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THE DOWNEAST  SHAMROCK                                                                                                                                                                                  OCTOBER  2013    


THE DOWNEAST  SHAMROCK                                                                                                                                                                                  OCTOBER  2013    

FROM THE  EDITOR   WELCOME   to   another   edition   of   THE   DOWNEAST  SHAMROCK,  a  monthly  journal   devoted   to   Irish   and   Irish   American   genealogy   and   history   in   Maine,   New   England,  the  Northeast,  and  Canada.          This   is   our   October   issue.   Once   again,   to   try  and  catch  up  with  our  yearly  schedule,   we  have  had  to  skip  issues  for  August  and   September.   Hopefully   soon   we   will   be   caught   up!   So   bear   with   us!   Due   to   many   factors,   we   have   been   behind   and   have   been  quite  busy  with  other  endeavors.          The   MAINE   IRISH   HERITAGE   CENTER   (MIHC)  continues  to  be  at  the  forefront  of   Irish   genealogy   and   history   in   Maine.   It   is   also   one   of   the   only   known   institutions   in   Maine  and  in  New  England  that  has  a  DNA   program.  This  continues  to  grow  weekly.  In   September,   many   MIHC   volunteers   took   a   trip   to   Ireland   and   dispensed   DNA   kits   from   FamilyTree   Finder   in   County   Galway.   They   even   made   front   page   news   in   the   CONNACHT   TRIBUNE   (September   2013).   This   is   indeed   an   exciting   time   in   Irish   genealogy,   with   the   study   of   DNA   increasing  daily  in  the  ould  country.          Upcoming   events   at   the   MIHC   include   a   lecture   by   Maine   labor   historian   Charles   Scontras   on   Sunday,   November   3   at   2PM;   the   Celtic   Christmas   Fair   on   Saturday,   November   9,   part   of   the   4th   Annual   State   Street   Holiday   Stroll;   the   annual   Claddagh   Award   on   November   18;   and   genealogy   and   DNA   classes   in   January.   We   will   have   more   information   on   these   classes   in   a   2    

future issue.  We  also  have  a  piece  on  MIHC   news  on  page  15.        We   are   still   seeking   queries,   stories,   anecdotes,   copies   of   old   photos   and   images,  old  postcards,  family  histories  and   genealogical   accounts,   histories   of   Irish   communities   in   the   United   States   and   Canada,   genealogical   gleanings   from   Irish   parish  records  and  vital  records,  and  a  host   of  other  pieces  and  items.   So  send  them  to   us   today!   We   want   you,   the   reader,   to   share   some   of   your   research   with   us   so   that   you   can   connect   to   long   lost   cousins   and  fellow  researchers.        We   are   also   always   seeking   new   members   so   that   we   can   reach   as   many   people  and  institutions  as  possible.  So  tell   a  friend,  fellow  genealogist  or  historian,  or   a  family  member  about  us  today!        We   appreciate   all   of   our   members   who   have   recently   renewed   their   memberships.   We   rely   on   memberships   to   defray   the   costs   of   our   month-­‐to-­‐month   expenses.   If   you  have  not  recently  renewed,  please  do   so.  Thank-­‐you!          Next   month   we   will   inform   you   of   our   progress   with   our   online   version   of   the   newsletter.   Each   issue   is   put   on   the   Web   by   our   member   and   Webmaster,   Mr.   Timothy  Gillis.  Thanks  Tim!          Well,   until   next   time,   keep   digging   and   may  the  luck  of  the  Irish  may  be  with  you!   Slainte.   Matthew   Jude   Barker,   Editor,   PO   Box   8421,   Portland,   Maine,   04104,   USA,   email:    

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QUERIES Welcome to  our  QUERIES  section.  Send   us   your   queries   today!   You   can   email   them   or   send   them   via   snailmail.   We   will   print   them   as   space   permits.   Queries   should   be   to   the   point,   including   full   names,   places   of   birth,   marriage,   and   death,   and   all   relevant   dates.   Please   remit   to:   Matthew   Jude   Barker,  PO  Box  8421,  Portland,  Maine,   04104,  email:       238-­‐3      BARRETT-­‐PRIOR-­‐WALSH        Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   MICHAEL   BARRETT   and   HANNAH   PRIOR,   who   married   in   1871   in   Kinsale,   County   Cork.   They   had   three   known   children:   JAMES,   1872;   PATRICK,   1874;   and   MICHAEL,   1877.   Patrick   married   CATHERINE  WALSH  in  1901  in  Boston;   she  was  d/o  DANIEL  &  MARY  WALSH  of   County   Cork.   Any   help   appreciated.   COLLEEN   BARRETT   LUNT,   227   Bearce   Road,   Winthrop,   ME,   04364,   email:       239-­‐3      MONAHAN-­‐CRAVEN-­‐O’BRIEN        Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   MICHAEL   MONAHAN   and   MARY   CRAVEN,   m.   1850   Cummer   Parish,   County   Galway.   Known   children,   BRIDGET   (1857-­‐),   m.   JOHN   O’BRIEN,   had   six   children   in   Amesbury,   MA;   and   HANNAH   (1866-­‐ 1927),   a   domestic   in   Portland,   ME,   where   she   had   relatives.   Any   help   3    

