of Lot 27, 3rd Concession, for two thousand dollars. I have to wonder why she bought the land and put it in her name. Was John untrustworthy? Was it her money? Were they separated? Apparently not because as part of the deal, Fitzgerald took back a mortgage for five hundred dollars and both Elizabeth and John signed that. Then in 1899, Elizabeth and John borrowed seven hundred dollars on a mortgage from Charles Rumsey. Then in 1902, Elizabeth and John borrowed one thousand dollars on a mortgage from Margaret Oliver. Why did they keep borrowing money? Finally in 1911, Elizabeth sold the land to a William Tippett for three thousand dollars. John did not sign the deed. I have to wonder whether they actually made any money on the sale.
She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy "Germain" in Ottawa. I have a funeral card for Elizabeth Haley from the L. A. Ball Funeral Home on Water Street, St. Marys. The Service was on Saturday January 15, 1938 at 2 o'clock. The officiating clergyman is shown as the Reverend W. A. Walden of the United Church. She is noted a member of that Church. The pall-bearers were: Albert Henry, Clarence Brock, John Perry, Ridgeway Wilson, Angus McKay and George McFarlane. It was noted that her only surviving brother, Albert Haley, of Detroit, was in attendance.
This is the only time that I have seen the German spelled with an "i" and I have to assume that it is mistake. Or more likely, it got changed during the war.
In the 1901 census, her year of birth was shown as 1858. I see upon reflection that the census taker was off by one year on any birthday which occurs earlier in the year than the day of the census
My aunt Helen says that she was a red head; perhaps that is perhaps where some of the Timms get their hair colour.
For some reason, the births of all of her children were not registered until after John died. I have to wonder why?
In 1920 and 1921, according to her daughter Marie, she was living in Denver Colorado. Why, if John was still alive, which he was?
Note N15 Index
His birth is registered in volume 16, page 322, Belfast, for 1864.
According to Helen Dunn, on the evening of his wedding day in 1886, William got caught up in the Home Rule riots of that year and came home with a black eye. Presumably, he was a "Unionist."
William was instrumental in starting the Orange Lodge in Calgary. He was an Honourary Life Member of the Loyal Orange Association and its Royal Black Preceptory. He was County Master for the Lodge in Calgary. I have a letter from officials in Belfast to him dated September 24, 1904. It reads as follows:
Dear Sir Knight and Brother. Your letter to and and certificate enclosed, which I had before us on our last preceptory meeting and on looking over books I find you have obtained all the orders in connection with the Grand Black Chapters of Ireland. The Preceptory No. 21 of which you were a member instructed me to forward the best wishes of No. 21 & they hope you will be successful in starting the new preceptory of which you speak.
You will oblige your humble if you send me word from time to time of how you are getting along in the new country & how the Orange Institution and the Black Preceptorys are doing. Whether they are going ahead or not so I as I will be able to let our members know. When you receive this I hope you will be able to make yourself known when you visit the different preceptorys. I may say we are doing well here in Belfast. Going ahead with new preceptorys, Belfast in a flourishing state and intends to go on. I have nothing more to say. Just now wishing you every prosperity with your lodges and financially. Believe me to be yours fraternally, Brother Richard Hughes, Rg No. 21.
To Bro. Sir William Kennedy.
William and Margaret were married at St. Agnes (St. Annes?) Presbyterian Church in Belfast. All the children born in Ireland were baptised in that Church. The church was closed and demolished several years ago (1970's or '80's?).
The family lived on Cumberland St. in Belfast. Later, they were at 87 Northumberland St. in Belfast. In the 1901 census return, David is shown as the head of the house. His second wife Ellen Henderson was living with him as were his son William and his wife Margaret (Allely) and the grand children: David, William Thomas, Robert, Ellen, and John. David's married daughter, Margaret (Mason) was also there. She was a widow at that point. All were noted as Presbyterians and English speakers. The women were all shown as illiterate.
