Aug 14, 2015

Patrick Sarsfield Manley (1895-1952)

patrick, sarsfield, manley, thorold, montreal, cleveland, niagara, boylan, gallagherPatrick Sarsfield Manley was born on Oct 4, 1895 in Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec to Edward Manley and Maggie Boylan. He was baptized in St Ignace RC Church in Coteau-du-Lac a short time later. The family lived for a few years in the Montreal area and then returned to Thorold, Ontario where Patrick grew up.

After high school Patrick attended Niagara University and was an accomplished baseball player. He graduated in 1917 and then enlisted in World War I attending Camp Rathbun for flight training and then departing for his base at Port Meadow, Oxford, England. He was posted to France in July of 1918 and went on to score 5 victories before being shot down and captured by the Germans. He was repatriated at the end of the war.

In the early 1920's he relocated to Montreal and attended McGill University, taught high school classes and worked in the advertising department of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. On Dec 10, 1925 he married Leonarda Gallagher in St Michaels RC Church in Montreal. In 1933 the family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio the hometown of Leonarda where Patrick remained until his death. He died on Oct 31, 1952 and is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.

Parents of Patrick S Manley:
Edward Manley (1861-1928)
Margaret Boylan (1862-1928)

Children of Patrick S Manley:
Edward Arthur (1926-?)
Edith Margaret (1928-1958)
John Vincent (1930-1988)
Narda Patricia (1931-2007)
Alicia Ann (1932-2006)
Patrick Arthur (1934-2011)

View Patrick's Bio at the

Aug 13, 2015

Cicely Helena Manley (1893-1962)

cicely, manley, lawyer, montreal, thorold, sampson, Cicely Helena Manley was born in Morrisburg, Ontario in Aug 1893 to Edward Manley and Maggie Boylan. After a few years in the Montreal area, the family returned to Thorold, Ontario where Cicely grew up. Her birth and baptism certificates have not been located but she received her first communion on Jun 22, 1905 and was confirmed on May 12, 1907 at Holy Rosary RC Church in Thorold. For her secondary education she attended the St Catharines Collegiate Institute.

At some point she returned to Montreal and entered the nursing program at Montreal General Hospital. She practiced this profession for a time and then decided to attend Law School at McGill University, graduating with the class of 1936. She was one of very few woman in law school at that time. Quebec law did not allow women to be called to the bar until 1941 and then they had to have a BA as well as their law degree. Cicely did not have this so she appealed that rule successfully and was called to the bar in 1949. She went on to practice law as well as teach at Marianopolis College. In 1951 she earned the distinction of being the first female lawyer from the province of Quebec to plead in the Supreme Court of Canada.

On Feb 12, 1938 she married one of her fellow law students, Robert Gerard Sampson in Newport, VA. This marriage ended in divorce in 1949.

Cicely died on May 27, 1962 in a Montreal hospital. Her funeral service was held at the Ascension of Our Lord RC church in Westmount, Quebec and she is buried in Abercorn Cemetery, Brome Co, Quebec.

Parents of Cicely H. Manley:
Edward J. Manley (1854-1933)
Margaret Boylan (1857-1894)

Aug 12, 2015

Mary Catherine Manley (1891-Bef 1962)

Mary Catherine Manley, daughter of Edward Manley and Maggie Boylan was born in Quebec, Canada on Sep 28, 1891. She was baptized Oct 4, 1891 at St Clement RC Church in Beauharnois-Salaberry, Quebec. After her birth the family returned to Thorold, Ontario where she was confirmed at Holy Rosary RC Church on May 28, 1905.

As of 1928 she was still living at the family home at 16 Sullivan Ave. Her parents both passed away in 1928 and it appears that at some point she left Thorold and moved to Montreal, Quebec where she became a nurse.

In a 1940 Voter list she was listed as being a nurse at Douglas Mental Health University Institute at 6875 LaSalle Blvd in Montreal. Again in 1949 she was listed as a nurse at 1963 Bayle St. In 1952 she was mentioned in her brother Patrick's obituary as living in Canada and in 1962 she was mentioned in her sister Cicily's obituary as deceased.

Details of Mary Catherine's adult life have been elusive. Would still like to find where she had her education, when and where she died and where she was buried. Also a photograph would make my day!


Parents of Mary Catherine Manley:
Edward J. Manley (1854-1933)
Margaret Boylan (1857-1894)

Margaret Anne Manley (1888-1888/89)

Margaret Anne Manley was the first child of Edward Manley and Maggie Boylan. She was born Nov 24, 1888 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and baptized on Dec 2, 1888 in St. Patrick's RC Church. Unfortunately she did not survive infancy and her date of death and burial place are unknown.

