A collection of newspaper articles, stories and notices -- primarily obituaries -- pertaining to the McElroy family of Richmond, Ontario.
Newspaper Articles and Notices
Death of Patrick McElroy
Death Notice: November 6, 1876, source unknown
McELROY -- At Richmond, County of Carleton, Ontario, On Monday morning, the 6th inst., Patrick McElroy, aged 73 years, 7 months and 5 days.
Death of John McElroy
Death Notice: date unknown, source unknown, 2 notices.
In Kingston, on Dec. 8th, John McElroy, aged 73 years.
The funeral will take place on Monday morning at ten o'clock, from his late residence, 24 James Street, near Montreal Street. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
An Old Kingstonian.
The death of John McElroy of James Street, removes another from the scant roll of Kingston's old landmarks. He had lived for nearly his full three score and ten years in the city, and by honest industry, peaceful nature and good citizenship, had won an independent competence and the respect of everybody who knew him. Of no one could this last more truly be said.
note: John was the son of Henry McElroy and Johanna Craig, brother of Patrick. He was born in 1808, presumably at Castlebar, Ireland. He is buried at Rockwood Cemetery, Kingston.
Death of Mary McElroy
Death Notice: January 11, 1884, source unknown
At Cumberland on Friday morning, 11th January, Mary McElroy, beloved wife of William Wilson, aged 46 years and 7 months.
The funeral will take place on Monday 14th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. from her husband's residence, Cumberland. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to accept this invitation.
Death of Evelyne Mary McElroy
Death Notice: May 11, 1888, source unknown
McElroy -- On Friday, the 11th inst., in Ottawa, Eva, aged 9 years, daughter of Wm. McElroy, Esq., of Richmond. Internment took place at Richmond.
note: Evelyne Mary McElroy died of scarlet fever.
Death of Henry McElroy
March 20, 1893, Ottawa Journal
Insane At The Time
A Great Gloom That Caused Mr. McElroy To Take His Life
Sad Details of the End of a Man Known and Respected for Miles Around -- Melancholy Caused, it is Supposed, by Overwork
Death by suicide. That was the verdict in the inquest on the body of Henry McElroy of Richmond, which was held by Dr. Mark, coroner, on Saturday.
The jury were composed of R.F. Oliver, G.B. Lewis, Thomas Nichol, A. Miller, Benjamin Hill, W.C. Eastman, James Nelson, Geo. Johnston, C.A. Hill, O. Martin, H. Rielly, Wm. Nixon, Wm. Fenner, S.A. Wright, R.H. Mills.
Everything Was Gloomy
A good deal of testimony was taken. Mrs. Margaret McElroy, wife of the deceased, said her husband was about 64 years of age. He was not in good health lately. He complained of something wrong with his heart and liver, also a great pain in his head and great sleeplessness. For the past two months he was extremely nervous and very depressed in spirits. Everything was gloomy to him. He told the witness about a week ago that he was tempted to put an end to his life.
Saw him last alive at 5:30 on Saturday morning. He was then in his bedroom. He went out saying he was going to the closet. He was very depressed the night previous. When he did not come back to the house after the lapse of some time she (witness) went in search of him and found him hanging by a rope in the driving shed. Witness then gave the alarm and deceased was cut down and carried into the house.
Lizzie Lindsay, the adopted daughter, also testified to deceased being very gloomy and depressed. He remarked to her on Friday that there was a great cloud hanging over him.
Lizzie Blaunt, another inmate of the house, noticed that deceased for some time back was very quiet and depressed.
A Great Depression on Him
John W. McElroy, son of the dead man, said that his father had been ailing for a year. Ever since the serious illness of Mrs. McElroy, a little over a year ago, when her life was despaired of, the deceased had complained. He supposed the anxiety caused by his (witness) mother's illness had made his father ill. His nerves seemed very much affected. He had been gloomy and despondent for the past month in reference to both temporal and spiritual matters. Deceased spoke of a great depression that was on him. At 6:30 on Saturday morning the servant called him (witness) saying that his mother wanted him. He responded to the call. He went to where his mother was screaming in the driving shed and found his father hanging from a beam, his feet about a foot above the floor. The hands were cold when the body was cut down.
