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Heritage Maine,


and New



Genealogy England,

in the

Northeast, and Canada


From The Editor, 1 Queries, 2 “The Cousin Story,” 6 Galway Surnames, 10

The John Sullivan Family, 13

Old Photos (P. J. Stanton), 17

Civil War Irish, Portland, ME, 18

Old Photos (World War I), 22






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FROM THE  EDITOR        Welcome  once  again  to  another  issue  of   THE   DOWNEAST   SHAMROCK,   a   monthly   journal   devoted   to   Irish   heritage   and   genealogy   in   Maine,   New   England,   the   Northeast,   and   the   Maritimes.   We   also   welcome   articles   and   other   pieces   from   other   parts   of   North   America;   in   fact   we   welcome   pieces   on   the   Irish   no   matter   where  they  settled  in  the  world!          For   all   of   our   regular   subscribers,   you   have   not   missed   an   issue!   We   decided   to   skip   over   January   2013   and   do   a   combined   February/March   issue   so   that   we   can   get   caught   up!   We   are   unfortunately   quite   behind   in   getting   out   a   monthly   newsletter.   We   are   doing   our   best  to  rectify  the  situation.  We  hope  that   our   members   will   help   us   reach   this   goal   by   renewing   their   subscriptions.   Many   of   our   readers/members   are   now   behind   in   their   annual   membership   dues.   We   hope   to   continue   to   aid   and   support   Irish   American   researchers   on   a   timely   basis!   We   thank   all   of   you   who   have   contributed   queries,   articles,  photos,   and   the   like.   This   month   we   especially   thank   MICHELLE   THORNE   TUCCI   and   DEB   SULLIVAN   GELLERSON,   who   provided   us   with   fascinating   family   histories.   Thanks,   Michelle  and  Deb!            Most  of  you  will  receive  this  newsletter   around   or   just   before   March   17th,   St.   Patrick’s  Day,  our  “national”  holiday!  Here   in   Portland,   Maine,   the   day   will   be   celebrated   by   many   special   events,   including   not   one,   but   two   parades!   The   first   parade   will   leave   the   Maine   Irish   2    

Heritage Center   (the   old   St.   Dominic   Church)  on  Sunday,  March  17,  at  8:  30AM.   This  is  a  small  parade  that  works  its  way   down   through   the   Tate   and   Tyng   Streets   neighborhood,   heading   towards   the   waterfront  and  ending  up  at  Harbor  View   Park,   or,   as   we   like   to   call   it,   “Eddie   Murphy   Memorial   Park.”   Eddie   was   a   great  promoter  of  all  things  Irish  and  was   called   the   Mayor   of   Tate   Street.   A   plaque   was  erected  in  memory  of  him  at  the  foot   of  a  flagpole,  where  each  St.  Patrick’s  Day   the  Irish  flag  is  flown.            The   second   parade   begins   at   12   noon   on   St.   Patrick’s   Day   on   Commercial   Street.   It  begins  near  the  Fish  Pier,  parades  down   Commercial  Street,  and  ends  at  the  Maine   State   Pier.   Last   St.   Patrick’s   Day,   when   the   weather   was   balmy   60   degrees,   over   a   thousand  marchers  were  cheered  on  by  a   crown   of   some   two   thousand   or   more   who   lined   up   along   Commercial   Street.   Among   the   marchers   last   year   and   this   year   are   the   Irish   American   Club   of   Maine   (who   organize   and   promote   it),   the   local   Ancient   Order   of   Hibernians,   the   Maine   Irish   Heritage   Center,   the   Stillson   School   of  Irish  Dance,  the  Maine  Emerald  Society,   the   Claddagh   Mhor   Pipe   Band,   the   Maine   Highland   Band,   representatives   from   all   the  local  police  and  fire  departments,  and   many   other   groups   and   organizations,   including  local  restaurants  and  pubs.  Now   we   only   hope   the   weather   holds   out,   as   we   in   the   Northeast   know   that   we   have   had   a   snowstorm   almost   every   Saturday   or   Sunday   for   weeks!   Well,   HAPPY   ST.   PATRICK’S  DAY!  Slan  go  foil  (Goodbye  for   now!).  Matthew  Jude  Barker,  Editor.    

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QUERIES Send   us   your   queries   today!   You   can   email  them  or  send  them  snailmail.  We   will   print   them   as   space   provides.   Queries   should   be   to   the   point,   providing   as   many   details   as   possible,   including   full   names,   places   of   birth,   marriage,   and   death,   and   all   relevant   dates.   Please   remit   to:     Matthew   Jude   Barker,  Editor,  PO  Box  8421,  Portland,   Maine,  04104.       219-­‐3             FLANAGAN-­‐GLEESON-­‐ HASSETT-­‐FINN-­‐CARRIGG-­‐LYNCH          Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   MARY   FLANAGAN,   wife   of   MICHAEL   GLEESON   (1785-­‐1869)   of   Fenloe,   Tomfinlough   Parish   and   Smithstown,   Drumline   Parish,   County   Clare.   They   had   following   known   children:       JAMES,   m.   BRIDGET   HASSETT;     MARY   (1825-­‐ 1913),   m.   MICHAEL   FINN;   HONORA;   JOHN  (1830-­‐?);  BRIDGET  (1832-­‐1919),   m.   THOMAS   CARRIGG;   PATRICK;   &   MICHAEL,   m.   ELIZA   LYNCH.   Any   help   appreciated.  MATTHEW  J.  BARKER,  PO   Box  8421,  Portland,  ME,  04104.       220-­‐3         SULLIVAN-­‐THORNTON-­‐ KILDAY-­‐CADY-­‐FLAHERTY          Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   JOHN   SULLIVAN   (1823-­‐1881)   &   MARY   E.   THORNTON  (1826-­‐1878),  of  the  Parish   of   Ross,   Co.   Galway   and   Portland,   ME.   They   had:       PATRICK   E.   (1848-­‐1879),   3    

m. MARY   FLAHERTY;   JOHN   WILLIAM   (1852-­‐1920),   m.   MARGARET   E.   KILDAY;   SABINA   F.   (1857-­‐1934),   m.   JAMES   CADY;   PETER   A.,   m.   JULIA   FLAHERTY;   MICHAEL;   MARY   JANE;   &   MARK   J.   (1868-­‐1899).   Any   help   appreciated.   DEB   SULLIVAN   GELLERSON,       221-­‐3      QUINN        Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   brothers   MICHAEL   QUINN   of   South   Newmarket,   NH,   PATRICK   (1815-­‐1891)   of   Newfields,   NH,   &   JAMES   QUINN   (1818-­‐ 1905)   of   Portland,   ME,   natives   of   Tullyroe,   near   Ballygar,   County   Galway.   Any   help   appreciated.   MATTHEW   CARNEY,       222-­‐3           O’DONNELL-­‐MORRISON-­‐ SHANAHAN-­‐SHANNON-­‐SITEMAN-­‐ CONLEY-­‐CONNOLLY      Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   VALENTINE   O’DONNELL   (1840-­‐1905),   d/o   MARTIN   &   CELIA   CONLEY/CONNOLLY   O’DONNELL   of   Co.   Galway,   m.   ELLEN   MORRISON,  Portland,  ME,  children  incl.   CECILIA,   m.   DAVID   SHANAHAN/SHANNON,   1887,   died   Boston;  &  HELEN  F.  O’DONNELL  (1872-­‐ )  m.  JOHN  H.  SITEMAN,  1892,  Portland,   3   children.   Any   help   appreciated.   KEVIN  O’ROURKE    

