Revised 3 Nov. 1992, Gen. 267

 

DESCENDANTS OF MARY GRAVES AND PATRICK CODY

OF WEXFORD, IRELAND & QUEBEC, CANADA

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

Mary Graves (1) may have been born about 1794. Her father was beheaded in an Irish religious war in Wexford Co., Ireland, and his head was carried across Wexford Bridge before the eyes of his wife. The Graveses were Protestants. Mary eloped with Patrick Cody, who was Catholic, and she was disowned by her family. They were married 14 March 1814 at St. Mary's Church in the Parish of Kilkenney. (The family obtained a copy of the banns about 1913 from St. Mary's Church.)

Patrick and Mary had 5 children, one a babe in arms, when they left on a sailing vessel for Canada, possibly about 1834. The ship was becalmed and, after many weeks at sea, cholera broke out and there was a shortage of drinking water. Patrick and the infant son died and were buried at sea. Daughter Dorothy (or Dorothea) owed her life to a girl friend who stole drinking water and brought it to her. Dorothy was 7 years old at the time.

Mary and her remaining children landed in Quebec, Canada, where Patrick had planned to come to receive a land grant which had been given to him by England for having fought in the Battle of Waterloo, and was wounded there.

After they got out of quarantine, Mary Cody gave all of the jewelry (Patrick was a jeweler and had brought jewelry from Ireland) to a man to sell for her, but the man skipped with it. Mary was about 40 at the time, and had her children to make a living for, but she must have had some kind of pension because she sent to get her money at a certain place in Quebec City. (R-1)

Children - Cody

2. Ann Cody

3. Henry Cody

4. Edward Cody

+5. Dorothea Cody, m. George Brown.

6. Patrick Cody, died on the voyage to Canada.

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF MARY GRAVES (1) AND PATRICK CODY

Dorothea (or Dora or Dorothy) Cody (5) may have died soon after her last child was born. She married George Brown in Quebec, Canada.

His father had been a British Army officer. He retired to a land grant near Fredericton, New Brunswick, with his wife Katherine (Keenan) and four children. He died soon after establishing the farm. The wife, Katherine, left the children there and went to Quebec, taking the youngest son George with her. The other boys being older stayed on the place. Shortly after she left, the little girl became ill and died. Mrs. Brown never went back to the farm.

Later Katherine Brown married a man named Gale, a retired sea captain, and she was referred to by her descendants as Grandmother Gale. The Brown family came from Northern Ireland and were Protestants, Church of England. George Brown was an Orangeman, very strict.

George Brown was born in Longford, near the River Shannon. He was a Customs Inspector (River Police they were called in Canada). After that he was head baggage master for the Grand Trunk Railroad at Quebec.

George Brown and his wife Dorothea ran a ship chandler's wholesale store which is said to have covered a whole block in Quebec.

It is said that the Brown family lived in the area of the Citadelle and that the changing-of-the-guard ceremony could be heard from their front steps on a quiet day.

Dorothea apparently died soon after the birth of her last child, Mary, and daughter Dora Brown raised the family. George Brown later remarried. After his death at age 52 in 1876 or 1877, the stepmother came into possession of the chandler's store.

The following children are not all in order of birth. (R-1)

Children - Brown

7. John ("Jack") Brown

+8. Dora Brown, b.c. 28 Oct. 1849 (or 1850), m. Pierre Ludger Bolduc, May 1877.

9. Kate Brown

10. Henry Brown

11. George Brown

12. Alfred Brown

13. Ned Brown; had red hair; was believed to have been shanghaied and taken to sea at the age of 17. He was never seen again.

14. Mary Brown, died soon after birth.

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF DOROTHEA CODY (5) AND GEORGE BROWN

Dora Brown (8) was born about 28 Oct. 1849 (or 1850). Before her marriage she worked as a governess in Boston, MA and St. Louis, MO.

Dora met Pierre Ludger Bolduc while teaching English to the French at night school in Quebec. They were married in May 1877 in the Church of Notre Dame, Point Levi, Quebec.

Pierre's parents, Pierre Bolduc and wife Angele (La Montagne), lived on a homestead left to Pierre by his father (thought to be from Normandy). The homestead was located in St. Elzear, La Beauce, Quebec, Canada, situated near St. Mary La Beauce.

Pierre, Dora's husband, died of pneumonia after two days of illness, probably about 1886. The children's grandparents put them in Catholic school. Dora took the children for a walk and ran away to Tacoma, WA in about 1887 to live with her sister Kate and family. (R-1)

Children - Bolduc

15. George Ludger Bolduc, b. April 1878.

+16. Dorothy Bolduc, b. 15 March 1880, m. Robert John McClelland.

17. Maud Lydia Bolduc, b. Feb. 1882.

18. Mary Edna Bolduc, b. 20 Feb. 1884.

 

 

GENERATION 4

 

CHILDREN OF DORA BROWN (8) AND PIERRE L. BOLDUC

Dorothy Bolduc (16) was born 15 March 1880. She married Robert John McClelland in Seattle, WA. (R-1)

Children - McClelland

19. Robert George McClelland, m. Mable Mina Lake, (Seattle, WA).

 

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