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Arundel Elias Disney (abt. 1803 - abt. 1880)

Arundel Elias Disney
Born about in Gowran, County Kilkenny, Irelandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 9 Jan 1832 in Clone, Kilkenny, Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Holmesville, Ontario, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Jan 2009 | Last significant change: 26 Dec 2020
18:09: Natalie (Durbin) Trott edited the Biography for Arundel Elias Disney (abt.1803-abt.1880). [Thank Natalie for this]
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Arundel Disney great grandfather of Walt Disney through son Kepple and grandson Elias.

The Disney family hails from Ireland and they are descended from a Norman named Robert d'Isigny who arrived in England in 1066 with William the Conqueror. A branch of the family traveled in 1834 from County Kilkenny, Ireland to Liverpool, England where they sailed on the ship "New Jersey". They landed October 3, 1834 in New York City. After a few years they moved to Goderich Township, Huron County, in southwestern Upper Canada (Ontario).[1]

Arundel Elias Disney and Maria Swan had eight children:

  1. Kepple Disney b. 2 Nov 1832 in Clone, Kilkenny, Ireland, d. 24 May 1891 in Ellis, Ellis, KS. He married Mary Richardson, Mar 18 1858 in Goderich Township, Huron County, ON, b. 30 Mar 1838 in Aghaboe Parish, Queens County, Ireland (daughter of Robert Richardson and Ruth Lark), d. 10 Mar 1909 in Ellis, KS.
  2. Mary Disney, b. 6 Aug 1839 in Goderich Township, Huron County, ON. She married Israel E. Forsyth, b. 1840 in Dumfries Township, Middlesex County, ON (son of George Forsyth and Estacia), d. 1900 in New York, USA
  3. Elias Disney, b. 4 Apr 1843 in Strathroy, ON, d. 3 Mar 1913 in Hutchinson, Reno, KS
  4. Charlotte Disney, b. 1850 in Goderich Township, Huron County, ON.
  5. Thomas Disney, b. 1851 in Goderich Township, Huron County, ON.
  6. James Disney, b. 1853 in Ontario, Goderich Township, Huron County, ON.
  7. Harriet Disney, b. 1856 in Goderich Township, Huron County, ON. d. 10 Jul 1881 in Ellis, Ellis, Kansas, USA. She married Walter White Martin, 28 Apr 1875 in Chicago, Cook County, IL, b. 28 Mar 1850 in Cincinnati, Madison, OH, d. 14 Dec 1927 in Denver, Adams, CO.
  8. Arundel Robert Disney, b. 1858 in Goderich Township, Huron County, ON. d. 1910.



See also:

  • Bob Thomas. Walt Disney: An American Original, New York: Disney Editions (1994), 21-22.
  • Message Board regarding this line
  • "Ontario Census, 1861," database, FamilySearch ( : 5 September 2017), Erusidel E Disney, Goderich, Huron, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 71, line 20; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1035-1036, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,855.

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Disney-264 and Disney-4 appear to represent the same person because: Same name. Fathers with same name have separate merge proposal. Almost same name of spouse with almost the same date or marriage. Same date of death.
posted by Per Starbäck