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223-­‐3     VACHON  


 Seek  ancestry,  desc.  of  WALTER  JOYCE   &   wife   BRIDGET   JOYCE   (-­‐1909),   of   Clonbur,   Glenglass,   County   Galway.   Their   son   WALTER   THOMAS   JOYCE   (1862-­‐1929)  m.  BRIDGET  ANN  “DELIA”   JOYCE  (1857-­‐1942),  b.  Maam  Cross,  Co.   Galway,   d/o   ANTHONY   &   BRIDGET   LAFFEY  JOYCE,  both  died  Portland,  ME.   Their   son   MARTIN   THOMAS   JOYCE   (1894-­‐1935),  b.  Tiernakill,  Co.  Galway,   d.   Long   Island,   NY,   m.   RUTH   E.   VACHON,   had   dau.   RUTH   E.   JOYCE   (1922-­‐1995),   who   m.   NATHAN   HOWARD   SULLIVAN,   JR.   (1920-­‐1980),   many   desc.   in   Portland   area.   Thank-­‐ you.  DEB  SULLIVAN  GELLERSON,     224-­‐3    KILDAY-­‐O’MALLEY-­‐SULLIVAN          Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   DENNIS   KILDAY   (1827-­‐1892),   b.   Greve   (Creave),   County   Donegal,   died   Portland,   ME,   m.   MARIA   O’MALLEY,   b.   1827   Tyrone,   d.   1878   Portland.   Their   dau.  MARGARET  ELLEN  KILDAY  (1858-­‐ 1925),   b.   Portland,   d.   Cape   Elizabeth,   ME,   m.   JOHN   WILLIAM   SULLIVAN   (1852-­‐1920),   b.   Ross   Parish,   Co.   Galway,   d.   Cape   Elizabeth.   Any   help   appreciated.     DEB   SULLIVAN   GELLERSON,    

225-­‐3   THORNTON-­‐BURKE-­‐MONAHAN-­‐ FROST              Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   JOHN   THORNTON   &   ANNIE   BURKE,   of   Cummer   or   Donaghpatrick   Parish,   Co.   Galway;  their  son  THOMAS  THORNTON   (1830-­‐1900),   m.   LOUISA   FROST,   Newbury,   MA,   many   children,   incl.   EDWARD   BURKE,   EMMA,   &   LENA   THORNTON.  Tom  was  killed  by  a  train.   Annie   Burke   Thornton   believed   to   be   sister  to  MARY  BURKE  MONAHAN,  who   m.   JOHN   MONAHAN,   1834,   Cummer   Parish,   Co.   Galway.   Any   help   appreciated.  MATTHEW  J.  BARKER,  PO   Box   8421,   Portland,   ME,   04104,       225-­‐3     CRAVEN  

   Seek   desc.   of   JAMES   CORLISS,   s/o   PATRICK   &   KATE   GLYNN   CORLISS   of   County   Galway,   who   m.   MARY   GREANEY,   d/o   MICHAEL   &   BRIDGET   CRAVEN   GREANEY   of   Ballintleva,   Galway,  m.  1890   Amesbury,  MA,  where   children   born   bet.   1891-­‐1904:   EDWARD;   MICHAEL   JOSEPH   (1892-­‐ 1900);   JAMES   (1894-­‐1966),   m.   GRACE,   dau.   MARY,   b.   1928   Amesbury;   MARY   ELIZABETH;   CATHERINE;   WILLIAM;   &   FRANCIS   &   HENRY,   b.   &   d.   1904.   Any   help   appreciated.     MATTHEW   J.   BARKER,          



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226-­‐3    BOYCE-­‐DEVER-­‐GREGAN  

228-­‐3  O’LEARY-­‐MILLER-­‐JOHNES  

   Seek  ancestry,  desc.  of  MANUS  BOYCE   (1821-­‐1900),   born   in   County   Donegal,   son   of   PATRICK   &   LETITIA   DEVER   BOYCE,   m.   MARY   GREGAN   (1820-­‐ 1884),  b.  Ireland,  parents  unknown,  in   St.   John,   New   Brunswick,   1843.   Children   b.   in   St.   John   &   Portland,   ME:   JOHN,   MARY   A.,   JAMES,   EDWARD,   WILLIAM,   CORNELIUS   “NEIL”   (1854-­‐ 1933),   DANIEL,   JOSEPH,   &   ELLEN.   Any   info.   much   appreciated.   Thank-­‐you.   ANNE  O’LEARY  HOYE,  19  Hersey  Street,   Portland,  ME,  04104.  

   Seek   ancestry,   desc.,   birthplace   of   AUGUSTINE   “A.   D.”   O’LEARY   (1808-­‐ 1900),   lottery   dealer,   bank   president,   born   Ireland   (County   Cork?),   immigrated   to   Maryland   1830s,   m.   MARY   ELIZABETH   JOHNES,   b.   PA,   children   born   bet.   1835-­‐1849:     MARY   J.,  JEROME  (Confederate  Civil  War  vet),   MARTHA,  SUSANNA  “ANNIE,”  HENRY  G.,   ELLEN,   CHARLES,     &   WILLIAM   J.   O’LEARY.   Jerome,   prisoner   of   war,   m.   CELESTE   MILLER   (who   were   her   parents?).   Any   info.   helpful.   Thank-­‐ you.   ANNE   O’LEARY   HOYE,   19   Hersey   Street,  Portland,  ME,  04104.  

227-­‐3    NEWELL-­‐LALLY-­‐O’REGAN-­‐ROSS  

   Seek   info.   on   MATTHEW   NEWELL   (1858-­‐1918)   and   his   sister   BRIDGET   NEWELL   (1856-­‐1922),   w/o   WILLIAM   O’REGAN,  who  immigrated  to  Australia   in  1879.  They  were  c/o  JAMES  NEWELL   (1802-­‐1887)   &   CATHERINE   “KATHLEEN”   LALLY   (1824-­‐1911)   of   Ardrumkilla,   Killower   Parish,   County   Galway.   Bridget   Newell   O’Regan,   a   licensed  victualler  in  Herbert  Division,   Queensland,   had   four   daughters:   CATHERINE   MARY,   1891,   m.   JOHN   J.   ROSS,   1910;   ELLEN   LAURA   “NELL,”   1893;   HANNAH   MONICA   “DOT,”   1895;   &   “BABE”   O’REGAN.   Any   help   appreciated.  MATTHEW  J.  BARKER,  ).    

229-­‐3     O’HARE/HAIRE-­‐O’TOOLE/   TOOLE  


     Seek   ancestry,   desc.   of   MARCUS   “MARK”   O’HARE/   HAIRE   (c.   1847-­‐ 1931),   of   Knock,   Spiddal,   County   Galway,   m.   BRIDGET   O’TOOLE/TOOLE   (1848-­‐1883),   children   b.   Knock   bet.   1871-­‐1883:     MARY   A.   (1871-­‐1945),   m.   JOHN   TOOLE,   1895;   SARAH,   m.   twice,   PETER,   &   MICHAEL   O’HARE.   Any   info.   helpful.  MAUREEN  PATTEE,  9  Chapman   Street,   Portland,   ME,   04103,  

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We welcome   the   following   new   members   for   January-­‐February   2013   with   “a   hundred   thousand   welcomes!”   Those   marked   by   an   asterisk   have   recently   renewed   their   membership.   Please   let   your   friends,   fellow   researchers   and   relatives   know   about   us,   so   that   we   can   reach   as   many   people   as   possible.   And   please   remit   payment   for   renewal   if   you   have   not   already.   We   would   like   to   thank   everyone  for  their  continued  support.  

   Our   member   JULIA   SIMONEAU   BALL   tragically  died  on  St.  Valentine’s  Day  from   injuries   received   in   a   fire   at   her   house   in   February   in   North   Deering,   Portland.   She   was  56.    

MARGARET   Augusta,  ME  *  



ROBERT EMMETT   FOLEY,   Westbrook,   ME   DEB  SULLIVAN  GELLERSON,  Gray,  ME   PATRICK  J.  BELL,  Portland,  ME*                   6    

       Julia   Dorothy   Simoneau   was   born   in   Portland,   the   daughter   of   EUGENE   and   ELAINE   FARR   SIMONEAU.   She   graduated   from   Portland   High   School   in   1975.   Julia   “was   a   self-­‐employed   housekeeper,   companion,   and   confidante.   Her   clients   were   truly   part   of   her   extended   family,”   according   to   her   obituary   in   the   Portland   Press   Herald   (19   February   2013).     Julia,   who   was   nicknamed   “Duddy,”   had   been   hobbies,   interests,   and   talents.   “She   was   the  family  historian  and  spent  hours  upon   hours   researching   genealogy.”   This   editor   helped   her   with   her   Cragin   ancestry,   a   large   Portland   Irish   family.   According   to   her  obituary,  “Family  and  loved  ones  were   of   utmost   importance   to   Duddy.   She   led   the   way   with   her   common   sense,   wit,   empathy   and   kindness.   She   taught   forgiveness   and   compassion   among   other   things.”            Julia   is   survived   by   her   son   Corey   Dubay   of   Portland,   her   sister   Renee   Wright,   brothers   Arthur   and   Tracy   Simoneau,   and   by   several   nieces   and   nephews.   She   will   be   sorely   missed.   Our  thoughts  and  prayers  go  out  to  her   and  her  family.  

