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Doyle, Joanne
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Roddy, Thomas

Doyle, Joanne

  • Born: Abt 1798, Borris-Idrone, CAR, Leinster, IRL
  • Marriage: Roddy, Thomas

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Thomas Roddy, who was born in 1795, his wife Joanna Doyle and their two sons, Martin and John, left County Carlow, Ireland to start a new life in Canada. They settled in Puslinch Township, near Guelph, Ontario, since Joanne's brother, Patrick O'Neill Doyle, was already well established there. Martin was born in 1824 and John on 16 Mar 1832.

On 9 Oct 1855, Martin married Mary Farrell in St. Bartholomew's Church in Guelph. Mary was born 17 June 1836, the daughter of Michael Farrell and Joanna Keefe of Puslinch, originally from County Kilkenny, Ireland. The witnesses were Martin's brother John and Mary Ann Cantwell. They had eight children of whom the first three were born in Puslinch - Johanna 17 June 1856, baptized the next day with her sponsors being John and Ellen Doyle, John born in 1858 and Thomas born 24 Feb 1859.

Word of the Canadian Government's efforts to colonize the northern part of Hastings County reached Puslinch during the 1850's. A settler was entitled to two-fifty acre free grant lots on either the east or west side of the Hastings Road, and after completing the requirements of clearing the land and building a cabin, would receive the title.

In I860, all the Roddy - Thomas, Joanna, Martin and John -with their wives and babies decided to leave Puslinch to take advantage of the free land. Joanna's brother, John O'Neill Doyle, had already settled in the area in 1854, and James Doyle, a son of another of Joanna's brothers, Patrick O'Neill Doyle, had secured 100 acres in 1856. James Doyle's two brothers, John and Michael Patrick, accompanied the Roddys on the three hundred mile journey.

The first recorded land transaction for the Roddys was not for the free grant lots but for land adjoining it. On 5 Jan 1860 Thomas and Martin Roddy paid $1.00 instalment on Lots 29 and 30, Concession 12, Monteagle Township (200 acres) and $1.00 instalment on Lot 31, Concession 12 (21 acres) . On 25 Jan 1861, Martin received free grant lots 77 and 78 (100 acres) in the Township of Herschel, which was the west side of the Hastings Road and on 7 Mar 1861, John obtained Lots 63 and 64 in the same township. On 23 Aug 1864, Thomas applied for Lots 45 and 46 in Monteagle (east side of Hastings Road).

On 15 Oct 1856, Dennis Barry of Rockwood, Ontario obtained free grant Lots 63 and 64 in the Township of Monteagle (east side of Hastings Road). His one hundred acres was in between James Doyle's land and John O'Neill Doyle's land. He built a shanty and began clearing the land, but then decided to go to Regiopolis College in Kingston. Between 1862 and 1863 he wrote several letters to M.P. Hayes, the Crown Lands Agent, assuring him that the necessary improvements and clearing were being done by Martin and John Roddy. In fact, one of the Roddys was living in his shanty and offered him $100.00, but Mr. Barry believed it was worth at least $600.00.

Martin brought a team of horses when he moved from Puslinch which were the first in the new settlement. He had to sell them before long, as he couldn't grow enough grain on the stony land to feed them.

Martin and Mary had five more children in Doyle's Settlement (present day Maynooth). Ellen was born in 1862, Michael 1863, Patrick 1865, James 1866 and Martina after her father died in 1868. When Martin was 44, he went to Belleville for an operation, died on the operating table on 12 Nov. Thomas had just died six months before on 7 May 1868, and they were both buried in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Maynooth.

Martin's widow, Mary, stayed on Lots 77 and 78, Herschel Township and raised her family. She died 21 Oct 1918 and was buried beside her husband.

Johanna Roddy married Ned Fitzgerald and lived in Maynooth. John Roddy married Elizabeth Green, had one daughter Mame Hughes and died in 1916. Thomas Roddy was a bachelor, stayed in Maynooth and died 25 May 1907. Ellen Roddy married John Flynn and died 27 May 1897. Their son, Ned, lived on the Martin Roddy Homestead. Michael Roddy moved to British Columbia. Patrick Roddy married Mary Ann Flynn. James Roddy married his first cousin, Ellen Roddy (daughter of John and Mary Roddy) , moved to Duluth and had one daughter. Martina Roddy, who was born after the death of her father, remained single and died in 1961.

Thomas and Joanna's second son, John, married Mary Ryan, who was 16, in 1856. Her father owned the Ryan Art Gallery in Toronto. They had ten children with the first two born in Puslinch, Madeline in 1857 and Julia in 1858.

Five children were born to John and Mary Roddy in Maynooth, Hastings County: Ellen in 1861, Martin and James in 1864, Dominic in 1866, and Kate in 1870. John, Mary and their family left Canada 27 Dec 1871 and arrived in Pentwater, Michigan 2 Jan 1872. They stayed in Pentwater until 2 Aug 1872 when they moved to Ludington. Three more children were born to them in Michigan: John in 1874, William James in 1876 and another child in 1880.

John, the father, died 6 Sep 1880 and his wife Mary died in 1914. Of the children, Katie died in 1881, the youngest in 1893, William James 22 June 1896, Dominic 1898, James 1914, Martin 1916, John 1927 and Madeline in 1930. All were buried in Pere Marguette Cemetery, Ludington, except William James who was buried in Minnesota.


Joanne married Thomas Roddy. (Thomas Roddy was born in 1795 in County Carlow, Ireland.)

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