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Mahedy Family newsletter - 1991-96

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1991-96


                                         3M


                                     MAHEDY-MCKAY


                                      MULLARCKY






                                                                 VOLUME VI
                                                                           MARCH 1991
                                                                           DAN TOUSE    
                                                                           RD1, BOX 1269
                                                                           MARYLAND, NY 12116






                                                                          MARCH 1991


                                                   
3M VI
TOP 'O THE DAY TO YA! WELL ANOTHER YEAR HAS PASSED US BY AND THE SHAMROCKS WILL SOON BE SPROUTING IN EVERY STORE WINDOW, CITIES WILL BE ANNOUNCING THE PARADES, AND O'TOUSE'S MULLARKEY WILL BE CLUTTERING YOUR MAILBOXES. SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER BRINGING A PROMISE OF BETTER TIMES TO COME. IT HAS NOT BEEN THE BEST OF YEARS FOR THE FAMILY, YOUR WRITER, OR INDEED, FOR THE WORLD. IT IS SAD TO REALIZE IN THIS DAY AND AGE CIVILIZED SOCIETY STILL FINDS IT NECESSARY TO GO TO WAR TO SOLVE ITS PROBLEMS. WE CAN ONLY HOPE AND PRAY FOR A RAPID END TO THE WAR WITH A MINIMAL LOSS OF LIFE ON ALL SIDES. CLOSER TO HOME THE FAMILY HAS SUFFERRED THE LOSS OF JOE BUTLER, OF WHOM I HAVE WRITTEN SO MUCH; EDITH MCKAY ZINZAC; AND MARY MCKAY DECKER, MY BELOVED AUNT AND GODMOTHER. IN ADDITION, MY GREAT UNCLE, ERNIE NEWCOMB, BROTHER OF MY GRANDMOTHER MARGARET NEWCOMB MCKAY, ALSO DIED LAST SUMMER. YOURS TRULY WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FROM SEPTEMBER 25 - JANUARY 10. (DON'T ASK) RESEARCH HAS BEEN A VIRTUAL BUST! I DID MANAGE TO COMPUTERIZE A GOOD PORTION OF MY GENEALOGICAL RECORDS. I COULD NOT VENTURE A GUESS AS TO THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RECORDS ON FILE. ONE FILE ON ONE BRANCH OF MY FATHER'S SIDE HAS @800 NAMES! MY FILE OF DIRECT ANCESTORS HAS 330+ RECORDS SPANNING SOME 16 GENERATIONS! IF ALL THE UNKNOWNS WERE FILLED IN THE NUMBER WOULD BE OVER 100,000! THE MAHEDY-MCKAY DISK IS FULL WITH OVER 600 RECORDS, THOUGH FAR FROM COMPLETE. UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS A "BUG" IN THE PROGRAM WHICH PREVENTS ME FROM EXTRACTING THE DATA! I ALSO HAVE THE LAST FEW 3M'S ON FILE AND SHOULD HAVE ALL PREVIOUS EDITIONS ON FILE BEFORE SUMMER. SON MICHAEL PATRICK SERVES AS MY TECHNICAL CONSULTANT. WE STILL HAVE NOT PUT TOGETHER A POLISHED PROGRAM TO MAKE 3M APPEAR A MORE PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION. HOPEFULLY NEXT YEAR'S EDITION WILL BE MORE REFINED. IN ANY EVENT, I HAVE THROWN TOGETHER ANOTHER HODGE-PODGE OF GENEALOGICAL AND IRISH TRIVIA WHICH I HOPE YOU WILL FIND INTER-ESTING AND/OR INFORMATIVE. SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU I'LL CLOSE BIDDING YOU AND YOURS ALL A VERY HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY ERIN GO BRAGH!!! DAN DEDICATION THE EARLIEST MEMORIES OF MY LIFE BEGIN AS A TODDLER IN A HOUSE ON 94 FULTON ST., AUBURN, THAT HAD ONCE BELONGED TO MY GRANDFATHER, JOHN D. MCKAY, BUT THEN BELONGED TO MY AUNT MARY AND UNCLE JACK. I CAN SEE THEM AS CLEARLY AS IF IT WAS YESTERDAY. MY OLDER SISTER, "MIDGE" TO THE AUBURNIANS, WAS IN THE ROOM WITH ME. I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE THAN TWO OR THREE, IF THAT. WE OFTEN VISITED THERE AND OCCASIONALLY STAYED OVER. I REMEMBER THE BIRTH OF MY COUSINS KATHY AND JOHNNY AND THE FAMILY'S MOVE TO 2 STANDART AVE, ON THE CORNER OF NORTH ST., JUST DOWN THE STREET FROM THE NEWCOMBS AND MALONEYS. IT SEEMS I SPENT PART OF ALMOST EVERY SUMMER IN AUBURN WITH EITHER AUNT MARY OR HER SISTER, AUNT JEAN. THEY WERE VERY HAPPY TIMES WHICH I SHALL ALWAYS CHERISH. I REMEMBER TOO WHEN MY YOUNGER COUSINS MARGARET AND MAUREEN WERE BORN. AUNT MARY HELPED A GOOD DEAL IN THE EARLY YEARS OF MY FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH AND WAS PARTICULARLY HELPFUL TO ME AFTER AUNT MAY DIED. SHE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND A WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR. ABOVE ALL, SHE HAD A DEEP LOVE OF FAMILY AND WE SHALL MISS HER VERY MUCH. I WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE THIS EDITION OF "3M" TO THE MEMORY OF MY DEAR AUNT, MARY MCKAY DECKER. *** IN MEMORIUM JOSEPH MILTON BUTLER - 99 - LOWVILLE, NY., 8 SEPT 90 JOSEPH WAS BORN IN ROME, NY, 1 JUNE 1891, SON OF SOLOMON AND ESTHER ANN MAHEDY BUTLER. THE FAMILY SOON MOVED TO AVA AND IN 1895 MOVED WITH THE POHL MFG. CO. TO VERONA ST., VERNON, NY. ON 10 APR 1926 HE MARRIED BERNICE SENECAL AND HAD TWO DAUGHTERS: BARBARA (MARTIN) OF LOWVILLE, AND SHIRLEY (GASSNER) OF NEW HARTFORD, NY. BY TRADE HE WAS A DRAFTSMAN AND MACHINIST. HE WAS ALSO A HUNTING ENTHUSIAST. AT AGE 95 HE WAS STILL ABLE TO GO OUT TO A HUNTING CAMP WITH A GROUP OF COMRADES WITH WHOM HE HAD HUNTED FOR 40+ YEARS AND JOKINGLY REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS "THE MIGHTY DEERSLAYER"! BESIDES HIS DAUGHTERS HE IS SURVIVED BY NINE GRANDCHILDREN AND 11 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. JOE IS NO STRANGER TO "3M" READERS. HIS INFLUENCE AND ASSISTANCE TO THIS WRITER HAVE BEEN PROFOUND, AS WILL BE HIS MEMORY. HE WAS THE LAST OF HIS GENERATION OF THE MAHEDY CLAN AND WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM. EDITH MCKAY ZINZAC - 82 - HAMBURG, NY MAY 1990 EDITH WAS BORN IN VERNON, NY, @1908, DAUGHTER OF FRANK AND CLARA MYERS MCKAY. SHE WAS THE LAST SURVIVING MEMBER OF THE FRANK MCKAY FAMILY. EDITH IS SURVIVED BY A DAUGHTER, MARYLOU BEERS OF HAMBURG; A GRANDSON; AND SEVERAL NEICES, NEPHEWS, AND COUSINS IN THE SHERILL-ONEIDA VICINITY. MARY MCKAY DECKER -69- AUBURN, NY; WEDNESDAY, 24 OCT 1990; MARY WAS BORN IN AUBURN, NY, 05 SEPT 1921, DAUGHTER OF JOHN D. AND MARY NEWCOMB MCKAY. AFTER THE DEATH OF HER MOTHER IN 1924 SHE WAS RAISED IN THE MCKAY HOMESTEAD IN VERNON, NY. SHE MARRIED JOHN DECKER ON 22 FEB 1941 IN VERNON AND MOVED TO AUBURN SHORTLY THEREAFTER. SHE IS SURVIVED BY HER HUSBAND; THREE DAUGHTERS, KATHLEEN JUPIN, MARGARET DECKER, AND MAUREEN SIMPSON, AND SON JOHN D., ALL OF AUBURN; TWO SISTERS, JEAN COSTELLO OF AUBURN AND KATHLEEN TOUSE OF ONEIDA, NY; THREE AUNTS, ELLEN NEWCOMB, BERNICE NEWCOMB CASPER, AND JOAN NEWCOMB LIVINGSTON, ALL OF AUBURN; THREE UNCLES, REV. BERNARD NEWCOMB OF ROCHESTER, FRANK NEWCOMB OF AUBURN, AND FIDELIS NEWCOMB OF ALBANY, NY; AND TWO GRANDCHILDREN. SHE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER. ***
DONAHUE
I HAVE BEGUN A RANDOM SEARCH OF THE 1842 CENSUS OF QUEBEC PROVINCE FOR OUR 3M ANCESTORS. SINCE THE RETURNS FOR MANY OF THE TOWNS ARE MISSING THIS EFFORT IS LITTLE BETTER THAN A SHOT IN THE DARK, BUT UNTIL I CAN FIND A MORE EFFICIENT (CHEAP) APPROACH IT IS BETTER THAN NOTHING. I HAVE FOUND A COUPLE OF DONAHUES IN THE MONTREAL VICINITY WHO MIGHT BE CONNECTED BUT SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT DATA TO REACH ANY CONCLUSIONS. IN THE PREVIOUS ISSUE I MENTIONED THAT COUSIN J.P.DONAHUE (ALFRED MAHEDY LINE) INDICATED THAT THE DONAHUES DESCEND FROM BRIAN BORU, IRELAND'S GREATEST KING, BUT I HAD NO DOCUMENTATION. I STILL DO NOT HAVE THE SPECIFIC DOCUMENTATION I HAD HOPED TO PRESENT BUT JIM RECENTLY SENT SOME INFORMATION WHICH MAY BE OF INTEREST. BRIAN BORU HIGH KING OF IRELAND, 1002-1014 TEIGE (d. 1023) DONNCHAD, KING OF MUNSTER, 1023-64 DEARBFORGAIL, m. DERMOT, KING OF LEINSTER & HIGH KING (d.1072) TURLOUGH, KING OF MURCHAD, KING OF MUNSTER 1064-86; HIGH LEINSTER,(d.1090) KING; 1072-86 DERMOT, KING OF MUNSTER DONCHAD, KING OF 1116-20 LEINSTER (d.1115) ENNA, KING OF LEINSTER (d.1126) TURLOUGH, KING OF THOMOND, DERMOT MACMURROUGH 1142-1167 KING OF LEINSTER (d.1171) DONNELL MOR m. URLACHAN, (dau of AOIFE m. RICHARD DERMOT MACMURROUGH) KING OF STRONGBOW, EARL THOMOND, (d. 1194) OF PEMBROKE DONOUGH CAIRBREACH, KING OF THO- ISABEL m. Wm. MAR- MOND 1239-42 SHALL, EARL OF PEMBROKE CONOR NA SUIDANE, KING OF THO- EVA m. Wm. DE MOND 1242-58 BRAOSE TEIGE CAELUISCE, KING OF MAUD m. ROGER MOR- THOMOND 1258-59 TIMER TURLOUGH, KING OF THOMOND EDMUND MORTIMER, (d. 1306) 1st LORD MORTIMER ROGER MORTIMER, 1st EARL OF MARCH MORTOGH, KING OF THOMOND 1307-43 SIR EDMOND MORTI- MER MAHON MOIMOY, KING OF THO- MOND 1343-69 ROGER MORTIMER, 2nd EARL OF MARCH BRIAN CATHA AN EANAIGH KING OF THOMOND 1370-99 EDMUND MORTIMER, 3rd EARL OF MARCH TURLOUGH BOG, KING OF THO- (d. 1382) MOND 1446-59 ROGER MORTIMER, 4th EARL (d.1398) TEIGE AN CHOMARD, KING OF THOMOND 1461-66 LADY ANNE MORTIMER m. RICHARD, EARL TURLOUGH DON, KING OF THO- OF CAMBRIDGE MOND 1499-1528 RICHARD, DUKE OF MACMURROUGH, LAST KING OF YORK THOMOND 1540-43; 1st EARL OF THOMOND & LORD INCHIQUIN EDWARD IV (d. 1551) ELIZABETH OF YORK DERMOD O'BRIEN, 2nd LORD INCH- m. HENRY VII IQUIN (d. 1557) MARGARET m. JAMES MURROUGH O'BRIEN, 3rd LORD IV, KING OF SCOTS INCHIQUIN (d. 1573) JAMES V MURROUGH O'BRIEN, 4th LORD INCHIQUIN (d. 1597) MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS m. HENRY, DERMOT O'BRIEN, 5th LORD LORD DARLEY INCHIQUIN (d. 1624) JAMES VI & I MARY (SISTER OF 1st EARL OF INCHIQUIN) m. DR. MICHAEL ELIZABETH m. FRED- BOYLE, ARCHBISHOP OF ARMAGH ERICK, KING OF BOHEMIA ELEANOR BOYLE m. WILLIAM HILL SOPHIA m. ERNEST MICHAEL HILL OF HILLSBOROUGH AUGUSTUS, ELECTOR OF HANOVER; ARTHUR HILL, 1st VISCOUNT DUNGANNON GEORGE I GEORGE II HON. ANNE HILL (d. 1831) m. GARRET WELLESLEY, 1st EARL FREDERICK, PRINCE OF MORNINGTON GEORGE III RICHARD WELLESLEY, MARQUES WELLESLEY; (BRO. OF ARTHUR, EDWARD, DUKE OF 1st DUKE OF WELLINGTON & P.M.) KENT ANNE WELLESLEY m. LORD WILLIAM QUEEN VICTORIA m. CHARLES AUGUSTUS CAVENDISH- ALBERT OF SAXE- BENTINCK (d. 1826) COBURG & GOTHA, PRINCE CONSORT REV. CHARLES WM. FREDERICK CAV- ENDISH-BENTINCK (d. 1865) EDWARD VII NINA CECILIA CAVENDISH-BENTINCK GEORGE V m. CLAUDE GEORGE BOWES-LYON, 14th EARL OF STATHMORE & KING- HORNE; LADY ELIZABETH BOWES-LYON m. KING GEORGE VI QUEEN ELIZABETH II OBVIOUSLY THERE IS ENOUGH HISTORY IN THE ABOVE PEDIGREE TO FILL A LIBRARY. A FEW YEARS AGO I WAS OVERWHELMED TO DISCOVER MY GRANDMOTHER, MADGE BLISS TOUSE, ALSO DESCENDED FROM BRIAN BORU AND SHARES AT LEAST THE FIRST TWELVE GENERATIONS ON DONNCHAD'S LINE! DONNCHAD HAD ANOTHER SON, DOMNAHL (DONALD), WHO TOOK THE SURNAME DONNCHADHA O'DONNCHADHA, WHICH BECAME O'DONOGHUE AFTER THE NOR- MAN INVASIONS. DONNCHAD, SON OF BRIAN, HAD HIS CROWN USURPED BY HIS NEPHEW, TURLOUGH, WHO BECAME HIGH KING OF IRELAND. THE O'DONAHUES CONTROLLED PORTIONS OF DESMOND, OR SOUTH MUNSTER, IN PRESENT DAY CORK AND KERRY. AT THE TIME OF THE NORMAN INVASION THEY ALSO SHARED CONTROL OF CASHEL IN TIPPERARY WITH THE MACCARTHY'S AND O'SULLIVANS. THEY ALL WERE LATER (1168) FORCED SOUTH TO CORK AND KERRY BY THE O'BRIENS. THIS KINGDOM EXTENDED FROM LISMORE IN CO. WATERFORD TO BRANDON HEAD IN CO. KERRY. FOR SOME TIME THE O'DONOGHUES AND MACCARTHYS LIVED AT BLARNEY UNTIL A DISPUTE FORCED THE O'DONOGHUES TO MOVE TO GLENFLISK! IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED THAT IT IS STILL UNCERTAIN IF OUR ANCESTOR PATRICK DONAHUE BELONGED TO THIS SAME O'DONOGHUE CLAN. HOWEVER, SINCE THERE WERE ONLY TWO MAJOR CLANS THE ODDS WOULD SEEM TO BE ABOUT FIFTY-FIFTY. MURCHAD, SON OF DEARBFORGAIL, IS ANCESTOR OF ONE OF THE MAJOR MURPHY CLANS. UNLIKE THE DONAHUES, THERE ARE MANY DISTINCT MURPHY SEPTS. THE HUSBAND OF MURCHAD'S GR.,GR.,GRANDAUGHTER, AOIFE (EVA), IS NOT A CHERISHED NAME IN IRISH HISTORY. RICHARD STRONGBOW WAS A PRINCIPLE FIGURE IN THE NORMAN INVASION AND LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEFEAT OF THE IRISH. WHETHER THE MARRIAGE WAS POLITICAL OR GENUINE ROMANCE IS UNKNOWN. NEVERTHELESS IT SEEMS SOMEWHAT IRONIC THAT BRIAN BORU, WHO SPENT HIS LIFE TRYING TO DRIVE OUT FOREIGN INVADERS, SHOULD END UP ANCESTOR OF SO MANY OF THOSE WHO TRIED FOR CENTURIES TO DESTROY THE IRISH RACE. INCIDENTALLY THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY ALSO DESCENDS FROM CONN OF THE ONE HUNDRED BATTLES MENTIONED IN A PREVIOUS ISSUE. (N.B. - THE ABOVE PEDIGREE, VIS A VIS THE O'DONOHUES, DOES NOT AGREE WITH THAT PUBLISHED IN VOL. V OF "3M". I HAVE CHECKED OTHER SOURCES WHICH LIST DONAHUE AS A EUGENIAN OR OWENACHT CLAN AND SUPPORT THE "3M" PEDIGREE. BRIAN BORU AND HIS DESCENDANTS WOULD BE DAL CASSIAN CLANS! THE ABOVE PEDIGREE IS ACCURATE AS PRESENTED. I'LL CHECK FURTHER.) MCKAY RESEARCH ON THE MCKAYS WAS NO MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN IT WAS ON THE DONAHUES. THERE WERE A FEW MCKAYS IN MONTREAL WHO MIGHT BE RELATED, BUT AGAIN THERE IS NOT ENOUGH DATA TO DRAW ANY CONCLU-SIONS. THERE WAS A DAVID MCKAY WHO WAS OLD ENOUGH TO BE THE FATHER OF OUR THOMAS BUT THE TEN FAMILY MEMBERS ALL BELONGED TO EITHER THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND OR THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, SO IT IS DOUBTFUL. THERE WAS ALSO A WM. MCKAY FAMILY WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN RELATED. FORTUNATELY SISTER "JUG" (KATHY) GAVE MY MOTHER A BIOGRAPHY OF IRVING BERLIN - AS THOUSANDS CHEER - FOR CHRISTMAS WHICH MY MOTHER LOANED TO ME. CHAPTER 10 IS ENTITLED "MACKAY'S MILLIONS" AND WAS QUITE FASCINATING. READERS MAY RECALL THAT IT IS BELIEVED THAT OUR MCKAYS ARE SAID TO HAVE BEEN COUSINS OF IRVING'S WIFE, ELLIN MACKAY. MY BEST GUESS IS THAT ELLIN'S GRANDFATHER, JOHN MACKAY, AND OUR THOMAS MCKAY WERE FIRST OR SECOND COUSINS. JOHN WAS BORN IN DUBLIN IN 1831 AND CAME WITH HIS FAMILY TO NYC IN 1840. I HAVE NOT YET LEARNED HIS PARENTS' NAMES BUT HIS FATHER DIED IN NYC IN 1842 CAUSING JOHN TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL TO HELP SUPPORT HIS MOTHER. AS MENTIONED IN AN EARLIER ISSUE JOHN EVENTUALLY WORKED HIS WAY TO CALIFORNIA AND THEN TO NEVADA. HE STRUGGLED THERE FOR SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE HE BECAME ONE OF FOUR INVESTORS IN THE FAMED COM- STOCK LODE SILVER MINES; AN ORIGINAL "BONANZA BARON". HE BECAME GOOD FRIENDS WITH A YOUNG REPORTER BY THE NAME OF SAMUEL CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN)! HE ALSO FELL IN LOVE AND MARRIED. AT THE AGE OF SIXTEEN MARIE LOUISE HUNGERFFORD HAD MARRIED A COUNTRY DOCTOR NAMED EDMUND BRYANT, COUSIN OF THE POET WM. CULLEN BRYANT. EDMUND WAS AN OPPORTUNIST WHO MOVED HIS FAMILY TO NEVADA BUT BECAME INVOLVED WITH DRUGS AND ALCOHOL, WANDERED OFF AND DIED, LEAVING MARIE IMPOVERISHED WITH TWO SMALL CHILDREN. SHE MANAGED TO SUBSIST BY TEACHING FRENCH. ONE CHILD DIED AND THE SURVIVING DAUGHTER WAS AN INVALID. AT THE AGE OF NINTEEN SHE MET AND MARRIED JOHN MACKAY WHO WAS THEN THIRTY-SIX. FOR SEVERAL YEARS THEY LIVED IN A PRIMITIVE MOUNTAINSIDE CABIN JUST OUTSIDE VIRGINIA CITY. THEIR FIRST SON, WILLIE, WAS ACTUALLY BORN IN A VIRGINIA CITY MINE WHEN MARIE UNEXPECTEDLY WENT INTO LABOR. NOT LONG AFTER WILLIE'S BIRTH MARIE FELT THEY WERE ENTITLED TO MORE IN LIFE AND SO THE THE FAMILY WENT ON A GRAND TOUR OF EUROPE. UPON RETURNING MARIE DECIDED SHE WANTED TO LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO. JOHN CONTINUED TO LIVE MODESTLY AND WORK NEAR THE MINES, THOUGH HE INDULGED MARIE'S EVERY WHIM. THEIR SECOND SON, CLARENCE H. MACKAY, ("CLARIE") WAS BORN IN SAN FRANCISCO 17 APRIL 1874. MARIE TIRED OF 'FRISCO AND SET UP ELABORATE QUARTERS IN PARIS WHERE SHE WAS PROMINENT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HOWEVER, SHE BECAME ANGRY WITH THE FRENCH BECAUSE THEY WOULD NOT ALLOW HER TO CONVERT THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE INTO A MEMORIAL TO PRESIDENT GRANT. MARIE THREATENED TO BUY IT! WHEN GRANT CAME TO PARIS SHE HOSTED A BALL IN HIS HONOR LASTING UNTIL FOUR IN THE MORNING. AFTER ANOTHER CONTRAVERSARY SHE MOVED TO LONDON. WHILE MARIE SURROUNDED HERSELF IN LUXURY AND HIGH SOCIETY - INCLUDING ROYALTY, JOHN CONTINUED LIVE AND WORK IN NEVADA. JOHN WAS BASICALLY A SHY MAN WHO CARED LITTLE FOR EXTRAVAGANCE AND "HIGH SOCIETY". WHILE HE SEEMED TO INDULGE MARIE'S EVERY WHIM, HE DID NOT EVEN REBUILD HIS HOME AFTER IT BURNED DOWN; HE SLEPT IN AN OFFICE OF A BUSINESS ASSOCIATE! FOR RECREATION HE BOXED A FEW ROUNDS THREE TIMES A WEEK. HE WAS GENUINELY LIKED AND RESPECTED BY HIS MEN. JOHN WOULD VISIT MARIE IN LONDON ONCE A YEAR. HE DETESTED ENGLAND NOT ONLY BECAUSE HE HAD LITTLE TOLERANCE FOR THE SUPERFICIALITY OF HIS WIFE'S SOCIAL CIRCLE, BUT HE CARRIED THE AGE OLD HATRED THE IRISH BORE FOR THE ENGLISH. BEFORE LEAVING FOR LONDON JOHN WOULD PREARRANGE WITH HIS BUSINESS MANAGER TO HAVE A CABLE SENT CALLING HIM HOME ON URGENT BUSINESS. IN 1893 JOHN WAS THE VICTIM OF AN ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION BY A MAN ENRAGED BECAUSE THE MONEY SPENT ON MARIE'S LATEST NECKLACE COULD FEED HUNDREDS OF HUNGARY FAMILIES. MARIE AND THE CHILDREN RUSHED HOME FROM EUROPE TO BE WITH HIM. JOHN SURVIVED. IT WAS ABOUT THIS TIME THAT THE SILVER MINES WERE BECOMING DEPLETED SO JOHN BEGAN TO BRANCH OUT. WITH A MAN NAMED J. BENNETT, OWNER OF THE NEW YORK HERALD, HE FORMED THE COMMERCIAL CABLE COMPANY. ALMOST IMMEDIATELY THE COMPANY STEAMER, THE MACKAY-BENNETT, BEGAN LAYING CABLE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC. THE VENTURE WAS GIVEN LITTLE CHANCE FOR SUCCESS BECAUSE IT WOULD BE COMPETING AGAINST JAY GOULD'S WESTERN UNION. BUT SUCCEED IT DID, THUS BREAKING THE GOULD MONOPOLY. UNFORTUNATELY, WILLIE AND CLARIE WERE RAISED ALMOST ENTIRELY BY THEIR MOTHER AND ACQUIRED HER SENSE OF VALUES. ENGULFED IN WEALTH THEY HAD PRIVATE TUTORS AND WERE SAID TO LIVE BETTER THAN THE CHILDREN OF THE ROYAL FAMILY. THE SNOBBISH ELITISM AND BIGOTRY OF MARIE'S SUPERFICIAL SOCIETY BECAME THEIR REALITY. THE BOYS NEVER LEARNED THE NECESSITY OR VALUE OF HONEST LABOR AS THEIR FATHER HAD HAD TO. IN OCTOBER 1895 JOHN RECEIVED A CABLE THROUGH HIS OWN COMPANY INFORMING HIM OF THE DEATH OF HIS SON WILLIE. HE LATER LEARNED WILLIE HAD DIED AS THE RESULT OF A POLO ACCIDENT. CLARIE WAS BROUGHT HOME TO BEGIN TO LEARN THE FAMILY BUSINESS. THERE WAS UNDOUBTEDLY A DEGREE OF CULTURE SHOCK FOR CLARIE IN THIS TRANSITION, BUT SINCE BOTH PARENTS WERE INTERNATIONALLY PROMINENT, HE MANAGED. BY 1898 HE MARRIED TO "KITTY" DUER, A FLIGHTY SOCIALITE FROM A FAIRLY DISTINGUISHED NYC FAMILY. FOR A WEDDING PRESENT JOHN GAVE THEM A MANSION ON THE CREST OF WHEATLEY HILLS IN ROSLYN, LONG ISLAND. THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR, SQUARE MILE ESTATE CONSISTED OF AN INDOOR TENNIS COURT, SWIMMING POOL, AND SQUASH COURT. BECAUSE OF THE SPECTACULAR VIEW OVERLOOKING THE BAY, IT WAS DUBBED "HARBOR HILL". CLARENCE ACQUIRED OTHER PROPERTIES AS WELL BUT HARBOR HILL BECAME THE SEAT OF THE MACKAY FAMILY. HE WAS SUCCESSFUL IN RECREATING THE SUPERFICIAL WORLD AND LIFE IN WHICH HE WAS RAISED AND SEEMED TO PREFER PLAYING POLO TO WORK. THEIR FIRST CHILD, "K" (CATHERINE), WAS BORN IN 1900. TWO YEARS LATER, ON 20 JUL 1902, JOHN MACKAY DIED OF PNEUMONIA IN LONDON LEAVING AN ESTATE OF 30-60 MILLION, AS WELL AS HIS COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY NOW KNOWN AS THE POSTAL TELAGRAPH AND CABLE COMPANY. WHILE CLARIE WORKED TO COMPLETE PLANS AND PROJECTS HIS FATHER HAD IN PROGRESS IT WAS EVIDENT HE HAD LITTLE HEAD FOR BUSINESS. HE REFUSED DAVID SARNOFF'S REQUEST FOR A MEAGER TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR INVESTMENT. SARNOFF FELT THAT HOME RADIO MIGHT BECOME THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE. MACKAY THOUGHT THIS WAS JUST THE SCHEME OF ANOTHER UPSTART JEW. SARNOFF EVENTUALLY CONVINCED RCA TO INVEST IN RADIOS AND LATER ROSE TO HEAD THE COMPANY. MARCONI ALSO APPROACHED MACKAY FOR BACKING IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS BUT MACKAY THOUGHT EVEN LESS OF ITALIANS THAN HE DID OF JEWS. YEARS BEFORE HIS HALF-SISTER HAD MARRIED AN ITALIAN COUNT WHO PROVED TO BE A WORTHLESS OPPORTUNIST AND CLARIE CONCLUDED ALL ITALIANS WERE ALIKE. THUS CLARIE LOST OUT ON TWO MAJOR INVESTMENTS TO ENHANCE HIS PERSONAL AND BUSINESS POSITION. ELLIN MACKAY WAS BORN AT HARBOR HILL ON 22 MAR 1903. SHE WAS RAISED IN THIS SUPERFICIAL ENVIRONMENT, GIVEN EVERY ADVANTAGE AND THE BEST OF EVERTHING, INCLUDING PRIVATE TUTORS AND SCHOOLS. WHILE SHE CHERISHED HER FATHER AND COULD NOT HELP BEING OVERWHELMED BY THE BEAUTY AND MAJESTY OF HARBOR HILL, THIS YOUNG LADY WHO DINED WITH THE PRINCE OF WALES (EDWARD VI) IN HER OWN HOME WAS KEENLY AWARE OF THE SHALLOWNESS OF "HIGH SOCIETY" AND FREQUENTLY WROTE ABOUT IT IN HER EARLY BOOKS AND MAGAZINE ARTICLES. ELLIN WAS FIERCELY INDEPENDENT. SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE INTELLECTUALLY ELITE OF NEW YORK AND BECAME A WRITER FOR THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE. HER FATHER WAS APPAULED WHEN HE LEARNED THEIR MIGHT BE A ROMANCE BREWING WITH THAT NO ACCOUNT SONGWRITER IRVING BERLIN. THAT JAZZMAN! A JEW!!! HE DID EVERYTHING HE COULD TO BREAK UP THE RELATIONSHIP, INCLUDING TAKING HER ON A YEAR LONG TRIP AROUND THE WORLD. BUT TIME AND DISTANCE DID NOT DO THE TRICK. THE DECISION TO MARRY CAME ABOUT QUICKLY. ON MONDAY MORNING 4 JAN 1926 IRVING CALLED ELLIN AND ASKED HER TO MARRY HIM THAT DAY. MAYOR "JIMMY" WALKER WAS BEGINNING HIS FIRST TERM THANKS, PERHAPS, TO A BERLIN TUNE. THEY TRIED TO MARRY IN SECRET AT CITY HALL. THE MARRIAGE CLERK DID NOT WANT TO DELAY HIS LUNCH BREAK BUT THEY DID FINALLY GET MARRIED. THE PRESS HAD A FIELD DAY. WHEN WORD REACHED CLARIE HE VIRTUALLY DISOWNED HER. ELLIN WAS WRITTEN OUT OF HIS WILL; HER ALLOWANCE WAS TERMINATED. THIS CONTINUED FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND WAS QUITE PAINFUL FOR ELLIN. CLARIE WAS NOT WITHOUT PROBLEMS OF HIS OWN. "KITTY" HAD RUN OFF WITH A PROMINENT, MARRIED, NEW YORK DOCTOR. THEY EVENTUALLY MARRIED. CLARIE REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE DIVORCE ON RELIGIOUS GROUNDS EVEN THOUGH HE HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN AN AFFAIR FOR SOME TIME. KITTY DIED YOUNG OF CANCER. CLARIE SEEMED GENUINELY MOVED. HE ALSO ENCOUNTERED PROBLEMS IN BUSINESS AND FINANCE. EVENTUALLY HE MERGED POSTAL CABLE WITH IT&T, SETTLING FOR STOCK INSTEAD OF CASH. HE ALSO BECAME PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF IT&T. THEN CAME THE STOCK MARKET CRASH. CLARENCE MACKAY HAD THE DISTINCTION OF BEING THE HEAVIEST LOSER OF ANY INDIVIDUAL IN THE MARKET. HARBOR HILL BECAME POPULARLY KNOWN AS "HEARTBREAK HOTEL"! CLARIE HAD TO SELL OR AUCTION VIRTUALLY ALL THE CONTENTS, CLOSE IT DOWN, AND MOVE INTO THE SERVANTS "COTTAGE" - A MANSION BY NORMAL STANDARDS. IRVING GAVE HIM A MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP PRESERVE HIS STANDARD OF LIVING. THE RIFT BETWEEN ELLIN AND HER FATHER ENDED BUT IT CAN NOT REALLY BE SAID THAT CLARIE EVER TRUELY ACCEPTED IRVING. THERE WAS SOME INDICATION THAT BOTH CLARENCE AND JOHN HAD SOME KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR IRISH ANCESTRY THOUGH THIS KNOWLEDGE DID NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN PASSED DOWN TO ELLIN, BASED ON HER 1980 LETTER TO ME. I WILL TRY TO CONTINUE PURSUING THIS LINE AS TIME PERMITS. ********************************************************** MAHEDY-MORAN THERE WAS NO SUCCESS IN THE 1842 CENSUS SEARCH. I DID FIND THE CENSUS RETURNS FOR HEMINGSFORD BUT FOUND NO TRACE OF EITHER FAMILY. THIS WOULD PROBABLY TEND TO CONFIRM THAT BOTH JOHN MAHEDY AND CHARLES MORAN HAD SETTLED IN SHERRINGTON DIRECTLY UPON THEIR ARRIVAL IN QUEBEC. MICHAEL AND PATRICK WERE PROBABLY STILL WORKING ON THE BLACK RIVER CANAL IN 1842. I ALSO FOUND SOME INFORMATION PERTAINING TO GEN. PHILIP SHERIDAN IN A LETTER FROM ZORA TO WILLIAM P. MAHEDY DATED 5 MAR 1973. THOUGH IT SHEDS NO LIGHT ON ANY CONNECTION TO THE MAHEDY - MORANS, IT MAY BE OF INTEREST. THE MATERIAL IS TAKEN FROM SHERIDAN'S MEMOIRS WRITTEN IN 1888. IN THE PREFACE HE STATES: "RESPECTFULLY DEDICATING THIS WORK TO MY COMRADES IN ARMS DURING THE WAR OF REBELLION, I LEAVE IT AS A HERITAGE TO MY CHILDREN, AND AS A SOURCE OF INFORMATION FOR THE FUTURE HISTORIAN." P.H. SHERIDAN, AUG.2, 1888, MONQUITT, MASS. "MY PARENTS, JOHN AND MARY SHERIDAN, CAME TO AMERICA IN 1830, HAVING BEEN INDUCED BY REPRESENTATIONS OF MY FATHER'S UNCLE, THOMAS GAINOR, THEN LIVING IN ALBANY, N.Y. THEY WERE BORN AND REARED IN THE COUNTY CAVAN, IRELAND, WHERE FROM EARLY MANHOOD MY FATHER HAD TILLED A LEASEHOLD ON THE ESTATE OF THE CHERRYMOUNT; AND THE SALE OF THIS LEASEHOLD PROVIDED HIM WITH THE MEANS TO SEEK A NEW HOME ACROSS THE SEA. MY PARENTS WERE BLOOD RELATIONS - COUSINS IN THE 2ND DEGREE - MY MOTHER WHOSE MAIDEN NAME WAS MINOR, HAVING DESCENDED FROM A COLLATERAL BRANCH OF MY FATHER'S FAMILY. BEFORE LEAVING IRELAND THEY HAD TWO CHILDREN, AND ON THE 6TH OF MARCH 1831, THE YEAR OF THEIR ARRIVAL IN THIS COUNTRY, I WAS BORN IN ALBANY, N.Y., THE THIRD CHILD IN A FAMILY WHICH EVENTUALLY INCREASED TO SIX - FOUR BOYS AND TWO GIRLS." "THE PROSPECTS IN ALBANY DID NOT MEET THEIR EXPECTATION, SO IN 1832 THEY MOVED TO THE VILLAGE OF SOMERSET, PERRY CO., OHIO, WHICH SECTION IN THE EARLIEST DAYS OF THE STATE WERE COLONIZED FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND MARYLAND. AT THIS TIME GREAT PUBLIC WORKS - CANALS AND MACADAMIZED ROADS, WERE IN THE COURSE OF CONSTRUCTION. MY FATHER TURNED HIS ATTENTION TO THEM. AFTER SOME EXPERIMENTING, FATHER TOOK UP CONTRACTING AS A BUSINESS, WITH SOME GOOD FORTUNE FOR A WHILE, BUT IN 1853, HIS SMALL SAVINGS WERE SWALLOWED UP IN