Dr. Danby, the local physician, testified to death resulting from strangulation.
The jury after a few minutes' deliberation brought in a verdict that deceased came to his death by suicide from hanging, while temporarily insane.
The funeral took place this afternoon and was largely attended.
History of the Deceased
The late Mr. McElroy was a son of the late Patrick McElroy, one of the early settlers, a leading merchant and justice of the peace. Like his father, Henry McElroy was a general merchant and carried on an extensive business at Richmond and at the Carp, where besides a store, he operated a flour mill. The deceased was always known as a man of high moral and religious character and was a prominent member of the Methodist Church. ... He was a man whose word was his bond. Recently he undertook to do his office work and it is said this caused nervous prostration and temporary insanity. He leaves three brothers, William, David and James, and three sons, one of whom is now at College in Kingston.
note: The omitted sentence in the last paragraph associated Henry with the Orange Lodge. This statement was subsequently retracted.
Death of Margaret Lindsay
Obituary: February 3, 1897, source unknown
Death of Mrs. McElroy
Mrs. Margaret McElroy, relict of the late Henry McElroy, of Richmond died yesterday. Deceased, who was in her 68th year, had been ill for some time. She leaves three sons, Robert H., John W., and Arthur S., merchants at Richmond and Carp, and one unmarried daughter to mourn her demise.
Richmond lost a [undecipherable] and highly respected citizen in the death Tuesday evening, of Mrs. Margaret McElroy, widow of the late H. McElroy. Mrs. McElroy, who was born in Scotland, was married in 1856, and leaves four children, who are Messrs. Robert H., reeve of Richmond, and John W., merchants and millers at Richmond and Carp; Arthur, a fourth year medical student at McGill College, and Miss Annie, of Richmond. Mrs. McElroy was an enthusiastic Christian and temperance worker, and was noted for her benevolence and charitable work. Her funeral took place on Thursday and was very largely attended. The pall-bearers were her three sons, already mentioned, and her three brothers-in-law, Messrs. William, David and James McElroy. The funeral services were held in the Methodist Church and were conducted by Rev. Mr. Myers, who preached an impressive and appropriate sermon, after which the remains were conveyed to the Methodist cemetery on the Richmond Road and there interred. Among those present to pay their last act of respect to the deceased were: Rev. Jas Bryant, Richmond; Rev. T.B. Conley, Chesterville; Rev. R.T. Oliver, Hintoeburgh; Rev. G.T. Bayne, Ashton; Rev. D. Winter, Ottawa; Rev. M. Danby, North Augusta; Rev. J.M. Tredea, Carp; Messrs. Robt. Lindsay, brother of the deceased, and Thos. Baird, Ormestown, Que.; Geo. Wilson, a nephew, Cumberland; A.S. Woodburn, S. Davidson, Hugh S. Conn, H.S. Lang, Ottawa; John Craig, North Gower; S. Mann, Stittsville, as well as as many relatives of the deceased in this locality.
note: It is not clear whether the above two paragraphs are
from the same clipping; in retrospect, I think not.
Margaret Lindsay was the wife of Henry McElroy and daughter-in-law of Patrick and Eliza McElroy
Death of George J. Wilson
Obituary: September 27th, 1905, source unknown
George Wilson, Cumberland
The death took place at the Protestant hospital yesterday of Mr. George Wilson, a well-known resident of Cumberland and a gentleman who had a large number of friends in Ottawa. He was 43 years of age and death was caused by typhoid fever.
Mr. Wilson was the eldest son of the late Wm. Wilson of Cumberland and is survived by four brothers and two sisters. The brothers are Lt-Col C.W. Wilson of Montreal, Norman Wilson, M.P. for Russell county, and Messrs. Reginald and Fred Wilson of Cumberland. Mrs. (Hon.) W.C. Edwards of Rockland and Miss Edith Wilson of Cumberland are sisters.