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“THE COUSIN   STORY,”   By   Michelle  Thorne  Tucci        Editor’s  Note:    We  would  like  to  thank   our  member  Michelle  Thorne  Tucci  for   the   great   family   history   story   below;   we  also  thank  her  for  the  great  images   that  accompanied  it!   “THE  COUSIN  STORY”   “Everybody   had   a   distant   relative   who   (insert   event   or   famous   acquaintance   here).   My   great-­‐granduncle   JAMES   GORDON   McCOY   (1881-­‐1956)   was   asked   to   go   to   California   not   once,   but   twice   with   acclaimed   Hollywood   director   JOHN   FORD   (born   as   John   Martin   Feeney   in   Portland,   1894).   No   really.  Ask  anyone  over  the  age  of  60  in   my  family  and  they  will  swear  by  it.   Curious   about   just   who   Gordon   McCoy   was   and   if   it   was   even   remotely   possible   that   he   was   invited   to   go   to   California   twice,   I   dove   headlong   into   a   singular   mission   to   ascertain   the   truth.   According   to   my   great-­‐aunt   MARY   BURKE   CLARK   MALLETT   (1919-­‐2008),   “Gordon   McCoy   never   married   and   worked   as   a   purser   on   cruise   boats.   This   is   the   one   I   remember   as   a   child   on  the  corner  of  State  and  Pine  Streets   in   Portland,   Maine.   My   mother   [MARY   “MINNIE”   McCOY   BURKE,   1882-­‐1979]   would   invite   him   over   for   dinners   on   Sundays   which   he   enjoyed   very   much.   He   had   Parkinson’s   Disease   which   seems   to   be   prevalent   in   the   McCoy   descendants.   I   remember   him   as   a   tallish,   slender   person   and   he   never   7    

seemed to   clean,   but   this   was   seen   through   a   child’s   eyes.   My   mother   would   give   him   leftovers   to   enjoy   later.”   I   was   very   much   encouraged   to   hear   at   least   a   nugget   of   information   and  something  to  build  upon.   I   next   turned   to   my   other   great   aunt   ANNA  BURKE  BRENNAN.  “I  don’t  really   know   what   he   did   for   a   job,   but   he   worked   on   ships.   One   time   when   my   aunt   JULIA   [McCOY   RUSSELL,   1884-­‐ 1936]   was   sailing   back   to   Massachusetts   my   father   M.   JOSEPH   BURKE   (1890-­‐1954)   brought   me   to   the   ship   to   see   her   off.   Gordon   was   also   working   on   it,   I   think.   I   tried   to   stowaway,   but   father   found   me   and   was   very   cross   with   me.   Gordon   brought   the   stone   in   the   ring   I’m   wearing   though,   from   somewhere.   He   brought  back  three  sapphires  and  gave   them  to  three  of  his  nieces.”   I   turned   next   to   my   aunt   LINDA   BURKE   SMALL   who   had   worked   on   the   family   genealogy   with   my   mother   JANET   BURKE   THORNE   (1945-­‐2010)   and   great   aunt   Mary   before   their   passing.   She   said,   “Oh,   sure,   I   know   all   about   JOHN   FORD   and   GORDON.   There   are   actually   three   additional   family   connections  [which  follow]”      Connection   One:       JOSEPH   GRIFFIN   (1890-­‐1961)   married   MARY   FLAHERTY  (1862?-­‐)  in  Boston  who  was   a   first   cousin   to   John   Ford.   Furthermore,   M.   Joseph   Burke   (Gordon’s   brother-­‐in-­‐law)   lived   with  

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these Flaherty   cousins   in   Boston   for   a   time  in  1913.   Truth:       MARY   AGNES   FLAHERTY   is   JOSEPH   A.   GRIFFIN’s   mother,   not   wife.   Joseph   Griffin   did   marry   WINIFRED   BURKE   (1894-­‐1978),   sister   to   M.   Joseph   Burke,   but   they   were   not   wed   until   1914   and   lived   in   Portland   until   1923   when   they   moved   to   Somerville,   Massachusetts.   Joe   Griffin’s   parents   also   resided   in   Portland   at   the   time   of   the  marriage.   Connection   Two:       When   ANNE   STANTON   (1864-­‐1894),   wife   of   PATRICK   BURKE   (1862-­‐1910),   passed   away,   Patrick   was   working   in   Boston   and   Annie   was   “embalmed   by   Bishop   Feeney’s  family.”   Truth:     Census   records   show   that   the   two  families  were  indeed  neighbors  at   25   and   28   Summer   Street   in   Portland.   BISHOP  DANIEL  J.  FEENEY  (1894-­‐1969)   himself   was   only   a   few   months   old   at   the  time.  Being  too  averse  to  exploring   the   history   of   embalming,   I   would   prefer   to   acknowledge   that   the   neighbors,   the   Feeneys   in   this   case,   would   naturally   have   helped   the   neighboring   family   in   such   a   tragedy   {Annie   dying   at   age   thirty,   leaving   a   husband   and   small   children   behind}.   The   kindness   of   MARY   QUINN   FEENEY   (1872-­‐1949),   who   had   two   children   under   two   herself   at   the   time,   in   helping   with   Anne   and   five   children   ranging   in   age   from   nine   to   forty-­‐four   days   old   deserves   remembrance   in   Burke  family  lore.  However,  it  does  not   8    

appear that   the   two   Feeney   families   were   closely   related,   if   at   all.   {Editor’s   note:   these   families   were   related,   but   distantly}.   Connection   Three:       Minnie   McCoy   Burke’s   grandmother   was   JULIA   FORD   McCORMACK   (1883-­‐1905),   but   Julia’s   father   had   used   the   name   FORHAM.   LAWRENCE   FORHAM   was   born   in   Scotland   and   married   and   died   in   Kerry,  Ireland  and  was,  you  guessed  it,   a  cousin  to  John  Ford.     Truth:     This   connection   is   difficult   to   research   given   the   Irish   and   Scottish   record   base.   The   only   date   to   build   on   is   the   marriage   date   of   Lawrence   Forham  and  JOHANNA  BUCKLEY  on  17   January   1819   in   Kerry   and   with   John   Ford’s   family   from   County   Galway   {and   actually  Feeneys}  I  will  call  the  shared   Ford  name  a  coincidence,  if  not  wishful   thinking!   {Editor’s   Note:       The   Irish   surname   FORHAN/FORHANE   (FORAHAN)   of   Kerry   and   Cork   was   sometimes  recorded  as  FORD/FORDE}.   Connection  Four:      After  all  is  said  and   done,   there   is   still   one   connection   which   I   would   like   to   introduce   into   family  lore—St.  Dominic’s  Church.  The   Feeney   and   McCoy   families   both   worshipped   here   and   John   Ford   was   even   an   altar   boy   at   the   church,   according   to   the   book   JOHN   FORD   IN   FOCUS   (McFarland   Press,   2008).   My   colleague   at   St.   Joseph’s   College,   Michael  C.  Connolly,  writes  about  John   Ford’s   early   life   in   Portland   and   the   family’s   connection   to   St.   Dominic’s  

