The Gibsons

I have been working with an amazing team to try to discover the origins of the Gibson/O’Reilly family. Thanks to some information from Bruce Murduck, a genealogist from Kingston, Ontario, we now have the marriage record of Samuel and Ellen. Refer to the Gibson page on this site.

Judge Mary Ann McGuire Harvey

Bridget Ellen Lunney and John S. O’Keefe married in Fermanagh, Ireland, and their first two children, including daughter Rose Anne, were born there. They moved to Fitzroy Township, Ontario and settled across the road from Edward Joseph Lunney. Later they moved to Stratford, Ontario, and from there to the USA. Rose Anne married John Martin McGuire in 1857 in Stratford, Ontario. They had four children, including Mary Ann McGuire, born 27 Mar 1864. Rose Anne (Rosey) died from complications of childbirth 21 days later.
Baptism of Mary Ann McGuire

Baptism of Mary Ann McGuire

John Martin McGuire family

John Martin McGuire family

We have new information on Mary Ann McGuire (1864-1937) which supports our theory that Bridget Ellen Lunney O’Keefe is the sister of Edward and Hugh Lunney.
Mary Ann McGuire married William M. Harvey in 1883 in North Dakota and they had six children. They moved to Calgary in 1902 and William died in 1908.
Mary Ann became a juvenile court judge in 1932
1932 mary ann harvey appointed judge.gif
Mary Ann died in 1937 in Calgary. From the newspaper clippings below, we can see that she was a very active member of her community. She was considered for the senatorship.
Death of Judge Mary Ann Harvey

~Death of Judge Mary Ann Harvey

1937 Judge Mary Ann Harvey dies 2
Anne Lunney, sister of Louise Lahey, wrote a letter (shown below) which speaks of Bridget, Bernard and Ann who were left behind in Ireland when Edward and Hugh came to Canada. However, the Ann that she mentions married a Harvey and lived in Calgary. So we now are convinced that Mary Ann McGuire Harvey, known as Annie, is the Ann to whom she refers. This convinces us that Bridget Ellen Lunney was a sister of Edward and Hugh since Ann Harvey from Calgary is referred to as a close relative who visited the Lunneys in Pakenham.
4) Letter from Anne Lunney referencing Ann Harvey
Anne Lunney letter about Bernard & Anne cropped

A wonderful lunch

Al and I met Dorothy and Ken Payne today.  Dorothy is a Mantle cousin and genealogist who has shared many of our common genealogy puzzles for over ten years. We enjoyed meeting face to face and this may inspire us to get together to solve more puzzles.

Lunney Family History

These days, Al, Michael and I are busy compiling an updated Lunney Family History.  We are so pleased to have Alec Lunny’s 1946 History and Louise Chinnock’s Family History, updated in 2002.

Today, I found and spoke to descendants of Mary Anne Lunney and they have promised to send me material on her branch of the family. It was so nice to talk with Brenda and Katherine today!

Now I need to find someone who knows the Ellen Lunney Meehan side of the family.  You would think that would be easy with me being so close to Corkery and knowing so many Meehans!  But it isn’t.  But I am stubborn! So who knows???

Lunney updates

Mike and I have been working frantically to sort out the Lunney genealogy.  Is Bridget Ellen Lunney, married to John O’Keefe in Ireland, a sister to Edward Joseph and Hugh?  Is Hugh Lunney really Thomas Hugh Lunney? Were Ann and Bernard siblings of these Lunneys?

We think so and our research is on the Lunney page.

I have 11 years worth of files from a variety of sources and trying to combine them is a big chore!

And then there are all of our other families!!!