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1986-90


                        MAHEDY - MCKAY


                              3M      


                           MULLARKEY   



                           VOL I - 2/15/86
                           DAN TOUSE
                           RD1, BOX 1269
                           MARYLAND, NY 12116





LETTER FROM EDITOR

     MANY READERS ARE PROBABLY AWARE OF MY INTEREST IN FAMILY HIS-
TORY.  I SOMETIMES SUSPECT THAT INTEREST WAS BORN AND NURTURED ON
THOSE EARLY ST. PATRICK'S DAYS WHEN I HEARD TALES OF ANCIENT MAHEDY
AND MCKAYS SAILING FROM IRELAND TO SETTLE IN CANADA.  SO ST PAT-RICK'S
DAY HAS
ALWAYS SEEMED TO BE A RATHER SPECIAL FAMILY DAY, NOT
IN THE SENSE OF THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS, BUT AS A TIME TO CELE-
BRATE THOSE ANCESTORS WHO MADE US HEIRS TO SUCH A RICH HERITAGE.
     I FIRST COMPILED THE MAHEDY/MCKAY GENEALOGY IN 1959 WITH THE
DATA GIVEN ME BY AUNT MAY AND ZORA.  IT WAS ONLY A LISTING OF NAMES
AND DATES, BUT I HAD A TREASURE OF MEMORIES WHICH MADE THOSE IRISH
PILGRIMS COME TO LIFE.  IN 1975, WHEN MIKEY WAS ONLY A "GREAT EX- 
PECTATION", A FAMILY REUNION PROMPTED US TO BEGIN COMPILING A HIS-
TORY THAT WOULD RECORD THE STORIES AS WELL AS THE NAMES, DATES, 
ETC..  I STARTED WITH EIGHT OR NINE FAMILIES.  I LITERALLY HAVE 
HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES, MANY TO 1600 - EVEN 1400 - AND AM STILL
DIGGING.
     IN LIGHT OF ALL THAT SUCCESS SOME MAY WELL WONDER: "WHAT ABOUT
MAHEDY/MCKAY?"  IRONICALLY, THE LINE THAT INSTIGATED THE RESEARCH,
AND WAS ORIGINALLY THE MOST EXTENSIVE, HAS BEEN A STUMBLING BLOCK
FOR TEN YEARS.  THAT IS NOT TO SAY EFFORTS HAVE BEEN FRUITLESS.  
THE 40+ PAGE HISTORY WRITTEN IN 1977 WOULD EASILY EXCEED 100 PAGES.
HOWEVER, THE MAJOR PORTION OF MY FINDINGS DEAL WITH ANCESTORS AL-
READY KNOWN RATHER THAN THE DISCOVERY OF "NEW" [EARLIER] GENERA-
TIONS.  NEVERTHELESS, A VARIETY OF RECORDS AND RESOURCES HAVE BEEN
COMPILED WHICH ARE BEGINNING TO PRODUCE NEW LEADS WHICH SHOULD
EN-ABLE US TO
TRACE OUR FAMILY BACK IN IRELAND.
     IT STRUCK ME THAT ST PATRICK'S DAY MIGHT BE AN APPROPRIATE 
OCCASION TO TRY AND UPDATE EVERYONE ON THE STATUS OF
MAHEDY/MCKAY
RESEARCH.  WHILE I WOULD PREFER PUTTING THE WHOLE STORY TOGETHER 
FOR YOU, FOR NOW I HAVE INCLUDED A BRIEF REVIEW OF WHAT WE KNEW, OF
RECORDS SEARCHED, LEADS DISCOVERED, AND SOME MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
OF
POTENTIAL INTEREST - SORT OF A GENEALOGICAL IRISH STEW.  IT IS
HOPED ALL THE MULLARKEY WILL BE OF SOME INTEREST OR VALUE TO THE
READER, IF ONLY TO INFORM YOU THAT THE RESEARCH CONTINUES.
     THIS "MULLARKEY" WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT MY TINY "STAFF
STENO", MAUREEN LEWIS.  I SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE THE PROVERBIAL ATTIC
TRUNK IN WHICH FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE PLACED THEIR VARIOUS TREASURES 
TO BE STORED FOR SOME FUTURE PURPOSE.  SO MANY HAVE CONTRIBUTED SO
MUCH: STORIES, MEMORIES, PHOTOS, RECORDS, ETC..  IT IS IMPOSSIBLE 
TO GIVE PROPER CREDIT AND THANKS TO SO MANY BUT, FOR THIS "FIRST
EDITION", I WOULD LIKE TO THANK BOTH ZORA AND JOSEPH BUTLER WHO FOR
OVER THIRTY YEARS HAVE TOLERATED ENDLESS QUESTIONS AND THEORIES AS
WELL AS PROVIDING A WEALTH OF INFORMATION.

                      ERIN GO BRAGH !!! 

                                                         2/15/86
                                                       DAN TOUSE


MCKAY: IRISH OR SCOTTISH?

     WHEN THIS WRITER WAS YOUNG AND FOOLISH HE ONCE ASKED HIS GREAT
AUNT MAY IF "MCKAY" MIGHT BE SCOTTISH (DUMB!)...WITH SAINTLY PA-
TIENCE SHE TOLERATED THIS HERESY THEN, WITH UTMOST AUTHORITY, MADE
IT BE KNOWN THERE WAS NOTHING SCOTTISH ABOUT THIS MCKAY FAMILY.  
THE WORDS AND REASONS HAVE LONG SINCE FADED.  IT MAY HAVE BEEN RE-
LATED TO THE MANY VARIATIONS IN SPELLING AND PRONUNCIATION OF THE
NAME WHICH HER GRANDFATHER FINALLY RESOLVED.  AT ANY RATE, MCKAY 
WAS IRISH!
     IN IRELAND IT IS LESS CERTAIN THAT THE MCKAYS WERE NATIVE TO
LIMERICK.  MCKAY IN FACT IS UNCOMMON IN THAT REGION.  PERHAPS WHEN
MORE IS LEARNED OF THOMAS' OWN FAMILY AND THEIR PREDECESSORS, THE
QUESTION OF NAME AND ORIGIN WILL BE RESOLVED.
     THOMAS' OWN NAME APPEARS IN RECORDS VARIOUSLY AS MACKAY,    
MACKEY, MCKAY, AND MCKIE.  IN REVIEWING HUNDREDS OF MCKAYS IN NEW
ENGLAND CENSUSES, THE VAST MAJORITY WERE SCOTTISH OR NOVA SCOTIAN.
NOTED AUTHORITY ON IRISH SURNAMES, EDWARD MACLYSAGHT, IN THE SUR-
NAMES OF IRELAND STATES MACKAY IS OF SCOTTISH ORIGIN.  THERE IS NO
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "MC" AND "MAC".  IT DERIVES FROM MAC-AODHA, SON
OF HUGH - OR MACHUGH.  HOWEVER, IN IRISH FAMILIES, UNDER MACHUGH,
AN IRISH CLAN, HE LISTS MCKAY AS A VARIANT!  MACKEY ON THE OTHER
HAND IS STRICTLY OF IRISH ORIGIN.  IT IS DERIVED FROM O'MACHDA AND 
IS FOUND IN CO. TIPPERARY, WHICH IS CLOSE TO LIMERICK.
     MARGARET'S OWN SURNAME ALSO APPEARED IN SEVERAL FORMS BUT ITS 
ORIGIN IS FAIRLY CLEAR.  MOST OFTEN IT APPEARS AS DONOHOE, BUT
DONAHUE AND DOUCHOE (!) HAVE ALSO BEEN USED.  DONOHOE AND DONAHUE 
ARE BOTH VARIATIONS OF "O'DONOGHUE" - FROM "O'DONNCHADHA" (SON OF
DONAGH.  THE FAMILY IS NOT NATIVE TO CO. TYRONE.  FROM CLOGHER
WHERE MARGARET WAS BORN, A MRS MARY MCKENNA WROTE THE NAME HAS
AL-
WAYS BEEN "DONAGHY".  THERE IS ONLY ONE FAMILY OF THE NAME.  THIS
LINE SHOULD BE SOMEWHAT EASIER TO RESEARCH THAN MCKAY.
     THE MAJOR DISCOVERY OF IS THAT OF DAVID AND BRIDGET AS PAR-
ENTS OF THOMAS AND THAT THEY LIVED IN CASSIAR, CANADA.  NO CASSIAR
HAS BEEN LOCATED, BUT ST CESAIRE IS JUST WEST OF GRANBY.  THE MEN-TION
OF ROGER,
TIMOTHY, AND H.C. (HUBERT CHARLES?), NOT TO MENTION 
THE INFAMOUS ENSIGN, PROVIDE SEVERAL "NEW" LEADS WHICH MAY SHED
FURTHER LIGHT ON THE MCKAY ANCESTORS.
                            ***
MCKAY IN DUEL!!!
     WATERLOO, P.Q.  19 MAY 1865  "CAPT. MAYNES IN DUEL...OVER UNI-
FORM OF ENSIGN MCKAY.
     THE ABOVE WAS SUBMITTED BY GEORGE PURDY OF KEARNEY, ONTARIO, 
WHOSE ANCESTORS SETTLED IN SHEFFORD CO. 1847 FROM IRELAND.
     NO DETAILS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE CONCERNING THE DUEL OR THE
PERSON INVOLVED.  INQUIRIES ARE BEING SENT (VIA GERALD CAMPBELL) TO
THE (GREAT ?) GRANDSON OF CAPT. MAYNES WHO STILL IN WATERLOO. 
OTHER LEADS ARE ALSO BEING PURSUED.
     IT IS FELT (HOPED!) THIS ENSIGN MCKAY MAY BE A BROTHER OF 
THOMAS.  IF SO THIS COULD BE A VALUABLE LEAD IN IDENTIFYING EAR-
LIER GENERATIONS OF THE MCKAY FAMILY.
                         
                  MCKAY ANCESTORS - A REVIEW

     WE ARE NOW INTO THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH GENERATIONS SINCE YOUNG
THOMAS LEFT OL' ERIN'S ISLE.  PERHAPS IT WOULD BE WORTH REVIEWING 
THE FIRST TWO GENERATIONS:

     A.  THOMAS MCKAY     b. CO. LIMERICK, IRE.; 7 AUG 1822
                          m. MARGARET DONAHUE 15 JAN 1848
                          d. 17 NOV 1898, GRANBY, QUE., CANADA;

           CHILDREN  
         1. DAVID         b. ROCKPORT, MA - 8 SEPT 1848; m. BRIDGET 
                             @1875;    
                          d. 31 OCT 1926, CHILLICOTHE, MO.
         2. JOHN P.       b. GLOUCESTER, 10 MAR 1851;       
         3. CATHERINE     b. GRANBY, P.Q.  8 NOV 1852  
                          m. JOHN MAGUIRE 20 SEPT 1875; d. 18JAN'77 
         4. WILLIAM C.    b. GRANBY, 25 SEPT 1854  m. MARCELLA
                             CAMPBELL, 1914; d. @ 1930, BROMONT, PQ 
         5. MARGARET      b. 8 JAN 1857   GRANBY                  
                          d. 10 JUL 1858  GRANBY 
         6. MARTHA A.     b. 13 FEB 1860     "  
                          d.  7 NOV 1892     "
         7. MARY ELLEN    b. 16 FEB 1863     "
                          d. 29 JUN 1881     "


     B.  JOHN PATRICK     b. 10 MAR 1851         
                          m.  9 OCT 1876  MARY E. MAHEDY, WATERLOO;
                          d. 27 AUG 1924  VERNON, NY; bur ONEIDA;
                 
          CHILDREN ALL BORN SO. STUKELY, QUE.
         1. ELIZABETH E.  19 AUG 1877 -  8 FEB 1952, VERNON, NY;  
         2. MARGARET M.   23 OCT 1878 - 28 FEB 1958, INDEPNDNCE, KA 
                          m. H. ALLEN FULMER, 1907, N. SHEFFORD, PQ 
         3. MYRON M.      28 JAN 1881 - 25 FEB 1850, VERNON, NY   
         4. T. FRANK      20 FEB 1882 - 18 MAY 1930,    "
                          m. CLARA MYERS 15 JUN 1908
         5. MARY-ELLEN    27 JAN 1883 - 1 JAN 1947, WATERLOO, QUE
                          m. ANDREW CAMPBELL 19 MAY 1902;
         6. H. CHARLES    3 FEB 1884  - 1942, FITCHBURG, MA
                          m. EDITH FULLER 
         7. EDITH E.      25 SEPT 1886 - 13 JUN 1899, NO. SHEFFORD; 
         8. MARTHA (REV)  12 MAR 1888 -  AUG 1913, CHATEAUGUAY, PQ
         9. JOHN DAVID    11 MAR 1890 - 2 JAN 1944, AUBURN, NY
                          m. MARGARET NEWCOMB  28 JUL 1920, AUBURN; 
        1O. E. MAY        19 MAY 1891 - 11 JUL 1962, VERNON, NY