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where they  continued  to  worship  even   after   they   moved   to   the   East   End   of   Portland.   John   Ford’s   brother   FRANK   FEENEY,   a.   k.   a.   FRANCIS   FORD   (1881-­‐ 1953),   was   the   same   age   as   my   uncle   Gordon   McCoy.   Perhaps   it   was   Frank’s   relationship   with   Gordon,   forged   within   St.   Dominic’s   community   (or   perhaps   in   Francis’   grocery   store   saloon   at   42   Center   Street)   which   elicited   the   first   invitation   and   when   John   followed   his   older   brother   out   west   in   1914,   John   put   forth   the   invitation  again.   Even   after   exploring   all   the   family   connections,   I   found   very   little   about   Gordon   himself.   I   turned   to   Federal   Census   records,   Portland   City   directories,   World   War   I   draft   cards,   and   ship   manifests   for   some   assistance.   Uncle   Gordon   was   born   JAMES   GORDON   McCOY   on   28   February   1881   in   Portland,   Maine.   He   attended   parochial   schools   through   grade   eight   and   went   to   work   at   the   Portland   Star   Match   Company   as   a   machinist.   My   great   aunt   Mary   had   also   said   in   genealogy   notes   dated   18   January   1999,   “GEORGE   McCOY   (1855-­‐1939)   worked   as   a   carpenter   for   Burrow’s   Company   (a   fact   confirmed   by   census   records)   for   $9.00   a   week.   When   he   broke  his  arm,  Gordon  and  Minnie  had   to   quit   school   to   support   the   family.   They   worked   in   the   match   factory   for   $8.50   a   week.   Every   day   they   would   take   quahogs   to   work   and   fill   them   9    

with coal   from   along   the   railroad   tracks  to  take  home  to  heat  the  house.”   Gordon   worked   at   Star   Match   at   least   through   1911   according   to   city   directories.     He  next  appears  living  and  working  as   a   night   manager   at   Bedford   Lunch   in   Boston   according   to   his   WWI   draft   card   in   1917.   He   was   all   with   black   hair  and  brown  eyes.   During   the   1920s-­‐1940s   Gordon   was   working   on   various   ships   as   a   café   waiter,  mess  man,  and  steward.  A  1934   ship   crew   list   for   the   Acadia   reports   that   Gordon   had   fifteen   years   of   service   at   sea,   making   his   seagoing   career  begin  about  1919.   Gordon   resided   with   his   family   throughout   his   time   in   Portland,   first   at   69   rear   Salem   Street.   He   later   used   58   Clark   Street   as   a   home   base   between  cruises,  sometimes  listing  his   profession   as   waiter   and   other   times   as   steward.   It   was   not   until   his   father   passed   away   in   1939   that   Gordon   lived   alone   at   18   Pine   Street,   the   address   which   my   great-­‐aunt   Mary   remembered.  He  never  married,  left  no   known  descendants,  and  is  interred  in   Calvary  Cemetery  in  South  Portland.   Even   with   careful   documented   research,   a   timeline   of   Gordon’s   life   is   thin   regarding   all   the   moments   that   really   matter   and   I   am   reminded   of   the   poem,  “The  Dash,”  by  Linda  Ellis  whose   thoughtful   poem   encourages   the   reader   to   recall   the   moments   of  

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substance and   loving   relationships   occurring   instead   of   the   dash   between   one’s   birth   and   death   dates,   e.   g.   family   dinners   with   a   beloved   sister’s   family,   leaving  school  to  support  the  family  of   ten,   visits   with   siblings,   sapphire   gifts   for   three   nieces,   and   adventures   with   shipmates   in   tropical   climates…And   I   am   given   pause   by   my   efforts   to   make   a   life   more   by   tying   it   to   another’s   fame,   even   if   it   is   that   of   my   cousin   John  Ford.”        Michelle  Thorne  Tucci  

 We  would  like  to  thank  Michelle  again   for  her  enjoyable  story  of  the  quest  for   the   connection   between   her   great-­‐ granduncle   Gordon   McCoy   and   John   Ford.   Even   if   there   is   no   connection,   Gordon   led   an   interesting   life.   All   of   our   ancestors   and   relatives   led   interesting   lives,   at   least   to   us!   We   hopefully   all   strive   to   go   beyond   the   names   and   dates   and   retrieve   the   stories,   the   oral   history,   as   much   as   we   can,   as   Michelle   suggests   by   mentioning  the  poem,  “The  Dash.”  

   The   following   are   old   photos   that   Michelle   provided   for   us   of   many   of   those  mentioned  in  her  article.  



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   This  is  part  five  of  our  ongoing  series   that   will   explore   the   many   surnames   indigenous   or   common   to   the   County   Galway.          This   series   will   not   feature   every   surname   from   Galway,   but   hopefully   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).   MacLysaght   is   still   the   acknowledged   expert   on   Irish   surnames,   although   he   passed   away   more  than  twenty-­‐five  years  ago!          The   entries   will   usually   include   a   brief   background   on   a   given   surname,   along   with   various   spellings,   corruptions,   anglicized   forms,   and   Irish  Gaelic  spellings.       EARLS:      This  family  has  been  settled  in   Galway   since   the   1200s   and   presumably   began   as   a   nickname,   according   to   MacLysaght.   It   is   quite   distinct  from  EARLE.     (Mac)   EGAN:       A   common   name   found   in   Counties   Galway   and   Tipperary,   11    

derived from   Mac   Aodhagain,   “son   of   Egan.”     EAGLETON,   EGLETON:       This   name,   origins   unknown,   was   found   in   Milltown,   County   Galway,   and   many   other   places.   A   Mark   Eagleton   was   a   19th  Century  Galway  priest.     ELWOOD:         This   name,   also   spelled   ELWARD,   was   a   distinguished   Anglo-­‐ Irish   name   in   County   Mayo,   but   has   been   found   in   Galway   City   and   East   Galway  for  several  centuries.     EYRE:       According   to   MacLysaght,   this   surname   was   “an   influential   Cromwellian   family   in   Co.   Galway,”   hence  Eyrecourt  and  Eyreville.     (O)   FAHERTY:     O   Fathartaigh   in   Irish,   this   name   is   quite   distinct   from   FLAHERTY,  but  many  Fahertys  became   Flahertys,  especially  in  America.  It  was   originally   located   on   the   east   side   of   Lough   Corrib.   FARTY   is   an   American   abbreviated  form.     (O)   FAHY,   FAHEY,   FAY:     O   Fathaigh   in   Irish,   this   name   was   a   sept   of   the   Ui   Maine   territory   centered   near   Loughrea,   County   Galway.   One   synonym   of   the   name   is   GREEN   (from   the   similarly   sounding   word   faithche,  

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which means   lawn   or   green)   and   also   recorded  many  times  as  FAY.  FAHEY  is   the   usual   American   spelling.   FAGHY,   VAHEY.    

Roscommon. It   has   also   been   spelled   FEENY  and  even  FINNEY.   (Mac)  FEERICK:      Mac  Phiaraic  in  Irish,   from   an   Irish   derivative   of   Peter;   it   has   been  found  in  Mayo  and  Galway.  

(O) FALLON,   FALLOON:       O   Fallamhain   in  Irish,  this  surname  was  a  sept  found   near   Athlone.   It   has   been   confused   with  FOLAN.  

(O) FINNERAN:     O   Finnthigheirn   in   Irish,   from   fionn   tighearna,   “fair   lord”   in   English,   it   is   found   in   Galway   and   Roscommon.  

FANNING, FANNIN,   FANNON:       This   surname,  of  Norman  origin,  is  Fainin  in   Irish   and   is   found   in   Counties   Galway,   Roscommon,   Limerick,   and   originally   Tipperary.  

FEURY:  A  Galway  form  of  FUREY.    

FANT:   A   well-­‐known   member   of   the   “Tribes   of   Galway,”   it   is   of   Norman   origin.  

(O) FINNERTY,   FINAGHTY,   FEENAGHTY:   Originally   O   Finaghty,   O   Fionnachta   in   Irish,   it   is   often   corrupted   to   FINNERTY.   Found   in   Counties  Galway  and  Roscommon.  