The remains were taken to Cumberland this morning on Senator Edwards' boat, the Nokomis, the funeral taking place to Queen's wharf at 10 o'clock. Internment was made in the cemetery at Cumberland this afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. W. McIntyre, Presbyterian minister, conducting the service.
Among those from Ottawa who attended the funeral were Messrs. J.A. Cameron, brother-in-law of the deceased; J.S. Bangs, F.J. Wilson, and Drs. R.A. Kennedy and D. McD. Robertson. Mr. Wm. McElroy of Richmond and Messrs. Robert and John McElroy also accompanied the remains.
note: George J. Wilson was the son of William Wilson and
Mary McElroy (daughter of Patrick McElroy and Eliza Craig). Mary died in 1884.
George's brother Norman Wilson married Cairine McKay who became an M.P. and was later Canada's first woman senator.
Senator Edward's family once owned 24 Sussex Drive, the Prime Minister's residence.
Death of Maggie E. Smith
Obituary: September ?, 1909, source unknown
A well known and popular resident of College avenue died yesterday in the person of Mrs. McElroy, wife of Mr. James McElroy. The deceased, who was 45 years of age, had been ill for a long time of cancer but had always borne the affliction with remarkable patience and fortitude. She was born in Almonte and had lived in Ottawa for the last 20 years. Fourteen years ago her marriage took place and she is survived by her husband, three brothers, Thomas of Ottawa and Robert and William of Manitoba; three sisters, Mrs. E. Lasher and Mrs. Hunter Gowan of Toronto and Mrs. Peter Black of Troy, N.Y., and two nieces, the Misses Cora and Alla Armstrong of Westboro.
The late Mrs. McElroy had been an attendant of All Saints Church. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 2 o'clock to Beechwood cemetery.
note: Maggie E. Smith was the wife of James McElroy, daughter-in-law of Patrick and Eliza McElroy.
Death of Susan McElroy
February 28, 1926, The Ottawa Evening Citizen
News has been received in Ottawa of the death in Wingham, Ont., of the wife of Lachlan McClean at the age of 88 years. The deceased Susan McElroy was a daughter of Henry McElroy of the 99th Infantry, who settled in Richmond, Ont. some 92 years ago, one of the earliest families of the County of Carleton. The deceased died on Sunday last. She was an aunt of David McElroy, field secretary of the Bible Society and of Jas. McElroy of the Privy Council office, both of the city.
note: Henry was of the 37th Regiment of Foot, not the 99th.
Death of Rev. Peter Lindsay
Obituary: May 12, 1912, source unknown
Rev. Peter Lindsay
Well known in Carleton County Passes Away in 93rd Year.
Rev. Peter Lindsay, clergyman of the Presbyterian Church, died at Toronto, on the 12th inst. in his 93rd year. He is supposed to be the oldest minister of that denomination in Canada. He was a graduate of Queens College, Kingston, and had been on the superannuation list for a number of years. He had charge at different periods, the parishes of Richmond, Cumberland and Buckingham away back in the '60's. Arnprior was under his regime for a number of years, also Mono Mills, west of Toronto. Then he moved to the parish of New Richmond, N.B., where he remained for a long time, and on retirement from the ministry, settled in Toronto. He was married twice. His first wife was Ann, a daughter of the late Patrick McElroy of Richmond, and his second was a Miss Spence of Ottawa. By these unions he had several children. Miss Lindsay of The Y.W.C.A, Hintonburg, and John Lindsay, M.D., of New York, are children by his first wife and one son by the second wife is a clergyman of the Presbyterian Church, also George, of British Columbia, and other children. His second wife is still alive but well advanced in years. Mr. Lindsay was born in Scotland. His father and mother leaving the land of the heather settled at Ormestown, province of Quebec, where Robert, a brother of the reverend gentleman lives, and is reckoned to be an octogenarian. A sister of the Rev. Peter Lindsay married Henry McElroy of Richmond, father of Robert H. McElroy, the present M.P.P. for the County of Carleton.
note: In fact, the second wife of Rev. Peter Lindsay was Amelia Wight Grinton of Ottawa and they had six children together.