                       THOMAS' TRAVELS       
     
     CONSIDERING THE WEALTH OF DATA AVAILABLE ON THOMAS MCKAY
DESCENDENTS IT
SEEMS SOMEWHAT SURPRISING THERE IS SUCH A DEARTH OF
INFORMATION ABOUT THOMAS' OWN FAMILY.
     FROM WHAT LITTLE HAS BEEN LEARNED TO DATE IT APPEARS THOMAS 
CAME FROM IRELAND @ 1830 AND PROBABLY SETTLED NEAR GRANBY.  MOST
LIKELY HE CAME WITH HIS PARENTS AND HAD SEVERAL BROTHERS AND
SIS-TERS.  FOR SOME
REASON THOMAS WENT TO GLOUCESTER, MASS. IN THE MID
1840'S, AS DID MARGARET DONAHUE.  THERE IS NO CONSPICUOUS EVIDENCE
OF OTHER RELATIVES IN THE AREA.  THEY MARRIED AND REMAINED IN MASS.
UNTIL 1852 WHEN THEY RETURNED TO THE GRANBY VICINITY.  THE MOVE MAY
HAVE BEEN PROMPTED BY THE AVAILABILITY OF HOMESTEAD LANDS. 
ANOTHER
POSSIBLE EXPLANATION IS THAT PERHAPS THIS IS WHEN MARGARET'S FATHER
DIED AND THEY RETURNED TO TAKE IN MARGARET'S MOTHER.
     IT HAS BEEN THOUGHT THAT THOMAS SETTLED ON THE FAMILY FARM IN
SO. GRANBY UPON ARRIVING FROM MASS.  THE CHURCH RECORDS FOR 1852 -
1892 ALL LIST THOMAS AS "FARMER OF GRANBY."   HOWEVER, HE DOES NOT
APPEAR IN THE 1861 CENSUS FOR GRANBY, OR ANYWHERE IN SHEFFORD CO. 
RESEARCH CONTINUES TO FIND AN EXPLANATION FOR THIS CONTRADICTION.
BASED ON OTHER RECORDS FOUND IT SEEMS PROBABLE THAT IF THOMAS IS
LOCATED IN 1861, OTHERS OF HIS FAMILY WILL ALSO BE IDENTIFIED.
     SINCE THOMAS AND MARGARET, THEIR DAUGHTERS, AND AT LEAST SOME
OF THEIR GRANDCHILDREN ALL SPENT TIME IN MASS. AND NEW ENGLAND IT
MUST BE WONDERED IF THERE MIGHT NOT BE A FAMILY CONNECTION IN MASS.
CATHERINE WAS IN LEOMINSTER PRIOR TO HER MARRIAGE IN 1875.  THE
ONLY PICTURE OF MARY ELLEN WAS TAKEN AT PROVIDENCE, R.I., @ 1880.
MARTHA APPARENTLY LIVED IN LEOMINSTER, MASS. FOR A WHILE PRIOR TO
HER DEATH IN 1892.  TO DATE NOTHING CONCLUSIVE HAS BEEN FOUND IN 
EITHER MASS. OR R.I..  
     WHILE NOTHING EXISTS IN THE FAMILY RECORDS TO SHED LIGHT ON
THOMAS' FAMILY, SEVERAL LEADS HAVE BEEN FOUND WHICH SHOULD HELP 
IDENTIFY THOMAS' FORBEARERS IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.  
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DONAHUE DATA
ACCORDING TO FAMILY RECORDS, MARGARET DONAHUE WAS BORN 19 MAR 1820 IN CO. TYRONE, IRELAND. MARGARET'S OBITUARY STATES SHE CAME TO GRANBY @ 1833. MARGARET LIVED TO THE AGE OF 88. DUE TO A FRAC- TURED HIP SHE SPENT HER LAST YEARS IN A WHEELCHAIR. HER GRAND-DAUGHTERS LIZZIE AND MINA MCKAY TOOK TURNS EVERY SIX MONTHS CARING FOR HER. RAYMOND CAMPBELL SAID MARGARET USED TO SMOKE A CORN COB PIPE. MARGARET DIED NEW YEAR'S EVE 1908. ON THE MCKAY HEADSTONE IN GRANBY A TRACING BENEATH MARGARET'S NAME REVEALED SHE WAS A NATIVE OF CLOGHER PARISH, CO. TYRONE - AN ESSENTIAL BIT OF DATA IF RESEARCH IS TO BE DONE IN IRELAND. ALSO BURIED IN THE MCKAY PLOT IS MARGARET'S MOTHER ANN MAXWELL - "WIFE OF PATRICK DONAHUE. ANN WAS BORN IN SCOTLAND IN 1787 AND DIED AT GRANBY, 22 FEB 1858. THUS MARGARET'S PARENTS ARE IDENTIFIED. MAR- GARET ALSO HAD AT LEAST ONE BROTHER, PATRICK, WHO WAS GODFATHER OF MAY MCKAY. AUNT MAY'S GODMOTHER WAS ANN DONAHUE, PERHAPS PAT'S WIFE, BUT MORE LIKELY A SISTER. SINCE NEITHER PATRICK NOR ANN ARE MENTIONED IN MARGARET'S OBITUARY, THEY MOST LIKELY PRE-DECEASED HER. DESPITE CHURCH RECORDS, OBITUARIES, ETC., THERE WERE NO DONAHUES IN THE 1861 CENSUS OF GRANBY. ************************************************************
MAHEDY ANCESTORS REVIEWED
THE KNOWN MAHEDY ANCESTRY DATES BACK OVER 200 YEARS. THERE IS CONSIDERABLY MORE INFORMATION ON MICHAEL'S GENERATION THAN ON THOMAS MCKAY'S. A BRIEF REVIEW AND DISCUSSION MAY HELP TO ADD PER- SPECTIVE. A. JOHN MAHEDY - b. 1782, CO. LONGFORD, IRELAND; m. @ 1810, ELIZABETH MORAN, b. 1783, CO WEST MEATH, IRE; d. 3 NOV 1846, SHERRINGTON, PQ d. FEB 1858, GRANBY, P.Q. CHILDREN 1 JOHN, JR. b. IRELAND; m. ROSY O'ROURKE 2 PATRICK b. 1813, CO. LONGFORD, IRE; m. @ 1843, JANE LECLARE, ROME, NY d. 2 NOV 1875, SHEFFORD, QUE 3 MICHAEL b. 15 FEB 1815, CO. LIMERICK, IRE; m. 7 MAR 1843, ESTHER GILLETT, ROME, NY d. 1 MAY 1895, AVA, NY 4 WILLIAM b. IRELAND; d. CAN OR NY 5 MARY b. 1831, SHERRINGTON, QUE; m. ELI CARR; d. @ 1887/88, TROY, NY B. MICHAEL 1815 - 1895; m. ESTHER GILLETT, b. 1821, d. 17 JAN 1893, NO SHEFFORD, QUE; CHILDREN 1 JOHN b. 184- , SHERRINGTON, QUE; d. young 2 ELIZABETH b. " " " " 3 MICHAEL b. " " " " 4 ESTHER ANN bapt 4 JAN 1850 " " * m. 1885, SOLOMON BUTLER, N SHEFFORD, QUE; d. 6 APR 1927, ONEIDA, NY 5 MARY EMILINE b. 4 APR 1851, SHERRINGTON, QUE m. 9 OCT 1876, N SHEFFORD, PQ; JOHN P MCKAY d. 2 FEB 1931, VERNON, NY; 6 MICHAEL b. 1 NOV 1852, SHERRINGTON, PQ; d. 1888? 7 JOHN HORACE died young 8 CHARLES HENRY b. 1857, NO. SHEFFORD, PQ; d. 22 OCT 1936, BUFFALO, NY; 9 PATRICK b. 1859, NO. SHEFFORD, PQ; d. @1927, TROY, NY; 10 DAVID b. 17 MAR 1863, NO. SHEFFORD, PQ; d. " " ------------------------------------------------------ * - THIS DATE DOES NOT AGREE WITH RECORDS OF JOSEPH AND ZORA BUTLER OR EVEN ESTHER HERSELF, WHO IN THE 1900 CENSUS LISTED HER BIRTH AS FEB 1852. THE 1850 DATE IS GIVEN AS IT CONSISTENT WITH RELATED DOCUMENTATION. JOHN MAHEDY, JR., AND ROSY [O'] ROURKE LIVED IN VERGENNES, VT, AND HAD TWO SONS WHEN ROSIE DIED. THE SONS WERE PLACED WITH MICHAEL AND PATRICK. JOHN, JR., WANDERED OFF. ONE SON (JAMES) MOVED WEST AND THE OTHER (WILLIAM) BECAME THE FIRST POLICE CHIEF OF SARATOGA IN 1864. PATRICK AND JANE HAD TWELVE CHILDREN AND OPERATED A FARM AND SAWMILL IN SHEFFORD. JANE'S SISTER MARY ANN MARRIED ADIN BUTLER, FATHER OF SOLOMON. SOME OF THIS FAMILY MOVED TO LEOMINSTER, MASS. MARY AND ELI CARR OWNED THE CONGRESSIONAL HOTEL IN TROY, NY.. MARY (MCKAY) AND ESTHER (BUTLER) BOTH WORKED THERE BEFORE THEY MARRIED. LONGFORD LOCALE LOCATED: THE MAHEDY NAME IS DEFINITELY IRISH. IT IS AN UNCOMMON VARI- ANT OF MAHADY, WHICH IS MUCH LESS COMMON THAN ONE MIGHT IMAGINE. LITTLE HAS BEEN FOUND CONCERNING ITS ORIGIN THOUGH THE LATE WILLIAM MAHEDY OF DES MOINES, IA, (GREAT GRANDSON OF JOHN) FOUND MAHEDY IN GENEALOGICAL FAMILIES OF IRELAND. THIS SOURCE INDICATED MAHEDY DE- RIVES FROM O'MAOLANEDY, SON OF KING FERGUS AND QUEEN MAUD OF CON- NAUGHT, DESCENDANTS OF IR, FIFTH SON OF MILESIUS. MAUD, OR MAEVE, IS QUITE FAMOUS IN IRISH HISTORY. SHE REIGNED BEFORE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. MAHEDY IN GAELIC IS O'MOITHIDE. SINCE MAHEDY IS A RARE NAME AND JOHN'S COUNTY OF ORIGIN WAS KNOWN, IT SEEMED WORTHWHILE TO CONTACT THE LONGFORD-WEST MEATH LI-BRARY FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. IT WAS LEARNED THAT MAHEDY WAS ONLY FOUND IN THE PARISH OF MOSTRIM, BARONY OF ARDAGH, LONGFORD. THEY ALSO PROVIDED PAGES FROM GRIFFITH'S "VALUATIONS OF TENEMENTS", 1854, LISTING ONLY SEVEN MAHEDYS IN THE RESPECTIVE TOWNLANDS OF THE PARISH AS FOLLOWS: NAME TOWNLAND PATRICK MAHEDY CORCLARAGH RICHARD " " EDWARD " LISNAGEERAH RICHARD " KILSALLAGH MARY " " MICHAEL " BRACKLON JOHN " CAM THESE MAHEDYS COULD WELL BE NEPHEWS OR EVEN BROTHERS OF OUR IMMI- GRANT ANCESTOR, JOHN. ***************************
MORE MORANS
THE KNOWLEDGE THAT ELIZABETH MORAN MAHEDY HAD A BROTHER CAME A FEW YEARS AGO IN ONE OF ZORA'S LETTERS. IT WAS ZORA'S OPINION THAT THE MAHEDYS WENT FROM NYC TO SHERRINGTON TO JOIN ELIZABETH'S BROTHER CHARLES, WHO HAD BEEN THERE SOME TIME. IN THE PAST FEW YEARS SEVERAL REFERENCES TO CHARLES OR HIS FAMILY IN THE RECORDS INDICATE THE CHARLES MORAN FAMILY WAS LOCA- TED IN 1861 IN EASTERN HALF OF SHEFFORD COUNTY, NOT FAR FROM PATRICK MAHEDY. PRIOR TO THAT TIME CHARLES HAD BEEN IN SHERRING- TON, WHERE ALL OF HIS CHILDREN WERE NO DOUBT BORN. IN 1861 THEY WERE LIVING IN A LOG CABIN AND LISTED AS FOLLOWS: NAME AGE BIRTHPLACE RELIG OCCUPATION MORAN, CHARLES 76 IRELAND RC FARMER O'CREATHY, ELIZABETH 53 " " [SPOUSE] MORAN, MARY 30 QUEBEC " TEACHER " BRIDGET 24 " " " " CHARLES 22 " " " JOHN 20 " " " ANNE 18 " " " PATRICK 16 " " " L.A. (f) 14 " " " MICHAEL 12 " " MARY WAS THE GODMOTHER OF ESTHER MAHEDY BUTLER AND BRIDGET WAS GOD-MOTHER TO MARY MAHEDY MCKAY. BRIDGET'S SCHOOL WAS LISTED AS THE DUKE ROBERTS SCHOOL HOUSE. CHARLES HAD ANOTHER DAUGHTER, ELIZABETH WHO WAS BORN 11 DEC 1831 AT SHERRINGTON AND MARRIED PETER DUNN, b. 12 APR 1827, QUEEN'S CO., IRELAND. THEY WERE THE GREAT GRANDPAR- ENTS OF GERTIE CAMPBELL. ELIZABETH'S NAME IS LISTED IN FAMILY RE- CORDS AS O'GRADY! SINCE ALL OF CHARLES' CHILDREN WERE BORN AT SHERRINGTON, QUE-BEC, AFTER 1830 AND IN LIGHT OF OTHER DATA IT SEEMS MORE LIKELY THAT HE PROBABLY CAME ON THE SAME BOAT AS THE MAHEDY AND SHERIDAN FAMILIES. FINDING CLUES ON THE MORANS IN WEST MEATH IS MORE DIFFICULT THAN RESEARCHING THE MAHEDYS IN LONGFORD. IN THE 1854 GRIFFITH'S "VALUATIONS" THERE WERE OVER 200 MORANS IN WEST MEATH. WITHOUT ANY SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON OUR MORANS OR THEIR HOMETOWN, RESEARCH MIGHT BEGIN IN THE BARONY OF MOYGOISH WHICH BORDERS THE LONGFORD BARONY OF ARDAGH. THE MORANS (O'MUGHROIN) ALSO DESCEND FROM IR, THROUGH KING FERGUS VIA HIS SON CONMAL. SOME 30 GENERATIONS LATER FINGHIN HAD AT LEAST TWO SONS: MAOLDAGH-REAG AND MOCHAN. MAOL'S SON SIRIDEN IS ANCESTOR OF THE SHERIDANS. MOCHAN'S SON MORAN BE-CAME ANCESTOR OF THE MORANS THOUGH IT WOULD BE MORE THAN TWENTY GENERATIONS BEFORE TIRLACH O'MORAN BEGAN TO USE IT AS A SURNAME. ***
TINY'S TIDBITS
ST. BRENDAN OF IRELAND IS BELIEVED TO HAVE REACHED AMERICA @ 500 A.D., 1000 YEARS BEFORE COLUMBUS. MEAD - IS AN ANCIENT IRISH DRINK OF WARM CIDER AND HONEY BE- LIEVED TO HAVE MANY BENEFITS INCLUDING FERTILITY. NEWLYWEDS WERE TOLD TO DRINK IT EVERY NIGHT FOR THEIR FIRST LUNAR CYCLE. THUS DID THE IRISH GIVE US THE "HONEYMOON"! THE FIRST PARLIAMENT IN HISTORY WAS CONVENED BY EOCHAID, 27TH MONARCH OF IRELAND (LINE OF IR, ANCESTOR OF FERGUS), @ 1317 B.C.. IT MET EVERY THIRD YEAR THROUGH 1172, A.D. WHEN THE ANGLO-NORMAN INVASIONS BEGAN.
GILLETT GAZETTE
VERY LITTLE INFORMATION HAS DRIFTED DOWN THROUGH THE GENERA- TIONS CONCERNING OUR GILLETT ANCESTORS. FROM ZORA AND AUNT MAY THE BIRTH AND DEATH DATA FOR EBENEZER AND HIS WIFE, ELIZABETH KEECH GILLETT, ARE GIVEN. THEY ALSO LISTED FIVE OF EBENEZER'S CHILDREN INCLUDING ESTHER, WHO MARRIED MICHAEL MAHEDY. ZORA HAD ALSO FOUND THAT ELIZABETH WAS AMONG THE LAST TO RECEIVE PENSION BENEFITS AS A WIDOW OF A WAR OF 1812 VETERAN. STILL, NO "GILLETT STORIES" OR MEMORIES HAVE SURFACED TO PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO THE GILLETT PERSON- ALIES. MUCH MORE HAS BEEN FOUND ON THE GILLETTS THAN ON OUR IRISH ANCESTORS BUT, LIKE THE MAHEDY-MCKAYS, THE GILLETT DATA PERTAIN MORE TO EBENEZER'S DESCENDANTS THAN HIS ANCESTORS. A COPY OF EBENEZER'S PENSION RECORD IDENTIFIED TEN CHILDREN. EBENEZER AP- PEARS TO DESCEND FROM JONATHAN GILLETT WHO CAME FROM ENGLAND IN 1630 ON THE "MARY AND JOHN", THOUGH A POSITIVE LINK HAS YET TO BE ESTABLISHED. EVIDENCE TO DATE POINTS TO A CHARLES GILLETT (@ 1760 - 1810+) AND ESTHER HUNTER AS THE PROBABLE PARENTS OF EBENEZER. THE GILLETTS SETTLED ON WEBSTER HILL IN THE TOWN OF WESTERN, NORTH OF ROME, NY, @ 1800. EBENEZER SERVED IN TWO DIFFERENT MILITIA CAM- PAINS AGAINST THE BRITISH AT SACKETT'S HARBOR. HE PROBABLY MARRIED @ 1813 AND HAD THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN: ALMIRA 1814 m. FREEMAN BURCH CHARLES JAMES ESTHER 1821 m. MICHAEL MAHEDY d. 17 JAN 1893 EMILINE OCT 1824 m. BERLIN VANDEWALKER d. 1914 DAVID 1829 m. MAHALA ---- EUNICE m. MR. - RICHARDSON AMELIA m. MR. - FORD MILDRED 1836 HENRY DEC 1839 m. MARY ---- d. 17 MAR 1906 HORACE JAN 1843 m. SARAH d. (after)1900 EBENEZER d. 20 FEB 1855. WHEN ELIZABETH MADE HER AFFIDAVIT FOR WIDOW'S BENEFITS ALL THE CHILDREN WERE STILL LIVING EXCEPT MILDRED. NOTHING FURTHER HAS BEEN FOUND CONCERNING CHARLES, JAMES, AMELIA OR EUNICE. ALMIRA BURCH SETTLED IN AVA AND HAD AT LEAST SEVEN CHILDREN. THEY WERE NO DOUBT STILL THERE WHEN THE BUTLERS CAME TO AVA @ 1885-90. DAVID AND HIS FAMILY WENT TO CANADA @ 1858 AND LIVED NEXT TO THE MAHEDYS. HE HAD TWO CHILDREN BORN AND APPAR- ENTLY DIED THERE BEFORE RETURNING TO WESTERN @ 1864. THE OTHERS REMAINED IN WESTERN. HENRY WAS A CARPENTER. HE HAD NO CHILDREN AND COMMITTED SUICIDE IN 1906. HORACE WAS A FARMER AND CANAL BOATMAN WITH THREE CHILDREN INCLUDING MYRON (b. 1870) IN SHORT, IT SEEMS THIS FAMILY MUST HAVE BEEN BETTER KNOWN TO THE MCKAYS AND THE BUTLER WHEN THEY CAME TO ONEIDA COUNTY THAN WE REALIZE. THE MCKAY SCRAPBOOK HAS A NEWS ACCOUNT @ 1903 OF EDGAR GILLETT WHO WAS RUN OVER BY A TRAIN AT THE BOONVILLE FAIR. HE WAS A SON OF DAVID; SIX FOOT THREE, WITH BROWN HAIR AND BROWN EYES, AND WAS SURVIVED BY A BROTHER EUGENE, AND A SISTER, MRS. D. BOLSTER OF ROME. THIS MUST HAVE BEEN MAILED TO CANADA BY ESTHER BUTLER OR PERHAPS MINA MCKAY. ***
THE (IRVING) BERLIN CONNECTION
A FEW, THOUGH CERTAINLY NOT MANY, OF THE CLAN DO REMEMBER HEARING THAT THE MCKAYS WERE RELATED BY MARRIAGE TO IRVING BERLIN. WHAT MADE THE REVELATION REMAIN SO VIVID WAS NOT THE SENSE OF PRIDE ONE MIGHT EXPECT FROM SUCH AN ANNOUNCEMENT BUT THE FACT THAT IT SEEMED TO BE A SOURCE OF GENUINE PAIN. IRVING BERLIN IS MARRIED TO ELIN MACKAY. ACCORDING TO AUNT MAY, ELIN WAS A COUSIN. JOHN PATRICK AND ELIN'S FATHER WERE COU- SINS WHO APPARENTLY KNEW EACH OTHER. UNFORTUNATELY THE SPECIFIC RELATIONSHIP WAS NEVER RECORDED. ELIN WAS CONTACTED IN 1980. SHE INDICATED HER GRANDFATHER SEARCHED THROUGHOUT THE U.S. AND CANADA FOR RELATIVES BUT FOUND NONE. ELIN WAS QUITE CERTAIN THERE WAS NO CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TWO MACKAY/MCKAY FAMILIES. STILL, IT IS HARD TO CONCEIVE OF AUNT MAY BECOMING SO EMOTIONAL OVER A NON-EXISTENT RELATIONSHIP SO RESEARCH GOES ON. IF A RELATIONSHIP EXISTS IT WOULD SEEM THOMAS AND JOHN - ELIN'S GRANDFATHER - WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE BEEN FIRST COUSINS. JOHN WAS BORN IN DUBLIN @ 1840 AND CAME TO NYC WITH HIS FAMILY @ 1844. JOHN'S FATHER DIED SHORTLY THEREAFTER. JOHN WENT TO CALIFORNIA AT AN EARLY AGE. HE WOUND UP IN NEVADA IN 1872 WHERE HE MADE A KILLING IN THE COMSTOCK LODE - SILVER MINES. (REMEMBER BONANZA?) LATER HE FORMED A TELEGRAPH CABLE COMPANY WHICH LAID THE FIRST TRANSO-CEANIC CABLE. HIS COMPANY ULTIMATELY BECAME I.T.T.. JOHN WAS AS PROMINENT AS THE GOULDS, VANDERBILTS, AND OTHER TYCOONS OF HIS DAY. BUT JOHN WAS GENUINELY ADMIRED. HE WAS NOT AFRAID TO GET DOWN AND WORK AMONGST HIS MEN. JOHN DIED IN LONDON @ 1900-1906. ***
GENERAL SHERIDAN - BEHIND THE LINES
NO, IT'S NOT AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, OR A CIVIL WAR STORY. PERHAPS EVERY YOUNGSTER WONDERS IF THERE IS SOMEONE FAMOUS IN THE FAMILY TREE. "GENERAL SHERIDAN...WAS A COUSIN ON THE MAHEDY SIDE." AUNT MAY SAID THE TWO FAMILIES CAME OVER ON THE SAME BOAT. OVER THE YEARS BITS AND PIECES HAVE COME TOGETHER WHICH TEND TO SUPPORT THIS CLAIM. SHERIDAN'S PARENTS CAME FROM CO. CAVAN WHICH BORDERS COUNTIES LONGFORD AND WEST MEATH ON THE NORTH. BOTH FAMILIES CAME @ 1830 AND LANDED IN NYC. TRADITION SAYS THE MAHEDY "BOYS" WORKED IN NYC AS STONE MASONS WORKING ON A ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL (NOT THE 5TH AVE CHURCH) AND APPEAR TO HAVE WORKED THEIR WAY NORTH. GENERAL SHERIDAN WAS b. 1831 AT ALBANY. IN 1832 THEY MOVED TO OHIO. AMONGST THE PAPERS ZORA SENT TO ME WAS A REFERENCE THAT MICHAEL MAHEDY TOLD HIS GRANDDAUGHTER (LIZZIE MCKAY?) THAT HE "WENT DOWN THE HUDSON TO BE GODFATHER TO THE SHERIDAN CHILD." TO DATE THE BAPTISM RECORD HAS NOT BEEN LOCATED. RESEARCH CONTINUES. *** KEECH FAMILY FLEES CHERRY VALLEY TO AVOID MASSACRE: NOVEMBER 1778 - WARNED BY FRIENDLY INDIANS THAT CHIEF JOSEPH BRANDT AND HIS TORY TRIBE WERE PLANNING TO ATTACK CHERRY VALLEY. THE KEECH FAMILY LEFT FOR FT. STANWIX. SEVERAL AREA RESIDENTS ARE ALSO SAID TO BE SEEKING REFUGE AT THE FORT. SHORTLY AFTER THEIR DEPARTURE BRANDT'S WAR PARTY MOVED FROM ITS ENCAMPMENT AT THE FOOT OF MURPHY HILL AND MASSACRED SEVERAL FAMILIES IN CHERRY VALLEY! ESSENTIALLY THAT IS THE STORY AS IT HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN. ELIZABETH WAS NOT BORN UNTIL 1796 SO THE STORY MUST REFER TO THE PREVIOUS GENERATION. IT IS ANOTHER STORY WITH NO DOCUMENTATION THOUGH THERE IS HISTORICAL SUPPORT. HURD'S HISTORY OF OTSEGO COUN- TY INDICATES "...A MAN CALLED KEECH..." LIVED IN ROSEBOOM, FOUR MILES SOUTH OF CHERRY VALLEY. ELIZABETH'S OWN ANCESTRY HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED. ONE SOURCE INDICATES SHE WAS BORN IN WASHINGTON COUNTY; ANOTHER INDICATES MONTGOMERY COUNTY, WHICH ONCE INCLUDED CHERRY VALLEY. THERE WERE NO KEECHES IN ONEIDA CO. IN 1800. THEY PROBABLY CAME @ 1810 AND WERE CERTAINLY IN TOWN BY 1812, AS A JAMES KEECH ALSO SERVED IN THE WAR OF 1812. ELIZABETH APPEARS TO HAVE HAD AT LEAST TWO BROTHERS: GEORGE AND JAMES. HER FATHER MAY ALSO HAVE BEEN GEORGE THOUGH AT THIS TIMES JAMES SEEMS A BETTER GUESS. KEECH IS ALSO NOT A COMMON NAME. MOST AMERICAN KEECH FAMILIES DESCEND FROM A GEORGE KEECH WHO IN R.I. @ 1640. ELIZABETH d. 11 NOV 1887 AT THE AGE OF 91. BASED ON THE DATA AVAILABLE A DEATH CERTIFICATE COULD NOT BE LOCATED. THIS WOULD TEND TO INDICATE SHE DID NOT DIE IN ONEIDA CO. AND MAY HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH ONE OF HER DAUGHTERS. ELIZABETH WAS PROBABLY WELL KNOWN TO HER MAHEDY GRANDDAUGHTERS AND PERHAPS TO THE OLDER MCKAY GIRLS (LIZZIE AND MINA). SHE WAS STILL LIVING WHEN THE BUTLERS SETTLED IN NEARBY AVA. HER DAUGHTER EMILINE (VANDEWALKER) LIVED TO THE AGE OF 91 AS DID EMILINE'S DAUGHTER WHO DIED IN 1946. RESEARCH ON THIS AND ALL FAMILIES MENTIONED IS CONTINUING. HOPEFULLY THE HISTORY WILL SOMEDAY BE PUBLISHED. IN THE MEANTIME IF YOU HAVE ANY STORIES OR MEMORIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, PLEASE PASS THEM ALONG. ALSO, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME. DAN ***
SOURCES & RECORDS
SOURCE TYPE DESCRIPTION MISC. MARRIAGE 1787 AMENIA, NY - CHARLES GILLETT TO ESTHER HUNTER ONEIDA CO. CENSUS POPULATION CENSUS DATA FOR FOLLOWING 1800 - 1900 LISTINGS BUTLER, ADIN - 1865 " SOLOMON - 1900 BURCH, ALMIRA - 1860 GILLETT, CHAS - 1800 - 1810 " EBENEZER - 1825 - 1850 " DAVID - 1850 - 1870 " HENRY - 1850 - 1900 " HORACE - 1850 - 1900 KEECH - 1825 - 1900 ST PETER R.C. CHURCH MARRIAGE CERT. MICHAEL MAHEDY TO ESTHER GILLETT ROME, NY 7 MAR 1843 ST PATRICK D' ANY NONE PRIOR TO 1850 SHERRINGTON ST ROMAIN D' ANY " " " "; BAPT FOR HEMMINGFORD ESTHER, MARY, & MICHAEL MAHEDY - 1850, 51, 52; NOTRE DAME D'GRANBY ANY BAPT FOR CATHERINE, WM., MARTHA, MARY E; BURIAL: CATHERINE, MARTHA, MARY E; JOHN MAHEDY, 1857, MENTIONS CHAS MORAN AS WITNESS; SHEFFORD CO CENSUS POPULATION DATA FOR FAMILY & FARMS FOR 1861 & AGR LISTINGS DUNNS, CAMPBELL, C MORAN & M & P MAHEDY; NONE FOR T MCKAY; SHEFFORD CO & PAUL PROPERTY MAP & DESCRIPTION THOS MACKAY COUTURE - OWNS T (UNDATED) PROPERTY BORDERED BY FARM OF MCKAY FARM H.C. MACKAY; 1880 CENSUS POPULATION 1 - PROVIDENCE, RI LISTINGS NO CONSPICUOUS RELATIONS FOUND 2 - LEOMINSTER, MASS & VICINITY " IBID NOTRE DAME D' BAPTISMS RECORDS FOR ALL J.P MCKAY BONSECOURS RC CHURCH CHILDREN EXCEPT JOHN D & H. CHARLES; PAT'K & ANN DONAHUE GODPARENTS OF E. MAY; MAHEDY - MCKAY 3M MULLARKEY 1987 FROM THE "EDITOR": WELL, BY THE OLD CLOCK ON THE WALL IT APPEARS 'TIS ALMOST TIME FOR THE WEARIN' O' THE GREEN, AND HENCE TIME AGAIN FOR A WEE BIT MORE MULLARKY. AS THE AUTUMN LEAVES BEGAN TO FALL AND EARLY NOVEMBER SNOWS SIGNALLED THE END OF ANOTHER YEAR, I BEGAN TO WONDER WHAT MIGHT FILL THE PAGES OF 3M. IT APPEARED THAT I AGAIN WOULD BE UNSUCCESSFUL IN IDENTIFYING THE PARENTS OF THOMAS MCKAY, JOHN MAHEDY, THE DONAHUES, MORANS, OR EVEN THE GILLETT/KEECHES. THAT IS NOT TO SAY I LEARNED NOTHING. REVELATIONS ON THE MAHEDY LINE COULD EASILY FILL THIS NEWSLETTER. INDEED, THEY MOST LIKELY RESULT IN THE PUBLICATION OF A NOVEL! WHILE CIRCUMSTANCES MAY OCCASIONALLY MAKE IT NECESSARY TO FOCUS ON A SPECIFIC BRANCH OF THE FAMILY, IT IS INTENDED THAT INFORMATION BE PRESENTED ON ALL BRANCHES IN A MANNER WHICH WILL ENRICH AWARENESS OF OUR IRISH HERITAGE. SO, I HAVE RUMMAGED THROUGH MY NOTES OF THE PAST YEAR OR SO AND THROWN TOGETHER ANOTHER GENEALOGICAL IRISH STEW. IF I APPEAR TO WANDER OFF ON A TANGENT NOW AND THEN, I'M JUST POLISHING THE BLARNEY STONE. (BESIDES I HAVE TO KEEP MY "TINY" STENO BUSY!) IN ANY CASE, I HOPE YOU WILL FIND SOMETHING OF INTEREST IN THE FOLLOWING PAGES AND WILL ALSO HAVE A HAPPY ST. PATTY'S DAY ERIN GO BRAGH --------
IN MEMORIUM
ESTHER MCKAY CONNIFF DIED 2 SEPT 1986. ESTHER WAS BORN IN VERNON, NY ON 13 JAN 1912, DAUGHTER OF T. FRANK AND CLARA MYERS MCKAY. SHE MARRIED JOHN CONNIFF ON 29 JUN 1940. JOHN DIED 14 NOV1952. SHE IS SURVIVED BY THREE SONS: THOMAS, ROBERT, AND JOHN OF SHERRILL, NY; A DAUGHTER, MARY ANN JOHNSTON OF ONEIDA, NY; A BROTHER WILLIAM MORRIS MCKAY OF ROCKVILLE, MD.; A SISTER EDITH ZINZAC OF HAMBURG, NY; NINE GRANDCHILDREN AND SEVERAL NIECES, NEPHEWS AND COUSINS. ESTHER WAS MORE THAN "FAMILY"; TO ALL HER KNEW HER SHE WAS A TRUE FRIEND. THERE WAS ALWAYS A WARM SMILE AND A KIND WORD, AND PLENTY OF HOSPITALITY. SHE WILL BE SORELY MISSED BY ALL MANY, BUT SHE LEAVES BEHIND A TREASURE OF CHERISHED MEMORIES I WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE THIS EDITION OF "3M" IN HER MEMORY. DAN
OUR IRISH HERITAGE