FARAUGHER, FRAHER,   FARRAHER:       A   name   found   in   Counties   Galway   and   Mayo.   O   Fearchair   in   Irish,   from   fearchar,  “man  dear.”     (O)   FEENEY:       This   surname,   made   famous   by   acclaimed   Hollywood   director  JOHN  FORD,  ne  JOHN  MARTIN   FEENEY,   of   Portland,   Maine,   is   spelled   many   ways   in   Irish,   including   O   Fiannaidhe   (soldier),   O   Feinneadha,   O   Fidhne,   and   Fighne.   It   is   prevalent   in   Counties   Galway,   Sligo,   and   12    

FLEURY:  An  occasional  form  of  FUREY   in  County  Galway.     (MAC)  FOLAN:    This  was  a  brehon  (law   giving)   family   of   County   Galway,   known   as   Mac   Fualain   in   Irish.   It   was   once   used   as   a   synonym   of   FALLON,   hence   “O’Folan’s   Country”   for   “O’Fallon’s   Country.”     This   name   belongs   almost   exclusively   to   Galway   and   adjacent   sections   of   Mayo.   It   has   been   strangely   converted   to   FOLEY   in   America,   which   is   usually   a   County  

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Cork surname.     FOLANE,   FOLEY,   FOLLAND.       (O)   FLAHERTY:     This   is   an   important   County   Galway   family,   called   “the   leading   sept   of   Iar-­‐Connacht”   by   MacLysaght.  Another  sept  was  found  in   Kerry.  It  is  O  Flaithbheartaigh  in  Irish,   “bright   ruler”   in   English.   It   is   sometimes   confused   with   FAHERTY,   which   is   a   separate   surname.   This   name  was  corrupted  to  many  different   forms   in   America.   FLAHERTIE,   FLARITY,   FLARTY   are   some   of   these   corruptions.  It  is  rather  common  in  the   Northeastern   United   States,   especially   in  Portland,  Maine.     (O)   FLANAGAN:     O   Flannagain   in   Irish,   from   flann,   red   or   ruddy,   this   name   belongs   to   many   septs   in   Ireland,   but   the  most  important  Flanagan  sept  was   in   Connacht.   At   one   point   “their   chief   ranked   as   one   of   the   “royal   lords”   under   O’Connor,   King   of   Connacht,”   according  to  MacLysaght.  It  is  found  in   Galway,   especially   East   Galway,   and   in   nearby   County   Clare.   FLANNAGAN,   FLANIGAN,  FLANNIGAN,  FLANEGAN.     FORD,   FORDE:       This   name   is   found   in   Counties   Galway,   Leitrim   and   Cork.   This   well-­‐known   English   name   has   been  used  as  a  synonym  of  many  Irish   names,   including   MacKINNAWE,   MacELNAY,   FORAN,   and   FORHAN   (E).   13    

Hollywood director   JOHN   FORD   was   not   a   true   FORD;   his   brother   FRANCIS   “FRANK”   FEENEY   changed   the   familial   surname  to  FORD  out  in  Hollywood.     FORKIN,   FORKAN:     This   is   a   Counties   Galway   and   Mayo   surname.   It   is   O   Gabhlain   in   Irish,   from   the   Irish   word   gabhal,   fork.   The   Irish   spelling   has   sometimes   been   anglicized   as   GOULDING  (GOLDEN).     (O)  FRAHER:      See  FARAUGHER.     FRANCIS:       This   name   was   originally   the   Norman   name   le   Franceis,   the   Frenchman,   but   became   Proinseis   in   Irish   in   the   Irish-­‐speaking   areas   near   Galway  City.     (O)   FUREY:       This   surname   originated   in   County   Westmeath,   where   it   was   a   branch  of  the  O’Melaghlins.  It  spread  to   East   Galway,   where   it   became   rather   common,  being  now  spelled  O  Fiura  in   Irish   there.   Earlier   Irish   versions   included   O   Foirreith   and   O   Furreidh.   Variants   include   FURY,   FEURY,   and   even  FLEURY.     FRENCH:     One   of   the   “Tribes   of   Galway,”   and   very   prominent.   Some   branches  became  Ffrench.    

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MAINE              County   Galway   emigrants   JOHN   SULLIVAN   and   MARY   E.   THORNTON   came   to   Portland,   Maine   about   1862.   Their   descendants   became   quite   prominent  in  many  fields  of  endeavor.   Our   new   member   DEB   SULLIVAN   GELLERSON   of   Gray,   Maine,   has   generously   supplied   us   with   a   history   and  genealogy  of  the  family,  as  well  as   some   great   photographic   images.   Deb   took   the   FamilyTreeDNA   autosomal   DNA   test   and   discovered   she   was   a   distant   cousin   of   this   editor!   We   not   yet   found   the   connection!   In   February   2013   she   loaned   the   Maine   Irish   Heritage   Center   in   Portland   the   original   photograph   of   the   progenitor   JOHN   SULLIVAN,   a   beautiful,   giant   image  which  now  hangs  in  the  center’s   library.  We  all  would  like  to  thank  Deb   for   such   a   generous   gift   or   loan.     The   following  is  a  brief  outline  of  the  family   that  Deb  compiled.              JOHN   SULLLIVAN   was   born   in   the   Parish   of   Ross,   County   Galway,   about   February   15,   1823,   m.   MARY   E.   THORNTON   there   in   the   1840s,   who   was   born   in   Ross   about   1826,   and   emigrated   to   Canada   after   they   had   two   sons   in   Ross:     PATRICK   E.   (1848-­‐ 1879)   and   JOHN   WILLIAM   (1852-­‐ 1920).  In  St.  John,  New  Brunswick,  they   had   SABINA   F.   (1857-­‐1934)   and   PETER   14    

A. SULLIVAN   (1860-­‐1890).   They   then   migrated   to   Portland,   Maine,   in   May   1862,   where   they   had   three   more   children:     MICHAEL   (1862-­‐1863),   MARY   JANE   (1865-­‐1879)   and   MARK   J.   SULLIVAN  (1868-­‐1899).          In   Portland,   John   Sullivan   eventually   owned   and   operated   a   grocery   store   and   saloon.   John   was   naturalized   in   Portland   on   August   27,   1872   and   his   character   witnesses   were   Edward   O’Mealley,   Timothy   Carey,   and   Jeremiah  Flaherty,  all  of  Portland  (New   England   Naturalization   Petitions,   1798-­‐1906,   microfilm   number   M1299,   Roll  #108).  He  was  residing  at  30  York   Street  at  the  time.            Deb   Sullivan   Gellerson   wrote   a   nice   biography   of   John   Sullivan   and   family   to   accompany   the   photo   of   John.   She   wrote:   “Between   1848   and   1868,   John   J.   and   Mary   were   blessed   with   7   children.   Fourteen   grandchildren   were   to   follow:   eleven   of   whom   were   born   to   John   William   and   his   wife   Margaret   Kilday;    one  to  Sabina  and  James  Cady;   and  one  each  to  Patrick  and  Peter  who   married   the   beautiful   Flaherty   sisters,   Mary   and   Julia.   Their   youngest   and   very   handsome   son,   Mark,   was   a   favorite  of  the  young  women  in  the  city   and  never  married.  But,  it  was  said  he   had  a  very  exciting  and  gifted  life!   “Sadly,   John   J.   and   Mary   suffered   the   loss   of   their   daughter,   Mary   Jane,   at   age   14,   in     a   tragic   accident,   and   the  

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loss of   their   son   Michael,   who   died   shortly  after  his  birth.  

Portland High   School   with   to   school   with  John  W.’s  son  Francis  W.  

“Along with   the   inherent   Irish   wit   and   charm,  John  and  Mary  instilled  in  their   children  a  strong  work  ethic,  great  love   of   family,   and   a   deep   respect   for   the   value   of   education   which   became   a   standard   for   the   Sullivan   family   to   follow   as   they   thrived   in   Portland’s   bustling   seaport   city.   Opening   new   businesses,   sharing   resources,   and   with   a   constant   eye   toward   frugality,   the   family   was   to   attain   the   American   dream.  Among  the  accomplishments  of   John   and   Mary’s   children   and   grandchildren   are   a   fine   pianist,   lawyers,   educators,   a   Maine   Supreme   Court   Justice,   an   AFL   Union   Chairman,   and   veterans   of   World   Wars   I   and   II.   They   were   also   to   endure   the   tragic   losses   of   brave   young   men,   women,   and   children   to   war,   disease,   and   accident.  

