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Donegal and Derry Ancestors

My McGee/Magee originated in Drumkeen when two brothers John and William were brought up Catholic and 4 sisters, I only have one name Nancy were brought up non Cahtolic, all four sisters emigrated to MASS. USA, William went to Sea and John remained in Ireland - my great grandfather John Magee (aged 19 yrs) married Mary Harkin (aged 22yrs) in St Baithin's RC Church St Johnston on 12 Nov 1871, the marriage certificate states witnesses were William Magee and another, father still alive John Magee - Mary Harkin's father was also still alive and named Daniel Harkin.  The Church Register stated witness Esther McGee and Dan Harkin.  Does anyone out there have a similar story?  I have loads of relations living in Co Donegal but I only know a few.

Lafferty - my grandfather's brother James born Derry 1865) and sisters Ellen born Derry 1871 and Mary bron 1867 all 3 emigrated to USA, according to my mother (RIP) they went to the O'Briens, their mother's maiden name was Catherine O'Brien who was also from Drumkeen, she had one sister Mary and one brother Maurice John they lived together in Drumkeen and were never married.  USA Laffertys - we have 2 photographs taken in a studio in Brooklyn, two lades and a child, so we think they must have emigrated to New York.  Another brother John Joseph went to Scotland married Jane Keogh, they had one son who had a large family and I am in contact with his son Peter who has been back to visit quite a few times but we would dearly like to know what happened to the 3 who emigrated to USA - the story goes that James married but had no children and one of the sisters married had a child and moved to Baltimore.  My grandfather Patrick Lafferty married Martha Doherty had 7 daughters and 3 sons, one daughter and one son died in 1919 of Spanish Flu, the family  lived in Bishop Street Derry and his sister Annie who never married ran a shop in Bridge Street.

Elliott - my g grandmother was Martha Elliott, she married Patrick Doherty, both addresses were given as Bishop Street when they were married 10 September 1863 and later married in St Columba's Church Long Tower - they had 11 children - Patrick born 10 Sept 1863 died 1919 Spanish Flu, Madge born 1 Oct 1864 married Henry Clifford; Elizabeth born 6 Aug 1869 married Arthur Wirght; William 22 March 1871 married Rose Barr; Edward born 19 April 1873 married Ellen but he was a widower by 1911; Mary born ? died 11 Sept 1876; James born 25 Aug died 27 Aug 1877;  Mary Anne 6 Oct 1878 married Cornealius Murray; John born 13 March 1881 married Lizzie ?Blether; Michael born 31 March 1883 married Mary Doherty (father Daniel, mother Sarah); and my grandmother was the youngest born 21 Jan. 1886 married Patrick Lafferty see above.  Their father Patrick Doherty died working onboard a train leaving St Johnston in Jan 1894.  The Doherty's came from Ramelton and Rathmullan my Ggrandfather Patrick Doherty had two sisters that I know of Mary who married ? Bonner and Annie who it is said was Housekeeper to the Bishop - the first record of them in Derry was when their mother died on 2nd May 1863, the address was given as 8 Bishop Street.

Anyone out there with similar stories.....do get in touch.

Nualamcgee

Wednesday 10th April 2013, 09:37PM

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  • Hi Nuala,

    I live near St. Johnston so I will ask about to see if there are any Magees/McGees still around.   I had a look online for your great grandfather John McGee and also found his marriage details on rootsireland.ie married to Mary Harkin but in 1872.  To see the actual record you have to pay credits.

    I also did a search for their children and found 9 children with the last name spelt differently quite a bit.  

    • John McGee 1873,
    • Thomas McGee 1875
    • Mary Ann McGhee 1878
    • Daniel Magee 1880
    • William McGee 1881
    • James Magee 1884
    • Elizabeth Magee 1887
    • Patrick McGee 1887
    • Bernard Magee 1893

    I assume that Elizabeth and Patrick were either twins or 'Irish twins'  - I found all this info on rootsireland.ie which is a pay per view website so I only had the ability to search but not to view the records.

    I also found this family living in the area of Monreagh when the 1901 Census was taken. http://tinyurl.com/cwpv6v6

    And in the 1911 Census - http://tinyurl.com/cn75vhg

    You may have already seen this info before but I will have another look around to see if I can find anything further back yet - I still haven't had a look at the other parts of your query yet.

    I wish you all the best with your research.

    Kind regards,

    Eimer

    baya10

    Friday 12th April 2013, 07:19PM
  • Hi Eimer

    Thank you for the information, I didn't have a Bernard but I did have the other information.  Yes some of my Magee/McGee still live around the St Johnston area.

    Thank you so much for the information, it is great to have this new piece of information.

     

    Nuala McGee

    Nualamcgee

    Monday 7th October 2013, 09:19PM
  • Hi Eimer

    Would you have any other marriages for this family?  I think John married twice, first to Maria McGlinchey who died and he then married Catherine Houston; Mary Anne married Henry Toland; did William marry Annie Ferry; Bernard marry Anne McGarvey; I couldn't find any information on Daniel, James, Elizabeth nor Patrick...I was told that one of them emigrated to USA

    Your help in filling in the blanks would be very much appreciated.

    I was actually hoping that someone from my McGee/Magees would get in touch.

    Many thanks.

    Nuala McGee

     

    Nualamcgee

    Monday 7th October 2013, 09:32PM
  • grandparents had farm around this location late 1890's got burnt down and realocated to port glasgow 10 children think first two boys might have been born in ireland samuel mullan grandad rebecca boyd grandma henry mullan 1'st child samuel mullan 2'nd child found paperwork saying they were from monreath does anyone know of this family

    monty mullan

    Saturday 17th May 2014, 09:15PM
  • grandparents had farm around this location late 1890's got burnt down and realocated to port glasgow 10 children think first two boys might have been born in ireland samuel mullan grandad rebecca boyd grandma henry mullan 1'st child samuel mullan 2'nd child found paperwork saying they were from monreath does anyone know of this family

    monty mullan

    Saturday 17th May 2014, 09:15PM