My paternal grandmother was
Hannah Slattery, who married John Grimes. This was the
starting point for my interest in the Slattery family.
Also, I had compiled a history of the Grimes family,
and a Daly relative has provide me with a history of
my maternal ancestors, the Daly and D'Arcy families.
I planned to produce a comparable account of the Slattery's
to complete my family tree, and hopefully to share the
story with my Slattery relatives.
It has turned out that my goal had to
be modified because of the difficulty in finding as
much information as I needed. Instead I have summarized
herein what I have learned to date through research
on the Slattery family. It is by no means complete,
but should provide a basis for others who may wish to
expand upon it. Also I would be delighted to hear from
anyone who can help to fill in the blanks.
About all the I knew for sure of the Slattery
family, other than that Hannah had married John Grimes,
was that the Slattery's had a butcher shop in the By-Ward
Market when I was young. Also I had heard the name of
"Blarney Slattery", that there were related
Slattery's in New York, and that at least one of Hannah/s
sisters had worked in the United States.
I soon found that there had been, and
still are, Slattery families in Ottawa and vicinity
that do not appear to be related to "our Slattery's".
However, I suspect that further investigation may prove
that some of them are related. Because of this
possibility, and because I have accumulated considerable
information on most of the persons involved ( which
I at least have found interesting), I have included
some of this information in an Appendix.
The greater part of "The Slattery's"
deals with the story of the entrepreneurs William
and his son Bernard, and of the extensive and successful
butcher business that they built in Ottawa. Information
on the New York branch of the Slattery family has to
date been difficult to obtain, but what has been found
suggests that their story also could be very interesting.
An abbreviated "family tree"
concludes this Introduction, to provide a reference
framework to the text of this account. A similar tabulation
is included for the families described in the Appendix.