“Today, the   Sullivan   family   has   grown   to   give   John   J.   and   Mary   Thornton   Sullivan   many   more   generations   who   have   retained   that   fine   Irish   wit   and   charm   and   are   thankful   for   the   family   passing   on   the   traditional   values   held   so   high…good   work   ethic,   love   of   family,   and   a   deep   respect   for   education.”  

“As with  many  of  Maine’s  Irish  families,   the   anecdotal   history   is   full   of   wonderful   and   interesting   stories   of   struggles,   romance,   tragedy,   and   adventures…sometimes   with   later-­‐to-­‐ be-­‐famous   people,   including   temperance   leader   Neal   Dow,   whose   political   views   differed   considerably   with   merchant   and   innkeeper,   John   William!   Artist   and   neighbor   Homer   Winslow  was  said  to  have  loved  to  dine   on   Margaret   Kilday   Sullivan’s   oyster   stew   and   even   painted   her   children   posed   on   the   rocks   at   Prout’s   Neck.   Hollywood   director   John   Ford   went   to   15    

     We   would   like   to   thank   Deb   Sullivan   Gellerson   for   writing   this   nice   piece   on   the   Sullivans   and   for   allowing   us   to   share  it  with  our  readers.            John   Sullivan,   who,   along   with   his   son  John  W.,  were  sometimes  arrested   for   selling   booze   on   the   sly   in   a   state   that   had   way   too   many   alcohol   prohibitive   laws,   became   successful   and   was   able   to   have   a   beautiful   portrait   made   of   him   at   some   point,   a   copy   of   which   you   can   find   on   page   fifteen.                John   died   on   July   1,   1881   in   Portland   at   the   age   of   58.   He   had   suffered  from  paralysis,  from  which  he   succumbed  to.  His  wife  Mary  Thornton   Sullivan,   who   had   a   sister   Anne   Thornton   in   Portland,   had   died   three   years  early  on  April  29,  1878,  at  age  52   from  “congestion.”  They  were  interred   in   Old   Calvary   Cemetery   in   South   Portland,   where   a   tall   white   monument  marks  their  grave.  

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           John  and  Mary’s  son  JOHN  WILLIAM   SULLIVAN  became  a  prominent  grocer,   saloon   owner,   landlord,   and   innkeeper.   He   married   MARGARET   ELLEN   KILDAY   (1858-­‐1925),   who   was   born   in   Portland   the   daughter   of   DENNIS   KILDAY   (1827-­‐1892),   a   native   of   Creave,   County   Donegal,   and   MARY   “MARIA”   O’MALLEY   (1827-­‐1878),   perhaps   a   native   of   County   Tyrone.   They   were   married   in   St.   Dominic   Catholic   Church   (now   the   Maine   Irish   Heritage   Center)   on   July   29,   1876.   They   had   seven   children   in   Portland,   including   JOHN   J.   (1876-­‐1912),   HENRY   CLEAVES   (1878-­‐1952),   GRACE   B.   (1881-­‐1930),   SABINA   C.   (1887-­‐1920),   who   married   HENRY   J.   HORTON,   NATHAN   HOWARD   (1888-­‐1948),   EDWARD   T.   (1891-­‐1938),   and   FRANCIS   WILLIAM  SULLIVAN  (1894-­‐1967).                According   to   Deb,   “Margaret   Ellen   Kilday   was   born   in   Portland   where   she   met  and  married  John  Sullivan  in  1875.   John   W.   was   a   very   generous   and   prosperous  man.  After  his  marriage,  he   and   his   brother-­‐in-­‐law   DENNIS   KILDAY,   JR.   opened   SULLIVAN   &   KILDAY   OYSTER   &   EATING   HOUSE   on   Center   Street   in   Portland.   That   restaurant   was   burned.   John   also   provided   furnished   rooms   to   let   for   gentlemen   only!   John   owned   two   hotels/inns   both   called   THORNTON   HOUSE   {after   his   mother,   Mary   Thornton},   one   in   South   Portland   and   one  in  Portland.  John  and  his  wife  lived   in   a   stately   house   on   High   street   in   Portland   which   he   sold   in   1916   to   16    

investors who  built  the  Eastland  Hotel.   He   then   built   his   home   in   Cape   Elizabeth.   John   died   of   diabetes   and   gangrene.   Margaret   died   of   breast   cancer.”            John   W.   died   at   his   home   in   Mountain   View   Park   in   Cape   Elizabeth   on   March   14,   1920.   According   to   his   obituary,   “For   a   number   of   years   he   was   engaged   in   the   grocery   business   later  owning  and  managing  restaurant   here.  In  1880  and  1881  he  represented   his   ward   in   the   City   Council   and   was   recently   elected   a   constable   in   Cape   Elizabeth.  He  had  always  taken  a  keen   interest   in   politics   but   always   in   the   interest  of  his  party  as  he  rarely  sought   office.   Mr.   Sullivan   retired   from   business   15   years   ago   and   about   six   years   ago   sold   his   fine   home   on   High   street  and  moved  to  his  newly  erected   home   on   Marguerite   Road,   Cape   Elizabeth.   The   Portland   Lodge   of   Elks   was   the   only   organization   of   which   he   was  a  member.”          John   W.’s   son   John   J.   Sullivan   was   universally   known   as   “Johnny,”   according  to  his  obituary,  and  “was  not   only  popular  as  an  athlete,  but  socially   and   in   every   other   way.   He   was   the   personification   of   “hail   fellow   well   met,”   and   so   generous   that   as   the   saying   goes   he   would   take   his   clothes   off   his   back   to   help   a   friend   in   need.   You  couldn’t  know  Johnny  and  not  like   him.  He  had  the  sunny  disposition  and   personal   magnetism   that   drew   everyone   to   him.”   Johnny   died   in   New  

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York City  on  June  27,  1912  at  the  age  of   thirty-­‐five   “after   a   week’s   illness   of   blood   poisoning   contracted   from   the   scratch  inflicted  by  a  cat.”  

     Also   according   to   his   obituary,   “Foot   ball  was  his  specialty,  and  as  half  back   on   the   Portland   High   School   team   and   at  Hebron,  both  of  which  he  captained,   and   as   a   quarter   on   the   unbeaten   Portland   Athletic   Club,   Johnny   was   in   a   class   by   himself.   After   leaving   preparatory   school,   Sullivan   entered   Brown  University,  but  played  there  but   one  year  when  he  left  college  to  go  into   business.   Johnny   was   a   great   sprinter   and   could   do   the   one   hundred   yard   dash  in  close  to  10  seconds  flat.”  

   John   W.’s   son   Henry   Cleaves   Sullivan   was  named  for  Henry  B.  Cleaves  (1840-­‐ 1912),  a  prominent  Portland  attorney,   city   solicitor,   state   representative,   attorney   general,   and   the   forty-­‐third   governor   of   Maine   (1893-­‐1897).   Perhaps   influenced   by   his   namesake,   Henry   Cleaves   Sullivan   himself   became   a   prominent   Portland   attorney.   He   married  ALICE  K.  DERRY,  a  member  of   a   prominent   Irish-­‐German   Portland   family.  He  died  in  Portland  in  1952.        John   W.’s   son   Francis   William   Sullivan   also   became     a   prominent   Portland   attorney.   He   later   became   a   Maine   Supreme   Court   Justice.   Francis   married   MARY   ALBERTA   KENNEDY   and   had   a   daughter   MARGARET   SULLIVAN,   who   supplied   Deb   with   much  oral  family  history.  





