October 5, 2017
Final Version: looking for orphan Richard Fitzpatrick’s Parents
1847 list of Quebec orphans from Ireland: Finding Orphan Richard Fitzpatrick’s (1840-1914) Parents Update.
I am trying to find my wife, Judy's great grand father. Richard Fitzpatrick (1840-1914).
Richard Fitzpatrick, age 11 is listed on the “1852 census of Canada East and West”. He also appears on Ancestry‘s – Irish Immigration Records, 1823-1849. On the latter he is shown as one of 11 orphans adopted by Rev Jean Harper, living in Nicolet district, St Gregoire, parish.
Robert Walsh was another one of the 11 orphans living with Richard Fitzpatrick. They were listed under the care of the care of Rev Jean Harper in 1852. Both their names are also listed in Marianna O’Gallagher’s book, “Grosse Ile: Gateway to Canada, 1832-1937 (Ste Foy, Quebec: Carraig Books, 1984, p. 143)” http://faminearchive.nuigalway.ie/…/famine-orp…/robert-walsh
When I recently read the article “Irish Famine Orphan: Robert Walsh” I immediately visited the local library to see if further information on Richard Fitzpatrick was available in the Mariann O’Gallager book. To my delight, I found the following on page 138:
Richard Fitzpatrick, age 6 arrived in Grosse Isle, Canada on the Ship Progress in July 1848; (1847 is probably more correct. Elsewhere I found the Ship Progress left Waterford on May 27, 1847 for Quebec. Its Captain's name was Abel.) He came from the Parish of Knowes in Kilkenny Ireland. He was adopted by Michael Lemay, St Gregoire, Quebec.There were three other Fitzpatrick children’s on the on the same list; all were from Kilkenny and came over on the same ship. They were: Catherine, age 10; Ellen, age 6; and John, age 13. Could they be all related? Dr Rouseau, Nicholet , Quebec adopted Catherine and John. Ellen was adopted by Mrs Doyer, Faubourg, St Jean, Quebec.
Judy and I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone having further information on: Richard Fitzpatrick's parents, and about his possible relationship to Catherine, John and Ellen.