On Route 10 in Cavan Township, Ontario, is St. John's Anglican Church, founded in 1819. (Lot 12, Concession 10). It is near the land sites of William Fee and Joseph Walker. The minister, Joseph Thompson, had built a log house on the site in 1819, holding services in his home. A frame church was built in 1824 on the site of the present church. This is about 20 miles north of the town of Port Hope.
Seventy-eight years later, Catherine's obituary in the Niles, Michigan Republican, April 28, 1904, says she was born June 1, 1808, near Belturbet, Ireland, in the county of Fermanagh(Belturbet is in Co. of Cavan) "She was left without a mother when a mere child and lived with an aunt who emigrated to the province of Canada 84 years ago She often recounted a ship wreck during the voyage She was married to Joseph Walker 76 years ago and they located on a farm near Port Hope, Canada" One of three death certificates lists her father's name as Nugent, her mother's name as Sheridan (Three different people registered her death--one in Lansing, Mich" the state capitol, and two in St Joseph, the Bertien County seat)
It has been passed down that Catherine's aunt, Bitty Fee, was her mother's sister. In 1818 the Fees "set out from Townland Doone, near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland. Although Tom Fee had died, his widow and eight children set sail for New York as planned and off the Nova Scotia coast were shipwrecked. They were picked up by a British ship and this is how they came to Canada and eventually to Emily Township near the Cavan border ." (This Green and Pleasant Land, Chronicles of Cavan Township, edited by Quentin Brown, published by Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society, 1990). History of Cavan and Hope Townships, Ontario
In the 1820 census of Emily Township there were 35 residents--10 males, 6 females, 10 boys and 9 girls. The Fees, including Catherine Nugent, were nine of the 35! Two Fee brothers were landowners. By 1821 three brothers, Thomas, William and Henry , had land grants. With William were one female, two boys, one girl--his mother, two brothers, and Catherine? (Ontario Archives Microfilm MS 16, Reel 4).
In 1823 William Fee received another 100-acre land grant in Cavan Township.(E 1/2 of Lot 12, Concession 8) near Joseph Walker's property. In 1825 he is joined by two males under 16, and has a milch cow and four homed cattle. In 1826 James Fee (then 10 years old?) had William Fee's
100 acres in Emily Township, where Thomas had 200 acres and Henry 100. Bitty Fee and Catherine were counted on either James' or Thomas' property. Between 1818 and 1826 the Fee brothers had acquired 500 acres. The brothers' birth years, from ages given on much later censuses, were Thomas 1799, William 1801, Henry 1808, and James 1816. Other boys were counted but not named on early censuses.
In the 1848 enumeration, William Fee has 13 people in his home, including seven natives of Ireland, and six children. There is a woman over 45--Bitty Fee? The 1851 census for Cavan Township, which would have given her name and age, is missing. The later censuses report that the brothers married, had large families, bought more land, and prospered.
Cavan Township, the farm of William Fee (possible cousin of Catherine) had grown to 150 acres, 50 being cultivated. He had two horses, four cows, two cattle, and a family of seven, all Church of England members. Henery Fee (another possible cousin) has 100 acres with 40 cultivated, two horses, two oxen, and four cows. He also has a family of seven, all Church of England members
My ancestors lived in Fermanaugh very near the Cavan border,on the west side of Upper Locke Erne.Their post office was Belturbut which is in Cavan.Thomas Fee married Elizabeth Sheridan,they had 5 boys and 2 girls.They were planning to emigrate to America,where two of Thomas's brothers had gone,Thomas became ill and died .The widow decided to carry out the plan anyway, Son John had gone on earlier and established himself in Pennsylvania.The ship when approaching the U.S.was blown off coarse and badly damaged.Rescuers from a British ship took them to a Canadian port,or so the story goes.The result is they came up the St. Lawrence into Lake Ontario and landed at Port Hope,where they made their way inland and chose to settle in Emily Twp. Victoria County in the year 1820.The closest I have come to Finding any trace of Elizabeth Sheridan Fee is a reference to her burial in 1848 by a Anglican Minister called Sam Armour,and he only refers to her as widow Fee.