LIKE MANY OF YOU - AND MILLIONS OF IRISH AMERICANS - I HAVE GROWN UP WITH A SPECIAL FONDNESS FOR IRELAND. ON MARCH 17 I WORE THE GREEN, "SANG" THOSE BELOVED SONGS, DRANK GREEN BEER (GUINESS IS BETTER!), AND EVEN DANCED A SORT OF JIG. I HAD HEARD TALES OF THOSE VENERABLE ANCESTORS WHO CAME OVER AND OF OUR OWN IRISH ROVERS, CHARLEY AND PATTY MAHEDY. THERE WAS A GREAT PRIDE IN OUR IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS AND OUR ANCIENT HOMELAND. BUT FOR ALL THE STORIES, THE PRIDE AND HOOP-LA, WHAT DID WE REALLY KNOW OF IRELAND'S HISTORY OR CULTURE? THOUGH WE HAVE FORGOTTEN THE BULK OF SPECIFIC DETAIL, MOST OF US ARE COGNIZANT OF JEWISH HISTORY BACK TO ADAM AND EVE, GREEK HISTORY TO HOMER AND BEFORE, ITALIAN HISTORY TO CAESAR, AND FRENCH, SPANISH, AND GERMAN HISTORY BACK TO THE ROMAN EMPIRE. IF WE NEED TO "BONE UP" ON THOSE HISTORIES, ABUNDANT INFORMATION IS READILY AVAILABLE. ENGLISH HISTORY IS DRUMMED INTO US AS SORT OF PRE-AMERICAN HISTORY - THOUGH THE BOOKS NEVER MENTION KING ARTHUR WAS A CELT, NOT AN ANGLO-SAXON. INDEED, IT ALMOST SEEMS THAT THE HISTORY OF IRELAND ACQUIRED IN SCHOOL WAS THAT BESTOWED UPON HER BY ENGLAND. FROM THIS ANGLICIZED PERSPECTIVE CROMWELL'S "VISITATION" AND SUBSEQUENT PLANTATIONS, IF OCCASIONALLY HARSH, APPEAR AS BASIC ADVANCEMENTS IN IRELAND'S DEVELOPMENT RATHER THAN THE RACIAL, BARBARIC UPROOTING AND SLAUGHTER OF A PEOPLE UNPARALLELED UNTIL HITLER. (IN LESS THAN TEN YEARS THE POPULATION WAS CUT FROM 8 MILLION TO 4 MILLION!) THE TRAGEDY OF THE FAMINE YEARS IS PRESENTED AS ONE UN- FORTUNATE "ACT OF NATURE". IT IS TRUE THAT THERE WAS A DEVASTATING POTATO BLIGHT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. IT IS ALSO TRUE, BUT FOR SOME REASON NOT DISCUSSED IN HISTORY BOOKS, THAT LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION, CORN, WHEAT, AND OTHER AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE CONTINUED TO YIELD NORMAL HARVESTS. HOWEVER, THE ENGLISH LANDLORDS AND EXPORT AGENTS DID NOT WANT TO DISRUPT THEIR AGRICULTURAL MARKETS. SO, AS THE IRISH LAY DYING OF STARVATION IN ROADSIDE DITCHES, IRELAND'S FOOD FILLED THE BELLIES OF CARGO SHIPS THAT THE LANDLORDS MIGHT PROFIT. RATHER THAN RISK THE EXPENSE OF PLACING THE INCREASING NUMBERS OF DESTITUTE ON THE POOR ROLLS, THE ENGLISH GOVERNMENT FOUND IT WOULD BE CHEAPER TO SHIP THE IRISH TO AMERICA. JUST AS THE SLAVERS A CENTURY BEFORE, THE IRISH WERE PACKED ONTO SHIPS LIKE ANIMALS. THOUSANDS DIED AT SEA DUE TO THE DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS ON BOARD. SHIPS COMING DOWN THE ST. LAWRENCE INTO LAKE ONTARIO HAD SO MANY DEAD THEY WERE SIMPLY TOSSED OVERBOARD. THE SHORELINE BECAME AWASH WITH HUNDREDS OF BODIES! I SUSPECT FOR MANY, IRISH HISTORY BEGINS WITH THE FAMINE. OUR IMAGE OF IRELAND IS LARGELY A HOLLYWOOD STEREOTYPE: A SIM- PLE, RUSTIC FOLK, DEVOUTLY RELIGIOUS YET HIGHLY SUPERSTITIOUS, FOND OF DRINK, MUSIC, AND HUMOR, WHO ALL LIVE IN QUAINT THATCHED-ROOF, WHITE-WASHED COTTAGES AMIDST AN EMERALD GREEN SPLENDOR. ONE COULD GET THE IMPRESSION THAT IRELAND HAS BEEN LOCKED IN A TIME WARP, WITH NO TRUE HERITAGE OF THEIR OWN BEYOND THE PERIODIC UPRISINGS AGAINST ENGLAND. INDEED, WHO EVER HEARS OF THE GREAT KINGS OF IRELAND, OF THEIR HEROS, THEIR LITERARY ACHIEVEMENTS (PRIOR TO YEATS AND JOYCE), THEIR MUSIC - BEYOND WHAT WE HEAR MARCH 17, MOST OF WHICH WAS WRITTEN IN THE U.S.? IRELAND'S HISTORY AND CULTURE IS AS RICH AND COLORFUL AS ANY OF THE "GREAT" NATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, PERHAPS MORESO, AS IT PREDATES ALL OF THEM, RIVALING ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME! THE MILESIAN MONARCHY WAS ESTABLISHED CENTURIES BEFORE CHRIST AND CON- TINUED UNTIL ALMOST 1200 A.D., PROBABLY THE LONGEST UNBROKEN CHAIN IN HISTORY! THE FIRST PARLIAMENT IN HISTORY WAS ESTABLISHED IN IRELAND, ALSO CENTURIES BEFORE CHRIST, AND CONTINUED TO 1172 A.D., ALMOST A CENTURY BEFORE THE FIRST BRITISH PARLIAMENT! THE LEGENDS OF THE ANCIENT IRISH DEITIES ARE AS FASCINATING AS THOSE IN AN-CIENT GREEK MYTHOLOGY. (SHAKESPEARE'S KING LEAR IS BASED ON LIR, THE IRISH GOD OF THE SEA.) THE BATTLES, INTRIGUES, AND ESCAPADES OF IRELAND'S KINGS AND ROYAL FAMILIES ARE ALSO THE STUFF OF A SHAKESPEARE PLAY, EVERY BIT AS MUCH AS THOSE RIVALRIES OF OTHER EUROPEAN MONARCHIES. THE POETS AND HISTORIANS OF ANCIENT IRELAND RANKED SECOND ONLY TO THEIR KING. DRUID TRADITION HELD THAT HISTORY AND POETRY WERE SACRED AND THEREFORE COULD NOT BE WRITTEN BUT ONLY REVEALED BY WORD OF MOUTH. IT TOOK ABOUT TEN YEARS OF STUDY TO BECOME A POET OR HISTORIAN. THEY HAD TO BE ABLE TO RECITE THE GENEALOGY, HISTORY, STORIES AND POEMS OF THEIR TRIBE IN EXACT DETAIL AS WELL AS CHRON- ICAL CONTEMPORARY EVENTS. ANY GIVEN STORY COULD TAKE MANY HOURS, OR EVEN DAYS TO RETELL. THEIR POETRY HAD ACHIEVED A HIGHLY SOPH- ISTIC LEVEL CENTURIES BEFORE ENGLAND. IN FACT, THE EARLY ENGLISH POETS STUDIED UNDER IRISH MONKS. THE TRADITION OF IRISH STORYTEL- LING CONTINUES TO THIS DAY. I DO NOT WISH TO IMPLY IN ANY WAY A DEGREE OF EXPERTISE IN IRISH HISTORY. I HAVE ONLY SKIMMED THE SURFACE, AND HAVE BEEN OVER-WHELMED BY ITS DEPTH AND BREADTH. BUT IF OVERWHELMED, I AM ALSO PERPLEXED. HOW COULD ANYONE CLAIM SUCH PRIDE IN THEIR IRISH HERITAGE AND BE SO WOEFULLY IGNORANT OF IRISH HISTORY? HOW IS IT POSSIBLE I HAVE NEVER HEARD IRELAND'S NATIONAL ANTHEM? SURELY OUR IRISH ANCESTORS BROUGHT WITH THEM A HOST OF FOLKTALES AND LEGENDS. IF THEY WERE LESS FAMILIAR WITH IRISH HISTORY IT WOULD BE UNDER- STANDABLE. EVERYTHING WAS DONE TO PREVENT IRISH EDUCATION. TO AVOID THE LAW, A TEACHER WOULD CONDUCT SCHOOL BEHIND A HEDGE, ASSIGNING A STUDENT AS A LOOK-OUT FOR THE AUTHORITIES. THEY BE- CAME KNOWN AS "HEDGE SCHOOLS." WHEN PUBLIC EDUCATION WAS FINALLY INTRODUCED IN THE EARLY 1800'S, THE YOUTH OF EIRE WERE TAUGHT TO BE GOOD LITTLE ENGLISHMEN! THAT MARKED THE DECLINE OF THE IRISH LANGUAGE AND WAS NATURALLY NOT WELL RECEIVED. WHETHER THE IRISH HISTORY AND LEGENDS WERE NEVER LEARNED, NEVER TRANSMITTED, OR SIMPLY "LOST" WITH THE PASSING OF GENERA- TIONS, IT IS A HERITAGE WELL WORTH RECOVERING - FOR IT IS OURS! **********
MORE ON MAHEDYS
IN MY 1986 ST. P'S GENEALOGICAL "CAMPAIGN" I WAS SUCCESSFUL IN ESTABLISHING TWO NEW CONTACTS: JOHN MAHEDY OF AUSTRALIA, AND JEAN HAYS OF RIVIERA BEACH, FL. THE SPECIFIC LINK BETWEEN THE AUSTRALIAN AND AMERICAN CLANS HAS YET TO BE DISCOVERED, BUT UNDOUBTEDLY EXISTS. MOST OF JOHN'S CLAN APPEAR TO ORIGINATE IN MULLINGAR, CO. W MEATH AND DESCEND FROM A PATRICK MAHEDY WHO WAS BORN @1790 (OUR ANCESTOR JOHN b. 1782, CO. LONGFORD). "COUSIN" JOHN HAS MADE THREE TRIPS TO IRELAND AND VISITED SEVERAL OF THE MAHEDY CLAN THERE. HE SAID IN MULLINGAR THERE IS AN OLD SAYING STILL HEARD THAT "...IF YOU TAKE THE ROAD FROM MULLINGAR TO LONGFORD CITY YOU WOULD MEET ALL THE MAHEDYS IN EIRE." FROM WHAT JOHN HAS LEARNED, THE MAHEDYS APPEAR TO HAVE ONCE BEEN FAIRLY WELL-TO-DO LAND OWNERS. THEY OWNED COOLAMBER ESTATES UNTIL THAT PROPERTY WAS CONFISCATED BY THE ENGLISH, WHO PURSUED THE MAHEDYS ALMOST EVERY TIME THEY INVADED IRELAND. THE HAYS FAMILY WAS MENTIONED IN THE PREVIOUS 3M. JEAN IS THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF WILLIAM F. MAHEDY, SON OF (THE MISSING) JOHN MAHEDY, JR.. WILLIAM WAS THE FIRST POLICE CHIEF OF SARATOGA (@1875). LATER HE BECAME A PINCKERTON AGENT WORKING OUT OF NYC. JEAN SAW HER GRANDFATHER ONLY ONCE AND REMEMBERS HIM AS A BIG, HUSKY MAN. WILLIAM WAS BORN 1848, VERGENNES, VT. AND WAS RAISED ON THE MICHAEL MAHEDY FARM IN SHERRINGTON AND SHEFFORD, QUE. BY 1861 HE WAS WORKING FOR HIS (OUR) UNCLE, PATRICK MAHEDY, AT THE SAWMILL. HIS OLDER BROTHER JAMES (b.1844) HAD APPARENTLY ALREADY HEADED OUT WEST TO IOWA. WILLIAM m. FRANCES CARR (B. 1850), MOREAU, SAR. CO., NY. @ 1876 AND HAD MYRTLE (1877) AND FRANCES MAUD (1882). F. MAUD m. FREDERICK RICHARDSON 17 NOV 1914, AND THEY WERE JEAN'S PARENTS. MYRTLE ALSO MARRIED AND HAD A DAUGHTER WHO CURRENTLY RESIDES IN FT. EDWARD, NY. LAST SUMMER JEAN CAME NORTH FOR HER GRANDSON'S GRADUATION IN SARATOGA. SHE ALSO TOOK TIME OUT TO VISIT MIKEY AND ME. AMOUNG THE TREASURES JEAN BROUGHT TO SHOW ME WAS A VERY OLD, FRAGILE, BUT PRESERVED LETTER. AS I SKIMMED ITS LINES I KNEW A FAMILY "MYSTERY" WAS BEING RESOLVED IN THE MIDST OF A MOST AMAZING ADVENTURE. JEAN HAD TRUELY SHARED A TREASURE! SHE PROMISED TO SEND ME A COPY AFTER SHE RETURNED TO FLORIDA. WHEN I REREAD THE COPY MY MIND WENT REEL-ING - AGAIN! I WAS CERTAIN SOMEONE IN THE WESTERN CLAN (JAMES' LINE) WOULD BE EAGER TO LEARN THIS NEW INFORMATION. A LITTLE IN- VESTIGATIVE EFFORT LED ME TO REV. WILLIAM MAHEDY OF SAN DIEGO, CA. BILL WAS AS EXCITED AS I. WITH HIS BROTHER JOHN HE WILL PURSUE THE TRAIL OF JOHN MAHEDY, JR. IN CALIFORNIA. BASED ON THE LETTER WHICH FOLLOWS, BILL PLANS TO WRITE A NOVEL. HE RECENTLY PUBLISHED HIS THIRD NON-FICTION BOOK. THANKS TO JEAN THE BALL IS REALLY BEGINNING TO ROLL. THE LETTER WHICH FOLLOWS HAS BEEN TYPED AS CLOSELY AS COULD BE INTERPRETED FROM THE WRITER'S HANDWRITING. SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, JAN'Y 14, 1864 MY DEAR BROTHERS AND CHILDREN, AFTER MY ABSENCE OF 14 YEARS I TAKE THIS OPORTUNITY OF ADDRESSING YOU WITH THESE FEW LINES HOPING TO FIND YOU ALL IN AS GOOD HEALTH AS THIS LEAVES ME AT PRESENT. WHEN I WROTE LAST IT WAS FROM RICHMOND VIRGINIA, A DAY OR TWO AFTER I SHIPED ACCORDING TO YOUR REQUEST ON A STEAMER WHICH I THOUGHT WAS BOUND FOR NEW YORK AND WHEN SHE GOT TO SEA SHE CHANGED HER COURSE FOR THE ISLAND OF CUBA WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE OF WHERE I WAS GOING. THIS VESSEL WENT BY THE NAME OF FILLIBUSTER AFTER ARRIVING TO THE ISLAND OF CUBA WELCOME WAS HOT AND SEVERE. THERE WAS OVER 150 KILLED ON FIELD OF BATTLE OF - ? - DETEDED (?DEFEATED) MEN. WAS BROGHT TO HAVANA TRIED BY COURT MARSHALL AND THAT I WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE MAN MADE OUR ESCAPE FROM BEING SHOT, THANKS BE GOD FOR ALL HIS MERCIES: BUT MY PUNISHMENT WAS WORSE THAN DEATH. I WAS BOUND IN A CHAINGANG FROM AUG 50 UNTIL APRIL 62 WHICH TIME I MADE MY ESCAPE GOT TO TEXAS ON BORD THE STEAMER GENERAL WILKS A SOUTHERN VESSAL AND GOT TO GALVESTON TEXAS STILL MY TROUBLE WAS NOT OVER. I WAS OBLIGED TO JOIN THE SOUTHERN ARMY AND FOUGHT SOME HARD FIGHTS IN LUSINEA. I WAS TAKEN PRISONER THEN BY THE UNITED ST. FORCES AND PAROLED NOT TO FIGHT DURING THE WAR. THE GOVERNMENT OF TEXAS GAVE ME A PASS TO PASS TO MEXICO. AND THEN FROM MEXICO I TRAVELED TO CALI- FORNIA AND THE ONE FORTH OF MY ADVENTURES IS NOT AS ABOVE IF MY CHILDREN ARE LIVING THEY HAVE A FATHER AS YET THAT REMEMBERS THEM. AND THE MOTHER THAT GAVE THEM BIRTH, AND YOU BROTHERS AND SISTER FOR TAKING CARE OF THEM. THE REMAINDER OF MY LIFE WILL BE DEVOTED TO YOUR INTEREST. EVERY DOLLAR YOU SPENT IN CLOTHING AND BORD I SHALL PAY YOU TO THE LAST CENT. I GOT TO THIS PLACE LAST JUNE AND TIMES WAS NOT VERY GOOD BUT STILL I AM AT WORK ON THE RAILWAY AND EVERY DOLLAR I MAKE SHALL BE SENT TO YOU IN GOLD OF UNITED STATES BILLS AND YOU WILL BE PLEASED TO LET ME KNOW WHETHER YOU WOULD SOONER HAVE THE GOLD OR UNITED BILLS AND WHETHER UNITED STATES BILLS TO CURRENT IN CANADA. I HAVE GOLD IN RESERVE FOR YOU UNTILL THE LAST DOLLARS IS PAID THAT I.O.U. OR MY SISTER MARRY. I SHAL TALK NONE OF THE LAND IN CANADA OR JOHN ROURKE. I SHOULD SUPOSE THE OLD MAN IS FAR FROM THIS WORLD TO THE WORLD TO COME. IF HE IS ALIVE I WOULD BE GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU ON THE COUNT OF THEM THAT I ONCE LOVED AND STILL LOVE SO NO MORE I HAVE TO SAY, BUT REMEMBER ME TO MY CHILDREN THAT THEY STILL HAVE A FATHER PRAYS FOR THEM NIGHT AND MORNING - I BOUGHT A HOME IN CALIFORNIA WHERE I INTEND TO SPEND THE REMAINDER OF MY DAYS IF MY FATHER IS STILL ALIVE LET ME KNOW HOW HE IS GETTING ALONG. IN MY NEXT LETTER I SHALL LET YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT CALIFORNIA - DIRECT YOUR TO ME STEWARDS FLAT PLACER CO, CALIFORNIA JOHN MAHADY PS I WAS NOT FORGETING LET ME KNOW HOW MY UNCLE AUNT CHILDREN ARE AND MR HELPINS (KELPYN?) I AM A CONTRACTOR ON THE RAILROAD. MY WEIGHT IS FROM 180 - 190. WRITE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. P.M. JOHN MAHEDY JR. DOES NOT APPEAR IN THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES INDEX OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS. THERE ARE SEVERAL POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS BUT WE WILL CONTINUE SEARCHING FOR RECORDS OF JOHN'S CIVIL WAR EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS FOR HIS TRIALS IN CUBA. THERE WAS ALSO NO RECORD OF JOHN IN THE 1870 OR 1880 CENSUSES FOR PLACER CO., CA. SINCE JOHN SAID HE OWNED A HOUSE AND PLANNED TO SPEND THE REMAINDER OF HIS LIFE THERE, THE MOST LOGICAL ASSUMP- TION IS THAT HE DIED THERE BETWEEN 1864 - 1870. AGAIN, RESEARCH WILL PROCEED IN THE SACRAMENTO - PLACER CO. VICINITY TO LEARN MORE OF WHAT BECAME OF JOHN MAHEDY, JR. THE 1851 CENSUS FOR SHERRINGTON, QUE., CANADA SHEDS FURTHER LIGHT ON THE MAHEDY/MORAN HISTORY AND ALSO ANSWERS SOME QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE FOURTH BROTHER, WILLIAM MAHEDY. IT WAS ALSO INTERESTING TO NOTE HOW THE ENUMERATOR SPELLED THE NAME. MICHAEL MCHADY 35 CATHOLIC b. IRE FARMER LOG HOUSE 1.5 ESTER 29 US STORY ESTER 2 ST. PATRICK'S * MARY 1 " " JAMES 7 ATTENDS HEMINGFORD WILLIAM 4 SCHOOL " JOHN MCHADY 72 IRE LABORER MICHAEL ALSO STATED ONE MALE, 27, b. IRE., DIED IN 1851 OF "INSANITY". THIS WOULD BE WILLIAM! THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF MICHAEL'S SISTER MARY OR BROTHER PATRICK IN THAT PORTION OF HUNTINGTON CO.. MARY WAS PROBABLY STILL SINGLE AND MAY HAVE RESIDED WITH PAT, PERHAPS AT HEMINGFORD OR EVEN SHEFFORD. I DID FIND A JAMES SHERIDAN AND FAMILY FROM CO. CAVAN, IRELAND LIVING IN SHERRINGTON IN 1851. WHETHER THIS FAMILY WAS CONNECTED TO THE SHERIDANS OF GEN. PHIL SHERIDAN FAME IS UNKNOWN, BUT THE GENERAL'S PARENTS WERE ALSO FROM CO. CAVAN. NOT FAR FROM MICHAEL WAS HIS MOTHER'S BROTHER, CHARLES MORAN AND FAMILY. THIS WAS THE "UNCLE AUNT CHILDREN" REFERRED TO IN JOHN JR.'S LETTER. CHARLES MORAN 63 CATHOLIC b. IRE FARMER LOG HOUSE BRIDGET O'GRADY 43 " " MARY MORAN 21 absent ST PAT'S ] BOTH MARRIED ELIZABETH 19 " " ] BY 1861 JUDITH 17 " BRIDGET 15 " CHARLES 13 JOHN 11 ANN 9 PATRICK 7 LUCIE 5 MICHAEL 3 JOHN'S LETTER ALSO MENTIONS JOHN ROURK (E). FROM THE 1851 CENSUS IT WOULD APPEAR THAT JOHN ROURKE WAS JOHN'S FATHER-IN-LAW, FATHER OF ROSIE ROURKE MAHEDY. READING BETWEEN THE LINES ONE GETS THE IMPRESSION THAT J. ROURKE SOMEHOW USURPED JOHN'S PROPERTY DURING THE LATTER'S ABSENSE. PERHAPS THAT WAS WHY THE FAMILY SUMMONED JOHN HOME FROM VIRGINIA BACK IN 1850. THE ROURKES APPEAR IN THE CENSUS AS FOLLOWS: JOHN ROURKE 56 CATHOLIC IRE FARMER ELIZABETH 56 " " GEORGE 40 " " PATRICK 25 " " *****************************************************************
THE MCKAYS
MCKAY RESEARCH CONTINUES TO BE SLOW AND FRUSTRATING, PARTLY BECAUSE THE RECORDS ARE LESS FAMILIAR AND LESS ACCESSABLE. SEVERAL DOZEN MCKAY FAMILIES WERE FOUND IN COMPTON CO., JUST EAST OF SHEF- FORD CO., P.Q., BUT THEY WERE ALL SCOTCH PROTESTANT, AS WAS MOST OF THE COUNTY. THERE WAS AN ANN MCKAY IN COMPTON TOWN WHO WAS 16 (1861) AND CATHOLIC, WORKING AT COLBY'S INN. STILL, I AM CONFIDENT RECORDS OF THOMAS' PARENTS WILL BE FOUND IN DUE COURSE. THE 1871 CENSUS OF GRANBY PROVIDED AN AGRICULTURAL CENSUS AS WELL AS A POPULATION SCHEDULE. THE AGRICULTURAL CENSUS LISTS THE SPECIFIC LOT NUMBERS OF EACH FARM. BY FINDING THE 1871 LOT NUMBERS OF THOMAS' FARM I WAS ABLE TO FIND HIM LISTED IN THE 1861 AGRICULT- URAL CENSUS LISTED AS MACKIE. IT IS STILL PUZZLING WHY HE AND HIS FAMILY WERE NOT LISTED IN THE 1861 POPULATION SCHEDULE. ANOTHER INTERESTING FEATURE OF THE 1871 CANADA CENSUS WAS THE INCLUSION OF AN "ORIGIN" (NATIONALITY) COLUMN IN ADDITION TO THE COUNTRY OF BIRTH. THUS, MANY OF THE IMMIGRANTS BORN IN IRELAND CLAIMED TO BE SCOTTISH OR ENGLISH, EVEN THOSE WITH IRISH SURNAMES! THE REVERSE WAS ALSO FOUND. IT DOES PROVIDE ONE ADDITIONAL BIT OF EVIDENCE THAT OUR MCKAYS WERE IRISH, NOT SCOTCH. THE CENSUS LISTED: MACKEE, THOMAS 48 IRE FARMER IRISH CATHOLIC MARGARET 48 " " " (MACKEE) DAVID 22 US CARPENTER " " JOHN 19 US FARMER " " CATHERINE 17 QUE WILLIAM 15 " MARTHA 11 " MARY 8 " (SEE FAMILY FARMS) THERE WERE ONE OR TWO OTHER MCKAY/MCKEE FAMILIES IN GRANBY, BUT THEY WERE FROM SCOTLAND AND BELONGED TO THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND. THERE WERE NO DONAHUES OR MAXWELLS. OBVIOUSLY DAVID HAD NOT YET MOVED OUT WEST, AND IT MAY HAVE BEEN ANOTHER TEN YEARS BEFORE HE WOULD. DAVID MARRIED BRIDGET CECEILIA ANGOL IN 1883, PROBABLY IN MISSOURI. BRIDGET WAS THE DAUGHTER OF IRISH IMMIGRANTS - ONE OF NINE CHILDREN. THEY WERE LISTED IN THE 1900 CHILLICOTHE, MO. CENSUS AS FOLLOWS: PARENTS DAVID MACKEY b. SEPT 1851 @ 48 mar. 17YR. b. MA IRE IRE BRIDGET (WIFE) OCT 1861 38 3 CH; ALL MO " " LOUIS H. (SON) FEB 1884 16 LIVING MO MA MO MARY H. (DAU) APR 1887 13 " " " DAVID F. (SON) " 1889 11 " " " MARY ANGOL MAY 1841 59 9 CH; 6 IRE IRE IRE (MOTHER - IN - LAW) LIVING DAVID WAS A RAILROAD SUPERVISOR AND THEY RESIDED AT 220 CLAY ST. IT SHOULD BE NOTED HE WAS BORN IN 1848 AND WAS 51 YEARS OLD. JOHN AND JANIS FULMER FOUND A FOURTH CHILD, CHARLES M. MCKAY, b. 5 AUG 1885, d. 9 AUG 1888, BURIED IN ST. COLUMBUS CEMETERY, CHILLI- COTHE, MO.. SOMETIME AFTER 1900 THE FAMILY MOVED TO KANSAS CITY, MO.. DAVID MUST HAVE DIED THERE (31 OCT 1926), NOT AT CHILLICOTHE AS PREVIOUSLY ASSUMED. BRIDGET DIED 9 NOV 1936, KANSAS CITY, AT THE HOME OF HER DAUGHTER, MRS. L.A. PURCELL. SHE WAS BURIED IN MT. ST. MARY'S CEMETERY. BESIDES HER DAUGHTER, BRIDGET WAS SURVIVED BY A SISTER, MRS. TEDDY (MARY) ASHOUR. THE ASHOURS MAY HAVE COME WITH THE MCKAYS FROM CHILLICOTHE. TEDDY ASHOUR WAS A RAILROAD CONDUCTOR IN THE 1900 CHILLICOTHE CENSUS AND HAD A SON LEONARD (b. JAN 1900) AND A DAUGHTER MARGARET (JAN 1896). DAVID F. MCKAY DIED IN KANSAS CITY IN 1951 AND WAS BURIED IN THE MT. OLIVET CEMETERY. HIS BROTHER J. LOUIS MUST HAVE DIED PRIOR TO THAT TIME, AS ONLY DAVID'S SISTER, HORTENSE PURCELL WAS LISTED AS A SURVIVOR. HORTENSE (MARY H.) PROBABLY COMMUNICATED WITH MINA FULMER ON A FAIRLY REGULAR BASIS, AND OCCASIONALLY WITH THE VERNON MCKAYS. I RECALL WRITING HER @ 1958 BUT HER RESPONSE HAS LONG SINCE DISAPPEARED. WE ARE TRYING TO LEARN IF SHE HAS ANY FAMILY REMAINING IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA. *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
THE MCKAY DUEL
THE SECOND BATTLE OF WATERLOO !
THE DETAILS OF THE DUEL REPORTED 16 MAR 1865 WERE FURNISHED WITH THE AID OF GERALD CAMPBELL AND MR. MAYNES OF WATERLOO, QUEBEC. IT SEEMS ENSIGN MCKAY HAD FAILED TO PASS HIS EXAM BEFORE THE MILI- TARY BOARD AND HAD BEEN BRINGING DISCREDIT UPON HIS COMPANY. FOR SOME REASON THE CAPTAIN (MAYNES) HAD TO PAY FOR A UNIFORM OF MCKAY'S. THE CAPTAIN SPOKE TO MCKAY ABOUT THE UNIFORM AND POOR CONDUCT WHEREUPON MCKAY CHALLENGED CAPT. MAYNES TO A DUEL AND MAYNES ACCEPTED. APPARENTLY ENSIGN MCKAY MADE A HABIT OF CHAL-LENGING THOSE HE KNEW WOULD NOT FIGHT. CAPT. MAYNES APPEARED AT THE DESIGNATEDTIME AND PLACE, BUT MCKAY WAS NOWHERE IN SIGHT. A SEARCH FOUND MCKAYIN A NEIGHBORING STORE SEATED BY A STOVE "NUR- SING HIS WRATH TO KEEP IT WARM..." MAYNES CHALLENGED MCKAY VER- BALLY. MCKAY'S EVASIVE REPLY SO FRUSTRATED MAYNES THAT HE SPAT SQUARE IN THE ENSIGN'S FACE, STILL WITH NO RESPONSE. FINALLY, THE CAPTAIN SLAPPED MCKAY ACROSS THE FACE, ASKING HIM IF HE WAS SATIS- FIED WITH WHAT HE HAD RECEIVED. MCKAY SAID HE WAS INDEED AND WAS LATER SEEN WALKING DOWN THE RAILROAD TRACKS HEADED OUT OF TOWN. SO ENDED THE "SECOND BATTLE OF WATERLOO". BARRING EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY (AND WITH THE UTMOST GENEALOGICAL OBJECTIVITY) IT IS ASSUMED ENSIGN MCKAY IS MOST LIKELY OF THE SCOTTISH CLAN, AND OF NO DIRECT RELATION TO US "MICKS."! ******************************************************
THE BERLIN CONNECTION
INFORMATION IS ACCUMULATING ON JOHN MACKAY (1831, DUBLIN - 1902, LONDON), GRANDFATHER OF ELIN MACKAY (MRS. IRVING BERLIN) BELIEVED TO BE A COUSIN OF THOMAS MACKAY. JANIS FULMER REPORTS THAT GEORGE HAD ALSO HEARD OF A CONNECTION. WHILE THERE IS STILL NO POSITIVE EVIDENCE OF THE RELATIONSHIP, JOHN PROVES TO BE INCREASINGLY FASCINATING. DESCRIBED AS A "SOFT SPOKEN MAN OF NATURAL DIGNITY AND INTELLI-GENCE.", HE WAS CONSIDERED THE MOST SUCCESSFUL OF THE BONANZA BARONS. IN ADDITION TO THE MILLIONS HE DONATED TO CHARITIES, HE WAS A SOFT TOUCH TO THE MAN IN THE STREET. WHEN HE WALKED FROM HIS HOTEL TO HIS OFFICE IN SAN FRANCISCO HE ESTIMATED THAT IT COST HIM $50 PER BLOCK. HE QUIETLY PAID PENSIONS FOR PIONEERS OF THE COMSTOCK LODE. WHEN MINERS WERE OUT OF WORK, HE PROVIDED GROCERIES AT $3000 PER MONTH. JOHN COMMISSIONED A COAT OF ARMS. THIS COULD MEAN HE MAY HAVE HAD ADDITIONAL GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH DONE WHICH SHOULD BE AVAILABLE - SOMEWHERE. MORE ON JOHN AND HIS EXTRAVAGANT WIFE IN THE NEXT ISSUE. (SPECIAL THANKS TO JANIS FULMER, FRANKIE HOLT & MARY ANN PARKER FOR RESEARCH AND ARTICLES CONCERNING BERLIN/MACKAY.) BEST WISHES TO TAMI FULMER WHO WAS MARRIED 30 SEPT 1986 AT PRESCOTT, KANSAS TO MR. J. GILLIS.
DONAHUE
SINCE IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE DONAHUES WILL PROBABLY BE FOUND IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE MCKAYS, IT SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISING TO HEAR THAT THERE HAS ALSO BEEN LITTLE PROGRESS ON THIS LINE EITHER. RECENTLY TWO DENAHOU FAMILIES WERE FOUND NEXT TO EACH OTHER IN DORCHESTER CO. (1861) WHICH EXTENDS FROM THE BORDER OF MAINE TO JUST EAST OF QUEBEC CITY. THEY WERE OBVIOUSLY TWO BROTHERS, MOSES, 56, AND WILLIAM, 50. BOTH WERE BORN IN IRELAND, CATHOLIC, AND HAD BEEN IN CANADA SINCE AT LEAST 1835, THE SAME TIME MARGARET DONAHUE MCKAY ARRIVED IN CANADA. THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH TO BE MARGARET'S BRO- THERS, THOUGH IF RELATED AT ALL, THEY ARE MOST LIKELY COUSINS. THE SPELLING VARIATION COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE FACT THAT THE ENUMER- ATOR WAS FRENCH. THUS "ON" MIGHT SOUND MORE LIKE "EN" IN FRENCH. ELLEN BECAME HELENE, AND BRIDGET BECAME BRIGITTE. IN COMPTON (1861) THERE WAS A 16 YEAR OLD PHILOMENA DONAHUE WORKING AT THE INN, THOUGH NOT THE SAME IN AS ANN MCKAY. LESS THAN LITTLE HAS BEEN FOUND ON THE ANN MAXWELL LINE. ANN WAS BORN 1787 IN SCOTLAND AND IS THE MOTHER OF MARGARET DONAHUE. MAXWELL IS AN ANCIENT AND PROMINENT NAME IN SCOTLAND. I DID STUM- BLE ACROSS A SIR EUSTACE MAXWELL WHO OBTAINED POSSESSION OF CAETH- AVEROCK CASTLE NEAR DUMFRIES SHORTLY AFTER IT HAD BEEN CAPTURED BY EDWARD I OF ENGLAND IN 1300! SOMETIME AFTER 1313 MAXWELL DECLARED SUPPORT FOR ROBERT BRUCE AS KING OF SCOTLAND IN OPPOSITION TO EDWARD II OF ENGLAND. BRUCE HID THERE BRIEFLY. RATHER THAN ALLOW THE ENGLISH TO REGAIN THE CASTLE MAXWELL DISMANTLED IT AND FLED. BRUCE LATER JOINED FORCES WITH HIS BROTHER EDWARD OF IRELAND TO FIGHT OFF THE ENGLISH INVASION. IN ANY CASE, WE HAVE AN IDEA OF HOW ANCIENT OUR MAXWELL CLAN IS. ---------
THE FAMILY FARMS