BANKRUPTCY CAUSED BY THE FAILURE OF THE CIOTA AND HACKING VALLEY R.R. CO., FOR WHICH HE WAS FULFILLING A CONTRACT. THIS DISASTER LEFT HIM ONLY A SMALL FARM JUST OUTSIDE SOMERSET, WHERE HE DWELT UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1875." "MY FATHER'S OCCUPATION KEPT HIM FROM HOME MUCH OF THE TIME DURING MY BOYHOOD, AS A CONSEQUENCE I GREW UP UNDER THE SOLE GUIDANCE AND TRAINING OF MY MOTHER, WHOSE EXCELLENT COMMON SENSE AND CLEAR DISCERNMENT IN EVERY WAY FITTED HER FOR HER MATERNAL DUTIES." ("MY MOTHER HAS DIED SINCE THE ABOVE WAS WRITTEN.") P.H.S. SHERIDAN HAD LITTLE FORMAL EDUCATION PRIOR TO ENTERING WEST POINT. WHEN HE BECAME OLD ENOUGH HE ATTENDED THE "VILLAGE SCHOOL WHICH WAS TAUGHT BY AN OLD TIME IRISH MASTER." HE ACQUIRED "A SMATTERING OF GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY, EXPLORED THE MYSTERIES OF PIKE'S ARITHMETIC, AND BULLION'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR. WHILE HE CONTINUED VOLUNTARY STUDY OF THESE SUBJECTS, HE LEFT SCHOOL AT AGE FOURTEEN TO WORK IN THE VILLAGE STORE FOR $24.00 PER YEAR. ABOUT A YEAR LATER HE ACCEPTED ANOTHER POSITION AT $60.00 PER YEAR. BEFORE THAT YEAR ENDED ANOTHER POSITION WAS OFFERED IN A DRY-GOODS STORE FOR $120.00 PER YEAR. THERE HE WAS ENGAGED PRIMARILY IN BOOKKEEPING THOUGH HE HAD ONLY BASIC ARITHMETIC SKILLS. HIS PERSONAL READING IN HISTORY LED HIM TO BE CONSIDERED AS SOMEWHAT OF AN AUTHORITY LOCALLY. THE LOCAL CONGRESSMAN IN SHERIDAN'S DISTRICT ENGINEERED HIS APPOINTMENT TO WEST POINT. EN ROUTE TO WEST POINT HE STOPPED IN ALBANY TO VISIT HIS FATHER'S UNCLE, THEN JOURNEYED "DOWN THE RIVER" TO WEST POINT. "COUSIN" PHIL DOES NOT SHED MUCH LIGHT ON HIS ANCESTRY, CER-TAINLY NOTHING THAT MIGHT INDICATE HOW THE SHERIDAN CLAN MIGHT BE CONNECTED TO THE MAHEDY-MORAN FAMILY. THE FACT THAT HIS PARENTS WERE SECOND COUSINS WOULD MEAN THEY HAD THE SAME GREAT-GRANDPARENTS AND PROBABLY DATE BACK PRIOR TO 1700. SINCE HIS PARENTS BOTH DIED RELATIVELY LATE IN THE 1800'S IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO LEARN THEIR MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAMES OR OTHER DATA THAT MIGHT HELP TIE OUR LINES TOGETHER. HIS MOTHER'S MAIDEN IS GIVEN AS "MEENAGH" BY HIS BIGRAPHER AND DESCRIBED AS A "BEAUTIFUL AND CAPABLE IRISH GIRL." MINOR IS AN ANGLISIZED VARIANT OF MINOR. SHERIDAN FURTHER STATED HIS FATHER'S UNCLE WAS THOMAS GAINOR. I AM ASSUMING FROM THE WAY IT WAS WORDED THAT THOMAS IS JOHN'S MOTHER'S BROTHER AND THUS HER MAIDEN NAME WOULD HAVE BEEN GAINOR. IN AN EARLIER ISSUE I MENTIONED THE MAHEDY-MORANS AND THE SHERIDAN FAMILY WERE SAID TO HAVE COME FROM IRELAND ON THE SAME SHIP. IF THIS IS TRUE WE NOW KNOW FROM SHERIDAN HIMSELF THAT THEY ARRIVED IN 1831, PRIOR TO MARCH. INCIDENTLY, I BELIEVE ELIZABETH MAHEDY WAS ALSO BORN IN 1831 AT SHERRINGTON, QUEBEC. HER BROTHER MICHAEL (1815-1895) SAID HE HAD TO GO "UP THE HUDSON" TO BE GOD-FATHER TO THE SHERIDAN CHILD". I WILL TRY TO CHECK THE PASSENGER ARRIVAL LISTS FOR 1831 TO CONFIRM THE ABOVE. WELL, I'VE GIVEN YOU A BIT MORE TRIVIA BUT STILL HAVE NOT PROVEN ANYTHING! MORE LATER ... *** GILLETT-KEECH: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING NEW HAS BEEN FOUND ON THE GILLETT LINE AND NOT MUCH MORE THAN THAT ON THE KEECH LINE. I CONFESS TO BEING SOMEWHAT NEGLIGENT IT THIS BRANCH OF RESEARCH, BUT WILL TRY TO "GET IT TOGETHER" THIS YEAR! THE WINTER ISSUE OF THE KEECH NEWSLETTER DID REFER TO THE KEECHES IN THE TOWN OF WESTERN. ONE OF THE RESEARCHERS SUBMITTED INFORMATION STATING THAT GEORGE KEECH OF WESTERN, PROBABLE BROTHER OF ELIZABETH KEECH GILLETT, WAS THE SAME KEECH LISTED IN THE DAR PATRIOT INDEX WHO DIED IN 1830. I HAVE NOT HAD TIME YET TO SUBMIT A CORRECTION, BUT THEY ARE NOT THE SAME. "OUR" GEORGE WAS BORN 1794 AND THUS TOO YOUNG TO HAVE SERVED IN THE REVOLUTION. THE PATRIOT GEORGE IS BURIED WITH HIS WIFE AND AT LEAST ONE DAUGHTER IN THE KNOXBORO-AUGUSTA CEMETERY. I HAVE BEEN TO THAT CEMETERY AND HAVE PICTURES (SOMEWHERE!). HE ALSO CLAIMED THAT ONE ISRAEL KEECH RESIDED IN THE TOWN OF WESTERN "FOR SOME YEARS". IT IS POSSIBLE THAT HE HAS INFORMATION WHICH I HAVE NOT YET DISCOVERED, BUT MY INFORMATION INDICATES ISRAEL CAME FROM CANADA TO THE VILLAGE OF UNADILLA, ABOUT TWENTY MILES FROM ME. I HAVE BEEN TO UNADILLA AND FOUND SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE ISRAEL KEECH FAMILY BURIED IN THE VILLAGE CEMETERY. I SUSPECT THERE MAY BE A CONNECTION BETWEEN THESE THREE KEECH FAMILIES BUT NOT AS CLOSE AS WAS IMPLIED IN THE KEECH NEWSLETTER. THE ARTICLE ALSO MENTIONED SIX KEECHES WHO SERVED IN THE REVOLUTION. OF THOSE SIX THERE WERE TWO WHO SERVED IN TRYON CO. TROOPS: JOHN, IN THE TRYON CO. MILITIA RANGERS; AND JAMES IN THE TRYON CO. 3RD REGIMENT. TRYON CO. LATER BECAME MONTGOMERY CO. I BELIEVE JAMES AND JOHN MAY BE BROTHERS, AND MAYBE THE SAME JAMES (SR.) AND JOHN IN THE 1825 CENSUS FOR THE TOWN OF WESTERN. THE KEECH NAME DATES BACK AS EARLY AS 1206. IT IS MENTIONED IN HENRY IV AND HENRY VIII. THERE WAS ALSO A RICHARD KEECH, DUKE OF MONMOUTH, WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE MONMOUTH REBELLION OF 1685. "THIS DUKE OF MONMOUTH WAS NOT A LEGITIMATE SON OF THE LATE KING AND WAS BADLY DEFEATED IN THE WEST (WALES?) BY THE CATHOLIC MAJORITY." HE WAS TRIED FOR TREASON AND SENTENCED TO SLAVERY IN BARBADOS. I CAN NOT TELL IF THE ABOVE QUOTE IMPLIES RICHARD WAS THE ILLIGITIMATE SON OF THE "LATE KING"! TAIN BO CUAILNGE WHEN WE LEFT CU CHULAINN HE HAD JUST MARRIED EMER AND BROUGHT HER TO KING CONCHOBAR IN THE HOUSE OF THE RED BRANCH. NOW IT IS TIME TO DISCUSS THE CURSE OF MACHA. FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES THE KINGDOM OF ULSTER AND THE KINGDOM OF CONNACHT WERE BITTER ENEMIES. PERHAPS IT DATED BACK TO WHEN THE FIR BOLG DIVIDED IRELAND AMONGST IT TRIBES; OR WHEN THE TUATHA DE DROVE THE FIR BOLG INTO CONNACHT. AT ANY RATE, THE RIVALRY STILL RAGED ON IN THE TIME OF CU CHULAINN. BORDER SKIRMISHES AND CATTLE RAIDS WERE COMMONPLACE. SOMETIMES THE ULSTER MEN WON; SOMETIMES THE MEN FROM CONNACHT. TWO FACTORS NOW SEEMED TO GIVE CONNACHT THE EDGE. ONE OF ULSTER'S GREATEST WARRIORS (AND REPORTED ANCESTOR OF THE MAHEDY CLAN), FERGUS MAC RIOCH, DEFECTED FROM ULSTER TO CONNACHT BECAUSE HE FELT KING CONCHOBAR HAD TREATED HIM DISHONOR-ABLY. SECONDLY, WHENEVER ULSTER WAS SERIOUSLY THREATENED A STRANGE DEBILITY SEEMED TO IMPEDE THE MIGHTY WARRIORS OF THE RED BRANCH. OUT IN THE LONELY HILLS OF ULSTER THERE LIVED A HANDSOME AND WEALTHY NOBLEMAN NAMED CRUNNCHU MAC AGNOMAN AND HIS FOUR SONS. ONE DAY A BEAUTIFUL LADY ENTERED HIS HOME AND SILENTLY BEGAN TO UNDER-TAKE HOUSEKEEPING CHORES. GRADUALLY SHE ASSUMED INCREASING RESPON-SIBILITY AND SOON BECAME HIS WIFE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TIMES. BUT SHE WAS NO ORDINARY WOMAN! THIS WAS MACHA; A GODDESS ON A PAR WITH RIANNON, "GREAT QUEEN" OF THE WELSH. WITH MACHA'S INFLUENCE CRUNNCHU GREW INCREASINGLY PROSPEROUS. THEY WERE TRUELY HAPPY AND IN DUE TIME MACHA BECAME PREGNANT. LIKE MANY CULTURES, THERE WERE CERTAIN DAYS IN THE YEAR WHEN THOUSANDS THROUGHOUT ULSTER WOULD GATHER FOR MAJOR ASSEMBLIES AND FESTIVITES. CRUNNCHU PLANNED TO ATTEND THE NEXT ASSEMBLY BUT WAS IMPLORED BY MACHA NOT TO GO LEST HE SAY SOMETHING THAT MIGHT ENDANGER THEM. CRUNNCHU PROMISED HE WOULD USE DISCRETION. AMIDST ALL THE EXCITEMENT OF GAMES, SALES, AND CONTESTS, HE OVERHEARD SOME MEN PRAISING THE BEAUTY AND SPEED OF THE KING'S HORSES. "MY WIFE RUNS MORE SWIFTLY THAN THEY". KING CONCHOBAR WAS ENRAGED! HE ORDERED HIS GUARDS TO BRING CRUNNCHU BEFORE HIM AND DEMANDED THAT HE BRING HIS WIFE TO THE RACE COURSE. CRUNNCHU WAS BOUND WHILE MESSENGERS WENT FOR MACHA. WHEN THEY EXPLAINED THE SITUATION SHE BEGGED TO BE LEFT ALONE FOR SHE WAS IN AN OBVIOUS STATE OF ADVANCED PREGNANCY. THE KING'S MEN TOLD HER HER HUSBAND WOULD PROBABLY BE EXECUTED IF SHE FAILED TO RETURN WITH THEM. WHEN SHE ARRIVED, THE CROWDS GATHERED ABOUT HER. SHE YELLED OUT FOR THEM TO BACK OFF; IT WAS INDECENT TO STARE AT HER IN HER CONDITION. MACHA DEMANDED TO KNOW WHY SHE WAS THERE. WHEN SHE WAS TOLD SHE WAS TO RACE THE KING'S HORSES SHE COMPLAINED SHE WAS DUE TO DELIVER AT ANY MOMENT. CONCHOBAR GAVE THE ORDER TO SLICE CRUNNCHU TO PIECES WITH THEIR SWORDS. MACHA CRIED OUT TO THE PEOPLE FOR HELP. SURELY THEY COULD UNDERSTAND A MOTHER'S PLIGHT. BUT THEY IGNORED HER. SHE AGAIN BEGGED CONCHOBAR TO RESCIND HIS ORDER, AT LEAST UNTIL SHE DELIVERED. HE REFUSED. IT WAS THEN THAT MACHA PLACED A CURSE ON ALL THOSE WHO FAILED TO TAKE PITY ON HER. THEY, AND THEIR DESCENDANTS, WOULD ENDURE EVEN GREATER SHAME THAN SHE WAS FORCED TO ENDURE. THE SITE OF HER DEBASEMENT WOULD FOREVER BEAR HER NAME. WITH THAT SHE COMMENCED THE RACE. MACHA OUT-PACED THE KING'S BEST HORSES WITH EASE, EVEN IN HER BAREFOOT AND PREGNANT STATE, AND WITH AN AGONIZING SCREAM GAVE BIRTH TO TWINS BEFORE THE HORSE COULD REACH THE FINISH LINE. HEARING THE SCREAM, THE CROWD TRIED TO MOVE BUT FOUND THEY WERE AS WEAK AS A WOMAN IN LABOR. MACHA VOWED THAT FOR NINE GENERATIONS WHEN EVER ULSTER FACED SERIOUS THREAT HER MEN WOULD EXPERIENCE THE SAME HELPLESSNESS AS A WOMAN IN CHILDBIRTH. AND FROM THAT DAY ON, THE SITE OF THE INFAMOUS RACE AT CONCHOBAR'S PALACE BECAME KNOWN AS EMAIN MACHA - MACHA'S TWINS! WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE FREE OF THE CURSE AS WAS CU CHULAINN WHO CAME FROM A DIFFERENT PLACE. IN THAT DAY AND TIME THE PIG WAS THE MOST HIGHLY PREFERRED ANIMAL FOR FEASTS SO IT SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISING THAT THE SWINE- HERD WAS WELL RESPECTED BY THE ANCIENT CELTS. OCHALL, THE OTHERWORLD GOD WHO RULED THE SIDH OF CONNACHT, HAD A DRUIDIC SWINE-HERD NAMED RUCHT (GRUNT) WHO WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF FRIUCH (BRISTLE), THE DRUIDIC SWINE-HERD OF BODB, THE OTHERWORLD GOD WHO RULED THE SIDH OF MUNSTER. ONE AUTUMN THERE WAS A LARGE HARVEST OF FRUITS AND ACORNS IN MUNSTER SO RUCHT TOOK HIS PIGS SOUTH TO GRAZE IN HIS FRIEND'S WOODS. THERE WAS A DISPUTE GROWING ABOUT WHO HAD THE STRONGER DRUID ARTS AND THE SWINE-HERDERS WERE FEELING THE PRESSURE. THEY DISCUSSED THE PROBLEM AND DECIDED UPON A FRIENDLY TEST. FRIUCH WOULD PUT A SPELL ON RUCHT'S PIGS SO THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY ATE, THEY WOULD NOT GROW FAT, BUT FRIUCH'S PIGS WOULD. IT WORKED. RUCHT'S PIGS WERE SKIN AND BONES, CAUSING HIM TO BE THE LAUGHING STOCK OF CONNACHT. THE NEXT YEAR RUCHT DID THE SAME THING TO FRIUCH WITH EQUAL SUCCESS. THE ARGUMENT WAS SETTLED; CLEARLY THEY HAD EQUAL POWER. HOWEVER, BOTH HERDS WERE NOW SO PATHETIC THAT BODB AND OCHALL WERE ANGERED AT THEIR CONDITION SO THEY FIRED THE SWINE-HERDS. THIS ENDED THE FRIENDSHIP OF RUCHT AND FRIUCH. THEY CHANGED THEMSELVES TO HAWKS AND FOUGHT OVER THE SIDHS OF BODB AND OCHALL FOR TWO YEARS. THEY THEN BECAME WATER CREATURES AND FOUGHT FOR A YEAR ON THE SHANNON AND ANOTHER YEAR ON THE RIVER SUIR. NEXT THEY FOUGHT AS STAGS, GNAWING ON EACH OTHER'S HIND. THEY ALSO FOUGHT AS SPIRITS, WARRIORS, DRAGONS, AND FINALLY EELS. BUT THEY WERE SO EQUAL NEITHER COULD EVER WIN. THEY WERE ULTIMATELY SEPARATED WHEN ONE WAS SWALLOWED BY A COW DRINKING IN THE RIVER CUAILGNE IN ULSTER. THE OTHER SLITHERED INTO A WELL IN CONNACHT AND WAS SWALLOWED BY A COW BELONGING TO QUEEN MEDB. EACH COW LATER PRODUCED BULL CALVES WHICH GREW INTO MAGICAL BULLS: DONN (THE LORDLY ONE) OF CUAILGNE; AND FINDBENNACH (THE WHITE-HORNED ONE) IN CONNACHT. QUEEN MEDB, MENTIONED ABOVE, HELD HER COURT AT CRUA-CHAN IN CONNACHT WITH HER CONSORT AILILL. DURING THE CELEBRATION OF SAMAIN, A DANGEROUS FEAST FROM WHENCE WE GET OUR HALLOWEEN, A LARGE FESTIVAL WAS BEING PREPARED. TWO PRISONERS HAD BEEN HUNG THE PRE-VIOUS DAY AND REMAINED THERE SWAYING IN THE WILD WIND. IT WAS THE CUSTOM OF THE TIME TO TIE THE FEET WITH SACRED WILLOW TWIGS IN ORDER TO REST THEIR GHOSTS. AILILL PROMISED ANYONE BRAVE ENOUGH TO GO OUT IN THE DARK AND TIE THE FEET OF THE PRISONERS WOULD BE GRANTED THEIR WISH. THIS REQUIRED GREAT COURAGE. ON SAMAIN THE OTHERWORLD WAS ACCESSIBLE TO MORTAL MAN - AT THEIR OWN RISK - AND THE OTHERWORLD GODS OFTEN PLAYED TRICKS TO LURE MEN IN. ONE BY ONE THEY TRIED BUT EACH IN TURNED WAS SCARED OFF BY WIND AND RAIN AND DARKNESS OF NIGHT AND MIND. ONE OF AILILL'S MEN BY THE NAME OF NERA WAS CONFIDENT HE WOULD SUCCEED SO AILILL PROMISED TO GIVE NERA HIS GOLDHILTED SWORD AS A REWARD. HE TRIED THREE TIMES TO TIE THE TWIGS AROUND THE FEET OF ONE PRISONER BUT EACH TIME THEY SPRANG OFF. FINALLY THE CORPSE TOLD NERA IF HE WANTED THE TWIGS TO STAY THEY MUST BE PROPERLY FASTENED WITH A PEG. AFTER HE SUCCEEDED THE CORPSE THEN TOLD NERA TO TAKE HIM FOR A DRINK, AS HE HAD BEEN THIRSTY AT THE TIME OF HIS HANGING, SO NERA CARRIED THE PRISONER ON HIS BACK. WHEN THEY APPROACHED THE FIRST HOUSE IT SUDDENLY BECAME SURROUNDED BY A SEA OF FIRE. THE CORPSE SAID TO MOVE ON BECAUSE THAT FAMILY HAD PUT ITS FIRE OUT. THE NEXT HOUSE THEY APPROACHED BECAME ENCIRCLED WITH A SEA OF WATER WHICH THE DEAD MAN SAID MEANT THEY HAD PUT THEIR WATER POTS OUT. NOTHING HAPPENED AT THE THIRD HOUSE SO THEY DRANK THEIR FILL WHILE THE INHABITANTS WATCHED IN TERROR UNTIL THE CORPSE SPAT IN THEIR FACES AND THEY ALL DROPPED DEAD. THEN NERA CARRIED THE QUIET CORPSE BACK TO THE GALLOWS. WHEN NERA RETURNED TO AILILL'S FORTRESS AT CRUACHAN HE WAS TERRORIZED. THE FORTRESS HAD BEEN BURNED DOWN AND ALL THE INHABITANTS BEHEADED BY OTHERWORLD WARRIORS. HE RUSHED TO CRUACHANN CAVE, THE ENTRANCE TO THE OTHER-WORLD. THERE HE WAS CONFRONTED BY THE WARRIORS CARRYING THE HEADS TO THEIR KING. NERA WAS ALSO TAKEN BEFORE THE KING WHERE HE WAS ORDERED TO BRING THE KING A BUNDLE OF FIREWOOD EACH DAY AND LIVE IN THE HOME OF A SINGLE WOMAN. THEY FELL IN LOVE AND WERE SECRETLY MARRIED. WHEN NERA TOLD HIS WIFE OF THE HORRORS HE HAD WITNESSED IN THE FORTRESS AT CRUACHAN SHE TOLD HIM THEY WERE ONLY ILLUSIONS, BUT IF HE DID NOT WARN HIS PEOPLE, THEY WOULD BECOME REALITY. NERA DID NOT SEE HOW HE COULD POSSIBLY DO THIS SINCE HE HAD ALREADY BEEN GONE THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS. SHE EXPLAINED THAT LITTLE TIME HAD PASSED IN THE MORTAL WORLD AND THE FEAST HE LEFT WAS STILL IN PROGRESS. HE SHOULD GO QUICKLY AND TELL AILILL AND MEDB TO DESTROY THE SIDH MOUND AT CRUACHAN BEFORE TWO SAMAINS PASSED AND TAKE THE KING'S PRECIOUS CROWN. IN THE MEANTIME SHE WOULD BEAR HIM A SON BEFORE THE NEXT SAMAIN. FINALLY HIS WIFE TOLD HIM TO WARN HER BEFORE ANY RAIDS SO THAT SHE COULD PROTECT HIS SON, HIS CATTLE, AND ALL HIS OTHERWORLD POSSESSIONS. NERA RETURNED TO CRUACHAN AND SAW EVERTHING WAS AS HIS WIFE SAID. HE RECEIVED THE GILT-EDGED SWORD AILILL HAD PROMISED AS WELL AS THE GRATITUDE OF MEDB AND AILILL FOR SAVING THEM FROM THE OTHERWORLD SLAUGHTER. THE FOLLOWING YEAR WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR SAMAIN NERA LEFT THE COURT OF AILILL AND MEDB TO RETURN TO HIS WIFE. AS SHE HAD PROMISED, SHE HAD BORE HIM A SON. SHE ALSO EXPLAINED THAT SHE HAD DELIVERED THE FIREWOOD IN HIS ABSENCE SO THAT THE KING WOULD NOT BECOME SUSPICIOUS. ONE OF NERA'S COWS HAD BEEN GIVEN TO HIS INFANT SON. THEN NERA WAS ASKED TO GUARD THE CATTLE WHILE HIS WIFE ATTENDED TO OTHER MATTERS. AFTER SOME TIME NERA FELL ASLEEP AND HIS SON'S COW WAS STOLEN. BY THE TIME NERA CAUGHT UP WITH THE THIEF, HIS SON'S COW HAD BEEN MATED WITH A BULL. IT JUST SO HAPPENED THAT THIS BULL WAS THE DONN OF CUAILGNE. SOON IT WAS TIME FOR NERA TO RETURN TO CRUACHAN. WHEN ANOTHER YEAR HAD PASSED AND SAMAIN APPROACHED, AILILL WENT TO NERA AND INSTRUCTED HIM TO RETURN TO THE OTHERWORLD TO WARN HIS WIFE AND SAVE HIS SON AND CATTLE FOR THEY WERE READY TO ATTACK THE SIDH. THIS NERA DID. AS HE SNUCK HIS CATTLE FROM THE CAVE, A YOUNG BULL CALF PRO-DUCED FROM THE STOLEN COW AND DONN OF CUAILGNE BELLOWED THREE TIMES WITH THE FULL POWER OF HIS LUNGS. THE NOISE WAS HEARD BY FINDBENNACH, THE WHITE-HORNE BULL OF CONNACHT. TO PROTECT HIS TURF FROM THE INTRUSION OF A YOUNG CALF FINNBENNACH CHARGED WITH FULL FORCE. THE BULLS FOUGHT ALL DAY AND FINALLY THE YOUNG CALF LAID ON THE FIELD DYING, BELLOWING DEFIANTLY. QUEEN MEDB BEGGED HER DRUIDS TO INTERPRET THE ANIMAL'S LANGUAGE. THEY TOLD HER IT SAID IF HIS FATHER, THE GREAT BULL OF ULSTER WOULD HAVE WIPED THE PLAIN OF CRUACHAN WITH THE CARCASS OF FINNBENNACH! THE QUEEN THEN VOWED SHE WOULD NOT REST UNTIL SHE WAS ABLE TO SEE THOSE TWO GREAT BULLS DO BATTLE. THEN THE WARRIORS OF CONNACHT TOGETHER WITH FERGUS AND HIS BAND OF EXILES ATTACKED THE OTHERWORLD CAVE OF CRUACHAN, DESTROYING IT AND MADE OFF WITH THE KING'S ROYAL CROWN. NERA REMAINED WITH HIS WIFE AND SON, NEVER AGAIN TO RETURN TO THE WORLD OF MORTALS. ONE NIGHT AS MEDB AND AILILL LIE IN BED HE REMARKED THAT THE OLD SAYING IS TRUE: "THE WIFE OF A WEALTHY MAN IS INDEED LUCKY." HE WENT ON TO SAY HOW MUCH BETTER OFF SHE WAS NOW THAN WHEN SHE WAS SINGLE. MEDB REMINDED HIM THAT HER FATHER, THE HIGH KING OF IRE-LAND GAVE HER THE WHOLE PROVINCE OF CONNACT TO RULE; SHE HAD BEEN WEALTHY IN HER OWN RIGHT AND COULD HAVE HAD ANY MAN IN IRELAND. SHE FOUND A MAN WHO WAS KIND, COURAGEOUS, AND FREE FROM JEALOUSY, AND WAS HAPPY. BUT SHE HAD ALSO BROUGHT A GREAT DOWRY AND HE WAS IN FACT A KEPT MAN. THE DISCUSSION ESCALATED INTO AN ARGUMENT. AILILL HAD TWO BROTHERS WHO WERE KINGS AND WOULD HAVE BEEN A KING HIMSELF EXCEPT HE WAS TOO YOUNG. AND WHOEVER HEARD OF A WOMAN RULER. THE NEXT DAY THEY COMPARED ALL THEIR ASSETTS AND APPEARED TO BE EQUAL EXCEPT THAT AILILL ONWED THE MAGNIFICENT BULL, FINNBENNACH, AND MEDB HAD NO BULL TO MATCH. SHE BECAME OBSESSED WITH ACQUIRING A SUPERIOR BULL OF HER OWN. FINALLY MAC ROTH, HER MESSENGER, TOLD HER OF THE DONN OF CUAILGNE, THE GREAT BULL IN ULSTER NOW POSSESSED BY DAIRE MAC FIACHNA. IMMEDIATELY MEDB RE- CALLED THE "WORDS" OF THE DYING CALF AND SENT MAC ROTH TO DAIRE TO TRY AND BORROW THE BULL FOR ONE YEAR TO BREED WITH HER COWS. DAIRE READILY AGREED, THEN PROVIDED A BOUNTY OF MEAT AND ALE TO MAC ROTH AND HIS PARTY. THE MEN BECAME INCREASINGLY INTOXICATED AND BEGAN TO BOAST AMOUNGST THEMSELVES THAT THEY WOULD HAVE STOLLEN THE BULL IF DAIRE HAD NOT AGREED. ONE OF THE SERVANTS OVERHEARD THIS AND REPORTED IT TO HIS LORD. DAIRE WAS FURIOUS AND THE NEXT MORNING REFUSED TO ALLOW THE BULL TO LEAVE. MAC ROTH REPORTED BACK TO MEDB WHO SAID INDEED THE BULL WOULD HAVE TO BE TAKEN BY FORCE. SHE AND AILILL GATHERED SOLDIERS FROM THROUGHOUT IRELAND'S FOUR PROVINCES. THEY WAITED FOR TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE DRUIDS ANNOUNCED GOOD OMENS AND THEN MOVED TOWARD ULSTER WITH QUEEN MEDB LEADING THE MARCH IN HER CHARIOT. THEY HAD NOT GONE FAR WHEN THEY BEHELD A GOLDEN HAIRED BEAUTY IN A GRAND CHARIOT HOLDING A GOLD DRUIDIC WAND. MEDB ASKED HER NAME AND SHE REPLIED SHE WAS THE DRUIDESS FEDELM FROM SCOTLAND. FEDELM SAID SHE HAD BEEN STUDYING THE DRUIDIC ARTS AND POETRY, AND IN RESPONSE TO FUTHER INQUIRY FROM MEDB, COULD SEE INTO THE FURURE. MEDB NATURALLY ASKED HOW HER ARMY WOULD DO. "I SEE CRIMSOM; I SEE RED." MEDB THEN TOLD FEDELM OF THE CURSE THAT MADE THE MEN OF ULSTER WEAK IN TIMES OF DANGER AND ASKED AGAIN OF THE FATE OF HER ARMY. "I SEE CRIMSOM; I SEE RED." MEDB NEXT TOLD HER THAT MANY OF ULSTER'S WARRIORS WERE ELSEWHERE IN IRELAND AND FERGUS AND HIS THREE THOUSAND TROOPS WERE NOW WITH HER, THEN REPEATED THE QUESTION. THE ANSWER WAS THE SAME. MEDB RATIONALIZED ANY BATTLE RESULTS IN CUTS AND WOUNDS AND ASKED YET AGAIN HOPING FOR SOME POSITIVE WORD. "I SEE CRIMSOM; I SEE RED." FEDELM CONTINUED WITH A PROPHETIC LYRIC TELLING HOW THE ARMIES OF THE QUEEN WOULD BE DEFEATED BY THE HOUND, CU CHULAINN. THE PROPHECY COULD NOT SWAY MEDB. SHE GAVE THE ORDER TO ADVANCE. MEDB WAS UNAWARE THAT CU CHULAINN WAS UNAFFECTED BY THE CURSE OF MACHA AND WOULD BE DETERMINED TO DEFEND ULSTER AGAINST ANY ODDS UNTIL HIS FELLOW WARRIORS RECOVERED. AS MEDB'S FORCES ADVANCED CU CHULAINN HOUNDED (PARDON THE EXPRESSION!) THEM CONSTANTLY, AMBUSH-ING THEM AND KILLING AT LEAST A HUNDRED TROOPS EACH DAY. FINALLY MEDB CAPITULATED. SHE AGREED TO END HER MARCH AND SEND ONE WARRIOR EACH DAY TO DO SINGLE COMBAT WITH CU CHULAINN. AND DAY AFTER DAY THE QUEEN'S BEST WERE DEFEATED. EVEN FERGUS WAS SENT TO FACE HIM. CU CHULAINN AND FERGUS WERE LIFE-LONG FRIENDS AND THE BOND BETWEEN THEM WAS TOO STRONG TO ALLOW EITHER TO BRING HARM TO THE OTHER. THEY DECIDED TO STAGE A SHAM BATTLE: THE FIRST DAY CU CHULAINN WOULD APPEAR TO RUN AWAY; THEN FERGUS DID THE SAME THING. FINALLY MEDB SENT CU CHULAINN'S FOSTER-BROTHER FERDIAD AGAINST HIM. FERDIAD WAS RELUCTANT BECAUSE HE HAD GROWN UP WITH CU CHULAINN AND THE BOND BETWEEN THEM WAS EVEN STRONGER THAN THAT BETWEEN BROTHERS. MEDB CONVINCED FERDIAD THAT CU CHULAINN SPOKE OF HIM WITH CONTEMPT. WHEN THEY FIRST MET ON THE FIELD EVERYTHING SEEMED QUITE CORDIAL. THEN INSULTS BEGAN TO FUEL THEIR ANGER AND THEY AGREED TO DO BATTLE THE FOLLOWING DAY. THEY FOUGHT FIERCELY AND MUCH BLOOD WAS SHED. NO ONE WAS VICTORIOUS. AT DAY'S END THEY EMBRACED AND KISSED EACH OTHER THREE TIMES. THEY SLEPT IN THE SAME FIELD THAT NIGHT AND CU CHULAINN'S PHYSICIANS TREATED BOTH THEIR WOUNDS WITH MAGIC HERBS AND POTIENTS. THEY FOUGHT HAND TO HAND FOR TWO MORE DAYS, EACH RECEIVING SEVERE WOUNDS, AND EACH BEING HEALED AT NIGHT BY MAGIC HERBS AS WELL AS THE BEST FOOD AND WINE. ON THE FOURTH DAY THEY FOUGHT BY HORSE AND CHARIOT. THOUGH BOTH HORSES AND WARRIORS WERE NEAR DEATH THERE WAS NO CLEAR VICTOR. THEY EACH KNEW THE DAY OF RECKONING WAS AT HAND. AS CU CHULAINN APPROACHED THE FORD WHERE THEY WERE TO MEET THE FOLLOWING DAY HE OBSERVED FERDIAD PRACTICING HIS TRICKS OF SWORDSMANSHIP. CU CHULAINN TOLD LAEG, HIS CHARIOTEER, THAT IF HE APPEARED TO BE LOSING LAEG SHOULD MOCK HIM TO AROUSE HIS ANGER AND CAUSE HIM TO FIGHT HARDER; IF HE WAS WIN-NING, LAEG MUST CHEER HIM ON. CU CHULAINN DONNED HIS ARMOUR AND ENGAGED FERDIAD IN YET ANOTHER ROUND OF BATTLE MORE FIERCE THAN ANY PREVIOUS ENCOUNTER. NEXT THEY ENTERED THE WATER IN THE FORD. FERDIAD KNEW NO ONE HAD DEFEATED CU CHULAINN IN WATER AND WAS NEAR PANIC. THE BATTLE RAGED ON. THE COMBATANTS WERE IN A NEAR BATTLE FRENZY. NEVER HAD SUCH A BATTLE BEEN WITNESSED. CU CHULAINN JUMPED AT FERDIAD BUT WAS CAUGHT ON THE LATTER'S SHIELD AND FLUNG ONTO THE BANK. LAEG MOCKED HIM. FERDIAD PIERCED CU CHULAINN'S CHEST. CU CHULAINN YELLED TO LAEG TO THROW HIM HIS GREAT PRONGED SPEAR. HE CAUGHT IT IN THE RIVER WITH HIS FOOT AND HURLED IT AT FERDIAD. FERDIAD MOVED HIS SHIELD TO PROTECT THE LOWER PART OF HIS BODY BUT THE BARBED SPEAR TORE THROUGH HIS CHEST, KILLING HIM. CU CHULAINN RAN TO HIM AND CARRIED HIM UP ONTO THE BANK. DESPITE HIS WOUNDS CU CHULAINN WAS GRIEF-STRICKEN AND SANG A LAMENT FOR HIS BELOVED FOSTER-BROTHER AND COMPANION. CU CHULAINN HAD SUFFERED CRITICAL WOUNDS IN THAT LAST BATTLE. BY NIGHTFALL HE WAS NEAR TO DEATH AS LAEG FRETFULLY WATCHED OVER HIM. A TALL HANDSOME STRANGER APPROACHED THEM AND CU CHULAINN ASKED LAEG TOO DESCRIBE HIM AS CU CHULAINN COULD NOT EVEN RAISE HIS HEAD TO SEE THE STRANGER. THE MAN HAD FINE CLOTHES OF SILK AND SILVER, AND MAGNIFICENT WEAPONS OF SILVERED BRONZE. YET AS IMPRES-SIVE A SIGHT AS THE STRANGER MADE HE SEEMED TO PASS THROUGH THE PEOPLE WITHOUT NOTICE. CU CHULAINN SPECULATED THAT IT MIGHT BE SOME OTHERWORLD PERSON TAKING PITY ON HIM FOR FIGHTING SINGLE-HANDED AGAINST THE FOUR PROVINCES OF IRELAND. INDEED, THE STRANGER SAID IT WAS SAD TO SEE ONE SO YOUNG (CU CHULAINN WAS ONLY SEVEN-TEEN!) ASSUME SO GREAT A BURDEN, GOING WITHOUT SLEEP, AND ENDURING SUCH SEVERE WOUNDS. HE PROMISED TO HELP. IN RESPONSE TO HIS INQUIRY THE STRANGER TOLD CU CHULAINN HE WAS LUGH LONG ARM - CU CHULAINN'S FATHER FROM THE OTHERWORLD. LUGH TOLD HIS SON TO SLEEP AND PROMISED TO FIGHT IN HIS PLACE. HE SANG CU CHULAINN TO SLEEP AND THAT DRESSED EVERY WOUND WITH SPECIAL HERBS FROM THE OTHER-WORLD. FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS, AS CU CHULAINN SLEPT, THE GOD LUGH ASSUMED HIS SON'S LIKENESS AND FOUGHT IN HIS PLACE. FINALLY CU CHULAINN WAS RESTORED TO FULL HEALTH. FROM THE FEAST OF SAMAIN (NOV. 1ST) UNTIL THE FEAST OF IMBOLC (FEB. 1ST) CU CHULAINN CONTINUED TO WAGE HIS WAR AGAINST THE INVADERS. THEN, AFTER IMBOLC, THE MEN OF ULSTER FINALLY SEEMED TO RECOVER FROM MACHA'S CURSE. THE GREAT KING CONCHOBAR MAC NESSA LED HIS MASSIVE ARMIES AGAINST THOSE OF QUEEN MEDB TO HELP RELIEVE HIS POOR NEPHEW. AS FOR CU CHULAINN, HE WAS SUFFERING FROM STILL MORE WOUNDS AND LAY RESTRAINED WITH ROPES IN A NEARBY FORT TO PREVENT HIM FROM GETTING HURT IN THE COMING BATTLE. AT DAWN THE ULSTER WARRIORS, NAKED EXCEPT FOR THEIR WEAPONS AND SHIELDS, AS WAS THE CUSTOM AMOUNG ANCIENT CELTS, BEGAN THEIR BATTLE CRIES WHICH RANG OUT OVER THE HILLS AND PLAINS OF ULSTER. MEANWHILE, MEDB HAD PERSUADED FERGUS TO HELP LEAD HER TROOPS. WHEN CONCHOBAR SAW THIS TRAITOR HE CONFRONTED FERGUS DIRECTLY ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND VOWED TO CUT HIM DOWN BEFORE ALL THE MEN OF IRELAND. FERGUS WENT FOR CONCHOBAR WITH HIS SWORD RAISED BUT HIS ARM WAS CAUGHT BY CORMAC, SON OF CONCHOBAR, WHO WARNED FERGUS THAT TO FIGHT AGAINST HIS NATIVE ULSTER WOULD COST HIM HIS HONOR. IN A FRENZY, FERGUS SWORE HE WOULD STRIKE THREE MIGHTY BLOWS AGAINST THE MEN OF ULSTER. CORMAC TOLD HIM TO CUT OFF THE HILLTOPS INSTEAD AND PRESERVE HIS HONOR. WITH THAT FERGUS TOOK HIS MIGHTY SWORD AND CUT THE TOPS OFF THE THREE HILLS OVERLOOKING THE PLAIN WITH SUCH FORCE THAT THEY LANDED WITH A THUNDERING CRASH INTO THE MARSHY LOWLANDS OF MEATH WHERE THEY STILL REMAIN. WHEN LAEG EXPLAINED THE NOISE TO CU CHULAINN HE BURST FREE OF THE ROPES THAT BOUND HIM. NOW HE WAS CONSUMED WITH AN