According to my mother, the story goes that William and David Kennedy ran a brick business together in Belfast. William was in charge of the production side of the business, while David looked after finances. At some point, William discovered that his brother was cheating him and so he pulled up stakes and left for Canada. It does seem odd that David and his wife would stay on such good terms and even visit in Canada, if there had been a rupture of this magnitude. It is Maisie Dunn's understanding that the immigration was prompted by a simple desire to seek a better life. They immigrated to Canada arriving on March 15, 1902 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, although they did not debark until the ship reached Saint John, New Brunswick on March 16th. They had sailed on the ship SS Ionian leaving from Londonderry. The ship also stopped in Liverpool before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The trip supposedly took six weeks, during which supposedly one of the children became sick - a fact that was withheld from the authorities as it might have led to their being turned back or quarantined. If I am reading the ship manifest correctly, the voyage was only 2 weeks. The manifest shows their destination as Edmonton; In any event, they homesteaded for about one year near Carstairs, Alberta. They lived there in a tent and nearly froze to death that winter. They moved into Calgary in 1903 and remained there. Although I originally thought that their house on 12th Ave. in Calgary was built by William and the sons, I have discovered that it was owned by a Mr. Mark W. Cockbaine at least as early as 1903. The Kennedys did not show up as owners until 1907. The house located at 320, 12th Avenue South East, was lots 31 and 32, block 79, section 15. My mother's aunt Nellie lived there until she died. Her aunt Maudie sold it to .. in .. As of the summer of 2004, it was still standing.
He was a painter, a bricklayer and tailor; Margaret had no schooling, was illiterate and worked in the fields from age eight on.
He served in the Canadian army in France from 1915 to 1918. He was in the 82nd Overseas Battalion of the C.E.F. He enlisted September 20, 1915 and was sent to France. He was discharged June 18, 1918 as a result of being medically unfit for further service. He was 160116 and his rank was that of private. After the war, he was a member of the Canadian Corps of Commissioners. His brother, David, served in the Boer War in South Africa from 1899 to 1902. William is buried in the Field of Honour in the Burnsland Cemetery in Calgary. He is in plot 124, Row 9, Section G.
In the 1902 City Directory for Calgary, there is a "William Kennedy, fireman, C.P.R., R. W. Henderson, 3rd East." Is this he? Most certainly not given that they did not come to Calgary until 1903. This same William Kennedy shows up in the 1905 Henderson City Directory as an engineer for the C.P.R. He was living at 317, 12 Ave. E., which is almost across the street from where my William Kennedy ended up.
I know for sure that my William is listed in the 1906 Directory as a painter living at 320, 12th Ave. E. David is also living there and is shown as a "Tinner." That is virtually across the street from 317.
They appear in the 1906 census
In 1907, David is a Tinner for Colomer and Co. and is still at home. In 1908, "Dave" is a tinsmith boarding at 320 and William Thomas is shown as boarding there but with no trade. In 1909, David was a tinsmith at E. J. Young Plbg Co. Ltd at still living at home. His father was the only other one listed. In 1910, David had the same job and was still at home; Robert had a job as a clerk in the claims office at C.P.R.; and William was still a painter. The next directory that they have in the Calgary library is for the year 1913. David is living at 612 9th Ave. N. W.; by this time, of course, he had married Isabel Bryant. I cannot find William and there are so many Kennedys is Calgary by then it is difficult to tell who is who. In 1914, David is shown as a sheet metal worker and is living at the same address. There is a William, night manager of Calgary Taxicab Co., rooming at 612. It has struck me that the others are in fact overseas in WW1 In 1915, David was still a tinsmith but now he was employed by the CPR. I expect that this was his first year there. He was still living at 320, 12th Ave. There was no William but there was a B. Kennedy who was working as a harness maker for