McKenty And Nancy Robinson
HUGH1 MCKENTY was
born about 1788 in County Antrim, Ireland, and died October 26, 1869 on
Amherst Island. He married NANCY ROBINSON. She was born about
1806 in Ireland. According to Alastair there is record of their
marriage in Antrim dated Dec 6th 1830. Witnesses were John Robinson
and Henry McKenty There is also registration for the birth of a son James,
born October 2 1831. Patrick and Mary McAuley were witnesses. Information taken from the Archives of Ontario and the genealogical
holdings in Kingston, including the census for 1851, 1861 and 1871 of
Amherst Island list all the family members except James and indicated they were Roman
Catholic. Could James have stayed with kin or died on the treacherous
passage to North America?
Catharine Wilson in her
book " A New Lease on Life..." suggests Hugh traveled with the
United Empire Loyalists that first settled Amherst Island. The loyalists
were typically Protestant and settlements were typically based on shared
religion and ethnicity. About sixty percent of Irish that originally settled
in Ontario were Protestant Loyalists.
The 1851 census lists an
"Ellen" age 1 but she is not on the 1871. I believe her name may
have been Margaret Ellen, the same as her niece mentioned in the 1871
census. All the census records viewed say
the children were born in U.C (Upper Canada). The 1861 census has a Saly
Mckenty 20 and married The 1871 has a Hanorah 27, married to Hugh’s
son Neil. Their children were Daniel 1 1/2 and Margaret E., 5 months. It
seems Mary, Alice, and Henry left the family home before 1871 There was
Donald Blaney living with them or next to them on the island. This could
have been a relative of John the Elder and Mary Blaney.
Land records list Hugh Jr.
living on the Upper Landing con I, lot 58 ...Hugh ( Sr?) UL con I, lots
13+35, Dist63 Dwelling 24 , and a R. McKenty UL (Upper Landing)
Con I lot 15.
enough, R (Robert) is not listed on any of the census forms. Land records
reveal numerous transactions made by the various Mckenty families during
their stay on the Island.
The death registration from
the Archives of Ontario confirm Hugh was born in County Antrim, was a
farmer from Amherst Island, and died Oct 26, 1869, age 81. It says he was
sick 10 days ...his son Neil from A.I. notified authorities..
Children of HUGH MCKENTY and
i JAMES McKenty b Oct 2 1831 in Ireland
ii. MARY MCKENTY,
b. 1834, Amherst Island Ontario.
iii. HENRY MCKENTY,
b. 1835. Sailor
iv. ALICE MCKENTY,
v. NEIL MCKENTY,
vi. DANIEL MCKENTY,
b. 1840, U.C. (Upper Canada) Sailor
vii. ROSE MCKENTY,
viii. ANN MCKENTY, b.
ix. WILLIAM MCKENTY,
x. Margaret Ellen b. 1850
xi. W.J. MCKENTY,
Generation No. 2
was born 1834 on Amherst Island Ontario. She married FRANCIS MCMULLEN April
16, 1853 in St Mary's Kingston. He was also born on Amherst Island. The
register of marriages for St Mary's Cathedral Kingston has ".Apr 16 , 1853
Francis, son of Neil McMullen & Bridget McAuley, and Mary , daughter of
Hugh & Nancy McKenty, both Amherst Island . The witnesses were Daniel McGagart? and Bethia Mary Rennie (This hints of connections between Hugh's
family with John Sr household)
R Waller in his book "
Loyalist Links " has other children for Francis and Mary ..but they seem
to be experiencing delayed parenting ..Francis 1869, Thomas 1872, Joseph
1876 (in USA ), and Samuel 1879 ( USA ) Why the gap 1853 Neal to 1869
Children of MARY MCKENTY and
MCMULLEN, b. April 1855.
MCMULLEN, b. 1869.
MCMULLEN, b. 1872.
MCMULLEN, b. 1876.
MCMULLEN, b. 1879.
2 ALICE MCKENTY (HUGH1)
was born 1836. She married JOHN SMYTH. Baptismal records spell "SMITH".
More Smith-McKenty links. See Susie and Margaret Smith married Dan and John
Mckenty (Henry and Bridget Family , brother Neil marries Honora) ) Also IGI
records suggest Agnes McKinty married a Wm Smyth Dec 4 1796 Antrim
Children of ALICE MCKENTY and
SMYTH, b. November 24, 1869. Baptismal records from Kingston
born Nov 24, baptised Apr 19, 1867 Sponsor Michael
ii. HUGH SMYTH, born May 1873, baptized June 10 1873
2 NEIL2 MCKENTY
(HUGH1) was born 1838. He married HONORA HANNAH SYMTH/SMITH.
Children of NEIL MCKENTY and
i. DANIEL3 MCKENTY, b.
