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Alyward/Alward/Alyward/Elward – Some Elwards from Ireland to Michigan via Shippegan

Index: Lameque, Miscou and Shippegan

Vic Elward came across my Irish Aylwards of Shippagan article while working on his family genealogy so we’ve been working behind the scenes to document the link between his Michigan Elwards and the Irish Aylwards of Shippegan. In this post we’re sharing a few genealogical notes that connect Elward’s family to the Aylwards through Patrick Aylward/Elward and Celina Landry.

LamequeGuillaume William Aylward, son of John Aylward and Virginie Duguay, was born in 1861 in Shippagan Gloucester. (see link above for previous generations). Guillaume married Marthe Mailloux on 5 Nov 1888 in Gloucester County (New Brunswick).  Marthe was born in 1864 in Gloucester and died after 1911.

These Aylwards can be found in the 1901/1911 Shippegan census. In 1901 Guillaume’s parents John Aylward & Virginie Duguay were living with him – though by 1911 John had passed away and only Virginie remained. Their 1911 household was quite large because in addition to Guillaume & Marthe and their children, and his mother Virginie, there was also Guillaume’s sister Adonise Aylward and her husband Honore Duguay and two children Pierre and Abbe.

Four generations of Aylwards in one house!

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Offspring of John Aylward and Virginie Duguay

Alma Aylward was born in the early 1890s in Shippagan. Alma married Chiasson Tranquille on 24 Jun 1912 in the county of Gloucester (New Brunswick, Canada).

Cecilia/Cecile Aylward was born on 6 Dec 1894 in Shippagan.

Romaine Aylward was born in 1900 in Shippagan. Romaine married Alexandre Roussel on 19 Jul 1915 in Gloucester County.

Patrice (aka William Patrick) Aylward/Elward was born on 23 Sep 1900 in Shippagan. William married Celina Landry on 14 Sep 1936 in Bathurst (Gloucester County, New Brunswick). Vic Elward tells me she was from Paquetteville.

Joseph Aylward was born on 18 Apr 1904 in Shippagan. Joseph married Marie Bella Hachey on 1 Sep 1924 in Shippagan.

Adenise/Denise Aylward married Honore Duguay on 10 Feb 1908 in Gloucester County.

Mary Aylward was born on 3 Jan 1890 in Shippagan.

Mary Anne Aylward was born on 4 Dec 1891 in Shippagan.

Marie Dorina Aylward was born on 27 Sep 1906 in Shippagan.

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Source Citations

Canada Census 1901

Canada Census 1911

Elward, Vic.

RS141B7 Index to New Brunswick Marriages: 1847 – 1951

RS141A2/2 Index to County Birth Registers: 1800-1902

RS141A5 Index to Provincial Registrations of Births: 1898-1908

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Note: Online sources can be accessed by clicking on the  del.icio.us link in the sidebar to your right

Vintage Postcards of the Shippegan Area


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  1. in Miscouche PEI, Elworth Margaret born 11 Mar 1817 12 Apr 1818 Michael Elworth Nancy Harenn


    Comment by Mike | February 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hello I’m Michel Duguay from Caraquet and my grand father was Honore Duguay and Adenise Elward and my father is Ludovic Duguay.


    Comment by michel | December 26, 2011 | Reply

  3. Hello I like to know where that house is located ? Is it in shippagan?


    Comment by michel duguay | October 24, 2016 | Reply

  4. Hello
    I am wondering if your still communicating regarding the Elward history


    Comment by Vic Elward | November 28, 2020 | Reply

    • Hello!
      I am still here 🙂 but I’m not an Elward expert. If you have a question leave it here and if I can’t help someone else may stumble across your question.


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | November 28, 2020 | Reply

    • Im a descedant of The Aylward family


      Comment by Claudine | January 10, 2021 | Reply

      • Je vais écrire en français tout en espérant que vous pourrez tous comprendre. Plusieurs personnes pensent que cette maison serait à Petite Rivière de l’Ile. Je vais m’informer un peu plus


        Comment by Delcia Duguay Cool | January 10, 2021 | Reply

        • Bonjour!
          Je sais que j’étais a Lameque et Shippagan. C’est la premiere fois que je prenais des photos pour ma généalogie et je regrette que je n’ai pas écrit les details. J’imagine qu’on pourrait le trouver sur google images?


          Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | January 10, 2021 | Reply

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