appreciated. Thanks.   MATTHEW   JUDE   BARKER,       240-­‐3       BURKE-­‐CORMIER-­‐VIOLETTE-­‐ MARTIN-­‐PICHETTE-­‐LAUZON-­‐DEWOLF        Seek   desc.   of   DENIS   CORMIER   (1831-­‐ 1883),   s/o   CYPRIEN   &   FELICITE   VIOLETTE   CORMIER   of   Van   Buren,   Me,   and   wife   MARGARET   MARTIN   (1832-­‐ 1903).   Children,   born   bet.   1853-­‐1869:   ISRAEL;   DENIS;   FLAVIA   “FLORA,”   m.   NAPOLEON   PICHETTE;   CHRISTINE;   SOPHIE,   m.   LOUIS   LAUZON;     ELIZABTEH   CLAIRE   (1865-­‐1937),   who   m.   JOHN   JOSEPH   BURKE   (1861-­‐1936),   native   of   Co.   Galway,   many   desc.   in   Portland   area;   LOUISA,   m.   CHARLES   R.   DEWOLF.   Any   help   appreciated.   MATTHEW   JUDE   BARKER,   PO   Box   8421,  Portland,  ME,  04104.     241-­‐3       MONAHAN-­‐BURKE-­‐GREANEY-­‐ STAUNTON-­‐STANTON        Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   JOHN   MONAHAN   and   MARY   BURKE,   m.   1834   Cummer   Parish,   County   Galway.   Known   children:     MARY   (1835-­‐1915),   m.   PATRICK   GREANEY,   13   children,   died   Ballintleva,   Belclare,   and   SARAH   (1840-­‐1927),   m.   MICHAEL   STAUNTON   (STANTON),   9   children,   died   Mossfort,   Caherlistrane,   Co.   Galway.   Thank-­‐you.   MICHELLE   THORNE   TUCCI,   57   Lukes   Road,  Casco,  ME,  04015.    

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   Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   WALTER   STAUNTON  and  wife  CATHERINE.  They   had   4   known   children:   MICHAEL   (1836-­‐1916),   m.   SARAH   MONAHAN;   CATHERINE;  RICHARD  (1843-­‐1878),  m.   CATHERINE   GREANEY,   died   in   accident,   Cape   Elizabeth,   ME;   &   BRIDGET  STAUNTON/STANTON  (1846-­‐ 1896),   m.   JOHN   SHEEHAN,   died   Portland,   ME.   Any   help   appreciated.   MICHELLE   THORNE   TUCCI,   email:       243-­‐3     STAUNTON-­‐STANTON-­‐ MONAHAN-­‐GREANEY-­‐BURKE-­‐ O’REILLY-­‐MASTERSON        Seek   desc.   of   MICHAEL   STAUNTON   (1836-­‐1916),   m.   SARAH   MONAHAN,   resided   Mossfort,   Caherlistrane,   Donaghpatrick   Parish,   Co.   Galway.   Children:   PATRICK   J.   (1859-­‐1931),   m.   SARAH   GREANEY,   died   Portland,   ME;   JOHN   H.,   RICHARD   (1863-­‐1935),   m.   BRIDGET,   d.   Mossfort;     ANNIE   E.   (1864-­‐ 94),  m.  PATRICK  J.  BURKE,  d.  Portland;     KATE,   m.   O’REILLY;   SARAH,   m.   MASTERSON,   d.   England;   JULIA;   and   DELIA   STAUNTON   (STANTON).   Thank-­‐ you.  MICHELLE  THORNE  TUCCI,    email:      

   Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   JEREMIAH   CREGAN   (CRAGIN)   and   his   wife   HONORA   (1783-­‐1874),   died   Portland,   ME.  Two  sons  born  in  County  Limerick:   CORNELIUS   CRAGIN   (1815-­‐1902),   m.   JULIA   T.   WADE,   six   children   in   Portland,   ME;   &   DENNIS   CRAGIN   (1816-­‐1898),   m.   BRIDGET   SULLIVAN,   many   children   in   Portland.   Any   help   appreciated.   ROBERT   L.   CLARK,   701   South   Cooper   Street,   New   Smyrna   Beach,  Florida,  32169.     245-­‐3     WADE-­‐RILEY-­‐CRAGIN-­‐ WILLIAMS-­‐RYAN-­‐LEONARD-­‐CONNORS        Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   JAMES   E.   and   MARGARET   RILEY   WADE   of   Dublin,   County  Dublin.  Known  children:    JULIA,   m.   CORNELIUS   CRAGIN;   PATRICK   J.   (1834-­‐1912),  m.  JANE  WILLIAMS,  many   children   Portland,   ME;     PETER   (1838-­‐ 1912),   m.   HANNAH   RYAN,   many   children   Portland;   ALICE,   d.   1865   Portland,   m.   THOMAS   LEONARD;   &   MICHAEL   WADE,   m.   CHARLOTTE   CONNORS,   Portland.   Any   help   appreciated.   ROBERT   L.   CLARK,   701   South   Cooper   Street,   New   Smyrna   Beach,  Florida,  32169.        