THE FAMILY FARM HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS A GOOD DEAL FOR THE PAST YEAR. DROUGHTS, SURPLUS, AND EVER INCREASING FORCLOSURES HAVE FORCED THOUSANDS OF FARMS OUT OF EXISTANCE. WE ARE ALL WELL AWARE OF THE ROLE THE FAMILY FARM HAS PLAYED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NORTH AMERICA. STILL, THE MAJORITY OF MY GENERATION HAVE PROBABLY NEVER BEEN ON A FARM AND THE FARM EXPERIENCE FOR THOSE WHO FOLLOW IS APT TO BECOME AS NOVEL AS A TRIP TO THE ZOO. TO MY KNOWLEDGE, OF ALL THE KNOWN MAHEDY/MCKAY CLAN, ONLY JOHN AND JANIS FULMER OF PRESCOTT, KA, ARE ENGAGED IN FARMING. THEIRS, HOWEVER, IS MORE OF THE "PLEASURE" OR "HOBBY" VARIETY. OF THE PREVIOUS GENERATIONS, I BELIEVE ONLY THE CAMPBELLS GREW UP ON A FARM. AS A BOY I SPENT SEVERAL WONDERFUL VACATIONS ON THE COSTELLO FARM IN AUBURN, NY. THOUGH I CHERISH THE MEMORIES, I CERTAINLY COULD NOT CLAIM TO BE KNOWLEDGEABLE OF FARM LIFE. BEYOND WHAT WE HAVE READ, SEEN ON THE SILVER SCREEN, OR RECALL FROM TALES OF OUR ELDERS, IT IS STILL DIFFICULT TO TRUELY APPRECIATE HOW SELF-SUSTAINING OUR ANCESTRAL FARMS WERE. RATHER THAN DISCUSS THE LIFE AND CUSTOMS OF EARLY AGRARIAN SOCIETY, PERHAPS IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO CLOSELY EXAMINE THE VARIOUS ANCESTRAL FARMS AS THEY EXISTED OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO. THE GILLETT AND KEECH FAMILIES HAD MOST LIKELY BEEN FARMING IN AMERICA FOR OVER 150 YEARS BY THE TIME EBENEZER AND ELIZABETH GILLETT ESTABLISHED THEIR FARM @1814 ON WEBSTER HILL, TOWN OF WESTERN, NY. BEYOND THE NORMAL RIGORS OF FARM LIFE, THOSE EARLY GILLETT AND KEECH PILGRIMS MOST LIKELY HAD TO FIGHT IN THE EARLY INDIAN AND COLONIAL WARS, AS WELL AS THE REVOLUTION. FOR HIS SER- VICE IN THE WAR OF 1812, EBENEZER WAS GRANTED A BOUNTY WARRANT OF FORTY ACRES IN 1850. IF OUR IRISH ANCESTORS DID NOT FIND THE STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD IN THIS NEW LAND, THEY FOUND SOMETHING EQUALLY VALUABLE: LAND. IT IS DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE HOW MUCH THE RIGHT TO OWN LAND MUST HAVE BEEN TO THE MAHEDY/MCKAY CLANS. THE ENGLISH HAD LONG SINCE CONFISCATED THE IRISH LANDS. IT WAS ONLY DURING JOHN MAHEDY SR.'S LIFETIME THAT THE IRISH WERE FINALLY PERMITTED TO LEGALLY HOLD A LEASE! EVEN THEN, THERE WERE NUMEROUS RESTRICTIONS CONTROLLING THE DURATION OF THE LEASE, THE VALUE OF THE PROPERTY, AND ITS LOCATION. THEY COULD NOT OWN A HORSE VALUED OVER FIVE POUNDS! SMALL WONDER THEY SETTLED ON THE LAND. FREQUENTLY IN MY FRUSTRATION I WISH I COULD JUST SIT DOWN AND TALK WITH "THE ANCIENTS". I AM NEVER SURE IF IT IS ONE OF MY IDEOSYNCRACIES OR A GENEALOGIST'S SYNDROME. OTHER RESEARCHERS CONFIDE SIMILAR DESIRES. STILL I AM CONSTANTLY SURPRISED BY THE AMOUNT AND TYPES OF INFORMATION THAT CAN BE FOUND ON THOSE WHO LIVED SO LONG AGO. THEY HAVE CERTAINLY LEFT A TRAIL FOR US IF WE ONLY KNOW WHERE TO LOOK. HERE ARE SOME DETAILS THEY HAVE "TOLD" OF THEIR ANCIENT FARMS. (NOTE THE POTATOES) E G * C M * P M * M C * M M * THOMAS * B I * H O * A A * A A * I A * MCKAY * E L * A R * T H * L M * C H * 1861* '71 * N. L * R A * R E * A P * H E * * * E * L N * I D * C B * A D * * * #1 T * E * C Y * H E * E Y * * * T * S * K * I L * L * * * * * #2 * #3 L * #4 * * * __________________________________________________________________ N/A * 225 * 150 * 47 * 300 * 100 * 200 * TOTAL ACRES 15 * 100 * 60 * 46 * 50 * 5 * } * ACRES CULTIV'D N/A * 50 * 35 * 31 * 29.5 * 5 * 70 }* " IN CROPS - * 49.5 * 25 * 15 * 20.5 * 2 * 45 * " PASTURE - * .5 * -- * -- * -- * 3 * .25 * " GARDN/ORCH - * 125 * 90 * 1 * 250 * 95 * 5 * " WOOD/WILD - * $1800 * $2500 * $800 * $2000 *$300 * N/A * CASH VALU-FARM - * $50 * $200 * $10 * $46 * * * " " MACHINE - * - * - * - * - * - * - * FALL - ACRES - * - * - * - * - * - * - * WHEAT - BUSHLS - * 2 * - * - * 1.5 * * - * SPRING - ACRES - * 60 * - * - * 53 * * - * WHEAT - BUSHEL - * 1 * - * - * - * * - * RYE - ACRE - * 25 * - * - * - * * - * BUSHELS - * - * 1.5 * - * - * * - * BARLEY-ACRE - * - * 30 * - * - * * - * BUSHELS - * 1 * - * - * .25 * * - * PEAS - ACRES - * 30 * - * - * 5 * * - * BUSHELS - * 5 * 7 * 1 * 3 * * - * OATES - ACRES - * 175 * 200 * 12 * 100 * * 50 * BUSHELS - * .5 * - * 1.5 * .5 * * * BUCK- ACRES - * 15 * - * 40 * 12 * * 15 * WHEAT BUSHELS - * .25 * - * .25 * 3 * * * INDIAN -ACRES - * 12 * - * 7 * 140 * * * CORN - BUSHELS - * 3 * 2 * 1.5 * 1.75 * * 2 * 'TATERS -ACRE - * 700 * 300 * 140 * 340 * * 350 * BUSHELS - * 1 * - * - * .75 * * * TURNIPS-ACRES - * 700 * - * - * 500 * * * BUSHELS - * 5? * - * * * * * MANGELS -ACRES - * 160 * - * * * * * BUSHELS - * * * 1 * 3 * * * CARROTS- " ? - * * * * * 5 * * BEANS " ? - * * * * * * * HOPS - * 75 * 25 * 14 * 37 * * 18.5* HAY- TON/16lb - * * 4 * * * * * GRASS - * * * * * * * FLAX - LBS. N/A * 40 * 60 * 22 * 23 * * 50 * WOOL - " * 5 * 200 * * * *200 * MAPLE SUGAR " * * * * * * * CIDER 9 * 20 * 60 * * * * 25 * FULLED CLOTH 30 * * - * - * - * * 14 * LINEN yds 18 * 30 * 60 * 24 * 43 * * - * FLANNEL " N/A * 2 * - * 2 * 2 * * - * BULLS < 3yrs 2 * 13 * 2 * 12 * 10 * * 8 * STEER/HEFFERS N/A * 3 * 10 * 7 * 3 * * 6 * MILCH COWS N/A * 2 * 3 * 1 * 3 * * 3 * OXEN >3 yrs N/A * $625 * $315 * $30 * $310 * * N/A * VALUE N/A * - * - * 1 * 2 * * - * COLT ? <3 18 * 15 * 10 * 7 * 7 * * 8 * SHEEP ? 8 * 3 * 1 * 1 * 2 * * 2 * SWINE ? N/A * $725 * $360 * $374 * $674 * * N/A * TOTAL VALUE - * 1000 * 300 * 800 * 100 * * 300 * BUTTER (lbs) - * 50 * - * - * - * * - * CHEESE " - * 2 * - * 11.5 * 2 * * - * BEEF - BARRELS - * 4 * 1 * 1.5 * 3 * * - * PORK - " - * - * - * - * - * * - * FISH - * 2 * 1 * 1 * - * * - * PLEASRE CARRGE - * $100 * $40 * $20 * - * * - * " VALUE - * $60 * - * - * $20 * 4 BEE HIV* ORCHARD PROD #1 - EBENEZER WAS GRANTED 40 ACRES IN 1850 AS A RESULT OF AN ACT OF CONGRESS TO BENEFIT WAR OF 1812 VETERANS. #2 - PATRICK ALSO OWNED A SAW MILL & OAR FACTORY VALUED AT $2000. THE FACTORY USED 100,000 FEET LUMBER VALUED AT $2000 TO PRODUCE 3000 PAIR OF OARS VALUED AT $6000; EM- PLOYED 7 PEOPLE AT A TOTAL MONTHLY COST OF $140. THE MILL WAS WATER POWERED. #3 - MALACHI, b. 1805, IRELAND, WAS GRANFATHER TO ANDREW CAMPBELL, WHO m. MARY ELLEN MCKAY. #4 - MICHAEL'S FARM MAYBE BETTER KNOWN TO MANY AS THE J.P. MCKAY FARM. THE HOUSE IS STILL STANDING AND IN GOOD CONDITION. ******************************************************************
MIDIR AND ETAIN 
A LONGFORD LEGEND
MIDIR WAS A GOD OF THE TUATHA DE DANAAN (CELTIC INHABITANTS OF IRELAND BEFORE THE MILESIANS) AND LORD OF SIDH (FAIRY MOUND AT BRI LEITH, CO. LONGFORD, IRELAND). HE WAS MARRIED TO FUAMNACH WHEN HE FELL IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL IMMORTAL NAMED ETAIN. MIDIR MARRIED BUT FUAMNACH'S BITTER JEALOUSY EVENTUALLY SURFACED. FUAMNACH STRUCK ETAIN WITH HER WAND AND TRANSFORMED HER INTO A POOL OF WATER. AS FUAMNACH GLOATED THE POOL CHANGED FIRST TO A SERPENT, THEN INTO A PURPLE WINGED DRAGON-FLY. MIDIR REALIZED A SPELL HAD BEEN CAST AND TOOK GREAT CARE TO PROTECT ETAIN, WHO FLEW CONSTANTLY AT HIS SIDE. SECURE IN HER POSITION AS SOLE WIFE, FUAMNACH REMAINED JEALOUS OF THE DRAGON-FLY AND NEXT CAUSED A MAGIC WIND TO CARRY ETAIN TO THE SEA SHORE WHERE FOR SEVEN YEARS SHE SUFFERED FROM THE COLD, SALT SPRAY WHICH DAM-AGED HER WINGS. ANGUS, GOD OF LOVE, CAME UPON THIS BEAUTIFUL DRA- GON-FLY, SAVED IT AND BUILT A CRYSTAL CAGE, FILLED IT WITH FLOWERS AND HERBS, AND TOOK IT WITH HIM EVERYWHERE. NEWS SPREAD RAPIDLY OF ANGUS' SPECTACULAR DRAGONFLY AND SOON REACHED BRI LEIGH, BUT BEFORE MIDIR COULD INVESTIGATE FURTHER, FUAMNACH MANAGED TO STEAL THE CAGE. SHE OPENED THE CAGE AND WHEN ETAIN FLEW OUT FUAMNACH SUMMONED YET ANOTHER WIND. THE DRAGON-FLY WAS BLOWN HELPLESSLY ABOUT IRELAND. EVENTUALLY IT LANDED ON THE ROOF OF A GREAT STRONGHOLD IN ULSTER, FELL THROUGH THE SMOKE HOLE, AND LANDED IN THE CUP OF ETAR, THE WOMAN OF THE HOUSE. ETAR SWALLOWED IT UNKNOWINGLY AND NINE MONTHS LATER GAVE BIRTH TO A DAUGHTER SHE NAMED ETAIN! ETAIN GREW INTO A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN. THOUGH SHE BORE THE SAME NAME AS IN HER PREVIOUS LIFE, SHE BORE NO MEMORY OF THAT LIFE WHATSOEVER. NOW AT THAT TIME EOCHAID AIREM WAS ARD RI (HIGH KING) OF ALL IRELAND, LORD OVER ALL OTHER IRISH KINGS. HE COMMANDED A ROYAL FEAST AT TARA TO CELEBRATE HIS FIRST ANNIVERSARY, BUT NO ONE WOULD COME BECAUSE EOCHAID WAS UNMARRIED, A SERIOUS DEFICIENCY FOR THE ARD RI! EOCHAID THEN SENT MESSENGERS THROUGHOUT IRELAND TO FIND A SUITABLE BRIDE. WHEN THEY BEHELD ETAIN THEY KNEW THERE COULD BE NO OTHER, SO EOCHAID RUSHED OFF TO CLAIM HER AS HIS BRIDE. HE FOUND HER NEAR A SPARKLING BROOK NEAR BRI LEITH. SO BEAUTIFUL WAS SHE THAT EOCHAID WAS CERTAIN SHE BELONGED TO THE OTHERWORLD PEOPLE OF THE SIDH, BUT ETAIN ASSURED HIM SHE WAS A MORTAL - DAUGHTER OF ETAR - AND THEY MARRIED. NEWS OF THE BEAUTIFUL ETAIN REACHED MIDIR. HE WAS CONVINCED THAT THIS MUST BE THE SAME WOMAN HE HAD LOVED AND MARRIED TO SO LONG AGO. HE HURRIED TO TARA DISGUISED A YOUNG MAN. MIDIR FOUND ETAIN IN THE GARDEN AND TOLD HER WHO SHE REALLY WAS AND BEGGED HER TO GO WITH HIM. ETAIN REFUSED INDIGNANTLY, HAVING NO MEMORY OF HER PREVIOUS LIFE NOR ANY DESIRE TO GIVE UP THE HIGH KING OF IRELAND. MIDIR DID NOT GIVE UP. HE RETURNED TO TARA IN HIS TRUE FORM AS A MAGNIFICENT WARRIOR AND CHALLENGED EOCHAID TO A GAME OF CHESS. THEY AGREED THE LOSER WOULD PAY WHATEVER WAS ASKED. MIDIR WON AND ASKED THAT HE MIGHT HOLD ETAIN IN HIS ARMS AND KISS HER. NOT WISHING TO GO BACK ON HIS WORD, EOCHAID AGREED BUT ASKED MIDIR TO COME BACK IN A MONTH. IN THE MEANTIME EOCHAID CONSULTED HIS DRUIDS AND ON THEIR ADVICE SUMMONED ALL HIS WARRIORS. THEY WERE INSTRUCTED TO GUARD TARA TO PREVENT MIDIR'S ENTRANCE, FOR IF HE COULD NOT REACH ETAIN AT THE SPECIFIED TIME, THE PROMISE WOULD BE NO LONGER BINDING. THUS THE GUARDS WERE PLACED, THE PALACE LOCKED, AND EOCHAID AND ETAIN STOOD IN THE INNERMOST SANCTUM SURROUNDED BY WARRIORS. MIDIR SUDDENLY APPEARED IN THE MIDST OF THE CIRCLE. NOW ETAIN SAW HIS TRUE BEAUTY AND WHEN HE TOLD HER OF EOCHAID'S PROMISE, SHE FULFILLED IT. WITH MIDIR'S FIRST KISS HER MEMORY OF HER PREVIOUS LIFE RETURNED AND SHE KNEW SHE STILL LOVED HIM. BEFORE EOCHAID COULD REACT, MIDIR AND ETAIN ESCAPED THROUGH THE SMOKE HOLE. BY THE TIME EOCHAID AND HIS SOLDIERS WENT OUTSIDE TO PURSUE THEM, ALL THEY COULD SEE WERE TWO BEAUTIFUL SWANS LINKED BY A GOLDEN CHAIN CIRCLING TARA BEFORE THEY FLEW WESTWARD TOWARD THEIR BEAUTIFUL SIDH AT BRI LEITH WHERE THEY LIVED HAPPILY IN THE OTHERWORLD. ***************************************************************** MORE MULLARKEY: - THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM, WAS WRITTEN BY TURLOUGH CAROLAN, A BLIND COMPOSER/HARPIST WHO ROAMED ABOUT IRELAND IN THE LATE 1600'S - EARLY 1700'S! FRANCIS SCOTT KEY ONLY PENNED THE LYRICS. - ST. COLUMBA, THE IRISH MISSIONARY AND DISCIPLE OF ST. PATRICK, CONVERTED SCOTLAND TO CHRISTIANITY. IN ADDITION TO TEACHING THE SCOTS IN MATTERS OF FAITH, HE INSTRUCTED THEM IN THE ART OF BREW- ING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. AMEN! OLD IRISH FOLK REMEDIES: - TO HEAL SORES AND WOUNDS - THE IRISH KEPT A LOAF OF WHITE BREAD, OR PIECE OF BACON IN A DAMP PART OF THE HOUSE. THE MOLD WAS APPLIED TO THE INFECTED AREA. (PENICILLIN) - FOR RHEUMATISM - APPLIED THE PRODUCT FROM BARK OF WILLOW (SALICIN) - TO RELIEVE SYPMTOMS OF HEART AILMENT - EXTRACT OF FOXGLOVE (DIGITALIN) FOXGLOVE IS ALSO USED TO MAKE IRISH MIST LIQUER (GOOD STUFF) ***************************************************************** GILLETT GAZETTE: THE GILLETT AND KEECH FILES CONTINUE TO EXPAND WITHOUT SHEDDING ANY NEW LIGHT ON THE ANCESTORS OF EBENEZER OR ELIZABETH. AS YOU ARE PROBABLY AWARE, GILLETT IS SPELLED VARIOUSLY ENDING IN "T", "TT", OR "TTE". OUR LINE NORMALLY USED THE SINGLE "T". ONE ARTICLE INDICATED THE MORE AFFLUENT USED THE "TTE" WHILE THE "POOR RELATION" USED ONLY "T". GUESS THEY (WE) COULD NOT AFFORD THE EXTRAVAGANCE OF TE! IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY THERE WAS A TRAGIC MURDER COMMITTED IN THE ADIRONDACK MTS. BY A CHESTER GILLETT WHICH BECAME THE BASIS OF THEODORE DREISER'S AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. I THINK CHESTER WAS PERHAPS THE SON OF A CHESTER WHO WAS A GROCER IN CANOJOHARIE, NY IN 1850. THERE IS PROBABLY NO DIRECT LINK TO OUR TRIBE, BUT A "SHIRT-TAIL" WOULD NOT BE SHOCKING. OUR OWN LINE WAS NOT WITHOUT ITS TRAGEDIES. AS MENTIONED IN THE PREVIOUS ISSUE, HENRY GILLETT, UNCLE OF MARY MAHEDY MCKAY AND ESTHER MAHEDY BUTLER, DIED BY SUICIDE IN 1900. NOT TOO LONG AFTER, THEIR COUSIN EDGAR GILLET, SON OF DAVID, WAS KILLED BY A TRAIN. ANOTHER COUSIN, EDWARD KEECH, COMMITTED SUICIDE IN THE TOWN OF WESTERN, 2 OCT 1900, AGE 42. EDWARD WAS THE SON OF GEORGE KEECH, JR. WHO ALSO KILLED HIMSELF 19 NOV 1866, LEAVING HIS WIFE LODELIA AND THREE CHILDREN. THERE WERE NO KEECHES IN ONEIDA CO. AS LATE AS 1810. A JAMES KEECH JR. AND JOHN KEECH, BOTH FOUGHT IN THE WAS OF 1812. JOHN WAS IN THE SAME COMPANY AS EBENEZER GILLETT, CAPTAINED BY BENJAMIN RUDD. JAMES, PROBABLY BROTHER OF ELIZABETH, WAS ONLY 17 AT THE TIME OF HIS FIRST ENLISTMENT. THE 1825 CENSUS LISTS JAMES, SR., JAMES JR., GEORGE AND JOHN AS HEADS OF HOUSEHOLDS IN THE TOWN OF WESTERN. AT THE TIME JOHN APPLIED FOR VETERAN'S BENEFITS IN 1859 HE WAS 75 AND LIVING IN "CANADA EAST". SINCE ELIZABETH KEECH GILLETT NAMED HER FIRST SON JAMES, IT SEEMS MOST LIKELY THAT HER FATHER WAS JAMES SR. JAMES JR. ALSO HAD A YOUNGER BROTHER, DAVID (b. 1805). ELIZABETH'S SECOND SON CHARLES WAS LOCATED IN THE 1850 CENSUS LIVING AND WORKING AT THE BARNABUS VANDEWALKER FARM, AS WAS HIS SISTER, EMILINE, HER HUSBAND, BERLIN VANDEWALKER AND A FOUR YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, ELNER. CHARLES WAS AGE 30 AND HAD A WIFE NAMED SARAH ANN, 20, AND A DAUGHTER, ESTHER, AGE ONE YEAR. EUNICE WAS 20 IN 1850 WORKING ON THE WALTON FARM. NEITHER JAMES NOR AMELIA WERE FOUND IN THE 1850 CENSUS BUT A NOTICE OF AMELIA'S (a.k.a. PAMELA) MARRIAGE TO JOB FORD AT THE TREMONT HOUSE IN ROME, 4 JAN 1856, APPEARED IN THE UTICA DAILY GAZETTE. JAMES BURCH, SON OF ALMIRA GILLET BURCH, ALSO MARRIED AT TREMONT HOUSE 27 JAN 1862 TO JANE KEECH. JANE WAS TEN YEARS HIS SENIOR AND PROBABLY HIS COUSIN. HER FATHER WAS JAMES, JR. ---------- MAHEDY - MCKAY 3M MULLARCHY VOL. III - 1988 DAN TOUSE RD1, BOX 1269 MARYLAND, NY 12116 SPRING 1988 FROM THE "EDITOR", 'TIS A GREAT DAY FOR THE IRISH INDEED! THIS YEAR MARKS THE 1000TH ANNIVERSARY OF DUBLIN. THE AREA WAS FIRST SETTLED IN 841 A.D.. AS A VIKING SEA FORT WHICH THEY CALLED "DYFLIN". THE NAME ORIGINALLY DERIVES FROM THE IRISH "DUBH LINN", MEANING "DARK POOL", REFERRING TO THE ACTUAL DARK POOL OF THE RIVER LIFFEY WHERE VIKINGS FIRST SETTLED. HOWEVER IT WAS ITS CAPTURE BY MAEL SECHNAILL IN 988 THAT PLANTED THE SEEDS OF THIS FINE IRISH CITY. THE VIKINGS CONTINUED TO POSE A THREAT TO DUBLIN - AND TO ALL OF IRELAND - UNTIL THEIR ULTIMATE DEFEAT IN 1014 A.D. BY BRIAN BORU (LION OF IRELAND) AT THE BATTLE OF CLONTARF, NORTH OF DUBLIN. A FEW HUNDRED YARDS SOUTH OF THE DUBH LINN WAS A WELL USED BY ST. PATRICK TO BAPTISE DUBLINERS IN THE 5TH CENTURY. THIS IS THE SITE OF ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL. THE CELEBRATION HAS BEGUN. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR DUBLIN IS CELEBRATING WITH SPECIAL EVENTS IN THEATRE, ART, MUSIC, DANCE, HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY. GENEALOGICALLY, RESEARCH CONTINUES TO YIELD RESULTS, THOUGH I STILL SEEM TO BE HITTING A BRICK WALL IN TRYING TO IDENTIFY THE NEXT GENERATION - OF ANY BRANCH. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF EBENEZER AND ELIZABETH KEECH GILLET, I AM QUITE CERTAIN THOSE ANSWERS ARE SOME-WHERE IN QUEBEC. WITH TYPICAL EFFICIENCY ONE RESOURCE IS "TEMPORARILY MISFILED. I HAVE ALSO LEARNED THAT THE GRANBY GAZETTE (1855-1877) AND WATERLOO ADVERTIZER (1856-1903) ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERLIBRARY LOAN THROUGH THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF CANADA. THEY MAY CONTAINED OBITUARIES FOR ANN MAXWELL DONAHUE (1857), JOHN MAHEDY, SR., (1858), CHARLES MORAN (1871), WILLIAM, SON OF TIMOTHY MCKAY (@1878), AND THOMAS MCKAY (1898), WHICH MIGHT LIST PARENT NAMES, SIBLINGS, AND TOWN OF BIRTH IN IRELAND.! (ANYONE INTERESTED?) WELL, I BEST THROW THIS GENEALOGICAL IRISH STEW TOGETHER. I SINCERELY HOPE YOU ARE ALL WELL AND WILL HAVE A HAPPY ST. PATTY'S DAY ERIN GO BRAGH DAN
IN MEMORIUM
ZORA W. BUTLER, 97, DAUGHTER OF SOLOMON AND ESTHER MAHEDY BUTLER DIED 28 JUL 1987, LOWVILLE, NY. ZORA WAS BORN 21 JAN 1890, AND GRADUATED THERE FROM HOLY NAME ACADEMY. SHE HAD WORKED FOR POHL MFG. CO. OF VERNON; ONEIDA LTD., SHER- RILL; NATIONAL CASKET CO. AND NIAGARA MOHAWK POWER CORP. OF ONEIDA. IN 1964 SHE RETIRED AFTER 25 YEARS OF SERVICE AT THE PENTAGON. ZORA IS SURVIVED BY HER BROTHER JOSEPH M. OF LOWVILLE, TWO NIECES, MRS. FREDERICK (BARBARA) MARTIN, R.D., LOWVILLE, MRS. EDWARD (SHIRLEY) GASSNER, NEW HARTFORD, NINE GRANDNIECES AND GRAND-NEPHEWS, AND SEVEN GREAT-GRANDNIECES AND GREAT-GRANDNEPHEWS. THE FIRST ISSUE OF "3M" WAS DEDICATED TO ZORA - AND ALSO JOE -FOR ALL THE INFORMATION AND INSPIRATION THEY HAVE PROVIDED FOR ALMOST THIRTY YEARS. IN THIS ISSUE THAT INFORMATION PROVIDED THE LEADS WHICH LED TO "NEW" DISCOVERIES OF THE PATRICK MAHEDY LINE. THERE IS NO DOUBT THOSE CONTRIBUTIONS WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE NEW AVENUES FOR RESEARCH. BUT ZORA'S INTEREST IN CURRENT AFFAIRS WAS AS DEEP AS HER LOVE OF HISTORY. SHE SCRUTINIZED THE NEWS AND KEPT ABREAST OF THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES OF THE DAY. HER INSIGHTFUL LETTERS ILLUMINATED THE EDITORIAL PAGES OF NEWSPAPERS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL NY. ZORA WAS A UNIQUE SPIRIT AND WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED. ------------------------------------------------------ WILLIAM MORRIS MCKAY, 69, DIED 24 JUN 1987 IN SILVER SPRINGS, MD.. "MORRY" WAS BORN IN VERNON, NY, SON OF T. FRANK AND CLARA MEYERS MCKAY. HE WAS A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF GRIFFISS AFB, ROME, NY; GENERAL CABLE, ROME CABLE CORP., AND VERNON DOWNS. IN 1965 HE MOVED TO MARYLAND WHERE HE WAS A SYSTEMS ANALYST FOR THE ARMY UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT. MORRY IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, THE FORMER ELIZABETH HOOKS; FIVE DAUGHTERS: MARGARET COSTELLO OF MCLEAN, VA., KATHLEEN WENNER OF SHEPARDSTOWN, W VA., JEANNE WATERS OF PROVIDENCE, R.I., MARY WILCOX OF STOCKLAND, ILL., AND MAUREEN VALLEE OF GAITHERSBURG, MD.; ALSO ONE SON, JOHN PATRICK OF ROCKVILLE, MD.; ONE SISTER, EDITH ZINZAC OF HAMBURG, NY AND SEVERAL NIECES, NEPHEWS AND COUSINS.
MAHEDY
WHILE NO EARLIER GENERATIONS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED, I HAVE ACCUMULATED CONSIERABLE MAHEDY DATA FROM IRELAND, CANADA, AND MASSACHUSETTS. RUMMAGING THROUGH THE SCRAPBOOKS (FOR THE ZILLIONTH TIME!) I REREAD A FUNERAL NOTICE FOR ALFRED JAMES MAHEDY (SON OF PATRICK - SON OF JOHN, SR.). WHEN I WAS IN CANADA ('77) RAYMOND CAMPBELL TOOK ME TO ST. JOACHIM DE SHEFFORD CEMETERY. I SAW A STONE FOR ANNE LAWLOR, WIFE OF ALFRED MAHEDY, d. 1905. THE AL MAHEDY FARM WAS LOCATED NEAR THE ONE ROOM SHEFFORD SCHOOL HOUSE WHERE THE MAHEDY'S USED TO GO TO SCHOOL. OFTEN ON THE WAY HOME, THE MCKAY CHILDREN WOULD GO AND VISIT WITH ALFRED AND HIS FAMILY. I ASSUMED ALFRED DIED THERE LATER AND PERHAPS NO ONE UPDATED THE GRAVESTONE. MY NOTES INDICATED HIS TWO SONS "DIED IN INFANCY, THUS ENDING OUR MAHEDY LINE IN EASTERN U.S." I FURTHER ASSUMED ALFRED HAD NO OTHER CHILDREN. THE FUNERAL NOTICE PROVIDES NO INFORMATION PERTAINING TO DATE OR LOCATION. HOWEVER, ON THE BACK THERE IS A REFERENCE TO THE YOUNG MEN OF ANDOVER DOING THE "BOOGEY". THIS WOULD SEEM TO INDICATE IT WAS IN THE EARLY "SWING ERA" IN MASS. @1938-40. THE ARTICLE INDICATED CHILDREN MRS. FRANK AND MRS. LEO GUILFOYLE, SEVERAL GRANDCHILDREN, INCLUDING LT. RONALD CLAMP, RICHARD CLAMP, MRS. R. CRAWFORD, AND MABEL. IT ALSO MENTIONED MARY ANN MAHEDY. WE KNOW SHE WAS ALFRED'S SISTER WHO WAS LIVING IN LEOMINSTER AS LATE AS 1944. IT FURTHER LISTS MRS. MARY DOWNS AND MRS. PETER MCNEIL, WHOM I HAVE SINCE LEARNED WERE ALFRED'S NIECES, ALSO OF LEOMINSTER. THE CHURCH AND CEMETERY WERE GIVEN AS IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, BUT THERE IS NO SUCH PARISH IN LEOMINSTER. NEVERTHELESS, IT WOULD APPEAR THERE MAY WELL BE A BAND OF COUSINS IN AND AROUND LEOMINSTER. ------------------------------------------------------------------ PATRICK'S FAMILY: I - PATRICK MAHEDY b. 1813, CO. LONGFORD, IRELAND m. @1843 ROME, NY MARY JANE LECLEAR b. 1823, TOWN OF WESTERN, NY d.@1900 LEOMINSTER, MASS d. 2 NOV 1875 SHEFFORD, QUE., bur. WATERLOO, PQ II - 1. SARAH JANE b. 1843 T. OF WESTERN, ONEIDA CO., NY m. 1869 SHEFFORD, P.Q., WILLIAM COBURN 2. PETER JOHN b. 1844, HEMINGFORD, QUE. 3. ELLEN(A) b. 1846, " " m. SHEFFORD, " MICHAEL HARPER (PATRICK'S FAMILY CON'D.) 4. ELIZA JANE b. 1849, HEMINGFORD " (ELIZABETH) m. 1877, SHEFFORD " HENRY MCCAFFREY 5. JOHN BAPTISTE b. 1851, HEMINGFORD " 6. MARY MARTHA b. 1853, " " m. @1873, SHEFFORD " JOHN MCNEIL m. " " MICHAEL GALLAGHER 7. MARIE EMACULA b. 1855 " " (EMMA) m. JAMES MCDONALD 8. STEPHEN P. b. 1857 " " d.pre 1940 LEOMINSTER, MASS. 9. JAMES ALFRED b. 1860, SHEFFORD QUE. m.@1890 " " ANNE LAWLOR d. @ 1905 d.@1940 LEOMINSTER, MASS. 10. CHARLES b. 1862, SHEFFORD QUE 11. MARY ANN b. 1865, " " d. 1945, LEOMINSTER MASS. 12. MARY JANE b. 1867, SHEFFORD QUE (JENNY) m. 1888, NY JOSEPH DOWNS d. pre 1940 LEOMINSTER, MASS -------------------------------------------------------------- **** BULLETIN **** BULLETIN **** BULLETIN 10 MAR '88 ALFRED J. MAHEDY DIED 9 MAR 1945, LAWRENCE, MASS, AGE 84. I'VE CONTACTED MRS. R. CLAMP, HIS GRANDDAUGHTER. MORE NEXT ISSUE; --------------------------------------------------------------- THE 1881 SHEFFORD CENSUS SHOWS THE FOLLOWING: DIST. #1 NAME AGE B.P. RELIG NATIONALITY OCCUPATION MAHEDY JOHN 30 QUE R.C. IRISH FARMER MARY JANE 49 U.S. " FRENCH CHARLES 19 QUE " IRISH ALFRED 21 " " " MARY ANN 16 " " " STEPHEN 24 " " " MCNEIL JOHN 6 " " " PETER 4 " " " ------------------------------------------------------------- (NEXT DOOR) (MAHEDY, CON'T.) COBURN WILLIAM 40 " " " "JOURNALIER" COBURN SARAH 39 " " " EMILY J 10 " " " FLORA M 8 " " " SARAH G 4 " " " ALFRED 1 " " " ALBERT 1 " " " ------------------------------------------------------------------ (CLOSE) MCCAFFREY, HENRY 38 " " " FARMER ELIZABETH 30 " " " MARGARITE 3 " " " ELIZABETH 1 " " " --------------------------------------------------------------- MAHEADY, MICHAEL 64 " " " " ESTER A 58 U.S. " AMERICAN MICHAEL F 26 QUE " IRISH CHARLES H 24 " " " ESTER A 28 " " " PATRICK J 21 " " " DAVID P 18 " " " ---------------------------------------------------------------- THE 1910 LEOMINSTER, MASS. CENSUS PROVIDED MORE DATA: PARENT B.P. CAME TO F M U.S. DOWNS JOSEPH 43 NY IRE IRE LABORER JENNY 41 CAN " NY 1879 MARGARET 21 NY " CAN PACKER ELLEN M 19 " " " CEMENTER WALTER 16 MASS " " CLAYTON 11 " " " PHILIP 3 " " " MAHEDY, PHILIP 53 CAN " NY 1884 SAWYER- PIANO FACT'Y " MARY ANN 43 " " " " STITCHER IN SHIRT FACT'Y MCNEIL, PETER 34 " CAN 1895 HARNESS MAKER ALL RESIDED 218 MAIN ST; DOWNS MARRIED 22 YRS; 6 CHILDREN, 5 ALIVE; DAUGHTERS WORKED IN COMB FACTORY THERE WAS ANOTHER FAMILY LIVING IN THIS HOUSE. THIS IS WHERE MINA AND MAY MCKAY, AND MARCELLA CAMPBELL STAYED WHEN THEY WORKED IN THE LEOMINSTER SHIRT FACTORY. MINA WAS THERE @ 1904. I BE- LIEVE AUNT MAY MUST HAVE BEEN THERE SOMETIME LATER. THE MCKAYS MOVED FROM CANADA TO VERNON, NY IN 1914. ******************************************************** MARY, DAUGHTER OF JOHN (SR) AND ELIZABETH MORAN MAHEDY, WAS FOUND IN THE 1870 CENSUS OF TROY, NY. BY THAT TIME SHE WAS MARRIED TO ELI P. CARR. ELI WAS 38 AND BORN IN NY, AS WERE HIS PARENTS. MARY WAS ALSO 38 AND BORN IN CANADA. THEY HAD ONE DAUGHTER, MARY E., AGE 9, AND OWNED A HOTEL VALUED AT $6000.00. THIS WAS THE CONGRESS HOTEL AND PROBABLY THE SAME HOTEL WHERE ESTHER MAHEDY BUTLER AND MARY MAHEDY MCKAY WORKED BEFORE THEY MARRIED. THE 1875 CITY DIRECTORY OF TROY LISTS ELI AS PROPRIETOR OF CARR HOTEL ON NORTH 3RD AVE. HE DOES NOT APPEAR IN THE 1880 CENSUS OR DIRECTORY FOR TROY, BUT THE '81 DIRECTORY LISTS HIM AS OPERATING A BOARDING HOUSE AT 32 KING ST. BY 1885 HE APPEARS AS A GROCER AT THE CORNER OF UTICA ST., WEST TROY. ELI MUST HAVE DIED AROUND THAT TIME. THE 1888 DIRECTORY LISTED "MRS. ELI CARR, WIDOW, REMOVED TO TROY" WHERE SHE DIED THAT SEPT AT THE HOME OF DAUGHTER, MRS. MARY HOAGLAND. *****************************************************
MAHEDYS IN IRELAND
