O'Brien, Emma

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    Introduction. Emma's family settled in 2 boys settled in St Theresa's and 2 boys settled in Morrell. Her great grandfather Walsh came from Ireland.
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    Story of great grandfather and great grandmother marrying on the boat to North America. They settled on Towne Road. Discussion of Walsh family members: Edward, James, Lady Ellen, and Katie (who died the previous year).
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    Talks about rough life of early settlers. Grandfather [James] Kenny was a labourer, had very little but a piece of land in St. Theresa's. They built a house there. Tells story about his wife finishing the inside of the house (chimney and fireplace). They had 4 boys [John, William, Thomas and James] and 3 girls, Mrs. [Catherine) Curran, Mrs. [Ann] Kelly & Mrs. [Margaret] Cullan. The women chipped in because they had to, to get by. Very independent people.
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    Speaks of a man who lived on Wright's Bridge, on St. Peter's Road. He was a good man who spoke his prayers only in Gaelic. He moved his family to Illinois; one girl came back to the Island and married a Smith, one married a doctor Leitch. The Kenny family was a wandering family. Recalls that her mother was very patriotic towards Ireland and speaks of Irish Minstrels, telling stories of the bygone Irish in song.
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    Recalls a book she read by a Sister who travelled Ireland and wrote about Irish Saints. Emma notes that the Irish who came to North America had no crowns on their heads (they were no saints).
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    Speaks of Irish prosecution and bigotry. Tells the story Knock Ireland and the Marian shrine.
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    Story continues about the Knock Shrine. Those who travelled Ireland noted that it was very much like Prince Edward Island, very green.
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    When family arrived the Island was under British laws and the law stated that Catholic's could not own property. When the British conquered the French they divided the Island into 67 Lots. Soldiers drew Lots from a hat to claim property.
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    Irish settlers in Fort Augustus would warn neighbours with a horn if they saw the land agent coming to collect rent. They'd hide in the woods until the agent left. Land agents would get beaten up (not much law and order at that time). For this reason Fort Augustus was called Little Hell. Speaks of the catholic emancipation and the naming of Morrell. Emma's husband's people (O'Brien's) left Fort Augustus, the wife took 300 acres of land, giving each of her three sons 100 acres. The daughter went to California and married a man from Nova Scotia. When he died she returned to the Maritimes to scatter his ashes in NS and visit PEI. When she discovered her three brothers [Pete, Frank and ?] got 100 acres of land, she sued for property.
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    Discusses the ancestry of the Fort Augustus O'Brien's: James O'Brien and his wife [Mary] McCullough O'Brien. Mentions two O'Brien headstones in Fort Augustus and notes the reason her husband's great grandmother left Fort Augustus was an epidemic of diptheria or smallpox, which killed her husband and two of the children. Emma speaks of her maiden name Kenny [father: Thomas Kenny] and that her mother's maiden name was Walsh [mother: Ellen Walsh].
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    Speaks fondly of horses, racing bareback, and taking the many horse tracks/trails.
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    Brief mention of the importance of horses.