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We welcome the following new members





September and October 2013. CEAD MILE FAILTE! A hundred thousand



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Please renew your membership today! Thanks-you! DEB  SULLIVAN  GELLERSON,  Gray,  ME   KRISTA  J.  OZYAZGAN,  Scarborough,  ME   ROBERT  L.  CLARK,  SR.,  New  Smyrna  Beach,   FL   ROBERT  &  CAROLE  McLAUGHLIN,  Portland,   ME   COLLEEN  BARRETT  LUNT,  Winthrop,  ME   WILLIAM  FITZPATRICK,  Southport,  SC  *   MARIE  CONNOLLY,  Raymond,  ME  *   ANNE  &  BRIEN  HOYE,  Portland,  ME  *   ROBERT  “SAM”  KELLEY,  Scarborough,  ME*   JOHN  R.  CURRAN,  Scarborough,  ME  *   TIMOTHY  GILLIS,  Portland,  ME           5    

   We   are   always   looking   for   articles.   We   would   like   more   members   and   readers   to   send   us   articles,   stories,   family   histories,   queries,   copies   of   old   letters   and   photos,   the   latest   Irish   genealogy   information,   book   reviews,   and   so   on.   And   if   you   have   knowledge   on   the   Irish   of     a   particular   area,   we   would   love   to   hear   about   it.   It   does  not  matter  where  these  Irish  resided   and   or   emigrated   to.   We   are   especially   interested   in   family   histories   and   genealogies   and   queries,   so   that   our   members  and  readers  can  connect  to  each   other.  So  send  them  today!  Please  remit  all   correspondence   to   either   our   email:   or     to   the   editor,   Matthew   Jude   Barker,   PO   Box   8421,   Portland,  Maine,  04104,  USA.  Thank-­‐you!    

PORTLAND IRISH   HISTORY   TO   BE   PUBLISHED  IN  JANUARY!        Matthew   Jude   Barker’s   overview   of   the   history   of   the   Portland   Irish   is   tentatively   to   be   published   in   mid-­‐January   2014.   The   History   Press   of   Charleston,   South   Carolina,   has   announced   this   to   Amazon   Books,  Barnes  &  Noble,  and  other  retailers   and  buyers.          The  book,  A  HISTORY  OF  THE  PORTLAND   IRISH:   THE   FOREST   CITY   HIBERNIANS,   focuses  on  the  Irish  in  Portland  from  1661   until   1901.   A   future   book   will   be   more   in   depth   and   will   probably   also   look   at   the   20th  Century  Portland  Irish.    

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GALWAY SURNAMES,   PART   SEVEN,   by  Matthew  J.  Barker  

(O) HINEY,  HYNIE:      Rare  Galway  surnames.  

This   is   Part   Seven   of   our   ongoing   series   that   explores   the   many   surnames   indigenous   or   common   to   the   County   Galway.   Most   of   our   members   have   Galway  ancestry.  

HOADE, HODE:     O’Hode   appears   in   17th   Century   Clare   and   is   O   hOdach   in   Irish   in   County  Galway.  

   This   series   does   not   feature   every   surname   from   Galway,   but   the   majority   will  be  treated  here.  For  more  information   on   the   following   surnames,   please   consult   Edward   MacLysaght’s   SURNAMES   OF   IRELAND   (Irish   Academic   Press,   Dublin,   6th   Edition,   1999)   or   Michael   C.   O’Laughlin’s   FAMILIES   OF   COUNTY   GALWAY   (Irish   Genealogical   Foundation,   Kansas   City,   Missouri,   1998).   Mr.   MacLysaght   is   still   the   acknowledged   expert   on   Irish   surnames,   although  he  passed  away  twenty-­‐five  years   ago.  

(O) HOGARTY:  A  Galway  form  of  FOGARTY.  

   The   entries   will   usually   include   a   brief   background   on   a   given   surname,   along   with   various   spellings,   corruptions,   anglicized  forms,  and  Irish  Gaelic  spellings.  

HOPKINS:   In   Connacht   and   County   Longford,   this   English   surname   is   actually   the   “modern   form   of   the   gaelicized   Norman   Mac   Oibicin,”   according   to   MacLysaght.    

(O)   HEANUE:     O   hEanadha   in   Irish,   this   surname  is  common  in  Connemara.  It  may   be  a  form  of  HEANEY  from  Mayo.     (O)   HESSION:       O   hOisin   in   Irish,   this   is   a   northern   Galway   and   southern   Mayo   name.  HESSIAN,  HISSION.       6    

(O)   HOLIAN:     This   is   O   hOileain   in   Irish.   In   Galway   it   was   often   changed   to   HOLLAND   and  is  also  a  variant  of  HYLAND.     (O)   HOLLERAN:       A   “form   of   HALLORAN   peculiar”   to   Galway   and   Mayo,   according   to  MacLysaght.          

HOWARD,  HERWARD:    These  are  anglicized   forms  of  O  hIomhair  in  Clare  and  Galway.  It   was  originally  O’HURE  in  Clare.  HERWOOD.     (O)   HOWLEY:     O   hUallaigh   in   Irish,   this   name   is   found   in   Connacht   and   County   Clare.  HALLEY  is  a  corruption.  

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MacHUGH:   This   is   a   form   of   Mac   Aodha   (Irish)  numerous  in  northern  Connacht  and   found   throughout   Galway.   Two   septs   in   Galway,   one   near   Tuam   and   one   in   Connemara,   where   it   is   a   branch   of   the   O’Flahertys.   McCUE   has   been   a   common   variant.  McHUGH.     HYNES,   HYNDS:       These   are   forms   of   O’HEYNE   often   found   in   Galway.   Also   spelled   as   HINES   and   HINDS,   especially   in   America.     JENNINGS:         Mac   Sheoinin   in   Irish,   this   is   a   Galway   and   Mayo   name.   According   to   MacLysaght,   “The   Irish   form   is   a   Gaelic   patronymic   adopted   by   a   branch   of   the   Burkes  of  Connacht.”  