INTENSE BATTLE RAGE. SINCE HIS WEAPONS HAD BEEN CONFISCATED, CU CHULAINN PLACED A CHARIOT ON HIS BACK AND CHARGED INTO BATTLE USING IT AS A BATTERING RAM TO PLOUGH HIS WAY TO FERGUS. HE THREATENED TO GRIND UP FERGUS LIKE A GRIST MILL GRINDS GRAIN IF FERGUS DID NOT LEAVE IMMEDIATELY. OBSCURED BY THE CHARIOT, FERGUS DEMANDED HIS IDENTITY. "...THE HOUND OF ULSTER, YOUR FOSTER-SON AND CONCHOBAR MAC NESSA'S FOSTER-SON..." HE REMINDED FERGUS OF HIS PROMISE TO FLEE THE NEXT TIME THEY MET IN BATTLE. WITH THAT, FERGUS LEFT THE BATTLEFIELD TAKING WITH HIM HIS THREE THOUSAND MEN AS WELL AS THE MEN FROM ALL THE OTHER PROVINCES EXCEPT CONNACHT. BY DAY'S END CU CHULAINN HAD DEFEATED THE LAST OF THE CONNACHTMEN AND CAPTURED THE QUEEN HERSELF. MEDB BEGGED CU CHULAINN TO GRANT A FAVOR: PLACE HER ARMY UNDER HIS PROTECTION UNTIL THEY HAVE WITHDRAWN BEYOND THE BORDER BACK INTO CONNACT. THIS HE WAS GLAD TO DO. ALTHOUGH HE HAD OVERWHELMINGLY DEFEATED QUEEN MEDB AND HER ARMY, CU CHULAINN WAS NOT AWARE THAT SHE HAD SNUCK A SMALL FORCE BEHIND THE ULSTER LINES AND CAPTURED THE DONN OF CUAILNGE, FIFTY HEIFERS, AND EIGHT CATTLEMAN, AND SENT THEM BACK TO CRUACHAN BY A DIFFERENT ROUTE. THUS MEDB HAD ACHIEVED HER ORIGINAL OBJECTIVE; STEALING THE BULL. WHEN THE DONN ARRIVED AT CRUACHAN, HE LET OUT THREE MIGHTY BELLOWS AS HIS SON HAD ONCE DONE. WHEN THE WHITE-HORNED FINDBENNACH AGAIN CHARGED TO ASSERT HIS SUPREMACY. EVERYONE CAME TO WITNESS THIS BATTLE OF MIGHTY BULLS. AND A GORY BATTLE IT WAS -LITERALLY. THE DONN, TIRED FROM HIS LONG JOURNEY SEEMED TO BE LOSING WHEN FINDBENNACH PIERCED HIS SIDE WITH HIS WHITE HORN, THROWING HIM INTO THE JUDGE'S BOX WHERE THE DONN CRUSHED BRICRIU MAC GARBADA, THE JUDGE. CORMAC, CONCHOBAR'S SON, WENT UP TO THE DONN AND WHACKED HIM THREE TIMES BETWEEN HIS EAR AND TAIL. HE MOCKED THE DONN, SAYING THE DONN WAS NOT WORTH FIGHTING FOR AND WAS NOT EVEN A MATCH FOR A CALF. THIS ENRAGED THE BULL AND HE CAME BACK WITH A NEW FURY. THEY FOUGHT FEROCIOUSLY ALL DAY AND AT NIGHT THEY CIRCLED THE WHOLE OF IRELAND IN THEIR BATTLE. AT DAWN THE DONN OF CUAILNGE RETURNED WITH WHAT REMAINED OF FINDBENNACH DANG-LING FROM HIS HORNS. FOR SOME TIME THEREAFTER, THE DONN RAMPAGED THROUGHOUT IRELAND AND NO ONE DARED GO NEAR HIM. FINALLY HE RETURNED TO HIS NATIVE CUAILGNE. HIS HEART GAVE OUT FROM THE TERRIBLE FIGHTING AND THE AFTERMATH. HE LAID DOWN AND DIED. EVER SINCE THAT DAY THE RIDGE WHERE HE DIED HAS BEEN KNOWN AS DRUIM TAIRB - THE RIDGE OF THE BULLS! (BOY, THAT WAS A LONG ONE. I'LL TRY TO FIND SHORTER LEGENDS WITH A LITTLE LESS BULL!) ***************************************************************** BITS AND PIECES - (I'VE FORGOTTEN AND/OR MISPLACED MOST OF WHAT I HAD FOR THIS SEGMENT!!) TIMOTHY HAYS - GRADUATED MAY '90 FROM SUNY PLATTSBURGH; CONGRATULATIONS TIM!!! JACKIE PARKER IS EXPECTED TO COMPLETE HER MASTER'S PROGRAM IN SPECIAL ED AT I.U.P. IN AUGUST. CONGRATULATIONS! SISTER JEN RECENTLY ACCEPTED A NEW POSITION AS PROGRAMMER FOR A CONSULTANT FIRM IN MD. BRIAN SHAWN TOUSE (#1 SON) WILL RECEIVE A BS IN MANAGEMENT SCIENCE FROM SUNY-PLATTSBURGH IN MAY. CONGRATULATIONS! O'TOUSE'S 11TH ANNUAL UNATTENDED ST. PATTY'S DAY FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD MAR 16-17 AT DANNY'S SHANTY, GOODYEAR LAKE. --------------- RECIPES PORTER CAKE - 1 CUP - PORTER 4 CUPS - PLAIN FLOUR 1 CUP - BUTTER 1/2 t - BAKING SODA 1 CUP - BROWN SUGAR 1 t - MIXED SPICE 6 CUPS- MIXED DRIED FRUIT GRATED LEMON RIND (CURRANTS, RAISINS, 3 MEDIUM EGGS SULTANAS, PEEL) MELT BUTTER AND SUGAR IN PORTER IN SAUCEPAN. ADD FRUIT, SIMMER 10 MIN. COOL. ADD SIEVED FLOUR, BAKING SODA, SPICES, LEMON RIND. BEAT EGGS AND MIX IN WITH WOODEN SPOON. POUR INTO GREASED 9" CAKE PAN; BAKE AT 325 FOR 1 3/4 HRS. ALLOW TO COOL IN TIN. PORTER IS A DARK IRISH BEER WHICH IS HARD TO FIND. USE GUINNESS STOUT MIXING IT FIFTY-FIFTY WITH WATER. WHILE THIS CAKE IS GOOD FRESH FROM THE OVEN, IT IS BEST KEPT FOR ABOUT A WEEK IN AN AIRTIGHT TIN. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 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 MIGHT DESIRE!! ERIN GO BRAGH! DAN MAHEDY - MCKAY 3M MULLARKY 1992 VOL. 7 MAR '92 GREETINGS! AN' TOP O'THE DAY TO YA' ALL. I'M CHEATING. IT'S JANUARY. IF I START NOW, AND RUN FAST, MAYBE I'LL GET THIS OUT TO YOU ON TIME THIS YEAR. STARTING EARLY HAS ITS DRAWBACKS. I AM STILL EXPECTING MORE MATERIAL WHICH I HOPE WILL BREAK NEW GROUND IN RESEARCH, AS WELL AS HELP FILL THESE PAGES. ALSO, I HAVE YET TO DECIDE WHAT TO INCLUDE IN THIS EDITION. WHAT AN AMAZING YEAR WE HAVE WITNESSED! THE "MOTHER OF ALL BAT-TLES" PROVED TO BE SOMEWHAT OF A FARSE. A WAR WAS FOUGHT BRILLIANTLY, THOUGH FEW REALLY KNOW WHY, AND NOTHING REALLY CHANGED. THE SOVIET EMPIRE - THAT "EVIL EMPIRE" - DISSOLVED BEFORE OUR VERY EYES, HOPE-FULLY TO BE REPLACED BY MORE OPEN AND FREE SOCIETIES. WHETHER THE U.S. "DEFEATED" "COMMUNISM", OR "GORBY" SIMPLY UPROOTED A CORRUPT TOTALI-TARIAN STATE IS PROBABLY SUBJECT TO DEBATE. BUT, WHO'D A THUNK IT? I WOULD HAVE EXPECTED PEACE IN A FREE, UNITED IRELAND BEFORE SEEING SUCH A MASSIVE POWER PEACEFULLY CEASE TO EXIST. HERE AT HOME, IN THE GLIM-MER OF A THOUSAND POINTS OF LIGHT, THE NATIONAL ECONOMY HAS BEEN IN RECESSION FOR ALMOST TWENTY MONTHS. MORE THAN REFLECTING "TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES" TYPICAL OF THE POST WAR RECESSIONS, MANY BELIEVE THERE IS A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE IN THE STRUCTURE OF THE NATIONAL ECONOMY TAK-ING PLACE. JOB SECURITY AND BENEFITS PACKAGES PROVIDING INSURANCE AND RETIREMENT PROGRAMS MAY BECOME RELICS OF THE PAST. PERHAPS WE HAVE BEEN "TRICKLED DOWN" UPON ENOUGH! AND NOW WE FACE ANOTHER ELECTION YEAR. WHATEVER YOUR BELIEFS OR PREFERENCES, LISTEN TO ALL THE CANDIDATES. BETTER YET, TELL THEM WHAT YOU DEMAND. IN ANY CASE, VOTE! IN LAST YEAR'S EDITION I NEGLECTED TO MENTION THAT 1990 MARKED THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF THE BOYNE. MUCH OF THE CRUCIAL ACTION TOOK PLACE IN CO. LOUTH, IN THE LAND OF EMAIN MACHA AND CU CHULAINN DISCUSSED IN PREVIOUS ISSUES. LOUTH WAS ALSO THE HOME OF THE ONCE POWERFUL O'CARROLL CLAN OF ORIEL, ANCESTORS OF MARGARET NEWCOMB MCKAY. THE TOWN OF DROGHEDA WAS SAVAGELY DEVASTATED BY GOOD KING WILLIAM OF ORANGE'S NOBLE TROOPS. THE BATTLE MARKED ONE OF THE MANY TRAGIC TURNING POINTS IN IRISH HISTORY. AS FOR THE "3M" FAMILY HISTORIES, I REGRET TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONCE AGAIN THAT I HAVE FAILED TO PENETRATE ANY OF THOSE BRICK WALLS OBSCURING EARLIER GENERATIONS OF OUR ANCESTORS. STILL, IT HAS NOT BEEN ALL TOGETHER A FRUITLESS YEAR. I HAVE FOUND SEVERAL TIDBITS WHICH I HOPE WILL INTEREST SOME. I HAVE ALSO LEARNED A BIT MORE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO SOME OF THE MORAN DESCENDANTS. HOPEFULLY I WILL HAVE LEARNED MORE BEFORE THIS EDITION "GOES TO PRESS". BUT, I SEE I AM ALSO RAMBLING EVEN MORE THAN USUAL, SO I'LL SHUT UP AND GET BUSY, AND WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY ST. PATTY'S DAY ERIN GO BRAGH! DAN SOLID GOLD ON 7 DEC 1991, BESIDES JENNY PARKER'S BIRTHDAY, AMERICA COMMEMORATED THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOMBING OF PEARL HARBOR: THE DAY THAT WILL LAST IN INFAMY. IT WAS A DAY THAT WOULD FOREVER CHANGE THE WORLD AND ALL THOSE THEN LIVING IN IT, AS WELL AS THOSE TO COME AFTER. THE FOLLOWING SPRING, IN THE LITTLE VILLAGE OF VERNON, NY, ROD DENT, COACH AT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL, THROUGH A PARTY AT HIS HOUSE ON N. SCONONDOA ST. FOR SOME OF THE ATHLETES AND/OR THOSE BOYS WHO WERE ENLISTING IN THE WAR. IF I RECALL THE STORY CORRECTLY, MARY MCKAY PLANNED TO ATTEND BUT WANTED SOMEONE TO GO WITH HER. VERNON WAS NOT THE HUB OF SOCIAL OR CULTURAL ACTIVITY, SO MARY HAD LITTLE TROUBLE TALKING HER YOUNGER SISTER KATHLEEN TO JOIN HER. AMOUNST THE "BOYS" ATTENDING WAS REX TOUSE FROM VERNON CENTER, "SUBURB" OF VERNON. REX AND KATHY MET THERE, AND SHORTLY BEGAN TO DATE. THEN CAME BASIC TRAINING. THEY WROTE AND CONTINUED TO DATE WHEN MILITARY LEAVES PERMITTED. ON 22 DEC 1942 THE YOUNG COUPLE WERE MARRIED AT ST. CATHERINE'S R.C. CHURCH IN VERNON. THE RECEPTION WAS HELD AT THE HOTEL ONEIDA, ONEIDA, NY. THE NEWLY WEDS SET UP HOUSEKEEPING ON AN AIR FORCE BASE IN ALBANY, GA. ON 2 NOV 1943 THEIR ELDEST DAUGHTER, MARGARET ELVA, WAS BORN. BY 1945 THE TOUSE FAMILY WAS STATIONED NEAR DENVER, CO. ON THE 8TH OF MAY THAT YEAR, KATHLEEN HAD A RATHER SPECIAL GIFT: VE DAY WAS PROCLAIMED. BUT THE WAR WAS NOT OVER. THE PACIFIC THEATRE WAS STILL IN FULL FORCE, AND REX COULD BE TRANSFERRED TO THE PACIFIC AT ANY TIME. KATHLEEN FLEW HOME TO THE MCKAY HOMESTEAD AND ON 28 JUN 1945 THEIR SECOND DAUGHTER, MARY ANN, WAS BORN AT ST. ELIZABETH'S HOSPITAL, UTICA, NY. WITHIN TWO MONTHS, AND TWO ATOMIC BOMBS, VJ DAY WAS PROCLAIMED. THE WAR WAS OVER. WITH THE MASS OF SOLDIERS BEING DISCHARCHED AFTER THE WAR, THERE WAS A NATIONWIDE HOUSING SHORTAGE, ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN. VERNON WAS NO EXCEPTION. JOBS WERE EQUALLY SCARCE. AND THERE WAS THE POST-WAR BABY BOOM. FOUR MORE TOUSES WERE ADDED TO THAT EFFORT IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS! REX AND A PARTNER, BOB BROWN, RAN THE VERNON CONFECTIONERY STORE. (I STILL REMEMBER THE MILKSHAKES AND SODAS!) THEY STAYED AT THE MCKAYS BRIEFLY, THEN COUSIN ESTHER CONIFF RENTED THEM HER HOUSE ON VAN EPPS ST. BY 1950, THEY WERE ABLE TO PURCHASE A HOUSE AT 27 FRONT ST., TWO DOORS UP FROM THE MCKAY HOME. THAT REMAINED THE TOUSE HOUSE UNTIL 1985, WHEN THEY MOVED TO ONEIDA, NY. IN ADDITION TO THE SIX CHILDREN, THEY HAVE THIRTEEN GRANDCHILDEN AND ONE GREAT- GRANDCHILD, KATELYN GORDON MANNIX OF PLATTSBURGH,NY. THERE IS NO ATTEMPT HERE TO CANONIZE THIS COUPLE; THEY WOULD BE THE FIRST TO DECLINE. AS WITH ANY MARRIAGE, ANY FAMILY, THERE HAVE BEEN MANY UPS AND DOWNS, HARD TIMES AND GOOD TIMES, CHALLENGES AND REWARDS. IN AN ERA WHERE IT HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY ACCEPTABLE TO WALK AWAY FROM PROBLEMS, THEY HAVE ENDURED FOR A HALF CENTURY. TRUELY, THEY HAVE LOVED EACH OTHER: "FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, FOR RICHER, OR FOR POORER, IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH..." IT IS DIFFICULT FOR THIS SON TO REMAIN OBJECTIVE...BUT I WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE THIS 1982 VOLUME OF "3M" TO MY PARENTS - REXFORD BLISS & KATHLEEN MCKAY TOUSE AND ASK THE READERS TO JOIN IN CONGRATULATING THEM ON THEIR 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 22 DEC 1992. YOUR WARM WISHES AND PRAYERS WILL HELP SUSTAIN THEM FOR YEARS TO COME. CONGRATULATIONS & BEST WISHES !!! MCKAY - DONAHUE THIS SEGMENT IS BEGINNING TO SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD: I STILL HAVE FOUND NOTHING SPECIFIC ON EARLIER GENERATIONS FOR EITHER FAMILY. ONE OF THE MAJOR GOALS HAS BEEN TO TRY TO FIND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION THAT THOMAS MCKAY'S PARENTS WERE DAVID AND BRIDGET MCKAY, AS WAS INDICATED ON THOMAS' MARRIAGE LISCENSE. SINCE THOMAS WAS NOT BORN UNTIL 1822, AND PROBABLY CAME TO CANADA WITH HIS FAMILY BETWEEN 1830-40, IT SEEMS HIGHLY PROBABLE THAT ONE OR BOTH PARENTS WERE STILL ALIVE IN THE 1850'S AND SHOULD THEREFORE APPEAR IN THE CENSUS. IN ADDITION TO SEARCHING FOR DAVID AND BRIDGET, I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO IDENTIFY AND LOCATE POSSIBLE SIBLINGS OF THOMAS - AND MARGARET DONAHUE AS WELL. AT LEAST THREE OTHER MCKAY/MACKAYS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS PROBABLE RELATIVES OF THOMAS. ON A PROPERTY OR SURVEY MAP SHOWING THOMAS' FARM, THE ADJOINING FARM WAS LISTED AS BELONGING TO H.C. MACKAY. (THOMAS' NAME WAS ALSO SPELLED MACKAY ON THAT RECORD.) H.C. DOES NOT APPEAR IN ANY OF THE SHEFFORD CO. CENSUSES. BESIDES H.C., THERE WAS A ROGER AND PHILOMENA MCKAY WHO SERVED AS GODPARENTS TO ONE OF THOMAS' DAUGHTERS. FINALLY, THERE WAS A TIMOTHY MCKAY WHOSE SON WILLIAM DIED AT THE AGE OF TEN AND WAS BURIED IN THE MCKAY PLOT IN GRANBY. NONE OF THESE OTHER MCKAYS APPEAR IN ANY OF THE SHEFFORD CO. CENSUSES BETWEEN 1851 - 1891. IT SEEMS REASONABLE TO CONCLUDE THAT THE MCKAYS SETTLED ELSEWHERE IN CANADA UPON THEIR ARRIVAL FROM IRELAND. FROM WHEREVER THEY SETTLED, THOMAS MIGRATED TO MASSACHUSSETTS - PERHAPS WITH MARGARET DONAHUE - AND WORKED IN THE GENERAL VICINITY OF GLOUCESTER. ACCORDING TO THEIR MARRIAGE LISCENSE, BOTH THOMAS AND MARGARET STATED THEY WERE FROM "CASSIAR", CANADA, WHICH I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE. SOME-TIME BETWEEN THE BIRTH OF THEIR SECOND SON JOHN PATRICK ON 10 MAR 1851, AND THEIR DAUGHTER CATHERINE IN NOV 1852, THOMAS MOVED HIS FAMILY TO GRANBY TOWNSHIP, SHEFFORD CO., QUEBEC. HE ACQUIRED HIS 100+ ACRE FARM THROUGH A GOVERNMENT SPONSORED HOMESTEAD PROGRAM. IT ALSO APPEARS THAT MARGARET'S MOTHER, ANN MAXWELL DONAHUE, MAY HAVE RESIDED ON THE FARM UNTIL HER DEATH IN 1857. THIS HAS LED TO THE SPECULATION THAT MARGARET'S FATHER, PATRICK DONAHUE, PERHAPS DIED IN THE EARLY 1850'S. TO CONTINUE THE SEARCH FOR THE MCKAY AND DONAHUE SIBLINGS, I HAVE BEEN REVIEWING OLD (1855-1901) SHEFFORD CO. NEWSPAPERS. THE HOPE HAS BEEN THAT THERE WOULD BE AN OBITUARY WHICH WOULD LIST PARENTS, SIBLINGS, THEIR RESIDENCES, AND IDEALLY, THEIR HOMETOWN IN IRELAND. ANYTHING ELSE WOULD BE GRAVY. THERE WAS NO OBITUARY FOR THOMAS MCKAY IN EITHER THE WATERLOO OR GRANBY PAPER, THOUGH THEY DID CARRY MARGARET'S, AS WELL AS EDITH MCKAY'S, WHO DIED A YEAR AFTER THOMAS. THERE WAS ALSO NO OBITUARY FOR ANN MAXWELL DONAHUE. IN FACT, THERE SEEMED TO BE A DEARTH OF DEATHS REPORTED OVER THE YEARS. TO MY SURPRISE, I FOUND IN ONE OF THE EARLY NEWSPAPERS THAT DEATHS WERE NOT ROUTINELY REPORTED AS NEWS; YOU HAD TO PAY TO HAVE DEATH NOTICES PUBLISHED. THE EFFORT HAS NOT BEEN TOTALLY WITHOUT MERIT, AS WILL BE SEEN LATER. IT DOES PROVIDE A FLAVOR OF THE TIMES. THE PAPERS WERE WEEKLIES. TYPICALLY THE FRONT PAGE FEATURED A SERIAL STORY AND MISCELLANY. THE SECOND PAGE CONTAINED INTERNATIONAL, NATION- AL, PROVINCIAL, AND SOME LOCAL NEWS - PRIMARILY POLITICAL. HOW- EVER, THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE ATTENTION PAID TO THE LOCAL TEMPER- ANCE AND MASONIC NEWS. OBVIOUSLY THE MAHEDY-MCKAYS WOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THOSE AREAS. THE THIRD PAGE CONTAINED LEGAL NOTICES, ANNOUNCEMENTS, PROPERTIES, ADS, AND PERHAPS A FEW LOCAL ITEMS. THE FOURTH PAGE MIGHT CONTAIN A HUMOR COLUMN TOGETHER WITH A HOST OF SNAKE OIL TYPE MEDICAL REMEDIES. IN SHORT, THERE WAS PRECIOUS LITTLE LOCAL OR PERSONAL NEWS. STILL, IT WAS FASCINATING TO SEE CONTEMPORANEOUS REPORTING OF THE CIVIL WAR, THE EUROPEAN WARS AND MONARCHY, LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION, AND THE DEATH OF QUEEN VIC- TORIA. IN ALL THE PAPERS REVIEWED TO DATE THERE HAS ONLY BEEN ONE MENTION OF THOMAS MCKAY: "PETITION TO COL. A.B. FOSTER TO REPRESENT SHEFFORD CO. IN PROVINCIAL PARLIAMENT ..." THE PETITION WAS SIGNED BY: THOMAS MCKAY; PATRICK, PATRICK JR., JOHN, & MICHAEL KELPY; BOOTHS, GALBRAITHS, SAVAGES, COBURNS; CHARLES MORAN; PETER, FRANCIS, JOHN 1 & 2 DUNN; JOHN DUNN; AND APPEARED ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS GAZETTE OF 26 AUG 1858. THE PETITION REQUESTED A LOCAL POLITICIAN TO RUN FOR PROVINCIAL OFFICE AGAINST A POWERFUL INCUMBENT WHO HAD RECENTLY BEEN EMBROILED IN A POLITICAL SCANDLE. SURPRISINGLY, THERE WERE NO MAHEDY SIGNATURES. PATRICK MAHEDY WAS GIVEN CREDIT/BLAME FOR PLAYING A KEY ROLE IN THE DEFEAT OF THE INCUMBENT MR. DRUMMOND. THERE WERE A FEW OTHER MCKAY/MACKAY/MCKIES IN THE PAPERS WHICH I DO NOT RECALL IN THE CENSUSES. LT. MCKAY OF THE WATERLOO MILITIA WAS MENTIONED. HE WAS INTRODUCED IN A PREVIOUS ISSUE OF "3M" IN CONJUNCTION WITH A CONFRONTATION WITH COL. MAYNES OF WATERLOO. THE EASTERN TOWNSHIP GAZETTE REPORTED IN NOV 1864: "INSPECTION OF CO. 2, ARTILLERY, SHEFFORD CO. VOLUNTEERS - CAPT. MAYNES AND ENSIGN MCKAY;" A LATER LISTING OF MILITIA VOLUNTEERS SHOWED "TOWNSHIP OF GRANBY: 13 JAN 1865; LIST "COMPRISING IN PART THE FIRST BATTALION OF THE COUNTY OF SHEF- FORD SERVICE MILITIA..." INCLUDED JOHN MACKEY ! (1 OF 116) "OUR" JOHN PATRICK WAS ONLY FOURTEEN AT THAT TIME AND WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO YOUNG TO BE IN THE MILITIA. PERHAPS THE ABOVE JOHN WAS A NEPHEW OF THOMAS. ANOTHER POTENTIAL MCKAY COUSIN WAS FOUND IN THE FOLLOWING NOTICE OF 12 MAY 1865: "LIST OF DIPLOMAS - GRANTED BY THE BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR SWEETSBURG AND WATERLOO (CATHOLIC SECTION)...SECOND DAY OF MAY, 1865...DIPLOMAS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS...SECOND CLASS...MCKAY; (MARIE G.) NATIVE OF GRANBY, AGED 23 YEARS, CATHOLIC." SINCE MOST OF THE MCKAYS WERE OF SCOTTISH PRESBYTARIAN ORIGIN, THE FACT THAT THIS MARIE IS CATHOLIC MIGHT LEND SUPPORT TO THE CONTENTION THAT SHE WAS RELATED TO THOMAS. THERE ARE STILL TWELVE ROLLS OF MICROFILM TO BE REVIEWED COVERING THE 1870 - 1894 TIME SPAN. HOPEFULLY MORE SPECIFIC CLUES WILL SURFACE. AS I HAVE MENTIONED BEFORE, A FAMILY HISTORY SHOULD BE MORE THAN A COLLECTION OF NAMES, DATES, AND PLACES. TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE IT SHOULD HELP US GET TO KNOW THESE ANCIENT ANCESTORS AND HOW THEY LIVED. I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED HOW MUCH INTERACTION THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN AMOUNGST THE FAMILIES AS THEY BEGAN TO SPREAD APART. THEY COULD NOT PICK UP THE PHONE AND CHAT OR HOP IN A CAR AND GO VISIT. OF COURSE THERE WAS MAIL, BUT THAT WAS SLOW. ZORA HAD SAID THAT WHEN ESTHER GILLETT MAHEDY BECAME LAID UP WITH LIVER CANCER, SOLOMON AND ESTHER MAHEDY BUTLER TOOK ZORA AND JOE TO THE MAHEDY-MCKAY FARM IN NORTH SHEFFORD. THE BUTLERS REMAINED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS UNTIL ESTHER DIED ON 17 JAN 1793. THEY THEN RETURNED TO THEIR HOME IN AVA, NY. MICHAEL MAHEDY LEFT THE FARM AND STAYED WITH THE BUTLERS UNTIL HIS DEATH 14 MAY 1895. THE FAMILIES REMAINED CLOSE. IN THE 17 AUGUST 1900 WATERLOO ADVERTISER I FOUND "MR. AND MRS. SOLOMON BUTLER AND CHILDREN ARE VISITING MR. AND MRS. JOHN P. MCKAY." THE FOLLOWING WEEK "MR. AND MRS. SOLOMON BUTLER, WHO WERE GUESTS OF MR. AND MRS. JOHN P. MCKAY, OF NORTH SHEFFORD, DURING JULY AND AUGUST, RETURNED LAST WEEK TO THEIR HOME AT VERNON, NY. MR. MCKAY'S ELDEST DAUGHTER, MISS ELIZABETH MCKAY, WENT BACK WITH THEM AND IF THE CLIMATE AGREES WITH HER SHE WILL STAY TILL SPRING." (7 SEPT 1900) THIS WAS PROBABLY THE SEED OF THE MCKAY MIGRATION TO VERNON! THE FOLLOWING AUGUST: "MCKAY - MISS MINA MCKAY HAS JUST RETURNED TO LEOMINSTER, MASS., AFTER SPENDING HER VACATION WITH HER FATHER AND MOTHER, MR. AND MRS. JOHN P. MCKAY OF NORTH SHEFFORD. HER MANY YOUNG FRIENDS CONTRIBUTED TO MAKE HER STAY PLEASANT." (16 AUG 1901) IN LEOMINSTER MINA PROBABLY STAYED WITH HER COUSIN JENNY MAHEDY DOWNS AND HER FAMILY. MANY SHEFFORD COUNTY RESIDENTS HAD MOVED TO THE LEOMINSTER AREA. THE ANNUAL SHEFFORD COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR WAS HELD EVERY SEPTEMBER. IT WAS THE BIG EVENT IN THE COUNTY AND UNDOUBTEDLY ATTRACTED THE MAHEDY-MORAN AND MCKAY FAMILES YEAR AFTER YEAR. TWO WEEKS AFTER MINA RETURNED TO LEOMINSTER THE 20 SEPT 1901 ADVERTISER REPORTED J. MCKAY OF ST. JOACHIM WON SECOND PRIZE FOR - WHAT ELSE? - POTATOES! P. DUNN AND SON WON FOURTH PRIZE FOR PEAS AND OATES. IN THE 27 DEC ISSUE THE FOLLOWING ENTRY WAS FOUND CONCERNING AREA FARMERS: "LAST SAT EVENING THE PATRONS OF MR. JOSEPH HEBERT'S CHEESE FACTORY, N SHEFFORD, HELD AN INTEREST- ING AND WELL ATTENDED MEETING IN THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE. AMOUNG THOSE PRESENT WERE MR. J.P. CLEARY,...MESSRS. P. MCQUIRK, THOS. O'MALLEY, JAS. KENNEDY, ROBERT HANNA, PAUL DESMARAIS, ALFRED MAHEDY, INGRAM, J.P. MCKAY, HIRAM SAVAGE, JOHN SAVAGE, JOS. HEBERT, AND OTHERS." THE MEETING WAS BASICALLY TO DECIDE WHETHER TO CONTINUE TO PRODUCE CHEESE OR CONVERT TO BUTTER. AFTER CONSIDERABLE DEBATE THEY CHOSE BUTTER. ST. PATTY'S DAY EVERYONE IS PROBABLY FAMILIAR WITH THE MANY PARADES, THE LIVELY AND MELANCHOLY MUSIC, CORNED BEEF, AND ASSORTED IRISH SPIRITS TYPICAL OF CONTEMPORARY CELEBRATIONS. ONE COULD ONLY GUESS HOW OUR IRISH IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS MIGHT HAVE CELEBRATED SO LONG AGO - OR COULD THEY? IMAGINE FINDING AN ACCOUNT OF THE VERY FIRST PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF THIS GREATEST OF DAYS IN SHEF- FORD COUNTY. IT TOOK PLACE 17 MARCH 1859 AS REPORTED BY THE WAT- ERLOO ADVERTISER: "ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN NORTH SHEFFORD TO THE EDITOR OF THE "ADVERTISER" DEAR SIR, - THINKING ANY LOCAL NEWS OF INTEREST WOULD BE WELCOME TO MANY OF YOUR READERS, I BEG LEAVE TO GIVE YOU AN ACCOUNT OF THE CELEBRATION OF ST. PAT- RICK'S DAY IN NORTH SHEFFORD. NOTWITHSTANDING THE BAD STATE OF THE ROADS, MANY ASSENBLED FROM THIS AND THE ADJACENT TOWNSHIPS. AFTER DIVINE SERVICE, THE REV. G.L. KERTSON, OF GRANBY, IN A LENGTHY DISCOURSE, FLUENTLY AND ELABORATELY DEPICTED THE LIFE AND LABORS OF THE APOSTLE OF IRELAND, AND WITH WHAT TENACITY MANY OF THE IRISH, THROUGH EVERY ORDEAL OF PERSECUTION, CLUNG TO THE FAITH PLANTED IN THEIR ISLAND BY ST. PATRICK. HE CONCLUDED HIS ABLE DISCOURSE BY EXHORTING HIS HEARERS TO TAKE EXAMPLE FROM THE PRACTICE AND LESSONS OF TEMPORANCE AND LOVE TAUGHT BY THAT SAINT, AND HOPED THAT ON THAT GREAT NA- TIONAL DAY THERE WOULD BE NO INDULGENCE OF THE EVIL PRACTICE OF INTEMPORANCE. AT NOON ABOUT FOUR HUNDRED PERSONS FORMED IN PRO- CESSION, AND MARCHED SOME DISTANCE WITH GREAT ORDER AND DEECORUM, HEADED BY THE CLERGYMAN, SOME MUSIC, AND A NUMBER OF APPROPRIATE FLAGS AND BANNERS. AT THE TERMINUS OF THE PROCESSION, MR. P. MAHEDY BEING LOUDLY CALLED FOR, CAME FORWARD, AND SPOKE FOR SOME TIME ON THE LIFE AND PARENTAGE OF ST. PATRICK, HIS MISSION AND LABORS, AS WELL AS THE INTRODUCTION OF CHRISTIANITY INTO ENGLAND AND IRELAND. HE DENIED THE FALSE MIRA- CLES ATTRIBUTED TO THE APOSTLE BY JOCELINE AND OTHER DISHONEST HISTORIANS, AND IN SUPPORT OF HIS STATEMENTS QUOTED SOLINUS, CAMBRENSIS, AND SEVERAL OTHER AUTHORS. THAT THE APOSTLE OF IRELAND PERFORMED ONE GREAT MIRACLE NO ONE CAN DENY - THAT WAS, CONVERTING A WHOLE NATION FROM PAGANISM WITHOUT BEING INSTRUMENTAL, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN SHEDDING ONE DROP OF BLOOD. IN CONCLUDING, "HE HOPED THERE WOULD BE NO FURTHER ARGUMENT OF RIVAL CREEDS, BUT THAT OUR MIXED POPULATION WOULD UNITE IN ONE COMMON CAUSE FOR THE FUTURE WELFARE OF CANADA - NOT BY AN OATH-BOUND TIE, BUT ONE STRONGER, LOVE AND PATRIOTISM; UNITED, NOT FOR ONSLAUGHT ON THOSE OF OTHER NATIONALITIES, BUT FOR THE SOCIAL AND MORAL CULTURE OF OUR COUNTRYMEN." (7 APR 1859) IT WOULD NOT SEEM UNREASONABLE TO SUGGEST THAT ALL THE MCKAYS, MAHEDYS, AND MORANS PARTICIPATED IN THIS CELEBRATION. LAST YEAR, BASED ON A RATHER SUPERFICIAL REVIEW OF 19TH CENTURY NEWSPAPERS, I WAS TEMPTED TO COMMENT ON AN IMPRESSION I HAD THAT THERE SEEMED TO BE A SUBTLE TENSION BETWEEN PROTESTANTS AND CATHOLICS. WHILE THE REVIEW OF EVEN EARLIER PAPERS HAS PROBABLY BEEN EQUALLY SUPERFICIAL, THE EVIDENCE OF TENSION WAS QUITE CONSPICUOUS THROUGHOUT THE 1850'S AND '60'S. THIS WAS APPARENT AT THE NATIONAL, PROVINCIAL, AND LOCAL LEVEL. FURTHER, THERE WAS A DISTINCTION BETWEEN IRISH CATHOLICS AND FRENCH CATHOLICS. AS THE 1860'S PROGRESSED THERE WERE INCREASING REPORTS OF A "FENIAN MOVEMENT" TARGETED TO DISRUPT THE CANADIAN SOCIETY AND FORCE A BREAK WITH ENGLAND. THERE WAS FEAR THE FRENCH WOULD JOIN THE MOVEMENT. THE FENIAN MOVEMENT WAS ALSO REPORTED IN IRELAND, ENGLAND, THE CONTINENT - EVEN RUSSIA - AS WELL AS THE U.S. AND MEXICO. ULTIMATELY, THERE WERE REBELLIONS THROUGHOUT CANADA IN 1866 AND AGAIN IN 1870. THESE "REBELLIONS" SEEMED TO CONSIST MORE OF SPORADIC EPISODES THAN AN OUTRIGHT MILITARY CONFRONTATION. THE SHEFFORD CO. MILITIA WERE CALLED OUT ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS TO ANSWER ALARMS IN NEIGHBORING COUNTIES. THE IRISH RESIDENTS WERE PROBABLY AS SENSITIVE TO THE FENIAN REBELLIONS AS THE GERMAN AND JAPANESE AMERICANS IN WW II. EVERYONE WAS SUSPECT. THIS SUBJECT WILL BE REVISITED IN THE MAHEDY SECTION. SUFFICE TO SAY HERE THAT IT IS A WONDER THAT CANADA DID NOT EVOLVE INTO ANOTHER NORTHERN IRELAND. REASON TRIUMPHED. PROBABLY AS A RESULT OF THE FENIAN PROBLEM, THE ST. PATRICK'S SOCIETY OF SHEFFORD COUNTY WAS FORMED IN 1865 OR EARLY 1866. WE ARE BLESSED AGAIN WITH THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNT OF THEIR ST. PATTY'S DAY CELEBRATION HELD 17 MAR 1866: "ST. PATRICK'S SOCIETY OF THE COUNTY OF SHEFFORD AT A MEETING OF THE ST. PATRICK'S SOCIETY OF THE COUNTY OF SHEFFORD AND VICINITY, WAS HELD IN THE VESTRY ROOM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OF WATERLOO, ON THE 17TH INST., AFTER THE CELEBRATION OF THE DAY BY THE SOCIETY, THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS WERE MOVED AND UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED: - MOVED BY P. MAHEDY ESQ., PRESIDENT OF THE SO- CIETY, AND SECONDED BY WILLIAM HARRIS, ESQ., ONE OF THE VICE PRESIDENTS,- RESOLVED, THAT ALTHOUGH WE SYMPATHIZE WITH OUR OPPRESSED COUNTRYMEN IN IRELAND, AND DEEPLY DEPLORE THE GRIEVANCES THEY LABOUR UNDER, YET WE CONDEMN EVERY MOVEMENT MADE BY THEM OR IN THEIR BEHALF TO AMELIORATE THEIR CONDITION OR TO REMOVE THEIR GRIE- VANCES THAT IS OPPOSED TO THE VOIVE OF GOD OR HIS CHURCH. MOVED BY JOHN CLARY, ESQ., MUNICIPAL COUNCILLOR OF SHEFFORD, AND SECONDED BY MR. PATRICK O'CALLAGHAN OF GRANBY,- RESOLVED,- THAT WE CONDEMN THE FENIAN