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

Arundel Elias Disney
Born about in Gowran, County Kilkenny, Irelandmap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 9 Jan 1832 in Clone, Kilkenny, Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 77 in Holmesville, Ontario, Canadamap
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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.


[1] Historical documents we found for Arundel Disney —

from FamilySearch:

Birth: 1801 Gowran, County Kilkenny, Ireland

Death: 31 May 1880 Goderich, Huron, Ontario, Canada

Spouse: Maria Swan

Parents: Frances Best & Kepple Disney

The Life Summary of Arundel Elias

When Arundel Elias Disney was born in 1801, in Gowran, County Kilkenny, Ireland, his father, Kepple Disney, was 25 and his mother, Frances Best, was 25. He married Maria Swan on 1 September 1832, in Gowran, County Kilkenny, Ireland. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Lafayette, McKean, Pennsylvania, United States in 1880. He died on 31 May 1880, in Goderich, Huron, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 79, and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Ellis, Ellis, Kansas, United States.

Children of Maria swan and Arundel Disney (15)

Kepple Elias Disney 1832–1891

Edward Disney 1835–Deceased

Robert Disney 1837–1910

Mary Disney 1839–Deceased

Elizabeth Disney 1841–Deceased

Elias Disney 1843–1913

John Disney 1843–Deceased

Sarah Diana Disney 1847–1913

George Disney 1849–Deceased


Thomas Disney 1852–1908

James Disney 1854–Deceased

Harriet M Disney 1856–1881

Arundel Robert Disney 1858–1910

Annie Disney 1861–1895

Siblings of Arundel (8)

Mary Ann Disney F 1795–1875

Robert Disney M 1797–1872

Arundel Elias Disney M 1801–1880

Charlotte Disney F 1801–1882

Kepple Disney M 1806–1897

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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