(O) KANE,  CAHAN:    O  Cathain  in  Irish,  this   name   is   found   in   Counties   Derry,   Tyrone,   Galway   and   elsewhere.   Often   confused   with  KEANE.  CAIN.     (Mac)  KEANE,  Mac  CAHAN:      A  West  Clare   surname,   Mac   Cathain   in   Irish.   Also   found   in  Galway,  especially  Connemara.  Many  of   the  name  became  KANE  in  America.       KEANY:    “Of  doubtful  origin,”  according  to   MacLysaght.  It  is  found  in  Galway,  Leitrim,   and  Donegal.  KEANEY,  KEENEY.     (O)   KEAVY:     O   Ciabhaigh   in   Irish.   It   is   a   rather   rare   name   found   in   Galway   and   Clare.  KEAVEY.  

JORDAN:     Mac   Siurtain   in   Irish,   this   is   a   Gaelic  patronymic  adopted  by  the  d’Exeter   family   who   acquired   estates   in   Connacht   after   the   Anglo-­‐Norman   invasion.   It   is   found   in   Mayo,   Galway,   Clare,   and   elsewhere.    

(Mac) KEIGHRY:      Mac  Fhiachra  in  Irish,  it  is   a   Galway   sept.     KEHERY,   KEAGHRY.   Many   of  the  name  became  CAREY.  

JOYCE:     One   of   the   most   famous   Galway   surnames,   this   is   Seoigh   in   Irish.   It   was   originally   of   Welsh   origin   but   became   completely   “Hibernicized.”   They   were   one   of   the   “Tribes   of   Galway”   and   their   area   was   known   as   “Joyce’s   Country.”   CUNNAGHER  is  a  form  found  in  Mayo.   7    

(Mac)  KEIGUE:      An  eastern  Galway  form  of   the  name  (Mac)  KEAGUE.       (O)  KELLY:      O  Ceallaigh  in  Irish,  this  name   is   found   throughout   Ireland,   but   the   most   important   sept   was   of   the   Ui   Maine.   Originally   found   in   Galway,   Derry,   Laois,   Meath,  and  Wicklow.      KELLEY.  

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KEMPLE:   A   form   of   the   English   surname   KEMBLE  found  in  eastern  Galway.     (O)   KENNY:         O   Cionaoith   in   Irish,   this   is   another   Ui   Maine   sept,   found   mainly   in   Galway   and   Donegal.   KENNEY.   Sometimes   confused  with  KINNEY  and  KILKENNY.     (Mac)   KEON,   KEOWN:       The   Irish   form   is   Mac   Eoghain   in   Connacht.   The   main   sept   is   of  northern  Connacht,  especially  Galway.     (Mac)   KEONEEN:       A   gaelicized   form   of   JENNINGS.     KERRANE:       O   Cearain   in   Irish,   it   is   found   usually   in   Mayo,   Galway,   and   nearby   areas.  KIRRANE,  CURRANE,  KERIN.     (Mac)   KILCOOLEY:       Mac   Giolla   Chuille   in   Irish,   it   is   found   in   Galway   and   Clare,   and   often  shortened  to  COOLEY.         KILCOYNE:       Mac   Giolla   Chaoine   in   Irish,   this   is   “exclusively   a   Connacht   name.   Sometimes   changed   to   Coyne,”   according   to  MacLysaght.     KILKELLY:       Mac   Giolla   Cheallaigh   in   Irish,   which   means   “devotee   of   St.   Ceallach,”   8    

according to   MacLysaght.   They   were   hereditary   ollavs   (professors)   of   the   O’Flahertys   in   County   Galway.   KILLIKELLY.   Sometimes   confused   with   and   shortened   to  KELLY.     (O)   KILLIAN:     O   Cilleain   in   Irish,   this   surname   is   a   Counties   Clare   and   Galway   form  of  KILLEEN.  KILLION.       (Mac)   KILLILEA:       Mac   Giolla   Leith   in   Irish,   this  is  mostly  a  Galway  surname.       KING:      Although  this  is  an  English  name,  in   Galway   it   is   an   anglicized   version   of   CONROY,   CONRY,   and   CUNREE.     See   CONROY.     (Mac)   KINNAWE,   KINNEAVY:     Mac   Conshnamha   in   Irish,   this   Connacht   name   is  often  made  FORDE  by  mistranslation.     (Mac)   KINNEEN:       A   form   of   CUNNEEN   found   in   Connacht.   Cunneen   is   usually   a   County  Clare  surname.       (O)  KIRWAN:      O  Ciardhubhain  in  Irish,  this   name,   one   of   the   “Tribes   of   Galway,”   is   famous   in   Irish   history.   KIRIVANE   was   a   variant.    