ORGANIZATION WITH ALL ITS RAMIFICATIONS WHEREVER IT EXISTS,- WE CONSIDER THESE MISGUIDED MEN, THE FENIANS, ENEMIES TO OUR CREED AND COUNTRY; AND SHOULD OUR SERVICES BE RE- QUIRED TO REPEL ANY LAWLESS BANDITTI OF FENIANS OR OTHER INVASION, WE TENDER THESE SERVICES TO OUR GOV- ERNMENT; FOR, LIVING AS WE DO UNDER A FREE AND HAPPY GOVERNMENT, ITS OUR DUTY, IN COMMON WITH ALL OTHER FAITHFUL SUBJECTS OF OUR BELOVED QUEEN, WITH THE STRONG ARMS AND WARM HEARTS OF IRISHMEN TO SUPPORT HER CROWN AND DIGNITY. MOVED BY MR. ANDREW HALEY OF GRANBY, AND SECONDED BY MR. WILLIAM CAREY, OF SOUTH ROXTON;- RESOLVED,- THAT THE THANKS OF THE SOCIETY ARE DUE AND TENDERED TO THE REV. MR. GENDRON FOR THE TASTEFUL MANNER IN WHICH HE HAS DECORATED HIS CHURCH FOR OUR RECEPTION, AS ALSO TO HIS CHARACTERS THAT SO WELL PER- FORMED THEIR PART AT THE CELEBRATION. MOVED BY THE PRESIDENT, AND SECONDED BY MR. CHARLES MORAN, JR., OF SHEFFORD,- RESOLVED, THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE COMPLIMENT PAID TO THE SOCIETY IN THE LETTER JUST READ FROM CAPT. J.C. AUGER, IN BEHALF OF HIMSELF AND COMPANY NOW STATIONED HERE, AND WE PLEDGE OURSELVES, THAT AS LONG AS HIMSELF AND MEN RESIDES AMOUNST US WE SHALL DO OUR BEST TO MAKE THEIR SOJOURN PLEASANT AND AGREEABLE. MOVED BY WM. FARLEY, ESQ., OF GRANBY, AND SECOND- ED BY MR. PETER DUNN OF NORTH SHEFFORD: RESOLVED,- THAT COPIES OF THESE RESOLUTIONS BE FORWARDED FOR INSERTION TO THE WATERLOO ADVERTISER, THE GRANBY GAZETTE, THE TRUE WITNESS, AND MONTREAL WEEKLY HERALD. P. O'CALLAGHAN, SECRETARY, WATERLOO, MARCH 17, 1866 " (23 MAR 1866) OBVIOUSLY OUR ANCESTORS WERE DEDICATED TO THEIR ETHNIC HERITAGE AS WELL TO THEIR ADOPTED HOMELAND. AGAIN, IT WOULD NOT BE SURPRISING TO SUSPECT THAT THE MCKAYS PARTICIPATED IN THIS EVENT TOO. KEEP THE TRADITION ALIVE! ERIN GO BRAGH *** MAHEDY THE SEARCH FOR MAHEDY "NEWS" WAS AS FRUSTRATING AS THAT FOR THE MCKAYS. THEN THE SKY OPENED AND NEWS POURED FORTH. PREVIOUS PAGES HAVE ALREADY TOUCHED ON ALFRED AND HIS FATHER, PATRICK. WE WILL KNOW PATRICK MUCH BETTER NOW THAN WE DID BEFORE. SOME ADDI- TIONAL DATA HAS ALSO SURFACED ON OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CLAN. BASED ON THE INFORMATION FROM ZORA AND AUNT MAY, TOGETHER WITH CENSUS DATA, IT APPEARED THAT JOHN MAHEDY HAD MOVED WITH HIS SONS PATRICK AND MICHAEL FROM SHERRINGTON TO SHEFFORD SHORTLY AFTER 1851. HE DIED THERE IN 1858 AND WAS BURIED AT GRANBY. SURPRISINGLY, THERE WAS AN OBITUARY FOR JOHN. ALTHOUGH IT DOES NOT NAME HIS PARENTS, SIBLINGS, OR HOMETOWN IN IRELAND, IT DOES SHED SOME LIGHT ON THE MAN. THE OBITUARY WAS CARRIED IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS GAZETTE OF 19 FEB 1858 AND READ AS FOLLOWS: "OBITUARY, - DIED ON THE 16TH INST., MR. JOHN MAHEDY, LATE OF THE TOWN OF SHERRINGTON, L.C. HE WAS ON A VISIT TO HIS SON MR. MICHAEL MAHEDY, OF NORTH SHEF- FORD. THE DECEASED REACHED THE VENERABLE OLD AGE OF 76 YEARS, 8 MONTHS. HE WAS ONE OF THE EARLY SETTLERS OF HIS ADOPTED TOWNSHIP, WHERE HE RESIDED FOR NEARLY THIRTY YEARS, HIGHLY RESPECTED. HE WAS A PRACTICAL SCHOLAR, OF A PROFOUND EDUCATION, WELL VERSED IN THE HISTORIES OF ANCIENT AND MODERN TIMES, AND FOR MANY YEARS A CONTRIBUTOR TO THE PUBLIC PRESS OF HIS NATIVE AND ADOPTED COUNTRY. HE WAS A NATIVE OF THE COUNTY OF LONGFORD, IRELAND, AND FATHER TO P. MAHEDY, OF THIS TOWNSHIP. THE INTERNMENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CATHOLIC CEMETERY OF GRANBY, THIS DAY (FRIDAY) AT 10 O'CLOCK A.M." THIS PLACES JOHN'S BIRTH @ JUL 1781, AS OPPOSED TO 1782 GIVEN BY ZORA, OR 1780 GIVEN BY THE 1851 CENSUS. IT IS ALSO CLEAR THAT JOHN REMAINED IN SHERRINGTON AFTER HIS SONS HAD MOVED TO SHEFFORD CO. I CAN NOT DETERMINE FROM THE ABOVE IF JOHN CONTINUED TO WRITE TO THE PRESS IN IRELAND AFTER HE SETTLED IN CANADA, OR IF HE WROTE TO THE IRISH PRESS UNTIL 1830 WHEN HE LEFT IRELAND AND THEN WROTE TO THE CANADIAN PRESS AFTER SETTLING IN SHERRINGTON @ 1831. IF ANY OF THOSE ANCIENT PAPERS EXIST IN IRELAND, PERHAPS THERE IS A REMOTE CHANCE THAT THEY WOULD HELP TO SPECIFY HIS HOME TOWN AND IDENTIFY OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. I CAN NOT HELP BUT WONDER HOW AND WHERE JOHN OBTAINED HIS "PROFOUND EDUCATION". A FEW YEARS AGO WE PUBLISHED THE AMAZING LETTER OF 1864 BY HIS SON JOHN. FASCINATING AS IT WAS, IT WAS REPLETE WITH ERRORS IN SPELLING AND GRAMMAR. PAT ON THE OTHER HAND SEEMS TO ALSO EXHIBIT A PROFOUND EDUCATION. DOES THIS IMPLY THE MAHEDYS MAY HAVE BEEN SOMEWHAT MORE PROMINENT IN LONGFORD THAN PREVIOUSLY BELIEVED? FINALLY, I CAN NOT HELP BUT THINK OF ZORA BUTLER! THOSE OF US WHO WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE KNOWN HER WILL RECALL THAT SHE WAS AN AVID STUDENT OF HISTORY AND GOVERN- MENT. SHE ALSO FREQUENTLY HAD LETTERS TO EDITORS PUBLISHED IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AND LATER - EVEN AFTER PARTIAL PARALYSIS FROM A STROKE - THROUGHOUT CENTRAL N.Y. I CAN IMAGINE HER REACTION TO THIS NEWS OF HER GREAT-GRANDFATHER! JOHN, JR.'S LETTER OF 1864 WAS WRITTEN FROM PLACER COUNTY, CAL., WHERE HE SAID HE WAS A RAILROAD CONTRACTOR AND HAD PUR- CHASED A HOUSE. HE DID NOT APPEAR IN THE 1870 PLACER CO. CENSUS. THERE ARE NO RECORDS OF JOHN, JR. IN THE COUNTY RECORDS OR HISTORICAL SOCIETY. HOWEVER, THEY DID FIND A JOHN MAHADY WHO DIED IN SACRAMENTO SHORTLY AFTER 1870. I HAVE NOT HAD TIME TO INVESTIGATE, BUT IT COULD WELL BE "OUR" JOHN, JR.. I AM ALSO SEARCHING FOR RECORDS OF JOHN IN TEXAS AND CUBA. PATRICK, SON OF JOHN AND BROTHER OF JOHN, JR., HAS LEFT A WEALTH OF INFORMATION THAT, PERHAPS, PROVIDES A MIRROR TO HIS SOUL. FROM THE "ST. PATTY'S DAY" SEGMENT IT IS CLEAR THAT PAT WAS REGARDED AS A LEADER AMOUNG THE IRISH THROUGHOUT SHEFFORD CO. PAT ALSO SERVED AS A SCHOOL COMMISIONER AT LEAST FROM 1856-59 AS VERIFIED BY THE FOLLOWING NOTICE: "A STATEMENT OF THE AFFAIRS OF THE SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS OF THE SCHOOL MUNICIPALITY OF SHEFFORD, FROM THE FIRST DAY OF JULY, 1857, TO THE FIRST DAY OF JULY, 1858. (ANNUAL SCHOOL BUDGET) SUBMITTED BY P. MAHEDY, JONATHAN ALLARD, GEO. C. ROBINSON; SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS WATERLOO, SEPT. 25, 1858;". SIMILAR NOTICES WERE PUBLISHED AT THE END OF EACH YEAR. HE FREQUENTLY WROTE TO THE PAPER ON MATTERS OF EDUCATION. IN SO DOING, HE WAS OFTEN THE CENTER OF CONTROVERSY. THROUGOUT HIS TENURE THERE WERE RUNNING ARGUMENTS IN THE PRESS. SOMETIMES PAT SUBMITTED LETTERS UNDER HIS OWN NAME, AS "P. MAHEDY". SOMETIMES IT WAS UNDER "P. M---Y". ONE OF HIS ADVERSARIES ALSO IMPLIED PAT WAS THE WRITER WHO SIGNED AS "OBSERVER". BEFORE PROCEDING WITH PAT'S CIVIC RECORD I WOULD LIKE TO RETURN TO THE FENIAN MOVEMENT. OBVIOUSLY THE FENIAN MOVEMENT WAS AN IRISH INITIATIVE. AS IT GAINED MORE AND MORE ATTENTION, IT EXACERBATED THE TENSION BETWEEN IRISH CATHOLICS AND THE PROTESTANTS. AS IN ANY ETHNIC OR RELIGIOUS CONFLICT, RUMORS, DISTORTIONS, AND LIES BECOME FACT. HYSTERIA ABOUNDS. BEING RECOGNIZED AS A LEADER AMOUNG THE IRISH, AND KNOWN FOR HIS CONTROVERSIAL POSITIONS CONCERNING EDUCATION - OFTEN REVOLVING AROUND RELIGIOUS ISSUES - PAT FOUND HIMSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FENIAN SCARE. HE SUBMITTED A LETTER TO THE EDITOR WHO WAS UNABLE TO PUBLISH IT INITIALLY, AS HE INDICATED: "WE HAVE RECEIVED A COMMUNICATION FROM OUR FRIEND P. MAHEDY, ESQ., ON THE RECENT FENIAN "SCARE" IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. IT CAME TOO LATE FOR PUBLICATION IN THIS PAPER, BUT WILL APPEAR IN THE NEXT." 13 JAN '65 PAT'S LETTER SPEAKS FOR ITSELF, AND TELLS US MUCH ABOUT THE MAN. "THE FENIANS IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS. (TO THE EDITOR...) DEAR SIR, --- THERE IS A STORY AFLOAT THROUGH THIS AND THE ADJACENT TOWNSHIPS THAT HAS MY NAME AND THE NAMES OF TWO WORTHY AND ESTEEMED REVEREND FRIENDS OF MINE. THE ONE MY OWN PRIEST, A PIOUS YOUNG MAN - COMPARATIVELY A STRANGER AMOUNG US, BEING BUT A FEW WEEKS ON THIS MISSION; THE OTHER THE HIGHLY POPULAR CATHOLIC INCUMBENT OF YOUR VILLAGE. WERE IT NOT FOR THIS COINCIDENCE I WOULD CONSIDER THE STORY BENEATH MY NOTICE TO MENTION OR TROUBLE YOU, SIR, FOR SPACE IN RELATION TO IT. THIS SENSATION STORY, NO DOUBT, SIR, BUT WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD ERE THIS, AS IT HAS REACHED A MUCH FARTHER DISTANCE. IT IS, SIR, TO THE EFFECT, THAT THERE IS AN ORGANIZED BODY OF THESE EX- COMMUNICATED SCOUNDRELS, THEY CALL FENIANS, AMOUNG MY COUNTYRMEN AND IN RELIGIONISTS IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, WHOSE OBJECT IT IS TO TURN OUT SOME DAY OR NIGHT BANDED AND COMMENCE AND CARRY ON AN INDISCRIMINATE SLAUGHTER ON THEIR PROTESTANT NEIGHBORS; THAT YOUR HUMBLE SERVANT IS CAPTAIN-GENERAL, MAGOR-GENERAL, OR SOME OTHER KIND OF A GENERAL, THAT IS TO GIVE THE OR- DER TO DO THE FOUL AND BLOODY WORK; THAT MY TWO REV- EREND AND ESTEEMED FRIENDS ARE THE REPOSITORS OF THE ARMS BY WHICH IT IS TO BE DONE; THAT OUR BURYING GROUNDS CONSECRATED AND SANCTIFIED BY THE PRAYERS AND BENEDICTIONS OF THE CHURCH FOR HIGHER AND HOLIER PUR- POSES, ARE MADE ARMORIES AND REPOSITORIES FOR THEIR CONCEALED WEAPONS. TO SAY A WORD IN CONTRADICTION TO THIS ABSURD SENSATION STORY, WOULD BE AN INSULT TO THE GOOD SENSE AND INTELLIGENCE OF THE GREATEST PART OF MY PROTES- TANT NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS; BUT AS THERE MAY BE SOME WEAK-MINDED OLD WOMEN AND MAIDENS THAT MAY BELIEVE THIS STORY AND BY IT IS PUT INTO GREAT BODILY FEAR, AND WHOSE NOCTURNAL REST, SO NECESSARY TO STRENGTHEN THE BODY AND INVIGORATE THE MIND, IS DISTURBED BY THE DREAMS AND PHANTOMS OF BLOOD-SHED AND SLAUGHTER. SIR, TO APPEASE THEIR MINDS AND ALLEVIATE THEIR MEN- TAL SUFFERINGS, THAT THEY MAY ENJOY UNDISTURBED WITH- OUT FEAR, "BALMY SLEEP, SWEET REPOSE," I AM WILLING TO DO ALL THAT REASONABLE MORTAL CAN OR WOULD EXPECT TO DO, TO REMOVE THESE FEARS. NOW, SIR, I OFFER THEM AS MY SECURITY FOR MY GOOD BEHAVIOR, AND AS A GUARAN- TEE THAT I WILL NEVER HURT A HAIR ON THEIR HEADS, OR CAUSE OR PERMIT THEM TO BE INJURED TO MY KNOWING OR KNOWLEDGE, BECAUSE THEY WORSHIP GOD ACCORDING TO THE DICTATES OF THEIR OWN CONSCIENCES, EVERY PROTEST- ANT GEMTLEMAN OF SOUND AND SANE MIND IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS. FURTHER, I OFFER THEM AS MY SECURITIES, SEVERAL PROTESTANT CLERGYMEN THAT I HAVE THE HONOR OF THEIR ACQUAINTANCE IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS, AND MANY OTHER PARTS OF CANADA. ALTHOUGH MY ACQUAINTANCE WITH YOURSELF IS LIMIT- ED, I THINK YOU WILL NOT REFUSE TO BECOME MY BONDS- MAN, THAT I NEVER WILL MALICIOUSLY OR FELONIOUSLY HURT OR CAUSE TO BE INJURED ANY OF THESE POOR OLD WO- MEN OR MAIDENS ON ACCOUNT OF THEIR RELIGIOUS CONVIC- TIONS. TO THINK, SIR, OR FOR ONCE IMAGINE THAT THERE IS AN ORGANIZATION OF FENIANS, OR OTHER SECRET ORGANI- ZATION OF SCOUNDRELS, AMOUNGST US PLOTTING AGAINST THE PEACE AND LIVES OF THEIR NEIGHBORS, IS ABSURD, REDICULOUS, AND PREPOSTEROUS. DID I KNOW OF ANY SUCH ORGANIZATION IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY, I WOULD BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO USE ALL THE POWER AND AUTHORITY THE LAW GIVES TO ME, AS A SWORN CONSERVATOR OF THE PEACE, TO SUPPRESS IT WITH THE STRONG ARM OF THE LAW. THE CHURCH, SIR, IN WHICH I WAS BORN AND LIVED IN UNDER THE STRONGEST CONVICTIONS OF HER DIVINE ORIGIN, HER SANCTITY AND HOLINESS ABHORS, DETESTS, AND ANATH- EMATIZES ALL OF HER REFRACTORY CHILDREN THAT BELONG TO ANY SECRET ORGANIZATION, NO MATTER HOW GOOD OR HOW NOBLE THE END BE ...(ILLEGIBLE)... SUCH AND KNOWN TO US, WE LOOK AT THEM AS ANOTHER EDITION OF THAT TRAITOR JUDAS CRUCIFYING THEIR LORD ANEW, BECAUSE THEY ACT CONTRARY TO THE DICTATES OF THEIR OWN CON- SCIENCES. THESE REFRACTORY CATHOLICS THEY DISOBEY THE DIVINE INJUNCTIONS - "HEAR THE CHURCH." THEY KNOW THAT WE ARE ALSO TAUGHT "THAT THEM THAT WILL NOT HEAR THE CHURCH, LET HIM BE UNTO THEE AS A HEATHEN AND A PUBLICAN." SUPPOSE, SIR, THAT THE STORY GOT CIRCULATED THAT THE PROTESTANTS WERE GOING TO TURN OUT SOME DAY OR NIGHT AND MURDER ALL THEIR CATHOLIC NEIGHBORS (AND MIND YOU, SIR, THE STORY WOULD BE MORE FEASIBLE THAN THE ONE NOW IN CIRCULATION, THEY BEING MUCH MORE NUMEROUS IN THIS AND MANY OTHER TOWNSHIPS) YOU COULD NOT FIND AN OLD CATHOLIC WOMEN, NO MATTER HOW ECCENTRIC OR HOW WEAK-MINDED SHE WOULD, WOULD NOT BELIEVE IT. IN REPLY, SHE WOULD SAY THESE WORDS, OR WORDS BEARING THE SAME MEANING, - "I BELIEVE NO SUCH TRASH; WE NEVER DID OUR PROYESTANT NEIGHBORS ANY WRONG OR INJUSTICE; WE HAVE LIVED IN THE MOST PERFECT UNITY AND FRIENDSHIP WITH THEM; THEY ARE OUR COUNTRY- MEN, EVERY TIE OF PATRIOTISM, FRIENDSHIP, AND EVEN CONSANGUINITY, BINDS US TOGETHER; THEN WHAT WOULD THEY MURDER US FOR? THEY WORSHIP THE LIVING GOD AS WELL AS WE DO. HE SENT HIS BELOVED SON TO REDEEM AND SAVE THEM AS WELL AS US. HE LEFT THE DIVINE INJUNC- TIONS TO THEM AS WELL AS TO US - "LOVE ONE ANOTHER." HE SAID TO THEM AS WELL AS TO US - "IF ANY MAN SAY I LOVE GOD AND HATETH HIS BROTHER HE IS A LIAR." HE TAUGHT THEM TO PRAY AS WELL AS US, AND SAY - "FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THEM THAT TRESPASS AGAINST US." SUCH A STORY IS SHEER NONSENSE - NO ONE WOULD CIRCULATE IT (SHE WOULD SAY) BUT AN ENEMY TO GOD AND HIS COUNTRY." THEN, SIR, WHY IS IT THAT MANY WEAK-MINDED PROTESTANTS ARE LESS CHARITABLE TO US THAN WE ARE TO THEM, AND FEAR US WITHOUT CAUSE OR PROVOCATION? MR. EDITOR, I MAY HAVE INDULGED IN PART OF THIS COMMUNICATION WITH TOO MUCH LEVITY, BUT NOW, SIR, I AM GOING TO BE SERIOUS. -- THERE IS A DARK SPOT ON THE POLITICAL HORIZON OF OUR COUNTRY -- IT NEEDS NOT THE HELP OF A TELESCOPE TO SEE IT; IT IS VISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE, AND IT MAY BURST BEFORE MANY MONTHS ARE OVER INTO A TORNADO THAT WILL SHAKE OUR COUNTRY TO ITS CENTRE. SHOULD THAT DAY UNHAPPILY AR- RIVE, OUR UNITED STRENGTH WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY, OUR HOMES AND PROPERTIES, FROM THE HANDS OF A RUTHLESS INVADER. SHOULD THAT DAY, SIR, ARRIVE, AND IT MAY NOT BE FAR DISTANT, UNITED WE MAY BE ABLE TO STAND AND REPEL THE INVADER, BUT DIVIDED WE ARE SURE TO FALL AND LEAVE OUR PROPERTIES AND OURSELVES AND FAMILIES AT THE MERCIES OF THE INVADERS. IT IS A NOTORIOUS FACT THAT THERE ARE NOW IN THE NEIGHBORING REPUBLIC AN ORGANIZED BAND OF SCOUNDRELS, - BEARING THE VERY NAME THAT SO MANY OF THE POOR OLD WOMEN HERE ARE SO ALARMED AT, - PART OF WHOSE DECLARED OBJECTS ARE TO CRIPPLE THE HOME GOVERNMENT BY INVADING OUR COUNTRY. SOME THINK AND SAY THE UNITED STATES GOV- ERNMENT WOULD NOT PERMIT IT. WHO CAN SAY THIS KNOW- ING THE HISTORY OF THE SEVERAL ORGANIZED BODIES OF BANDITS THAT THE LAST THIRTY YEARS HAVE INVADED FROM THE UNITED STATES NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES WITH WHOM SHE HAD BEEN AT PEACE, AND THE AUTHORITIES OF THAT COUN- TRY CONNEIVED AT THEIR TRANSACTIONS. -- AND, SIR, THERE IS NO PERSON THAT HAS EVER LIVED ANY PART OF THEIR LIVES IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT WHO KNOWS HER PEOPLE HAVE AN INDELIBLE HATRED AGAINST ENGLAND AND EVERY THING CONNECTED WITH HER. THEY ARE TAUGHT THIS HATRED FROM THEIR INFANCY UP -- THEY ARE LEARNED TO LISP IT AT THEIR MOTHER'S KNEES -- THEY ARE TAUGHT IT AT THEIR SCHOOLS, AND THEY PRACTICE IT THROUGH LIFE WHEREVER THEY ARE. I AM, DEAR SIR, RESPECTFULLY YOURS, &C., P. MAHEDY NORTH SHEFFORD, JANUARY 10, 1865." (20 JAN '65) THIS LETTER WAS TYPICAL OF THE LETTERS WRITTEN BY PAT. LIKE ME, HE MAY HAVE BEEN SOMEWHAT LONG-WINDED. HE WAS NOT LACKING FOR OPINION, BUT USUALLY HAD SOMETHING WORTHWHILE TO SUPPORT HIS OPINIONS. (THOUGH I DOUBT THIS LETTER WOULD ENDEAR HIM TO CONTEMPORARY FEMINIST ACTIVISTS!) HE EXHIBITED CONSIDERABLY MORE POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE THAN MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPECTED OF IRISH IMMIGRANTS. HE DID NOT CONDEMN ENGLAND, NOR DID HE CONDEMN PROTESTANTISM. PAT EMPHASIZED BROTHERHOOD WITH MUTUAL RESPECT AND UNDERSTANDING. HE DETESTED WHAT WAS HAPPENNING TO HIS NATIVE IRELAND BUT WAS FIERCELY LOYAL TO CANADA AND HENCE, ULTIMATELY ACCEPTED THE QUEEN. HIS OPINION OF THE U.S. IS INTERESTING. REMEMBER HE LIVED AND WORKED IN NEW YORK FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HIS WIFE WAS A NATIVE NEW YORKER. THIS SENTIMENT WAS ALSO REFLECTED IN AT LEAST ONE OF HIS "EDUCATION" LETTERS. THE GOVERNMENT - AND PROTESTANT MAJORITY - WERE ADVOCATING USE OF U.S. TEXTBOOKS. PAT FELT THEY WERE FILLED WITH DISTORTION AND PROPAGANDA, AND OBVIOUSLY WOULD HOLD LITTLE RELEVENCE TO CANADIAN CULTURE AND HISTORY. IN COMBINATION WITH HIS OTHER WRITINGS AND APPARENT SPEAKING SKILLS, IT IS CLEAR PAT WAS ALSO WELL EDUCATED. AGAIN THIS RAISES THE QUESTION OF HOW AND WHERE? RETURNING TO PAT'S PUBLIC SERVICE, HIS COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION WAS AS STRONG AS IT WAS TO HIS RACE, RELIGION, AND COUNTRY. HE FELT THERE SHOULD BE SEPARATE SCHOOLS FOR CATHOLICS, AND THAT THEY SHOULD RECEIVE EQUAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT. IF I FOLLOWED THE DISCUSSION CORRECTLY, THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT THAT TIME WERE ESSENTIALLY PROTESTANT SCHOOLS. FREQUENTLY THE PROTESTANT CLERGY SUPPLIED THE TEXTBOOKS AND HIRED THE TEACHERS. PAT BELIEVED RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOL, BUT CATHOLICS SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO LEARN, ACCEPT, PRACTICE, OR PAY FOR PROTESTANT INDOCTRINATION ANY MORE THAN PROTESTANTS BE FORCED TO LEARN CATHOLICISM. IT WAS MORE OR LESS A RELIGIOUS "SEPARATE BUT EQUAL" PHILOSOPHY. AS COMMISSIONER, PAT WAS ALSO REQUIRED TO INSURE TEACHERS WERE QUALIFIED. ULTIMATELY THIS MEANT A PRO- SPECTIVE TEACHER HAD TO BE APPROVED BY A BOARD OF EXAMINERS - REGARDLESS OF WHAT OTHER CREDENTIALS THEY HELD. SINCE THE BOARD ONLY MET PERIODICALLY IN MONTREAL AND QUEBEC, THIS CAUSED PROBLEMS FOR THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS AS WELL AS FOR SOME PROSPEC- TIVE TEACHERS. PAT WENT IN PERSON TO MONTREAL TO APPEAL DIRECTLY TO THE PROVINCIAL CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICER. AMOUNG HIS MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS WAS A SUGGESTION TO HAVE THE BOARDS MEET ON A SCHEDULED BASIS. HIS MEETING HAD AT LEAST SOME IMPACT ACCORD- ING TO THE LOCAL EDITOR: "LOCAL BOARD OF EXAMINERS - WE HAVE GREAT PLEASURE IN PUBLISHING HON. MR. CHAUVREAU'S LETTER. IT IS, AS WE EXPECTED; THE FACTS OF THE CASE REQUIRED ONLY TO BE PRESSED UPON THE ATTENTION OF THE EDUCATION OFFICE. THE SUPERINTENDENT'S LETTER WILL BE READ WITH GREAT SATISFACTION IN THIS SECTION OF THE COUNTRY, WHERE WE ARE TOLD, THAT UNDER THE OPERATION OF THE PRESENT AB- SURD SYSTEM, SEVERAL SCHOOLS HAVE CLOSED, AND MORE HAVE DETERMINED, HENCEFORTH, TO DISREGARD THE STATUTE AND PROCEED INDEPENDENTLY OF GOVERNMENT AID. FOR OUR- SELVES WE HEARTILY THANK MR. MAHEDY FOR HAVING ASSIST- ED TO ADVOCATE OUR CLAIMS, AND THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR EVINCING, THUS EARLY, AN INCLINATION TO RECOGNIZE THEM." (17 JUL 1857) UNFORTUNATELY, THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH TIME TO TRANSCRIBE MORE OF PAT'S LETTERS. PERHAPS THERE WILL BE MORE NEWS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. PATRICK WAS INVOLVED IN OTHER CIVIC MATTERS AS WELL. IN JULY OF 1860 A CONVENTION WAS HELD AT WATERLOO TO PRESS FOR GREATER JUDICIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE AUTONOMY AND REFORM FOR THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS. "P. MAHEADY" WAS AMOUNG TWENTY LEADERS FROM THE TOWNSHIPS. HE WAS INVITED TO ADDRESS THOSE ASSEMBLED BUT DECLINED. THREE YEARS LATER THE FOLLOWING NOTICE APPEARED: "APPOINTMENTS: PROVINCIAL SECRETARY'S OFFICE, QUEBEC, 1 AUG 1863; "HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL HAS BEEN PLEASED TO APPOINT THE FOLLOWING GENTLEMEN TO BE JUSTICES OF THE PEACE... ST. JOACHIM DE SHEFFORD... PATRICK MAHEDY ..." (14 AUG 1863) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION HAS ALSO SURFACED ON A SOME OF PAT'S CHILDREN. THANKS TO COUSIN JAMES O'DONAHUE OF MASS., I FOUND PAT'S DAUGHTER, MARTHA MAHEDY MCNEIL GALLAGHER IN THE 1900 CENSUS FOR BARRE, VT. IT WAS THE ONLY GALLAGHER FAMILY IN BARRE. HOWEVER, THERE WERE SOME DISCREPANCIES. MARTHA'S AGE WAS ABOUT TEN YEARS OFF, AND THERE WAS NO INDICATION OF ANY CHILDREN BY A PREVIOUS MARRIAGE. SHE DID INDICATE HER FATHER WAS BORN IN IRELAND AND HER MOTHER IN NY. ACCORDING TO THE CENSUS, SHE MAR- RIED MICHAEL GALLAGHER IN 1879 IN CANADA. MICHAEL WAS A STONE POLISHER. THEY HAD SIX CHIILDREN: CHARLES, APR 1882; JAMES, MAR 1884; MARY, JAN 1887; JOHN, SEPT 1889; LUKE, JAN 1892; AND WILLIAM IN MAR 1894. IN AN EARLIER ISSUE IT WAS MENTIONED THAT MARTHA'S SON BY HER FIRST MARRIAGE, PETER MCNEIL, RESIDED IN LEOMINSTER WITH MARTHA'S SISTER, JENNY MAHEDY DOWNS. ANNOUNCE- MENT OF PETER'S MARRIAGE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE WATERLOO ADVERTISER ON 5 MAY 1899: "MCNEIL-DOUNS- AT TROY, NY, ON THE 12TH OF APRIL, 1899, BY THE REV. FATHER BYRON, PETER MCNEIL, OF LEOMINSTER, MASS., TO MISS MARY DOUNS, TROY, NY." I SUSPECT THAT MARY'S NAMES IS MISSPELLED AND SHOULD BE DOWNS. JENNY'S SISTER MARY ANN, AND THEIR BROTHER PHILIP, ALSO RESIDED WITH THE DOWNS FAMILY AT LEOMINSTER. MANY SHEFFORD CO. FOLK HAD MOVE TO LEOMINSTER TO WORK IN THE FACTORIES. THERE OCCASIONALLY WERE REPORTS OF PARTIES HELD IN LEOMINSTER OR OTHER NEARBY TOWNS TO BRING THEM TOGETHER. ONE FORMER RESIDENT DIED IN EARLY 1899. A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNERAL APPEARED IN THE WATERLOO ADVERTISER ON 14 APR 1899: "GALBRAITH - THE FUNERAL OF MRS ALONZO GALBRAITH WAS HELD AT HER LATE RESIDENCE IN LEOMINSTER, MASS. ON THE 30TH OF MARCH, REV. F.A. BROWN OF ST MARK'S CHURCH OFFICATING. MRS GALBRAITH WAS A WOMAN WHOSE BEAUTIFUL LIFE HAD ENDEARED HER TO ALL WHO KNEW HER, AND HER LOSS WILL BE KEENLY FELT. AMOUNG THE BEAUT- IFUL FLOWERS WAS A PILLOW FROM THE HUSBAND, CLUSTER OF VIOLETS FROM MOTHER, ...SPRAY OF PINKS, MRS. M.S. MOORE, MISS MARY MAHEDY, AND MISS ANNIE RUDY..." PATRICK'S DAUGHTER ELIZA MAHEDY MCCAFFREY REMAINED IN SHEF- FORD CO AT SAVAGE'S MILLS. ON 5 APR 1901 THE FOLLOWING DEATH NO- TICE APPEARED: "MCCAFFREY- AT SAVAGE'S MILLS, ON THE 28TH MAR 1901, MARGARET, ELDEST DAUGHTER OF HENRY MCCAF- FREY, AGED 22 YEARS, 9 MONTHS;" PAST ISSUES OF 3M HAVE MENTIONED PATRICK RAN A SAW MILL. THE FOLLOWING EXCERPT FROM THE EASTERN TOWNSHIP GAZETTE, GRANBY, PROVIDES FURTHER DOCUMENTATION: "ACCIDENT - ON THURSDAY LAST A MAN, IN THE EM- PLOY OF P. MAHEDY, ESQ., WHILE ENGAGED IN SAWING SLABS WITH A CIRCULAR SAW AT THE MILLS OF MR. MA- HEDY AT NORTH SHEFFORD, GOT HIS KNEE CARELESSLY UNDER THE FRAME, AND IN PUSHING UP ON THE SLAB BROUGHT HIS KNEE IN CONTACT WITH THE SAW. THE CONSEQUENCE WAS THAT HIS KNEE WAS SPLIT OPEN IN A DANGEROUS MANNER. MORAL - SAWYERS SHOULD USE MORE CARE." (5 OCT 1866) ------------------------------------------------------------------- MORAN RESEARCH ON THE MORANS PROCEEDED MUCH THE SAME AS IT DID WITH THE MCKAY AND MAHEDY LINES; THAT IS, VIRTUALLY NOTHING WAS FOUND. THERE WAS ONE EXCEPTION: THE DUNN FAMILY. THERE WERE TONS OF DUNNES, REMINDING ME OF A CUTE LITTLE IRISH DITTY SINGING "WELL DONE MR. DUNN!" A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF DATA HAS BEEN ACCUMULATED ON THE SHEFFORD CO. DUNNS, BUT I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SORT IT ALL DOWN YET. HOPEFULLY I CAN GET TO THAT "SOON" AND SHARE IT WITH COUSIN GERTIE (DUNN) CAMPBELL TO STRAIGHTEN ME OUT. THERE WERE SOME OTHER MORAN FINDINGS WHICH MAY PROVE INTERESTING, AND/OR LEAD TO SOME NEW LONG LOST RELATIVES. THE ONLY MENTION OF CHARLES MORAN, BROTHER OF ELIZABETH MORAN MAHEDY, WAS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PETITION HE SIGNED DISCUSSED EARLIER IN THE MCKAY SECTION. HIS SON CHARLES, JR., WAS ALSO MENTIONED ONLY ONCE WHEN HE SECONDED A MOTION OFFERRED BY HIS FIRST COUSIN, PATRICK MAHEDY, AS PRESIDENT OF THE SHEFFORD CO. ST. PATRICK'S SOCIETY IN 1866. IN A PREVIOUS EDITION OF 3M THE 1861 CENSUS OF SHEFFORD CO. LISTED CHARLES' DAUGHTERS MARY AND BRIDGET AS SCHOOL TEACHERS. THE MORANS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN AS DEDICATED TO EDUCATION AS THEIR COUSIN PAT MAHEDY, AS EVIDENCED BY THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE ADVERTISER OF 24 FEB 1865: "BOARD OF EDUCATION - ... THE FOLLOWING LIST OF DIPLOMAS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WHICH WERE GRANTED BY THE PROTESTANT BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF WATERLOO... TUESDAY THE 7TH.. FIRST CLASS - ...BRIDGET MORAN, LUCY H. MORAN, NORTH SHEFFORD;" IT WAS ORIGINALLY THROUGH ZORA THAT WE LEARNED OF MARY MORAN AND HER FATHER. AMOUNGST HER PAPERS, ZORA HAD A PHOTO OF TWO YOUNG CHILDREN SURNAMED KELPEY WITH A NOTE THAT THEY WERE THE GRANDCHILDREN OF CHARLES MORAN. THE KELPEYS DID NOT APPEAR IN ANY OF THE SHEFFORD CO. CENSUSES. HOWEVER, IN THE 18 OCT 1901 ADVERTISER THE FOLLOWING OBITUARY APPEARED: "KELPYN - THE FOLLOWING OBITUARY TAKEN FROM THE EVENING BULLETIN OF WINNIPEG, MAN., WAS RECEIVED BY MR. P. DUNN, WARDEN: MICHAEL H. KELPYN DIED YESTERDAY AT 9:30 AT THE RESIDENCE OF HIS SON, A. M. KELPYN, 20 DERBY ST. DECEASED WAS IN HIS 67TH YEAR. HE WAS FOR OVER 30 YEARS A PROMINENT RAIL- ROAD CONTRACTOR AND BUILT MANY PORTIONS OF WHAT IS NOW THE C.P.R. SYSTEM, AS WELL AS PARTS OF MANY RAILROADS IN OTHER PARTS OF CANADA AND THE U.S. HE WAS ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST PRACTICAL ROCK-MEN IN AMERICA. PARALYSIS WAS THE DIRECT CAUSE OF DEATH. BESIDES A WIDOW DECEASED LEAVES TWO SONS, A.M. KELPYN, C. P. KELPYN, MANAGER OF THE CITY QUAR- RIES; A BROTHER, MR. JOHN C. KELPIN OF WATERLOO, ONT., AND A SISTER, MRS. PETER MCGAUVRAN OF LOWELL, MA. THE FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW FROM THE FAMILY RESIDENCE, 20 DERBY ST. TO THE CHURCH OF THE IMMACU- LATE CONCEPTION AND THENCE TO ST. MARY'S CEMETERY. IN MARCH THAT SAME YEAR, A MICHAEL MCGAUVRAN OF WATERLOO BROUGHT SUIT AGAINST JOHN KELPYN - "NOW OF LOWELL, MASS." - OVER THE ESTATE OF MAGGIE KELPYN, DECEASED, OF WATERLOO. FROM THE PHOTO IT IS KNOWN THAT MARY ALSO HAD A DAUGHTER WHO EVIDENTLY DIED PRIOR TO 1901. I COULD NOT FIND THE KELPYNS IN THE 1891 WINNIPEG CENSUS, BUT WILL TRY TO PURSUE THIS BRANCH. THERE MAY HAVE BEEN A SECOND MORAN FAMILY IN SHEFFORD CO., THOUGH I DO NOT RECALL FINDING ANY IN THE CENSUS REPORTS. HOWEVER, THE FOLLOWING DEATH NOTICE APPEARED IN THE 1 DEC 1865 EASTERN TOWNSHIPS GAZETTE : "DIED - AT WINGVILLE, GRANT CO., WISC., ON THE 31ST OCT, MARGARET, WIFE OF DANIEL R. BRIDGE, AND ELDEST DAUGHTER OF ROBERT MORAN, FORMERLY OF GRAN- BY, AGED 19 YR, 5 MONTHS." WHETHER THIS ROBERT MORAN WAS ANY RELATION TO THE CHARLES MORAN CLAN IS NOT KNOWN. IN THE 6 SEPT 1901 ADVERTISER I FOUND: "MORAN - MR. M.S. MORAN OF EAGLE RIVER, WISC., AND WIFE AND DAUGHTER, ARE GUESTS OF MRS. J. O. PAQUETTE. MR. MORAN IS AN OLD SHEFFORD BOY, WHO WENT WEST OVER TWENTY YEARS AGO. HE IS AN ENTER- PRISING AND SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS MAN AND ONE OF THE LEADING CITIZENS OF EAGLE RIVER." INITIALLY I WAS CERTAIN THIS WAS MICHAEL, SON OF CHARLES MORAN. SINCE HE ALSO WENT TO WISC., HE COULD BE RELATED TO THE ABOVE- MENTIONED ROBERT. ACCORDING TO THE 1900 EAGLE RIVER CENSUS, THIS MICHAEL WAS BORN IN VT. IN OCT 1859, SON OF IRISH IMMIGRANTS. "OUR" WAS ABOUT TEN YEARS OLDER. STILL, CENSUS BIRTH DATA IS OFTEN INACCURATE. MICHAEL OF EAGLE RIVER WAS A PAPER MAKER. HE MARRIED HIS WIFE MARGARET @ 1891 AND HAD KATIE, BORN IN WISC. IN MAR 1893. CHARLES' DAUGHTER, JUDITH MORAN, MARRIED A MR. FARRELL. THEY DID NOT APPEAR IN LATER CENSUSES. THE NOTICES BELOW TAKEN FROM THE ADVERTISER MAY PERTAIN TO JUDITH'S FAMILY: "FARRELL- THE REMAINS OF THE LATE ROBERT FARRELL WERE RECENTLY BROUGHT FROM WORCESTER, MASS., AND INTERRED IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY AT W SHEF- FORD. THE DECEASED WAS A FORMERLY A RESIDENT OF BROME." (7 SEPT 1900) "FARRELL - HART - MAE HART m. EDWARD H. FARRELL OF SWANTON, VT. AT W. SHEFFORD; WILL SETTLE IN ENOSBURG FALLS..." WHILE THERE IS STILL MUCH TO LEARN ABOUT MOST OF THE MORAN CHILDREN, THERE IS A GOOD DEAL OF INFORMATION ON THE DUNNS - IT'S JUST A MATTER OF FITTING THE PIECES TOGETHER! PETER DUNN WAS BORN IN IRELAND @ 1832. HE PROBABLY MARRIED ELIZABETH MORAN @ 1855-56, AND HAD JOHN C., 1857; AND PETER F., 1859. IN THE 1861 CENSUS PETER LIVED NEXT TO JOHN DUNN, JR., WHO WAS ONLY ONE YEAR YOUNGER THAN PETER. NOT FAR AWAY WAS A PATRICK DUNN WHO WAS THREE YEARS OLDER. THEY WERE PROBABLY BROTHERS, OBVIOUSLY CHILDREN OF JOHN DUNN, SR.. IN 1865 JOHN, JR. HAD A MISHAP WHICH CAUSED HIM TO SEEK RETRIBUTION FROM THE GRANBY TOWN COUNCIL ACCORDING TO THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS GAZETTE OF 24 NOV 1865. " TOWN COUNCIL, GRANBY, 17 NOV 1865; - A BILL FOR $32 WAS PRESENTED FROM JOHN DUNN, 2ND, NORTH SHEFFORD, FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY THE UPSETTING OF HIS WAGGON IN CROSSING A SHORT BRIDGE BETWEEN MAU- KOOK AND MILTON. ON MOTION, THE SEC.