THE FIRST ISSUE OF 3M LISTED THE EIGHT MAHEDYS APPEARING IN GRIFFITH'S "VALUATIONS" (1854) FOR THE PARISH OF MOSTRIM, ARDAGH BARONY, CO. LONGFORD. I HAD BEEN TOLD THEY WERE THE ONLY MAHEDYS IN LONGFORD - IN IRELAND TOO! RECENTLY I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RESEARCH THE INDEX TO SURNAMES IN GRIFFITH'S VALUATIONS. WHILE GIVEN NAMES AND SPECIFIC TOWNLANDS ARE NOT PROVIDED, IT DOES LIST THE FREQUENCY WITH WHICH EACH SURNAME APPEARS IN EVERY PARISH IN THE VALUATIONS. THE INDEX ALSO IDENTIFIES SURNAMES APPEARING IN EARLIER TITHE APPLOTMENT BOOKS (TAP) THERE WERE NO MAHEDYS FOUND IN CO. LIMERICK WHERE MICHAEL WAS BORN (1815). PERHAPS THEY WERE ONLY THERE BRIEFLY FOR EMPLOYMENT -OR TO HIDE FROM THE ENGLISH - AND RETURNED TO LONGFORD LATER. THERE ALSO WERE NONE FOUND IN CO.'S DOWN, MEATH, LAOIS, LEITRIM, LOUTH, TYRONE, WATERFORD, WEXFORD, OR WICKLOW. HOPEFULLY, THE REMAINING COUNTIES WILL BE COMPLETED THIS YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE TAP BOOK MAHEDY HAS BEEN FOUND IN: NAME BARONY PARISH YEAR COUNTY MAHADY ARDAGH STREET 1826 (TAP) LONGFORD MAHEDY GRANARD KILLOE 1854 " MAGHEDY (3) RATHCLINE CASHEL 1827 " " MAHEDY (2) SHRULE KILGLASS 1834 " " - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - MAHODY RATHDOWN KILLUCAN 1830 " W MEATH " MOYASHEL RATHCONNELL 1854 " " MAGHERADERNAN MEHEDY RATHCONRATH BALLYMORE " MAHEDY CORBAREE MULTIFARNUM 1826 "only " MAHODY MOYGOISH STREET 1854 " " MAHADY " RUSSAGH " MAHADY (2) " RATHASPICK " " - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - MAHODY RATHDOWN 1852 DUBLIN MAHIDY TIRAWLEY COON 1855 MAYO " (2) FEENEY " " MAHODY " KILFIAN " " MAHEDY " " KILCUMMIN 1856 (1831) " ('31=TAP) " " RATHREAGH " " MOHEDY " " " MEHEDY " TEMPLEMORE *** MORAN AS WITH MOST OF THE FAMILIES, THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE PROGRESS WITH THE CLAN MORAN. CHARLES MORAN DIED IN 1871 AND WAS BURIED IN ST. JOACHIM DE SHEFFORD CEMETERY. BY THE 1881 CENSUS THERE WERE ONLY FOUR LEFT ON THE FARM: MICHAEL, 30, WAS MANAGING THE FARM, ASSISTED BY PATRICK, 32. THEIR MOTHER BRIDGET, 76, REMAINED AS DID THEIR SISTER ANNA WHO WAS LISTED AS AGE 27 (ACTUALLY 40). JOHN MORAN DID NOT APPEAR IN THE CENSUS BUT IS KNOWN TO HAVE DIED 29 MAY 1883 AND WAS BURIED AT ST. JOACHIM'S. I DID FIND A CHARLES MORAN IN THE 1880 ST. LAWRENCE CO., NY CENSUS WHO WAS BORN IN CANADA AND HIS PARENTS BORN IN IRELAND. THIS CHARLES WAS ABOUT THE SAME AGE AS "OUR" CHARLES JR., BUT IT IS NOT KNOWN IF THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME. CHARLES SR'S OTHER DAUGHTERS WERE MOST LIKELY ALL MARRIED BY 1881. ONLY TWO OF THE MARRIED NAMES ARE RECORDED. MARY m. MR. KELPEY AND HAD AT LEAST ONE SON AND ONE DAUGHTER. THEY DID NOT APPEAR IN THE 1881 SHEFFORD CO. CENSUS. ELIZABETH MARRIED PETER DUNN AND LIVED ABOUT HALF WAY BETWEEN THE PAT MAHEDYS AND THE MORANS AND WAS LISTED THUS (1881): DUNN, PETER 52 IRELAND R.C. IRISH FARMER ELIZABETH 49 QUEBEC " " JOHN C. 23 " " " PETER F. 21 " " " MARY B. 19 " " " TEACHER JUDITH E. 16 " " " LUCY 14 " " " ANNA E 9 " " " LIZA A. 6 " " " PATRICK 12 " " " ADELAIDE 4 " " " ---------------------------------------------------------------- IN IRELAND MORAN IS A MUCH MORE COMMON NAME IN IRELAND THAN MAHEDY. FOR THAT REASON SPECIFIC DATA WAS ONLY NOTED FOR LONGFORD AND WEST MEATH WHERE ELIZABETH AND CHARLES WERE BORN. HOWEVER, I DID NOTE THEIR FREQUENCY IN SEVERAL COUNTIES: LAOIS - 65; LEITRIM - 150+; LIMERICK - 51; LOUTH - 11; MAYO - 520!!; TYRONE - 11; WATERFORD - 30; WEXFORD - 89; WICKLOW - 34. IN WEST MEATH THERE WERE AT LEAST 128 MORANS. THEY APPEAR IN EVERY BARONY AND VIRTUALLY EVERY PARISH. THE LARGEST CONCENTRATION - 39 - WAS IN KILKENNY WEST BARONY, OF WHICH 26 WERE IN DRUMRANEY PARISH. THE BARONY OF MOYGOISH, WHICH BORDERS MOSTRIM, CO. LONGFORD, WAS HOME TO 17 MORANS, 11 OF WHICH RESIDED IN RATHASPICK. IN THE BARONY OF MOYASHEL AND MAGH-ERADERON THERE WERE 14, 12 IN MULLINGAR PARISH. IT WOULD STILL SEEM THAT MOYGOISH (RATHASPICK) WOULD BE THE MOST LOGICAL PLACE TO BEGIN LOOKING FOR ELIZABETH'S PARENTS. IN ADDITION TO THE GEOGRAPHIC PROXIMITY, THERE WERE SEVERAL MAHADYS IN MOYGOISH AND SEVERAL MORANS IN MOSTRIM. ***
MCKAY
THOMAS MCKAY'S OWN FAMILY REMAINS ELUSIVE. SEVERAL ADJACENT COUNTIES HAVE BEEN RESEARCHED BUT THERE WERE NO SIGNS OF OTHER MCKAYS RELATED TO THOMAS. THE ONLY SPECIFIC DATA WAS FOUND IN THE 1881 SHEFFORD CO. CENSUS AND THE 1910 LEOMINSTER, MASS. CENSUS. GRANBY TOWNSHIP - 1881 MCKAY, THOMAS 60 IRE R. CATH. IRISH FARMER MARY 60 " " " WILLIAM 25 QUE " " MARTHA 19 " " " MARY 17 " " " THOMAS 4 " " " THIS IS THE ONLY REFERENCE TO DATE LISTING MARGARET DONAHUE AS MARY. THE YOUNG THOMAS WAS NOT THOMAS AND MARGARET'S CHILD, BUT THE SON OF THEIR DAUGHTER CATHERINE MAGUIRE. CATHERINE DIED SHORTLY AFTER TOMMY WAS BORN AND HE WAS RAISED BY HIS GRANDPARENTS. THE CENSUS WAS TAKEN IN MARCH 1881. YOUNG MARY (MARY-ELLEN) DIED IN JUNE. THERE IS A PROVISION FOR EACH ENTRY TO LIST ILLNESS, DISABILITY, ETC.. THERE WAS NOTHING RECORDED FOR MARY-ELLEN, SO IT WOULD APPEAR HER ILLNESS CAME ON RATHER SUDDENLY. DAVID MCKAY WAS BY THIS TIME IN CHILLICOTHE, MO. SO. STUKELY - 1881 MCKAY, JOHN 28 US CATH IRISH FARMER MARY 28 QUE " " ELIZABETH 3 " " " MARGARET 2 " " " MYRON 2/12 " " " LEOMINSTER, MASS 1910 BP FATHER MOTHER FULLER, DAVID L 64 NH NH NH " (DAU) LOUISA 37 " " MA (SIS) ELIZ 66 " " NH MCKAY, EDITH 31 " " MA (DAU) MARRIED 2 YR CHARLES 28 CAN MA CAN AUTOMOBILE MAKER IT SEEMS MOST LIKELY CHARLES WENT TO LEOMINSTER, PERHAPS WITH MINA PRIOR TO 1905, AND PROBABLY INITIALLY STAYED WITH HIS MAHEDY- DOWNS COUSINS. HE MARRIED EDITH IN 1908 AND OBVIOUSLY LIVED WITH EDITH'S FATHER. THEY LATER MOVED TO FITCHBURG, MA WHERE HE WAS QUITE SUCCESSFUL. MCKAYS OF CO. LIMERICK: THE EASIEST WAY TO SUMMARIZE RESEARCH ON THE MCKAYS OF CO. LIMERICK IS TO SAY "THEY JUST AIN'T THERE"; AT LEAST NOT THAT SPEL- LING. THE SOURCE AGAIN WAS GRIFFITH'S VALUATIONS, COMPLETED 1850- 1852, AND TITHE APPLOTMENT BOOKS DATING BACK TO 1822 - THE YEAR THOMAS WAS BORN. IN FACT, THE NAME IN ANY FORM IS FAIRLY RARE, AS SEEN IN THE FOLLOWING LIST: NAME BARONY PARISH YR TAP MACKEY (3) LIMERICK ST JOHN'S 1850 N/A " " CITY ST MICHAEL'S " 1828 " PUBBLEBRIEN " " " " CLANWILLIAM DROMKEEN 1852 1832 " " GREAN " 1834 " (5) " STRODBALLY " '27,'29,'32 MCKEY " " " " MACKY OWNEYBEG ABINGTON " 1826 (ONLY) MCKEY " " 1851 " MACKEY CLOONAGH DOON " " MACKAY " GREAN " " MACKEY " " " " " GLEN QUINN KILEEDY 1832 " MACKAY COSHMA ADARE 1851 1827 MACKEY " CROOM " " SMALLCOUNTY FEDAMORE " 1826 MCKEY " HOSPITAL " ? MACKEY " KNOCHAINY " 1833 LIMERICK IS A LARGE COUNTY WITH THIRTEEN BARONIES AND 130 PARISHES. GLENQUINN IS IN THE SOUTHEAST BORDERING CO. KERRY. THE TWO PARISHES OF COSHMA ADJOIN PUBBLEBRIEN, JUST WEST OF LIMERICK CITY. IN FACT, CROOM IS IN BOTH BARONIES. THE OTHER BARONIES ALL BORDER CO, TIPPERARY WHERE O'MACKEY ORIGINATES. AS SUGGESTED PREVIOUSLY, MCKAY IS FOUND PRIMARILY IN THE NORTH-EAST, THOUGH THE VARIANT SPELLINGS SEEM TO BE USED SOMEWHAT INTERCHANGEABLY. (THEN AGAIN, WHO WAS CREATING THE RECORDS?) COUNTY MCKAY MCKEY MACKAY MACKEY OTHER DONEGAL 14 - - - - DOWN 53 1 4 19 3 DUBLIN 4 - 12 12 - LAOIS - - 2 11 - LEITRIM - - - 3 4 LOUTH 3 - 1 4 - MAYO 1 - 2 7 - MEATH - - - 1 - TYRONE 22 - 3 14 - WATERFORD - - - 22 - W MEATH ( I GOOFED) WEXFORD - - 10 1 - WICKLOW 1 - - - - ------------
GILLETT - KEECH
IN EARLY SEPTEMBER I RECEIVED A CALL ASKING IF I WAS THE ONE RESEARCHING EBENEZER GILLETT! THE CALLER WORKED AT THE MORMON GENEALOGICAL LIBRARY IN SALT LAKE CITY. HIS GREAT, GREAT, GRAND- MOTHER WAS MARGARET GILLETT, b. @1835, TOWN OF WESTERN. THERE IS NO DOCUMENTATION OF HER PARENTS BUT HE SEEMED TO THINK IT MIGHT BE EBENEZER AND ELIZABETH. MARGARET MARRIED IN THE EARLY 1850'S AND WENT OUT WEST. ACCORDING TO ONEIDA CO. MAPS OF THAT ERA, THE MAN SHE MARRIED LIVED ON THE FARM ADJOINING EBENEZER'S. FROM SOME LET- TERS LEFT BY MARGARET, IT APPEARS HER FAMILY STRONGLY DISAPPROVED OF THE MARRIAGE. SEVERAL - BUT NOT ALL - OF THE SIBLINGS' NAMES MENTIONED ARE THE SAME AS EBENEZER'S CHILDREN. SINCE EBENEZER'S WAS THE ONLY GILLETT FAMILY IN THE TOWN OF WESTERN IN 1850, THE DAUGHTER OF EBENEZER LISTED AS "MILLY" - AGE 14, WOULD SEEM TO FIT THE ABOVE PARAMETERS. IT IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR FIRST NAMES TO VARY FROM RECORD TO RECORD. FOR EXAMPLE, MARGARET DONAHUE MCKAY APPEARS AS MARGARET IN CHURCH RECORDS, THE 1850, '61, AND '71 CENSUSES, BUT AS MARY IN 1881. PAT MAHEDY'S CHILDREN'S NAMES ALSO VARIED FREQUENTLY. MILLY DOES NOT APPEAR IN SUBSEQUENT CENSUSES, NOR WAS SHE MENTIONED IN HER MOTHER'S AFFADAVIT OF 1855 LISTING EBENEZER'S LEGITIMATE CHILDREN. FOR THIS REASON I HAVE ASSUMED MILLY DIED BEFORE 1855, THOUGH SHE IS NOT BURIED WITH HER PARENTS. IT SEEMS UNLIKELY MILLY WOULD HAVE BEEN OMITTED FROM THE AFFADAVIT EVEN IF SHE HAD INCURRED THE WRATH OF HER PARENTS FOR A DISAPPROVED MARRIAGE. IT SEEMS MORE LIKELY THAT MARGARET IS THE DAUGHTER OF AN UNIDEN-TIFIED BROTHER OF EBENEZER WHO MET HER BEAU WHILE VISITING HER GILLETT COUSINS. THERE WERE GILLETTS IN THE NEIGHBORING TOWN OF LEE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN RELATED TO EB. A SAMUEL GILLETT WAS A RESI- DENT OF WESTERN IN 1825 AND LATER MOVED TO LEE. THE MAN FROM UTAH CALLED AGAIN IN LATE OCTOBER AND PLANNED TO SEND ME HIS DATA THAT WEEK. I FEAR HE MAY BE ALMOST AS DISORGAN - IZED AS I, FOR I'M STILL WAITING. IN 1830 EBENEZER WAS LIVING IN BOONVILLE ACCORDING TO THE CENSUS. HE WAS IN WESTERN AS LATE AS 1825 AND HAD RETURNED PRIOR TO 1840. I DO NOT KNOW IF HE RETAINED HHIS FARM WHILE IN BOONVILLE. EBENEZER'S DAUGHTER AMELIA (a.k.a. PAMELIA, PERMILIA) WAS FOUND IN THE TOWN OF AVA - 1880 - AS FOLLOWS: FORD, JOB 40 FARMER NY NY NY PERMELIA 38 " " " (DAU)BRUCE, LOUILLA 23 " " " MARIANN 3 " " " GRIFFITH, ROBT 21 LABORER " WALES " BOY! AM I DUMB? COULD AMELIA BE MILLY? (GUESS THAT BLOWS THE SALT LAKE THEORY!!! THE SURNAME BRUCE WAS LIGHTLY CROSSED OUT SO IT WAS NOT CLEAR IF LOUILLA AND MARIANN USED THE NAME FORD OR BRUCE. THERE WERE NO KEECHES LISTED IN WASHINGTON CO. IN 1800 OR 1810. ELIZABETH CLAIMED SHE WAS BORN THERE IN 1796. YOU MAY RECALL THEY WERE NOT IN ONEIDA CO. BY 1810, BUT WERE IN THE TOWN OF WESTERN BY THE WAR OF 1812. (BACK TO THE ARCHIVES...) ***
THE CHILDREN OF LIR
THIS ANCIENT IRISH LEGEND TAKES PLACE IN IRELAND SOMETIME AFTER THE CONQUEST BY THE GAELS AND THE TUATHA DE DANAAN (TOO-AH-AH DA DAN-AN) HAD GONE TO THE SIDH MOUNDS OF THEIR UNDERGROUND KINGDOM. LIR WAS THE FATHER OF THE SEA-GOD, MANANNAN, AND AS MENTIONED LAST YEAR, IS THE CHARACTER USED BY SHAKESPEARE IN KING LEAR. THE KINGSHIP OF THE TUATHA DE BECAME VACANT SO AN ELECTION WAS HELD. LIR, RESIDING AT HIS SIDH IN FIONNACHAIDH (FIN-AH-HI) IN NORTH IRELAND, EXPECTED THE TITLE BUT IT WENT INSTEAD TO BODH DEARG (BOV DARG). LIR TOOK OFFENSE AND LEFT IN SILENT RAGE. SOMETIME LATER LIR'S WIFE DIED AND HE FELL INTO MOROSE DEPRESSION. BODH SOUGHT THIS OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN RECONCILIATION BY OFFERING ONE OF HIS FOSTER DAUGHTERS TO BECOME LIR'S NEW WIFE. IT WAS A COMMON PRACTICE IN ANCIENT IRELAND FOR PEOPLE IN HIGH POSITIONS TO EXCHANGE CHILDREN IN FOSTERAGE. THESE FOSTER CHILDREN WERE RAISED AS FULL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY WITH EQUAL LOVE AND PRIVILEGES. LIR CHOSE BODB'S ELDEST FOSTER-DAUGHTER AEB AND TOOK HER BACK TO HIS SIDH WHERE A GREAT WEDDING FESTIVAL WAS HELD. AEB SOON BORE TWINS: A SON AED (A), AND A DAUGHTER FIONNGUALA (FIN-GOO-AL-A). NOT LONG AFTER, AEB BORE TWIN BOYS, CONN AND FIACHRA (FEE-AH-RA), BUT SHE DIED IN CHILDBIRTH. LIR AGAIN BECAME GRIEF-STRICKEN AND AGAIN BODB CAME TO THE RESCUE WITH HIS SECOND DAUGHTER, AOIFE (IF-E) AS A WIFE. AOIFE CHERISHED THE CHILDREN, AS DID THEIR GRANDFATHER BODB. BUT AOIFE GREW JEALOUS OF THE ATTENTION THEY RECEIVED FROM LIR. SHE FEIGNED ILLNESS FOR ALMOST A YEAR, CONFINING HERSELF TO HER CHAMBERS PLOTTING TO DESTROY THE STEP-CHILDREN. FINALLY SHE DECIDED TO TAKE THEM TO BODB. FIONNGUALA HAD A PREMONITION OF EVIL BUT COULD NOT AVOID THE LONG JOURNEY. EN ROUTE AOIFE ORDERED HER SERVANTS TO KILL THE CHILDREN. THEY REFUSED. SHE CONSIDERED KILLING THEM HERSELF WITH HER OWN SWORD BUT LACKED THE COURAGE. THEY CONTINUED THEIR JOURNEY UNTIL THEY REACHED LOUGH (LAKE) DERRYVERAGH IN WEST MEATH (WHERE OUR MORAN CLAN ORIGINATED). AOIFE ORDERED THE CHILDREN TO BATHE IN THE LAKE AND TRANSFORMED THEM INTO SWANS WITH HER DRUIDIC WAND. FIONNGUALA CRIED TO AOIFE PROPHESYING HER DESTRUCTION AND PLEADING FOR AOIFE TO FIX A TIME WHEN THEIR CURSE WOULD END. "FOR THREE HUNDRED YEARS YOU MUST LIVE ON LOUGH DERRYVARAGH; FOR THREE HUNDRED YEARS IN SCOTLAND, AND FOR THREE HUNDRED YEARS IN ENNIS AND INISHGLORY. BUT WHEN A MAN FROM CONNAUGHT IN THE NORTH MARRIES A WOMAN FROM MUNSTER IN THE SOUTH...YOU SHALL BE RE -LEASED..." TO TEMPER LIR'S ANTICIPATED RAGE, AOIFE GRANTED THE SWANS THE POWER OF ELOQUENCE, THE GIFT OF SINGING UNRIVALLED BY ANY MUSIC IN THE WORLD, AND ALLOWED THEM TO RETAIN THEIR HUMAN SENSES AND FACILITIES BUT NEVER SUFFER DISTRESS. LIR AND BODB QUICKLY UNCOVERED AOIFE'S TREACHERY. BODB STRUCK HIS DAUGHTER WITH HIS DRUIDIC ROD, CHANGING HER INTO A DEMON, CON- DEMNED TO ROAM THROUGH THE AIR FOR ETERNITY. LIR AND BODB WENT TO THE LAKE TO SEE THE BEAUTIFUL SWANS. THEIR SORROW AND PAIN WAS SOON LIFTED BY THE BEAUTIFUL SWAN-SONG. FOR THREE HUNDRED YEARS PEOPLE CAME FROM ALL OVER IRELAND TO DERRYVARAGH TO HEAR THE ELOQUENT SPEECHES, POETRY, AND HEAVENLY CHORUSES. AND LIKE BODB AND LIR, THEIR CARES AND PAIN WERE LIFTED. AFTER THREE HUNDRED YEARS, FIONNGUALA REMINDED HER BROTHERS THEY MUST LEAVE THE LAKE THEY LOVED SO WELL. WITH A POEM OF SAD FAREWELL THEY CIRCLED THE LAKE THRICE THEN FLEW TO A BLEAK EXILE IN SCOTLAND. THEIR FATE WAS NOT MUCH IMPROVED AFTER THEY RETURNED TO ENNIS AND INISHGLORY. THEN ST. PATRICK BROUGHT CHRISTIANITY TO IRELAND AND ST. MO CHAEMOC HAY-VOC BUILT AN ORATORY AT INISHGLORY. ONE MORNING AFTER THE MONKS SANG THEIR PRAYERS THE SWANS RAISED THEIR OWN VOICES IN SONG. MO WAS OVERWHELMED WHEN HE HEARD THE BEAUTY AND PASSION OF THEIR MUSIC. WHEN HE LEARNED THE FULL STORY HE CALLED TO THE SWANS AND JOINED FIONNGUALA TO AED AND CONN TO FIACHRA WITH SILVER CHAINS AS A SIGN THAT THEY WERE HUMANS UNDER ENCHANTMENT. FINALLY IT CAME TO PASS THAT LAIRGRIN, KING OF CONNAUGHT, MARRIED DEOCH, DAUGHTER OF THE KING OF MUNSTER. DEOCH HEARD OF THE SWANS AND SOUGHT TO POSSESS THEM. SHE SENT SERVANTS TO TAKE THEM FROM MO BY FORCE. VIOLENCE ERUPTED. THE SPELL WAS BROKEN. FOUR ANCIENT MORTALS STOOD BEFORE ALL. ST. MO BAPTISED THEM, THEY DIED AND WENT TO CHRISTIAN HEAVEN, LEAVING MO TO MOURN THE LOSS OF HIS CHERISHED SWANS.
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MAHEDY - MCKAY 3M MULLARKEY VOL. IV -SPRING 1989 DAN TOUSE RD1, BOX 1269 MARYLAND, NY 12116
SPRING 1989
WELL! PLANT YOUR SHAMROCKS, DUST OFF YOUR IRISH RECORDS OR TAPES, BREW YOURSELF A POT O' IRISH "TAY" OR POUR YOURSELF A BREW OF GUINNESS, OR BUSHMILLS, SIT BACK AND READ SOME MORE MULLARKEY! I AM SORRY I MISSED YOU AT CHRISTMAS. A LAST MINUTE PROJECT DROPPED IN MY LAP WHICH HAD FINANCIAL PROMISE BUT ALSO DEADLINES. SIMULTANEOUSLY, I WAS WORKING AGAINST A PUBLICATION DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF JEANNE'S LINE FOR VOLUME I OF THE STRONG GENEALOGY. A SUBSEQUENT VOLUME WILL INCLUDE THE TOUSE LINE TO THE STRONG- DEAN(E) IMMIGRANTS OF 1638. (I'M BEHIND ON THAT TOO!) BEING BOTH CONSISTENTLY SLOW AND DISORGANIZED, I SIMPLY COULD NOT GET TO MY CHRISTMAS CARDS. I DID NOT WANT YOU THINKING I HAD SUCCUMBED TO THE GRINCH - YET! YOU WERE ALL IN MY THOUGHTS AND ARE THERE YEAR ROUND. RESEARCH WAS MORE FRUSTRATING AND LESS PRODUCTIVE THAN USUAL. I ORDERED CANADIAN CENSUS MICROFILM LAST SPRING. I RECEIVED A NOTICE IN SEPTEMBER (!) THAT I WOULD NEED TO REORDER THROUGH A VENDOR - WHICH I DID. THE FILM ARRIVED AS I BEGAN THIS MASTERPIECE (FEB '89). I THINK THE BUGS IN THE CHANGED PROCESS HAVE NOW BEEN WORKED OUT. SINCE I DO NOT HAVE AS MUCH GENEALOGICAL NEWS AS I HOPED, I HAVE FALLEN BACK ON THE OLD AXIOM: " A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS." WHILE THE REPRODUCTIONS WILL WIN NO PHOTO-JOURNALISM AWARDS FOR QUALITY, IT IS HOPED THAT GIVING FACES TO SOME OF THE NAMES IN OUR HISTORY WILL GIVE THE READER A BETTER APPRECIATION OF OUR ANCESTORS AS "REAL PEOPLE". AS USUAL, I HAVE TRIED TO INCLUDE A FEW TIDBITS OF IRISH MISCELLANY WHICH I HOPE WILL ADD A LITTLE FLAVOR TO THIS 3M CONCOCTION. WISHING YOU ALL THE LUCK O' THE IRISH HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY DAN IN OUR PRAYERS BERNICE BUTLER - 95, DIED 27JULY1988 AT LOWVILLE, NY. SHE IS SURVIVED BY HER HUSBAND, JOSEPH, TWO DAUGHTERS, MRS. BARBARA MARTIN OF LOWVILLE, MRS. SHIRLEY GASSNER OF NEW HARTFORD, AND SEVERAL GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. I HAVE MENTIONED THE BUTLERS IN EVERY ISSUE. BERNICE WAS A KIND AND GENTLE LADY, AND A GOOD FRIEND TO OUR FAMILY FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. SHE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED. MICHAEL SULLIVAN - DIED FEBRUARY 1988 IN MASS. HE WAS THE HUSBAND OF MARY F. GUILFOLYE SULLIVAN WHO SURVIVES HIM. ELLEN MACKAY BERLIN - DIED IN LATE 1988 IN N.Y. CITY. SHE WAS AN AUTHOR, HEIRESS, AND INSPIRATION FOR THE SONG ALWAYS WRITTEN BY HER HUSBAND IRVING, 100, WHO SURVIES HER. CHARLES DRAGOON - 68, DIED UNEXPECTEDLY 14 FEBRUARY 1989 AT PLATTSBURGH, NY. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE WINNIFRED OF PLATTSBURGH; TWO DAUGHTERS, SUSAN KIROY OF DANNEMORA, AND PAMELA OF PERU, NY.; A SON CHARLES OF VA.; SEVEN GRANDCHILDREN INCLUDING BRIAN TOUSE; AND THREE BROTHERS: HAROLD OF MONTREAL, CARL OF PLATTSBURGH, AND ROBERT OF SCHUYLER FALLS, NY. "CHARLIE" WAS A WARM, WONDERFUL MAN WHO IS SADLY MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM. ------------
DEDICATION
IN 1977 I COMPILED MY FIRST DRAFT OF THE MAHEDY-MCKAY FAMILY HISTORY. MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IT WAS AN ATTEMPT TO PUT EVERY- THING I HAD LEARNED, AND EVERYTHING I COULD REMEMBER INTO A NAR- RATIVE PERSPECTIVE. LISTS OF NAMES AND DATES BECOME A MASS OF DATA ELEMENTS. THEY ARE VALUABLE BUT DO NOT TELL A STORY. I SENT A COPY TO RAYMOND CAMPBELL TO SEE IF THERE WERE ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, ETC. RAYMOND WAS THE ELDER OF OUR MCKAY CLAN, AND I KNEW HE WAS BOTH INTERESTED IN AND INFORMED ON THE FAMILY HISTORY. IN OCTOBER, I TOOK A WEEK OFF FROM WORK AND WENT TO CANADA TO VISIT THE CAMPBELLS. I REMEMBER AT THE TIME FEELING ALMOST A COMPULSION TO MAKE THAT JOURNEY AT THAT TIME. I LEFT OUR HOUSE AT GOODYEAR LAKE AND HEADED NORTH. IT WAS ONE OF THOSE TYPICAL COOL, CRISP, OCTOBER MORNINGS IN NEW YORK. THE SKY WAS CLEAR; THE SUN BRIGHT; AND THE LEAVES HAD BEEN PAINTED IN THEIR MOST BRILLIANT LUSTRE. I WAS IN AWE OF THE BEAUTY THAT ENGULFED ME AND ENVIED THE ARTIST WHO COULD CREATE SUCH BEAUTY. AS I PASSED THE CHERRY VALLEY REGION AND CONTINUED NORTH I WONDERED IF I MIGHT BE FOLLOWING THE SAME PATH OUR KEECH ANCESTORS FOLLOWED WHEN THEY WERE SAID TO HAVE FLED THE CHERRY VALLEY TO FT. STANWIX TO AVOID AN INDIAN MASSACRE. I DROVE THROUGH THE TOWN OF COLUMBIA WHERE ALLEN FULMER'S FAMILY HAD SETTLED PRIOR TO THE REVOLUTION. NOW I COULD SEE THE MOHAWK RIVER, THE WHOLE VALLEY, AND EVEN THE FOOT-HILLS OF THE ADIRONDACKS FAR TO THE NORTH. I PASSED DOWN THROUGH THE VALLEY INTO ROME, PAST FT. STANWIX AND ST. PETER'S WHERE MICHAEL AND ESTHER WERE MARRIED IN 1843. SOON I WAS IN THE TOWN OF WESTERN. THERE WAS THE CEMETERY WHERE EBENEZER AND ELIZABETH KEECH GILLETT WERE BURIED, AND WEBSTER HILL WHERE THEIR CHILDREN WERE BORN. CONTINUING NORTH, THE RELICS OF THE BLACK RIVER CANAL BEGAN TO DOT THE LANDSCAPE. MICHAEL AND PATTY MAHEDY HELPED TO BUILD THESE LOCKS AND OUR GILLETT UNCLES OPERATED THE CANAL BOATS. BY NOON I ARRIVED IN LOWVILLE. AFTER LUNCH I STOPPED TO VISIT JOE AND BERNICE BUTLER, THEN JOE AND I WENT TO VISIT ZORA. IT WAS ALWAYS A WONDERFUL VISIT. AFTER SAYING GOODBYE, I DROVE ON TO PLATTSBURGH BY THE LIGHT OF A BRIGHT HARVEST MOON. THE NEXT MORNING I HEADED ON TO WATERLOO. I HAD BEEN TO RAYMOND'S SOME TWENTY YEARS EARLIER WHEN HIS DAUGHTER MIMI (ROUNDS) TOOK AUNT MAY, EDNA CAMPBELL, MY SISTER, MARY ANN, AND ME FOR AN EARLY OCTOBER VISIT. WE WERE TREATED LIKE ROYALTY. THIS TRIP WAS NO DIFFERENT. I WAS GIVEN A WARM WELCOME. TO MY SURPRISE - AND HERS - EDNA HAD ALSO JUST ARRIVED TO VISIT THEIR BROTHER FRANCIS, WHOM I LEARNED WAS SERIOUSLY ILL IN A SHERBROOKE HOSPITAL. WE ALL VISITED FOR QUITE SOME TIME. ONE STORY LED TO ANOTHER. I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN NOTES BUT WAS TOO PREOCCUPIED JUST ENJOYING THE EXCHANGE. THE NEXT MORNING RAYMOND AND I BEGAN OUR EXPEDITION. WE HEADED FIRST FOR SOUTH STUKELY, STOPPING BY AN OPEN LOT THAT IN ANOTHER DAY AND AGE WAS FILLED WITH CHILDREN ATTENDING THE ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE. NOT FAR DOWN THE HILL, AT THE FOOT OF MT. AUFORD, WAS THE SITE OF THE J. P. MCKAY HOMESTEAD. IT WAS ALL OVERGROWN NOW WITH SHRUBS, SAPLINGS, WEEDS AND TREES. RAYMOND SHOWED ME THE PATH THE HORSE N' BUGGIE WOULD TAKE AND POINTED OUT WHERE A SMALL WOODEN BRIDGE CROSSED A LITTLE BROOK TO GET TO THE HOUSE. THAT, TOO, HAD ALL BUT DISAPPEARED. WE CROSSED OVER TO WHERE THE HOUSE ONCE STOOD. ALL THAT REMAINED WERE A COUPLE OF SMALL INDENTATIONS IN THE GROUND AND A FEW FOUNDATION STONES! THE HOUSE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN VERY LARGE. WE PROCEEDED TO GET LOST, BUT EVENTUALLY FOUND THE CHURCH AT BONSECOURS WHERE THE MCKAY CHILDREN WERE ALL BAPTIZED. WE ALSO VISITED THE OLD MAHEDY HOMESTEAD. IN 1956 IT WAS A DESERTED, DETERIORATING RELIC OF A BYGONE ERA. IT HAD SINCE BEEN REPAIRED AND REMODELED AND NOW WAS AGAIN AN ATTRACTIVE HOME. WE GOT OUT TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AND GET SOME PICTURES BUT A RATHER UNSOCIABLE GERMAN SHEPHERD CONVINCED US THE CAR OFFERED US THE BEST VIEW. THEN WE REALIZED WE WERE BOTH OUT OF FILM. WE STOPPED AT THE SITE OF THE DISTRICT SCHOOLHOUSE WHERE THE YOUNGER MCKAYS ATTENDED, AND AT THE ALFRED MAHEDY HOMESTEAD NEARBY. RAYMOND TOOK ME TO THE CEMETERY AT ST. JOACHIM WHERE MAHEDYS, MCKAYS, MORANS AND DUNNS ALL REST IN PEACE. THE TRIP TO THE OLD THOMAS MCKAY FARM WAS AN ADVENTURE FOR BOTH OF US. IT HAD BEEN REMODELED SINCE RAYMOND HAD LAST SEEN IT AND WE MISSED IT ON THE FIRST ATTEMPT. WE FINALLY REALIZED THE CHANGE AND DROVE IN. THE YOUNG CHILDREN RAN FOR THEIR PARENTS. THEY WERE FRENCH SO RAYMOND EXPLAINED WHAT WE WERE DOING. MR. COUTUURE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN NICER. HE INVITED US INTO HIS OFFICE WHICH ADJOINED THE HOUSE. MCKAY, IT SEEMED TO RING A BELL. HE TURNED TO HIS FILE AND PRODUCED A MAP OF THAT PORTION OF GRANBY TOWNSHIP DELINEATING THE "THOS. MACKAY" PROPERTY BORDERED ON THE WEST BY @111 ACRE FARM OWNED BY "H.C. MACKAY". HE MADE A COPY FOR US, THEN GAVE US A TOUR OF THE HOUSE. IT WAS MATERIAL FOR ONE OF THOSE HOME MAGAZINES. THE KITCHEN WAS HUGE. IT CONTAINED THE ORIGINAL KITCHEN PLUS WHAT RAYMOND SAID HAD ONCE BEEN THE "CARRIAGE HOUSE". IT HAD A CATHEDRAL CEILING TWO STORIES HIGH. THE LAYOUT OF APPPLIANCES AND UTENSILS WOULD BE THE ENVY OF ANY GOURMET CHEF. THERE WAS A NICELY TERRACED DINING AREA. JUST BEYOND THE DOORWAY TO THE LIVING ROOM WAS A CAST IRON SPIRAL STAIRWAY AT THE TOP OF WHICH WAS A BALCONY OVERLOOKING THE KITCHEN. THE LIVING ROOM WAS QUITE LARGE WITH THE FIREPLACE BEING THE PRIMARY FOCAL POINT. IT WAS SET OFF BY A LOW CAST IRON "FENCE" WITH FLAGSTONE FLOOR AND SECTIONAL FURNITURE. THE WALL SURROUNDING THE FIREPLACE WAS ALSO COVERED WITH FLAGSTONE. MARGARET D. MCKAY USED TO SIT IN HER ROCKER HERE SMOKING HER CORN COB PIPE! THE BATHROOM CONTAINED A SUNKEN BATHTUB WITH STEPS AND GOLD PLATED FIXTURES. THE MASTER BEDROOM HAD SLIDING GLASS DOORS OPENING INTO A SPACIOUS YARD. MR. COUTURE SAID HE OWNED ALL THE ORIGINAL FARM EXCEPT A FEW ACRES ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ROAD. WE STOPPED AT THE CEMETERY BEHIND THE NOTRE DAME CHURCH IN GRANBY. ON THE MCKAY HEADSTONE THERE WAS AN ENGRAVING WE COULD NOT DECIPHER. A TRACING REVEALED MARGARET DONAHUE WAS A "NATIVE OF THE PARISH OF CLOGHER, CO. TYRONE, IRELAND". WE TRAVELLED MANY MILES IN THOSE FEW DAYS, SAW MANY SIGHTS, HEARD MANY STORIES, AND HAD MANY CONVERSATIONS. HE SPOKE OF HIS OWN LIFE AND FAMILY WITH A GREAT SENSE OF PRIDE AND DEVOTION. I FELT HONORED THAT HE WOULD SHARE SUCH PERSONAL FEELINGS WITH ME. I ALSO HOPED I WOULD ONE DAY BE ABLE TO LOOK BACK AND FEEL AS RAYMOND DID NOW. THE DAYS HAD FLOWN BY RAPIDLY. I HAD HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITH GERALD AND NINA, AND LAWRENCE. I HAD SEEN AND LEARNED A GREAT DEAL. I HAD BEEN TREATED ROYALLY - AND NOW MY ROYAL POT WAS BEGINNING TO SHOW THE EFFECTS. NOW IT WAS TIME TO MOVE ON. I WAS TO MEET JEANNE AND MIKEY AND PICK UP BRIAN FOR HOMECOMING AT PLATTSBURGH. IT WOULD BE A PERFECT CLIMAX TO A PERFECT WEEK. WE BID ADIEU, BUT I HAD NO DOUBT I WOULD RETURN SOMEDAY WITH DOZENS OF DUMB QUESTIONS AND, HOPEFULLY, WITH JEANNE AND THE BOYS TO MEET THESE WONDERFUL COUSINS AND SEE THEIR ANCESTRAL ORIGINS. TWO MONTHS LATER I WAS IN A CAR ACCIDENT. FRANCIS CAMPBELL DIED THAT WINTER. THE WEEKEND OF MAY 19 I WAS GIVEN A "LEAVE" FROM THE REHAB HOSPITAL TO VISIT MY FAMILY. WHEN MY FATHER PICKED ME UP HE TOLD ME RAYMOND HAD JUST DIED AND WAS TO BE BURIED THE NEXT DAY, MAY 19. I PRAYED IN SILENCE MOST OF THE WAY HOME. LAWRENCE AND EILEEN DIED IN THE SUMMER OF 1981. I HAVE NEVER CEASED TO BE AMAZED - AND EVER SO GRATEFUL - THAT DESTINY PERMITTED ME THAT JOURNEY AT THAT TIME. I WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE THIS ISSUE TO RAYMOND AND TO ALL THE CAMPBELLS WHO HAVE GIVEN ME A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES AND INFORMATION. ***************************************************************