September 14, 1869. sponsors Ann Shibley and Charles
Mulvena ..some of the
Mulvenas were with the McKentys in the Eastern
townships a connection?
ii. MARGARET ELLEN
MCKENTY, b. November 29, 1870.
Kingston records "Margaret Ellen
baptized Dec 7 , b. Nov 29,…sponsors Michael
Murray & Anne Crow
2 DANIEL2 MCKENTY
(HUGH1) was born 1840 in U.C.. He married HANORAH ? She was
born Abt. 1844 in Ireland. He was listed as sailor on the census
Child of DANIEL MCKENTY and
i .DANIEL3 MCKENTY, b.
believe many of Hugh’s children moved to the United States and some went out
and Sarah Berdane
HUGH1 MCKENTY was
born 1805 in Ireland, and died May 23, 1871 on Amherst Island. He married
SARAH Berdan. I've seen a few spellings for Sarah's name, Berdaine,
Berdan, Bourdaine... Sarah was born 1807 on the Isle of Tanti (Amherst Island) in UC
(Upper Canada) She was likely the daughter of John Berdain and Nancy
McKenzie and the great granddaughter of Albert Berdan & Susannah
Secord of Woodhouse, and Colin Mackenzie Sr and Sarah Powers of A.I.
Info gathered from 1851 census
of Amherst Island transcribed by Helen and Pauline Bulch, Kingston OGS
indicates there were 21 McKentys' on Amherst by 1851. This included the
members of at least 2 other McKenty families, John and Mary Blaney Mckenty,
and Hugh and Nancy Robinson McKenty
The 1851-2 census of A.I. has
Ann Berdan, age 62, widow, probably Sarah’s mother, living with her and Hugh
and children Margarate 15, John 16, Edmond 12, Caroline 9, David 7, Mary 4,
and Rose 1. Since all were born on Amherst that would mean that Hugh must
have come to North America before 1835.
The land records have Hugh
Jr. on the UL (upper landing), Con II, lot58 Amherst Island ....and Hugh UL
con I lot13,35, ...and Robert McKenty UL con I lot 15..I found no records
for Robert in any of the various censuses
In his book Tales of Amherst
Island, Burleigh makes reference to some Island gossip between the young
ladies, including one of Hugh’s daughters. It seems to have taken a serious
tone ".. personally appears before me, Richard Hitchins, Esq., Jane
Howard of Amherst Island who swears by the holy Evangelist that she has
never said anything to injure the character of Miss Ally McKenty, only the
story told to her by
Mary Vaughan McMullen and afterwards by Mary Incent. Jan 15 1846 Rd
Hughs death registry says
he was 64 at time of death, May 23, 1871..paralysis for 5 wks ..born Co
Antrim Ireland. In his will Hugh gave 2 properties he had on A.I. to his
children, horses to his daughter Margaret McKenty Whelan, interest from his
investments to his "beloved wife Sarah", $800 to his daughter Mary at the
Catholic Institution in Kingston, and $800 to be shared by Edmond and
Rosanna, and the balance to his son John
Children of HUGH MCKENTY and
MCKENTY, b. Abt. 1836; d. February 07, 1885.
MCKENTY, b. Abt. 1836.
MCKENTY, b. May 05, 1842., baptized Nov 20th 1842
sponsors Hugh McKenty and Catharine McTaggart
b. Abt. 1844.
v. MARY MCKENTY,
b. Abt. 1847.
vi. ROSEANNA MCKENTY,
b. Abt. 1850; m. PATRICK SLAVEN
MCKENTY, b. May 28, 1840, Ontario.
Generation No. 2
2. JOHN2 MCKENTY
(HUGH1) was born Abt. 1836, and died February 07,
1885. He married BRIDGET Elizabeth WHALEN on February 07, 1869 in Camden.
She was the
daughter of WILLIAM WHALEN and MARY BURKE. Lennox and Addington County
Marriages 1869-80 V1 indicates Bridget Whalen was the second daughter of Wm
Whalen and Mary Burke of Camden. The wedding, also announced in the Napanee
Beaver says it was held in Centreville Church Feb 17 1869. The 1871 census
also has John 35
with Elizabeth B age 22 and a son Daniel age 1 The registration for their
son Daniels (Donald) baptism at St Patrick’s, Railton says the sponsors were Charles Mulvena and Rose
The tombstone in
the Amherst Island Cemetery reads " John McKenty died Feb 8 1884 age 49 yrs 7
months erected by son Donald" . Unfortunately the
death registration is not very kind. It says, "49yrs, farmer, born A.I.,
cause of death.. drunkenness 2 days
His son said the actual cause of death was the result of an
accident . He was kicked by a horse. ..not an unusual fate for the pioneers.