-TREAS. WAS ORDERED TO TENDER MR. DUNN THE SUM OF $15, AND ALSO WRITE HIM STATING THAT THIS WAS ALL HE IS EN- TITLED TO FROM THE FACTS OF THE CASE ... IF HE CAN PRODUCE REASONABLE PROOF THAT HE IS ENTITLED TO A LARGER SUM, THIS COUNCIL IS WILLING TO DO WHAT IS JUST..." JOHN DID PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION AND WAS GRANTED AN ADDITIONAL FIVE DOLLARS! JOHN JR.'S OLDEST SON, JOHN S. DUNN WAS BORN IN 1860. HE HAD A HARD LIFE AND DIED ON 30 OCT 1901 AT THE AGE OF 40. HIS FUNERAL WAS HELD 9:30 A.M. SATURDAY, 2 NOV 1901, AT ST. JOACHIM DE SHEFFORD PARISH CHURCH. JUST TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO HIS DEATH HE HAD SOLD OFF HIS FARM AT AUCTION BECAUSE DUE TO POOR HEALTH. HIS OBITUARY WAS CARRIED IN THE 1 NOV ADVERTISER: " MR. JOHN S. DUNN OF ST JOACHIM...PASSED AWAY WEDNESDAY MORNING...AFTER A LONG AND PAINFUL ILL- NESS, WHICH HE BORE WITH CHRISTIAN PATIENCE AND FORTITUDE. HE WAS FIRST TAKEN SICK TEN YEARS AGO AND FROM THAT TIME TILL DEATH CAME AS A RELIEF TO HIS SUFFERINGS HE SCARCELY SAW A WELL DAY...BUT HE HAD THE GRIT TO KEEP ABOUT...HE WENT TO A MONTREAL HOSPITAL...GIVEN ONE YEAR TO LIVE ... GAVE UP THEIR MEDICINES AND LIVED TEN YEARS. THE DEECEASED WAS FORTY...UNMARRIED...OLDEST OF THIRTEEN...HIS FATHER DIED WHEN HE WAS 18...HE PROVIDED FOR HIS MOTHER AND REARED AND EDUCATED THE CHILDREN..." JOHN, JR. HAD A SON, PETER JOSEPH, NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH PETER F. DUNN, SON OF PETER. "DUNN - AT CAMBRIDGE, MA, ON 6 JUL 1897, PETER J. DUNN, SON OF THE LATE JOHN DUNN, OF ST JOACHIM DE SHEFFORD, AGED 30." ON A SEPARATE PAGE: "MR PETER J. DUNN, SON OF THE LATE JOHN DUNN, ESQ., OF THIS PLACE, DIED AT CAMBRIDGE, MASS., ON THE 6TH JULY INSTANT AFTER A FEW DAYS ILLNESS. THE DECEASED WAS ABOUT 30 YEARS OLD AND UNMARRIED. HE WAS A STEADY, EXEMPLARY YOUNG MAN AND HAD SAVED CONSIDERABLE MONEY FROM HIS EARNINGS. THE REMAINS WERE BROUGHT HOME AND INTERRED IN THE CATHOLIC CEMETERY HERE. THE BEREAVED RELATIVES HAVE THE KEENEST SYMPATHY." (16 JUL 1897) THE FOLLOWING WEEK A MORE ELABORATE OBITUARY APPEARED: "SELDOM HAS A DEEPER GLOOM BEEN CAST OVER A COMMUNITY THAN THAT OCCASIONED BY THE NEWS OF THE SUDDEN DEATH OF MR. PETER JOSEPH DUNN, WHICH OCCURRED AT A PRIVATE HOS- PITAL IN BRIGHTON, MASS. ON JULY 1ST, HE WAS STRICKEN WITH APPENDICITIS WHICH COMBINED WITH THE INTENSE HEAT BROUGHT ON PARALYSIS AND IN SPITE OF ALL THAT MEDICAL AID COULD DO HE EXPIRED JULY 6TH. THE REMAINS WERE CONVEYED TO ST JOACHIM FOR BURIAL BY HIS BROTHER. THE DECEASED, WHO WAS THE THIRD SON OF THE LATE JOHN DUNN, WAS A YOUNG MAN OF EXEMPLARY CONDUCT, HONEST AND UPRIGHT IN ALL HIS DEALINGS, A KIND SON, A FAITHFUL AFFECTIONATE BROTHER AND A FIRM FRIEND. HIS LOSS WILL LONG BE LAMENTED BY A HOST OF RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. THE FUNERAL SERVICE, WHICH WAS HELD IN THE CHURCH OF ST JOACHIM DE SHEFFORD ON FRIDAY WAS LARGELY ATTENDED. SOLEMN REQUIEM MASS WAS CELEBRATED BY REV. FATHER BEAUREGARD, CURE OF ST BERNADIN DE WATERLOO, ASSISTED BY REV FATHER LEDUC, PARISH PRIEST OF THIS PARISH. FOUR BROTHERS AND TWO COUSINS ACTED AS PALL- BEARERS. THE BEREAVED FAMILY HAS THE SYMPATHY OF ALL." JOHN S. DUNN WAS STILL LIVING AND MAY HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE FOUR BROTHERS. THE TWO COUSINS MAY HAVE BEEN JOHN C. AND PETER, SONS OF PETER. THERE WERE ALSO AT LEAST TWO SISTERS, MARY AND BRIDGET. BEYOND JOHN C. AND PETER F., PETER AND ELIZABETH HAD JUDITH E., 1864; LUCY A., 1866; PATRICK D., 1868; ANNIE E., 1871; ELIZABETH A., 1873; AND MARY C.A. (ADDIE). JOHN C. DUNN PROBABLY MARRIED IN THE EARLY 1890'S TO MARY C. CALLAGHAN. NOTICE OF AT LEAST TWO OF THEIR THREE DAUGHTERS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE ADVERTISER. "DUNN - AT ST JOACHIM, QUE, ON THE 5TH APRIL 1896, THE WIFE OF J C DUNN, OF A DAUGHTER" "DUNN - AT ST JOACHIM DE SHEFFORD, ON 25 MAR 1897, THE WIFE OF J.C. DUNN, OF A DAUGHTER." SADLY, MARY DIED NINE MONTHS AFTER THE BIRTH OF THE ABOVE DAUGHTER. THE NOTICE AND OBITUARY FROM THE ADVERTISER FOLLOW: "DUNN - AT ST JOACHIM DE SHEFFORD, ON 10 DEC 1897, MARY C CALLAHAN, BELOVED WIFE OF JOHN C. DUNN, AND ELDEST DAUGHTER OF PATRICK CALLAGHAN, OF GRANBY, AGED 33 YEARS;" "OBITUARY: ONE OF THE SADDEST DEATHS IN ST JOACHIM DE SHEFFORD FOR A LONG WHILE WAS THAT OF MRS. JOHN C. DUNN, WHICH OCCURRED ON FRIDAY, 10TH DECEMBER INSTANT AFTER A SHORT BUT PAINFUL ILLNESS. THE DECEASED WAS THE ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE LATE PAT- RICK CALLAGHAN, ESQ., OF GRANBY, WAS ONLY 33 YEARS OLD AND LEAVES A HUSBAND AND THREE YOUNG CHILDREN TO MOURN THE IRREPARABLE LOSS OF WIFE AND MOTHER. SHE WAS A WOMAN OF RARE INTELLIGENCE, NOBILITY OF CHARACTER AND KINDNESS OF HEART AND WAS BELOVED BY A VERY LARGE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, TO WHOM HER UN- TIMELY DEMISE COMES WITH ALL FORMS OF PERSONAL GRIEF. THE FUNERAL ON MONDAY AT THE PARISH CHURCH WAS THE LARGEST EVER SEEN IN ST JOACHIM, THE PRO- CESSION BEING A MILE AND A HALF LONG. MR PATRICK MCGUIRK ACTED AS FUNERAL DIRECTOR AND THE PALL BEAR- ERS WERE THE BROTHER AND THREE BROTHERS-IN-LAW OF THE DECEASED. THE REQUIEM MASS WAS CELEBRATED BY THE REV FATHER LEDUC IN THE PRESENCE OF A VERY LARGE CONGREGATION OF MOURNERS AND SYMPATHIZING FRIENDS. THE BEREAVED HUSBAND AND FAMILY HAVE THE WARMEST SYMPATHY OF THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IN THEIR BEREAVEMENT." (PUB 17 DEC 1897) TWO YEARS LATER JOHN'S BROTHER PETER MARRIED ELLA GILBERT. THE WEDDING NOTICE AND FOLLOW-UP OF THE EVENT WERE BOTH CARRIED IN THE ADVERTISER OF 10 NOV 1899. "DUNN-GILBERT - AT WINDSOR'S MILLS, ON 23RD OCT, 1899, BY REV. FATHER DUFRESNE, MR. P.J. DUNN, YOUNGEST SON OF PETER DUNN, ESQ., OF WAR- DEN, TO ELLA, ELDEST DAUGHTER OF P.J. GILBERT, ESQ., OF WINDSOR'S MILLS;" "DUNN-GILBERT - ...THE WEDDING BREAKFAST AT THE HOME OF THE BRIDE'S FATHER...AFTER A SHORT TRIP TO MONTREAL...THE YOUNG COUPLE RETURNED BY WAY OF GRANBY TO STAY AT THE HOME OF FRANCIS DUNN, COWIE ST., COUSIN OF THE GROOM...ON THURS- EVENING A RECEPTION WAS GIVEN BY MR. P. DUNN OF WARDEN FOR 40 RELATIVES AND FRIENDS...PETER HAS WORKED AT THE CANADIAN PAPER CO. AT WINDSOR'S MILLS SINCE 1891, WHERE HE HOLDS A GOOD POSITION;" NOTE THAT HIS MIDDLE INITIAL HERE IS "J"., WHEREAS IT WAS "F" IN THE 1861 CENSUS, FURTHER CONFUSING HIM WITH PETER J., SON OF JOHN, JR.! (SEE WHY I'M GOING BATS!) "NEWS" MAY HAVE BEEN A SCARCE COMMODITY IN THOSE YESTERDAY YEARS, BUT PERHAPS STILL PROVIDES A FEW SNAPSHOTS IN THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE. A FEW TIDBITS OF "OUR" DUNNS MAY FURTHER ILLUSTRATE THIS POINT: "MR PETER DUNN AND JOSEPH TOUCHETTE OF SHEF- FORD WERE IN TOWN TODAY" (6 JUN 1896) "MR PETER DUNN, JR, OF WINDSOR MILLS WHO IS ON A VISIT TO HIS FATHER, PETER DUNN, ESQ. OF ST JOAC- HIM DE SHEFFORD, WAS IN TOWN SAT LOOKING UP OLD FRIENDS..." (FRI 18 SEPT 1896) IN THE SAME EDITION P. DUNN AND SON WON AWARDS AT FAIR FOR BARLEY AND MILCH COWS. THE AWARDS WERE FOR THEIR ENTRIES IN THE ANNUAL COUNTY FAIR. THE NEXT WEEK THE FOLLOWING NOTICE APPEARED FOR COMPETION AT THE MONTREAL EXHIBITION: "MR JOHN C DUNN OF SHEFFORD CAPTURED THE FIRST PRIZE FOR TWO FIRKINS OF DAIRY MADE BUTTER IN SPITE OF THE KEENEST COMPETITION FROM ALL OVER THE PRO- VINCE;" (26 SEPT 1896) THREE OF THE DUNN SISTERS WERE PERIODICALLY IN THE NEWS. LIKE THEIR MORAN AUNTS, THEY HAD BECOME TEACHERS, AS IS EVIDENT FROM THE FOLLOWING EXCERPTS FROM THE ADVERTISER:. "DUNN - MISS ADDIE C DUNN OF WARDEN, QUEBEC, WHO HAS HAD THE CHARGE OF BRILL SCHOOL, WEST BOLTON, IN THE INSPECTORACE OF REV. E. M. TAY- LOR, M.A., HAS AGAIN RECEIVED AN OFFICIAL CHEQUE FROM THE SUPERINTENDANT OF PUBLIC IN- STRUCTION AS A BONUS FOR SUCCESSFUL TEACHING." (14 APR 1899) "THE MISSES ANNIE, LIZZIE, AND ADDIE DUNN HAVE EACH RECEIVED THE SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFI- CIAL CHEQUE FOR SUCCESSFUL TEACHING. THE AWARDS WERE MADE THROUGH INSPECTORS TAYLOR AND HOWTON." (5 MAY '99) "DUNN - MISS LIZZIE DUNN OF WARDEN, WHO SPENT LAST YEAR IN THE PRESENTATION CONVENT, COATICOOK, COMPLETING A COURSE IN FRENCH DECIDED TO JOIN THE ORDER AND WAS ADMITTED ON AUG 22ND, 1900, FOR THE PROBATIONARY TERM OF THREE YEARS....MISS DUNN IS A SISTER OF REV. SISTER OF THE TRINITY, DIRECTRESS OF THE PRESENTATION CONVENT, HOLYOKE, MASS., AND COUSIN OF REV SISTER ST. COLUMBAN OF EXETER, ENG..." (31 AUG 1900) "DUNN - AT CLOSING CEREMONY OF SCHOOL #3 ... SONGS WERE SUNG BY MR. DUNN AND MASTER DUNN... LITTLE MISS DUNN OF GRANBY ALSO SANG A PRETTY SONG AND SANG IT SWEETLY...PRESENT WERE MR. M DUNN OF GRANBY, MR. JOHN DUNN AND FAMILY,...MISS A. DUNN WAS ENJOYED BY EVERYBODY PRESENT..." (8FEB'01) "MISS DUNN WAS SCHOOL MANAGER...MICHAEL DUNN OF GRANBY SANG "IF I WERE AS YOUNG AS I USED TO BE" AND "WHEN MCGINNIS GETS A JOB"...MARGUERITE DUNN OF GRAN- BY, A LITTLE TOT OF THREE YEARS, SURPRISED THE AUD- IENCE BY A FRENCH SONG AND RECITATION..." (8 FEB '01) "MISS DUNN CLOSED SCHOOL #1 IN W BOLTON WHERE SHE WAS MANAGER;...(IN CEREMONY SIMILAR TO ABOVE)... ADDIE DUNN SANG "WHEN I WAS YOUNG"; ... (15 FEB 1901) I AM NOT SURE WHICH OF LIZZIE'S SISTERS HAD BECOME A NUN. IT WOULD ALSO BE INTERESTING TO KNOW IF THE NUN IN ENGLAND WAS RELATED ON THE DUNN SIDE, OR THE MORAN. THAT INFORMATION COULD PROVIDE A LEAD TO ANOTHER SIBLING OF ELIZABETH AND CHARLES, AND PERHAPS HELP IDENTIFY THEIR PARENTS AND PLACE OF BIRTH. IF I INTERPRET MY NOTES CORRECTLY FOR THE 1891 CENSUS, THE DUNNS LIVED IN FAIRLY CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE MICHAEL MAHEDY FARM, WHICH LATER BECAME THE HOME OF THE J.P. MCKAY FAMILY. PETER ALSO HAD A BROTHER FRANCIS WHOSE FAMILY LIVED IN OR NEAR THE TOWN OF GRANBY. JOHN JR.'S WIDOW AND EIGHT CHILDREN WERE NOT TOO FAR FROM PETER, AND WERE NEIGHBORS OF THE THOMAS MCGOWAN FAMILY. --------------------------------------------------------------------- MISCELLANEOUS NEWS CONGRATULATIONS TO ROBERT CAMPBELL (SON OF GERALD) AND WIFE KATIE OF TORONTO, CAN., ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR DAUGHTER, SHANNON, 13 JUL 1991! ALSO TO JEFFREY RIGHTON (SON OF KATHLEEN CAMPBELL RIGHTON) AND WIFE CAROL ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR SON @ MAY, 1991. COUSIN "MICKEY" COSTELLO HAS JOINED THE ELITE GROUP OF 3M DESCENDANTS TO MATRICULATE AT SUNY PLATTSBURGH. SHE IS CURRENTLY IN HER FRESHMAN YEAR MAJORING IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RELATIONS. CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK!!! SEAN COSTELLO IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AT THE COLLEGE OF ENVIRON- MENTAL SCIENCE AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY. HIS BROTHER SHANNON IS A SENIOR AT BUCKNELL MAJORING IN PRE-LAW. THEIR PARENTS JOHN ("BUTCH") AND PATTY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR IRELAND AND SCOTLAND THIS PAST SUMMER!!! DAN MANNIX HAS JUST OPENED THE SPORTING LOUNGE AT THE BAY CLUB - A HEALTH CLUB - 427 MARGARET ST., PLATTSBURGH, NY. WONDER IF HE'LL SEE ANY EMISSARIES FROM COSTELLO'S RESTAURANT OF AUBURN? GOOD LUCK DAN! #2 SON, MICHAEL PATRICK, WAS LISTED IN WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOLS DURING HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR. IN MEMORIUM: ELLEN D. NEWCOMB, SISTER OF MARGARET NEWCOMB MCKAY, DIED 9 JUNE 1991 AT AUBURN, NY. IN HER 90TH YEAR. AUNT ELLIE WAS TRUELY A GREAT AUNT. SHE HAD A WARM AND GENTLE SOUL. TO THIS VAGABOND SHE WOULD SAY HER DOOR WAS ALWAYS OPEN. AND IT WAS. DAY OR NIGHT I COULD ALWAYS POP IN AND FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. LIKE AUNT MAY AND ZORA, AUNT ELLIE AND HER BROTHERS, THE LATE GORDON AND THOMAS NEWCOMB, PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN NURTURING MY EARLY FASCINATION WITH FAMILY HISTORY. IN FACT, IT WAS AUNT ELLIE WHO REKINDLED THAT INTEREST IN 1975, WHICH LED TO 3M AND A HOST OF RELATED PROJECTS. AT THE TIME, I SAID TO MY WIFE THAT WE HAD TO WRITE DOWN OUR HISTORY SO THAT THOSE WHO FOLLOW MIGHT KNOW WHAT WONDERFUL PEOPLE WE HAD HAD IN OUR LIVES. IT WAS ONLY AN EXTENSION TO CONCLUDE THAT THESE CHERISHED ELDERS MUST HAVE SPRUNG FROM EQUALLY REMARKABLE ELDERS, AND HENCE WE SHOULD LEARN ALL THAT COULD BE LEARNED OF OUR FOREBEARERS. AUNT ELLIE WAS THIRD IN A FAMILY OF THIRTEEN. NOT SURPRISINGLY, SHE HAD DOZENS OF NEICES AND NEPHEWS, NOT TO MENTION A HOST OF COUSINS. WHEN THE VAGABOND POPPED IN, HE WAS INEVITABLY INTRODUCED TO YET ANOTHER PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN RELATIVE, OR SEE LONG LOST COUSINS, AUNTS AND UNCLES. AUNT ELLIE WAS AS DEAR TO THEM ALL, FOR THREE GENERATIONS, AS SHE HAD BEEN TO ME. EARLIER IN THE YEAR, ON 17 MARCH, ELLIE'S SISTER, BERNESS NEWCOMB CASPER, ALSO DIED. THEY ARE SURVIVED BY THEIR BROTHERS, REV. BERNARD NEWCOMB OF ROCHES- TER, FRANK OF AUBURN, FIDELIS OF ALBANY, AND ONE SISTER JOAN LIVINGSTON OF AUBURN. ------------------------------------------------------------------- FIONN SINCE PAT MAHEDY WAS ACCUSED OF BEING A GENERAL IN THE FENIAN MOVEMENT, PERHAPS IT WOULD BE WORTHWHILE - AND HOPEFULLY INTERESTING - TO LEARN THE LEGEND OF IRELAND'S MOST FAMOUS FENIAN, FIONN. ORIGINALLY BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN BASED ON AN ACTUAL HISTORICAL CHARACTER, MODERN SCHOLARS FEEL THE LEGEND IS MORE LIKELY BASED ON A SUPERNATURAL BEING OF THE ANCIENT GAELS. IN ANCIENT IRELAND THERE WERE TWO WARRIOR CLASSES. THE TRADITIONAL WARRIOR CLASS WERE TRIBAL WARRIORS. THEY FOUGHT WITHIN THE LAWS OF THEIR TRIBE AND ADHERED TO THE SOCIAL CUSTOMS OF THEIR PEOPLES. THE MAJORITY OF ANCIENT IRISH WARRIORS BELONGED TO THIS CLASS. THE OTHER WARRIOR CLASS SWORE ALLEGIANCE TO NO TRIBE OR SOCIETY, AND THUS, ACCEPTED NO AUTHORITY OR LAW. THEY LIVED OUTSIDE THE LAW. BY DEFINITION THEY WERE OUTLAWS. THEY TYPICALY BANDED TOGETHER IN GROUPS KNOWN AS "FIANS", MEANING WAR OR BATTLE, AND CAME TO BE CALLED FENIANS. ACCORDING TO THE LEGEND, FIONN WAS THE SON OF CUMHALL. CUMHALL WAS AN OUTLAW WHO WAS SLAIN BY GOLL MAC MORNA IN A FIERCE BATTLE OVER THE LEADER- SHIP OF THE FENIANS. FIONN WAS NOT BORN UNTIL AFTER HIS FATHER'S DEATH. FEARING FOR THE SAFETY OF HER SON WHOM SHE HAD NAMED DEMNE, FIONN'S MOTHER SENT HIM AWAY TO BE RAISED BY THE DRUIDESS BODBALL, AND THE FEMALE WARRIOR FIACAL. THEY DWELT FOR SIX YEARS IN THE SLIEVE BLOOM, A LOW MOUNTAIN RANGE STRETCHING ACROSS THE CENTER OF IRELAND. THERE HE LEARNED BASIC HUNTING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES OF SELF-DEFENSE. HIS MOTHER WOULD STEAL IN TO VISIT HIM WHEN SHE COULD. LIKE ANY PARENT FORCED TO LIVE APART FROM THEIR CHILD, THE JOY OF THESE MEETINGS WAS ALWAYS TEMPERED BY THE SORROW OF THEIR PARTINGS AND PROLONGED ABSENSE. UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF BODBALL AND FIACAL, DEMNE CONTINUED TO GROW IN STRENGTH AND WISDOM AS HE GAINED PROFICIENCY IN THE ARTS OF WAR AND MAGIC. EVENTUALLY DEMNE GREW RESTLESS AND BORED WITH HIS FOSTER- MOTHERS AND STOLE AWAY WITH A BAND OF WANDERING POETS AND SCHOLARS. FROM THERE HE JOINED UP WITH A NOTORIOUS ROBBER IN THE SOUTH OF IRELAND, ALWAYS KEEPING HIS TRUE IDENTITY HIDDEN FOR FEAR OF THE SONS OF MORNA. IN TIME, BODBALL AND FIACAL FOUND DEMNE AND RETURNED HIM TO THE SAFETY OF SLIEVE BLOOM. BUT AGAIN HE GREW RESTLESS AND STOLE OFF TO A PLACE KNOWN AS THE PLAIN OF LIFE. THERE HE CAME UPON A FORTRESS WHERE HE SAW A GROUP OF BOYS PLAYING SHINTY. HE CHALLENGED TO PLAY THEM EACH, ONE ON ONE. HE BEAT THEM HANDILY. THE FOLLOWING DAY DEMNE RETURNED TO SEE A QUARTER OF THE TEAM STRETCHED ACROSS THE FIELD TO CHALLENGE HIM TO A RE-MATCH. AGAIN HE WON. FINALLY THE WHOLE TEAM CHALLENGED HIM AND HE WON WITH EASE. ASTONISHED, THE BOYS TOLD THEIR CHIEF, COMPLAINING THEY COULD DO NOTHING TO MATCH HIS PROWRESS. THE CHIEF SOUGHT THE NEW LAD'S IDENTITY. HE LEARNED IT WAS DEMNE, A STRONG, FAIR LAD. THE CHIEF PROCLAIMED A NEW NAME FOR DEMNE: FIONN, MEANING "FAIR" IN ANCIENT IRISH. FIONN REMAINED FOR SOME TIME. AS NEWS SPREAD CONCERNING HIS MANY TALENTS, HE FEARED THE WORD WOULD INEVITABLY REACH THE SONS OF MORNA AND THEY WOULD SEEK HIM OUT. FIONN BID FAREWELL AND MOVED ON TO MUNSTER WHERE HE ENTERED THE SERVICE OF THE KING OF BANTRY. AGAIN HIS SKILLS BECAME READILY APPARENT AND AGAIN FIONN MOVED ON. HE NEXT WENT TO THE COURT IN KERRY. THE KING OF KERRY RECOGNIZED HIM IMMEDIATELY. THE KING TOLD FIONN IT WOULD NOT BE PROPER TO CHANCE HIS BEING SLAIN WHILE UNDER THE KING'S PROTECTION. SO, FIONN CONTINUED TO ROAM ABOUT IRELAND SLAYING MONSTERS AND CHALLENGING CRIMINALS AND WARRIORS ALIKE TO COMBAT. TO BE A TRUE WARRIOR IN ANCIENT IRELAND ONE HAD TO MASTER THE ART OF COMBAT, BUT ALSO THE ART OF POETRY. IN TIME, FIONN CAME TO STUDY WITH AN ANCIENT POET NAMED FINNECES. THE OLD SAGE LIVED ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER BOYNE. FOR SEVEN YEARS FINNECES HAD REMAINED BY A POOL WHERE IT WAS SAID THE SACRED SALMON OF KNOWLEDGE DWELT. THERE HAD BEEN AN OLD PROPHECY THAT SOMEDAY A MAN CALLED FIONN WOULD EAT THAT SACRED SALMON AND ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE OF ALL THINGS. AFTER SOME TIME AND MEDITATION FINNECES MANAGED TO CATCH THE FISH. HE ORDERED FIONN TO COOK IT, BUT NOT TO EAT A SINGLE BITE. WHEN FIONN COMPLETED HIS TASK THE POET TESTED HIM TO BE SURE FIONN HAD EATEN NONE OF IT. FIONN ASSURED FINNECES HE HAD OBEYED THE COMMAND, BUT STATED HE HAD BURNED HIS THUMB ON THE FISH AND SUCKED IT TO STOP THE PAIN. THE POET NEXT QUIZZED FIONN TO BE SURE HE WAS THE MAN IN THE PROPHECY, THEN INSTRUCTED FIONN TO EAT THE SALMON. SO FIONN OBTAINED ALL KNOWLEDGE. WHENEVER HE PUT HIS THUMB IN HIS MOUTH HE COULD SEE INTO THE FUTURE AND KNEW THE FATE OF THE WORLD. NOW, FIONN HAD NOT ONLY GREAT STRENGTH, BUT KNOWLEDGE OF THE AGES, AND SO, FINALLY FACED AND DEFEATED THE SONS OF MORNA TO BECOME KING OF THE FENIANS. (TO BE CONTINUED) NEXT ISSUE: DIARMUID AND GRAINNE THE DEATH OF FIONN --------------------------------------------------------------- RECIPES DUBLIN LAWYER: 1 - LIVE LOBSTER, @ 2 LBS. 1/2 - CUP BUTTER 1/2 - CUP IRISH WHISKEY 1/2 - CUP WHIPPING CREAM - SALT & PEPPER FOR BEST FLAVOR, KILL LOBSTER JUST PRIOR TO COOKING. PIERCE WITH SHARP KNIFE INTO THE CROSS ON BACK OF HEAD; SPLIT LENGTHWISE & CRAK OPEN CLAWS. REMOVE FLESH. CUT MEAT INTO LARGE CHUNKS. PLACE LOBSTER MEAT IN FOAMING BUTTER OVER MEDIUM HEAT FOR A FEW MINUTES UNTIL COOKED, TAKING CARE THAT BUTTER DOES NOT BURN. ADD WHISKEY UNTIL HEATED, THEN SET LIGHT TO IT. POUR IN CREAM, HEAT THROUGH AND SEASON. SERVE IN HALF SHELLS WITH PLAINLY BOILED FINE BEANS. WELL, I'M RUNNING OUT OF TIME AND ROOM! I HAD NO NEWS ON THE GILLETT LINE BUT WILL KEEP LOOKING. DUE TO LACK OF SPACE I'M ALSO OMITTING A TRADITIONAL BLESSING, SO WILL WISH BLESSINGS TO ALL... *** ERIN GO BRAGH !!! OOPS! FOOLED YA! NEVER SAY NEVER... TODAY (8 MAR) I RECEIVED A CALL FROM A JANET SCHREINER OF HOLLAND PATENT, NY, NEAR WESTERN. SURPRISE! SHOCK! HER GREAT, GREAT, GRANDFATHER WAS HORACE GILLETT, SON OF EBENEZER, AND BRO- THER OF ESTHER GILLETT MAHEDY. NOW WE HAVE A REAL GILLETT DES- CENDANT BEYOND THE MAHEDY LINE IN THE 3M FAMILY. SHE AND HER AUNT WILL BE WRITING SOON, SO WE'LL HAVE SOMETHING SPECIFIC TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE NEXT EDITION. SO.... AN IRISH BLESSING MAY YOUR TROUBLES BE LESS, YOUR BLESSINGS BE MORE AND MAY NOTHING BAD COME THROUGH YOUR DOOR. ------------------------------------------------------------------- NURTZ! THE LETTER HAS BEEN DONE FOR SOME TIME BUT THE PRINT SOFT- WARE APPARENTLY IS INCOMPATABLE WITH MY PRINTER. AFTER SOME CON- SULTING AND MANIPULATING I FINALLY WAS ABLE TO BEGIN PRINTING. HALF WAY THROUGH THE FIRST COPY, THE RIBBON JUMPED OUT OF PLACE AND I AM UNABLE TO REPAIR IT. TECHNOLOGY! STAY TUNED... HOWEVER...I HAVE HEARD FROM ANOTHER GILLETT COUSIN: MRS. BETTY NASH OF WESTERNVILLE. BETTY DESCENDS FROM ALMIRA GILLETT BURCH, SIS- TER OF ESTHER AND HORACE MENTIONED ABOVE. DETAILS NEXT EDITION. MAHEDY - MCKAY 3M MULLARKEY VOL VIII, 1993 DAN TOUSE MARCH '93 GREETINGS! 