MCKAY-DONAHUE
AS MENTIONED EARLIER LITTLE PROGRESS WAS MADE IN RESEARCHING THIS LINE. THE PARENTS AND SIBLINGS OF BOTH THOMAS AND MARGARET STILL REMAIN GENEALOGICAL MIA'S. ONE OF THESE DAYS I'LL GET COMPUTERIZED AND ORGANIZED, BUT THAT'S ANOTHER PROBLEM. ANYWAY, I DID FIND ADDITIONAL CENSUS DATA WHICH MAY HELP TO FILL IN A FEW GAPS. THE 1891 CENSUS OF SHEFFORD CO. WAS CONDUCTED IN THE MONTH OF APRIL AND REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: GRANBY MCKAY, THOMAS 68 IRE IRE IRE R.C. FARMER EMPLOYS 4 MARGARET 69 IRE IRE IRE R.C. MARTHA 31 CAN IRE IRE R.C. WILLIAM 36 CAN IRE IRE R.C. MCGUIRE,THOMAS 14 CAN CAN CAN R.C. MARTHA DIED THE FOLLOWING YEAR. THERE WAS NO INDICATION OF ILLNESS IN THE CENSUS. SO. STUKELY (APRIL 7) MACKIE, JOHN 38 US IRE IRE R.C. FARMER EMPLOYS 4 MARY 38 CAN IRE NY R.C. LIZZIE E. 14 CAN US CAN R.C. MAGIE M. 13 CAN US CAN R.C. MCKIE, MYRON I 10 CAN US CAN R.C. MACKIE,THOMAS F 8 CAN US CAN R.C. H.C. 7 CAN US CAN R.C. ADA 5 CAN US CAN R.C. MARTHA 4 CAN US CAN R.C. JOHN D. 1 CAN US CAN R.C AS YOU CAN SEE, THE SPELLING AND PRONUNCIATION OF THE NAME WAS STILL UNRESOLVED. AS FOR THE CHILDREN, MAGIE WAS MINA; THOMAS F. IS FRANK; H.C. IS CHARLES; AND ADA I ASSUME IS EDITH. MARY-ELLEN DID NOT APPEAR IN THE CENSUS. PERHAPS SHE WAS VISITING RELATIVES, OR SOMEONE SIMPLY GOOFED. MAY WAS BORN A MONTH AFTER THE CENSUS WAS TAKEN. PATRICK AND ANNE DONAHUE WERE NOWHERE IN SHEFFORD CO. OR NEARBY SHERBROOKE. HOWEVER, THEY WERE ON HAND THE FOLLOWING MONTH TO SERVE AS GODPARENTS FOR AUNT MAY. ****************************************************************
MAHEDY-MORAN
WHILE RESEARCH WAS NOT PARTICULARLY FRUITFUL THIS YEAR, THERE WAS ONE NOTABLE SUCCESS. AS THE '88 EDITION OF 3M "WENT TO PRESS" CONTACT WAS MADE WITH THE PATRICK MAHEDY LINE THROUGH HIS SON ALFRED'S GRANDDAUGHTER, MRS. MARJORIE CLAMP OF LAWRENCE, MASS. COUSIN MARJORIE SENT A NICE LETTER WITH VALUABLE NEW INFORMATION ON ALFRED'S LINE. AS STATED IN THE '88 3M, MY NOTES MENTIONED ALFRED HAD TWO SONS - EDWARD AND JAMES - WHO DIED IN INFANCY, THUS ENDING THE MAHEDY LINE IN THE EASTERN U.S. WHILE THIS WAS BASICALLY TRUE, IT WAS INCOMPLETE. ALFRED MARRIED ANNE LAWLER ON 10 OCTOBER 1886 AT ST. JOACHIM DE SHEFFORD. BESIDES JAMES AND EDWARD, THEY HAD ERNEST WHO DIED IN INFANCY. THEY NEXT HAD ARTHUR - 1893; MARY - 1895; AND CORA - 1897. ANNE DIED @1905 AND WAS BURIED IN ST. JOACHIM DE SHEFFORD CEMETERY. IN 1915 ALFRED, MARY AND CORA MOVED TO LEOMINSTER, MASS., WHERE HIS SISTERS JENNY (DOWNS), MARY ANN, AND BROTHER STEVE HAD ALREADY SETTLED. ARTHUR WENT TO WESTERN CANADA WHERE HE DIED @ 1925 AND WAS RETURNED TO SHEFFORD FOR BURIAL. ALFRED WORKED FOR THE RAILROAD. DURING WW I HIS DAUGHTER MARY MET AND MARRIED LEO GUILFOYLE, AND CORA MARRIED LEO'S BROTHER FRANK. CORA AND FRANK HAD NO CHILDREN. MARY AND LEO HAD THE FOLLOWING THREE DAUGHTERS: MARY FRANCES b. 1920 m. MICHAEL SULLIVAN 1948 MARJORIE 1921 RONALD CLAMP 1MAR1944 LEONA 1924 STEVEN O'DONOHUE 1947 MARJORIE REMEMBERS HER GRANDFATHER TELLING HOW HE LOST HIS RIGHT THUMB IN THE SAW MILL AT THE AGE OF SIX. ALFRED'S SISTER, MARTHA (GALLAGHER), HAD SETTLED SOMEWHERE IN VERMONT. SHE HAD A DAUGHTER, "MAMIE", WHO HAD A SON, ARTHUR BALLOU. ARTHUR WAS MENTIONED IN ALBERT'S OBITUARY, AS WAS MRS. HERBERT (MADELINE) DEWITT, DAUGHTER OF ALFRED'S SISTER, JENNY DOWNS. MOVING BACK IN HISTORY, THE RECORDS SHOW MOST OF THE MAHEDYS HAD LEFT SHEFFORD BY 1891. OF PATRICK'S CLAN ONLY THE MCCAFFREYS AND ALFRED APPEAR IN THE CENSUS. ALFRED'S BROTHER JACK (JOHN B.) DIED AND WAS BURIED IN SHEFFORD 13 JULY 1911, BUT DOES NOT APPEAR IN THE CENSUS. THIS IS WHAT DID APPEAR: #203- MCCAFFREY, HENRY 40 IRE IRE IRE RC FARMER LISA 39 CAN IRE NY " MARGARET 13 CAN IRE CAN " LIZZIE 11 " " " " #210- MAHEDY, ALFRED 32 " " NY " " ANNIE 30 " " IRE " MCNEIL, PETER 15 " QUE NOT FAR FROM ALFRED WAS THE MICHAEL MAHEDY - SOON TO BE THE J.P. MCKAY - FARM: #206- MAHEDY, MICHAEL 76 IRE IRE IRE RC FARMER ESTHER 65 US US US " PATRICK 29 QUE IRE " " " SWEET, ELLA 28 US US US ANG DOMES THE CENSUS INDICATED THE HOUSE WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. PERHAPS IT WAS BEING ENLARGED OR REMODELED. ESTHER WAS PROBABLY 69 OR 70. THE TWO SONS MICHAEL (JR.) AND DAVID, LISTED IN VOL. 3, ARE KNOWN TO HAVE DIED YOUNG, AND SO MUST HAVE DIED BETWEEN 1881-91. AUNT MAY SAID CHARLES WAS A "SOLDIER OF FORTUNE" AND FOUGHT IN AT LEAST FOUR WARS. I DO NOT HAVE AN HISTORICAL REFERENCE HANDY, BUT AT THIS TIME (1891) HE MAY HAVE GONE TO AFRICA TO FIGHT IN THE BOER WAR. DAUGHTER ESTHER WAS NOW (APRIL 1891) IN ROME WITH HER HUSBAND SOLOMON BUTLER, DAUGHTER ZORA, AND WAS SEVEN MONTHS PREGNANT FOR HER SON JOSEPH. MARY WAS IN NEARBY SO. STUKELY (SEE MCKAY). THERE WAS NO INDICATION IN THE CENSUS THAT ESTHER WAS ILL. NO DOUBT THE ENDLESS CHORES AND RIGORS OF 19TH CENTURY RURAL LIFE NECESSITATED ELDERLY WOMEN HAVING ASSISTANCE WITH THE COOKING, CLEANING, SPINNING, WEAVING, BUTTER MAKING, AND A HOST OF OTHER TASKS UNKNOWN TO CONTEMPORARY HOMEMAKERS. HOWEVER, THE FOLLOWING YEAR ESTHER BECAME GRAVELY ILL WITH LIVER CANCER. THE MCKAYS MOVED INTO THE MAHEDY HOME AND DAUGHTER ESTHER BUTLER CAME WITH TODDLERS ZORA AND JOSEPH TO HELP CARE FOR HER MOTHER. IF MY COUNT IS RIGHT, THAT MADE A TOTAL OF AT LEAST SEVENTEEN PEOPLE IN ONE HOUSE!
SWEETS
I HAVE LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SWEETS. THERE WERE SEVERAL SWEET/ SWETT FAMILIES IN SHEFFORD CO., ONE OF WHICH LIVED NEXT TO THE MCCAFFREYS. I SEEM TO RECALL AUNT MAY BEING TEASED BY RAYMOND OR LAWRENCE CAMPBELL WHEN WE VISITED THE OLD MCKAY FARM IN 1956 ABOUT A HERB SWEET BEING SWEET ON AUNT MAY IN HER YOUNGER YEARS.
MORAN
THERE WERE NO MORANS LISTED IN THE 1891 CENSUS OF SHEFFORD CO. CHARLES' WIFE BRIDGET DIED AND WAS BURIED THAT YEAR IN ST. JOACHIM DE SHEFFORD CEMETERY. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SHE DIED BEFORE APRIL, THE FARM WAS SOLD, AND THE SONS HAD ALL MOVED AWAY, BUT THAT DOES NOT SEEM PROBABLE. THE MORAN DAUGHTERS HAD PROBABLY ALL MARRIED AND PERHAPS SOME HAD MOVED AWAY. TO DATE WE ONLY HAVE SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON ELIZABETH, WHO MARRIED PETER DUNN. IN THE 1891 CENSUS THEY ARE LISTED AS FOLLOWS: DUNN, PETER 61 IRE IRE IRE RC FARMER ELIZABETH 59 QUE IRE IRE " PETER F. 31 " " QUE " " JUDITH E. 26 " " " " PATRICK D. 22 " " " " " ANNE E. J. 19 " " " " ELIZABETH 17 " " " " MARY C. A. 14 " " " " --------------------
GILLETT-KEECH
I APPEAR TO HAVE REACHED A PROLONGED STALEMATE WITH THE KEECH LINE. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING NEW HAS BEEN LEARNED. I HAVE WON NO AWARD FOR GILLETT RESEARCH EITHER. THERE WERE STILL GILLETT RELATIVES IN WESTERN AND ROME AS LATE AS 1910. ESTHER'S SISTER EMILINE AND BROTHER HORACE WERE LIVING, AS WELL AS A FEW FROM THE NEXT GENERATION. THERE MAY HAVE BEEN OTHERS BUT MUCH OF THE CENSUS WAS SO FADED IT WAS IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO READ. THE FINDINGS ARE LISTED BELOW: TOWN OF WESTERN: OSWALD, SYLVESTER 60 m35 (ILLEG)- 1869 FARMER PAMELIA 56 NY NY VANDEWALKER, EMILINE 86 wd NY NY (DAU OF EBENEZER GILLETT) GILLETT, HORACE 67 m42 NY NY FARMER (SON OF EB) SARAH C. 59 " " ----------------------------------------------------------- GILLETT, HENRY 37 m9 " " (SON OF HORACE) EVA 27 EVA 6 " " ELLIS 4 " " HORACE D. 2 " " LOYD H. 3/12 " " ----------------------------------------------------------- ROME: GILLETT, MYRON 39 m7 " " ENGINEER, COPPER CO. CLARA 28 2/1 " " BERNICE 4 " " PAMELIA, HENRY, AND MYRON WOULD BE FIRST COUSINS TO ESTHER BUTLER AND MARY MCKAY. IT SEEMS QUITE LIKEY WE MIGHT HAVE SOME 3RD AND 4TH COUSINS ROAMING ABOUT ONEIDA COUNTY. -----------------------------------------------------------
MORE TALES
PERHAPS THE MOST FAMOUS TALE IN IRISH LITERATURE AND LEGEND IS THE STORY OF CU CHULAINN (KOO HOOLIN) AND THE TAIN BO CUAILGNE (TARN BOW KOO-ILE NYEH), OR "THE CATTLE RAID OF COOLEY". IT IS THE OLDEST EPIC IN WESTERN EUROPEAN LITERATURE. IT EQUALS THE ILLIAD AND THE ODYSSEY IN DRAMA AND LITERARY QUALITY AS WELL AS IN LENGTH. LIKE MOST IRISH STORIES TAIN IS A MIXTURE OF FACT AND FICTION, MYTH AND LEGEND, AND IT IS DIFFICULT TO SORT ONE FROM THE OTHER. IT IS A TALE OUR ANCESTORS UNDOUBTEDLY LEARNED AS YOUNG CHILDREN GATHERED ABOUT THE HEARTH AFTER THE EVENING MEAL. INDEED, ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS IS BELIEVED TO BE AN ANCESTOR OF MAHEDYS AND MORANS. BECAUSE OF ITS LENGTH THIS STORY WILL BE CARRIED OVER THE NEXT TWO OR THREE ISSUES. THE STORY TAKES PLACE NOT TOO LONG BEFORE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, DURING THE REIGN OF THE FAMED KING CONCHOBAR (CONOR) MACNESSA AT EMAIN MACHA, THE ROYAL STRONGHOLD OF ULSTER. HE WAS A GOOD KING AND HIS REIGN WAS MARKED BY PROSPERITY AND ABUNDANT HARVESTS OF ALL KINDS. ONE OF CONCHOBAR'S SISTERS, DECHTIRE, MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARED FROM EMAIN MACHA WITH FIFTY OF HER HAND MAIDS. AFTER SOME TIME SHE RETURNED WITH A BABY SON, SETANTA. HE WAS THE SON OF THE GREAT UNDERWORLD GOD OF THE TUATHA DE, LUGH LONG ARM. SETANTA WAS RAISED BY HIS MOTHER AND STEPFATHER IN THEIR GREAT OAKEN HOME ON THE PLAIN OF MURTHEMME. BY THE TIME HE WAS SIX HE WAS AS AGILE AND STRONG AS A BOY TWICE HIS AGE. SETANTA HAD LEARNED OF THE GREAT GAMES OF SHINTY HELD AT CONCHOBAR'S COURT WHICH INVOLVED 150 BOYS, AND FROM WHICH THE KING WOULD DRAW HIS FUTURE WARRIORS. HE TEASED HIS MOTHER ENDLESSLY TO PERMIT HIM TO PLAY BUT SHE INSISTED HE WAIT UNTIL HE WAS OLDER. SETANTA WENT ANYWAY. HE GATHERED HIS TOY SPEAR AND SHIELD, HIS SHINTY STICK AND BALL, AND HEADED NORTH TO EMAIN MACHA. IT WAS THE CUSTOM BACK THEN TO APPROACH A BAND OF SHINTY PLAYERS AND PLACE YOURSELF UNDER THEIR PROTECTION, FOR SHINTY WAS A ROUGH AND FIERCE GAME. SETANTA WAS TOO YOUNG TO BE AWARE OF THIS AND SIMPLY ENTERED THE FIELD AND BEGAN TO PLAY. THE ULSTER LADS TOOK THIS AS AN INSULT AND SHOUTED A WARNING. THEN THEY SHOT THEIR SPEARS AT HIM WHICH HE EASILY DEFLECTED WITH HIS TOY SHIELD. NEXT THEY THREW THEIR SHINTY BALLS AND STICKS, AND AGAIN HE DODGED THEM. ANGERED BY THIS UNWARRANTED ATTACK, SETANTA'S HAIR STOOD ON END, ONE EYE SQUINTED AND THE OTHER OPENED AS WIDE AS A SAUCER, HIS MOUTH GAPED OPEN, AND A RING OF FIRE SEEMED TO RISE FROM HIS HEAD AS HE CHARGED THE WHOLE CROWD. HE BROUGHT DOWN FIFTY BEFORE THE REST COULD ESCAPE FROM THE FIELD. THE TERRIBLE COMMOTION DISRUPTED THE KING'S CHESS GAME. CONCHOBAR THOUGHT PERHAPS A BATTLE WAS UNFOLDING AND WENT TO LEARN THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM. HE YELLED AT THIS YOUNG BOY FOR HIS EXCESSIVE ROUGHNESS. SETANTA EXPLAINED THAT HE WAS THE KING'S NEPHEW WHO HAD COME TO PLAY SHINTY WHEN THE ULSTER LADS GANGED UP ON HIM. THE KING EXPLAINED THE CUSTOM OF PROTECTION TO HIS NEPHEW, THEN SETANTA REQUESTED THE KING'S PROTECTION WHICH THE KING GLADLY GRANTED. AS SETANTA RAN OFF TO JOIN THE OTHER BOYS, CONCHOBAR SHOUTED OUT ASKING WHAT HIS NEPHEW WOULD DO TO THE BOYS NEXT. "OFFER THEM PROTECTION FROM ME!" IN THE WEEKS THAT FOLLOWED SETANTA MADE FRIENDS WITH THE OTHER BOYS AND BEGAN TO LEARN THE ARTS OF WAR. IT HAP- PENED THAT CULANN, THE SMITH, HAD PLANNED TO ENTERTAIN THE KING. SINCE CULANN DID NOT HAVE MUCH PROPERTY, HE ASKED CONCHOBAR NOT TO BRING A LARGE CROWD. THEREFORE THE KING TOOK ONLY HIS FINEST WARRIORS AND FIFTY CHARIOTS. SETANTA WAS TO ACCOMPANY HIS UNCLE BUT, AS USUAL, HE WAS BUSY PLAY- ING SHINTY - BEATING 150 BOYS SINGLE HANDEDLY - SO HE TOLD CONCHOBAR HE WOULD JOIN HIM LATER. CONCHOBAR AND HIS ENTOURAGE ARRIVED AT CULANN'S. AS THE FEASTING BEGAN CULANN ASKED CONCHOBAR IF HE EXPECTED ANYONE ELSE. FORGETTING ALL ABOUT HIS NEPHEEW, THE KING SAID NO. CULANN EXPLAINED THAT HE KEPT A FEROCIOUS DOG TO PROTECT HIS HOME AND LIVESTOCK. IN FACT, IT REQUIRED THREE MEN HOLDING THREE CHAINS TO RESTRAIN THE BEAST. BASED ON CONCHOBAR'S WORD CULANN ORDERED HIS GATES CLOSED AND UNLEASHED THE DOG. LATER THAT AFTERNOON SETANTA CAME MEANDERING DOWN THE ROAD STILL HITTING HIS SHINTY BALL WITH HIS STICK. WHEN THE HOUND BEGAN TO HOWL THE KING SUDDENLY REMEMBERED HIS NEPHEW. EVERYONE FEARED FOR THE BOY'S LIFE BUT SETANTA REMAINED NON-CHALANT AS HE APPROACHED THE STRONGHOLD. AS THE ANIMAL CROUCHED TO POUNCE ON THE LAD, SETANTA HURLED HIS SHINTY BALL AT THE DOG'S MOUTH WITH SUCH POWER THAT IT PASSED THROUGH THE DOG'S BODY AND CAME OUT THE OTHER END, KILLING IT. EVERYONE CHEERED. CULANN THEN EXTENDED A FORMAL WELCOME BUT EXPRESSED HIS SADNESS AT THE LOSS OF THIS CHERISHED HOUND WHICH HAD PROTECTED HIS LIFE, HIS PROPERTY, AND HIS INCOME. SETANTA ASKED IF THERE WERE ANY PUPS. "YES." SETANTA TOLD CULANN HE WOULD RAISE AND TRAIN THE PUP. IN THE MEAN- TIME, "I WILL BE YOUR HOUND. I WILL GUARD NOT ONLY YOU, BUT THE WHOLE PLAIN OF MURTHEMNE, AND NOT A SHEEP OR COW WILL BE LOST WHILE THEY ARE IN MY CHARGE." CATHBAD, THE DRUID AND FATHER OF CONCHOBAR, THEN EX- CLAIMED: "CUCHULAINN, HOUND OF CULANN, SHALL BE YOUR NAME FROM NOW ON." THIS PLEASED SETANTA VERY MUCH, AND THUS HE ACQUIRED HIS NEW NAME! END OF PART I NEXT ISSUE: THE YOUNG WARRIOR CUCHULAINN TAKES A BRIDE THE CATTLE RAID ---------------------------------------------------------
MISCELLANEOUS
NEW GENERATION! 5 FEB 1989, KATELYN MARGARET GORDON-MANNIX WAS BORN AT PLATTSBURGH, NY TO ELLEN GORDON AND DANIEL W. MANNIX, 60 OAK ST., PLATTSBURGH. KATELYN IS THE FIRST CHILD IN THE 8TH GENERATION OF THE MAHEDY-MCKAY CLAN ON THE J.D. MCKAY LINE. DAN IS A REAL ESTATE AGENT AND COMMUNICATIONS MAJOR AT SUNY PLATTSBURGH. FAILTE TO YOUR NEW LEPRECHAUN! GRANDMOTHER PEG MANNIX (STILL HARD TO BELIEVE) RECEIVED A B.S. IN NUTRITION IN DEC. AND WILL BE GOING TO IRELAND THIS SUMMER (AND THIS EDITOR IS GREEN WITH ENVY). KATHLEEN WILL GRADUATE FROM SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE, MASS. IN JUNE. THERESA IS NOW STATIONED NEAR STUTTGART, W. GERMANY. *************** CONGRATULATIONS ALSO TO JENNY PARKER WHO RECEIVED A B.S. IN MATH FROM I.U.P. AFTER LONG (AND PATIENT) SEARCHING SHE HAS TAKEN A POSITION AS A PROGRAMMER FOR A PRIVATE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY. GOOD LUCK JEN! PLEASE SEND US YOUR FAMILY NEWS !!! O'TOUSES 9TH ANNUAL UNATTENDED ST. PATRICK'S DAY FEST- IVAL WILL BE HELD MARCH 17-19, 1989 AT DANNY'S SHANTY, GOODYEAR LAKE, NY. IRISH FOOD, BEVERAGE, AND MUSIC. (DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I'LL MAKE IT!) CO-HOSTS: MICHAEL PADDY O' AND BRIAN SHAWN CEAD MILE FAILTE - ERIN GO BRAGH ********* AN IRISH BLESSING WISHING YOU ALWAYS WALLS FOR THE WIND AND A ROOF FOR THE RAIN AND TEA BESIDE THE FIRE. LAUGHTER TO CHEER YOU AND THOSE YOU LOVE NEAR YOU AND ALL THAT YOUR HEART MAY DESIRE. ---------- MAHEDY - MCKAY 3M MULLARKEY 3M VOL V SPRING 1990 DAN TOUSE RD1, BOX 1269 MARYLAND, NY 12116 MARCH 1990 GREETINGS! WOW! WHAT A YEAR! THE PEOPLE OF CHINA DARED TO STAND UP FOR FREEDOM. POLAND BECAME A FREE NATION; THEN HUNGARY, BULGARIA, AND SO ON THROUGHOUT THE EASTERN BLOCK. EVEN THE SOVIET REPUBLICS ARE ATTEMPTING TO SECEDE AS CITIZENS THROUGHOUT RUSSIA DEMONSTRATE FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. NELSON MANDELA IS FREE AND APARTHEID APPEARS TO BE ON THE WAY OUT. ORTEGA IS VOTED OUT IN A DEMOCRATIC ELECTION. ENEMIES WE'VE BEEN TAUGHT TO FEAR SINCE CHILDHOOD WE NOW WELCOME TO THE WORLD COMMUNITY. THE POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY WE HAVE KNOWN SINCE 1945 IS CHANGING BEFORE OUR EYES. WE EVEN SAW VENUS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. WHILE SUCH RAPID AND DRAMATIC CHANGE COULD EASILY LEAD TO CHAOS AND ANARCHY, AND ANCIENT HATREDS LONG SUP-PRESSED COULD ERUPT INTO VIOLENCE, THE WORLD SEEMS TO BE MOVING TOWARDS TRUE PEACE. THE BERLIN WALL IS CRUMBLING (BUT NOT THE WALL IN DERRY)!! THE 1989 YEAR WAS SOMEWHAT LESS DRAMATIC FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH (AGAIN)! IN FACT I HAVE VIRTUALLY NOTHING NEW TO REPORT ON ANY OF THE 3M CLANS. I PLACED ALL MY EGGS IN ONE BASKET AND NOTHING HATCHED. I HAVE PUT TOGETHER YET ANOTHER HODGE-PODGE OF MATERIAL PERTAINING TO OUR ANCIENT ANCESTORS AND THEIR BELOVED HOMELAND WHICH I HOPE WILL BE OF SOME INTEREST. I HAVE ALSO PERHAPS RAMBLED OFF THE BEATEN PATH A BIT, SO FORGIVE ME. HOPEFULLY MOST OF YOU HAVE BY NOW RECEIVED THE 1989 EDITION OF 3M. (OBVIOUSLY I AM STILL BEHIND SCHEDULE.) AS I INDICATED IN THAT VOLUME WE WERE GOING "HIGH TECH" TO BECOME MORE EFFICIENT, ETC. AFTER FOUR COMPUTERS, TWO PRINTERS, AND INNUMERABLE WORD PROCESSORS WE MAY FINALLY BE COMING CLOSE TO A FUNCTIONING "SYSTEM"!!! WE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR GOOD (CHEAP) GENEALOGY SOFTWARE TO HANDLE THE VOLUMES OF DATA ENVELOPING THE HOUSE, BUT I THINK WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS. IN ADDITION, CANADIAN CENSUS RECORDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR RENT IN THE US, MAKING THEM MUCH CHEAPER AND EASIER TO ACCESS. ALSO, I MAY FINALLY BE ABLE TO OBTAIN GRANBY AND WATERLOO NEWSPAPERS FROM @1850-1910 WHICH I HOPE WILL FILL IN SOME CRITICAL GAPS. WELL ENOUGH OF THIS! I HOPE YOU ALL ARE WELL AND HAVE (HAD) A WONDERFUL ST. PATTY'S DAY! ERIN GO BRAGH! DAN
AN IRISH BLESSING
IN THE LATTER PART OF SPRING '89 SISTER "MO" MENTIONED IN A PHONE CONVERSATION THAT SHE HAD, MORE BY ACCIDENT THAN INTENT, BECOME INVOLVED WITH PROJECT CHILDREN. PROJECT CHILDREN IS AN ORGANIZATION WHICH WORKS TO BRING CHILDREN, BOTH CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT, FROM NORTHERN IRELAND TO SPEND SIX WEEKS IN AMERICA. THE IMMEDIATE GOAL IS TO PROVIDE THE CHILDREN A VACATION FROM THE VIOLENCE AND HATRED THAT IS A REALITY IN THE DAILY LIFE OF ULSTER. PERHAPS THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO ENABLE THESE CHILDREN TO LEARN THROUGH PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAT PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT BELIEFS AND CUSTOMS CAN AND DO LIVE IN HARMONY IN A RELATIVELY STABLE SOCIETY. PERHAPS SLOWLY THESE SEEDS OF TOLERANCE WILL TAKE ROOT IN BELFAST, DERRY, DUNGANNON, AND THROUGHOUT ULSTER TO BRING PEACE AND UNITY TO THIS TROUBLED LAND. THOUGH IT WAS LATE IN THE SCHEDULING PROCESS, MO SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION. A FEW WEEKS LATER SHE WAS NOTIFIED THAT THEY WOULD HAVE A YOUNG GIRL FROM BELFAST ABOUT THE SAME AGE AS THEIR DAUGHTER HEIDI. SO, ON OR ABOUT JUNE 27 AT SYRACUSE'S HANCOCK AIRPORT, THE LEWIS CLAN WELCOMED YOUNG LAURA CONNOLLY OF BELFAST TO AMERICA. IT WOULD PROVE TO BE A REWARDING LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. MUCH OF THE TIME WAS SPENT AT THE LEWIS TRAILER NEAR ONEIDA LAKE. IN ADDITION TO SEEING SOME OF THE LOCAL POINTS OF INTEREST, LAURA HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET MANY OF THE RELATIVES - INCLUDING THE ECCENTRIC UNCLE AT GOODYEAR LAKE. THE LITTLE LEPRECHAUN WON THE HEARTS OF ALL. WITH HER WIT, GOOD MANNERS, AND ALL THOSE ENDEARING YOUNG CHARMS, "SHE'S THE STAR OF COUNTY DOWN". IT IS DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE ALL ONE MIGHT WANT IN SIX SHORT WEEKS. SIMPLY BUILDING GOOD RELATIONSHIPS WITH COMPLETE STRANGERS IN A NEW AND DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT IS CHALLENGING ENOUGH. SEEING PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC INTERMINGLE WITHOUT HATRED AND HOSTILITY MUST HAVE BEEN AS SHOCKING TO LAURA AS EXPERIENCING THAT SAME HOSTILITY AND HATRED WOULD BE SHOCKING TO US. WE ARE TAUGHT " THE POLICEMAN IS YOUR FRIEND". IN ULSTER HE IS AN OBJECT OF FEAR. THERE WAS MUCH TO BE LEARNED FROM LAURA AND MUCH THAT SHE COULD LEARN IN RETURN. IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO MEASURE THE IMPACT OF THE PROJECT EXPERIENCE ON LAURA OR ON ALL THOSE SHE TOUCHED. I SUSPECT - AND HOPE - THE INFLUENCES WILL BE FELT OVER A LIFETIME. BUT IN THOSE SIX SHORT WEEKS LAURA REALLY BECAME PART OF THE FAMILY. SHE IS LOVED AND MISSED DEEPLY BY ALL. HOPEFULLY SOME WAY WILL BE FOUND TO HELP BRING LAURA BACK SOON FOR SHE HAS PROVEN TO BE AN IRISH BLESSING TO MO, AND TO ALL.
ANCIENT PEDIGREES
