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An American Family History

Bartholomew Treahy

County Limerick, is in the Mid-West Ireland and is part of the province of Munster.

York County was in the Canadian province of Ontario and was created in 1792. In 1816, Wentworth and Halton Counties were created from York County and in 1851, Ontario and Peel Couties were separated. In 1953, Metropolitan Toronto seceded. In 1971, the remaining portion of York County became the York Regional Municipality.


Bartholomew (Batt) Treahy was born about 1782 in County Limerick, Ireland. 

He married Bridget Moran. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Bartholomew and Bridget Treahy.

On December 24, 1853 an advertisement was published in the Boston Pilot seeking Bartholomew Treahy who had arrived in 1851 from County Limerick. Miss Stewart, his daughter, was seeking the information and the person to contact was Michael Healy who lived on Troy Street in New York.

He appeared in the 1853 tax list of Toronto. His occupation was given as laborer. He lived in St. David's ward. 

At the time of the 1861 census Bart Trahey was a 79 year old gardener living with his daughter and son-in-law, "Jas. and Kate Armstrong" in Toronto. The census record said that he was a widower and Roman Catholic.

He died on January 17, 1864 in Toronto, (was York County), Ontario, Canada and was buried at St. Michael's cemetery with his wife.

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January 20, 1864, Irish Canadian

The peak period of Irish immigration to Canada was during the Great Famine between 1845-1849. Most immigrants went to Canada because the fares were lower. Ships that reached Canada lost many passengers and even more died while in quarantine. From the reception station at Grosse-Ile, most survivors were sent to Montréal. The typhus outbreak of 1847 and 1848 killed many of the new immigrants. An economic boom following their arrival allowed many men to work in on the expanding railroad, in construction, in the logging industry, or on farms.

The city of York was incorporated as Toronto on March 6, 1834. The city grew and developed significantly during the the 19th century. The Irish famine brought a large number of Irish immigrants to the city and they became the largest ethnic group.

Toronto 1856
Toronto 1856

The Great Famine or the Irish Potato Famine was between 1845 and 1852. About a million people died and a million more emigrated. It was caused by a potato blight. The famine permanently changed Ireland.


The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

 

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