Gerrard Fennell

Gerrard FENNELL (1795 – 1868) was Alex’s 4th Great Grandfather; one of 32 in this generation of the Blair line.

Gerrard Fennell Coat of Arms

Gerrard Fennell, also known as Garret, was born in Wicklow County, Ireland around 1795. He first married Margaret Gill.  After Margaret died, he married Susan WINTER on April 3, 1820 at Delgany, County Wicklow, Ireland.  After Susan died, he married his third wife, Ellen Simpson on 20 May  1852 at the Protestant Episcopal Church at Huntingdon and Parts Adjacent. He died at his residence in Hinchinbrook, Quebec Canada on 16 Feb 1868 in his 74th year. Witnesses: John Fennell; Sarah Fennell; Church: Wesleyan Methodist Congregation in the Russelltown Circuit; Franklin Methodist  Minister: Stephen Bond .

Map highlighting County Wicklow

Map highlighting County Wicklow

Margaret Gill was baptized in 1783 in Ireland, and died before 1820 in Ireland

Susan Winter was born 1785 in Delgany, Wicklow, Ireland.  Her parents William WINTER and Susannah [__?__].  Susan died 28 May 1849 in Hinchinbrook Twp. Quebec, Canada;  [Spouse Spouse: Garnett Fennel] Witnesses: Fennell, Garrett; Simpson, James; Cottingham, Samuel; Church: United Church of England and Ireland at Durham, Ormstown  Minister: William Brethour.

Ellen Simpson was born about 1818.   Her father was [Unknown] Simpson.    Ellen Simpson, relict of the late Gerald Fennell, died  19 Aug 1888 at the Gore, Hinchinbrook, age 70 years.

Children of Gerrard and Susan:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Martha FENNELL Mar 1821 County Wicklow,  Ireland Samuel CRUTCHFIELD Jr
20 Mar 1849 Protestant Episcopal Church At Huntingdon
16 Jul 1897 at the Gore, Hinchinbrook, Quebec
2. William Fennell 28 Aug 1822 Ireland Barbara Winter
Before 1853
6 Oct 1905 St. Malachi d’Ormstown
3. Robert Fennell 1824
Delgany, County Wicklow, Ireland
25 Apr 1844
Died by the fall of a tree
4. John Fennell 19 Mar 1826 Wicklow County, Ireland Sarah Crutchfield
(Samuel’s sister)
12 Sep 1854
Wesleyan Methodist Congregation in the Circuit of Huntingdon
21 Jun 1876 Hinchinbrook
5. Susana Fennell ca. Aug 1829 Ireland Edward Dawson
25 Feb 1851 Protestant Episcopal Church At Huntingdon
Edward Johnson
20 Apr 1888 at the Gore, Hinchinbrook

Gerrard’s first name is recorded many different ways:  Gerret, Gerald, Gerred, Garrard,  Gerrld, Garnett, and Girard .

Delgany (Irish: Deilgne, meaning “Thorny Place”) is a village in County Wicklow on the R762 road between Greystones and the N11 road at the Glen of the Downs. It is about 25 km  south of Dublin city centre.

It is a commuter village separated from the western edge of Greystones by the adjoining village of Killincarrig. There is a Church of Ireland parish church and the parish school Delgany National School and a Catholic Carmelite Convent in the village. Delgany is in the Roman Catholic parish of Kilquade and the parish church is located in Kilquade about 4 km south. The local Catholic school is St Laurence’s which is located on Convent Road between Delgany and Greystones. The village is surrounded by wooded hills (including Kindlestown Wood) and the Glen of the Downs.

Recently “The Old Burial Ground” has been restored and opened to the public. The one acre  site is protected and contains the ruins of a 13th century church, the stump of a 6th century high cross and graves dating from the 18th century.

In the 1990s, Delgany was the location for the recording of Tori Amos‘ third album Boys For Pele.