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   The   following   gentleman   is   PATRICK   JOSEPH   STANTON,   born   in   Mossfort,   Caherlistrane,   Donaghpatrick   Parish,   County   Galway,   on   October   20,   1859,   the  son  of  MICHAEL  STAUNTON  (1836-­‐ 1916)   and   SARAH   MONAHAN   (1840-­‐ 1926).   He   emigrated   to   Portland,   Maine,   where   he   married   SARAH   FRANCES   GREANEY   (1868-­‐1960),   d/o   PETER   GREANEY   (1830-­‐1912)   &   CECELIA   “SALLY”   MONAHAN   (1832-­‐ 1914)   of   Mossfort   &   Portland,   Maine.   They   had   the   following   children   between   1887-­‐1904:     WALTER   PETER;   MICHAEL   JOSEPH   “JOE;”   ALBERT   JAMES;   SARAH   ELLEN   “SADIE,”   m.   JOHN   F.   NORTON;   JOHN   RICHARD   “JIMMY;”   HENRY   PETER;   WILLIAM   P.;   EDWARD   RAYMOND;   FREDERICK   C.;   &   ANNA   MILDRED,  m.  JOHN  ROHLAND.    

   Patrick   worked   on   the   railroad   for   many   years.   He   and   his   wife   and   children   had   always   made   their   home   in   the   West   End   of   Portland   and   attended  St.  Dominic  Church.    

   Patrick   died   on   November   16,   1931   at   the   age   of   72.   Sarah   died   on   March   19,   1960,   aged   91.   They   resided   on   Cushman   Street   at   the   time.   The   Stantons   are   all   buried   in   Calvary   Cemetery  in  South  Portland.          Patrick  and  Sarah’s  granddaughter  is   Mrs.   ANN   ROHLAND   DICKEY,   a   local   genealogist   and   member   of   our   newsletter.   This   particular   photo   is   courtesy   of   LINDA   BURKE   SMALL   and   MICHELLE   THORNE   TUCCI,   who   are   descended  from  Patrick’s  sister  ANNIE   E.  STANTON  BURKE.  


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IRISH CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS OF PORTLAND, MAINE, PART ONE    This   is   Part   One   of   a   new   series   that   will   feature   the   names   of   the   known   residents  of  Portland,  Maine  who  were   either   Irish-­‐born   or   of   Irish   heritage   that   fought   in   the   Civil   War.   As   we   all   know,   2011-­‐2015   marks   the   150th   Anniversary   of   that   terrible   conflict   in   our  nation’s  history.  These  names  have   been   culled   from   W.   W.   Clayton’s   HISTORY   OF   CUMBERLAND   COUNTY,   MAINE   (1880:   Everts   &   Peck,   Philadelphia).   We   would   like   to   thank   our   friend,   local   historian   and   former   state   representative   HERBERT   ADAMS   of   Portland   for   alerting   us   to   this   rich   resource.  Further  information  on  these   individuals   can   be   found   in   the   Maine   Adjutant   General’s   Reports,   copies   of   the   original   of   which   can   be   found   in   many   libraries,   including   the   Maine   State  Archives  &  Library  and  the  Maine   Historical   Society.   has   indexed   many   Civil   War   records   also.   We   had   many   Civil   War   articles   in   2011   and   we   will   continue   to   have   more  in  the  future.        The   following   list   records   the   name   of   the   Maine   regiment   and   company,   followed   by   the   name   of   the   soldier,   and   where   possible,   the   date   of   muster   and   discharge.   Some   entries   will   also   give  when  a  given  soldier  was  captured   by  the  Confederacy,  wounded,  or  died.   19    

By contacting   the   National   Archives,   one   can,   for   a   fee,   obtain   complete   military   records   and   or   pension   records.        This  cannot  be  considered  a  complete   list,   as   not   all   soldiers   can   be   absolutely  ascertained  as  Irish  judging   by   a   surname   alone.   In   researching   the   Portland   Irish   over   the   last   twenty   years,   this   editor   has   been   able   to   compile   a   large   database   of   the   Irish   families  of  Portland  and  has  been  able   to   confirm   when   someone   was   Irish-­‐ born   or   of   Irish   heritage.   This   information   is   often   reflected   in   this   list.     A   list   of   all   known   Portland   Irish   men  and  boys  who  were  killed  or  died   during   the   war   will   be   featured   in   a   future   issue.   The   following   list   will   show  most  of  these  individuals.            FIRST  MAINE  VOLUNTEER  INFANTRY   Company  A:   Edward  Roach   Company  B:   William  H.  Fagan   Thomas  Kelly   George  T.  Mahan   Company  C:   Thomas  Curran      {Thomas  B.  Curran}   Edward  J.  Dolan   George  McGinley  

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Company D:  


William Brine  

James Hickey,   Company   A,   mustered   12  Jul  1861,  transferred  to  20th  Maine,   20  May  1863  

George E.  Conley   Richard  Burchill   John  Conway   John  Campbell   Robert  Curran   John  H.  Doody   Watson  R.  Gribbin   John  H.  Hart   Patrick  McDermott   Patrick  Maloney   Timothy  McCarthy     Company  E:   John  H.  Dennison   Martin  T.  Dunn   Joseph  F.  Mackin   William  E.  St.  John     Company  I:   Peter  Clusky   William  Murphy   Charles  T.  Dunn   William  Welch   20    

John Damrell,  Co.  B,  must.  31  Aug  1861,   disc.  11  Nov  1861      {Damery}   Andrew   O’Neill,   Co.   B,   must.   31   Aug   1861,  trans.  To  20th  Maine   John   Connolly,   Co.   D,   must.   28   May   1861,  discharged  for  disability,  18  Feb   1863   James   McCullum,   Co.   E,   must.   1   Jul   1861,  disc.  13  Oct  1861   John   O’Connell,   Co.   I,   must.   5   Jul   1861,   promoted  to  corporal,  disc.  3  Oct  1861   William   Walsh,   Co.   I,   must.   5   Jul   1861,   disc.  14  Aug  1861   Patrick   Carlin,   Co.   I,   must.   5   Jul   1861,   dropped  from  rolls,  3  Oct  1861   Michael  Kenney,  Co.  I,  must.  3  Jul  1861,   dropped  from  rolls  3  Oct  1861   John   Murray,   Co.   I,   must.5   Jul   1861,   trans.  To  20th  Maine   Charles  Farrell,  Co.  I,  must.  10  Jul  1861,   wounded   at   Hanover   Court-­‐House,   disc.   Jeremiah   Murphy,   Co.   I,   must.   10   Jul   1861,   prisoner   at   Gaines’   Mill,   exchanged,  trans.  To  20th  Maine   John   Collins,   Co.   I,   must.   16   Jul   1861,   dropped  from  rolls,  3  Oct  1861  

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William Dougherty,   Co.   I,   must.   10   Jul   1861,   discharged   for   disability,   1   jan   1863   Michael   Deehan,   Co.   I,   must.   16   Jul   1861,   wounded   at   Gaines’   Mill,   trans.   To  20th  Maine   Michael   Kearse,   Co.   I,   must.   28   may   1861,  wounded  at  Manassas,  disc.  4  Jun   1863   Jerry   Sullivan,   Co.   I,   must.   1   Jul   1861,   trans.  To  Co.  H,  disc.  4  Jun  1863   Michael   Hogan,   Co.   I,   must.   28   May   1861,  disc.  4  Jun  1863     THIRD  MAINE  INFANTRY   Patrick   Dolan,   Co.   B,   must.   19   Aug   1863,  trans.  To  17th  Maine  

Henry Kane,  Co.  F,  must.25  Aug  1863   John  Donovan,  Co.  G,  must.  1  Oct  1863,   trans.  to  17th  Maine   Constantine  Towle,  Co.  H,  must.  19  Sept   1863,  trans.  to  17th  Maine   John   Kane,   Co.   K,   must.   24   Aug   1863,   trans.  to  17th  Maine     FOURTH  MAINE  INFANTRY   John   Callaghan,   Co.   A,   must.   1   Sep   1862,  trans.  to  19th  Maine   William   Carroll,   Co.   A,   must.   2   Sept   1862   James   Daily,   Co.   A,   must.   1   Sept1862,   trans.  to  19th  Maine   Patrick  O’Neal,  Co.  D,  must.  2  Sept  1863  

Daniel Cooley,   Co.   C,   must.   20   Aug.   1863,  missing  in  action  

Andrew J.   Dolan,   Co.   G,   must.   27   Aug   1863  

Thomas W.   Welch,   Co.   C,   must.   22   Aug   1863,  trans.  To  Navy,  14  Apr  1864  

Eugene Dunleavy,   Co.   G,   must.   28   Aug   1863  


Patrick Reed,  Co.  G,  must.28  Aug  1863  

William Galvin,   Co.   D,   must.   18   Aug   1862,  trans.  to  17th  Maine  

Matthew Clanay,   Co.   H,   must.   28   Aug   1863  

Patrick Lyons,   Co.   D,   must.20   Aug   1863,  trans.  to  17th  Maine  


William Shehan,   Co.   D,   must.   5   Oct   1863,  missing   William   Farrell,   Co.   F,   must.   24   Aug   1863  

This   series   will   be   continued   next   month.   If   you   have   an   Irish   ancestor   or   relative   who   fought   in   the   Civil   War   from   Portland,   we   would   love   to   hear   from  you!    


