Memoirs of Bernie McKenzie - Part 1

Memoirs of Bernie McKenzie - Part 1

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After my mother died on June 14, 1990, I regretted not having asked her about my father whom I scarcely knew, or of my grandparents and great- grandparents. Today there is a greater interest in preserving family history, and before all records are lost I thought it was time to tell you something about your ancestors. This will also be a way of telling you a little of the times in which our family lived.

Beginning with the D'Arcy family, our forefathers came from the village of Ballamacon or Ballamaphad, Vale of Avoca, County Wicklow, Ireland. The D'Arcys in that area were reputed to be descendants of Sir John D'Arcy who came from France in the 14th century to govern the area around Dublin. Several members of the family have in the past few years journeyed to Ireland in search of their roots but have found little information. For some time in Ireland the Catholic Church was outlawed and priests did not dare to keep baptismal records so there is a great gap in information.

The first ancestor of whom there is a record is Edward D'Arcy who married Jane Carty in Ireland - no dates available. He had two brothers, Myles and James who operated a butcher shop and never married. They must have been quite successful as in the 1930s a gentleman came from Ireland to Toronto to search for relatives as there was a considerable sum of money left by the brothers, unclaimed and held in trust by the British crown until a relative could claim it. They found my great aunt Catherine, but no amount of persuasion could convince her to claim it as she had such a distrust of anything British. And so the animosity goes on until the present day.

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