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Edward Grace, known as Ned, and known to his children as the Governor. 

My great-grandfather, Eugene, looked so much like his father.

This man was father of 12 boys and 1 girl, all but one of whom safely survived their childhood. 

No mean feat in the late mid to late 19th century.

Edward Grace is my great-great grandfather.  He was born in St. Columban, Deux Montagnes, Quebec, the son of Irish immigrants, in December of the year 1835.  He was one of 11 known children of Patrick Grace and Honora McEvoy, both of County Kilkenny (Honora was most definitely from the town of Freshford).

Here Edward is the older man standing in the back.  This is a photo taken with the family of one of Edward’s sons, Robert Joseph Grace, standing here beside his father.

Sometime before 1866 Edward met and married Catherine Warren Travers, another child of Irish immigrants.  The connection between the Travers and the Graces is one that is tightly woven, but one that’s origins remain unclear to this generation*.  No one is sure yet where they met, perhaps in Vermont, perhaps in Canada, perhaps somewhere else altogether.

This photo courtesy of Cynthia Grace

One distant relative believes they were married in Canada, which is probable, since their first son, Patrick Henry, was born in that country in the year of 1866.  Their second son, Robert Joseph, was born in St. Columban, Quebec, and their third son, Michael, was born and died in that same town at the tender age of 5 months.

After burying their young son, Edward and Catharine did move on from St. Columban.  There is some evidence that they may have moved to Montreal, in the form of a birth record that can be found with the LDS.  This record lists Edward Victor Grace, son of Edward Grace and Catherine Travis, pretty compelling evidence that they at least passed through Montreal.

They arrived to stay in the USA in 1876, with 6 young son in tow, the youngest of which was just an infant.  They found their way to Moretown, Vermont, where Catherine’s parents were living, and where she had spent a good deal of her childhood.

The Graces in Moretown, Vermont, 1880

The Graces in Moretown, Vermont, 1880

Again, we don’t know exactly what brought them back to the US, but this is where they stayed for the remainder of their lives.

*Catherine Travers had a brother, John Travers, who married Martha Kinsella.  Martha Kinsella was also born in St. Colomban, the daughter of Thomas Kinsella and Honora Grace.  This Honora Grace was Edward’s aunt, making Edward and Martha cousins.  So, two Travers siblings married two cousins from St. Columban, Quebec.  What I’m unclear on is what connection the Travers’ may have had to St. Colomban, or what the connection was between St. Colomban and Moretown/Waterbury, Vermont.