TO SAY THAT TAIN BO CHUCHULAIN IS AN EPIC TALE OF THE "RED BRANCH" IS PROBABLY MEANINGLESS, JUST AS IT WOULD BE TO STATE THAT DONAHUE DESCENDS FROM OLIOLL OLUM! THE LATE WILLIAM MAHEDY OF DES MOINES FOUND REFERENCE THAT MAHEDY BELONGS TO THE CLANNA RORY OF THE LINE OF IR. IN PREPARING LAST YEAR'S (LOST) DONAHUE SEGMENT, AS WELL AS THE LEGEND OF CU CHULAIN, IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT I HAD NEGLECTED MUCH OF IRELAND'S ANCIENT HISTORY AND GENEALOGY. KNOWING HOW BORING ANCIENT HISTORY CAN BE TO MANY PERHAPS I SIMPLY AVOIDED IT. HOWEVER, SINCE MOST IRISH FAMILIES FIND THEIR ORIGIN IN THESE ANCIENT PEDIGREES, IT SEEMED AN OVERVIEW MIGHT PROVIDE A BETTER PERSPECTIVE AND APPRECIATION OF OUR OWN ANCESTRY - AS WELL AS THE RAMBLINGS OF YOUR EDITOR. THE PEDIGREES WHICH FOLLOW ARE FOUND IN MANY SOURCES DEALING WITH EARLY IRISH HISTORY AND GENEALOGY AND ARE BASED ON ANCIENT RECORDS. STILL, IT IS DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHERE FACT BECOMES CON-JECTURE AND CONJECTURE BECOMES FICTION. THESE RECORDS COULD WELL BE ACCURATE TO LONG BEFORE THE TIME OF CHRIST. THE NAMES ARE ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE AND THE PEDIGREE IS LONGER THAN ONE MIGHT EXPECT. FUTURE ISSUES MAY PRESENT MORE NARRATIVE ON THE ANCIENTS. FOR NOW THE BEST PLACE TO BEGIN IS "IN THE BEGINNING...": 1- ADAM AND EVE 2- SETH 3- ENOS 4- CAINAN 5- MAHALALEEL 6- JARED 7- ENOCH 8- METHUSELAH 9- LAMECH 10- NOAH 11- JAPHET (GRANTED EUROPE & PART OF ASIA) 12- MAGOG (ANCESTOR OF ALL ANCIENT NATIONS TO SETTLE IRELAND) 13- BAOTH (GRANTED SCYTHIA) 14- PHOENIUSA FARSAIDH - KING OF SCYTHIA 15- NIUL - m.COTA, dau. OF EGYPTIAN PHAERAOH 16- GAODHAL (GAELUS, HEALED BY MOSES OF SERPENT WOUND) 17- ASRUTH - GOVERNED EGYPTIAN COLONY 18- SRUTH - EXILED FOR SUPPORT OF JEWS 19- HEBER SCUT - CONQUERED SCYTHIA 20- BEOUMAN - KING OF SCYTHIA 21- OGAMAN - KING OF SCYTHIA 22- TAIT - KING OF SCYTHIA 23- AGNON - WANDERED AT SEA 24- LAMH FIONN - WANDERED AT SEA 25- HEBER GLUN FIONN - b. GETULIA 26- AGNON FIONN - KING OF GETULIA 27- FEBRIC GLAS - KING OF GETULIA 28- NUNUALL - KING OF GETULIA 29- NUADHAD - KING OF GETULIA 30- ALLADH - KING OF GETULIA 31- ARCADH - KING OF GETULIA 32- DEAG - KING OF GETULIA 33- BRATH - b. GOTHIA; SETTLED GALICIA, NORTH SPAIN 34- BREOGHAN - CONQUERED PORTUGAL & MOST OF SPAIN 35- BILE - KING OF SPAIN & PORTUGAL 36- MILESIUS - b. SPAIN, FAMED WARRIOR IN SCYTHIA, ETHIOPIA, & EGYPT; m. SCOTA, dau OF PHARAOH; KING OF SPAIN; SENT BROTHER ITH, & LATER HIS OWN SONS TO IRELAND; LINE OF HEREMON OF HEBER OF IR 37-HEREMON-d. 1683 B.C. HEBER FIONN-d.1698 IR- d.1700 38-IRIAL FAIDH-d 1670 CANMAOL-12TH MONARCH HEBER DONN 39-EITHRIAL-d 1650 EOCHAID FABHAR GLAS HEBRIC 40-FOLL-AICH EANNA AIRGTHACH - ARTRA 21ST MONARCH 41-TIGERNMAG GLAS ARTRACH 42-ENBOATH ROS SEADHNA 43-SMIOMSHALL ROTHEACTA - SLAIN FIACHA FION BY SEADHNA SCOTHACH 44-FIACHA LABHRAIN FEARARD EOCHAIDH 27TH R.H. 45-AONGUS OLMUCACH CAS CAIRBRE - KING, ULSTER 46-MAIN MUNMOIN - 25TH R.H. LABHRADH - KING, ULSTER 47-ROTHERCHTACH FUALDERGOID - 26TH BRATHA - 22ND MONARCH (R.H.) MONARCH KING, ULSTER 48-DEIN CAS CEDCHAINGNIGH FIONN - R.H. 49-SIORNA - 34TH R.H. FAILBHE IOLCORACH SIORLAMH -R.H 50-ORIOLL AOLCHEOIN RONNACH AGREADMAR - 50TH MONARCH 51-GIALCHADH - 37TH ROTHEACTA - 35T FOMBAR MONARCH MONARCH 52-NUADHAS FIONNFAIL EILIOMH OLLFHIONACH DUBH - KING OF ULSTER 53-AEDAN GLAS ART IMLEACH - 38TH SITHRIGHE MONARCH 54-SIMEON BREAC -44TH BREAS RIOGHACTA - RUGHRAIDE MOR MONARCH 40TH MONARCH (RORY THE GREAT) 55-MUREDACH BOLGACH SEIDNAE INNARIDH [TO BE CON'T] ----------------------------------------------------------- LINE OF HEREMON LINE OF HEBER 56-FIACHA TOLGRACH DUACH FIONN d. 893 B.C. 57-DUACH LADHRACH EANNA DEARG - 47TH MONARCH 58-EOCHAIDH BUADHACH LUGAIDH IARDHONN 59-UGAINE MOR - 66TH MONARCH EOCHAIDH 60-COLETHACH CAOL-BHREAGH LUGAIDH - d. 831 B.C. 61-MELG MOLBHTHACH - R.H. ART - 54TH MONARCH; SLAIN 62-IARANN GLEO-FATHACH - R.H. OLIOLL FIONN 63-CONNLA CRUAIDH-CHELGACH EOCHAIDH R.H. 64-OLILD CAS-FIACHLACH - R.H. LUGHAIDH LAGNA - d.730 B.C. 65-EOCHAIDH FOLT-LETHAN REACHT RIGH-DEARG - 65TH R.H. MONARCH 66-AENGUS TUIRMECH - R.H. COBTHACH CAOMBH 67-ENNA AIGHNECH - R.H. MOGHCORB - SLEW MELG (61) 68-LABRAIDH FEARCORB 69-BLATHACTA ADHAMHRA - d. 412 B.C. 70-ESAMHAIN NIADHSEDHAMAN - 83RD R.H. 71-ROIGHNAN RUADH ? (I'LL CHECK MY NOTES!) 72-FINNLOGHA LUGHAIDH LUAIGNE - 89TH R.H 73-FINN CAIRBRE 74-EOCHAIDH FEIDLECH - R.H. DUACH DALLADH DEADHA - 91ST MONARCH 75-FINN EOCHAIDH GARBH 76-LUGHAIDH RIABH n-DERG MUIREADACH MUCHNA R.H. 77-CRIMTHAN NIADH NAIRI MOREBHIS - WIFE OF MUIREA- R.H. DACH LOICH MOR 78-FERADACH FINN-FECHNACH ?? (GOOFED AGAIN) R.H. 79-FIACADH FINNOLAIDH - R.H. EANNA MUNCAIN 80-TUATHAL TECTMAR - R.H. DEARG THEINE 81-FEIDLIMIDH RECTMAR - R.H. DEARG 82-CONN OF THE ONE HUNDRED MUGHANEID BATTLES - R.H. 83-ART AEINFER (THE LONELY) EOGAN MOR (EUGENE THE R.H. GREAT) 84-CORMAC MAC ART - R.H. OLIOLL OLUM - KING OF MUNSTER (K.M.) 85-CAIRBRE LIFFECHAR - R.H. CORMAC CAS 86-EOCHAIDH DUIBLEIN MOGHA CORB - b.167 A.D., KM 87-COLLA DA CRIOCH FEARCORB 88-IMCADH AENEAS TIREACH 89-DOMNALL LUIGHAIDH MEANN - b.286 A.D 90-EOCHAIDH FER-DA-GHIALL CONALL EACH-LUATH b.312 A.D 91-MANI MOR - ANCESTOR OF CAS - b. 347 A.D.; ANCESTOR THE UI MAINE OR HY OF DAL CAIS OR DAL MANY CASSIAN TRIBES 92-BRESAL BLAD - b. 388 A.D.; 4 SONS 93-DALLAN CARTHANN FIONN OGE MOR 94-LUGAIDH EOCHAIDH BALL-DEARB 95-CRIMTHAN CAEL CONALL 96-FEARADACH AODH CAOMH - KING OF CASHEL 97-CARBRI CROM CATHAL 98-CORMAC TURLOGH - b. 641 A.D. 99-EOGAN FINN MATHGAMAIN 100-DICOLLA ANLUANN 101-DLUTHACH CORC 102-FITHKELLACH LACTNA 103-INRACTACH LORCAN - K.M. 104-OLILD KENNEIDIGH - ANCESTOR OF KENNEDY, REAGAN, LONERGAN SHEEHAN, CONNELLY, & MANY MORE! 105-FINNACTA BRIAN BORU - KING OF DAL CAIS; K.M.; MONARCH OF IRELAND; ANCESTOR OF O'BRIENS; 106-KELLACH, OR CELLACH FROM WHOM THE UI KELLAIGH TAKE THEIR NAME 107-AEDH 108-MURCHAD O'KELLAIGH, OR O'KELLY; d. 960 A.D. 109-TADG MOR - SLAIN 1014 A.D. IN BATTLE OF CLONTARF WITH BRIAN BORU; 110-CONCHOBAR ----------------------------------------------------------- THE THREE BROTHERS, HEBER, HEREMON, AND IR, WERE SENT TO CONQUER THE TUATHA DE DANAAN AND SETTLE IRELAND. EN ROUTE, IR'S FORCES ENCOUNTERED A TERRIBLE STORM AND IR WENT DOWN WITH HIS SHIP. HEBER AND HEREMON ESTABLISHED A JOINT MONARCHY WITH HEREMON RULING THE NORTH AND HEBER THE SOUTH. THE NORTHEAST CORNER, ULSTER, WAS SET ASIDE FOR THE DESCENDANTS OF IR. HIS SON, HEBER, WAS THE FIRST TO GOVERN ULSTER. IN THE MEANTIME IR'S BROTHER HEBER WAS SLAIN BY HEREMON WHO BECAME ARD RI (HIGH KING, OR MONARCH OF IRELAND). IR'S DESCENDANT RUGHRAIDE MOR (RODERICK OR RORY THE GREAT) IS ANCESTOR OF CLANNA RORY. HIS NAME TRANSLATES TO "RED-HAIRED KING". HE RULED IRELAND THIRTY YEARS UNTIL HE DIED IN KILKENNY AT THE AGE OF 80. AMOUNG HIS CHILDREN WERE BREASAL BODHIABHA AND CONAL CLARINGHEACH WHO BECAME MONARCHS OF IRELAND; CONRAGH, FATHER OF THE MONARCH ELIM; FATCHNA FATHACH WHO MARRIED NESSA AND HAD CONOR (A.K.A. CONCHOBAR IN OUR TALE OF CUCHULAINN); ROSA ROE, FATHER OF FERGUS; AND CIONGA. CLANNA RORY IS COMPOSED OF THE DESCENDANTS OF FERGUS (CLAN FERGUS), AND THOSE OF CIONGA (CLAN CIONGA). FERGUS IS A MAJOR FIGURE IN IRISH HISTORY, GENEALOGY, AND LEGEND. HE WILL BE DIS-CUSSED IN FUTURE INSTALMENTS OF THE TAIN BO CUAILGNE. IN FACT, FERGUS IS CREDITED WITH PRESERVING THIS TALE BY RECITING IT TO TWO IMPORTANT SENACHIES OF HIS ERA IN A POST MORTEM APPEARANCE! WHILE EXILED IN CONNAUGHT FERGUS AND QUEEN MAEVE, WIFE OF OLIOL MORE, FELL IN LOVE AND HAD TRIPLET SONS: CIAR, CORC, AND CONMAC - ANCES-TORS OF MANY POWERFUL FAMILIES THROUGHOUT IRELAND. FERGUS WAS SLAIN BY AN OFFICER OF OLIOL MORE. SEVERAL FAMILIES OF CLAN CONMAC WERE PROMINENT IN LONGFORD AND WEST MEATH, NOTABLY O'QUINN AND O'FARRELL. THE O'FARRELL WERE LORDS OF ANALY IN WHAT IS NOW LONGFORD. IN TIME THE FAMILY DIVIDED INTO DISTINCT BRANCHES. CHIEF AMOUNG THESE WERE THE O'FARRELL BUIDHE (OR YELLOW), LORDS OF UPPER ANALY, AND THE O'FARRELL BAN (OR FAIR), LORDS OF LOWER ANALY. THE O'FARRELL BUIDHE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN LOCATED IN EDGEWORTHTOWN (MOSTRIM) WHERE THE MAHEDYS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE RESIDED. THERE IS MENTION OF A MAHEDY-O'FARRELL MARRIAGE. INCIDENTALLY, MICHAEL FARRELL'S ("B.J." OF M.A.S.H. FAME) GRANDFATHER WAS BORN IN CO. LONGFORD. THE LATE WILLIAM MAHEDY FOUND REFERENCE THAT MAHEDY -O'MOITHIDE - DESCENDS FROM FERGUS AND QUEEN MAEVE. TO DATE I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO LOCATE HIS SOURCES. HOWEVER, IF TRUE, IT WOULD SEEM MOST LIKELY THAT THEY DESCEND FROM CONMAC. THUS WE WOULD BE FIRST COUSINS TO CONCHOBAR AND SECOND COUSINS TO CU CHULAINN (A COUPLE HUNDRED GEN-ERATIONS REMOVED)! AMOUNG THE OTHER FAMILIES OF CLAN FERGUS ARE O'CONNOR OF CORK AND KERRY, MCCORMICK, MCRAGHNALL (REYNOLDS), O'KIELY, ETC. CLAN CIONGA BOASTS AMOUNG OTHERS, O'CARELON, O'MANNION, MAGINN, MCGOWAN, O'LAWLOR, O'LYNCH (DAL RIADHE), MAGENNIS AND O'DUGAN. O'MORAN IS ALSO OF THIS CLAN, OF THE SAME STOCK AS O'DUGAN. SOMEWHERE IN MY ELUSIVE FILES IS A PEDIGREE FOR O'MORAN SHOWING COMMON ANCESTRY WITH O'SHERIDAN BACK TO IR. I WILL TRY TO UNEARTH IT FOR THE NEXT ISSUE OF 3M. IN THE SECOND CENTURY A.D. THERE REIGNED AS KING OF MUNSTER MOAG NUADHAT - EOGAN MOR - (#83, LINE OF HEBER). AT THAT TIME CONN OF THE HUNDRED BATTLES (#82, LINE OF HEREMON) WAS ARD RIGH, OR MONARCH OF IRELAND. MANY OF CONN'S BATTLES WERE WITH MOAG. EVENTUALLY MOAG FORCED CONN TO SHARE THE THRONE. IRELAND WAS DIVIDED IN TWO: THE SOUTH BECAME LETH MOGHA OR MOAG'S HALF; THE NORTH BECAME LETH CUINN OR CONN'S HALF. THE PEACE WAS SHORT-LIVED. MOGH SOUGHT TO EXPAND HIS POWER BUT CONN PREVAILED. MOGH WAS EXILED TO SPAIN WHERE HIS WIFE'S FATHER WAS KING. WITH THE AID OF HER BROTHER MOGH RAISED AN ARMY, RETURNED TO IRELAND, AND WAS SLAIN IN BATTLE. TO HELP RESTORE PEACE CONN'S WIDOWED DAUGHTER SABIA WAS GIVEN IN MARRIAGE TO MOGH'S SON OLIOLL OLUM. OLIOLL WAS ALSO PERMITTED TO SUCCEED HIS FATHER AS KING OF MUNSTER. HIS STEPSON LUGHAID, AS A DESCENDANT OF ITH, WAS BY CUSTOM ENTITLED TO RULE ONE HALF OF MUNSTER BUT WHEN HE DEMANDED HIS BIRTHRIGHT, OLIOLL REFUSED. WAR FOLLOWED. THE REIGNING MONARCH OF IRELAND, ART THE LONELY, SON OF CONN AND UNCLE OF LUGHAID, SIDED WITH HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW OLIOLL. ULTIMATELY LUGHAID TRIUMPHED, SLEW ART, AND ASSUMED THE MONARCHY. OLIOLL WAS ALLOWED TO REMAIN AS KING OF ALL MUNSTER BUT HAD LOST AT LEAST SEVEN SONS. ONLY CIAN AND CAS SURVIVED. HOWEVER, OLIOLL LATER LEARNED THAT HIS SON EOGAN MOR (OWEN) HAD FATHERED A CHILD WITH A DRUID. FROM THESE THREE SONS DESCEND ALL EXISTING FAMILIES OF THE RACE OF HEBER, SON OF MILESIUS. EOGAN IS ANCESTOR OF THE EUGENIAN OR OWENACHT TRIBES INCLUDING MCCARTHY, O'DONOVAN, O'SULLIVAN, MCMAHON, AND O'DONOGHUE, TO NAME BUT A FEW. CAS' LINE IS KNOWN AS THE DAL CAIS, OR DALCASSIAN TRIBES AND INCLUDE O'BRIEN, KENNEDY, REAGAN, HAYES, AND MALONEY (O'MOLONY), AND MANY MORE. CIAN IS ANCESTOR OF THE O'CARROLL OF ELI (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH O'CARROLL OF ORIEL-ANCESTORS OF MAR- GARET NEWCOMB MCKAY), O'MEAGHER, O'HARA, AND O'GARA. LITTLE HAS BEEN SAID HERE OF THE DESCENDANTS OF THE LINE OF HEREMON. HOPEFULLY THAT WILL COME IN FUTURE ISSUES. TO DATE THERE IS NO APPARENT CONNECTION BETWEEN THIS LINE AND THE MAHEDY-MCKAY LINES. OF THE MILESIAN FAMILIES, THE HEREMONIANS PRODUCED MORE MONARCHS, KINGS, AND PRINCES THAN THE OTHER LINES. MOST OF THE HEREMONIAN FAMILIES TRACE THEIR DESCENT FROM UGAINE MOR (#59), WHO IS ALSO ANCESTOR OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY (IRONIC!), AS WELL AS ROYAL HOUSES THROUGHOUT ANCIENT EUROPE. AMOUNG THE MANY GREAT FAMILIES OF THIS LINE ARE THE O'MURPHYS, O'NEILL, O'KELLY, AND O'CARROLL OF ORIEL. ------------
DONAHUE
AS INDICATED EARLIER, VIRTUALLY NOTHING WAS FOUND ON OUR IMMEDIATE DONAHUE CLAN. THERE WAS A JOHN DONAHUE OF ABBOTSFORD, NEAR GRANBY, WHO ONE FIRST PRIZE AT THE LOCAL AGRICULTURAL FAIR FOR HIS PUMPKINS AND MUSKMELLON IN SEPTEMBER 1899. WHETHER JOHN WAS RELATED TO OUR MARGARET IS NOT KNOWN YET. HOWEVER THERE IS MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE CONCERNING THE ANCIENT O'DONOGHUE. IN IRELAND THERE WERE TWO MAIN SEPTS OF O'DONOGHUE: THE O'DONOGHUE MOR LOCATED PRIMARILY IN COUNTY KERRY, AND O'DONOGHUE OF COUNTY CAVAN. IT IS NOT CLEAR IF THERE IS ANY KNOWN CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TWO. THE O'DONOGHUE MOR CAN TRACE THEIR ORIGIN DIR-ECTLY TO OLIOLL OLUM OF THE LINE OF HEBER MENTIONED IN THE SECTION ON ANCIENT PEDIGREES. THIS PEDIGREE IS AS FOLLOWS: 84- OLIOLL OLUM- KING OF MUNSTER (K.M.) 85- EOGAN MOR - ANCESTOR OF ALL EUGENIAN SEPTS 86- FIACAIDH MAEIL-LETHAN- K.M. 87- OLILD FLANN BEG- K.M. (O'DONOVAN, O'MEEHAN, COLLINS,) 88- CORC- K.M. (O'MAHONY, O'CRONIN, O'MORIARITY) 89- CAS + 90- EOCAIDH- ANCESTOR OF THE UI EACHACH 91- CRIMTHANN 92- LAEGARI 93- AEDH KISRIGH 94- CARBRI RIASTRIM 95- CLARINACH 96- SELBACH 97- EALATHI 98- DUNLAING 99- ANBLETHI 100- FLATHNIADH 101- AENGUS 102- DABDABOIRENN- K.M. 103- DOMNALL- HELD JOINT COMMAND OF EUGENIANS WITH KIAN AT BATTLE OF CLONTARF, 1014 A.D. 104- DONNCADH- FROM WHOM O'DONNCADHA ARE CALLED 105- CATHAL 106- DONNCADH O'DONNCADHA, OR O'DONOGHUE, FIRST OF THE NAME FROM THIS LINE OF O'DONOGHUE MOR SPRANG THE BRANCH KNOWN AS THE O'DONOGHUE OF THE GLEN, ALSO OF CO. KERRY. OUR O'DONAHUE COU-SINS OF MASSACHUSETTS (ALFRED MAHEDY LINE) TRACE THEIR LINEAGE DIR-ECTLY TO THE O'DONOGHUE OF THE GLEN. I AM TOLD THE O'DONOGHUE CASTLE STILL STANDS, THOUGH NO LONGER REMAINS IN THE FAMILY'S POSSESSION. IN IRISH O'DONAHUE MEANS "BROWN WARRIOR" OR "STRONG WARRIOR". THE O'DONAHUE OF THE GLEN WAS ONE OF THE FEW CLANS TO WITHSTAND THE CROMWELLIAN ONSLAUGHT. THOUGH ONE OF THE FAMILY CASTLES WAS DESTROYED IN THE STRUGGLE, NO CROMWELLIAN DARED TO SETTLE IN THE GLEN. THE O'DONAHUES CONTINUED TO FIGHT VALIANTLY THROUGHOUT IRELAND'S HISTORY BUT CENTURIES OF BATTLE TOOK ITS TOLL AND THE CLAN EVENTUALLY LOST CONTROL OF THEIR ANCIENT LANDS. OTHER O'DONAHUE SEPTS WERE EQUALLY FAMOUS FOR THEIR BRAVERY IN DEFENSE OF IRELAND. IN ADDITION, THEY DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES IN THE IRISH BRIGADES FORMED OF THE "WILD GEESE" THROUGHOUT THE CONTINENT. THE O'DONOGHUE MOTTO IS "ALWAYS READY".
MCKAY
THIS IS WHERE I PLACED ALL MY EGGS IN ONE BASKET. I WAS TRYING TO LOCATE A RECORD FOR THOMAS MCKAY THAT MIGHT LIST HIS PARENTS' NAMES, PLACE OF BIRTH IN CO. LIMERICK, WHEN AND WHERE THE FAMILY ORIGINALLY SETTLED IN CANADA, AND WHETHER HE HAD ANY SIBLINGS. IT SEEMED THAT HIS OBITUARY WOULD BE THE MOST LOGICAL PLACE TO LOOK. AN OBITUARY MIGHT NOT INCLUDE ALL THE ABOVE ITEMS BUT ANY ONE COULD OPEN UP NEW AREAS FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION. SO I OBTAINED A COPY OF THE GRANBY LEADER FROM 1896-99 ON MICROFILM. NOTHING!!! THOMAS MCKAY'S DEATH WAS NOT MENTIONED AT ALL, NOR WAS THE DEATH OF HIS GRANDDAUGHTER, EDITH MCKAY. THERE WAS MENTION IN THE PAPER THAT THERE HAD BEEN 91 CATHOLIC BURIALS IN 1898 FOR THE CATHOLIC PARISH OF GRANBY. VIRTUALLY NONE OF THESE WERE REPORTED. THIS SEEMS STRANGE FOR A SMALL NEWSPAPER IN A RELATIVELY SMALL COMMUNITY. THE PAPER ALSO MENTIONED THAT THERE HAD BEEN A LARGE OUTBREAK OF DIPHTHERIA IN SHEFFORD CO. IN 1899. PERHAPS THIS WAS WHAT CAUSED THE DEATH OF EDITH MCKAY AT THE AGE OF THIRTEEN. THERE WAS MENTION OF A J.A.N. MACKAY WHO WAS TRYING A MURDER CASE IN A NEIGHBORING COUNTY, AND ALSO AN AD FOR MCKAY FLOUR, BUT LITTLE ELSE. BY THE TIME I RECEIVED AND REVIEWED THE FILM, THERE WAS LITTLE TIME LEFT TO PERSUE ANY OTHER AVENUE OF RESEARCH. WHILE THE PAPER DID NOT PROVIDE THE INFORMATION DESIRED, IT WAS NOT A TOTAL LOSS. IT DID PROVIDE A FLAVOR OF THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THAT ERA. BY AND LARGE, FEW CATHOLIC EVENTS - OR CATHOLICS - SEEMED TO BE MENTIONED IN THIS NEWSPAPER. SEVERAL NAMES FAMILIAR FROM DISCUSSIONS WITH AUNT MAY AND THE CAMPBELL CLAN APPEARED FREQUENTLY: SAVAGE, MULLINS, SWEATT, QUINN, MAYNES, AND PURDY, TO MENTION A FEW. THESE FAMILIES WERE ALL PROBABLY WELL KNOWN TO THE MCKAYS AND/OR MAHEDYS. THERE IS A PICTURE OF OLD JOHN MULLINS IN THE MCKAY PHOTO ALBUM. HE RAN A GENERAL STORE IN GRANBY. BY AND LARGE IT APPEARED THAT THOSE NAMED IN THE PAPER WERE PERSONALLY KNOWN TO THE EDITOR. SINCE I HAVE ORIGINAL CLIPPINGS FOR EDITH MCKAY'S FUNERAL AS WELL AS MARGARET DONAHUE MCKAY'S OBITUARY FROM THE WATERLOO ADVERTISER, HOPEFULLY THAT PAPER WILL CONTAIN MORE PERTINENT FAMILY NEWS. THE FORMAT AND CONTENT OF THE NEWSPAPER OF A CENTURY AGO WAS A FAR CRY FROM CONTEMPORARY JOURNALISM. AMOUNG THE TIDBITS I FOUND TO BE OF INTEREST WAS THE GROWING POPULARITY (IN THE 1890'S) OF THE KODAK CAMERA. IF ONE WAS TO BUSY TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN PHOTOS THE LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER WOULD DEVELOP THEM FOR A MODEST FEE. BICYCLES WERE THE CURRENT RAGE. IN FACT, THE PAPER WAS SPONSORING A CONTEST TO NAME THE MOST POPULAR BICYCLIST IN SHEFFORD CO. THE WINNER WOULD BE DETERMINED BY OBTAINING THE GREATEST NUMBER OF SPONSORS. AGAIN THIS SEEMED TO BE A FEATURE DOMINATED BY THE CRONIES OF THE EDITOR.
MAHEDY-MORAN
THE MAHEDY-MORAN CLANS WERE ALSO APPARENTLY NOT NEWSWORTHY THOUGH THE PAPER DID CARRY NEWS FROM SHEFFORD. SHEFFORD MOUNTAIN AND SHEFFORD LAKE WERE SUMMER ATTRACTIONS FOR AREA RESIDENTS. THERE WERE FREQUENT REPORTS OF GROUPS FROM GRANBY PLANNING OR RETURNING FROM ONE OR THE OTHER. SOME OF THESE WERE BICYCLE TOURS. I NEGLECTED TO COMPLETE THE ALFRED MAHEDY LINE IN THE PREVIOUS ISSUE AND SO AM INCLUDING IT HERE: I-JOHN MAHEDY,SR. & ELIZABETH MORAN II-PATRICK MAHEDY & JANE LECLEAR III-ALFRED MAHEDY & ANNE LAWLOR IV-A- CORA MAHEDY & FRANK GUILFOYLE (NO ISSUE) B- MARY MAHEDY & LEO GUILFOYLE V - 1-MARY GUILFOYLE m MICHAEL SULLIVAN a- M. JUDITH m. ----AZUROWSKI b- NANCY m. ----STURCHIO i-ALLISON ii-ASHLEY 2-MARJORIE GUILFOYLE m. RONALD CLAMP a-CAROL A. b-MARSHA A. 3-LEONA E. GUILFOYLE m. STEVEN O'DONOHUE a-THOMAS O'DONOHUE i-SEAN ii-STEVEN iii-JOHN iv-HOLLY v-CAROLYN b-JOHN c-MICHAEL i-HEIDI ii-KELLY d-JAMES i-EILLEEN ii-KAREN e-DANIEL i-BRENDAN ii-SHAYNE LEE f-SHEILA m. ---GALLO i-MICHAEL THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION YET ON THE DOWNS FAMILY OF LEOMINSTER NOR OF THE GALLAGHER'S OF VERMONT. I BELIEVE MARTHA MAHEDY GALLAGHER'S HUSBAND MAY BE THE BROTHER OF BRIDGET G. WHO MARRIED ANDREW CAMPBELL, SR.
GILLETT-KEECH
NOTHING NEW HAS BEEN FOUND ON THE GILLETT LINE BUT THERE HAS BEEN SOME GENERAL INFORMATION FOUND ON THE KEECH ANCESTRY THANKS TO BRENDA KEECH HESTER. BRENDA, WITH WHOM I HAD CORRESPONDED SEVERAL YEARS AGO, BEGAN PUBLICATION OF A KEECH NEWSLETTER THIS PAST YEAR. KEECH (KEACH) IS OF SCOTTISH ORIGIN AND IS A FAMILY OF THE CLAN MACDONALD (AS IS THE SCOTTISH MCKAY CLAN). KEECH HAS ITS OWN COAT OF ARMS WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE FUTURE IF 3M'S "GRAPHICS DEPT" BECOMES MORE ACCOMPLISHED. I GOOFED! IN THE EARLIER ANCIENT PEDIGREES SEGMENT I INDICATED THAT NONE OF OUR ANCESTRY APPEARED TO DESCEND FROM THE LINE OF HEREMON. AS IS THE CASE WITH MANY OF THE SCOTTISH FAM-ILIES, CLAN MACDONALD IS OF IRISH ORIGIN. SPECIFICALLY, CLAN MACDONALD DESCENDS FROM CONN OF THE HUNDRED BATTLES AS FOLLOWS: 82-CONN OF THE HUNDRED BATTLES- R.H. 83-ART THE LONELY- R.H. 84-CORMAC MAC ART- R.H. 85-CARBRI LIFICAR- R.H. 86-EOCHAIDH DUIBLEIN 87-COLLA UAIS- R.H.; ANCESTOR OF MACDOWELL, MACSHEEY, AND O'CARROLL; HIS BROTHER COLLA DA CRIOCH IS ANCESTOR OF O'KELLY, MACMAHON, MAGUIRE, O'HANLON, ETC. 88-CARTHANN 89-ERIC 90-EOCHAIDH 91-CRIMTHANN 92-ERC 93-FERGUS 94-GOFRAIDH 95-MANI 96-NIALLGUS 97-SUIBNI 99-MEDRAIDE 100-SOLAMH 101-GILLA-ADAMNAIN 102-GILLA-BRIGHDI 103-SAMHARLI 104-RAGHNALL 105-DOMNALL 106-DOMNALL OG- ANCESTOR OF MAC DONALD; THIS DOMNALL, OR DONALD, HAD A BROTHER ALASDRUM WHO IS ANCESTOR OF THE MACSHEEHY CLAN; 107-AENGUS 108-AENGUS OG 109-EOIN 110-EOIN MOR 111-DOMNALL BALLACH- KING OF THE HEBRIDES IN EARLIER ISSUES I BELIEVE I SUGGESTED THE PROBABLE FATHER OF ELIZABETH KEECH GILLETT WAS GEORGE. IN REVIEWING SUBSEQUENT NOTES IT SEEMS MORE LIKELY THAT HER FATHER WAS JAMES KEECH, SR. THIS JAMES APPEARS IN THE 1825 CENSUS FOR THE TOWN OF WESTERN. HIS FARM CONTAINED 25 ACRES, 5 MEAT CATTLE, 14 SHEEP, 6 HOGS, AND PRODUCED 16 YARDS OF FULLED CLOTH, 16 OF FLANNEL, AND 50 OF COTTON AND LINEN. I STILL HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE THIS FAMILY IN 1800 OR 1810 THOUGH ALL THE KEECHES IN THE TOWN OF WESTERN CLAIMED TO BE BORN IN N.Y. IF THIS ASSUMPTION IS CORRECT, JAMES' FAMILY WOULD APPEAR AS FOLLOWS: JAMES KEECH, SR. b. 17?? d. 1826-29, GEORGE 1792 ELIZABETH 1796 11NOV1888 JAMES, JR. 1798 DAVID 1805 DOROTHY DUMOND, ANOTHER SUBSCRIBER/CONTRIBUTER TO THE KEECH NEWSLETTER, DESCENDS FROM ISRAEL (a.k.a. GEORGE R.) KEECH WHO WAS KILLED IN 1777 AT THE BATTLE OF BENNINGTON. HIS FAMILY SETTLED ON HIS FARM IN HOOSICK FALLS, NY. THIS IS NOT TOO FAR SOUTH OF WASHINGTON CO. WHERE ELIZABETH KEECH GILLETT CLAIMED SHE WAS BORN. DOROTHY HAS FOUND NO RECORD FOR ELIZABETH NOR FOR ANY JAMES KEECH IN NY FOR 1790, 1800, OR 1810. SHE DID FIND A JAMES KEECH IN THE 1790 CENSUS FOR THE CHITTENDON CO., VT. THIS WAS THE ONLY JAMES IN ALL OF NY AND NEW ENGLAND. ***
TAIN BO CUAILNGE (CONTINUED FROM VOL. 4)
WHEN WE LEFT OUR HERO SETANTA HAD JUST ASSUMED THE NAME OF CUCHULAINN MEANING "HOUND OF CULANN" BECAUSE HE PROMISED TO ACT IN PLACE OF THE HOUND HE HAD JUST KILLED WITH HIS SHINTY BALL. SHORTLY THEREAFTER CATHBAD THE DRUID WAS CONDUCTING HIS SCHOOL FOR DRUIDS AND WAS ASKED BY A STUDENT TO TELL WHAT THE OMENS WERE FOR THAT DAY. CATHBAD REPLIED THAT IF A WARRIOR TOOK UP ARMS THAT DAY FOR THE FIRST TIME HE WOULD BE FOREVER FAMOUS BUT HIS LIFE WOULD BE BRIEF. OVERHEARING THIS, CUCHULAINN WENT TO KING CONCHOBAR AND DEMANDED A SET OF WEAPONS, STATING THAT CATHBAD HAD TOLD HIM TO DO SO. CONCHOBAR GAVE HIM WEAPONS BUT WHEN CUCHULAINN TRIED THEM THEY BROKE LIKE TOYS. SO DID ALL THE WEAPONS AVAILABLE FOR BEGINNING WARRIORS. ONLY THE KING'S OWN SWORD STOOD UP TO CUCHULAINN'S POWER. CATHBAD NOW HAPPENED BY AND EXPRESSED HIS CONCERN THAT ONE SO YOUNG SHOULD BE TAKING UP ARMS. THE KING WAS SURPRISED. "DID YOU NOT INSTRUCT HIM TO DO SO?" "CERTAINLY NOT." CUCHULAINN THEN EXPLAINED THAT HE HAD HEARD CATHBAD'S WORDS AND ACTED UPON THEM. CATHBAD THEN SAID WITH RELUCTANCE THAT THE OMEN MUST PERTAIN TO CUCHULAINN. CUCHULAINN WAS THEN GIVEN THE KING'S OWN CHARIOT (THE ONLY ONE STURDY ENOUGH) AND CHARIOTEER, IBAR MAC RIANGABRA, AND SET OFF FOR THE ULSTER BORDER TO TEST CUCHULAINN'S WARRIOR SKILLS. CONAL (DANIEL) CEARNACH WAS ON GUARD AT THE BOUNDARY. CUCHULAINN IN-STRUCTED CONAL TO RETURN HOME SO HE, CUCHULAINN, COULD STAND GUARD. CONAL MOCKED HIM FOR THINKING ONE SO YOUNG ASSUME SUCH RESPON-SIBILITY. WITHIN SECONDS CUCHULAINN HAD SMASHED THE SHAFT OF CONAL'S CHARIOT, FORCING HIM TO RETURN TO EMAIN ON FOOT. CONAL HAD LEARNED HIS LESSON. IBAR THEN TOOK CUCHULAINN TO THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN WHERE THEY COULD SEE THE WHOLE COUNTRY. CUCHULAINN LEARNED THE NAME OF EVERY FORT, SURVEYED THE DWELLINGS AND FIELDS, AND OBSERVED THE FORDS AND HIDING PLACES. ONE FORT BELONGED TO THREE SONS WHO HAD BEEN CARRYING ON A FEUD WITH THE MEN OF ULSTER. TO AVENGE THEIR FATHER'S DEATH AT THE HANDS OF ONE OF CONCHOBAR'S MEN, THEY HAD SLAIN MANY WARRIORS. CUCHULAINN TOLD IBAR TO TAKE THEM TO THAT FORT. IBAR WARNED AGAINST RIDING INTO CERTAIN DANGER BUT CUCHULAINN WAS ADAMANT. JUST BEFORE THEY REACHED THE FORT THEY STOPPED FOR A SHORT REST. THE THREE SONS APPROACHED THEM AND DEMANDED THEY LEAVE THE TERRITORY. CUCHULAINN REFUSED AND SAID HE HAD COME TO FIGHT THEM. ONE BY ONE HE DEFEATED THEM AND HEADED HOME FOR EMAIN CARRYING THEIR THREE HEADS. NO MORE WOULD THEY SLAY THE MEN OF ULSTER. EN ROUTE HOME THEY ENCOUNTERED A HERD OF DEER. CUCHULAINN WAS DETERMINED TO CAPTURE ONE ALIVE. HE JUMPED FROM THE CHARIOT AND FACED THE MIGHTIEST IN THE HERD AND SUBDUED IT WITH POWER OF HIS EYES ALONE. NEXT HE SHOT DOWN SOME SWANS IN FLIGHT WITH HIS SLING. A SURGE CAME OVER CUCHULAINN JUST AS IT HAD WHEN HE FOUGHT THE BOYS IN THE SHINTY GAME. A BATTLE FRENZY CONSUMED HIM AS HE SPED TOWARDS EMAIN. THE POETESS LEBORCHAM CRIED OUT THAT THEY WERE UNDER ATTACK AS SHE SAW A WARRIOR'S FACE TWISTED IN RAGE CARRYING THREE HEADS, DEAD SWANS, AND THE LIVE DEER TIED TO HIS CHARIOT. CONCHOBAR REALIZED IT WAS CUCHULAINN AND SENT NAKED WOMEN TO MEET THE CHARIOT. CUCHULAINN HID HIS CONTORTED FACE IN SHAME AND WAS QUICKLY SEIZED BY THE MEN AND THRUST INTO THREE VATS OF ICE-COLD WATER. THIS QUELLED HIS FRENZY AND HE WAS RESTORED TO HIS NATURAL BEAUTY, DRESSED IN A GOLD TUNIC, WITH A GREEN CLOAK FASTENED WITH A SILVER CLASP, AND PLACED BEFORE THE KING WHO GENTLY STROKED HIS HAIR. CUCHULAINN WAS ONLY SEVEN YEARS OLD! CUCHULAINN TAKES A BRIDE THE ROYAL PALACE AT EMAIN MACHA WAS NOTED FOR ITS GRACE AND SPLENDOR. IT WAS A GRAND CIRCULAR STRUCTURE PERCHED ATOP A LOW HILL WITH BRONZE PARTITIONS AND PILLARS CARVED OUT OF RED YEW; THUS THE NAME "HOUSE OF THE RED BRANCH". THERE WERE A MULTITUDE OF ROOMS, SOME SO LARGE THEY COULD CONTAIN ALL THE WARRIORS OF ULSTER AND NOT APPEAR CROWDED. THE PALACE WAS FAMOUS FOR ITS HOSPITALITY AND ENTERTAINMENT. THERE WERE GRAND FEASTS, BOARD GAMES SUCH AS CHESS, BARDS WHO TOLD THE GREAT TALES OF PAST GLORIES OR SANG POEMS IN PRAISE OF THEIR KING WHILE IRISH HARPISTS PLAYED SWEET MUSIC. THE WARRIORS DEMONSTRATED THEIR MANY SKILLS NOT UNLIKE THE KNIGHTS OF LATER CENTURIES. THE MOST FAMOUS AND SKILLED OF THESE WAS YOUNG CUCHULAINN. YET HE HAD AT LEAST THREE FAULTS: HIS YOUTH, HIS RECKLESS DARING, AND HIS EXCEPTIONAL BEAUTY. MEN OF ULSTER FRETTED BECAUSE ALL THE WIVES AND DAUGHTERS WERE INFATUATED WITH HIM. HIS BOLDNESS MIGHT BRING WAR TO EMAIN, OR WORSE, CAUSE HIS OWN DEATH. THE MEN AP-PROACHED THE KING TO ADVISE HIM TO FIND A GOOD WIFE FOR CUCHULAINN. CONCHOBAR AGREED. BUT CUCHULAINN ALREADY KNEW WHOM HE WANTED FOR HIS BRIDE. THERE WAS ONLY ONE WOMAN IN ALL ULSTER WHO POSSESSED THE BEAUTY, VIRTUE, AND OTHER QUALITIES CUCHULAINN DESIRED IN A MATE. THIS WAS THE FAIR EMER, DAUGHTER OF A POWERFUL CHIEFTAIN NAMED FORGALL. IT WAS THE CUSTOM OF THAT TIME THAT CUCHULAINN WOULD HAVE TO WIN HER BY FORCE. CUCHULAINN WAS DETERMINED TO DO THIS WITHOUT THE KING'S HELP. HE SET OUT IN HIS SWIFTEST CHARIOT, DRESSED IN HIS FINEST CLOTHES. AS HE APPROACHED FORGALL'S FORT THE GIRLS WERE TAKING SEWING LESSONS IN THE COURTYARD. EMER'S FOSTER- SISTER FIAL DESCRIBED IN MINUTE DETAIL THE APPROACHING WARRIOR, HIS CHARIOT, WEAPONS AND MAGNIFICENT HORSES. CUCHULAINN ENTERED THE COURTYARD AND GREETED HIS FAIR MAID. THEY BEGAN TO CONVERSE IN THE SECRET TONGUE OF THE ANCIENT POETS. CUCHULAINN TOLD EMER OF HIS ESCAPE PLAN AND SHE WARNED HIM OF THE FIERCE WARRIORS WHO WERE ALL ABOUT TO GUARD AND PROTECT HER FROM HIM. SHE FEARED FOR HIS SAFETY. CUCHULAINN RECOUNTED HIS MANY HEROIC EXPLOITS AND TOLD EMER OF HIS FATHER, THE FAMOUS LUGH LONG ARM OF THE TUATHA DE DANANN. EMER TOLD HIM OF HER VIRTUES AND UPBRINGING AND, TALKING IN RIDDLES, THAT ANY MAN WHO MIGHT SEEK HER HAND MUST PROVE HIMSELF WITH MAGNIFICENT DEEDS OF DARING. CUCHULAINN TOLD HER HE ACCEPTED HER OFFER. THEN THEY EACH TOOK THEIR LEAVE. WORD OF THE BUDDING ROMANCE SOON REACHED FORGALL WHO SWORE HE WOULD PREVENT EMER'S UNION WITH THAT WILD MAN OF EMAIN MACHA. USING HIS MAGICAL POWERS HE WENT TO EMAIN IN DISGUISE AND ARRANGED FOR CUCHULAINN TO BE SENT TO SCOTLAND TO PERFECT HIS WARRIOR ARTS UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF THE WILD WAR GODS AND GODDESSES WHO DWELT THERE. SURELY CUCHULAINN WOULD NEVER SURVIVE. DESPITE THE MANY DANGERS AND NARROW ESCAPES FROM DEATH, CUCHULAINN'S SKILLS AND STRENGTH ONLY INCREASED. HE RETURNED TO IRELAND MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER TO MAKE EMER HIS OWN. FORGALL ISOLATED HIS WHOLE HOUSEHOLD WITHIN HIS IMPREGNABLE FORTRESS. NEVERTHELESS CUCHULAINN CAME FOR HIS BELOVED, CHARGING THE FORTRESS WITH HIS BATTLE CHARIOT, LEAPING OVER THE THREE RAM-PARTS LIKE A SALMON LEAPING UP A WATERFALL. TWENTY-SEVEN WARRIORS WERE POSITIONED INSIDE THE FORTRESS TO STOP HIM. CUCHULAINN SLEW ALL BUT THREE WHO HAPPENED TO BE EMER'S BROTHERS. FORGALL AT-TEMPTED TO FLEE BY IMITATING CUCHULAINN'S LEAP OVER THE RAMPARTS BUT FELL UPON THEM AND WAS FATALLY WOUNDED. CUCHULAINN THEN GRABBED EMER, FIAL, AND TWO BAGS EQUALLING THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD AND SILVER, AND AGAIN LEAPED OVER THE RAMPARTS. MANY OF FORGALL'S FORCES ATTEMPTED TO END THIS ESCAPE AND EACH IN TURN WAS SLAIN. CUCHULAINN PRESENTED EMER TO CONCHOBAR AND THE MEN OF ULSTER AND WED HER THAT NIGHT. NEXT ISSUE MACHA'S CURSE THE CATTLE RAID CONCLUSION ***