'TIS TIME TO TAKE A BREAK FROM THOSE WINTER DOLDRUMS. SO, BREW A NICE IRISH "TAY" OR COFFEE - OR EVEN A GUINESSS BREW; TURN ON A TRUE IRISH TENOR; KICK UP YOUR HEELS; AND HAVE A GRAND ST. PATTY'S DAY! THIS INTRODUCTION IS PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT FOR ME. THERE WAS SERIOUS DOUBT AS TO WHETHER THERE WOULD BE A 3M THIS YEAR. OVER THE YEARS I HAVE INTENTIONALLY SAID LITTLE OF MY PERSONAL LIFE. MANY, IF NOT MOST, OF YOU ARE AWARE THAT I WAS PARTIALLY PARALYZED BY A SPINAL INJURY IN 1977. ANOTHER BIZARRE SYNDROME DEVELOPED IN 1979 AND PERSISTS TODAY. NEVERTHELESS, I HAVE MANAGED TO LIVE ON MY OWN SINCE 1980. LAST AUGUST, DUE TO A FREAK ACCIDENT IN THE HOME, I WAS PLACED IN BASSETT HOSPITAL, COOPERSTOWN. IN OCTOBER I LOST MY LEFT LEG. THE FOLLOWING WEEK, IN ANOTHER FUTILE ATTEMPT TO RESOLVE MY "PROBLEM", A COLOSTOMY WAS PERFORMED. THE DAY I WAS HOSPITALIZED MY HAND CEASED TO FUNCTION FOR NO APPARENT REASON. IN DEC. I FINALLY BEGAN TO MOVE MY FINGERS. IN MID FEBRUARY I WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE ONEIDA CITY EXTENDED CARE FACILITY. I WILL NEED EXTENSIVE THERAPY IF THERE IS TO BE ANY HOPE OF RETURNING HOME. NEEDLESS TO SAY, MY RESEARCH "SCHEDULE" WAS SERIOUSLY DIS- RUPTED. I HAD HOPED TO COMPLETE MY REVIEW OF WATERLOO, QUE. NEWSPAPERS FROM 1865 - 1920, AS WELL AS SEARCH MORE CENSUS RE- CORDS. I SENT SEVERAL INQUIRIES TO IRELAND AND SCOTLAND, BUT HAD ONLY ONE RESPONSE. I HAD ALSO HOPED TO HAVE MORE CONTACT WITH OUR "NEW" GILLETT COUSINS. STILL, SOME PROGRESS WAS MADE. A MAJOR NEW LEAD ON THE MCKAY-DONAHUE SIDE WAS PROVIDED BY MAHEDY COUSIN JAMES O'DONAHUE. ADDITIONAL MAHEDY-MORAN INFORMATION WAS FOUND IN THE OLD NEWSPAPERS. I DO NOT HAVE ALL MY FILES AND IRISH RESOURCES HERE IN ONEIDA, BUT HOPE I HAVE ENOUGH WITH ME TO THROW TOGETHER ANOTHER 3M. THE RESOURCES AND ACCESS REQUIRED FOR THE MODES OF RESEARCH DONE AT HOME ARE ALSO NOT AVAILABLE TO ME HERE. OBVIOUSLY MY PRIORITY FOR THE COMING YEAR WILL BE TO REGAIN MY FORMER LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE, BUT I WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK ALTERNATE AVENUES TO PURSUE OUR FAMILY HISTORIES. IN THE MEANTIME...HAVE A VERY HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY ERIN GO BRAGH !!! SOLID GOLD YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW THE 1992 3M WAS DEDICATED TO REX AND KATHLEEN MCKAY TOUSE ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. IN THE SPRING DAUGHTERS MAUREEN LEWIS AND KATHY BERNET INITIATED A LOOSE CONSPIRACY TO HAVE A SURPRISE PARTY. ON DECEMBER 20 THE PLAN CAME TO FRU- ITION WITH ASSISTANCE FROM ALL THE FAMILY. GRANDDAUGHTER JACKIE PARKER PUT GREAT EFFORT IN COMPILING AN ALBUM OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORIES FROM THEIR EARLIEST CHILDHOOD THROUGH TO THEIR GREAT, GRANDDAUGHTER. FRIENDS, RELATIVES, AND FAMILY GATHERED AT THE BERNET HOMESTEAD IN SHERILL, NY. IN ALL THE DRAMATIC FAMILY EVENTS IN MY MEMORY - BIRTHS, DEATHS, MARRIAGES, REUNIONS - I HAVE NEVER SEEN MY PARENTS MORE VISIBLY MOVED. IF WEALTH IS MEASURED BY THE NATURE AND NUMBER OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY, THEY HAVE DISCOVERED THEY ARE MILLIONAIRES. TO ALL THOSE WONDERFUL PEOPLE I WANT TO EXPRESS FOR MYSELF AND MY FAMILY A VERY WARM, HEARTFELT THANKS. FOR MY PARENTS, I KNOW THE MEMORY OF WARMTH AND LOVE DEMONSTRATED ON THAT WONDERFUL DAY WILL BE WITH THEM ALWAYS. BEYOND THAT I CAN ONLY WISH THEM HEALTH AND HAPPINESS. SUCH AN EVENT IS BOUND TO EVOKE MEMORIES AND EMOTIONS FOR ALL THOSE INVOLVED. CERTAINLY THAT IS TRUE FOR THIS WRITER. SEEING MY CONNIFF AND MCKAY COUSINS WHO WERE ALWAYS AROUND THE CORNER OR IN NEARBY SHERILL BROUGHT BACK YEARS OF WONDERFUL MEMORIES. ONE THINKS AND REMEMBERS SO MANY NOT PRESENT; THOSE DEAR DEPARTED SOULS WHO HELPED TO SHAPE MY PARENTS' LIVES AND, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, MINE TOO. SURELY MY GRANDPARENTS OSCAR AND MADGE TOUSE WERE THERE, AS WERE THE MCKAY GRANDPARENTS I NEVER MET - JOHN AND MARGARET NEWCOMB MCKAY. SO TOO WAS "MOM" AND AUNT MAY; AUNT ELLIE, UNCLES TOM AND GORDON; MY MOTHER'S SISTER MARY; ESTHER, HOWARD AND MORRIS; RAYMOND CAMPBELL, AND SO MANY MORE. THEIR SPIRITS PERMEATED THE HOUSE. THEIR NAMES WERE INVOKED; THEIR LIKENESSES DISPLAYED. THEY ENRICH THE PRESENT. NO FAMILY EVENT PASSES BUT WHAT MY MIND TRAVELS TO AUBURN TO WHERE MY MOTHER'S MOTHER'S FAMILY LIVED, AS DID MY MOTHER'S TWO SISTERS, MARY AND JEAN. AT THIS EVENT - TO MY JOY - MY DEAR COUSINS BUTCH AND PATTY, AND "TISH", AND JOHNNY DECKER WERE ALL THERE. SO TOO WERE MY GREAT UNCLE BERNARD, GODFATHER TO MY MOTHER, AND MY GREAT AUNT JOAN; AND MY DEAR AUNT JEAN AND UNCLE JOE. ALL THOSE MEMORABLE SUMMERS ON THE COSTELLO FARM CAME BACK. BUTCH WAS MY IDOL. THEY TAUGHT ME TO RIDE HORSE - AND COW! -, SLOP PIGS, SHOVEL MANURE, AND I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. WE HIKED THE RAIL- ROAD INTO AUBURN TO THEIR RESTAURANT. BETWEEN HER YOUNG FAMILY, HOUSEHOLD, AND RESTAURANT, AUNT JEAN SEEMED TO GO NON-STOP. SHE STILL DOES! AS YOUNG 'UNS WE DO NOT THINK OF SUCH THINGS, BUT LOOKING BACK I MARVEL. AT THE NEWCOMB HOME UNCLES TOM AND GORDON TAUGHT US ALL HOW TO PLAY POKER - 'TIL FOUR IN THE MORN. I WAS NINE. WHETHER YOU NEEDED ONE OR NOT, THERE IS ALWAYS A LAUGH FROM UNCLE JOE. AMOUNGST HIS MANY TALENTS THE MAN IS JUST PLAIN FUNNY; NOT A CLOWN, JUST FUNNY. MUST BE A BIT OF IRISH WIT! NOTHING HAS CHANGED. THEY ARE AS DEAR AND WONDERFUL A FAMILY TODAY AS THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN. I DO NOT KNOW HOW AUNT JEAN AND UNCLE JOE MET. THE MCKAY SISTERS USED TO SPEND SUMMERS IN AUBURN TO BE WITH THEIR FATHER. AFTER GRADUATION JEAN MOVED TO AUBURN TO LIVE WITH HER FATHER. ON 12 DEC 1943 THEY WERE MARRIED AT ST MARY'S R.C. CHURCH IN AUBURN. THE NATION WAS IN THE MIDST OF WAR SO THE NEWLYWEDS WERE OFF TO TEXAS WHERE UNCLE JOE WAS THEN STATIONED. TWO WEEKS AFTER THEIR WEDDING, ON 2 JAN 1944, JEAN'S FATHER, JOHN D. MCKAY, DIED OF A HEART ATTACK, FULFILLING HER WORST PREMONITION. LATER THAT YEAR THEIR SON JOHN JOSEPH ("BUTCH") WAS BORN. PATTY WAS BORN IN 1946. AFTER THE WAR I BELIEVE THEY RESIDED WITH UNCLE JOE'S PARENTS ON AURELIUS AVE. JOE WENT TO WORK WITH HIS FATHER IN THEIR RESTAUR- ANT ON THE CORNER. IN THE MID-50'S THEY PURCHASED A FARM ON SOUTH ST. ROAD AND HAD DAUGHTERS ELIZABETH ("TISH") AND MARTHA. TODAY THEY HAVE SEVEN (? - REMEMBER I'M WORKING WITH OUT MY FILES!) GRANDCHILDREN. THIS YEAR MARKS THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. I WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE THIS ISSUE OF 3M TO JOSEPH AND JEAN MCKAY COSTELLO. I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME IN WISHING THEM A HEARTFELT CONGRATULATIONS & BEST WISHES ST. PATRICK'S DAY 1872 LAST YEAR AN ACCOUNT OF THE VERY FIRST ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION IN SHEFFORD CO. IN 1859 WAS PRESENTED. THE IRISH CONTINUED TO CELEBRATE. HERE IS HOW THEY CELEBRATED THEIR 21ST ANNIVERSARY. THE GROUP EXPANDED TO INCLUDE SEVERAL PROMINENT NON-CATHOLIC IRISHMEN. THERE SEEMED TO BE AN OBVIOUS ATTEMPT TO SHOW THAT PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC COULD COEXIST IN HARMONY. IT DID SEEM SURPRISING THAT SO MUCH TRIBUTE WAS PAID TO THE QUEEN - KNOWN IN IRELAND WITH SOMEWHAT LESS AFFECTION AS "THE FAMINE QUEEN". HOWEVER, SHE WAS ALSO CANADA'S QUEEN AND THE IRISH WERE APPARENTLY CONTENT WITH THEIR LOT IN CANADA. "ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN SHEFFORD THE MEMBERS OF THE "IRISH UNION AND BENEVOLENT SOCIETY OF THE COUNTY OF SHEFFORD," CELEBRATED ST PATRICK'S DAY AT WARDEN BY A DINNER AT MR KELPYN'S HOTEL, ON MONDAY AT 2 P.M., AT WHICH 40 SAT DOWN. THE DINNER WAS OF A MOST SUBSTANTIAL CHARACTER, WELL LAID OUT AND ABLY SERVED, AND ON TEMPERANCE PRINCIPLES, THERE BEING NO LIQUORS OF ANY KIND ON THIE TABLE BUT PLENTY OF GOOD COLD WATER. THE DINING ROOM WAS DECORATED WITH A NICELY PAINTED SHEET ON WHICH WAS THE MOTTO: "LET THE ORANGE LILLY BE THY BADGE, MY BROTHER; THE EVERLASTTING GREEN FOR ME, AND WE FOR ONE AN- OTHER," AND ALSO PRINTED IN LARGE TYPE THE FOLLOWING VERSES, FROM THE PEN OF A NATIVE POET: "HIBERNIANS UNITE, AS YOUR SIRES OF YORE, THOUGH AT DIFFERENT SHRINES YOUR GOD YOU ADORE; WHILE TRUE TO EACH FLAG WHERE YOU CHOOSE TO RESIDE, LET NO RUMOROUS STRIFE YOUR FRIENDSHIP DIVIDE. WHERE VIRTUE IS SEEN, BE IT ORANGE OR GREEN, THAT VIRTUE WE LOVE AND RESPECT; NO DISTINCTION WE KNOW, OF A FRIEND OR A FOE, BY THIE NICKNAMES OF PARTY OR SECT. THE CHAIR WAS OCCUPIED BY DR. ERSKINS, OF WATERLOO, PRES- IDENT OF THE SOCIETY, SUPPORTED ON THE RIGHT BY A.B. PARMELEE, ESQ., WARDEN OF THE COUNTY, AND ON THE LEFT BY REV. MR. CLAY- TON, OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, BOLTON, AND OTHER INVITED GUESTS. THE VICE CHAIR WAS OCCUPIED BY T.L. CLEARY, ESQ., AND SUPPORTED RIGHT AND LEFT BY INVITED GUESTS. AFTER AMPLE JUSTICE HAD BEEN DONE TO THE ABUNDANCE OF GOOD THINGS ON THE TABLE, THE CHAIRMAN, WITH APPROPRIATE, PROPOSED THE FOLLOWING TOASTS: - "THE QUEEN." SONG "GOD SAVE THE QUEEN" ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUNG BY THE WHOLE COMPANY. "THE DAY AND ALL WHO HONOR IT." RESPONDED TO BY REV. MR. CLAYTON, IN AN ABLE AND LENGTHY SPEECH, FULL OF HIS NATIVE IRISH HUMOR. "THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE ROYAL FAMILY." THE CHAIRMAN IN PROPOSING THIS TOAST FEELINGLY ALLUDED TO THE RECENT ILLNESS OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS. "THE FATHERLAND." THIS WAS ABLY RESPONDED TO BY MR. BASTABLE, OF THE HIGH SCHOOL HERE. "THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AND LT. GOVERNOR." "ARMY, NAVY, AND VOLUNTEERS." RESPONDED TO BY MAJOR FOURDRINIER AND CAPT. MAYNES. "CANADA OUR COUNTRY, EITHER BY BIRTH OR AOPTION." ABLY AND ELOQUENTLY RESPONDED TO BY J.F. LEONARD, ESQ., ADVO- CATE. "OUR COUNTY AND LOCAL COUNCILS." RESPONDED TO BY A.B. PARMELEE, ESQ., AND P. MAHEDY, ESQ. "OTHER NATIONALITIES." RESPONDED TO BY H. ROSE OF THE WATERLOO ADVERTISER. "OUR GUESTS." RESPONDED TO BY M. LEONARD, ESQ., OF WICK- HAM. "THE PRESS." RESPONDED TO BY MR. SMITH OF THE ST. JOHN'S NEWS. "THE PRESIDENT OF THE IRISH UNION AND BENEVOLENT SOCIETY" WAS PROPOSED BY MR. SMITH. DR. ERSKINE RESPONDED IN A HAPPY AND ABLE MANNER. AFTER EXPLAINING THE OBJECTS OF THE SOCIETY, - WHICH WAS SIMPLY FOR CHARITABLE AND PATRIOTIC OBJECTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF RELIGIOUS CREEDS, HE GAVE A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF HIS TRIP TO OLD IRELAND, &C. "THE LADIES." RESPONDED TO BY MR. HARDING. THE COMPANY ROSE ABOUT SIX O'CLOCK ALL FEELING THEY HAD SPENT A PLEASANT AND AGREEABLE TIME. IN THE EVENING A BALL WAS HELD IN MR. MAHEDY'S HALL, AT WHICH NEARLY 100 ATTENDED, AND KEPT UP THE DANCE UNTIL EARLY MORNING." 22MAR'72 MCKAY - DONAHUE THERE HAS STILL BEEN NO NEW SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOUND ON OUR MCKAY-DONAHUE ANCESTRY. I DID WRITE TO SCOTLAND TO SEEK GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE MAXWELL CLAN AS WELL AS SPECIFIC DATA FOR ANN MAXWELL (1787-1855), WIFE OF PATRICK DONAHUE. TO DATA THERE HAS BEEN NO RESPONSE. IN ONE OF THE EARLIEST ISSUES OF 3M I MENTIONED I HAD DOCU- MENTED THE MARRIAGE OF THOMAS MCKAY TO MARGARET DONAHUE BASED ON THE PUBLISHED RECORD OF THEIR MARRIAGE LISCENSE IN VITAL RECORDS OF GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSSETTS TO 1850. LATER I WAS ABLE TO OBTAIN A COPY OF THEIR ACTUAL MARRIAGE RECORD AT ST. MARY'S R.C. CHURCH IN SALEM, MASS. TYPICAL OF MY EARLY RESEARCH, I NEGLECTED TO OBTAIN COPIES OF THE DOCUMENTATION. IT WAS ENOUGH FOR ME THAT I HAD SEEN THE DATA. THANKFULLY, LAST FALL JIM O'DONAHUE SENT ME COPIES OF THE ACTUAL PAGES OF THE RECORDS. THEY READ AS FOLLOWS: DONNAHUE (SEE ALSO DONAHUE), ... MARGARET [OF CANADA. DUP.], a. 25 y. b. CASSIAR, CANADA, AND THOMAS MACKEY [RESIDENT. DUP.], a. 25, LABORER, b. CASSIAR, CANADA, s. DAVID AND BRIDGET, INT. DEC. 31, 1848. [JAN 2. DUP.] [PAGE 184] MACKEY (SEE ALSO MCKAY), THOMAS [RESIDENT INT.] a. 25 y., LABORER, b. CASSIAR, CAN., s. DAVID AND BRIDGET, AND MARGARET DONNAHUE [OF CANADA. INT.] a. 25 y. b. CASSIAR, CAN., 1848. [JAN. 2. INT.] WHEN I READ THOMAS AND MARGARET CAME TO THE U.S. FROM CASSIAR, CANADA, I ASSUMED CASSIAR MUST BE IN QUEBEC, PROBABLY NEAR GRANBY, WHERE THEY SETTLED IN 1851-52. I CONSULTED THE MAPS, THE CAMPBELL CLAN, AND AREA CORRESPONDENTS, BUT NO ONE KNEW OF CASSIAR. KNOWING PUBLIC RECORDS WERE NOTORIOUS FOR THEIR SPELLING, I THOUGHT PERHAPS THE IMMIGRANT IRISH BROGUE WAS MISUNDERSTOOD FOR ST. CESAIRE, A VILLAGE NOT FAR FROM GRANBY. A SEARCH OF THOSE RECORDS FOUND NO-THING. COUSIN JIM CAME THROUGH AGAIN. HE FOUND CASSIAR WAS LOCA-TED IN THE CASSIAR MOUNTAINS, JUST SOUTH OF THE YUKON, DUE EAST FROM JUNEAU, ALASKA, IN THE NORTHEAST WILDERNESS OF BRITISH COLUM-BIA. I HAVE NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO WRITE OR SEARCH CENSUS RECORDS FOR THAT REGION, BUT IF INDEED BOTH FAMILIES SETTLED THERE AND RECORDS STILL EXIST, WE MAY HAVE FINALLY PENETRATED THE INVISIBLE BARRIER TO THE MCKAY AND DONAHUE ANCESTRIES. PERSONALLY, I AM CURIOUS AS TO HOW AND WHY THESE FAMILIES ARRIVED IN THE CANADIAN WILDERNESS. DID THEY LAND IN NEW ENGLAND OR QUEBEC AND VENTURE WESTWARD IN THE EARLY 1840'S, OR DID THEY MAKE THE TREACHEROUS VOYAGE AROUND SOUTH AMERICA AND SAIL ON TO THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES? WHAT BROUGHT THOMAS MCKAY AND MARGARET DONAHUE, THEN SINGLE, ALL THE WAY TO GLOUCESTER, MASS. NO LATER THAN 1847? WERE THERE RELATIVES IN THE AREA? THE 1850 CENSUS FOUND NOTHING CONSPICUOUS. PERHAPS THEY WERE ELOPING! AUNT MAY HAD MENTIONED A MCKAY UNCLE HAD BEEN LOST IN THE GREAT LAKES (HURON?). SINCE WE HAD NO INFORMATION ON MCKAYS OF THOMAS' GENERATION I ASSUMED SHE WAS REFERRING TO ONE OF HIS SONS, BUT WE CAN ACCOUNT FOR EACH OF THEM. MY MOTHER RECALLS BEING TOLD OF A MCKAY ANCESTOR BEING LOST AT SEA, THEN RETURNING HOME TO VOW TO RETURN NEVERMORE TO THE SEA. MY MOTHER ASSUMED IT TO BE THOMAS BECAUSE HE LIVED IN GLOUCESTER, BUT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THOMAS WAS EVER A SAILOR. PERHAPS THE STORY REFERRED TO AN EARLIER GENERATION. IT REMINDS ME OF THE IRISH BALLAD, "I'LL GO TO SEA NO MORE". I WILL TRY TO PURSUE THESE LEADS IN THE COMING YEAR. THERE WAS ONE MINOR REFERENCE TO A THOMAS MCKIE. THIS MAY BE OUR THOMAS MCKAY. HIS NAME HAS APPEARED AS MCKIE IN EARLY CHURCH AND CENSUS RECORDS. "GRANBY - L.F.A. VIOLETTI, ESQ., ...HELD AN INQUEST YESTERDAY ON THE BODY OF JAMES GALLAGHER, OF THIS TOWN, AGED 57... [WHO] WENT TO THE HOUSE OF THOS. MCKIE - ONE OF HIS NEIGH- BORS - TO SPEND PART OF THE DAY, BUT WAS TAKEN SICK, AND DIED THERE...DISEASE OF THE HEART..." 17MAY'66 ------------------------------------- VOLUNTEER APPOINTMENTS - " ...MILITARY SCHOOL, vice MACKAY, 1ST INFANTRY COMPANY, GRANBY, TO BE ENSIGN..." 29MAR'66 THIS IS PROBABLY THE MACKAY WHO HAD THE RUN-IN WITH COL. MAYNES. NOTHING EVER CAME OF THEIR FEUD. MACKAY WAS ORIGINALLY PORTRAYED AS THE VILLAIN BUT MAYNES NAME APPEARS MORE THAN ONCE AS A BULLY AND RUFFIAN, ESPECIALLY WHEN DRINKING! NO EVIDENCE HAS BEEN FOUND TO LINK ENSIGN MACKAY TO THOMAS MCKAY'S FAMILY.
MAHEDY - MORAN
THERE WAS A GOOD DEAL OF INFORMATION FOUND ON THE MAHEDY - MORAN CLAN IN THE OLD NEWSPAPERS. AGAIN, AS WITH THE MCKAYS, MICHAEL MAHEDY'S LINE IS ALMOST CONSPICUOUS IN THEIR ABSENSE. ON THE OTHER HAND, PATRICK MAHEDY SEEMED ALMOST EVER PRESENT. HE CONTINUED TO SERVE AS THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION FOR SHEFFORD COUNTY, AND REMAINED A PROLIFIC LETTER WRITER FOR EDITORIALS. HE RAN FOR A TOWN OFFICE BUT RECEIVED ONLY SEVEN VOTES! TO BE FAIR, THERE WERE A PLETHORA OF CANDIDATES. A FEW FARED EVEN WORSE THAN PAT. I WAS ALSO ABLE TO CONFIRM THAT THE CHARLES MORAN IN LAST YEAR'S 3M WAS INDEED "OUR" CHARLES. THE LADY HE WENT TO VISIT WAS HIS SISTER BRIDGET. A SAMPLING OF YESTERYEAR'S NEWS FOLLOWS: SCHOOL EXHIBITION AT WARDEN - "...AFTER THIS FOL- LOWED DECLAMATIONS, SONGS, AND DIALOGUES, - THE PUPILS TAKING PART IN EACH, SHOWING THAT THE CAREFUL TRAINING OF MISS BRIDGET MORAN, THE TEACHER, HAD NOT BEEN THROWN AWAY...THE SUCCESS OF THE EXHIBITION IS GREATLY DUE TO THE EXTRA EXERTIONS OF THE TEACHER, MISS MORAN, WHOSE LABORIOUS EFFORTS TO MAKE THE PUPILS AU FAIT IN THEIR PARTS IS WORTHY OF THE HIGHEST PRAISE." 8APR'69 BRIDGET MARRIED THE FOLLOWING YEAR AS INDICATED BELOW. HER HUSBAND'S FIRST WIFE DIED IN 1868 OR '69. HE RAN A HOTEL IN NEIGHBORING ROXTON FALLS. LATER, HE OPEND A HOTEL RIGHT IN WATERLOO. I HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO REVIEW THE CENSUS RE- PORTS FOR THIS FAMILY. MARRIED - AT THE PARISH CHURCH, NORTH SHEFFORD, BY THE REV. CURE PHANEUF, ON THE 15TH [?] INST., JOS. O. PAQUETTE, ESQ., HOTEL KEEPER OF THIS PLACE, TO BRIDGET MORAN, DAUGHTER OF CHARLES MORAN, SR., OF SHEFFORD. 28JAN'70 "EASTERN TOWNSHIPS HOTEL" WATERLOO -------- THIS DESIRABLE HOTEL, WHICH IMMEDIATELY ADJOINS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND FRONTS DIRECTLY ON THE COURT HOUSE, IS NOW CONDUCTED BY J.O. PAQUETTE, ESQ., LONG AND FAVORABLY KNOWN AT ROXTON FALLS. THE REPAIRS AND IMPROVE- MENTS HE HAS MADE, THE ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STA- BLING HORSES AND OTHER COMFORTS TOGETHER WITH A GOOD TABLE, MODERATE CHARGES AND GOOD ORDER, FOR WHICH HE HAS ALREADY GAINED NOTORIETY, RENDER THIS HOTEL ONE OF THE BEST THAT A TRAVELLER CAN PATRONIZE. IT IS THE NEAREST HOTEL TO THE COURT HOUSE AND ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. J.O. PAQUETTE, PROPRIETOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR BRIDGET'S COUSIN (ONCE REMOVED!), ELLEN MAHEDY, DAUGHTER OF PATRICK, MARRIED MICHAEL HARPER: MARRIED - ON THE 10 ULT., AT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OF N SHEFFORD, MR. M.F. HARPER OF MONTREAL, TO MISS ELENOR MAHEDY OF NORTH SHEFFORD." 27JAN'71 --- MUNICIPAL COUNCIL - "...F.X. GIBEAUT WAS IN- STRUCTED TO CLEAR THE ROAD NEAR MAHEDY'S MILLS FROM ALL OBSTRUCTIONS ... FOUR DAYS' WORK WAS ALLOWED ON THE ROAD TAX OF ELIJAH MARTIN FOR ... SUPERINTENDING WORK ON MCCAFFREY HILL ..." 4OCT'66 (PAT'S DAUGHTER MARRIED HENRY MCCAFFREY) DOMINION DAY - MAY '69 - JOHN MCNEIL BADLY BURNED ABOUT FACE AND HANDS WHEN CANNON EXPLODES! THIS MAY BE THE JOHN MCNEIL WHO MARRIED PAT'S DAUGHTER, MARTHA, BY WHOM SHE HAD TWO SONS. MARY MARRIED A SECOND TIME @ 1881 TO MICHAEL GALLAGHER. MIKE KELPYN AT THE RACES; MAY '69 THIS IS PROBABLY THE FATHER OR BROTHER OF THE MIKE KELPYN WHO MARRIED MARY MORAN, DAUGHTER OF CHARLES, SR. THE KELPYNS OWNED A HOTEL IN SHEFFORD. THIS IS THE THIRD HOTEL IN THE FAMILY. ELI AND ELIZABETH MAHEDY (SIS OF PAT AND MIKE) CARR OWNED THE CONGRESS HALL HOTEL IN TROY. JOSEPH AND BRIDGET MORAN PAQUETTE OWNED THE EATERN TOWNSHIPS HOTEL MENTIONED ABOVE. MUNICIPAL COUNCIL - "... [CASE] OF JOHN ALLEN, 1ST, TO THE MAYOR AND P. MAHEDY..." REIMB. $2.85 FOR POOR SERVICES; 9AUG'66 ROAD INSPECTORS - TOWN OF SHEFFORD: DIST 18 - PATRICK MCGUIRK, PATRICK MORAN; DIST 20 - PETER DUNN; 8 MAR'72 VILLAGE COUNCIL - 3 MAN COMMITTEE APPOINTED TO "INVESTIGATE CLAIM OF P. MAHEDY, ESQ." 16 JUL'68 -------------------------------- TOWNSHIP COUNCIL - "THE MAHEDY BRIDGE WAS ACCEPTED AND SEC'Y-TREAS WAS INSTRUCTED TO PAY THE CONTRACTOR, P. MAHEDY, $250 THEREFOR." 4NOV'69 " THE STORMS OF APR 1869 WHICH WASHED OUT THE GRANBY BRIDGE KILLING 11, INCL PAT'K HACKETT, CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE THROUGHOUT THE CO.. 8 OF 10 MILL DAMS WERE WASHED AWAY BETWEEN WATERLOO AND GRANBY: LEE'S, FARLEY'S, MARTIN'S, MAGOON'S, SAVAGE'S, HAYES', KILBOURN'S, AND MAHEDY'S. 22APR'69 ------------------------------- THE SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS ORGANIZED ON MONDAY LAST, BY ELECTING MR. P. MAHEDY, ESQ., CHAIRMAN. 19 JUL'72 -------------------------------- P. MAHEDY, ESQ., WITH CHARACTERISTIC GENEROSITY, HAS BEEN COLLECTING DURING THE PAST FEW DAYS MONEY TO PURCHASE A COW FOR A POOR MAN IN NORTH SHEFFORD, BLESSED WITH A LARGE FAMILY. FROM THE LIST SHOWN US IT IS EVIDENT THAT MR. MAHEDY'S APPEAL HAS MET WITH A HEARTY RESPONSE. 26 JUL'72 --------------------------------------------- SHEFFORD TOWN COUNCIL - P. MAHEDY, ESQ., WAS IN- STRUCTED TO ASCERTAIN IF NANCY KENNISON COULD BE PLACED IN A HOSPITAL IN MONTREAL. THE VALUATION ROLL AND VOTERS LIST FOR CURRENT YEAR WERE AMENDED AND HOMO- LEGATED. THE BILLS OF P. MAHEDY OF $7.50 AND S.N. BLACKWOOD OF $4.50, SERVICES AS VALUNTARS, WERE APPROVED. 5AUG'70 ------------------------------------- CERTAINLY PATRICK WAS A BUSY MAN. HE SEEMED TO BE INVOLVED IN VIRTUALLY EVERY FACET OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS IN EARLY SHEFFORD COUNTY. READERS MAY RECALL PATRICK'S EDITORIAL IN LAST YEARS IS- SUE IN RESPONSE TO ACCUSATIONS THAT HE WAS A HIGH OFFICIAL IN THE FENIAN MOVEMENT TO INVADE CANADA. THE FENIAN THREAT CONTIN- UED THROUGH THE 1860'S. THERE WERE ACTUALLY SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT SKIRMISHES IN 1868 AND 1870. PATRICK WAS STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THE RADICAL FENIANS. HIS EDITORIAL MADE THAT CLEAR. IN 1866 PATRICK WAS ONE OF THE LEADERS IN ESTABLISHING A VOLUNTEER FORCE TO AID IN THE DEFENSE OF THE AREA IN THE EVENT OF A FENIAN ATTACK. HOME GUARDS - "ON WEDNESDAY EVENING A LARGE AND INFLU- ENTIAL MEETING OF CITIZENS OF WATERLOO AND VICINITY WAS HELD [TO ESTABLISH A HOME GUARD AND PLAN OF DEFENSE AGAINST THE FENIAN INVASION]...IT WAS AGREED THAT A CHIEF COMMANDANT ...SHOULD BE APPOINTED FOR THE TOWNSHIP...FROM WATERLOO. THREE ASSISTANTS WERE TO BE GIVEN HIM FROM WATERLOO, AND ONE FROM W SHEFFORD, SHEFFORD MOUNTAIN, N. SHEFFORD, KNOWLTON FALLS, AND FROST VILLAGE... CAPT ROBIN- SON WAS MADE CHIEF COMMANDANT; A. HEBERT, 1ST ASSISTANT; E. LONGLEY, SEN., 2ND ASSISTANT; GEO. H. ALLEN, 3RD...MAJOR WOOD ...FOR FROST VILLAGE; JOHN WOOD FOR WEST SHEF- FORD; S.N. BLACKWOOD FOR SHEFFORD MT; P. MAHEDY FOR NORTH SHEFFORD... OVER 400 NAMES SUBSCRIBED IN FEW HOURS... PATROLS ARE STATIONED EVERY NIGHT ABOUT TOWN..." 7JUN'66 ----------------------------------------- IF I RECALL CORRECTLY, THERE WAS ONLY ONE MAN FROM SHEFFORD CO. KILLED IN ACTION DURING THE YEARS OF THE FENIAN UPRISINGS. THOUGH PATRICK WAS WILLING TO FIGHT THE FENIANS, HE REMAINED A TRUE SON OF ERIN AND SOUGHT TO RETAIN THE IRISH HERITAGE IN AMERICA. IN LAST YEAR'S ISSUE PATRICK WAS MENTIONED AS PRESIDENT OF THE SHEFFORD CO. ST. PATRICK'S SOCIETY. IN THE SEGMENT ON THE THE 1872 ST. PATTY'S CELEBRATION IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE PARTY WAS HELD AT MAHEDY HALL! THE IRISH ORGANIZATION APPEARS TO HAVE EVOLVED OVER THE DECADES. THE TITLE GIVEN LAST YEAR FOR 1859 WAS DIFFERENT THAN THAT IN 1872. IT PROBABLY WAS CHANGED TO BE MADE BROADER IN SCOPE IN 1871 BY THE GROUP LISTED BELOW. PAT'S COUSIN PATRICK MORAN WAS ALSO INVOLVED IN THE IRISH SOCIETIES. ST PATRICK'S SOCIETY OF SHEFFORD ACCORDING TO ANNOUNCEMENT IN OUR LAST ISSUE, A MEET- ING WAS HELD AT WARDEN, -ON THE 17TH INSTANT, WHEN A ST PATRICK'S SOCIETY, FOR THE COUNTY OF SHEFFORD, WAS ORGAN- IZED, AND THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS ELECTED FOR THE ENSUING YEAR: - PRESIDENT - DR. ERSKINE; 1ST VICE-PRESIDENT - JOHN CLEARY; 2ND VICE-PRESIDENT - HUGH MCCLINTOCK; SEC. TREASURER - J.F. LEONARD; CORRESPONDING SECRETARY - P. MAHEDY. COMMITTE OF MANAGEMENT - MESSRS. JAMES MAYNES, M. LEONARD; P. MORAN, JOHN T. BOOTH, JAMES COLMAN, P. MAHEDY, AND THE PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY - TREASURER. AT THE CLOSE OF THE PROCEEDINGS, THE MEETING ADJOURNED TO MEET AGAIN AT WATERLOO ON SATURDAY THE 13TH MAY NEXT, WHEN THE BY-LAWS OF THE SOCIETY WILL BE ADOPTED. 24MAR'71 PATRICK ALSO CONTINUED TO SERVE AS JUSTICE OF THE PEACE. THERE WAS NOTHING SPECIFIC IN THE NEWS PERTAINING TO HIS ROLE AS JUSTICE. HOWEVER, THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE CONFIRMS THE FACT HE WAS STILL A J.P. AND PRESENTS AN INTERESTING CASE IN LABOR RELATIONS! IT WOULD ALSO APPEAR THAT PATRICK HAD AT LEAST TEMPORARY DIFFI- CULTY RETAINING EMPLOYEES. ONE CAN ONLY SPECULATE AS TO WHY. "MASTERS & SERVANTS - ON SATURDAY LAST, BEFORE JUS- TICES ALLEN, AND ELLIS, ONE SENECAL WAS CONVICTED OF DESERTING HIS MASTER'S EMPLOY BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF HIS AGREEMENT AND AT THE INSTANCE OF THE COMPLAINANT, PATK. MAHEDY, ESQ., J.P. A MODERATE FINE OF ONE SHIL- LING AND COSTS WAS INFLICTED UPON HIM. ON MONDAY AN- OTHER MAN IN THE SERVICE OF MR. MAHEDY, CALLED LEVIGNE PLEADED GUILTY TO A CHARGE OF LEAVING HIS MASTER'S SER- VICE WITHOUT GIVING THE MONTH'S REQUIRED BY LAW.... THE FINE IN THE CASE FIRST MENTIONED WAS PURPOSELY SMALL AT THE REQUEST OF MR. MAHEDY WHO DESERVES THE THANKS OF ALL AGRICULTURALISTS AND MASTER'S HIRING HELP FOR ESTAB- LISHING THIS IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE - COM. " 5AUG'69 IN AUGUST 1870, PATRICK WAS ONE OF SEVEN MEN ELECTED TO THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF THE COLONIZATION SOCIETY - AN ORGANIZATION ESTAB- LISHED TO PROMOTE EMIGRATION FROM THE BRITISH ISLES. WHILE PART OF ITS MISSION WAS TO PROVIDE AID AND COMFORT TO IMMIGRANTS, ITS PRI- MARY GOAL WAS TO INFLATE THE LABOR MARKET, THUS ALLOWING WAGES TO REMAIN LOW AND PROFITS HIGH. THE FOLLOWIMG YEAR PAT SIGNED A PE- TITION URGING THE WARDEN OF SHEFFORD COUNTY TO HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING IN OCTOBER TO CONSIDER THE QUESTION OF CANADIAN INDE- PENDENCE. THE PUBLICITY CONCERNING PATRICK IS, MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, CENTERED ON HIS ROLE AS EDUCATION COMMISSIONER. I SIMPLY DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO TRANSCRIBE EVERYTHING IN THE NEWS BY OR ABOUT PATRICK. IN 1865 HE INITIATED AN ANNUAL "PIC-NIC", PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS, FAMILY, AND CIVIC LEADERS TO GATHER. THERE WERE ACADEMIC CONTESTS WITH PRIZES FOR EVERY SUBJECT AREA. DISTRICT SCHOOL EXAMINATION AND PIC-NIC.- [2ND YR] "...WE BELIEVE THAT P. MAHEDY, ESQ., CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS, HAS DONE HIS SHARE IN STARTING THE MOVEMENT..." AMOUNG PRIZE WINNERS AT THE SECOND ANNUAL PIC-NIC WAS MARTHA MAHEDY, PATRICK'S DAUGHTER, WHO WON 1ST PRIZE FROM DISTRICT #18 IN ENGLISH GRAMMAR. 6SEPT'66 THE FOLLOWING YEAR: 3RD ANNUAL SCHOOL PIC-NIC - ..."ON OPENING THE PROCEEDINGS P. MAHEDY, ESQ., ONE OF THE SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS SAID NEARLY AS FOLLOW: `PUPILS OF THE DIS TRICT SCHOOLS THAT ARE ASSEMBLED HERE TO-DAY TO HAVE A SOCIAL GATHERING AND COMPETE FOR THE PRIZES OFFERED BY THE GENEROUS PEOPLE OF SHEFFORD TO SUCCESSFUL COMPETITORS, THERE IS A GREAT DESTINY BEFORE YOU - THAT IN A FEW YEARS YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE THE SAME POSITION IN SOCIETY THAT IS NOW FILLED BY YOUR FATHERS AND MOTHERS - YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE MORAL AND VIRTUOUS AND OBEDIENT TO THE LAWS WE LIVE UNDER, THAT PROTECTS EVERY MAN'S SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS INTERESTS. I WOULD SAY A FEW WORDS TO THE BOYS IN PARTICULAR. TO DAY WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTY TWO GENTLEMEN THAT MANY OF YOU PERHAPS KNOW. THESE GENTLEMAN ARE NOW SEEKING FOR HIGH HONORS - BOTH WORTHY OF THEM - MEN OF WHOM WE MIGHT WELL BE PROUD; I REFER TO MESSRS. HUNTINGTON AND PARMELEE. A FEW YEARS SINCE THE PROSPECTS OF THESE MEN WERE NO BRIGHTER THAN WHAT MANY BOYS NOW ARE, BUT BY THEIR EDUCATION AND PERSEVERENCE THEY ARRIVED AT THE HIGH DISTINCTION THAT THEY THIS DAY OCCUPY. I WOULD REMIND YOU OF THE WORDS OF THE POET THAT "`LEARNING STANDS UPON A LOFTY THRONE, BEYOND THE REACH OF EVERY IDLE DRONE.'" 