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Thomas WILLIAMS was born in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. He died before 2 Apr 1911. Thomas married Leah COKER in 1872 in Stoke Damerel, Devon.

According to the marriage certificate of his son Harry, Thomas was a chief petty officer in the Royal Navy.

Leah COKER was born about 1848 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. She died in probably 1930 in probably Devonport, Devon. Leah married Thomas WILLIAMS in 1872 in Stoke Damerel, Devon.

According to the 1911 census Leah was a charwoman.

Leah and her husband, Thomas, may have adopted a young relative of Leah's named William Coker, born about 1865 in Devonport.  

They had the following children.

  M i William WILLIAMS was born about 1869.
  M ii
Thomas WILLIAMS was born about 1873 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon.

Thomas was a labourer.
  F iii Leah Louisa (Louisa) WILLIAMS was born in 1876. She died in 1940.
  M iv
Charles WILLIAMS was born about 1879 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon.

Charles was a coachman, according to the 1911 census.
  M v
Frederick WILLIAMS was born in 1880 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon.
  F vi
Clara WILLIAMS was born in 1885 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon.
  M vii Harry WILLIAMS was born on 6 Oct 1887. He died on 19 Mar 1956.

Thomas SHERLOCK died.

According to the marriage certificate of his son Joseph, Thomas was a dock labourer.

He had the following children.

  M i Joseph SHERLOCK was born on 10 Nov 1906. He died in Aug 1985.

Charles CONNELL [Parents] was born on 30 Oct 1829 in Co. Antrim. He died on 15 Jul 1903 in McNab, Renfrew, Ontario. Charles married Catherine BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) on 29 Dec 1865 in Portage-du-Fort, Quebec.

Catherine BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) [Parents] was born about 23 Jan 1838 in probably Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 23 Jan 1838 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died on 16 May 1899 in McNabb, Renfrew, Ontario. She was buried in Arnprior, Ontario. Catherine married Charles CONNELL on 29 Dec 1865 in Portage-du-Fort, Quebec.

Catherine's last name on her baptismal record is Bertige, which is probably synonymous with Bertridge. The baptismal record also shows Catherine's mother's first name to be Catherine (it appears as Bridget or Anne on the baptismal records of her siblings).

Sponsors at Catherine's baptism were William Bertridge and Siscily (sic) Brady.

We are making the assumption that Catherine was the daughter of William Bertridge and Bridget A. McDermott who emigrated to Canada from Ireland in the mid-1840s.

They had the following children.

  M i
Patrick CONNELL was born about 1867 in Ontario.
  M ii
Robert CONNELL was born on 15 May 1868 in Ontario.
  F iii
Rosie CONNELL was born about 1870 in Ontario.
  F iv Mary Ann CONNELL was born in 1872.
  F v
Sarah CONNELL was born on 8 Feb 1874 in Ontario.
  M vi
John CONNELL was born on 4 Mar 1877 in Ontario.
  M vii
William CONNELL was born on 15 Nov 1879 in Ontario.
  F viii
Catherine CONNELL was born in probably Ontario. She died.
  M ix
Charles CONNELL was born in probably Ontario. He died.

William BERTRIDGE [Parents] was born about 1813 in possibly Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon. He died in possibly 5 May 1888 in possibly Arnprior, Ontario. William married Mary KEEFE (caution: not verified) on 30 Sep 1873 in Arnprior, Ontario.

Other marriages:
MACDERMOTT, Bridget/Anne/Catherine (caution: not verified)

Please see the notes above on William's older brother Robert for information on William's involvement in an abduction in 1836.

It is possible that William, his wife and young family emigrated to Canada in the mid-1840s. Patricia Scott from Ontario, Canada, a great-great-granddaughter of a William Bartridge (sic), has written to say that her Bartridge great-great-grandfather and his wife, Bridget A. McDermott, both Irish-born, settled in what is now modern Ontario with two children, Catherine (born abt 1840) and Robert (born abt 1843). Although Patricia doesn't have a county of origin for her ancestors and although my William appears to have had four rather than two living children by the time the Bartridges went to Canada, the rarity in Ireland of the Bertridge surname and its variants, along with the fact that Patricia's William married a Bridget A. MacDermott (it is thought that ours may have married a Bridget or Anne or Catherine MacDermott) and the fact that both Patricia's William and our William had children named Catherine and Robert around the same time, make me think the two families might well be the same.

If this is indeed the case, here is a summary of the information Patricia has kindly provided on her Bartridge family:

Her great-great-grandfather William Bartridge was, based on his age given on his death certificate, born in 1809 (whereas ours is believed to have been born about 1813) and Bridget, his wife, was born between 1820 and 1822. After their arrival in Canada they lived in Aylmer, Quebec (now in Ontario) where it is known that William was working as a gardener in 1851. He and Bridget had five more children in Canada: Elizabeth Anne, Cecilia, Mary Jane, Theresa and William Augustin.

I have added much of Patricia's information to the website, with cautions until a connection with Co. Leitrim is established. Patricia has many more details on her family, and Bartridge/Bertridge researchers are very welcome to contact her with information or enquiries at kellypscott@yahoo.com. And if anyone can help with proof of a Leitrim connection to the family I would be delighted if you would email me at Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com.