Marriage of Edith Henrietta Rielly (McElroy)
Marriage Notice: June 19, 1912, probably the Ottawa Evening Citizen.
St. Alban's church was the scene of a happy event at half-past two today when Miss Edith Henrietta Rielly, only daughter of Mr. Hugh Rielly, treasurer of the County of Carleton and Mrs. Rielly, was united in marriage to Mr. Henry MacDiarmid Hueston, formerly of the Citizen staff and now editor and proprietor of the Daily Herald, Prince Albert, Sask. The wedding was solemnized by Rev. Archdeacon Bogert in the presence of the relatives and friends of the popular couple.
Attired in a gown of white satin embroidered with seed pearls and carrying a shower bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley, the charming bride was escorted to the alter by her father. The bridesmaid, Miss Evelyn Shaw of Shawville, Que., was also attractively gowned in ninon over pale blue satin. She carried a bouquet of Killarney roses and lily-of-the-valley. The groom was supported by Mr. C.H.E. Askwith of this city, and the ushers were Mr. H.E.M. Chisholm and Mr. Frank McElroy. The bride's going-away gown was a tailor made garment of green broadcloth, trimmed with real lace, while she wore a white hat of Mohair with green crown, trimmed with green wings.
During the signing of the register, Miss Helen Ferguson rendered in beautiful voice, "A Song of Thanksgiving." The service concluded, an informal reception, at which only the immediate relatives were present, was held at the residence of the bride's parents, 95 Goulbourne Avenue. Following this, Mr. and Mrs. Hueston left by the five o'clock train for Montreal and thence to Toronto. They will spend some time traveling through Canada before settling down in Prince Albert.
A handsome necklace and pendant of pearls and diamonds was the gift of the groom to the bride. To the bridesmaid, Miss Shaw, and to Miss Ferguson, who sang so sweetly, he presented bar brooches of pearls and oliveness. The best man and ushers received stick pins of garnets, surrounded by pearls. To the groom, the bride gave a watch fob containing his monogram in gold. Many beautiful presents were received by the young couple from their many friends here and in the West, and a number of congratulatory telegrams were received from many parts of the Dominion.
note: Edith Henrietta was the daughter of William McElroy and Edith Alma Rielly. Following the death of her mother (when Edith Henrietta was 3 months old) she was raised by Hugh Rielly (her uncle) and his wife. Whether she was formally adopted or not, I do not know.
Birth of Margaret(?) Hueston
Birth Notice: February, 1914, paper unknown.
Born -- To Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Hueston, 799 Fifteenth Street West, Prince Albert, on Feb 19, 1914, a daughter.
Death of Flight Lieut. Victor Henry McElroy
September 10, 1918, paper unknown.
Two M'Elroy Boys in Casualty Lists
Lieut. Frank Wounded and Flight Lieut. Victor Missing.
William McElroy, a well known pioneer resident of Richmond, Ontario, on Monday received a cablegram which bore to him the word that both of his sons, Lieut. Frank McElroy and Flight-Lieut. Victor Henry McElroy, recently figured in casualty lists. Lieut. Frank is reported wounded and Flight-Lieut. Victor Henry is reported missing since September 2.
Both boys are very well known in Ottawa and district. Lieut. Frank, aged 30 years went overseas two years ago with a well known Ottawa battalion, to which he was attached as Paymaster. In England he was transferred to another Ottawa battalion, with which he was serving when wounded. He got married after going overseas and his wife is now living in England. Before going overseas he was employed in the head office of the Bank of Ottawa.
Flight-Lieut. Victor Henry McElroy has been serving with the Royal Flying Corps in France for the past six months. He went overseas with the Canadian Engineers and about a year ago was transferred to the Flying Corps. Prior to enlisting, he was going to school, and during his summer holidays, for many years back, he went on surveying trips. He is 21 years old.