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POTPOURRI COUNTY  MAYO  IRISH  IN  CLINTON,   MASSACHUSETTS          EDWARD   M.   GILL   wrote   and   compiled   a   book   in   2006   on   the   chain   migration   of   hundreds   of   Irish   emigrants   from   the   Louisburgh,   County   Mayo   area   to   Clinton,   Massachusetts.  The  book,  The  Louisburgh-­‐ Clinton   Connection,   A   Social   Study,   published   by   Trafford   Publishing   of   Victoria,   British   Columbia,   Canada,   is   a   fascinating   look   at   the   Irish   of   both   communities.   Mr.   Gill   painstakingly   compiled   extensive   lists   of   the   various   families   and   individuals   who   left   the   Louisburgh  area  and  settled  in  Clinton  and   elsewhere   in   the   United   States,   including   Chicago,   New   York,   Boston,   and   other   locales   in   Massachusetts.   Family   historians,   descendants   of   these   emigrants,   sent   him   family   group   charts   which  greatly  add  to  the  usefulness  of  this   book.   Surnames   found   in   this   study   include:   ARMSTRONG,   BALL,   BARRETT,   BERRY,   BROWN,   BURKE,   BURNS,   CORRIGAN,   CANNON,   CARR,   CONNELLY,   CONWAY,   COX,   CROWLEY,   CONNOR,   COYNE,   DAVITT,   DAWSON,   DUFFY,   DONNELLY,   DIVER,   DURKIN,   EAGAN,   FADDEN,   FALLON,   FARRAGHER,   FILBURN,   FERRINS,   FOY,   FLANAGAN,   FERGUS,   FERGUSON,   FLYNN,   FOX,   FRAZER,   GALLAGHER,   GANNON,   GARRIVAN,   GERRITY,     GILL,   GOLDEN,   GREY,   GIBBONS,   GRADY,   GAHAGAN,   HALLINAN,   HARRITY,   HEALY,   HESTER,   HUNT,   HYNES,   HASTINGS,   9    

JOYCE, JENNINGS,   JORDAN,   KANE,   KENNEDY,   KEANE,   KELLY,   KERRIGAN,   KILCOYNE,   KITTRIDGE,   LAVELLE,   LEONARD,   LYONS,   MALLEY,   MANNION,   MACK,   MORTIMER,   McCARTHY,   McCONNELL,   McGREAL,   McLAUGHLIN,   McQUILLEN,   McGUIRE,  MAXWELL,  MAYBERRY,  MORAN,   MITCHELL,   MORRISON,   MURPHY,   McNALLEY,   McDONAGH,   McDONNELL,   McHALE,   McNAMARA,   McMYLER,   NAUGHTON,   NEEDHAM,   NAVIN,   NICHOLSON,   O’DOWD,   O’DONNELL,   O’GRADY,   O’MALLEY,   O’CONNOR,   O’REILLY,   O’TOOLE,   PRENDERGAST,   PHILBIN,   PHILLIPS,   RUANE,   RUDDY,   RYAN,   RYDER,   SWEENEY,   SALMON,   SHERIDAN,     SAMMON,   STAUNTON,   SCANLON,   TONER,   TIERNEY,   WALLACE,   WILLIAMS,   WALSH,   and   WARD.   The   O’Malleys,   O’Tooles,   O’Donnells,   Burkes,   Kittridges,   Kilcoynes,   Hastings,   and   Gradys   were   the   most   represented,   especially   the   O’Malleys.   Almost  150  O’Malleys  settled  in  Clinton  in   the  1890s  and  early  1900s!                    This  study  includes  appendices  with  over   two   thousand   names   of   Louisburgh   emigrants   who   came   to   America   between   1843   and   1925.   Most   of   these   Mayo   families  arrived  between  1892  and  1925.        Our  member  Gerrie  Foley  Huppe  donated   a  copy  of  this  invaluable  book  to  the  Maine   Irish  Heritage  Center.          Edward   M.   Gill   is   a   retired   civil   engineer   who   was   born   in   Louisburgh.   As   of   2006,   he  was  actively  tracing  Mayo  families  who   came  to  the  US  and  Canada.  

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The photo  below  is  of  LAWRENCE  NEWELL   (1846-­‐1940)   and   MARGARET   GREANEY   (1856-­‐1943)   on   their   porch   at   their   home   at  106  Bedford  Street  in  Portland,  which  is   now   owned   by   the   University   of   Southern   Maine.   It   was   taken   in   July   1937,   when   Lawrence   “Larry”   was   aged   91   and   Margaret  was  81.    

Larry was   born   in   the   townland   of   Ardrumkilla,   village   of   Ballintleva,   Belclare   Civil   Parish,   Cummer   Catholic   Parish,   outside   Tuam,   County   Galway,   the   son   of   JAMES   NEWELL   (1802-­‐1887)   and   BRIDGET   BYRNE.   Margaret   was   also   born   in   Ballintleva,   the   daughter   of   PATRICK   GREANEY   (1821-­‐1911)   and   MARY   MONAHAN   (1835-­‐1915).   Larry   was   employed   as   a   caretaker   at   the   local   “Big   House,”   Castlehackett.   He   and   Margaret   were  married  in  Cummer  Parish  in  1880  in   the  presence  of  MICHAEL  FUREY  and  ELLEN   REANEY,   Margaret’s   first   cousin.   They   had   a   daughter   BRIDGET   RAPHAEL   “DELIA”   in   1881  and  emigrated  to  Boston  in  1882.      

  Larry   and   Margaret   settled   in   Portland,   Maine,  where  they  had  cousins.  Larry  was   first   employed   by   the   Forest   City   Sugar   Refinery   before   going   on   to   work   for   the   railroad   for   forty   years.   They   resided   on   Tate   Street   for   many   years   before   moving   to   Margaret’s   brother’s   residence   at   263   York   Street.   The   Newells   became   communicants   of   St.   Dominic’s   Church,   where   their   next   five   children   were   baptized:     JAMES   LAWRENCE   (1883-­‐1948);   JOHN   PATRICK   FRANCIS   (1885-­‐1969);   MARY   ANNE   CAMILLE   (1887-­‐1975);   MARGARET   WINNIFRED   (1891-­‐1950);   and   LAWRENCE  ROBERT  (1894-­‐1990).          Larry   was   a   freight   handler   on   the   railroad   and   then   retired   to   become   a   janitor   for   the   railroad   offices.   He   finally   retired   again   at   age   79.   Margaret   always   saved   money   and   eventually   they   were   able   to   have   a   house   built   the   way   they   wanted  it,  for  $10,  000  cash,  about  1925  on   Bedford   Street.   They   have   many   descendants   in   Maine   and   elsewhere,   including  this  editor.        