1852 Hinchinbrook Census
Fannell, Gerald Shoemaker Ireland Episcopalian 56 M 1795
Fannell, John Farmer Ireland Episcopalian 25 M 1826
Dorson, Edward Carpenter Ireland Episcopalian 22 M 1829
Fennell, Susana Ireland Episcopalian 23 F 1828

Gerald was a Shoemaker and an Espicopalian.


1. Martha FENNELL (See Samuel CRUTCHFIELD Jr’s page)

07-16-1897 Martha FENNELL, relict of the late Samuel Crutchfield, died at the Gore, Hinchinbrook PQ, age 76 years 04 months. A native of County Wicklow, Ireland.


2. William A. Fennell

William arrived in North America by sailing ship as a boy. He  sailed from Cork with his parents and three brothers. Either the father of William, or one of his brothers, was a shoemaker, possibly in the state of Vermont. William Fennell and his wife, Barbara Winter, settled in or around Ormstown, Quebec.

William’s wife Barbara Winter was his first cousin.  She was born 16 Nov 1826  Her parents were John Winter and Margaret McKie. Her grandfather was William WINTER.  Barbara died 7 Apr 1911 at Ormstown PQ, aged 81 years. Witnesses: Fennell, R. G.; Fennell, Evelyn  Church: Wesleyan Methodist congregation Minister: T. Roy

Children of William and Barbara:

i. Susan Winter Fennell, b. 24 Nov 1853 at Huntington, Quebec;  Baptism date: 24 Feb 1854 Witnesses: Winters, Margaret (x); Fennell, Barbara; d. 2 May 1912 Holden, Mass; m. 18 May 1887 Worcester, Mass to Mansur Abbott Stone (b. 8 Oct 1848 in Rutland, Worcester, Mass – d. 1911)

In the 1900 census, Mansur and Susan were living in Worcester Ward 8, Worcester, Massachusetts where Mansur was a house carpenter.

ii. Robert Girard Fennell b. 28 Aug 1856 at Ormstown, Quebec; d. 21 Apr 1927 St. Paul’s United Church, Ormstown); m. 24 Jan 1883 English Episcopal Church in Canada at Franklin Centre and Places Adjacent. to Elizabeth “Lizzy” Bear Dawson (b. 1860 in Rockburn, Quebec – d. 2 Oct 1948) Her parents were William Dawson ( – 1927) and Elizabeth (Betty) Johnston

Robert Gerald was a mail courier.  Elizabeth was daughter of William Dawson (from Castledawson, Derry, N. Ireland?) and Elizabeth Johnston of Huntington Quebec, and had 6 children at Ormstown: Elizabeth came from a large family, and had a twin sister named Sarah. Sarah’s married name was probably Dewick. Robert and Elizabeth lost a set of twin boys Chester and Frank Johnston Fennell, b. and d.1896, and raised 4 other children: Ernest Alexander Fennell of Ormstown, b 1885, Eveline, b 1886 – d. Flu Epidemic of 1917, William Hermin b 1891, and Elsie b 1900.

Ernest married Hazel ?, worked as a mail-carrier with his faithful horse (“Barney”?), and died in Ormstown about 1975.

01-07-1945 Sarah Dawson, beloved wife of the late Charles Dewick, formerly of Huntingdon Québec, died at the residents of her daughter, Mrs. George Winter in Ormstown Québec, in her 85th year. She was daughter of the late William Dawson and his wife, Elizabeth Johnson, spending her early childhood at Rockburn. In 1894, she was united in marriage to the late Charles Dewick, of Huntingdon Québec, where she resided for 34 years, later moving to Ormstown. She leaves to mourn, one son, Charles E. of New London CT, and two daughters, Mrs. Mary G. Winter, of Ormstown, and Mrs. John A. Cluff of Valleyfield, two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Fennell of Montreal and Mrs. Stanley Flower of Vancouver BC, also six grandchildren. Funeral took place at Ormstown Québec on January 09, 1945

iii. Margaret “Maggie” Elizabeth Fennell (16 Jul 1859 at Ormstown, Que. – 27 Oct 1935  died at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. F.McCausland, Oak Hill Road, Fayville MA.)

