James Lahy (1799 - 1859)

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Birthplace: Ballymacegan, Cork, Ireland
Death: Died in March, Ontario, Canada
Occupation: Farmer
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About James Lahy

Immigrated to Canada in 1836. After his marriage he attempted to return to Ireland to live in 1841 but moved back to Canada within that same year.

According to family tales, he killed Daniel Lahy, his brother-in-law, with one blow of a wooden stick on November 18th, 1837.

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James Lahy's Timeline

1799
1799
Ballymacegan, Cork, Ireland
1836
February 11, 1836
Age 37
Bytown (now Ottawa), Ontario, Canada
1836
Age 37
1837
November 20, 1837
Age 38
Ontario, Canada

Daniel Lahy's death was sudden and violent. Hamnet Piney, a local landowner, later tried to explain what happened to his friend Dr. Christie in the letter that follows.

March Township, December 1st, 1837.

Dear Dr.

You will have heard we had an inquest at captain Bradley's on Monday. If you feel at all interested in the business, the particulars are briefly these. There had been some drinking at the house of John Lahey on Saturday night the 18 Nov. John Lahey attached Daniel Lahey when Daniel struck John. John was much intoxicated. His friends present carried him to bed, and James helped put him in (John and James are brothers --- Daniel is no relation but married their sister). There was then a scuffle between Daniel and James and it appears that Daniel struck James. James advised Daniel to let him go, as they had hold of each other. Daniel said he would let go if James would promise not to strike him with the pothook, which James promised. Soon after that Daniel was standing near and looking at the fire with his back nearly turned to James Lahey, when James Lahey took up a stick about the size of a mans wrist and struck Daniel a blow on the back of the head and knocked him down, of which low he died. The blow must have been very severe, as there were four fractures and Dr. Gilllie was of the opinion that there was more than one blow given. There were several witnesses, but these are the leading points. The jury found a verdict of Wilful Murder against James Lahey --- he is yet not taken. Therefore, if necessary you can make English of this. I hope to see you soon --- at present we are cut off from all communication -- neither good ice nor water.

Hament Pinhey

The newspaper report added some details: Last week a man by the name of Lachie was struck on the back of the head by his brother-in-law, with the handle of a spade... The unhappy man lingered for two days speechless when he died. A post-mortem examination discovered that the skull had been fractured and a quantity of blood extravasated on the brain, which produced death. (Bytown Gazette, 29 Nov. 1837)

Daniel died Monday Nov. 20, 1837. His place of burial is not known. It may be the old Catholic cemetary on Rideau Street Ottawa, now a park.

On 18 Nov, 1837 James struck his brother-in-law, Daniel Lahy with a stick of wood killing him. James was found guilty of the "wilful murder" of Daniel, and we are told "he is not yet taken". But later he was either taken or gave himself up, and was duly placed on trial at the Bathurst assizes. He pleaded not guilty, the witnesses were called and testified. And then the record stops and we are left in the dark as to the outcome. But whatever that outcome, James was safely back home within two years. In 1839, he proceeded with the sale of his property at 20-2 to his brother-in-law James Armstrong. In 1852 he is found in the census living peacefully with his brother John at lot 14-3.

(From: http://www.rumbolt.com/tng/getperson.php?personID=I12251&tree=1)

1859
1859
Age 60
March, Ontario, Canada
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