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ST. MARY’S   CHURCH,   NEW   LONDON,  CONNECTICUT        Below   is   an   old   postcard   of   ST.   MARY’S   STAR   OF   THE   SEA   CATHOLIC   CHURCH   in   NEW  LONDON,  CONNECTICUT.  The  back  of   the   card   reads:     “Alice,   I   know   that   you   would   love   to   have   this   picture.   It   is   beautiful  inside.  Sade.”          New  London  has  long  been  home  to  Irish   immigrants   and   their   descendants.   The   first   Catholic   Mass   was   said   in   the   city   in   1842.  A  large  number  of  Irish  laborers  had   recently   moved   into   the   area   to   build   internal   improvements.   St.   Patrick’s   Church  was  erected  soon  after.    

     As   late   as   1976,   there   were   still   numerous   Irish   American   families   residing   in   New   London.   Most   later   died   off   or   moved   to   nearby   communities.   To   learn   more   about   St.   Mary’s   and   the   New   London   Irish,   please   consult:   The   Story   of   St.   Mary’s   Star   of   the   Sea   Church   and   The   Bicentennial   History   of   Catholic   America,   published   in   New   London   in   1976.   The   editor  of  this  newsletter  has  a  copy  of  this   invaluable  book  if  anyone  is  interested.      

   A   new,   larger   church   was   built   and   named   St.   Mary’s   Church,   which   was   dedicated  in  1873.                           11    


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MARY by M. J.

Barker    Serendipitous   events   occur   often   at   the   Maine   Irish   Heritage   Center.   In   fact,   not   a   week  goes  by  without  someone  connecting   to  someone  else  through  shared  ancestors   after   meeting   for   the   first   time.   Or   one   of   the   Center’s   genealogists   is   working   on   a   particular   Portland   Irish   family   when   a   descendant   of   that   family,   from   the   Portland   area   or   even   from   another   state,   happens   to   visit   the   Center   for   the   first   time   that   same   week.   One   of   the   most   amazing  events  to  occur  in  recent  years  at   the   MIHC   was   the   discovery   of   a   photo   of   an  Irish  domestic  maid  taken  in  Portland  in   the  1880s.          This   past   May,   a   friend   of   mine   on   Facebook   sent   me   an   image   of   an   19th   Century  woman  taken  in  Portland  that  she   had  discovered  on  eBay.  She  knew  I  would   be   interested   in   this   as   the   woman   was   Irish.   Written   in   pencil   on   the   back   of   the   photo   was:   “Mary   Kelly,   218   State   Street,   Portland,   Maine.”   I   was   immediately   intrigued   as   my   mother   resides   at   218   State   Street!   After   some   quick   research,   including   looking   up   the   name   of   the   photographer   in   the   Portland   City   Directory,   I   determined   that   Mary   Kelly   was   most   likely   a   domestic   maid   for   the   Payson   family   at   218   State   Street   in   the   1880s.   The   Paysons   were   a   well-­‐known,   wealthy   Portland   family.   At   this   point   the   research  stopped,  but  not  before  I  told  my   12    

friend and  fellow  genealogist  at  the  MIHC,   Maureen   Coyne   Norris,   who   decided   that   she   would   purchase   the   photo   on   eBay.   We  both  thought  that  this  chain  of  events   was   meant   to   be   and   that   we   must   have   this  photo  in  our  collections.  We  also  knew   that   most   likely   this   Mary   Kelly   would   turn   out  to  be  related  to  someone  who  came  to   the   Center   to   do   research.   At   the   MIHC’s   “Not-­‐So-­‐Silent”   Auction   in   May,   I   told   MIHC   Board   member   Stephanie   Kelley   about   the   image.   She   is   a   fellow   genealogist   who   is   tracing   her   County   Galway   Kelly   ancestors.   But   we   both   figured   that   it   might   be   difficult   to   determine   who   this   woman   was,   as   there   must   have   been   many   Mary   Kellys   residing   in  Portland  at  the  time.  The  name  was  just   too   common!   In   fact,   I   found   at   least   five   Mary   Kellys   who   had   married   in   Portland   in  the  late  1800s.        Now   fast   forward   to   several   months   later.   Maureen   did   indeed   purchase   the   photo   for   a   reasonable   amount   and   we   did   a   little   more   research,   but   did   not   find   anything   of   note.   A   few   weeks   later,   Maureen  was  sorting  through  some  of  her   Portland   Irish   files   and   stumbled   upon   Stephanie   Kelley’s   Kelly/Kelley   genealogy   papers   that   she   had   given   copies   of   to   us   a   year   ago.   In   those   papers   was   a   photo   of   Stephanie’s   great-­‐grandaunt,   Mary   Kelly   Clougherty   who   had   immigrated   to   Portland   in   the   1880s,   but   had   then   returned  to  Ireland  and  married  and  raised   a   family.   The   photo   found   on   eBay   of   “Mary   Kelly”   was   the   same   Mary   Kelly,   Stephanie’s   great-­‐grandaunt!   Months   after  

