EARLS FAMILY CHRONICLES

© Christopher Earls Brennen

Appendix 2A. EARLS FAMILIES OF ENNISKILLEN


JAMES EARLS:

James Earls was born in 1812 in the parish of Enniskillen and enlisted in the 27th Inniskilling Regiment of Infantry on 22 February 1831 at the age of 19. He served 16 year 39 days including 8 years 130 days at the Cape of Good Hope. Discharged on account of illness contracted in service abroad, following board at Grahamstown 29 March 1847, at Chatham 26 November 1847. Private 4 years 66 days, corporal 2 year 41 days, reduced to private 9 years 297 days. Had 3 good conduct badges. On 22 March 1847 was aged 35 years 1 month. Disability amentia first apparent 1846, not aggravated by vice. Height Five Feet Eight Inches, Hair Light Brown, Eyes Grey, Complexion Fresh, Trade Labourer, Marks none.


FAMILY OF WILLIAM EARLS OF ENNISKILLEN:

Records in the datafiles suggest the following partial tree of an Earls family that lived in Belleek and Enniskillen:

  1. William Earls (1789-1878) was with the Royal Irish Constabulary and married a woman called Eliza (1802-1876). This may be the same William who was a policeman in Belleek in 1829/30 during the birth of two children. Eliza Earls, a pensioner's wife, died at Aughaward on Jun.13, 1876; her death was registered by Eliza Fry. William, a pensioner of the constabulary, died at Cross, Enniskillen on Nov.5, 1878; his death was also registered by Eliza Fry. The probable children of William and Eliza Earls:
    1. George Earls, the son of William and (jno) Earls of Belleek was baptized in the parish of Belleek on Aug.12, 1829.
    2. William Earls, the son of William and Elizabeth Earls of the constabulary, Belleek, was baptized in the parish of Belleek on Jun.12, 1830.
    3. Eliza Earls registered the deaths of both her father and her mother. She married a man named Fry.

  2. James Earls (1806-1873), a bachelor farmer of Drumgarrow, who died of bronchitis on Dec.15, 1873, may have been a brother of the above William Earls. William Earls of Drumgarrow registered James's death.


The individuals in Datafile 2E who remain unconnected with either our family or the above families are as follows:

John Earls (1763-1834).
Catherine Earls (1792-1872), a spinster and a pauper.
John Earls (1788-1878), a widower and a labourer.
John Earls (1795-1891) from Enniskillen, a bachelor farmer.
Anne Earls (1818-1889), a farmer's widow.


IRVINESTOWN EARLS:

  1. David Earls was born about 1808 and, according to the Griffith Valuation of 1860, occupied a house and small garden worth 5 shillings in the townland of Tirwinny, Parish of Drumkeeran, County Fermanagh. The townland of Tirwinny is just northeast of the village of Ederney and is north of the town of Irvinestown. David and his wife Catherine and children John and Isabell were Methodist and emigrated to Canada in 1856. In the 1871 Census of Ontario, Canada, 62-year-old David Earls, a dealer, and his 60-year-old wife, Catherine, are listed as living in St.Patrick's Ward, Toronto West, Ontario. In the 1881 Census 73-year-old David Earls is again listed in St.Patrick's Ward but Catherine must have died by then. David is living with 46-year-old Jane Earls; he is not listed in the 1891 Census. The children of David and Catherine Earls:
    1. James Earls, born about 1844 in Ireland, was probably a relative of David and Catherine, perhaps even a son. He is listed in the 1871 Census of Ontario as a 27-year-old farmer (and Church of England), living alone in St.Patrick's Ward, Toronto West, but not with David and Catherine.
    2. Thomas Earls, born about 1852 in Ireland, was probably a relative of David and Catherine, perhaps even a son. He is listed in the 1871 Census of Ontario as a 17-year-old coach builder (and Church of England), living as a boarder in St.Patrick's Ward, Toronto West, but not with David and Catherine.
    3. John Earls was born about 1846 and married three times. On Dec.7, 1876, he married Lucy Jane Murphy (born 1852, died Jan.24, 1878). They had one daughter, Lucy Edna Earls (b Dec 17 1877) - she married Alfred Albert Barnes (b 1882) on Jan 29 1910. His third wife was Sarah Jane Montgomery (born in 1848, died on May 26,1875) whom he married on Oct.26, 1870. In the 1881 census of Ontario John is listed as a 43(?)-year-old
      (From "The Great Game" by Stephen Harper)
       
      Methodist railroad clerk living in St.Patrick's Ward, Toronto West, Ontario, Canada. He is living with his 23-year-old wife Sarah (maiden name Cheffey) born in the USA, as well as his 3-year-old daughter Lucy. Sarah was probably John's third wife; her sister was Susanna Elizabeth Cheffey who married a Joseph Scott Brennen, born March 1862 in Hamilton, Ontario. In the 1891 Census John and Sarah are again listed in St.Patrick's Ward, John being listed as a freight agent. Living with them are their children Lucy, John, Clarence, and Elmer. John founded the ice hockey team, the Toronto Marlboros in 1903 and is featured in the book, ``The Great Game'', a history of ice-hockey written by former Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. His children Jack and Lal played on the team and Lal was the captain of the 1904 team that challenged the Ottawa Silver Seven (now the Senators) for Lord Stanley's Trophy, the premier prize in ice hockey. John had children:
      1. Lucy Edna Earls, the daughter of John Earls and Lucy Jane (Murphy), was born on Dec.17, 1877. She is listed in the 1891 Canadian Census as a 13-year-old living in St.Patrick's Ward, Toronto, with her father and stepmother. Lucy married Alfred Albert Barnes (born 1882) on Jan.29, 1910. Alfred served in WW 1 with the British army and later received a pension from them.
      2. John Cheffey Earls, known as Jack, was born in 1882, the son of John Earls and his third wife Sarah (Cheffey). He is listed in the 1891 Census as a 9-year-old living in St.Patrick's Ward with his parents.
      3. Clarence Franklin Earls, known as Lal, was born about 1883, the son of John Earls and his third wife Sarah (Cheffey). He is listed in the 1891 Census as a 9-year-old living in St.Patrick's Ward with his parents. Lal was the captain of the 1904 team that challenged the Ottawa Silver Seven (now the Senators) for Lord Stanley's Trophy, the premier prize in ice hockey. Clarence died in 1936. His wife, who outlived him, received a letter of sympathy from ``The Brennen Family'' (see above). Clarence and his wife were the grandparents of Rick Earls (rearls@primus.ca) who provided information on this Earls family.
      4. Elmer Jeffrey Earls was born about 1889, the son of John Earls and his third wife Sarah (Cheffey). He is listed in the 1891 Census as a 2-year-old living in St.Patrick's Ward with his parents.
    4. Isabell Earls

Notes on Earls Family near Irvinestown: (1) James Earls married Bridget Marshall on Oct.4, 1861, in Irvinestown Registry Office. (2) Anne Jane Earls, born about 1845, daughter of Dominic Earls of Teirmacspierd(?) [the townland of Tirmacspird lies in the Parish of Drumkeeran just northeast of Ederney] married William Smith on Sep.13, 1866, at Goolaghty Church of Ireland, Ederny, Parish of Magheraculmoney, County Fermanagh. (3) William John Earls married Elizabeth Jane Frazer on Jun.27, 1907, in Ardress Church of Ireland, Parish of Magheraculmoney, Irvinestown, Fermanagh [Edernagh, Tirwinny and Tirmacspird all lie in Magheraculmoney Parish.]

Last updated 1/1/00.


Christopher E. Brennen