The last letter which Mr. McElroy received from Flight-Lieut. Victor Henry was dated August 9th and it stated he was taking part in the "big push" and that his brother Lieut. Frank was also likely in the drive.
George McElroy, an older son of Mr. McElroy, is a veteran of the South African War, which he went through with the Strathcona Horse.
Birth of George Eldon McElroy Jr.
Birth Notice from the Ottawa Evening Citizen, March 31, 1919.
McElroy -- at 56 Lyall Ave., Toronto, Ont., on Sunday March 16, 1919 to Mr. and Mrs. George Eldon McElroy, formerly Florence Evelyn McDougall, a son (George Eldon).
Death of David McElroy
Obituary from the Ottawa Evening Citizen, July 2, 1919.
David McElroy Was A Well Known Figure
Former Field Secretary of the Bible Society Died Last Evening
After an illness extending over several months, the death occurred yesterday morning at his late residence, 55 Grosvenor Avenue, of David McElroy, one of the best known and highly respected citizens of Carleton County. The late Mr. McElroy was 74 years of age and was born at Richmond, Ontario on July 31, 1845. For many years he was a resident of Carp, later moving to Ottawa, where for some years he was field secretary for the British and Foreign Bible Society. Owing to failing health he resigned his position a few years ago. All his life he was an active member of the Methodist church and was very widely known in church circles. The late Mr. McElroy was for upwards of 54 years a prominent member of the Orange Order. He was also a member of the I.O.F. A widow, one daughter and four sons survive. One sister, Mrs. Henry Bennett, Ottawa, and two brothers, William McElroy and James McElroy, Ottawa are also living.
The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 10:15, service at the Ottawa South Methodist Church
Death of Robert Herbert McElroy
Obituary: January 20, 1920, unidentified Ottawa newspaper.
Sudden Passing of Mr. Robt. H. M'Elroy
County Registrar and Former M.L.A. For Carleton Co. Ill Only Three Days
Mr. R.H. McElroy, for ten years member of the legislative assembly of Ontario for Carleton and for the last three months registrar of Carleton County, died about one o'clock this morning at his residence, 148 Fentiman Avenue, Ottawa, after only three days illness of pneumonia.
The end was most unexpected, as Mr. McElroy did not seem to be very ill till last evening. However, he took a turn for the worse and it was seen that the end was not far off. Dr. M. Klotz and Mr. McElroy's brother, Dr. A.S. McElroy, were in attendance when he died.
The late Mr. McElroy leaves his wife who was Miss Baird, of Ormestown, Quebec, and two daughters, one of whom is Mrs. Stuart Christie of this city, and the other, Miss Helen, at home. He also leaves two brothers, Dr. A.S. McElroy, of this city, and Mr. J.W. McElroy, boot merchant, Bank Street, and one sister, Miss Margaret Ann McElroy, employed in the pensions branch of the Dominion Government.
Had the late Mr. McElroy lived a week longer, he would have been 64 years of age. He has been married for 35 years.
The late Mr. McElroy was one of the best known citizens of Carleton County, where he resided till about three months ago when, on being appointed registrar of Carleton, he purchased a home in Ottawa and moved to this city.
He was a member of the Orange Order and a Scottish Rite Mason. He was first elected to the legislature on March 18th, 1907, in a by-election to succeed the late George N. Kidd, and he occupied the seat continuously till Oct 20th last, when he was not a candidate in the election of that date.
The late registrar of Carleton was a son of the late Henry McElroy and Margaret Lindsay. He was born in Canada of North of Ireland parentage. The McElroy family was one of the first to settle in Richmond, Carleton County, receiving grants of land for military service rendered under Wellington, at Waterloo. He was educated at the Richmond grammar school and the Ottawa Collegiate Institute. He was head of the firm of H. McElroy and Sons, general merchants, millers and grain dealers. He was reeve of Richmond from 1897 to 1903, chairman of the public school board, director of the county of Carleton Agricultural Society for the last ten years. For seven years he was a director of the Central Canada Exhibition. He was eight years president of the County of Carleton Conservative Association.
Death of Margaret Bennett
Obituary: February 20, 1920, Ottawa Journal.