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the discovery   of   the   photo   we   had   a   relative   of   Mary   Kelley   right   with   us   all   that   time!   And   Stephanie’s   giant   wall   chart   of   the   Kelley   genealogy,   with   Mary   on   it,   had   been   looking   down   at   us   from   a   tall   bookcase   in   the   Center’s   library   all   along!   When   we   told   Stephanie,   she   was   beyond   elated!   And   she   was   going   to   visit   Mary’s   granddaughter   the   following   week   and   would   bring   the   original   photo   with   her!   Such  are  the  warp  and  woof  of  the  Maine   Irish  Heritage  Center.        Stephanie  has  written  a  draft  of  the  story   that   will   appear   on   the   Center’s   website   at   some   point.   She   kindly   let   us   quote   from   it   below:    “Finally,   all   the   pieces   fell   together.   Genealogist   Matt   Barker   remembered   a   narrative   donated   to   the   Center   last   summer.   Created   by   board   member   Stephanie   Kelley   and   her   cousin   Linda   Wanless,   the   narrative   outlined   the   descendants   of   nine   Kelly   siblings   born   in   Ireland   between   1860-­‐1872,   of   whom   seven   immigrated   to   and   settled   in   Portland.  Descendants  from  seven  of  these   siblings  met  at  the  Center  last  summer  for   a  family  reunion.  One  look  at  the  narrative,   which  included  photos  of  the  nine  siblings,   showed   that   the   mystery   photo   was   without   a   doubt   Mary   Josephine   Kell(e)y   Clougherty,   the   second   born   daughter   of   Michael   and   Catherine   Gorham   Kelly   of   Ballyconneely,   County   Galway,   Ireland.   Mary   Kelley   came     to   Portland   around   1880,   and   worked   for   ten   years   here,   before   returning   to   Ireland,   where   she   13    

married and   raised   nine   children.   Most   of   her   children   then   immigrated   to   the   US   and   settled   in   and   around   Boston.   The   descendants   always   wondered   about   Mary’s  brief  stay  in  Portland,  what  she  did,   where  she  lived.   Overjoyed   to   have   found   the   answer,   the   genealogists   presented   the   photo   to   Stephanie,   the   great-­‐grandniece   of   Mary   Kelley.   Stephanie   was   so   thrilled   to   share   the   new-­‐found   information   with   her   relatives,   including   the   direct   descendants   of  Mary.  In  a  great  coincidence,  Stephanie   had   a   vacation   to   Rhode   Island   planned   the   very   next   week   to   visit   the   granddaughter   and   great-­‐granddaughters   of   this   very   same   Mary   Kelly.   What   a   wonderful  surprise  to  present  to  them!   Imagine   a   photo   purchased   on   a   whim   from  a  photograph  vendor  from  Nebraska,   no   less,   would   end   up   being   a   photo   of   the   great-­‐grandaunt   of   one   of   our   own   board   members?!”        We   thank   Stephanie   for   this   piece.   A   copy   of   the   photo   of   Mary   Kelley,   which   can   be   found   in   the   Collections   of   the   Maine   Irish   Heritage   Center,   can   be   seen   on  the  following  page.          If  you  have  a  serendipitous  story  that  you   would   like   to   share   with   us,   we   would   love   to   hear   about   it!   Simply   write   a   short   (or   long)   piece   and   send   it   to     our   email   or   snailmail  address,  and  we  will  print  it!        

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MARY KELLY CLOUGHERTY, of Ballyconneely, County Galway, taken Portland, Maine, 1880s


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   As   with   all   the   New   England   states,   untold   numbers   of   Irish   emigrants   settled   in   New   Hampshire   in   the   19th   and   early   20th   Centuries.   Dover,   New   Hampshire   is   no   exception.   They   attended   St.   Mary’s   Church   and   were   interred   in   St.   Mary’s   Cemetery  in  Dover.          A   book   entitled,   Dover,   New   Hampshire,   Death   Records,   1887-­‐1937,   records   the   names   and   death   information   of   the   Dover   Irish.  Most  valuable  for  many  of  the  entries   are  the  names  of  the  parents  of  these  Irish   emigrants.   This   volume,   found   in   most   major   genealogical   and   historical   societies   in   New   England,   was   compiled   by   Richard   P.   Roberts   and   published   by   Heritage   Books,  Inc.        Among   the   Irish   surnames   to   be   found   among   these   death   records   are   the   following:     FARRELL,   FEENAN,   FEENEY,   FOGARTY,   FOLEY,   FOLLAND,   FENNESSY,   FENTON,  FINUCANE,  SCANLON,  SCANNELL,   McDONOUGH,   MURPHY,   MURRAY,   KELLEY,   GLEASON,   HOWLEY,   HOWLAND,   HOYE,   BATTLES,   McBENNETT,   FLYNN,   FODY,   McKEE,   NEVILLE,   ROSSITER,   CORCORAN,  and  many  others.          We   list   below   some   representative   death   record   entries   to   show   one   what   they   entail:     15    

Mary GLEASON,  died  2  February  1887,  age   78,   housewife,   married,   born   Ireland,   parents:     James   MURRAY,   born   Ireland,   and  Ann  SHAUGHNESSY,  born  Ireland.   Michael   HOWLEY,   died   20   September   1903,   aged   59,   heart   disease,   buried   in   Portland,  Maine.   Bennie   HOYE,   died   23   December   1890,   aged   8   years,   1   month,   son   of   Patrick   HOYE,   born   Dover,   and   Rose   E.   MASON,   born  Dover.   Gertrude  FLYNN,  died  20  September  1890,   aged  11  years,  3  months,  4  days,  daughter   of   William   A.   FLYNN,   born   St.   Andrews,   and  Mary  SHEA,  born  Portland,  ME.   Ann  FOLEY,  died  24  September  1889,  aged   29,   housewife,   born   Ireland.   Parents   P.   McKEE,   born   Ireland,   and   Catherine   McNALLY,  born  Ireland.   Cornelius   SCANNELL,   died   6   March   1919,   aged   77,   apoplexy,   parents,   Bartholomew   SCANNELL  and  Julia  HANIGAN.   William  D.  FENTON,  died  17  June  1921,  age   54,   probably   alcoholic   poisoning,   parents   Daniel  FENTON  and  Julia  McCABE.  

