Notes for SAMUEL ENGLISH, SR.:
Samuel English and his wife, Elizabeth McClain were born in
townland of Keady, County Tyrone, Ireland. It is believed
that they attended the Episcopal or Church of Ireland, in
the parish of Bellina-Saggert near their home. In the year
1825, (30 June; Port of Baltimore, MD), they came to this
country, bringing with then eight of their nine children.
(The eldest daughter, Elizabeth, had left Ireland ahead of
the rest and settled in Canada, married a McTavish, and some
of her descendants still live in Toronto. One of her daughters
visited among the Englishes after her mother's death.)
The English family first settled in Philadelphia, and later
moved to Evergreen in Allegheny County, PA. In 1841, Samuel
and his family moved to Pine Township, where he had purchased,
cleared, and improved a farm.
Samuel English was a man of means, and educated. He was also
fond of travel, because during his life in the U.S.A., he
revisited Europe on three occasions. On one of his trips,
he landed at Philadelphia and walked to Pittsburgh. When he
returned from his last trip, he landed in Canada and, for
pure pleasure, made the trip overland, walking most of the
[note: The town of Keady is located between Augher and Belligawley,
somewhere near or past Armagh.]
Notes for ELIZABETH MCCLAIN:
Although it cannot be confirmed, it is speculated that Elizabeth
McClain's ancestors were of the Maclaine branch of the Maclean
Clan (the Maclaine of Lochbuie branch); Macleans were from
the islands of Mull, Coll, Iona, and Tiree, and the lower
part of the nearby peninsula of Scotland.
In 1910, Clyde and William (sons of James English) journeyed
back to Keady, in County Tyrone, Ireland to visit the ancestral
homestead. A family named LIGGETT occupied it then, and they
had ENGLISH ancestors in their family history. It is probable
that the homestead had maintained its tie to some branch of
the English family who chose to remain in Ireland, rather
than migrate to America. They reportedly were located near
a church where ENGLISH ancestors are buried.
The following letter is presumably
written to Clyde or William English prior to their trip to
Ireland in 1910. It is from a relative of the then tenants
of the house claimed to be the "English Homestead"
"My Grandmother, Elizabeth Craig,
was a daughter of Joseph Liggett and Mary English, his wife,
and was born in the townland of Keady County, Tyrone, Ireland
about halfway between Augher and Bally-Gawley, and several
miles from Anghna-Clay.
The house is which she was born in 1793
was standing in 1895 and was occupied by her niece, Mary Liggett
and the latter's husband, Thomas Liggett who was a far out
cousin of his wife and of the same family.
My grandmother's father, Joseph Liggett
was born in this same house abour 1750, and he and his wife,
Mary English Liggett were buried together in the courtyard
of the Episcopal (or Church of Ireland) church or parish of
Ballina-Saggert near their home.
My father's cousin, Mrs. Thomas (Mary
Liggett) died some years ago. I do not know whether her husband
is living or dead.
Their son, Samuel, married and was loving
in the old home some years ago. Their daughter, Charolotte
E. Liggett, married and moved to Ballygawley some years ago.
I do not know just what townland the English
family lived in, but I am sure the county was Tyrone and the
parish was Ballina-Saggert. To get to the house in Keady Townland
where my Grandmother was born, go from either Belfast or Maquires
Bridge by narrow gauge road to Roughan Station and walk half
a mile or so to the old house in Keady. Maquires Bridge is
the junction point between the narrow gauge road and the broad
gauge line from Dublin to Ennis-Killen.
My cousin, Samuel Liggett can probably
be reached by a letter addressed to Samuel Liggett of Keady,
Edwin S. Craig
May 25, 1910
Ballygawley has a hotel and you might put up there for the
night, --put up there and hire and "Outside" or
"Jaunting" car in which to visit the old house and