The registration comment could well reflect the anti Irish sentiment typical
of the period. it's interesting to not that many of the irish moved on from
A copy of John's will from
" Surrogate Court County of Lennox and Addington says his wife
Bridget Elizabeth ( listed as Elizabeth Bridget in the 1871 census ) was
worth of furniture , horses worth $ 325 ...assets totaling $753 (the
penmanship is hard to decipher)
The Index to the 1901 census of Lennox & Addington
Counties says Bridget McKenty, born in 1846, widow , living in Camden Div
10,Con 5 lot 26. This is probably his mother Bridget Whalen McKenty. I
believe she died Nov 8 1930 in Winnipeg where many in this branch had moved
Children of JOHN MCKENTY and
BRIDGET WHALEN :
b. January 02, 1870.Kingston records
Daniel " baptised Feb 20
,born .Jan 2 . Sponsors Charles Mulvena &
Rose McKenty "
b. November 01, 1875. A.I. #010624. Railton
born Nov 8 1875 ,baptized
Nov 21 1875 Sponsors Mary and John
MCKENTY, b. August 10, 1873. married Dr A.J.
Slater Baptismal records
Railton ..baptized Aug 10 1873 , sponsors
Patrick Mulvenna and wife
2. CAROLINE2 MCKENTY
(HUGH1) was born May 05, 1842. Baptism records say "born May
5, baptised Nov 20 daughter of
Hugh& Sarah Bourdaine ,Isle of Tanty .Sponsors Hugh Mckenty
& Catherine McTaggert...
.Information from descendents indicate Caroline married her first
McKenty (John and Mary Mulvena McKenty) from Quebec. A letter written
by Caroline and
John's daughter, Mary Everline McKenty Schmidt describes the family's
Children of CAROLINE and John McKenty
EVERLIN3 MCKENTY, b. 1866; m. AUGUSTUS SCHMIDT
Reportoire des Mariages
confirms her parentage and says his parents were Samuel
Schmidt and Julia Major.
WM HENRY MCKENTY, b. 1868; d. May 10, 1870, Richmond Quebec.
JOHN THOMAS EDWARD MCKENTY, b. 1869; d. 1931.
b. 1872, Richmond Quebec; d. September 12, 1874,
Richmond Quebec. One yr and 9 months old at time of death
descendents of this branch of the family tree see the Quebec McKentys
2 ROSE MCKENTY born 1850
married Patrick (Peter?) Slavin, son of James and
Rose of Syndenham, November 25 1872
Rose and Peter
2. EDMOND2 MCKENTY
(HUGH1) was born May 28, 1840 in Ontario. He married
MARIAN TROTTER April 05, 1880 in St Patrick’s Church Toronto, daughter of
CHARLES TROTTER and MARY TROTTER. She was born December 19, 1858 in
Rochester U.S.A.. I believe she died Nov 2 1920 in Winnipeg
The 1861 census of Ernestown
and Bath says Edmund, age 21 was a merchant in Bath. The marriage
registration, dated April 5th 1880, has Edward 39,
merchant Bath, and Marian Trotter, 23 living in Toronto, born in Rochester N.Y. Witnesses at
the marriage were
Thomas Henry Hodgins, Arthur Archibald, Frances Whalen, Elizabeth Archibald,
and the priest J. Laurent.
Despite the fact the 1901
census for Bath Ontario indicates Edmunds presence there, numerous land
transactions were conducted out west by an Edmund Mckenty. I believe this
is the same Edmond. His wife Marion is recorded living in Winnipeg after his
Children of EDMOND MCKENTY
and MARIAN TROTTER
i. FRANCIS Edmund
MCKENTY, b. December 27, 1880.WW1
Attestation Record says he was born in
Dec 27 1881 , census says 1880.... "Francis Edmund"..He .was a Captain
..born Bath living at 603 Union Ave Montreal ..Mother ( Marion ) was living
in Winnipeg Man. , 408 Edmonton st. ..his occupation was M.D...signed up Jan
29 1918 R.C...Birth reg says was born Dec 27 son of 1880 Marian Trotter
and Edmund McKenty
ii. ARTHUR JOHN
September01,1882. Mr&Mrs Daniel Black sponsors
Percival AUSTIN MCKENTY,
b. December 11, 1883.
MARK MCKENTY, b. January 19, 1885.
MCKENTY, b. June 21, 1886.
MCKENTY, b. November 17, 1888.
MCKENTY, b. May 04, 1896.
Elizabeth MCKENTY, b. May 22, 1896.( From Napanee Beaver)
2 Margaret McKenty
married John Whalen. Apparently they had 3
Children of Margaret and John
(John&Bridget) married Thomas Joseph O"Neill
of Kingsbridge Ontario