5SEPT'67 --------------------------------------- "SCHOOL PIC-NIC - SHEFFORD - IN ADDRESS GIVEN BY HON. L.S. HUNTINGTON: "THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROTESTANT BOARD WAS HIS FRIEND, MR. MAHEDY, AN EARNEST AND CONSISTENT MEMBER OF THE RO- MAN CATHOLIC CHURCH... FOR MANY YEARS A POPULAR OFFICER, INDEFATIGABLE IN THE DISCHARGE OF HIS ONEROUS DUTIES - AND HAVING HELD OFFICE BEFORE THE FRENCH INHABITANTS DIS- SENTED - ... MR. MAHEDY HAD BEEN, YEAR AFTER YEAR, ELEC- TED BY HIS PROTESTANT CONSTITUENTS - AND THE ROMAN CATHO- LICS WHO SPOKE ENGLISH HAD PATRONIZED THE SCHOOLS...AND EVERY BODY FELT THAT PUBLIC GRATITUDE WAS DUE THE WORTHY CHAIRMAN FOR THE INTELLIGENT INTEREST HE HAD MANIFESTED IN THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR COMMON SCHOOLS..." 2SEP'69 AS DEMONSTRATED LAST YEAR, PATRICK OCCASIONALLY FOUND HIM- SELF IN THE MIDST OF CONTROVERSARY. HE DID NOT SHY AWAY FROM IT, BUT CONFRONTED IT HEAD ON. THIS IS EVIDENCED AGAIN IN THE LETTER WHICH FOLLOWS. A TEACHER IN THE SHEFFORD SCHOOL HAD TO DISCIPLINE ONE OF HIS PUPILS. THE INCIDENT BECAME EXAGGERATED AND WAS BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF MR. NUTTING WHO WAS THE FORMER TEACHER. NUTTING MADE A BIG STINK IN THE PRESS. THE CASE WAS REVIEWED BY THE SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS WHO RULED THE TEACHER'S ACTIONS WERE APPROPRIATE AND JUSTIFIED. NUTTING CONTINUED HIS ATTACK, AIMED PARTICULARLY AT PATRICK AS THE CHIEF COMMISSIONER. NOTE THAT PATRICK IMPLIES HE RECEIVES NO SALARY. HOWEVER, IN THE $3500+ 1870 BUDGET VERIFIED BY PATRICK THERE WAS AN ITEM FOR SCHOOL COMMISSIONER AMOUNTING TO $120. WHETHER THIS IS SALARY OR A FUND FOR EXPENSES OF THE OFFICE IS UNKNOWN. IN ANY EVENT, HERE'S....PAT - "THE WATERLOO ADVERTISER DEAR SIR. - IN YOUR ISSUE OF THE 2ND, I HAVE SEEN THAT YOU PUBLISHED MY LETTER OF THE 22ND IN FULL, A FEW TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS EXCEPTED, WHICH SHOWS THAT THE BOLD AND INDEPENDENT SPIRIT OF THE ORGAN OF THE GREAT LIBERAL PARTY OF THE COUNTY OF SHEFFORD HAS RESUMED ITS FORMER INDEPENDENCE - THE FREE PRESS OF A FREE PEOPLE. I WAS IN HOPE, WHEN WRITING MY LET- TER OF THE ABOVE DATE, THAT YOUR ABLE AND LEARNED CORRESPON- DENT, MR. NUTTING, HAD CONSULTED HIS OWN HONOR AND INTEREST AND NO FURTHER AIRED THE DISAGREEABLE SUBJECT UNDER DISCUSSION BETWEEN HIMSELF AND THE SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS - BUT INSTEAD OF LETTING THE MATTER DROP, HE HITS RESUCITATED IT IN YOUR ISSUE OF THE 26TH ULT., WITH SO MUCH ACIDITY THAT NOW I AM LED TO BELIEVE FROM THE TENOR, TEMPOR, AND SOURNESS OF HIS LETTER, THAT BY LOOKING AT WATER HE WOULD CONVERT IT INTO VINEGAR. ALTHOUGH I DID NOT INTEND TO WRITE ON THIS SUBJECT AGAIN UNTIL AFTER I HAD A PERSONAL INTERVIEW WITH THE HIGHEST AUTHORITY IN SCHOOL MATTERS IN THIS PROVINCE, ON MR. JUSTICE FOSTER'S DECISION, WHICH SHALL BE SOME TIME THIS MONTH AND AT MY OWN PRIVATE EXPENSE; YET, SIR, I THINK THAT I HAVE THE RIGHT, WITH YOUR PERMISSION, TO MAKE A FEW CURSORY REMARKS ON THE LAST EPISODE OF YOUR LEARNED CORRESPONDENT, ALTHOUGH, HE HAS SOUNDED HIS OWN RETREAT FROM A STRIFE HE HAS SO GLORIOUSLY AND TRIUMPHANTLY WAGED AGAINST THE SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS, MORE ESPECIALLY THE COURT OF "APPEALS COMPOSED OF LEONARD WHITCOMB AND P. MAHEDY." IN HIS LAST SQUIB HE SAYS THAT I HAVE MADE MANY STATEMENTS IN MY FIRST LETTER THAT WERE NOT CORRECT. IF NOT CORRECT, THEY MUST BE FALSE, THEN WHY DID HE NOT SHOW THE FALSE STATEMENTS? - ASSERTIONS ARE NOT PROOFS, FRIEND NUTTING. NEXT HE SAYS THAT I DID NOT DENY OR DISPROVE THE FACTS SET FORTH IN HIS LETTER. THE REASON WHY - THERE WERE NO FACTS IN HIS LETTER. IN PLACE OF "FACTS" HE SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN FABLES OR FIBS - THAT IS, IF THE REPORT OF THE EVI- DENCE PUBLISHED IN THE "ADVERTISER" OF JUNE THE 21ST LAST, WAS CORRECT, AND WHICH WE MUST RECEIVE AS CORRECT SO LONG AS IT HAS NOT BEEN CONTRADICTED. NEXT HE SAYS THAT HE HAS SAID NOTHING PERSONAL OF MR. MAHEDY - NEITHER HAS MR. MAHEDY SAID ANYTHING PERSONAL OF MR. NUTTING. WHEN HE WROTE HIS LETTER AND SAID THAT THE TEACHER WENT AT THE BOY "DERRY FAIR STYLE," I SUPPOSE THAT POOR NINNY MEANT "DONNYBROOK FAIR STYLE," SUPPOSING THAT IT WOULD BE A GOOD FLING AND A HAPPY HIT AGAINST THE TEACHER OF THE ACADEMY AND YOUR HUMBLE SERVANT, BOTH BEING IRISHMEN, MORE ESPECIALLY AS THE DONNYROOK FAIR IS THE MOST ODIOUS AND IMMORAL OF ALL THE COUNTRY FAIRS HELD IN IRELAND AND ATTENDED NOT ONLY BY THE SCUM OF THAT ISLAND, BUT ALSO, ON ACCOUNT OF ITS NOTORIETY, ATTENDED BY THE SCUM AND BLACKLEGS OF OTHER COUNTRIES, YANKEEDOM NOT EXCEPTED. THE HAPPY HIT REDOUNDED ON THE GIVER AND NOW FILLS HIM WITH IRE. YET, SIR, IT IS THE OPINION OF MANY THAT IF THE LATE PROPRIETOR OF THE ACADEMY WAS OF ANOTHER NATIONALITY, HE WOULD HAVE RECEIVED MORE CURTESY AND ENCOUR- AGEMENT THAN WHAT HE HAS RECEIVED FROM BOTH PARENTS AND PUPILS OF SO MANY IN YOUR VILLAGE, AND NOT BE THE SUBJECT OF THE PETTY PERSECUTIONS THAT HE HAD TO SUFFER. YOUR LEARNED CORRESPONDENT DOES NOT KNOW WHERE I SPENT ALL MY DAYS OR WHAT BUSINESS I FOLLOWED. THAT DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE MATTER UNDER DISPUTE, AND CONQUENTLY IS NONE OF HIS BUSINESS. NEXT THAT OFFICE OF SCHOOL COMMISSIONER HAS MADE ME "ARISTOCRATIC". I ASSURE YOUR LEARNED CORRESPONDENT THAT ITS NOT A PAYING OFFICE, AND THAT IN PLACE OF BEING A SCHOOL COMMISSIONER I WAS APPOINTED CLERK OF SOME LAW COURT, WHOSE COSTS ARE BOTH GRINDING AND ENORMOUS, AND THE MOST PART OF IT FOUND ITS WAY INTO MY EMPTY POCKETS, IT MIGHT MAKE ME FEEL "ARISTOCRATIC". ALTHOUGH YOUR ABLE AND LEARNED CORRESPONDENT, THE GREAT AND OMNIPOTENT NUTTING, WHO WRITES WELL IF NOT WISELY, SOUNDS IN HIS LAST SQUIB HIS OWN INGLORIOUS DEFEAT MAY RETURN TO THE CHARGE. IF SO THE SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS WILL PAY NO ATTENTION TO IT UNTIL THEY GET THE OPINION OF THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION ON THE SUBJECT, BUT IF IN THE MEAN TIME YOUR LEARNED CORRESPONDENT, MR. NUTTING, SHOULD BECOME RESTIVE, THE SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS WILL ALLOW HIM, TO KEEP HIM EASY, A FEW BOTTLES OF "MRS. WINSLOW'S SOOTHING SYRUP." HE WILL FIND THEM PERHAPS AT THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER OF THE SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS OR THE "THIRTY PIECES", TO PURCHASE THE SYRUP WHEN CALLED FOR. GOOD BYE, FRIEND NUTTING; GOOD BYE, MR. EDITOR." P. MAHEDY --------- SCHOOL MUNICIPALITY OF SHEFFORD AUG 6TH, 1872" 9 AUG ---------------------------------------------- A FEW MORE OF OUR MAHEDY-MORAN COUSINS WERE FOUND AT THE ANNUAL PIC-NIC: SHEFFORD SCHOOL PIC-NIC MARTHA MAHEDY - 1ST PRIZE - ENGLISH GRAMMAR; 2ND - CAN HISTORY; 2ND - ARITHMETIC; HON MENTION - WRITING;(AS DID MARY J) 2ND CLASS LEVEL; DIST 18; DUNN PETER F, MARY B, JOHN S, - 2ND, 3RD, & 5TH PRIZES - ENGLISH SPELLING 3RD CLASS [UNDER 7]; DIST 16; " MARY B - 3RD ENG READING; PUNCTUALITY. " JOHN E - " " HON MENTION " " S - " " " " 3SEPT'68 SCHOOL EXAMS/PICNIC: 2ND CLASS [@ 8-12] - 2ND PRIZE, MARY B. DUNN; DIST 12; " " SPELLING - 4TH " MARY DUNN " 17 PETER " " " " " [10-14] WRITING 2ND " EMMA J. MAHEDY " 18 " " GEOGRAPHY 3RD " MARY B. DUNN " 13 " " GRAMMAR 4TH " MARY DUNN " " 5TH " BRIDGET " " 16 1 SEPT'71 ---------------------------------------------- TEACHER AT SHEFFORD ELOPES TO THE STATES! 25 AUG'71 (ONE OF OUR COUSINS!???)
GILLETT - KEECH
DEJA VU! REMEMBER LAST YEAR'S LETTER? SINCE I BEGAN THIS CURRENT ISSUE I AGAIN HEARD FROM COUSIN BETTY NASH. BETTY HAS BEEN BUSY GATHERING GILLETT-KEECH DATA AND HAS SENT @ EIGHT PAGES OF UP- DATES. WE STILL HAVE NOTHING CONCLUSIVE PRIOR TO EBENEZER GILLETT OR ELIZABETH KEECH, BUT THE LIST OF THEIR DESCENDANTS IS STEADILY EXPANDING. AS WITH ANY NEW DATA, IT RAISES AS MANY QUESTIONS AS IT ANSWERS. I WILL TRY TO EXPLORES THESE QUESTIONS WITH BETTY OVER THE SUMMER. I HAVE FREQUENTLY SPECULATED THAT THE MAHEDY-MCKAY CLAN PROBABLY HAD MORE KNOWLEDGE AND CONTACT WITH THE GILLETT-KEECH THAN WWAS MADE KNOWN TO US. THIS WOULD SEEM PARTICULARLY TRUE OF ESTHER BUTLER WHO LIVED FOR SEVERAL YEARS IN AVA AND ROME BEFORE SETTLING IN VERNON. SEVERAL OF THEIR FIRST COUSINS SURVIVED TO THE 1920'S, '30'S, AND '40'S. EUGENE GILLETT DIED IN 1943. A SEYMOUR GILLETT SURVIVED TO 1959. I HAVE NOT FIGURED OUT YET WHERE HE FITS IN. LIZZIE MCKAY PROBABLY KNEW MANY OF THESE PEOPLE AS HER MOTHER AND ESTHER BUTLER. WOULD THAT WE COULD CONVERSE!! PERHAPS THE QUESTIONS WERE NEVER ASKED, OR GENERATIONS SIMPLY DRIFTED APART, AND NOW WE MUST RECONSTRUCT THE WHEEL. WITH THE HELP OF COUSINS LIKE BETTY, WE WILL KEEP PLUGGING AWAY. *** DIARMUID AND GRAINNE THE STORY OF DIARMUID AND GRAINNE IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS LEGENDS IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION. THE STORY COMBINES IRISH MYTH- OLOGY AND HISTORY; IRISH GODS AND MORTALS. IT STILL EVOKES DEEP EMOTION IN IRELAND, SCOTLAND, AND THE NORTHERN ISLANDS. THE STORY TAKES PLACE IN THE REIGN OF CORMAC MAC ART, HIGH KING OF IRELAND @ 3RD CENTURY. BY THIS TIME FIONN WAS AN OLD MAN WHOSE CHILDREN HAD LONG SINCE MATURED. NOW FIONN SOUGHT A NEW WIFE AND DESIRED THE BEAUTIFUL GRAINNE, DAUGHTER OF CORMAC. CORMAC WAS AMENABLE TO THIS UNION. AT AN AGREED UPON TIME FIONN ARRIVED AT THE ROYAL PALACE AT TARA WITH AN ENTOURAGE OF HIS GREATEST WARRIORS. THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT BY FAR WAS DIARMUID. NOT ONLY WAS HE A GREAT WARRIOR, HE WAS YOUNG AND EXCEPTIONALLY HANDSOME. DIARMUID WAS GRANDSON OF DUIBHNE - ANCESTOR OF THE CAMPBELL CLAN OF SCOTLAND - AND FOSTERSON OF ANGUS, IRISH GOD OF LOVE. BEYOND ALL THAT, DIARMUID WAS BLESSED WITH A LOVE SPOT ABOVE HIS EYEBROW. IT WAS SAID NO WOMAN COULD LOOK UPON HIM WITHOUT FALLING MADLY IN LOVE. TO AVOID EMBARRASSMENT, HE NOR- MALLY WORE HIS HELMET LOW. ON THE DAY THE FENIANS ARRIVED AT TARA DIARMUID WAS LEFT TO STAND GUARD WHILE FIONN AND CORMAC WENT HUNTING. IT WAS A DREARY, HOT DAY. THINKING HIMSELF ALONE, DIARMUID RAISED HIS HELMET TO WIPE HIS BROW. GRAINNE HAD ALREADY HAD HER EYE ON HIM AND NOW, SEEING HIS LOVE SPOT, WAS CONSUMED WITH PASSION FOR HIM. AFTER THE HUNTING PARTY RETURNED GRAINNE WAS SUMMONED TO MEET FIONN. SHE ASKED A DRUID THE PURPOSE OF THIS MEETING AND WAS INFORMED OF FIONN'S PLAN TO MARRY HER. THIS WAS PREPOSTER- OUS! FIONN WAS EVEN OLDER THAN HER FATHER. IT WOULD HAVE SEEMED MORE SUITABLE FOR FIONN TO HAVE HAD HIS SON, OISIN, MARRY GRAINNE. AT LEAST THEY WERE OF COMPARABLE AGE. BUT GRAINNE WOULD HAVE NONE OF THIS. SHE WOULD MARRY WHOMEVER SHE WISHED. NATURALLY, THAT WOULD BE DIARMUID. FOR THE FEAST THAT EVENING, GRAINNE MIXED A VERY STRONG POTION AND BLENDED IT WITH MEAD TO SERVE TO FIONN AND HIS TOP WARRIORS, TAKING CARE THAT NONE WENT TO DIARMUID. IT WORKED! THEY WERE OUT COLD. GRAINNE APPROACHED DIARMUID. SHE ASKED HIM TO RUN AWAY WITH HER. HE REFUSED. HE WOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH A WOMAN PROMISED TO FIONN. SHE THEN THREATENED TO CAST HIM UNDER A DRUIDIC SPELL SO POWERFUL HE WOULD FOLLOW HER ANYWHERE. DIARMUID GREW ANGRY, CALLING HER EVIL. HE REFUSED AGAIN, REMINDING GRAINNE THAT FIONN HELD THE KEYS TO THE FORTRESS. SHE INDICATED THERE WAS A SECRET WICKER GATE. FOR REASONS UNMENTIONED DIARMUID STATED IT WAS TABU FOR HIM TO PASS THROUGH A WICKER GATE, SO GRAINNE TOLD HIM TO VAULT OVER THE WALLS WHERE SHE WOULD JOIN HIM. IF HE DID NOT SHE WOULD TAKE HER LIFE RATHER THAN LIVE WITHOUT HIM. DIARMUID, NOW LAPSING UNDER HER SPELL, FOLLOWED HER WISHES SAYING HE WOULD DO SO WITHOUT THE NECESSITY OF HER SPELLS. THUS BEGAN THEIR FLIGHT FROM FIONN. FIONN FLEW INTO A JEALOUS RAGE AND BEGAN IMMEDIATE PURSUIT. THE YOUNG LOVERS FOUND REFUGE IN THE WOODS WHERE THEY BUILT A HUT SURROUNDED BY A HUGE FENCE WITH SEVEN GATES. IN DUE COURSE FIONN TRACKED THEM DOWN, LAYING SIEGE TO THEIR MAKESHIFT COMPOUND. GUARDS WERE POSTED AT EACH GATE. FIONN HIMSELF GUARDED ONE. DIARMUID'S FOSTER - FATHER, THE GOD ANGUS, OFFERED TO WRAP THEM BOTH IN A CLOAK OF INVISIBILITY. DIARMUID REFUSED, PREFERRING INSTEAD TO STAND AND FIGHT. THEY DID CONVINCE GRAINNE TO ESCAPE, LEADING HER SAFELY AND UNSEEN INTO THE WOODS. ONCE DIARMUID CONCLUDED HIS ONLY OPTION WAS TO DO BATTLE WITH HIS LEADER, HE RAN AND JUMPED THE FENCES IN A MIGHTY LEAP. DIARMUID AND GRAINNE CONTINUED TO REMAIN HIDDEN IN THE COUNTRYSIDE LARGELY DUE TO THE EFFORTS ANGUS. LIFE WAS NOT EASY. THEY WERE CONSTANTLY MOVING; DRIFTING TO AVOID DETECTION. THEY ENDURED MANY HARDSHIPS. IN TIME GRAINNE BECAME PREGNANT. FIONN CONTINUED HIS RELENTLESS PURSUIT. EVENTUALLY THE COUPLE SOUGHT THE SHELTER OF A SACRED ROWAN TREE. THE TREE WAS GUARDED BY A CRUEL GIANT SO VICIOUS EVEN THE FENIANS FEARED TO APPROACH HIM. DIARMUID FULLY ANTICIPATED HE WOULD HAVE TO DO BATTLE, BUT HE GREW DESPARATE. TO HIS AMAZEMENT, THE GIANT PERMITTED THEM TO REMAIN SO LONG AS THEY DID NOT EAT THE BERRIES FROM TREE. AT LAST THEY WERE SAFE. THINGS FINALLY SEEMED TO BE GOING WELL. THEN, PERHAPS DUE TO HER CONDITION, GRAINNE BEGAN TO CRAVE THE BERRIES OF THE SACRED TREE. FULLY AWARE OF THE CONSEQUENCES IF SHE ACTED UPON HER CRAVING, SHE TRIED TO CONCEAL IT FROM DIARMUID. BEFORE LONG DIARMUID REALIZED WHAT TROUBLED HIS LOVE. HER URGE BECAME SO INTENSE THAT HE BEGAN TO FEAR FOR HER HEALTH. HE PLEADED WITH THE GIANT ON GRAINNE'S BEHALF, BUT THE GIANT GREW ANGRY IN HIS REJECTION. AS A LAST RESORT, DIARMUID CHALLENGED THE GIANT TO A BATTLE. THE COMBAT WAS LONG AND FEROCIOUS. DIARMUID SLEW THE GIANT, THEN MOVED WITH HIS LOVE INTO THE GIANT'S HOME IN THE BRANCHES OF THE TREE. GRAINNE COULD EAT BERRIES TO HER HEARTS DELIGHT. THERE WAS PEACE AND HAPPINESS. WORD OF THE GIANT'S DEMISE REACHED FIONN, WHO QUICKLY FIGURED OUT THAT ONLY DIARMUID COULD HAVE SLAIN THE GIANT. SO THE FENIANS MARCHED YET AGAIN, THIS TIME ENCAMPING AT THE FOOT OF THE SACRED TREE. FOR REASONS UNCLEAR, FIONN THEN ORDERED HIS CHESS SET AND CHALLENGED HIS SON, OISIN, TO A GAME. UNBEKNOWNST TO THEM, DIARMUID LOOKED ON FROM THE BRANCHES ABOVE. REMEMBER, BESIDES HIS NATURAL ABILITIES, FIONN NEED ONLY STICK HIS THUMB IN HIS MOUTH TO SEE THE FUTURE AND KNOW HOW TO RESPOND TO IT. DIARMUID SAW OISIN WAS IN DANGER OF LOSING, SO HE DROPPED A ROWAN BERRY ON THE PIECE OISIN NEEDED TO MOVE TO PREVENT A LOSS. OISIN'S LUCK BEGAN TO CHANGE, BUT ONLY TEMPORARILY. FIONN AGAIN REGAINED THE ADVANTAGE. WHEN THE NEXT BERRY DROPPED ON A STRATEGIC PIECE FIONN IMMEDIATELY SUSPECTED DIARMUID'S INFLUENCE! A CLOSER LOOK IN THE BRANCHES OVERHEAD REVEALED DIARMUID AND GRAINNE HIDDEN IN THE LEAVES. CLEARLY THEIR SECURITY WAS LOST. AGAIN THEY WERE SURROUNDED. AGAIN ANGUS APPEARED AND, AT DIARMUID'S REQUEST, WHISKED GRAINNE OFF UNDER ANOTHER CLOAK OF INVISIBILIY. DIARMUID RAN ACROSS THE BRANCHES BEYOND THE ENCAMPMENT, JUMPED, AND EVENTUALLY FOUND SAFETY. HE MET UP WITH GRAINNE AND THEY WERE FREE ONCE AGAIN. BY NOW GRAINNE WAS DUE. SHE DELIVERED A BABY GIRL. YEARS PASSED IN RELATIVE PEACE AND HAPPINESS. IN LATER YEARS GRAINNE FELT THE NEED TO CLEAR THE AIR WITH FIONN. HE GAVE THE IMPRESSION THAT HE WOULD INDEED FORGIVE THEM AND INVITED THEM TO JOIN HIM. THIS CAUSED GREAT JOY FOR ALL, AS MANY OF THE FENIANS HAD BEEN SYMPATHETIC TOWARD THESE YOUNG LOVERS. NATURALLY FIONN WAS STILL SECRETLY PLOTTING HIS REVENGE ON DIARMUID. THERE WAS IN THE WOOD NEAR FIONN'S A WILD, POISONOUS BOAR. MANY FENIANS HAD ATTEMPTED TO HUNT DOWN THIS VICIOUS BEAST ONLY TO LOSE THEIR LIVES. FIONN EXPLAINED THE PROBLEM TO DIARMUID AND ASKED FOR HIS ASSISTANCE. TO FIONN'S SURPRISE, DIARMUID ACCEPTED. HE WAS EVEN MORE SURPRISED WHEN DIARMUID RETURNED UNHARMED CARRYING THE DEAD BOAR. FIONN'S WILL WOULD NOT BE THWARTED. FIONN PRAISED DIARMUID SKILLS AND CONGRATULATED HIM ON THE KILL. THEN HE ASKED DIARMUID TO MEASURE THE BORE HIDE, KNOWING ITS BRISTLES WERE DEADLY POISONOUS. DIARMUID THEN WALKED THE LENGTH AND WIDTH OF THE PELT. IMMEDIATELY DIARMUID FELL UNCONSCIOUS. AS HE BEGAN TO COME TO, HE LOOKED UP TO SEE FIONN TOWERING ABOVE HIM. HE IMPLORED FIONN TO USE THE HEALING POWERS FIONN OBTAINED FROM THE SALMON OF LIFE. THREE TIMES FIONN WENT FOR WATER AND CARRIED IT BACK TO DIARMUID IN THE CUP OF HIS HANDS. EACH TIME THE WATER FLOWED OUT BETWEEN HIS FINGERS JUST WHEN HE REACHED DIARMUID. FIONN WAS TORN BY THE FOND MEMORIES OF DIARMUID'S FRIENDSHIP AND WARRIOR SKILLS, AND THE PERCEIVED TREACHERY WITH GRAINNE. ULTIMATELY HE DECIDED TO SPARE DIARMUID, BUT HE WAS TOO LATE - DIARMUID WAS DEAD. THE FENIANS WERE ENRAGED WITH FIONN FOR TRICKING DIARMUID AND CAUSING HIS DEATH UNDER THE GUISE OF RECONCILIATION. FIONN APPEARED CONTRITE. HE PROMISED HIS COMRADES HE WOULD DEDICATE HIS LIFE TO COMFORTING AND CONSOLING GRAINNE. THIS HE DID. IN TIME GRAINNE FORGAVE FIONN AND EVEN MARRIED HIM, BUT SHE NEVER FORGOT HER LOVE FOR DIARMUID. THUS ENDS ANOTHER ROMANTIC TALE. NEXT ISSUE: THE DEATH OF FIONN;
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BELLS! (#1 SON) BRIAN SHAWN TOUSE HAS ANNOUNCED HIS ENGAGEMENT TO LISA DUROCHER. THE WEDDING WILL BE SEPTEMBER 4, 1993. BRIAN IS A SUPERVISOR AT GROSSMAN'S IN PLATTSBURGH. LISA IS A PHYSICAL THERAPIST AT CHAMPLAIN VALLEY\PHYSICIANS' HOS- PITAL. (BOY IS SHE IN TROUBLE!) CONGRATULATIONS & BEST WISHES TO A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG COUPLE! ANCHORS AWAY! - MICHAEL PATRICK TOUSE HAS ACCEPTED AN APPOINTMENT TO THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY AT ANNAPOLIS, MD. MIKE WILL GRADU- ATE IN JUNE FROM MILFORD CENTRAL SCHOOL IN ONE OF THE TOP TWO POSITIONS IN HIS CLASS AND PLANS TO MAJOR IN PHYSICS. AMOUNGST HIS MANY TALENTS, MIKE HAS ALSO WRITTEN AND DELI- VERED SERMONS IN SEVERAL CHURCHES IN THE COOPERSTOWN VICIN- ITY. A VERY PROUD CONGRATULATIONS !!! & BEST WISHES --------------------------------------------------- IN MEMORIUM - MRS. MARJORIE GUILFOYLE CLAMP, DAUGHTER OF LEO AND MARY MAHEDY GUILFOYLE, DIED 5 DEC 1992, AT LAWRENCE, MASS. MARJORIE WAS BORN 5 SEPT 1921 AT LEOMINSTER, MASS. SHE SERVED AS A PHARMACIST MATE IN THE NAVY WAVES DURING WWII. IN 1944 SHE MARRIED RONALD CLAMP. MARJORIE IS SURVIVED BY HER HUSBAND, DAUGHTER MARSHA A. OF ROSLINDALE; DAUGHTER CAROL A. (MRS. ROBERT) FEUGILL OF SHELBURNE, NH, SISTERS MARY SULLIVAN OF LAWRENCE, AND LEONA (MRS. STEPHEN) O' DONOGHUE OF HAVERHILL, MASS., AND SEVERAL NIECES AND NEPHEWS. MARJORIE WAS MY INITIAL CONTACT WITH THE ALFRED MAHEDY LINE. SHE PROBABLY THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY WHEN I FIRST CALLED HER, BUT SHE PUT UP WITH ME AND HAS BEEN A BIG HELP IN FILL- ING IN MANY BLANKS, AS WELL AS DISTRIBUTING 3M TO THE CLAN IN MASS. I KNOW THIS FAMILY IS VERY CLOSE AND WISH TO CON- VEY OUR SYMPATHY TO ALL THE FAMILY. ------------------------------------------- AN IRISH BLESSING THESE THINGS I WARMLY WISH FOR YOU - SOMEONE TO LOVE, SOOME WORK TO DO. A BIT O' SUN A BIT O' CHEER AND A GUARDIAN ANGEL ALWAYS NEAR. ERIN GO BRAGH ------------------------------------------------------------------ MAHEDY - MCKAY 3M MULLARKEY VOL IX - SPRING '94 DAN TOUSE RD1, BOX 1269 MARYLAND, NY 12116 MARCH 1994 GREETINGS, YUP! IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN AND AGAIN IT HAS ARRIVED TOO QUICKLY FOR THE RESEARCH DEPARTMENT TO COMPLETE ITS ASSIGNMENT. INDEED, EXCEPT FOR A FEW WRITTEN QUERIES, THE DEPARTMENT HAS FAILED TO GET A SINGLE PROJECT OFF THE GROUND. THOSE WHO (FINALLY) RECEIVED THE '93 EDITION OR THE CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER WILL RECALL THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW MINOR IMPEDIMENTS TO CIRCUMVENT. AS I BEGIN THIS YEAR'S CLASSIC (25 JAN) THOSE IMPEDIMENTS ARE ALL BUT NEUTRALIZED. BY THIS WEEKEND TOUSE HOUSE WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS AGAIN - AT LONG LAST. SOME RADICAL CHANGES ARE BEING INTRODUCED. REMEMBER THAT THUNDERBOLT REFERRED TO AT CHRISTMAS? THE IMPACT WAS MUCH MORE PROFOUND THAN I WAS WILLING TO ADMIT! THIS IS NEITHER THE APPROPRIATE TIME OR PLACE TO DISCUSS DETAILS BUT I FEEL COMPELLED TO TELL THE FAMILY OF MY GOOD FORTUNE. THROUGH SOME MIRACLE FAR BEYOND MY COMPREHENSION, MY HOME HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH THE ADDITION OF JANICE LONGLEY AND HER DAUGHTER LEIGH ANN. I AM NOT QUITE SURE WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HERMIT, BUT YOUR EDITOR IS RUMORED TO BE SOMEWHAT MORE ANIMATED - SOME MIGHT EVEN SAY HAPPY! THE HOUSE IS BECOMING ORGANIZED AND, WITH LUCK, THE FILING MAY BE UP TO DATE BY YEAR'S END. SO, THE LUCK O' THE IRISH IS NOT ALL MYTH! AS THE YEAR CAME TO AN END THERE WAS ALSO SOME POTENTIALLY GOOD NEWS FOR IRELAND. OBVIOUSLY I HAD OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BUT WAS ABLE TO CATCH A FEW OF THE REPORTS COMING OUT AT THAT TIME. IF I HEARD CORRECTLY, BRITAIN FINALLY CONSENTED TO ENTER INTO SERIOUS NEGOTIATIONS WITH OFFICIALS OF NORTHERN IRELAND AS WELL AS SINN FEIN - THE LEGAL ARM OF THE IRA - AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND! THE NEGOTIATIONS WERE TO BE DEPENDANT ON GOOD FAITH EFFORTS OF THE IRA TO REFRAIN FROM HOSTILITIES FOR THREE MONTHS. THIS WOULD PLACE THE POTENTIAL BEGINNING OF NEGOTIATIONS IN MARCH OR APRIL. THIS IS INDEED A SIGNIFICANT EVENT IN IRISH HISTORY. IT LAYS OPEN THE POTENTIAL FOR A UNITED IRELAND, OR AT LEAST A NORTHERN IRELAND FREE OF BRITISH MILITARY AND POLITICAL INTERVENTION. NOT SURPRISINGLY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH MAY ALSO PROVE TO BE AN IMPEDIMENT TO A UNITED IRELAND, AS MUCH FOR THE CATHOLICS AS THE MILITANT ORANGE. CLEARLY THERE ARE ROADBLOCKS AHEAD, BUT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME THERE IS REAL HOPE FOR PEACE. LET US HOPE AND PRAY! WELL, DUE TO THE LACK OF RESEARCH I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WILL FILL THE PAGES TO FOLLOW. SO, SIT BACK WITH YOUR FAVORITE IRISH BEVERAGE AND SNACKS, HEAR THE MUSIC AND WORDS OF THE OLD IRISH BARDS, WATCH THE PARADES, THINK OF THOSE WONDROUS IF SOMETIMES DEVILISH IRISH ANCESTORS, AND HAVE A VERY HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY ! ! ! DAN
MCKAY - DONAHUE
LAST YEAR IT WAS REPORTED THAT (MAHEDY) COUSIN JIM O'DONAHUE HAD LOCATED THE IMMIGRANT MCKAY-DONAHUE HOME OF CASSIAR, CANADA, IN THE WILDERNESS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, NOT QUEBEC. OBVIOUSLY THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE THIS LEAD. FROM THE MARRIAGE LISCENCE FOR THOMAS MCKAY AND MARGARET DONAHUE IT APPEARED THEY HAD LEFT CASSIAR TO SETTLE IN GLOUCESTER NO LATER THAN 1843. IT IS PRESUMED THEY LEFT AT LEAST SOME OF THEIR RESPECTIVE FAMILIES BEHIND. I HAD EXPECTED TO SEARCH THE EARLY CENSUS SCHEDULES - 1851 & 1861 - IN HOPES OF FINDINGS PARENTS OR SIBLINGS BUT RECENTLY DISCOVERED THERE WERE NO CENSUSES FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA AT ALL PRIOR TO 1881. THOSE RECORDS ARE ON ORDER BUT WILL PROBABLY NOT BE AVAILABLE BEFORE THIS EPIC IS COMPLETE. (THEN AGAIN...!) I HAVE WRITTEN SEVERAL BC HISTORICAL SOCIETIES TO SEE IF THERE ARE OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE. MARGARET DONAHUE'S MOTHER WAS ANN MAXWELL, BORN 1787 IN SCOTLAND AND DIED AT GRANBY 22 FEB 1857. I WROTE TO THE HERITAGE CENTRE IN DONAGHMORE, CO. TYRONE TO SEE IF THERE WERE ANY RECORDS FOR DONAHUE OR MAXWELL @ 1770 - 1830. BASED ON TITHE APPLOTMENT RECORDS FROM 1823 - 1838, THERE WAS NO MENTION OF DONAHUE. HOWEVER, THERE WERE TWELVE MAXWELLS LISTED FOR THE WHOLE COUNTY. OF THOSE, ONLY TWO RESIDED IN MARGARET'S NATIVE PARISH OF CLOGHER: JOHN MAXWELL, SR., AND JOHN, JR.. BOTH JOHNS RESIDED IN THE TOWNLAND OF BALLYGREENAN. IN THE PARISH OF CLOGHERNY, WHICH BORDERED CLOGHER ON THE NORTH, WAS A WM. MAXWELL, AND IN THE PARISH OF DONACAVEY WEST OF CLOGHER THERE WAS A GEORGE. I SUSPECT JOHN, SR. MAY WELL HAVE BEEN THE FATHER OF ANN. AT LEAST THERE IS A SPECIFIC TOWNLAND AND NAME PROVIDED FOR FUTURE RESEARCH. I HAVE ALSO WRITTEN (TWICE) TO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES IN SCOTLAND TO LEARN MORE OF THE MAXWELL CLAN. THE QUESTION ARISES AS TO WHY THERE WAS NO RECORD FOR PATRICK - OR ANY - DONAHUE IF THEY RESIDED IN THE PARISH OF CLOGHER AT LEAST FROM 1820 - 1831. UNFORTUNATELY THERE WERE NO CATHOLIC BIRTH RECORDS PRIOR TO 1856. OTHER CHURCH RECORDS BEGIN IN 1825 BUT ARE INCOMPLETE. IT WOULD ALSO NOT BE UNREASONABLE TO SPECULATE THAT PATRICK AND ANN MAY HAVE LIVED WITH ANN'S FATHER, (JOHN, SR.?) WHILE THEY SAVED MONEY TO MOVE TO CANADA AND THUS MAY HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED PART OF JOHN'S FAMILY FOR RECORD KEEPING PURPOSES. TRIVIA BUFFS MAY BE INTERESTED TO LEARN THAT PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON'S GRANDFATHER LIVED IN STRABANE, ABOUT 30 MILES NW FROM THE DONAHUE/MAXWELL HOME, UNTIL HE MIGRATED TO AMERICA IN 1807. AT DERGINA, BALLYGAWLEY, SOME TEN MILES EAST OF CLOGHER, JOHN SIMPSON WAS BORN IN 1738. JOHN IS THE MATERNAL GRANDFATHER OF PRESIDENT ULYSSES SIMPSON GRANT. IN AUGHER, @ FIVE MILES EAST OF CLOGHER, ARCHBISHOP HUGHES OF NY WAS BORN IN 1797. THE CHIEFS OF THE MIGHTY CLAN O'NEILL WERE CROWNED AT TULLAHOGE FORT FROM THE 1100'S. TULLAHOGE IS IN COOKSTOWN, @ 20 NE OF CLOGHER. GUESS TYRONE BRED SOME STURDY STOCK!