Margaret Elizabeth Fennell, daughter of the late William Fennell and his wife, Barbara Crutchfield [Gleaner mistake, should be Barbara Winter], and sister of the late Robert Fennell of Ormstown PQ, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. J. F.McCausland, Oak Hill Road, Framingham, MA.

In the 1930 census, Margaret was living with her sister Barbara in Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts. According to the census, she immigrated in 1878.

iv.  Barbara Wilhelmina “Minnie” Fennell, b. 3 Mar 1864 at Ormstown, Quebec; d. 20 Apr 1942 at Fayville Mass.; m. James F McCauseland (b. 1858 Ohio – ) In 1880, James first married Emma Geer (b. Oct 1857 Ohio – d. Aft 1900 Morgan, Ashtabula, Ohio)

In the 1920 census, Barbara and James were living in Southborough, Worcester, Mass/ where James was a rug and carpet merchant.


3. Robert Fennell

Robert was killed by a falling tree 25 Apr 1844 Hinchinbrooke.  He was buried 27 Apr 1844  Father Garret  Fennell; Witnesses: John Winter, William Winter, George Fennell  Church: Protestant Episcopal Church at Ormstown, Beauharnois, Chateauguay and Parts Adjacent  Minister: William Brethour .

4. John Fennell

John’s wife Sarah Crutchfield was born 5 Jan 1835 Ormstown Quebec. Her parents were Samuel CRUTCHFIELD Sr.  and Mary WOOLEY.  Sarah died 25 Jun 1927 in Huntington, Quebec.

The witnesses for John and Sarah’s 12 Sep 1854 marriage were John’s cousin William Winter and A McEachern.  Church: Wesleyan Methodist Congregation in the Circuit of Huntingdon Minister: Isaac Barber.

06-25-1927 Sarah Crutchfield, Widow of the late John Fennell, died at her home on the Gore, Hinchinbrook PQ, aged 92 years 05 months 20 days.  As you can see, Sarah was a widow for over fifty years.

John Fennell Headstone — Hillside Cemetery in Hinchinbrooke Township on Route 202 across the road from Rennie’s United Church.

Children of John Fennell and Sarah Crutchfield

i. Susanna Fennell b. 29 Oct 1855 Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada; bapt. 9 Mar 1856 Witnesses: Robert Brown and John Fennell Wesleyan Methodist Congregation In the Huntingdon Circuit; d. 5 April, 1937 in Roland, Manitoba, Canada; m. 3 Nov 1875 to Thomas Purse (b. 20 Mar 1846 in Hinchinbrook, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada – d. 8 May 1899 in Roland, Manitoba, Canada)

Thomas Purse of Athelstan, Quebec. married Susanna Fennell, daughter of John Fennell, Esq., Hinchinbrook, at the residence of the bride’s father, by Rev. J. W. Chipsham. Wesleyan Methodist Congregation in the Russelltown Circuit; Franklin Methodist Witnesses: William Shearer, Matilda Crutchfield

ii. William Fennell b. 4 Aug 1857 Hinchinbrooke Wesleyan Methodist Congregation In the Circuit of Beauharnois; d.  8 Oct 1905 Methodist Church at Ormstown);  m. 7 Sep 1882 Methodist Church of Canada at Franklin Centre to Ellen J. McHardy (b. 1858 Huntingdon – d. 19 Aug 1902)

Ellen J. McHardy, relic of the late William Fennell, died at Huntingdon PQ, 19 Aug 1902 age 44 years, funeral today, Thursday, at 1 p.m., to Rennie’s graveyard.