Ottawa lost one of its highest esteemed and well known ladies in the person of Mrs. Margaret McElroy Bennett who died at her home, 149 Waverly Street, yesterday of paralysis and pneumonia, after an illness of two months. The deceased was born in Ottawa 78 years ago and lived here all her life except for a few years in Richmond, Ont. and about 15 years in Kingston, Jamaica, B.W.I. She leaves to mourn her loss, four daughters: Mrs. T.C. Lewis of Richmond, Ont.; Mrs. F. Butler, Mrs. W.G. Livingston and Miss Kathleen Beckett, of Ottawa; two sons, Mr. Alex Beckett, of Ottawa, and Mr. Eldon Bennett, of Le Pas, Manitoba, and two brothers, William McElroy of Richmond and James McElroy of Ottawa. Her first husband, Dr. William Beckett, of Kingston, Jamaica, predeceased her 44 years, and her second husband, the late Mr. H.A. Bennett, of Richmond, predeceased her nine years. She also leaves seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. The late Mrs. Bennett was the daughter of the late Patrick McElroy, a merchant of Richmond for many years. The remains will be forwarded by C.N.R. to Richmond on Saturday, at 12:30.
note: Margaret McElroy was, in fact, born in Richmond on April 6, 1842.
Memorial to Flight Lieut. Victor Henry McElroy
September 18, 1920, paper unknown.
Unveil Memorial to Richmond Hero
Pay Honor to Late Victor Henry McElroy.
St John's Church, Richmond was the scene of an impressive memorial service yesterday afternoon when a bronze tablet, rendering the heroic services which were rendered by the late Mr. Victor Henry McElroy to his country during the great war, was unveiled by Major Williams, late of the Royal Air Force
The tablet, which was mounted in the church wall directly opposite the pew where three generations of the McElroy family have worshipped, was erected by the parents of the deceased soldier, Mr. and Mrs. William McElroy, Richmond. Rev. A. Ferguson, rector of St. John's Church, preached an appropriate sermon, paying stirring tribute to the supreme sacrifice which had been made by the young man, and suggesting that the people of Canada should never forget the services of the men who fought for king and country on the battlefields of France and Flanders.
The late Mr. McElroy enlisted in Canada in the Canadian Engineers, and saw service with the Canadian Corps in France. Later, he transferred to the Royal Air Force and, which flying over the lines with his unit, was shot down.
Death of James McElroy
obituary: March 3, 1921, paper unknown.
Mr. James McElroy, a prominent Mason and for over 35 years a clerk in the Office of the Privy Council, died yesterday. Mr. McElroy retired from the Civil Service five years ago and had since lived a retired life. He was well known in Masonic circles in Ottawa and Richmond where he was a member of Goodwood Lodge. He was born in Richmond 69 years ago. Several years ago he held the position of organist of all Ottawa Masonic lodges and also held high positions in the Orange Lodge. He was a constant attendant at All Saints Anglican Church. Before coming to Ottawa, Mr. McElroy taught school in Carleton County. He is survived by one brother, Mr. William McElroy of Richmond. Dr. A.S. McElroy of Ottawa is a nephew. The funeral will take place on Friday at three o'clock from Geo. Rogers Company Chapel to All Saints Church and Beechwood Cemetery.
note: James McElroy was the son of Patrick McElroy and Eliza Craig.
Death of Arthur Charles E. McElroy
Obituary from the Victoria Times, Tuesday April 5, 1921.
The funeral of the late Arthur Charles E. McElroy, who passed away at Kamloops last Wednesday, took place yesterday afternoon under the auspices of the Masonic Order, the cortege leaving the Sands Funeral Chapel at 1.50 o'clock and proceeding to St. John's Church, where service was conducted at 2 o'clock by the Rev. F. A. P. Chadwick. The casket was hidden beneath beautiful flowers, betokening the popularity of the deceased gentleman. Relatives and many friend were present, and the following acted as pallbearers: W. H. Muncie, A. Johnson, G. H. Walton, G. B. McLaughlin, G. S. Raphael and W. H. McElroy. Internment was made at Ross Bay Cemetery. The late Mr. McElroy, who resided at Hampton Court, had been a resident of the city for the past eighteen months. His death was caused by pneumonia, which he contracted while returning from a business trip to the East.
