An American Family History

Eliza Treahy Griffin

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

The Province of Upper Canada was established in 1791 to accommodate Loyalist refugees from the United States. It included all of Southern Ontario and part of Northern Ontario.

Eliza Treahy Griffin was born in 1828 in Askeaton, County Limerick, Ireland. Her parents may have been Bartholomew Treahy and Bridget Moran. In 1861 she was living with a Mrs. Treahy who was born in 1797. Bridget Moran Treahy was born in 1788.

She married Edward Griffin on April 16, 1865 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Edward was born about 1819 in Tipperary, Ireland.

Edward and Eliza's children were:
Mary Ann Bridget Griffin (1854),
William Francis Joseph Griffin (1857),
Elizabeth Griffin (1857),
Margaret Griffin (1858),
John A. Griffin (1863),
Patrick Joseph Griffin (1865), and
Thomas Bernard Griffin (1865).

At the time of the 1861 census, they were living in the Saint Andrew's Ward of Toronto. The household consisted of Edward who was 42, Eliza who was 30, a Mrs. Treahy who was 64 and was born in 1797 in Ireland, Mary Ann, William, and Margaret.

They were still in the Saint Andrew's Ward in 1871 and the household consisted of Edward, Eliza, Mary Ann, William, Elizabeth, Patrick, and Thomas. Mary Ann was a dress maker and Edward was a laborer.

In 1881 they were in West Toronto. The household consisted of Edward, Eliza, Patrick, Thomas, and Eliza. Edward was laborer, Patrick was a printer, Thomas was a laborer and Eliza was a dress maker.

Edward died on April 5, 1890 in Toronto.

At the time of the 1891 census, Eliza was a 60 year old widow, still living in St. Andrew's Ward. She was living with Joseph P. and Thomas who were both 26, Elizabeth was 28 and Mauril Deans age 13. Joseph was a printer and Thomas was a laborer. Mauril Deans was a "lodger" born in the United States.

In 1911 Eliza was an inmate at the House of Providence which was a Catholic charity for the elderly, orphans, and unemployed.

House of Providence

Children of Bartholomew Treahy
and Bridget Moran
  • Eliza Treahy Griffin
  • Elizabeth Catherine Treahy Cleveland Copley
  • John Bartolomew Treahy
  • Helen Treahy Flynn
  • Anne Treahy (Sister Mary Lawrence)
  • Patrick Joseph Treahy

  • Askeaton is in southwest Ireland in County Limerick on the river Deel. It is about two miles upstream from the Shannon Estuary.

    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 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 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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