Note: Based on Patricia's information, I searched the Canadian census collection on the FamilySearch website for Bartridges and came across the followng information from 1881 for a Bartridge household in Carleton, Ontario (transcribed data only, actual image not available):

William Bartridge, aged 43, farmer, born Ireland, ethnic origin Scottish
Ann Bartridge, aged 45, born Ireland, ethnic origin Scottish
William Bartridge, aged 22, farm labourer, born Ontario, ethnic origin Scottish

It is unlikely that William Bartridge senior from the census is our William as his age and that of his wife do not fit in at all with those of our William and Briget/Anne/Catherine (although the age of the younger William ties in perfectly with that of our William and Bridget/Ann/Catherine's son William who was born in February 1859). Furthermore our William was widowered by 1971 and, although he remarried, his second wife's name was Mary, not Ann. However, if the William from the census is in fact our William, then the Scottish origin is interesting.

Mary KEEFE (caution: not verified) was born on 13 Nov 1840 in Ireland. Mary married William BERTRIDGE on 30 Sep 1873 in Arnprior, Ontario.

Mary emigrated to Canada in 1856.

Marriage Notes:

It is believed that there were no children from this marriage.


William (Willie) MCELROY [Parents] was born about 1844 in Lachine, Quebec or Ogdensburg, New York. He died on 30 Mar 1936 in Ottawa, Ontario. William married Mary Jane BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) on 13 Oct 1873 in Arnprior, Ontario.

Willie's background was Irish.

Mary Jane BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) [Parents] was born about 1853 in Aylmer, Quebec. Mary married William (Willie) MCELROY on 13 Oct 1873 in Arnprior, Ontario.

They had the following children.

  M i Hugh Patrick (Paddy) MCELROY was born on 8 Nov 1875. He died in 1944.
  M ii William (Bill) James MCELROY was born on 5 Nov 1877.
  F iii
Mary Alice MCELROY was born on 28 Jan 1879 in Fitzroy Harbor, Ontario.
  F iv
Mary Elizabeth MCELROY was born about 2 Feb 1881 in Ontario.
  M v John (Jack) Joseph MCELROY was born about 1883. He died in 1956.
  F vi
Catherine Teresa MCELROY was born on 20 Dec 1884 in Ontario. She died on 30 Aug 1900 in Arnprior, Ontario.
  F vii Maude MCELROY was born about 1885.
  M viii Joseph MCELROY was born in 1888.
  F ix
Bridget MCELROY was born on 30 Dec 1889 in Ontario.
  F x Alice Mary MCELROY was born in 1891.
  F xi
Cora Alix MCELROY was born in Ontario. She died.

Thomas James KENNEY. Thomas married Theresa BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified).

Theresa BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) [Parents] was born about 1857 in probably Aylmer, Quebec. She died on 4 Jun 1942 in Arnprior, Ontario. She was buried in Arnprior, Ontario. Theresa married Thomas James KENNEY.

They had the following children.

  M i William John KENNEY was born about 1881.
  F ii
Ann KENNEY was born on 18 Oct 1882 in Renfrew, Ontario.
  F iii
Catherine KENNEY was born on 16 May 1884 in Carleton, Ontario.
  M iv
Michael James KENNEY was born on 25 Mar 1890. He died on 12 Oct 1918 in northern France. He was buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

Michael, who died in World War I, was a private in the 3rd Battalion of the Canadian Engineers regiment.
  M v Edward Arthur KENNEY was born in 1894. He died.

Patrick CONNELL died. Patrick married Sarah O'CONNOR.

Sarah O'CONNOR died. Sarah married Patrick CONNELL.

They had the following children.

  M i Charles CONNELL was born on 30 Oct 1829. He died on 15 Jul 1903.

James POWELL. James married Mary Ann CONNELL in 1893 in Renfrew, Ontario.

Mary Ann CONNELL [Parents] was born in 1872 in Arnprior, Ontario. Mary married James POWELL in 1893 in Renfrew, Ontario.


Hugh MCELROY. Hugh married Catherine KELLY.

Catherine KELLY. Catherine married Hugh MCELROY.

They had the following children.

  M i Patrick MCELROY.
  M ii William (Willie) MCELROY was born about 1844. He died on 30 Mar 1936.

Hugh Patrick (Paddy) MCELROY [Parents] was born on 8 Nov 1875 in Renfrew, Ontario. He died in 1944 in Ottawa, Ontario. Hugh married Mary Ann BRUNETTE in 1899 in Hull, Quebec.

Mary Ann BRUNETTE [Parents] was born in 1879 in Ontario. She died in 1938 in Ottawa, Ontario. Mary married Hugh Patrick (Paddy) MCELROY in 1899 in Hull, Quebec.

They had the following children.

  M i William (Bill) James MCELROY was born on 4 Dec 1899. He died on 2 May 1934.
  F ii Mary Anne Louise MCELROY was born in 1902. She died in 1983.
  F iii Catherine (Katie) Agnes MCELROY was born in 1903. She died in 1982.
  F iv
Ellen May MCELROY was born on 15 Jun 1905 in Renfrew, Ontario. She died on 19 Aug 1905 in Arnprior, Ontario.
  F v
Maria Cecilia MCELROY was born on 25 Feb 1907 in Arnprior, Ontario. She died in Dec 1907 in Arnprior, Ontario.
  M vi
Hugh Francis MCELROY was born on 10 May 1908 in Arnprior, Ontario. He died on 23 Sep 1909 in Arnprior, Ontario.

Hugh died of meningitis.
  F vii Florence (Flo) Alice MCELROY was born in 1912. She died in 1964.
  M viii
Patrick Joseph MCELROY was born in 1916 in Ottawa. He died on 25 Dec 1916 in Carleton, Ontario.

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