Obituary from the Victoria Daily News, Tuesday April 4, 1921.
Well-Known Local Lumberman Passes
A very prominent figure in the lumber industry of Western Canada passed in the death of C.E. McElroy, head of the McElroy Lumber Company, who succumbed to an attack of pneumonia at Kamloops last Thursday, while he was returning from a business trip to the East. The funeral is taking place from St. John's Church today.
Mr. McElroy was born in Richmond, Ontario, thirty-nine years ago, and started his business career with the East Templeton Lumber Company, of Quebec. He was engaged in the lumber business in Quebec for five years before coming west in 1906. After conducting hand logging operations in the coast for a short time, he joined the North Pacific Lumber Company as salesman at Winnipeg, a position he held from 1908 to 1912. From 1912 to 1916, he was stationed at Prince George in charge of the Fort George Lumber and Trading Company's affairs there. In 1916 he took charge of the Saskatchewan Grain Growers Association in Regina. Mr. McElroy formed the lumber company that bears his name in 1919, and in January of last year he moved the headquarters of the concern from Vancouver to Victoria.
note: Arthur Charles Egbert McElroy was the son of William McElroy and Edith Alma Rielly.
Death of William McElroy
October 29, 1924, The Ottawa Journal.
Carleton loses Beloved Citizen in W. M'Elroy
Active, Public Spirited Resident Passes At Richmond, Aged 76 Years
A well known figure in the life of Carleton County for many years, Mr. William McElroy, insurance agent and notary public of Richmond died after a lingering illness at his home there yesterday. He was in his 76th year and throughout his life he took a most active interest in all things pertaining to the town of Richmond, where he was highly esteemed.
For 40 years Mr. McElroy has been secretary of the Richmond Public School Board and for at least 30 years clerk of the Second Division Court of Carleton and as such was well known to members of the legal profession in Ottawa and to the judges of the county. He was an authority on the early life and pioneer families of that section of Carleton and frequently contributed to The Journal essays on the early settlement of Richmond.
To the residents of Richmond and farmers of the surrounding county Mr. McElroy was always counselor, friend and legal adviser and it was frequently said that practically every will and deed drawn up in the district for years was his handiwork.
Mr. McElroy came from pioneer stock. His father, Patrick McElroy, was one of the soldiers of the old 100th Irish regiment that settled Richmond about 1820, under the Duke of Richmond's colonization scheme. His father and mother were born in Ireland. As a youth he learned the general store and lumber business under the Pritchard's in the Gatineau Valley and later, about 1884, was manager for William Wilson at Cumberland. He was employed by his father in a general store at Richmond where he settled in 1890 and carried on the business. He was a staunch member of the Anglican Church in the district. He frequently held the office of warden in the congregation and for over 25 years was a lay delegate to the synod.
Prominent in Many Fields
Besides his great interest in church work, he was the founder and for many years managed, the Richmond Public Library, and for about 40 years was secretary of the County of Carleton Agricultural Society and of the annual Richmond Fair. In the Orange Lodge he was always prominent and took a deep interest in its welfare as well as holding offices in the Black Knights. In politics he was a Conservative although he never sought after any political office.
Mr. McElroy was a veritable treasure trove of information regarding the lives and affairs of the people of Richmond and his advice and counsel was sought on all varieties of subjects and by people of all races and creeds. His memory was always the keenest and he was a great reader.
Mr. McElroy was twice married. His first wife was Edith, daughter of Edward Rielly, of Richmond, and a sister of Mr. Hugh Rielly, and the surviving children of this marriage are: Mrs. H.M. Hueston, Sarnia, Ont.; George and Merrick McElroy, of Montreal; His second marriage, about 35 years ago, was to Emily, daughter of the late Dr. Chevers of Kemptville, and their children are Misses Jane and Kathleen McElroy, in the civil service; Margaret, nurse in training at Western Hospital, Montreal; Frank McElroy of Montreal. Dr. A.S. McElroy, Mr. J.W. McElroy, N.D. McElroy, A.W. McElroy, and Ex-Aid. McElroy, all of Ottawa are nephews.
The funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.
note: Some of the details in the above are confused. While Patrick was one of the original settlers in Richmond, it was his father Henry, of the 37th Regiment of Foot, who was the military veteran. The Carleton County Census data of 1881 clearly shows William and family living in Richmond on that date. This does not seem consistent with the details presented above.
Wedding of Margaret Alexandra McElroy
September 11, 1928, The Ottawa Journal.
Miss M.A. McElroy A Lovely Bride
St Mathew's Church is Scene of Her Wedding to Mr. R.H. Morewood
St. Mathew's Church was the scene of a pretty wedding at two o'clock yesterday afternoon of Margaret Alexandra, daughter of the late William McElroy, of Richmond, and Mrs. McElroy, to Mr. Robert Henry Morewood, son of the late Francis Henry Morewood, of "Benmore," Quebec City. Rev. Canon Robert Jefferson officiated.
Gladioli, palms and ferns were arranged prettily in the church and the wedding music was played by Mr. Edmund Sharp, A.R.C.M., L. Mus. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Mr. F.C. McElroy, and was attended by her sister, Miss Kathleen McElroy. Mr. Sidney Williams was best man.
The bride wore an attractive ensemble costume of brown with ribbon hat in harmonizing shades and carried yellow roses. The bridesmaid was in green with a green hat and carried yellow rosebuds.
After the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Morewood left for New York, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City. They will later take up residence at Grand Mere, Que.
Out of town guests were Miss Nancy Morewood, sister of the bridegroom, Miss Frances Rhodes, cousin of the bridegroom and Miss Edith Price, all of Quebec; Mrs. F.C. McElroy, Miss Blanche Eastwood, Miss Amy Hanlon, all of Montreal.
note: Margaret Alexandra McElroy was the daughter of William McElroy and Emily Hyacinth Chevers.
Death of George Eldon McElroy Sr.
Obituary: August 11, 1945, The Ottawa Journal.
George E. McElroy Dies In Ottawa
George E. McElroy of 188 Russell Avenue, died this morning in hospital at the age of 67.
Born in Richmond, he was the son of the late William McElroy and Mrs. McElroy. As a young man, he was a member of the Royal North West Mounted Police at Regina, and he enlisted there with the Strathcona Horse Regiment for overseas service in the Boer War. His principal interest was in art, and for some years he was staff artist of the Montreal Star. His paintings of the R.N.W.M.P. and the R.C.M.P. were widely known.
He was survived by his wife, the former Florence McDougall of Arnprior; his mother, Mrs. William McElroy, of Ottawa; a son, George E. McElroy, with the Canadian Army at Camp Ritchie, Maryland; four sisters, Mrs. H.M. Hueston, of Sarnia; Mrs. R.H. Morewood, of Quebec City, and the Misses Jane and Kathleen McElroy, of Ottawa.
The funeral service will be held Monday morning at ten o'clock in St. John's Anglican Church, Richmond, Rev. J.W.R. Meakin officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
note: George Eldon's birth mother was Edith Alma Rielly who died in 1885. The Mrs. William McElroy identified as his mother above, was Emily Hyacinth Chevers, William McElroy's second wife.
Death of Herbert Hood McElroy
Obituary: October 06, 1956, The Ottawa Citizen.
McElroy, Herbert Hood -- In hospital, Friday, October 5, 1956. Herbert Hood McElroy, 141 Carling Avenue, belovd husband of Katharine Bearman, age 69. Resting Hulse and Playfair, 315 McLeod Street. Funeral service, St. James United Church, Tuesday 2 p.m. Interment, Richmond United Cemetary. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday.
note: More details are available at: Obituary: Herbert Hood McElroy.