28 Jul 1902 – William Fennell, late of the Gore, Hinchinbrook PQ, died at Huntingdon PQ, age 45 years

iii. Robert John Fennell b. 17 Aug 1859 Hinchinbrooke Wesleyan Methodist Congregation In the Circuit of Beauharnois; d. 3 Mar 1937 died of pneumonia, formerly of the Gore, Hinchinbrooke Québec, died at Rosebank Manitoba, age 78 years; m. Dora Halpin (b. 14 Mar 1872 – d. 28 Jul 1959 Roland, Manitoba)

07-12-1896 The wife of Robert Fennell, at Ormstown PQ, twin sons, one died same day.

iv. Sarah Ann Fennell b. 18 Aug 1861 Franklin; d. 2 Sep 1929 in Morden, Manitoba, Canada; m. Thomas Dickenson (b. 1858 Franklin Centre – d. 1928 Huntingdon, Quebec), of Franklin Center, Que., 28 Jun 1882 at the residence of the bride’s mother,Hinchinbrook Que., by Rev. J Carr. Methodist Church of Canada at Franklin Centre Witnesses: Thomas Dickenson, Sarah A. Fennell, John C. McHardy, Susie W. Crutchfield

12-26-1944 William Dickenson, eldest son of the late Thomas Dickenson and his wife, Sarah Fennell, died suddenly at R? Manitoba, in his 61st year.

v. Mary Emma Fennell b. 18 Feb 1864 Hinchinbrooke, County of Huntingdon and Province of Canada East; d. 8 Mar 1921 in Rosebrook, Brooklet, Quebec, Canada; m. 21 Feb 1883 at Methodist Church of Canada at Huntingdon tp James McCracken (b. 1850 Quebec) Witnesses: James McCracken, Emma Fennell, Samuel Edward Fennell, Sarah Jane Crutchfield; d.  8 Mar 1921 Witnesses: J. Alva Wilson, William A. Crutchfield. Aged in her 58th year; Buried in Rennie Cemetery Methodist Church at Franklin Centre)

03-08-1921 Mary Emma Fennell, beloved wife of James McCracken, died at Rosebank, Brooklet PQ, aged 57 years.

vi. Samuel Edward Fennell b. 6 Apr 1866 Hinchinbrooke; d. 2 Apr 1952 Roland, Manitoba; m1. 1 Jan 1890 Morden, Manitoba to Beatrice May Delong (b. 12 Jul 1869 in Hillier Township, Ontario, Canada – d. 18 Jan 1907 in Roland, Manitoba, Canada) ; m2. Levina Margaret Kelly (b. 4 Nov 1866 Huntingdon Quebec – d. 30 Mar 1951 Rowland, Manitoba)

20 Mar 1951 – Levina Kelly, beloved wife of S. E. Fennell, died at the Carmen Memorial Hospital in Rowland MB, in her 85th year. She married Mr. S. E. Fennell, of Rowland and went to Manitoba in 1910 that same year. She is survived by one stepdaughter, Mrs. Nelson Langtry, of Homewood, three stepsons, Ernest L., William F., of Winnebago, and L. Raymond of Fort Garry, also 9 grandchildren. A twin brother, Levi Kelly, predeceased her earlier this month in Huntingdon. Funeral services from the United Church, service conducted by the Rev. George Hambly.Interment at Rowland MB

vii. Martha Margaret “Maggie” Lily Fennell b. 20 Apr 1869 Hinchinbrooke in the County of Huntingdon, P. Q; d. 19 Jan 1903 Chateaugay New York; m. 26 Feb 1890 to William Lavery (b. 27 Apr 1861 in Chateaugay, Franklin, New York – d. 31 Jan 1903 in Chateaugay, Franklin, New York)

William Lavery of Chateaugay New York, married Lillie Fennell, of Hinchinbrook Quebec. At the residence of the brides mother, by Rev. George Cooper Poyser. Witnesses: William Lavery, Lillie Fennell, Thomas Dickinson, John Crutchfield

01-19-1903 Lillie M. Fennell, wife of William Lavery, died suddenly near Chateaugay New York, of acute Cellulitis, aged 33 years. Also on January 31, William Lavery, died of pneumonia,aged 39 years.