Great West who was living at 1332 9th Ave S.E. Given that Thomas Bryant was working there, this person could be related - but who? In 1916, David is noted to be a Carrier P.O. - that must mean the Post Office. There are many other Kennedys but none with address at 320, so I don't know who is who. In 1917 David was still a carrier, at the same place but was living at 827 1st Ave. N.W. Robert was a clerk at the Dominion Land Office and was living at home at 320 but was noted as being in "active service." Ditto for William (the father.) Presumably that meant that they were overseas. My mother could remember having to wait for her dad David to come home at Christmas for dinner as he had to work that day. There was postal delivery even on December 25th each year. Of course, they had twice daily delivery then In 1918, David had the same job and residence. Robert and William were still in active service. Finally in 1919, David was a switchman at the CPR where he stayed for the rest of his working career and he was still at 827, 1st Ave. N.W. William was back from the war (see above) and was now working as a Carrier P.O. Did he take his son's job? In 1920, David was living at Apt. 4, 0949 1st Ave. N.W. Robert was a switchman at the CPR and living at 320. Miss M. Kennedy was a clerk at the Calgary Public Library and living at 512 14th Ave. W. William was back to being a painter. In 1923, David was a yardman for the CPR and living at 306 12th St. N.W. Maudie was a clerk at Dunahm and Todd and living at 320. William is still a painter. In 1925, David has stayed the same as has William but no Maudie. In 1928, David was the same; Maudie was steno at North Star Oil living at 320; William was still a painter; Ellen was at home. In 1930 David was living at 1119 11th Ave. W. Maudie had the same job and residence. William Sr. was still a painter living at 320. There was also another William working as a painter and one as a messenger at CPR - this last one was probably my uncle Bill. Nothing had changed by 1931. In 1932, Ellen was noted as a housekeeper at 320; the others were the same. Ditto for 1933. By 1934, Ellen was a clerk but no one else had changed anything. But I see that William Thomas was an usher at the Strand Theatre, thus the above William at the CPR was not my uncle. In 1936, nothing had changed. In 1937, my mother Dorothy showed up for the first time - she was 21 so perhaps that is why. Uncle Howard shows up as working for the Capitol Theatre and all the children are living at home. William and his family are still at 320. By 1938 Maudie had moved to Oil Well Supply but was still living with her parents at 320. My mother does not seem to be listed. Uncle Bill was still an usher at the Strand and Howard was a clerk in at Calgary Hardware. William had retired. By 1939, David had moved to 1015 13th Ave. W. Dorothy was a clerk at HBC. and living at home. Howard was still at the Capitol and at home as was uncle Bill. Maudie was still with her parents. Ditto for 1940. By 1941, David and family were still at the same address and Howard had the same job but I don't see Dorothy or Bill. Maudie is the same. By 1942, David had moved to Apt. 210, 908 17th Ave. W. (the Devonish Apartments) and Maudie was the same. Neither Howard nor Bill seem to be in the Directory. I expect that they were both in the Navy by then. I should find out when did Howard joined the Navy. By 1943, David had moved to Apt. 303.
His obituary in the Calgary Herald read:
Services will be held in Jacques Chapel Monday at 2:45 p.m. for William Kennedy, 80, who died Friday in his home, 320 12th Ave, E. Rev C. D. Powell will officiate and burial will be in the Filed of Honour, Burnsland Cemetery.
Born in Warrenpoint, County Down, Ireland, Mr. Kennedy had lived in Calgary for the past 43 years. He was a painter by trade.
He joined the 82nd Battalion in Calgary in 1915 and served in France with the 2nd Battalion until 1918.
He was an honourary life member of the Loyal Orange Association and its Royal Black Preceptory. He belonged to the Canadian Corps Association.
Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy celebrated their golden wedding anniversary July 18, 1936.
Surviving are his wife Margaret, two daughters, Mrs. L. McLeod and Nellie Kennedy, both of Calgary; four sons, David, Robert, and John, all of Calgary; William T., Vancouver; one sister, Mrs. S. McKinley, Belfast, Ireland; seven grandchildren; one great granddaughter.