MAHEDY - MORAN
THERE IS A CONSIDERABLE EFFORT NOW IN IRELAND TO ESTABLISH COMPREHENSIVE RECORDS CENTERS THROUGHOUT BOTH NORTHERN IRELAND AND THE REPUBLIC. FROM THE IRISH PERSPECTIVE, THIS IS NOT ONLY GOOD HISTORY/GENEALOGY, IT IS GOOD BUSINESS. MOST TOURISTS WHO COME TO IRELAND TEND TO LOOK FOR THEIR ANCESTRAL HOMES AND RECORDS OF THOSE ANCESTORS. IT IS ALSO FELT THAT THOSE WHO RESEARCH BY MAIL AND MEET WITH SUCCESS MAY BE FURTHER MOTIVATED TO TRAVEL TO THAT LAND OF LEGEND. (LIKE I NEED MOTIVATION!) "DUN NA SI" IS THE IRISH FAMILY HERITAGE CENTER FOR COUNTIES WEST MEATH AND LONGFORD. I DID WRITE AND RECEIVED AN ENCOURAGING RESPONSE. HOWEVER, THEY ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF COMPUTERIZING ALL AVAILABLE RECORDS. THEY HOPED TO RESPOND AT A LATER DATE AND WERE LEAVING THE DATA I SUBMITTED AT THE CENTER FOR POTENTIAL PATRONS. I'M STILL TRYING... LAST YEAR I REPORTED THAT BRIDGET MORAN, DAUGHTER OF CHARLES HAD MARRIED JOS. O. PAQUETTE, OWNER OF THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS HOTEL IN WATERLOO, P.Q., CANADA. I HAVE HAD THE CHANCE TO REVIEW MY COPY OF THE 1891 SHEFFORD CO. CENSUS AND FOUND: NAME AGE BORN F. M. REL OCCUPATION PAQUETTE, JOS. O. 60 m PQ PQ PQ RC HOTEL OWNER BRIDGET 55 m PQ IRE IRE RC ALFRED 19 s MAGGIE 17 s MARY 15 s ANNIE 14 s MAUD 13 s IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE THAT CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN OF THE ABOVE CHILDREN MAY STILL RESIDE IN OR NEAR WATERLOO. EDNA CAMPBELL RE- MEMBERS ANNIE AND MAUD AS TWO OLD MAIDEN LADIES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. A THIRD DAUGHTER MARRIED AND HAD AT LEAST ONE DAUGHTER. I'LL KEEP SEARCHING. I WAS UNSUCCESSFUL IN LOCATING ANY NEW INFORMATION ON BRIDET'S SISTER MARY MORAN KELPYN'S FAMILY IN THE 1891 WINNIPEG CENSUS. HOWEVER, THE LOCAL LIBRARY DID FURNISH ME WITH A CURRENT DIRECTORY SHOWING TWO KELPYN/KELPINS RESIDING IN THE AREA. I DID WRITE TO EACH ADDRESS, BUT TO DATE HAVE HAD NO RESPONSE. OF COURSE I'LL TRY TO BUG THEM AT LEAST ONCE MORE, AS WELL AS SEEK OTHER AVENUES TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL DATA ON THIS FAMILY. I HAD HOPED TO BE HOME IN TIME TO ORDER AND SEARCH MICROFILM FOR 1870'S SHEFFORD COUNTY, QUEBEC NEWSPAPERS FOR THE 1870'S. SINCE PATRICK MAHEDY WAS SO PROMINENT IN CIVIC AFFAIRS AND SUCH A PROLIFIC CONTRIBUTER TO THE AREA NEWSPAPERS I AM HOPING HIS OBITUARY MAY SHED NEW LIGHT ON HIS EARLY LIFE IN IRELAND. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST PROJECT FOR 3M IN THE COMING YEAR. (IT PAYS TO BE SLOW - BUT NOT MUCH.) ONE OF MY BELATED EFFORTS WAS TO WRITE TO THE SACRAMENTO GEN. SOCIETY TO PURSUE OUR WANDERING JOHN MAHEDY, JR. JOHN WAS LAST KNOWN (1864) TO BE IN PLACER CO., CAL., AFTER HIS AMAZING MISFORTUNES IN CUBA, TEXAS, AND LOUISIANA. THERE WERE NO RECORDS OF JOHN IN PLACER CO., BUT THERE WAS A JOHN MAHADY WHO DIED IN 1872 IN SACRAMENTO. IT WAS HOPED THIS MIGHT BE "OUR" JOHN. THANKS TO THE PROMPT EFFICIENCY OF LORRAINE LINEER AT THE ABOVE SOCIETY IT APPEARS SPECULATION WAS PREMATURE. THE JOHN M. WHO DIED 7 SEPT 1872 WAS ONLY TWO YEARS OLD. THERE WAS A JOHN MAHADY IN THE 1870 SACRAMENTO CENSUS BUT HE WAS ONLY 29. THERE WAS ANOTHER JOHN MAHADY, AGE 36, IN THE 1860 CENSUS, BUT OUR JOHN WAS STILL ON THE CHAIN GANG IN CUBA, SO WE ARE STILL STUCK. THERE WAS ALSO A JAMES MAHADY, 44, IN 1870. IT WOULD BE NICE TO FIND ANY REMNANTS OF THAT CLAN TO LEARN IF THEY CAME FROM CO. LONGFORD. I AM NOT SURE WHERE NEXT TO LOOK FOR JOHN! ******************************************************************* FLASH - 12 MAR 94 - MORAN BRANCH FOUND - WINNIPEG!!! ********************************************** (AS USUAL, I'M RUNNING BEHIND SCHEDULE, AND AS USUAL - IT PAID OFF!) I REWROTE MY KELPYN LETTER AFTER I WROTE THE PARAGRAPH. TODAY I RECEIVED AN EXCITING LETTER FROM GERI JARVIS OF WINNIPEG. GERI AND SISTER SHIRLEY HAD BEEN WORKING ON THEIR KELPYN FAMILY HISTORY WHEN THEY HEARD OF MY LETTER FROM ANOTHER COUSIN, SHELLEY. THEY DESCEND FROM MICHAEL HENRY AND MARY LOUISE MORAN KELPYN THROUGH MICHAEL'S SON, CHARLES PATRICK KELPYN. CHARLES MARRIED MARY LOUISE VICTORIA BRAULT AND HAD SIX SONS AND FOUR DAUGHTERS INCLUDING MARGUERITE MARIE WHO MARRIED WALTER JAMES DANIEL DOYLE AND HAD FOUR DAUGHTERS, THE YOUNGEST OF WHICH IS GERI. THUS WE HAVE COME FROM 1786 TO 1994! I WILL BRING YOU UP TO DATE NEXT ISSUE. FOR NOW, A VERY WARM WELCOME TO OUR "NEW" COUSINS AND DEEPEST THANKS TO GERI, SHIRLEY AND SHELLEY!!! CEAD MILE FAILTE! ******************************************************************* AN IRISHMAN WITHOUT FREEDOM IS LIKE A FLOWER WITHOUT SUNSHINE *************************** SYMBOLS THE CLADDAGH THE CLADDAGH IN RECENT YEARS HAS GAINED UNIVERSAL POPULARITY IN JEWELRY DESIGN AS WELL AS IN A MULTITUDE OF IRISH KEEPSAKES. THE SYMBOL CONTAINS TWO HANDS HOLDING A CROWNED HEART. THE HANDS ARE SAID TO REPRESENT FRIENDSHIP AND LOYALTY HOLDING A HEART IN EVERLASTING LOVE. THERE ARE SEVERAL ACCOUNTS OF ITS ORIGINS. ONE TALE CLAIMS IT ORIGINATED AFTER THE DEFEAT OF THE SPANISH ARMADA AND MANY OF THE SPANISH WERE SHIPWRECKED OFF THE COAST OF GALWAY. THERE IN THE VILLAGE OF CLADDAGH, THE SPANISH WERE SO TAKEN BY THE BEAUTY OF THE LOCAL COLLEENS THAT THEY REQUESTED THIS SPECIAL SYMBOL. THE RING IS KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN DESIGNED @ 1690 BY RICHARD JOYCE. HE IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN CAPTURED BY ALGERIAN PIRATES AND TAKEN AS A SLAVE TO TUNIS AND THERE LEARNED THE ART OF GOLDSMITHING. SOME SAY HE WAS RELEASED WHEN WILLIAM III (THE INFAMOUS ORANGEMAN) ASSUMED THE THRONE OF ENGLAND AND DEMANDED THE MOORS RELEASE ALL SUBJECTS OF ENGLAND. IN ANY EVENT, JOYCE RETURNED TO CLADDAGH AND HIS NEW RING BECAME A TREASURED HEIRLOOM THROUGHOUT IRELAND. I AM FREQUENTLY ASKED HOW THE RING IS TO BE WORN AND AM EMBARASSED BECAUSE I AM NEVER CERTAIN. SO HERE IT IS: IF ONE IS ENGAGED OR MARRIED THE RING IS WORN WITH THE HEART FACING INWARD; IF ONE IS FREE, IT IS WORN FACING OUTWARD. SON MIKE GAVE ME A NICE CLADDAGH COFFEE MUG THIS PAST CHRISTMAS. ON THE BACK OF THE MUG IS THE FOLLOWING VERSE: ONE HEART FOR THE CENTRAL TRUTH OF LOVE. TWO HANDS TO TOUCH THE HEART OF A FRIEND. ONE CROWN THAT RESTS SO REGALLY ABOVE THE SYMBOL OF LOYALTY WITHOUT END. THE CLADDAGH IS THE SYMBOL OF OUR BOND AS THE YEARS WAX AND WANE. THE CLADDAGH IS THE VOICE THAT DECLAIMS LET LOVE, LOYALTY, AND FRIENDSHIP REIGN. (THANKS MIKE!) ****************************************************** THE SHILLELAGH (FROM MIKE O'LAUGHLIN'S IRISH FAMILIES, 1988) I HAVE TALKED WITH AT LEAST THREE AMERICANS WHO, WHEN PRESSED, SAID THAT THE SHILLELAGH WAS A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, SOMETHING LIKE A SQUEEZE BOX. AFTER ALL, THERE WAS EVEN A SONG ENTITLED, "THE SAME OLD SHILLELAGH ME FATHER BROUGHT FROM IRELAND." SHILLELAGH IS ACTUALLY THE NAME OF A SMALL TOWN IN COUNTY WICKLOW, IRELAND. NEAR THIS VILLAGE STOOD A FOREST, AS THE STORY GOES. FROM THE TREES IN THIS FOREST THE LOCALS COULD FASHION CANES, AND STICKS AND CLUBS... IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THE IRISH RESIDENTS WERE LEFT WITH ONLY ONE WEAPON IN THE TROUBLES OF THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES. THESE "REBELS" FOUGHT OFF THE "INVADERS" WHO HAD GUNS, WITH THE ONLY RESOURCE THEY HAD: CLUBS FASHIONED FROM TREE LIMBS. THE `SMALL TWIGS' THAT CAN BE FOUND IN MOST IRISH IMPORT STORES ARE TODAY SOLD AT BEST AS SMALL REPRESENTATIONS OF THE REAL THING. ONE CAN NOT EASILY BREAK A REAL SHILLELAGH IN HALF! ******************************************************************* IN MEMORIUM: CAMPBELL, GERALD - GERALD CAMPBELL DIED IN WATERLOO, QUE. ON 10 JUN 93 AFTER A LONG ILLNESS. GERALD WAS BORN AT NEARBY WARDEN, QUE., ON 4 MAR 1913, SON OF ANDREW AND MARY-ELLEN MCKAY CAMPBELL, AND WAS A LIFE-LONG RESIDENT OF THE AREA. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE NINA OF WATERLOO, P.Q., SON ROBERT AND HIS WIFE KATHY, AND GRANDDAUGHTER SHANNON OF OTTAWA, SISTER EDNA OF UTICA, NY, AND MANY NIECES, NEPHEWS, AND COUSINS THROUGHOUT CANADA AND THE U.S.. GERALD WAS A WARM AND GENTLE MAN. I REMEMBER WHEN HE CAME TO AUNT MAY'S BEFORE I EVER STARTED SCHOOL. HE HAS BEEN A KIND FRIEND AND GREAT HELP TO ME OVER THE YEARS, AND I KNOW HE IS TRULY MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM. NEWCOMB, REV. BERNARD C. FATHER BERNARD DIED AT THE NEWCOMB FAMILY HOME IN AUBURN, NY, ON 5 DEC 1983, ONE WEEK BEFORE HIS 85TH BIRTHDAY. HE WAS BORN 13 DEC 1908 IN AUBURN, NY, SON OF THOMAS H. AND MARY MALONEY NEWCOMB. HE WAS THE BROTHER OF MARGARET NEWCOMB MCKAY AND GOD-FATHER TO KATHLEEN MCKAY TOUSE, AND IS SURVIVED BY HIS SISTER JOAN LIVINGSTON OF AUBURN, AND BROTHERS FRANK OF AUBURN AND FIDELIS OF WACO, TX., AND A MULTITUDE OF NIECES AND NEPHEWS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. HE WAS A MAN OF KEEN INTELLECT AND WIDE INTERESTS. UNCLE BERNARD WAS VERY MUCH A FAMILY MAN, BUT DEDICATED TOO TO HIS PARISH OF ST CECELIA'S WHICH HE ESTABLISHED MANY YEARS AGO. HE WAS A MAN OF QUIET STRENGTH AND DIGNITY WHOSE MEMORY WILL BE CHERISHED BY ALL WHOSE LIVES HE TOUCHED. MARRIED: TOUSE - DUROCHER ON 4 SEPT '93, BRIAN SHAWN TOUSE WAS MARRIED TO LISA DUROCHER AT REDFORD, NY. A LIVELY RECEPTION WAS HELD AT THE PLATTSBURGH, NY K OF C. BRIAN IS THE SON OF DAN TOUSE OF GOODYEAR LAKE AND SUSAN DRAGOON KIROY OF DANNEMORA. HE WAS A 1991 GRADUATE OF SUNY PLATTS- BURGH AND IS EMPLOYED BY GROSSMAN'S OF PLATTSBURGH. LISA IS THE DAUGHTER OF RAY AND THE LATE CATHERINE DUROCHER. SHE IS A 1992 GRADUATE OF SUNY STONY BROOK AND IS CURRENTLY A PHYSICAL THERAPIST AT CV PHYSICIANS' HOSPITAL OF PLATTSBURGH. CONGRATULATIONS! GRADUATED: TOUSE MICHAEL PATRICK TOUSE GRADUATED AS VALEDICTORIAN FROM MILFORD HIGH SCHOOL 25 JUN 1993. AT 6:00 A.M. ON 1 JUL HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AT THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY, ANNAPOLIS, MD., MAJORING IN PHYSICS. IT HAS PROVEN A TOUGH CHALLENGE BUT HE IS SUCCEEDING AND LOVES IT. CONGRATULATIONS! N.B. O'TOUSE'S ANNUAL ST PATTY'S FESTIVAL RETURNS TO GOODYEAR LAKE MAR 17 - 20! HOSTS - DAN, JAN, & LEE O'TOUSE II'S 1ST ANNUAL PARTY WILL BE HELD 19 MAR, 81 LAFAYETTE ST., PLATTSBURGH - HOSTS BRIAN SHAWN & LISA ***
THE DEATH OF FIONN
FIONN, LIKE MANY OF OUR BIBLICAL HEROS, HAD SURVIVED AS THE UNDISPUTED LEADER OF THE FENIANS TO AN IMPROBABLE ANCIENT AGE - 230 YEARS! IN TIME HE HAD PERSONALLY KILLED GOLL MAC MORNA, KILLER OF FIONN'S OWN FATHER. HE WAS STILL UNRIVALED IN BATTLE, POETRY, DRUIDIC ARTS, WISDOM, AND WAS RESPECTED AND OBEYED THROUGHOUT THE LAND. IN AN EARLIER TIME A PREDICTION HAD SURFACED THAT FIONN WOULD DIE IN IRELAND IN A GIVEN YEAR. THAT YEAR HAD COME AND FIONN HAD PLANNED TO GO TO SCOTLAND IN DEFIANCE OF THE PROPHECY. BELOVED BY ALL HIS MEN, FIONN WAS EVENTUALLY PERSUADED TO REMAIN IN IRELAND WHERE HE COULD FEAST AND BE ENTERTAINED EACH NIGHT IN A DIFFERENT LOCATION UNDER THEIR PROTECTION IN A MANNER BEFITTING THE KING OF THE FENIANS. FER-TAI WAS AMONG THE FIRST NOBLE HOUSEHOLDS TO OFFER IRISH HOSPITALITY TO FIONN. HOWEVER, IT SO HAPPENED THAT FER-TAI WAS MARRIED TO THE DAUGHTER OF GOLL MAC MORNA. THEIR SON FER-LI WAS NOT UNLIKE HIS GRANDFATHER MAC MORNA IN FEATS OF BRAVERY AND STRENGTH AND HAD CARRIED A LIFE-LONG GRUDGE AGAINST HIS GRANDFATHER'S KILLER! UPON SEEING FIONN ARRIVE WITH BUT A SMALL TROOP OF WARRIOR-PROTECTORS FER-LI QUICKLY SUMMONED A GROUP OF HIS CLAN TO PLOT AGAINST FIONN. FIONN HAD STATIONED HIS MEN ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE FORT. INSIDE HE FOUND A GRAND FEAST HAD INDEED BEEN PREPARED FOR HIM AND THE HALL HAD BEEN DECORATED WITH THE FINEST OF CLOTHS. A HUGE FIRE BURNED IN THE CENTER OF THE ROOM AND THE FLOOR WAS COVERED WITH SWEET SMELLING RUSHES. IN THE MIDST OF THIS GRAND FEAST FER-LI'S COMRADES ENTERED IN A FURY, ACCUSING FIONN AND HIS MEN OF LAUNCHING RAIDS THROUGHOUT THE AREA, SLAUGHTERING CATTLE AND EVEN KILLING LOCAL FARMERS. FER-LI BECAME HOSTILE. WITHOUT ANSWERING THESE FALSE CHARGES FIONN CALMLY SWORE TO REPLACE EACH MISSING COW WITH TWO NEW ONES. THE ASSURANCE WAS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE HORSES AND SHEEP, THUS TRYING TO AVOID ANY DIRECT CONFLICT. FER-LI CONTINUED HIS BARRAGE. HE ACCUSED FIONN OF COMING SOLELY TO SLAY HIS FAMILY AS HE HAD SLAIN FER-LI'S GRANDFATHER AND CLANSMEN FOR TWO GENERATIONS. FER-LI LUNGED AT FIONN IN A FURY SO FIONN AND HIS CHIEF WARRIORS ROSE AND REAL DONNYBROOK ERUPTED. FER-LAI TRIED IN VAIN TO QUELL THE UPROAR AND PROTECT HIS HONORED GUEST. DOZENS OF VALIANT WARRIORS WERE SLAIN BEFORE HIS WIFE RAN INTO THE HALL WITH HER HEAD AND BREASTS BARE AS THE CUSTOMARY SYMBOL OF PEACE. SHE HARANGUED HER SON FOR BETRAYING THE HONOR OF FAMILY AND SOLDIER ALIKE AND STATED IT WAS AN EVIL OMEN FOR HIM TO BETRAY THE MAGNIFICENT FIONN IN THEIR OWN FORT. SHE ORDERED FER-LI OUT OF HALL IMMEDIATELY! AS HE LEFT, FER-LI CHALLENGED FIONN TO DO BATTLE THE FOLLOWING MORNING AT ATH BRES ON THE RIVER BOYNE. FIONN APPEARED AT THE APPOINTED TIME AND PLACE WITH HIS FORCE OF 150 WARRIORS, ONLY TO FACE FER-LAI AND FER-TI AND THEIR ARMY OF 3000. STILL EAGER TO AVOID CONFLICT AND NATURALLY DISCOURAGED BY OVERWHELMING ODDS, FIONN SENT A WOMAN - BIRGAD - WITH A GENEROUS PEACE OFFER. FER-LAI WAS EAGER TO ACCEPT THEM BUT HIS SON WOULD SETTLE FOR NOTHING LESS THAN FULL BATTLE. THIS, IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT HE GREW UP IN FIONN'S HOME AND KNEW FIONN LOVED HIM AS HIS OWN. FER-LI SWORE HE WOULD NEVER RENEW THOSE BONDS AND WOULD SETTLE FOR NOTHING LESS THAN BATTLE, DESPITE HIS FATHER'S CONTINUED ADMONITION AND PRAISE FOR FIONN. FOR HIS PART, FIONN SENT BIRGAD BACK WITH ONE FINAL PEACE OFFERING WHICH FER-LI REJECTED WITH THE UTMOST CONTEMPT. ANGERED AND HURT, FIONN SLOWLY ROSE TO PREPARE FOR BATTLE. HE DONNED HIS MOST BRILLIANT BATTLE GARB. HIS SHIRTS WERE OF THE FINEST SILKS AND COTTON. ON TOP OF HIS IRON CHAIN-MAIL HE WORE A BRILLIANT GOLD-BORDERED BREASTPLATE. UPON HIS BACK HE STRAPPED HIS SHIELD, RESPLENDENT IN COLOR AND DESIGN. ON EITHER SIDE WERE PLACED HIS FIVE-EDGED SPEARS AND GOLD-HILTED SWORD AND ADORNED HIS HEAD WITH A GEM-LADENED GOLDEN HELMET. WHEN THIS GIANT STOOD TO ENTER BATTLE IT WAS STILL CLEAR AFTER 230 YEARS WHY HE REMAINED KING OF THE FENIANS. HIS WARRIORS GATHERED ABOUT HIM AS IF PROTECTED BY HIS GIANT SHADOW, THEIR COLORED SHIELDS RAISED TO FORM A MASSIVE MOVING FORTRESS, AND STRODE TO THE BATTLEFRONT WITH SWORDS RAISED AND A HOST OF FLAMING SPEARS. TRUMPET AND BATTLE CRIES RANG OUT THROUGHOUT THE REGION AS THE TWO ARMIES CLASHED. SWORDS AND SPEARS CLANGED AS DID THE HEAVING SLING STONES FLUNG INTO ENEMY LINES, BUT THE NUMBERS WERE SIMPLY TOO OVERWHELMING FOR FIONN'S FORCES. AFTER LONG AND FIERCE FIGHTING THE LAST OF THE FENIANS LAY DEAD UPON THE BATTLEFIELD. EVEN FIONN HIMSELF WAS FOUND SLAIN BY CLAN OF MORNA AFTER OVER TWO CENTURIES OF DEDICATION TO HIS BELOVED IRELAND. FER-LI'S FORCES NATURALLY CELEBRATED THIS GRAND VICTORY. IT APPEARED OBVIOUS THAT FIONN AND HIS GALLANT FOLLOWERS HAD PERISHED. HOWEVER, THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM. THE PEOPLE OF THE OTHERWORLD CAME IN THE DARK OF NIGHT AND CARRIED OFF THE BRAVE FENIANS TO THE SIDH MOUNDS WHERE THEY WERE HEALED AND MADE TO REST. TO THIS DAY THEY REMAIN, AWAITING THE TRUMPETS SUMMON THE CRY THAT IRELAND IS IN DANGER. THEN THEY WILL RISE UP, GIRD THEIR WEAPONS, MOUNT THEIR VALIANT STEEDS AND AGAIN RISE UP FROM THEIR UNDERGROUND FORTRESS TO SAVE IRELAND. LONG CENTURIES LATER ST. PATRICK WAS ON HIS MISSION TO BRING CHRISTIANITY TO IRELAND. AT THAT TIME THERE WERE TWO ANCIENT MEN IN IRELAND SAID TO BE REMNANTS OF THE ANCIENT FENIANS. OISIN (O-SHIN, aka - OSSIAN) WAS ACTUALLY THE SON OF FINN. DUE TO A DRUIDIC ACT BY "THE DARK MAN", OISIN'S MOTHER WAS TAKEN FROM FINN AND TRANSFORMED INTO A DEER. SOME YEARS LATER ON A HUNTING TRIP, FINN CAME UPON A NAKED BOY RAISED BY A DEER AND SOON LEARNED THE BOY WAS HIS VERY OWN SON. OISIN WAS TRAVELLING WITH HIS LIFE-LONG FRIEND, CAOILTE - SON OF FINN'S CLOSEST FRIEND AND BEST WARRIOR, RONAN. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT WHILE IN THE VICINITY OF SLEEVE BLOOM THAT MANY IN THEIR ENTOURAGE WERE BESET WITH MELANCHOLY. CAOILTE SUGGESTED THEY SEEK SOME DIVERSION TO LIFT THEIR SPIRITS, BUT OISIN COULD THINK OF NOTHING TO DISTRACT HIM FROM THE REALIZATION OF HOW FEW FENIANS STILL SURVIVED. THAT NIGHT THEY ARRIVED AT CAMA'S, WHO HAD HELPED RAISE OISIN. THEY REMAINED THERE FOR THREE NIGHTS, ACTING WITH CHEER DURING THE DAY FOR CAMA'S SAKE, BUT ALL REMAINED DOWNHEARTED. AS THEY DEPARTED ON THAT LAST DAY OISIN SUGGESTED THEY GO SEPARATE WAYS. OISIN WENT TO THE SIDH WHERE HIS MOTHER HAD LIVED AND ULTIMATELY SETTLED IN THE LAND OF TIR NA OGE - LAND OF THE EVER-YOUNG. CAOILTE TRAVELLED ON THROUGH MAGH DERG AND ON TO DRUM DERG WHERE ST. PATRICK WAS SAYING MASS AND BLESSING A SITE WHERE ONCE STOOD A STRONGHOLD OF FIONN MAC CUMHALL. ST. PATRICK AND HIS DISCIPLES SAW THE ANCIENT MEN APPROACH AND WERE OVERWHELMED BY THE SIZE OF THEIR HUNTING DOGS. IN FEAR PATRICK SPRINKLED THEM ALL WITH HOLY WATER AND IMMEDIATELY WITNESSED A HOST OF DEMONS AND SPRITES TAKE THEIR LEAVE FROM THESE VISITORS OF ANOTHER AGE. THE CHRISTIANS WERE EQUALLY IN AWE OF THE SIZE OF THE FENIANS; THE TALLEST DISCIPLE STANDING CAME ONLY TO THE WAIST OF THE SEATED ANCIENTS. AFTER THE INITIAL INTRODUCTIONS ST. PATRICK SOUGHT CAOILTE'S AID TO FIND A WELL OF HOLY WATER SO THAT HE MIGHT BLESS THE CLANS OF MEATH, BREG, AND USNECH. THIS CAOILTE DID WITHOUT HESITATION. LATER THEY FEASTED AND PATRICK LONGED TO HEAR STORIES OF THE ANCIENT DAYS OF FIONN. CAOILTE TOLD HIM NOT ONLY OF THE HEROIC DEEDS BUT THE UNSURPASSED GENEROSITY. HE SPOKE OF THEIR UNRIVALLED CAVALRY, AND OF HORSES SO MAGNIFICENT THEY COULD BREED 150 FOALS FROM A SINGLE MARE AND STALLION! HE TOLD PATRICK OF THE TREMENDOUS HOSPITALITY OF THAT BY-GONE ERA, WHEN HIS MEN DRANK FROM THE FINE DRINKING HORNS AND GOBLETS OF CRYSTAL AND GOLD - ALWAYS FILLED WITH THE BEST OF ALES. WHEN ASKED THE SECRET OF THEIR LONGEVITY, CAOILTE TOLD PATRICK IT WAS THE TRUTH THAT THEY HELD IN THEIR HEARTS, AND THE TRUTH SHOWN BY THEIR WORDS AND DEEDS. IT IS SMALL WONDER THAT THROUGHOUT IRELAND'S CENTURIES OLD STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE A "FENIAN MOVEMENT" HAS BEEN ALL BUT INEVITABLE! ***************************************************************** THERE ARE BUT TWO THINGS WE SHOULD GIVE OUR CHILDREN - ONE IS ROOTS, THE OTHER - WINGS. ---------------------------------
IRISH RECIPES
CHAMP: 8 - MEDIUM POTATOES, PEELED SMALL BUNCH SCALLIONS 1/2C - MILK SALT 'N PEPPER KNOB OF BUTTER/PERSON BOIL POTATOES UNTIL SOFT, BUT NOT MUSHY, FRAIN, RETURN TO HEAT TO DRY BEFORE MASHING. KEEP THEM HOT. CHOP SCALLIONS FINELY, BOTH GREEN AND WHITE PARTS, AND COOK FIVE MINUTES IN MILK. BEAT THIS MIXTURE INTO MASHED POTATOES UNTIL SMOOTH AND FLUFFY, SEASON TO TASTE, AND SERVE A LARGE MOUND ON EACH PLATE WITH KNOB OF BUTTER ON TOP. EACH FORKFUL IS DIPPED IN THE MELTING BUTTER. SAUSAGE BALLS: 2 C - BISQUICK 1 LB - SAUSAGE 7 1/2 OZ - SHREDDED CHEESE MIX TOGETHER AND ROLL INTO SMALL BALLS. BAKE @ 400 FOR 15 - 20 MINUTES (UNTIL BROWN). IRISH PORK CAKE: 1/2 LB - FINELY GROUND SALT PORK 3 C - FLOUR 1 CUP - STRONG COFFEE 1/2 C - RAISINS 1/2 t - SODA 1 C - BROWN SUGAR 1/2 C - CURRANTS 1/2 C - MOLASSES 1 - EGG 1 t - CLOVE 1 t - CINNAMON POUR BOILING WATER OVER CURRANTS AND RAISINS, LET STAND WHILE MIXING BATTER. PUT SALT PORK THRU FINE KNIFE OF A GRINDER TWICE. POUR HOT COFFEE OVER THIS AND LET COOL. ADD BROWN SUGAR, MOLASSES, AND EGG TO MIXTURE AND BEAT TOGETHER. SIFT THE FLOUR, SODA, AND SPICES TOGETHER AND SPRINKLE OVER THE DRAINED CURRANTS AND RAISINS, ADD TO BATTER. LINE GREASED FRUITCAKE PAN OR RING PAN WITH BROWN PAPER, GREASE PAPER AND POUR IN BATTER. BAKE 1 1/2 HR @ 350. WHEN COOL WRAP CAKE IN CLOTH MOISTENED WITH SHERRY AND STORE AT LEAST A WEEK. *** AN IRISH BLESSING MAY YOU BE BLESSED WITH THE STRENGTH OF HEAVEN- THE LIGHT OF THE SUN AND THE RADIANCE OF THE MOON THE SPLENDER OF FIRE- THE SPEED OF LIGHTENING- THE SWIFTNESS OF WIND- THE DEPTH OF THE SEA- THE STABILITY OF EARTH AND THE FIRMNESS OF ROCK FROM THE BREASTPLATE OF ST PATRICK ERIN GO BRAGH !! Contributed by Dan Touse



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