TIOCFAIDH AR LA
THE RECENT SURGE OF NATIONALISM WITNESSED IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE HAS QUITE PROPERLY MET WITH WORLD-WIDE ACCLAIM. SINCE 1945 THESE STATES HAVE BEEN OCCUPIED BY AN OPPRESSIVE FOREIGN POWER FORBIDDING RELIGION, FREE SPEECH OR ANY ETHNIC TRADITIONS DEEMED IN CONFLICT WITH THE OPPRESSOR. NOW THEY DEMAND THEIR BASIC HUMAN FREEDOMS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT OF SELF-DETERMINATION, AND SEEK THE REMOVAL OF THOSE DESPISED TROOPS. WE LEARN TOO OF RADICAL CHANGE IN SOUTH AFRICA WHICH MAY FINALLY BRING AN END TO APARTHEID. SINCE THEIR INCEPTION THESE EVILS HAVE BEEN DENOUNCED BY RESPON-SIBLE LEADERS AND NATIONS THROUGHOUT THE FREE WORLD, THUS KEEPING SUCH ISSUES IN THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUS. BUT WHAT LEADER OR NATION HAS RISEN TO DENOUNCE THE FOREIGN OCCUPATION FORCES IN ULSTER, OR THE SUBTLE POLICY OF APARTHEID PERPETRATED ON THE NATIVE IRISH? LAURA DID NOT SPEAK MUCH SPECIFICALLY OF "THE TROUBLES". IT IS ENOUGH THAT CHILDREN MUST LEARN TO SURVIVE IN SUCH A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT BEING BURDENED BY THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND MORAL RATIONALIZATIONS FOR SUCH INJUSTICE. INDEED, AS THE FIRST DRAFT OF THIS VOLUME WAS BEING COMPLETED, IT WAS LEARNED THAT A YOUNG LAD WHO HAD PARTICIPATED IN PROJECT CHILDREN THROUGH THE NORWICH, N.Y. CHAPTER WAS RECENTLY KILLED BY A BOMB! CERTAINLY I AM NOT AS INFORMED AS I SHOULD BE. ANY MEDIA COVERAGE WOULD LEAD ONE TO BELIEVE THE ONLY CRITICAL PROBLEM IN ULSTER IS THE I.R.A. EVERY VIOLENT ACTION OF THE I.R.A. RECEIVES THE BROADEST POSSIBLE COVERAGE IN THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA, AND AGAIN THE WORLD IS TOLD THE I.R.A. IS BUT A SMALL BAND OF IRRATION-AL TERRORISTS. SURELY PEACE MIGHT COME TO THE NORTH IF THIS BAND OF MURDEROUS THUGS WOULD CEASE THEIR HOSTILITIES AND STIRRING UP THE CATHOLICS. THAT THE I.R.A. ACTIONS RECEIVE SUCH SENSATIONAL COVERAGE IS PERHAPS UNDERSTANDABLE, THOUGH SOMEWHAT DEVOID OF ANY TRUE PERSPEC-TIVE. SUCH ACTIONS DO NOT OCCUR IN A VACUUM. WHAT IS LESS CLEAR HOWEVER IS WHY THE ACTIONS OF THE PAF, RUC, OR THE BRITISH OCCUPA-TION FORCES RECEIVE VIRTUALLY NO COVERAGE OUTSIDE OF IRELAND. INDEED, WHO HAS EVEN HEARD OF THE PAF? THE PROTESTANT ACTION FORCE IS THE PROTESTANT COUNTERPART TO THE I.R.A. SEEKING TO PREVENT A FREE, UNITED IRELAND THROUGH MURDER, TERROR, AND SABOTAGE. THESE NOBLE EFFORTS ARE AUGMENTED BY THE MORE LEGITIMATE ORANGE SOCIETY. THE BRITISH SOLDIERS WERE ORIGINALLY SENT IN AFTER BLOODY SUNDAY TO HELP RESTORE LAW AND ORDER. THEY WERE GENUINELY WELCOMED BY THE IRISH. BUT THE TROOPS DID NOT REMAIN NEUTRAL. TOGETHER WITH THE RUC THEY ROUTINELY STOP AND SEARCH THE IRISH WITHOUT CAUSE, INCAR-CERATE THEM WITHOUT CHARGE, INVADE AND TRASH THEIR HOMES WITHOUT WARRANT. THIS COMBINATION OF OCCUPATION FORCES, POLICE, AND PRIVATE "FRATERNAL" GROUPS (PAF, ORANGE SOCIETY, ETC.) IN ESSENCE CONSTITUTES A FORM OF STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM DESIGNED TO KEEP THE IRISH IN THEIR PLACE. IT IS OF COURSE WELL KNOWN THAT THE FRICTION IN ULSTER MAY BE DELINEATED BY RELIGIOUS PROFESSION, YET THERE IS LITTLE EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT IT IS A BATTLE OVER THEOLOGY. "THE TROUBLES" MIGHT MORE APPROPRIATELY BE CONSIDERED AN ETHNIC CONFLICT WITH POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC, AS WELL AS RELIGIOUS, OVERTONES. THE STRUGGLE BEGAN CENTURIES BEFORE THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, OR EVEN PROTESTANT-ISM, EVER EXISTED. AS "DEFENDER OF THE FAITH", GOOD KING HENRY VIII PETITIONED THE POPE TO OBTAIN AUTHORITY OVER THE CHURCH IN IRELAND ON THE PRETEXT THAT THE CLERGY PREACHED HERESY AND PER-MITTED PAGANISM. THE PIOUS ZEALOT CROMWELL LATER RAISED RELIGION TO AN IRRECONCILABLE ISSUE, JUST AS HE ELEVATED PERSECUTION AND BARBARISM TO AN ART FORM. THE BRITISH ATTEMPT TO ANNIHILATE THE IRISH RACE THROUGH MURDER, STARVATION, AND EXILE BEGAN HERE. THOSE WHO SURVIVED WERE ENSLAVED. THEIR LANDS WERE CONFISCATED; THEIR LANGUAGE BANNED; EDUCATION FORBIDDEN; AND EMPLOYMENT RESTRICTED LARGELY TO LABOR AND UNSKILLED POSITIONS (WHICH THE ENGLISH "PLANTERS" WOULD NOT LOWER THEMSELVES TO PERFORM) FOR SUBSISTENCE WAGES. IN DERRY THE IRISH WERE FORCED TO LIVE ON THE BOG AND A STONE WALL WAS ERECTED TO KEEP THEM OUT OF THE CITY. ELSEWHERE THEY WERE RESTRICTED TO LOW STANDARD HOUSING IN THE LEAST DESIRABLE ENVIRONMENT: BOGS, SLUMS, OR ON UNDEVELOPED, ROCKY, UNTILLABLE SOIL. OBVIOUSLY THE IRISH WERE ALSO DENIED ANY VOICE OR ROLE IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS. SINCE THE ENGLISH WERE MORE NUMEROUS AND CONCENTRATED IN ULSTER, IT IS SMALL WONDER THESE POLICIES OF SUBJU-GATION AND EXTERMINATION ENABLED THE ENGLISH TO ACHIEVE A NUMERICAL MAJORITY. MUCH HAS CHANGED OVER THE CENTURIES YET MUCH REMAINS THE SAME. MOST OF THE LAWS WHICH HELPED ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN THIS UNJUST SOCIETY HAVE LONG SINCE BEEN REPEALED; PARTLY DUE TO WORLD PUBLIC OPINION, BUT MORE PARTICULARLY TO THE TIRELESS EFFORTS OF THE UNITED IRISHMEN AND THE I.R.A. RECENT YEARS HAVE SEEN LEGISLATION SIMILAR TO OUR OWN CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY LAWS. BUT, JUST AS WE HAVE WITNESSED IN OUR RACIAL EXPERIENCE, LAWS CANNOT ELIMINATE PREJUDICE, NOR CAN THEY INSURE GENUINE EQUALITY WITHOUT THE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF ALL SEGMENTS OF SOCIETY. DESPITE LEGAL CHANGES, DISCRIMINATION AND PREJUDICE HAVE BECOME VIRTUALLY INSTI-TUTIONALIZED. AND SO THE IRISH ARE STILL RESTRICTED TO ESSENTIALLY MINIMUM WAGE, UNSKILLED OCCUPATIONS, WHEN THEY ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND EMPLOYMENT. THEY STILL LIVE IN INADEQUATE HOUSING. IRISH CHILDREN ARE DENIED EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY AND MOST TYPICAL-LY SPEND THEIR "FREE TIME" INDOORS SIMPLY BECAUSE THE STREETS ARE TOO DANGEROUS. WHILE THE IRISH ARE NOW PERMITTED TO VOTE, THEIR MINORITY STATUS RENDERS ANY TRUE ATTEMPT AT SELF-GOVERNANCE MEANINGLESS. THE OCCUPATION TROOPS WITH THEIR TANKS AND GUNS ARE EVERYWHERE TO BE SEEN IN THE IRISH SECTORS. KEEPING THE PEACE. KEEPING THE IRISH IN THEIR PLACE. TOGETHER WITH THE CONSTABULARY THEY PROVIDE SAFE ESCORT EACH YEAR ON JULY 12 FOR THE ORANGE SOCIETY PARADE THROUGH THE IRISH NEIGHBORHOODS CHANTING DERISIVELY "CROPPY LAY DOWN". (CROPPY IS A TERM DERIVED FROM THE REBELLION OF 1798 WHEN THE IRISH CUT THEIR HAIR VERY SHORT AS A SYMBOL OF UNITY AND RESISTANCE TO ENGLISH AUTHORITY.) HOWEVER THE IRISH ARE CONSTANTLY WARNED NOT TO CAUSE OFFENSE TO THE ORANGEMEN. AT THE FUNERAL OF LAURA'S GR. GR. UNCLE BARNEY BOSWELL, A DEVOTED REPUBLICAN OF BELFAST, ON 8 JAN 1990 THE FUNERAL WAS STOPPED BY AUTHORITIES EN ROUTE TO THE CHURCH AND FORCED TO REMOVE THE TRICOLOR (FLAG) WHICH COVERED THE COFFIN. A SECOND FLAG WAS DRAPED OVER THE COFFIN DURING THE FUNERAL SERVICE AT THE CHURCH. THE PROCESSION FROM THE CHURCH TO THE CEMETERY WAS AGAIN STOPPED AND THE FLAG ORDERED REMOVED. NEVERTHELESS, MR. BOSWELL WAS BURIED WITH THE TRICOLOR. (IRISH TIMES 9JAN1990) THOSE CROPPIES WILL NEVER LIE DOWN! TO SUGGEST THAT THE FOREIGN TROOPS AND REPRESSION OF THE IRISH ARE MERELY EXAGGERATIONS OF I.R.A. TERRORISTS IS PATENTLY ABSURD. THE TROOPS ARE UNIVERSALLY DESPISED BY THE IRISH. WHEREVER THEY PATROL THEY ARE MET WITH THE GAELIC TAUNT "TIOCFAIDH AR LA", (PRONOUNCED CHUCKIE R LA) MEANING "OUR DAY WILL COME". AND IT WILL! THE QUESTION IS WHEN, AND HOW. CLEARLY VIOLENCE ALONE HAS NOT BROUGHT ABOUT THE DESIRED GOAL. GIVEN THE CURRENT NUMERICAL SUPERIORITY OF THE OPPOSITION, DIRECT CONFRONTATION WOULD BE FUTILE. HOWEVER, SINCE THE BIRTH RATE AMOUNGST THE IRISH IS CON-SIDERABLY HIGHER, THEY WILL GAIN THE MAJORITY WITHIN A GENERATION OR TWO. IT WOULD SEEM INEVITABLE THAT THE IRISH OF THE NORTH WILL OBTAIN THE POLITICAL AND LEGAL STATUS THEY SEEK AND IRELAND WILL FINALLY BECOME ONE. AS DESIRABLE AND (HOPEFULLY) INEVITABLE AS THIS OUTCOME MIGHT BE, IT COULD BE ARGUED THAT THERE WOULD BE LITTLE SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE STANDARD OF LIVING FOR THE IRISH. AGAIN, AS IN OUR OWN RACIAL PROBLEMS, LITTLE HAS CHANGED IN THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS OF THE AFRO-AMERICAN A FULL GENERATION AFTER ACHIEVING LEGAL AND POLITICAL FREEDOM. TO OBTAIN TRUE EQUALITY THE IRISH MUST ALSO ACQUIRE THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THE ECONOMIC PIE. MORE THAN THE POLI-TICAL AND LEGAL POWER WIELDED BY THE OPPOSITION, IT IS THEIR ABSO-LUTE CONTROL OF THE WEALTH WHICH ENABLES THEM TO DOMINATE THE IRISH. SHOULD THE UNIONISTS LEARN IT IS SAFER TO SHARE THE WEALTH THAN TO RISK LOSING IT THEY WOULD BE MORE LIKELY TO SEEK ACCOMMO-DATION OVER CONFRONTATION. IT WOULD SEEM WORTHWHILE FOR THE IRISH LEADERSHIP AND THE I.R.A. TO CONSIDER A MORE INTENSE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, OR EVEN ECONOMIC WAR. ALLOCATING FEWER RESOURCES FOR BULLETS IN FAVOR OF INVESTMENT COULD PROVIDE A BROAD BASIS FOR IRISH PARTICIPATION IN THE ULSTER ECONOMY. A PORTION OF THE AID SENT BY VARIOUS IRISH-AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS COULD BE DESIGNATED FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. SIMILAR AID IS PROBABLY ALSO RECEIVED FROM THE CONTINENT, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, AND PERHAPS SOUTH AMERICA. SUCH FUNDS COULD BE USED TO SEED NEW SMALL BUSINESS VEN-TURES FOR THE IRISH. ACQUISITION OF ULSTER-BASED CORPORATE STOCK COULD FUNCTION NOT ONLY AS AN INVESTMENT, BUT ALSO AS A LEVER TO PRESS FOR BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS OR TRAINING PROGRAMS. SELECTIVE BOYCOTTS AND STRIKES COULD BE EMPLOYED AGAINST THOSE BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRIES KNOWN TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THE IRISH. INVESTMENT IN REAL ESTATE, MODERN APARTMENT BUILDINGS, OR LOW INTEREST HOME LOANS COULD DO MUCH TO ELEVATE THE COLLECTIVE EQUITY OF THE IRISH WHILE REDUCING THE RELATIVE FLOW OF IRISH MONIES TO THE ESTABLISHED FINANCIAL MARKETS DOMINATED BY THE OPPOSITION. IF IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE IRISH TO ESTABLISH A SOLID ECONOMIC BASE, IT IS CRUCIAL THAT THEY ELEVATE THEIR EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION. MERE LITERACY WILL NO LONGER BE SUFFICIENT IN THE RAPIDLY CHANGING AND EXPANDING TECHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE COMING CENTURY. IF IRISH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION SYSTEMS ARE NOT ABLE TO MEET THIS CHALLENGE, AND IF HIGHER EDUCATION IS NOT UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE TO THE IRISH MINORITY, THEN THEY ARE DOOMED TO REMAIN AN UNDERCLASS EVEN AFTER THEY ACHIEVE THE NUMERICAL MAJORITY. IN ANOTHER CENTURY OUR IRISH COUSINS AND ANCESTORS HAD TO ATTEND "HEDGE SCHOOLS", LITERALLY CONGREGATING WITH A MENTOR BEHIND A HEDGE, TO OBTAIN AN EDUCATION. PERHAPS IT WOULD BE WORTHWHILE TO ESTABLISH TENEMENT SCHOOLS TO SUPPLEMENT THEIR CURRENT CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION AND INSURE THAT THE COMING GENERATION IS WELL PREPARED TO ASSUME PROFESSIONAL AND LEADERSHIP POSITIONS WHEN THEIR DAY DOES COME. IF HIGHER EDUCATION IS NOT GENERALLY AVAILABLE COMPARABLE INSTRUCTION SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE. NATURALLY IRISH HISTORY AND CULTURE SHOULD BE EMPHASIZED ALONG WITH MATH, SCIENCE AND TECHNOL-OGY, BUT THERE WILL ALSO BE A NEED FOR THOSE VERSED IN ECONOMICS, FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT. THESE "SCHOOLS" SHOULD NOT BE LIMITED TO THE YOUNG. THE UNEMPLOYED AND UNDEREMPLOYED SHOULD ALSO HAVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING AVAILABLE THROUGH THEIR UNION, OR EVEN SPONSORED BY THE I.R.A. OR SINN FEIN. IT WOULD TRULY BE A TRAGEDY TO REALIZE "TIOCFAIDH AR LA" AND DISCOVER THE POPULATION IS NOT PREPARED TO FULLY ACCEPT THE CHALLENGES IT WILL PRESENT. FINALLY THE I.R.A. IS IN CRITICAL NEED OF A REVISED PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN. THE WORLD KNOWS ONLY WHAT IT SEES AND HEARS. RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY THE I.R.A. IS LARGELY PERCEIVED OUTSIDE OF IRELAND AS A BAND OF TERRORIST THUGS. THE DESIRED PERCEPTION WOULD BE THAT OF FREEDOM FIGHTERS. GETTING THE WORD OUT TO THE WORLD ON THE TRUE STATE OF THE IRISH IN THEIR OWN LAND AND THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF THEIR OPPRESSION MIGHT DO MUCH TO SWAY WORLD OPINION IN THEIR FAVOR. WHEN ACTION IS NECESSARY SOME JUSTIFICATION SHOULD BE PROVIDED TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD AND IN NO EVENT SHOULD INNOCENT BLOOD BE SHED. FIXATION ON POLITICAL TARGETS SUCH AS MAGGIE THATCHER CAN ONLY HURT THE IRISH CAUSE! BETTER TO MAKE THE IRON LADY APPEAR THE VILLAIN OR FOOL THAN TO ELEVATE HER TO A MARTYRED HEROINE. DEMON-STRATING THAT THE I.R.A. IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN IMPROVING THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITION OF THE IRISH WOULD ALSO DO MUCH TO IMPROVE THEIR PUBLIC IMAGE. SOLICITING CLEAR PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR A FREE, UNITED IRELAND FROM THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AND PERHAPS OTHER CELTIC COUNTRIES SUCH AS SCOTLAND AND WALES MIGHT HELP TO SWAY WORLD PUBLIC OPINION. BULLETS ALONE HAVE NOT SUCCEEDED. THE APPEARANCE OF AN ENDLESS GAME OF "GOTCHA' LAST" AND RESULTANT LOSS OF INNOCENT LIFE ON BOTH SIDES MUST CEASE. IT IS OBVIOUS BY NOW THAT I AM NEITHER A POLITICAL SCIENTIST NOR AN ECONOMIST. NEVERTHELESS I FELT COMPELLED TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE "TROUBLES" IN NORTHERN IRELAND. IT IS NOT A PLEASANT SUBJECT. TOO OFTEN IT IS IGNORED OR BRUSHED ASIDE, PERHAPS IN THE HOPE THAT IF YOU IGNORE THE PROBLEM IT WILL GO AWAY. IT WILL NOT. OTHERS MAY SUGGEST WE, OR THE IRISH, SHOULD FORGET THE PAST AND "JUST GET ALONG". YET THE WORLD SEEMS PERFECTLY WILLING TO ACCEPT, EVEN APPLAUD, THE CONSTANT BARRAGE OF INFORMATION DETAILING THE HORRORS OF THE HALOCAUST. THE STORY MUST BE TOLD LEST THE WORLD ALLOW HISTORY TO REPEAT ITSELF. THIS WOULD APPEAR TO BE VALID. YET IN ULSTER THE CENTURIES OF BITTER HISTORY IS REPEATED EVERY DAY AND WE CLOSE OUR EYES. IT JUST SEEMS INCONSISTENT. READERS MAY NOTE THAT I HAVE PILFERED THE IRISH PHRASE "TIOCFAIDH AR LA" AS A MOTTO FOR 3M. WHILE THIS COULD BE CONSTRUED AS AN EXPRESSION OF SOLIDARITY WITH OUR COUSINS OF ULSTER, IT ALSO HAS PERSONAL CONNOTATIONS WHICH SEEMED TO MAKE IT AN APPROPRIATE MOTTO. -----------------------------------------------------------------WHAT I'LL DO? AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, IRVING BERLIN DIED THIS PAST YEAR IN HIS 101ST YEAR. TO DATE I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO DOCUMENT A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE MCKAYS AND HIS WIFE, THE LATE ELLIN MACKAY BERLIN. ELLIN SPECIFICALLY WROTE ME THAT SHE FELT CERTAIN WE WERE NOT RELATED. STILL, I REMAIN CONFIDENT IN AUNT MAY'S STORY. REGARDLESS OF BLOOD, IT SEEMS ANY AMERICAN COULD REGARD THIS MAN AS FAMILY. SURELY HE KNEW HIS FAMILY WELL. HE COULD READ OUR MOOD, SENSING OUR HOPES AND FEARS, OUR ASPIRATIONS AND NEEDS. THIS LITTLE MAN WHO COULD NOT READ OR WRITE A NOTE OF MUSIC GAVE US SONGS TO SING AND DANCE TO; SONGS TO GO TO WAR TO, AND MAKE ROMANCE TO. IN ERA OF SUCH MUSICAL GIANTS AS THE GERSHWINS, GEORGE M. COHAN, AND COLE PORTER, IRVING BERLIN STOOD TALL. HE FELL IN LOVE WITH ELLIN MACKAY. IT SIMPLY WAS NOT DONE IN THAT DAY AND AGE: AN IRISH CATHOLIC AND A RUSSIAN JEW. WORSE THAN THAT, HE WAS A TIN PAN ALLEY musician ASPIRING TO ROMANCE A HIGH SOCIETY DEBUTANTE. CLARENCE MACKAY DID EVERYTHING HE COULD TO DISCOURAGE THE ROMANCE. FINALLY HE SENT ELLIN ABROAD HOPING TIME AND DISTANCE WOULD HEAL ALL WOUNDS. BERLIN WAS BESIDE HIMSELF. IT WAS THEN THAT HE WROTE THE SONG "WHAT'LL I DO", RECENTLY RE-RECORDED BY LINDA RONSTADT. TIME HEALED NO WOUNDS; RATHER, ABSENCE MADE THE HEART GROW FONDER. THEY SOON WED. BERLIN GAVE ELLIN THE SONG "ALWAYS" AS AS WEDDING PRESENT. CLARENCE ALL BUT DISOWNED HIS DAUGHTER AND WOULD HAVE NO PART OF BERLIN. THEN CLARENCE WAS DEVASTATED BY THE DEPRESSION AND IRVING BAILED HIM OUT. PEACE. IRVING BERLIN WROTE OVER 2000 SONGS. HE GAVE US A WHITE CHRISTMAS AND AN EASTER PARADE AND REMINDED US THAT GOD BLESSED AMERICA. HIS GIFTS KEEP ON GIVING. BITS AND PIECES JACKIE PARKER WILL RECEIVE HER BS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION FROM I.U.P. SHE HOPES TO CONTINUE GRADUATE STUDIES ON AN ASSISTANTSHIP. DANIEL MANNIX WILL BE RECEIVING HIS DEGREE IN COMMUNICATIONS FROM SUNY AT PLATTSBURGH. MOTHER PEG (WHO DID NOT MAJOR IN COMMUN-ICATIONS) SPENT A MEMORABLE THREE WEEKS IN THE EMERALD ISLE. SHE DID NOT FIND ANY OF OUR LONG LOST COUSINS BUT FOUND COSTELLOS ALL OVER THE MAP. HUSBAND MARTY BURNT UP IRELAND'S BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSES. I BELIEVE JEAN HAYS' GRANDSON WILL ALSO BE GRADUATING FROM SUNY PLATTSBURGH THIS MAY. 2 JUNE 1990 MARKS THE 99TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF JOSEPH M. BUTLER CURRENTLY RESIDING AT VALLEY VIEW COURT, LOWVILLE, NY. DROP A CARD OR NOTE TO SAY HELLO AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE !!! WHAT'S COOKIN' THE REVISED EDITION OF VOL. 4 OMITTED SEVERAL IRISH RECIPES. FOR YOUR EDIFICATION WE INCLUDE THEM HERE! IRISH SWEET SCONES 2 c. flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cream of tartar pinch of salt 1 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp caraway seeds 1 c. buttermilk or sour milk Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sift flour, soda, cream of tartar, salt and sugar into mixing bowl. Rub butter into mixture with fingers. Add caraway seeds. Add buttermilk, mixing thoroughly until it is all absorbed and a pliable dough is made. Turn onto floured board and work lightly with fingers into a complete round @1/2 inch thick. Cut into pie-shaped wedges. Place on lightly greased baking sheet and bake until risen and lightly browned - @20 min. when cooked, split in half and spread with soft butter. Return to oven until butter melts. Serve warm with tea. Makes 6-8 scones ONION AND POTATO PIE 2 medium onions peeled and chopped 2 tbs butter 2 c mashed potatoes 2 tbs heavy cream salt Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Saute onions in butter until limp. Add to mashed potatoes and blend well. Add cream. Beat until light and fluffy. Season with salt. Place in greased pie dish; bake until surface is flecked with brown - @15 minutes. Serves 4 CROAGH PATRICK POTATOES 4 large baking potatoes 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup clear fat-free beef stock 1 teaspoon chopped chervil 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and slice potatoes as thinly as possible. Place in shallow baking dish, dot with butter and cover with beef stock. Cover dish with foil and bake for about 1 hour or until potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with chervil, top with bread crumbs and place under broiler flame for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Serves 4-6 STUFFED PORK FILLETS 2 3/4 - 1 pound pork tenderloins 3 tablespoons butter 6 shallots, peeled and sliced 1 c. bread crumbs 1/4 c. white wine 1 teaspoon thyme 1 egg 2 tablespoons chopped parsley salt and pepper to taste thin strip of pork fat for larding. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Have your butcher slit the tenderloins lengthwise not quite all the way through and flatten them a bit with his cleaver. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan, add the shallots and saute over medium flame until limp but not brown; remove from heat. Add bread crumbs, thyme and white wine. Blend well. Beat in egg; add parsley, salt and pepper. Stuff pork fillets with this mixture. Tie together with butchers string. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy shallow caserole. Add fillets and place in oven for 15 min. or until nicely browned. Reduce heat to 300, cover tightly and bake for 30 min. more or until tender. Cool slightly before slicing. Serve hot or cold. Serves 6 HOMEMADE IRISH CREME LIQUEUR 1 3/4 cup Irish Whiskey 14 oz. can sweetened condensed cream 1 cup Whipped or light cream 4 eggs 2T chocolate syrup 2T instant coffee 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. almond extract Combine in blender, blend until smooth. Will keep covered in refrigerator up to 1 month or more. (Recently submitted and published in O'Lochlainn's Journal of Irish Families by YT) AN IRISH TOAST "SLAINTE 'GUS SAOL AGAT TALAMH GAN CHIOS AGAT BEAN AR DO MHIAN AGAT LEANBH GACH BLIAIN AGAT SAOL FADA AGUS BAS IN EIRINN." TRANSLATION: "HEALTH AND LONG LIFE TO YOU LAND WITHOUT RENT TO YOU THE WOMAN OF YOUR CHOICE TO YOU A CHILD EVERY YEAR TO YOU A LONG LIFE, AND MAY YOUR BONES REST IN IRELAND." ERIN GO BRAGH !!!
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