Parents of Margaret Anne Manley:
Edward J. Manley (1854-1933)
Margaret Boylan (1857-1894)

Margaret Frances Manley (1881-1882)

Margaret Frances Manley was the second child of Hugh Manley and Ettie Potter. She was born in Chicago, IL on Jun 4, 1881 and died on Sep 7, 1882. She is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, IL with her parents and brother Edward.

Parents of Margaret Frances Manley:
Hugh Manley (1856-1925)
Henrietta Potter (1859-1894)

Edward A. Manley (1879-1880)

Edward A. Manley was the first child of Hugh Manley and Ettie Potter. Born in Thorold, Welland Co, Ontario, Canada on the Jun 24, 1879 and baptized on Jul 16, 1879 at Holy Rosary RC Church. His Godparents were his Uncle Frank Manley and his Aunt Eliza Potter. Early in 1880 the family relocated to Chicago, IL and in the spring of that year, young Edward passed away before reaching his first birthday.

He died on Apr 19, 1880 and is buried with his parents at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, IL.

Parents of Edward A. Manley:
Hugh Manley (1856-1925)
Henrietta Potter (1859-1894)

Jan 13, 2011

Ancestor Approved Award

Many thanks to Jennifer from 'On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History and Kim at Footsteps of the Past for sending the Ancestor Approved Award to me this week. I received this award last year when it was going around and am tickled to see it again this year. You can read about the 10 things that surprised, humbled and enlightened me about my ancestors in this post from April 2010.

Thank You Ladies!

Dec 11, 2010

Blog Caroling ~ Christmas Canon Rock

This is my submission for the annual Tradition of Blog Caroling hosted by my genea-friend footnoteMaven! Nothing puts me in the Christmas spirit more than non stop Christmas carols and when traditional meets rock, the result is spectacular ;) This is one of my favorites...

Trans-Siberian Orchestra ~ Christmas Canon Rock

Nov 30, 2010

Ken and the Fortune Teller

''There's one in every family''... In this case the ''one'' is an impulsive romantic, Kenneth Vine who was my 1st cousin 3x removed. It seems that Kenneth made headlines back in 1894 when as a young man of 21, he fell for a travelling clairvoyant/fortune teller named Madame Dunn. He made some impulsive decisions and when the family found out what he had done, the fireworks began. I can only imagine the turmoil and scandal that ensued... The following news items, chronicling the romance of Kenneth Vine and the Fortune Teller were published in the St. Catharines Standard in February, 1894.