In the 1900 census, William and Martha were farrming in Chateaugay, Franklin, New York.


5. Susana Fennell

Susana’s husband Edward Dawson was born 5 Aug 1829 in Northern Ireland. He married Susanna 25 Feb 1851 Witnesses were  Gerred Fennell, John Crutchfield, Edward Dawson, and Susanna Fennell.   Edward was a carpenter. He died 27 May 1901 in Roland, Manitoba, Canada.

…04-20-1888 Susan Fennell, wife of Edward Johnson, died at the Gore, Hinchinbrook, age 58 years 08 months.

Susana Fennell Dawson Headstone — Hillside Cemetery

Children of Susana and Edward

i. Elizabeth Dawson b. 29 Oct 1852 bapt. 23 Jan 1852 Witnesses Edward Scarlett, Catherine Neely, J.W. Botham  Protestant Episcopal Church At Huntingdon and Parts Adjacent; d. 1931 Roland, Manitoba; m. Huntingdon, Quebec to Thomas Gilligan (b. 1846 Quebec – d. 1939)

ii. Susanna Dawson b. 1855 Huntingdon, Quebec

iii. Martha Jane Dawson is recorded in the records of the Wesleyan Methodist Congregation in the Circuit of Beauharnois, as the daughter of Edward Dawson, yeoman of Hinchinbrooke, and Susanne Fennell, born 10 Jul 1857 and christened, 23 Aug 1857.  Minister, W Hansford and witness, Mary M Winter;  d. 14 Nov 1941 General Hospital, Vancouver, B.C.

Length of time in Province: 31 Years
Length of time in Vancouver: 22 Years
Age at Death:: 83 years, 4 months, 4 days
married William Akister Lambe
Date of Death: October 28, 1932
Place of Death: 1101 Melville Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Residence: 1101 Melville Street,Vancouver, B.C.
Age at Death: 72 Years, 1 month, 6 days
Racial Origin: English
Birthdate: September 22, 1860
Birthplace: Quebec
Occupation: Stone Mason (Retired)
Lived in Province: 23 Years

iv. Mary Dawson b. 12 Nov 1859 bapt. 27 Apr 1860; Witnesses Edward Dawson, Susanna Dawson.  Wesleyan Methodist Church in the Ormstown Circuit

v. William John Dawson b. 1867; d. 9 Feb 1884 Huntingdon, Quebec

vi. Samuel Edward Dawson b. 29 Aug 1869 bapt. 13 Feb 1870 Wesleyan Methodist Congregation in the Russelltown Circuit; Franklin Methodist d. 1958 Roland, Manitoba; m. Beatrice May Delong (b. 12 Jul 1869 in Hillier Township, Ontario, Canada – d. 18 Jan 1907 in Roland, Manitoba, Canada)

vii. Frederick Thomas Dawson b. 28 Jan 1874 bapt. 17 Aug 1874  Wesleyan Methodist Congregation in the Russelltown Circuit; Franklin Methodist; d. 16 Jun 1954 in Winnipeg, Manitoba; m. Anne Jane Evaline Scott (b. 20 Aug 1873 in Osgoode Twp., Ontario – d. 15 Oct 1942

Other Fennells

William John Fennell Married Sarah Jane Rowe. Their daughter  Susan Strange Fennell was born 18 Oct 1851 St. Johns, Huntingdon county and the seigniories of Beauharnois & Châteauguay Baptism date: 19 Feb 1852 Witnesses: Fennell, W. J.; Rowe, S. J.; Davis, Jane Wesleyan Methodist Congregation in the Circuit of St. Johns, C.E.  Minister: George H. Davis


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