Ormond Family (Carnew) – Canada Come Home
The Ormonds have a long history in Carnew / Coollattin and it will be wonderful to reconnect and celebrate our common heritage. Many thanks to Lynne Reece Loftus for making this whole experience a reality.
According to our research, Andrew Ormond and Margaret John(s) had 3 children, Andrew (died 1897), William (1831-1903) and James (1835-1887).
James Ormond (1835-1887) lived in Gorey and worked at Darlington’s, a hardware and seed store. He was also the undertaker and drove the mourning coach pulled by black horses.
William Ormond (1831-1903) married Margaret Tomkin(s) (1843-1918) in 1869.
William was a coachman at the Fitzwilliam Estate in Coollattin. He was a gardener as well, likely working in this role when the coachman duties were reduced. Margaret’s mother worked in the big house for Earl and Lady Fitzwilliam as well.
William and Margaret lived at 24 Coollattin Row in Carnew, Ireland. Once when William was home with a bad flu, the Fitzwilliams sent home a meal for the family.
William and Margaret had 7 children. They were:
• Andrew (spelled Ormonde, 1870-1941)
◦ Married Margaret Barnes in Gorey, 1924
◦ Mary (Maureen) born 1925 in Gorey
• James (1872-1958)
◦ Married Jane Fitzpatrick.
◦ James was the caretaker in the Vocational School. He played in a brass band in Carnew, and had a Cairn terrier named Joe Ormond that was used for hunting.
• Mary (1874-1947)
◦ Aunt Moll (Mary) arrived at Ellis Island on Jan 5th, 1905. She lived with William Ormond (brother) in Hamilton, ON.
• Jane (1877-1968)
◦ Married Peter Roche (b. Ballycanew, 1877-1954) in Ireland, then moved to Hamilton with Aunt Moll.
◦ They had 7 children.
• William (our grandfather) (1879-1946) married Ann Conway (1892-1977) in 1916 (Hamilton)
◦ In the 1901 Census, William Ormond was listed as a bootmaker with the Travers family on Main Street, Gorey. In 1911, William left Queenstown on the Cedric, landed at Ellis Island, then made his way to Hamilton. Later, Jack Travers ended up joining the Ormonds in Hamilton, Ontario.
◦ William and Ann had 8 children and 42 grandchildren
• Margaret aka ‘Peg’ (born 1883) married Cleveland Price in Chicago
◦ They had 4 children.
• Elizabeth aka ‘Bep’ (1888-1956) married Owen O’Neill (died 1964) in Tomacork
◦ Owen was a foreman in the Fitzwilliam slate quarry
◦ They had 9 children.
▪ James (1916-1969) worked in the quarry as a teenager.
▪ Patrick aka ‘Paddy’ (1917-1950) worked for Earl Peter Fitzwilliam in London.
▪ Owen O’Neill (1920-1942) joined the Irish Army in 1940.
▪ Mary Theresa aka ‘Mollie’ (1922-2004) was born in Kilcavan. They lived in the house at the Fitzwilliam slate quarry.
• Mollie married Desmond O’Reilly (1926-1980). They had two children in Carnew.