THE DOWNEAST  SHAMROCK                                                                                                                                                                                  OCTOBER  2013    

MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER NEWS    The   Maine   Irish   Heritage   Center,   the   former   St.   Dominic   Roman   Catholic   Church,  on  the  corner  of  Gray  and  State   Streets,  in  Portland,    is  at  the  forefront   of   many   aspects   of   genealogy   and   history  in  Maine  and  New  England.  It  is   presently  the  only  known  institution  in   Maine   that   sponsors   a   DNA   genealogy   program.  Over  125  people  have  joined   the   Center’s   Maine   Gaeltacht   DNA   project   that   is   administered   by   Margaret  Feeney  LaCombe,  its  founder,   and  Maureen  Coyne  Norris.  Many  of  its   members   have   also   taken   DNA   tests   provided   by   and   23andMe.  It  has  been  quite  fascinating   to   compare   the   results   of   the   three   tests.   The   Center   is   going   to   host   DNA   classes   in   January.   FMI,   call   207-­‐780-­‐ 0118   or   go   to   the   Center’s   website   at   You   can   also   email  them  at          In   September   2014,   many   Portland   area  genealogists  and  family  historians   took  a  trip  to  County  Galway,  Ireland  to   conduct   research   and   dispense   DNA   tests.   These   included   our   members   Margaret   Feeney   LaCombe,   Maureen   Coyne  Norris,  Patricia  McBride  and  her   husband   Tom   Flood,   David   Paul,   Peg   Dever   Harmon   and   her   husband   Paul   Harmon,   Ann   Marie   Chandler,   Karen   Nadeau   Norcross,   and   a   few   others.   The  intrepid  crew  crisscrossed  all  over   Connemara   in   Western   Galway   meeting   relatives,   collecting   16    

information, and   handing   out   DNA   tests.   They   even   made   the   front   page   news   of   The   Connaught   Tribune;   the   article   was   written   by   noted   Galway   journalist   Mairtin   O’Cathain.   Maureen   Coyne   Norris,   whose   antecedents   hail   from  Carna  and  the  Aran    Islands,  was   made   an   ambassador   to   the   Carna   Diaspora   and     Emigrant   Center   in   Carna,   County   Galway   earlier   this   year.   Congratulations   Maureen!   Maureen   is   one  of  the  co-­‐founders  of  the  MIHC.              Genealogy   and   DNA   classes   will   be   offered   by   the   MIHC   in   January   2014.   Our   new   member   Deb   Sullivan   Gellerson,   a   valuable   volunteer   at   the   Center,   is   the   coordinator.   Our   new   member   Krista   Heatley   Ozyazgan   and   Matthew   J.   Barker   will   be   among   the   teachers  of  the  classes.          The   annual   Claddagh   Award   Dinner,   presented   each   year   by   the   MIHC   to   a   Maine   individual   who   has   greatly   contributed   to   their   field   of   endeavor   or  community,  will  be  held  at  the  MIHC   on   November   18.   This   year’s   recipient   is   Moira   Hastings   Fuller,   a   native   of   Clifden,  County  Galway.          On   Saturday   night,   February   22,   2014,     the   150th   Anniversary   of   the   sinking   of   the   RMS   BOHEMIAN,   a   commemoration   will   be   held   at   the   MIHC   to   remember   the   forty-­‐two   Irish   emigrants   who   drowned   in   that   tragic   event.   A   dinner,   speakers,   and   special   remembrances   will   be   part   of   the   evening.  Weather  permitting!  

THE DOWNEAST  SHAMROCK                                                                                                                                                                                  OCTOBER  2013    

     MYSTERY  PHOTOS        The   photo   on   the   cover   is   of   an   unidentified   Irish   American   girl   taken   by   McCormick   Photography   in   Boston   probably   sometime   in   the   1880s.   It   is   another   great   image   from   the   collections   of   our   member   ANNE   O’LEARY   HOYE   of   Portland.   Anne   has   two   large   antique   photo   albums   that   contain   over   a   hundred   photos   that   were   taken   in   the   1880s   and   1890s   and  all  but    a  handful  are  unidentified.   They   came   from   the   collection   of   her   grandaunt,   CATHERINE   M.   BOYCE   of   Portland.     The   photo   below   is   of   another   unidentified   Irish   American.   It   was   taken   by   Lamson   Photography   of   Portland   and   appears   to   show   a   woman   dressed   in   her   mourning   clothes. We   would   love   to   indentify  these  people,  as  well  as  the  other   people  found  in  the  Hoye-­‐Boyce  collection.   We   will   periodically   print   these   images   in   future  issues.          

  If  you  know  the  identity  of  either  of  these   Irish   Americans,   please   contact   us   at   17    

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A monthly journal of Irish Heritage and Genealogy in Maine, New England, the Northeast, and Canada