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NEWS FROM THE MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER    As   always,   the   Maine   Irish   Heritage   Center   (MIHC)   has   been   quite   busy   as   of   late.     The   Portland   Winter   Farmers’   Market  continues  to  cater  to  thousands   of  people  a  month  and  the  MIHC’s  DNA   projects  are  as  popular  as  ever.        As   we   referred   to   on   page   one,   the   MIHC   will   sponsor   or   co-­‐sponsor   not   one,   but   two   parades   this   St.   Patrick’s   Day,   Sunday,   March   17.   The   first   parade,   the   “small”   parade,   will   leave   the   center   at   8:30AM   and   march   to   “Eddie   Murphy   Park”   or   Harbor   View   Park   near   the   Casco   Bay   Bridge.   A   reception   will   follow   at   the   center   immediately   afterward.   The   “big”   parade   will   commence   at   12   noon   on   Commercial   Street   and   meander   its   way   from   Fish   Pier,   near   “Becky’s”   Restaurant,   to   the   Maine   State   Pier,   where   there   will   be   speakers,   the   Stillson   School   of   Irish   Dance   performers,   and   two   pipe   bands,   including   the   locally   renowned   Claddagh   Mhor   Pipe   Band,   which   practices  at  the  MIHC.        The   MIHC’s   DNA   studies   continue   to   bring   in   more   and   more   family   historians   and   genealogists   who   want   to   learn   more   about   their   ancestry   and   genetic   makeup.   The   Maine   Gaeltacht   DNA   Project   now   has   over   a   hundred   members,   a   hundred   people   who   have   taken   an   autosomal   FamilyTreeDNA   test   and   added   their   results   to   a   database   that   was   created   by   22    

MARGARET FEENEY   LaCOMBE,   one   of   the  resident  genealogists  at  the  center.   Most  of  these  people  have  roots  in  the   County   Galway,   especially   from   Connemara,   part   of   the   Gaeltacht   or   Irish-­‐speaking   areas   of   Ireland.   This   has   generated   some   amazing   results,   including   one   member   finding   out   the   ancestry   of   one   of   her   grandmothers   that   she   never   knew   about   and   one   member   finding   numerous   clues   to   help  her  identify  her  birth  father.        The   MIHC   genealogists   have   also   taken   the   DNA   test   and   have   ordered   the   23andme   DNA   test.   We   will   have   more   on   these   tests   in   future   issues.   Please   email   us   if   you   would   like   to   learn   more   about   the   center’s  DNA  program.          Other   events   that   are   coming   up   at   the  MIHC  include  “Spring  Ceili  Classes,”   which  begin  at  the  center  on  April  11th;   the  annual  Not  So  Silent  Auction,  which   is  at  the  center  in  early  May;  and  Irish   Language   Classes,   which   commenced   on   February   22.   Belfast-­‐native   BRENDAN   McVEIGH   teaches   the   language   class.   In   June,   Kathryn   Miles,   an   author   from   Belfast,   Maine,   will   speak   about   her   new   book,   ALL   STANDING:   THE   REMARKABLE   STORY   OF   THE   JEANIE   JOHNSTON.   For   more   information   on   these   events,   please   call   207-­‐780-­‐0118   or   go   to   the   center’s   new  website,        

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   The   photo   below   was   taken   about   1917  in  Portland  Harbor  during  World   War   I.   It   shows   young   men   aboard   a   vessel  who  had  recently  joined  the  U.  S.   Navy     and   were   preparing   to   depart   Casco   Bay.   Fort   Gorges   can   be   seen   in   the  background.  

     The   third   man   in   the   front   row   is   LAWRENCE   ROBERT   NEWELL,   born   in   Portland   in   January   1894,   the   son   of   LAWRENCE   NEWELL   (1846-­‐1940)   and   MARGARET   GREANEY   (1856-­‐1943),   natives   of   Ballintleva,   Ardrumkilla,   Belclare  Parish,  Tuam,  County  Galway,   Ireland,  who  came  to  Portland  in  1882.                          

             Lawrence   “Larry”   Newell   later   served   in   the   U.   S.   Army   and   was   discharged  in  1919.  He  did  not  see  any   overseas   service.   He   returned   to   Portland,   where   he   married   SARA   C.   “SALLY”   SLYATER   (1901-­‐1980)   in   1932.  They  did  not  have  children.              Larry   worked   for   the   railroad   briefly,   but   then   was   employed   by   Burnham  &  Morrill  Company  for  more   than   thirty   years,   many   of   which   were   spent  as  traffic  manager.          He   died   at   the   Maine   Veterans   Home   in   Scarborough   in   October   1990,   aged   96,   and   was   the   last   survivor   of   his   five   siblings.    


 Does   anyone   recognize   this   photo?   We   would   like   to   identify   the   other   men.  


THE DOWNEAST  SHAMROCK                                                                                                                                            FEBRUARY/MARCH  2013  


           As   most   of   our   readers   know,   2013   is   an   extraordinary   year   in   Irish   genealogy.   Ireland   is   promoting   “THE   GATHERING,”   a   year-­‐long   festival   in   which   people   of   Irish   heritage,   no   matter   how   remote,   are   being   asked   to   return   to   the   “auld   country.”   Many   Irish   families   are   holding   special   reunions   in   various   parts   of   the   country.   And  many  areas  are  hosting  genealogy  and   heritage   festivals.   For   instance,   in   County   Leitrim,   the   LEITRIM   ROOTS   FESTIVAL,   being   advertised   as   Ireland’s   Premier   Genealogy   Festival,   will   be   held   the   week   of   September   20-­‐28,   2013.   You   can   follow   LEITRIM   ROOTS   on   Facebook   (/leitrimrootsfestival2013).    


   For   more   information   on   this   year’s   events   in   Ireland,   please   see          Another   aspect   of   The   Gathering   is   the   systematic,   country-­‐wide   collecting   of   DNA   from   representative   individuals   from   every   town  and  parish  in  Ireland.              

The photos   on   the   cover   are   of   BERNARD   W.   DEAN,   born   in   Halifax,   Nova  Scotia,  1866,  the  son  of  BERNARD   DEIGHAN  (1821-­‐1890)  and  MARY  MAY   (1827-­‐1905)   and   his   wife   MARGARET   ELLEN   PATTERSON   (1869-­‐1923),   born   in   Halifax,   the   daughter   of   JOHN   PATTERSON   and   MARGARET   HUNT.   They   were   married   in   1892   and   had   eleven   children,   born   between   1893-­‐ 1907,   including   JOHN;   JAMES   BERNARD;   WILLIAM   EDWARD   (1895-­‐ 1962);   ALBERT;   PETER;   ROBERT   ARTHUR;   MARY   MAUD;   JOHN   JAMES;   MARY   BEATRICE;   BERNARD   JOSEPH   (1906-­‐1981),   and   JOSEPH   HENRY   “HARRY”  DEAN.  Most  of  these  children   died   young   and   only   William   and   Bernard   have   known   descendants.   The   Deighan/Deehan/Dean   family   was   originally   from   Loughgilly   Parish,   County   Armagh,   Ireland,   and   came   to   Nova   Scotia   about   1821.   FMI,   contact   us  at                


The Downeast Shamrock  

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