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'Ken and the Fortune Teller' ~ Feb 14, 1894
Rumors were rife this morning regarding Kenneth Vine, clerk in the express office of Ald. J.W. Grote. For some three weeks back, a Madame Dunn, claiming to be ''one of the greatest trance mediums in the world,'' has been in the city, and has made good money telling credulous women their fortunes and fooling many would be sports and men-about-town out of their cash, and having a good time at their expense. She put up first at the Grand Central, and there entertained the boys until Mr. Wardrobe thought it time for her to seek fresh quarters. Kenneth Vine went driving with her one afternoon, and since then it is alleged that he has been quite friendly to the medium, who is said to be a remarkably handsome woman with lots of go in her. After quitting the Grand Central she took up quarters in the Murray House, and her business continued to thrive, until last Saturday she left town, ostensibly for Niagara Falls. On Tuesday Mr. Vine went away and did not return to the office this morning at the usual hour. Almost the first thing heard on the streets was ''Ken Vine has married the fortune teller'' and it was said that an employee of the Murray House had witnessed the marriage. The greatest possible interest was taken in the matter and it was carried to the office of Ald. Grote. Suspecting that something might be wrong in the accounts, Ald. Grote went over them and found they were correct to a cent. Shortly before noon a Standard reporter met Mr. Vine on the streets on his ways to his office and asked him it were true that he had married Madame Dunn. He refused to say yes or no to the matter, and contented himself with insinuating that most people knew more than their prayers. Madame Dunn claimed to come from Denver, Col., and mentioned freely the names of many persons resident there, prominent in the business world. 
Madame Dunn Bound to Have Her Hubby' ~ Feb 16, 1894
The sensational elopement case of Mme Dunn, the handsome young clairvoyant, with young Kenneth Vine of St. Catharines, son of James Vine, a wealthy cattle and live stock broker has become quite an international affair. The couple were married here last Tuesday night by the Rev. John Crawford, pastor of the Presbyterian church. Soon after the couple left for St. Catharines. Now the bride is at the United States hotel, on the American side, and her husband, who is but a boy yet, has been coaxed back to St. Catharines by his relatives and family. Madame Dunn, the name the clairvoyant has been using is of course a nom de plume. Her marriage certificate bears the signature Baird, and her home is given as Rochester, NY. Mrs. Kenneth Vine, as her name appears on the hotel register, was interviewed today. She is a bright girl of the world, probably 22 or 23 years old. She said she was 22 years old the 19th of December last. Her family formerly lived on a farm east of Rochester. Her father is now dead, and her mother is keeping house for a brother named Lincoln, who is worth over $100,000. and the fair Berta claims to be heir to this fortune. Berta, when a girl of 7 years, developed the faculty of looking into the future through a trance medium and being of a nature delighting in excitement and adventure she started out several years ago as a travelling clairvoyant. After giving a brief history of her life, the young bride then went on to tell her troubles. ''It would look as if my husband has deserted me,'' said she. ''It's all on account of his family and relatives. They think, I suppose, that I do not come of a good family, and am a sort of an adventuress, but if they will take the trouble to enquire they will find out their mistake. Why when Kenneth went home to secure his belongings after we were married, his mother tried to shoot him, and turned the revolver on herself; his sister hung around his neck and implored him to leave me and his father said he would disown him if he went with me. His father found out that there was a law against clairvoyancy in Canada, with a year's imprisonment as a penalty, and I understand has officers watching for me to arrest me if I set foot in Canada again. So you see I am cut off from going after Kenneth. One of his uncles came over last night and succeeded in enticing him back to St. Catharines. He promised to return today but he has not arrived as yet. His uncle promised him $500 if he would leave me, and his father $500 more, so he told me. If he does not come back to me, I shall sue his father and relatives for alienating his affections. I am bound to have my Kenneth and there is a dispatch which will bring him.'' The tear-bedimmed eyes of the little fortune teller have snapped determined and the quivering lips settled into a hard determined expression. ''I wish you would correct some of the reports circulated about me. I haven't two other husbands living from whom I have never procured a divorce, and I am not even forty years old. I was never married before, and I do not want to be again, if it is going to bring me all this trouble. What am I going to do? Well, I can't tell. I shall wait here a few days, and if Kenneth does not come back I shall go home to Rochester to my uncle and take advice as to what course to pursue. 
'Kenneth Rejoins His Bride' ~ Feb 17, 1894
The sequel of the Kenneth Vine - Madame Dunn elopement is that young Vine has returned from St. Catharines and joined his bride on the American side. The couple are stopping at the United States hotel and enjoying themselves. Vine says he will never desert his wife again. He will wait for his parents' wrath to cool and contemplates going into business on the American side as an insurance broker. 
I don't know what happened next or what became of Madame Dunn but it didn't last. By 1900 Kenneth had married a young lady named Elizabeth Reynolds and went on to be a husband, father of (at least) five and a successful businessman in St. Catharines, Ontario!

This post was submitted for the 100th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy hosted by Jasia of Creative Gene... Congratulations on your 100th Edition!

May 31, 2010

My Canadian U.S. Veteran

In recognition of Memorial Day in the United States I would like to introduce you to my United States Veteran. My Dad, who served in the US Army from 1951 to 1954 even though he was a Canadian citizen living in Canada.

I don't know very much about this time in his life because it was before I was born but I know that he enlisted with his best friend and they both served their full 3 year tour of duty. A couple of years ago, I contacted his friend after many years to ask a few questions. We arranged to meet for dinner and while at the table, his friend pulled this news clipping from his wallet and gave it to me. He had been carrying it for over 50 years.

The clipping was originally from the St. Catharines Standard and says...

"Pvt. John Manley of Merritton, who recently graduated among the top five from the Dept. of the Army, finance school at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. Pvt. Manley now returns to his permanent station, Fort Campbell, Kentucky"

I contacted National Archives and Record Administration for his service records and got a very disappointing letter in return, which said in part:

"The record needed to answer your inquiry is not in our files. If the record were here on July 12, 1973, it would have been in the area that suffered the most damage in the fire on that date and may have been destroyed. The fire destroyed the major portion of records of Army military personnel for the period 1912 through 1959..."

I don't know why, but I sent another request today just to see if there is a possibility of finding something, somewhere. I'm not holding out high hopes but you never know.