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Seeking information on McCoole (McColl)(McCool) from Lifford, Clonleigh Parish, Donegal.   Records in Glasgow, Scotland list my great grandmother, Sarah "McColl" as married to Patrick SHOVELIN (c. 1825 - 25 Dec 1864) in 1857 in Glasgow, Scotland.  She  was widowed and emigrated to the USA with her son, Thomas in November 1865.  Her sisters, Margaret McNally and Rosanna Brown had emigrated to the USA  about 1861.   She died of consumption 17 Apr 1875 at Woonsocket, Cumberland, Rhode Island.  Her death records list parents as Thomas and Margaret "McCoole" .  Other paternal/maternal family members are not known.  It is not known if the family resided in Lifford Town or a nearby townland.   All pertinent records in Scotland list her as McCOLL which was common spelling/pronounciation in Scotland.  However,  the marriage record for Rosanna Brown at Worcester, Massachusetts lists her maiden name as "McCole",  a close phonetic match for McColl.   Immigration records when located for Rosanna and Margaret may clarify the variances in spelling of the family surname.  Any information concerning McCoole/McColl/McCool families from this area would be appreciated.

Ed Shevlin, USA

Ed Shevlin

Thursday 4th May 2017, 08:28PM

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  • Ed:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    The RC records for Lifford/Clonleigh start in 1853 although there are some 1836-1837 records. I checked Roots Ireland and there were no McCool/McColl baptismal records in the 1836 period in Lifford. http://registers.nli.ie/parishes/0352

    I did check the 1863 Griffiths Valuation head of household listing for Clonleigh civil parish and there was one McCool record-William McCool in Cloghfin townland. Not sure if he is related to Thomas McCool.

    http://www.failteromhat.com/griffiths/donegal/clonleigh.htm

    I've been to this area because my Brennans came from Clonleigh. They lived in Glenfad townland although most of them emigrated to Philadelphia by 1865.

    Have you considered autosomal DNA testing?

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 4th May 2017, 09:27PM
  • Thanks for your reply, Roger.   I have tested through Ancestry.com and 23andMe.   The results related to Northeast Donegal  (vic. Lifford), although my paternal line (Shevlin/Shovlin) centers on Inishkeel and Killybegs Lower parishes around Ardara.   I've been to Lifford many years ago and to Ardara and vicinity several times.    I will probably have to concentrate on finding McCool/McColl famiy descendents and work back from there.   Although my GGrandmother's records only indicate Lifford, I suspect the family resided in one of the townlands outside Lifford Town.   Another possibility is name varients such as McCuill, McCahil, Cole, etc.  Some variants include anglicised versions such as Wood of Woods.   My GGrndmother, Sarah McCzoll married Patrick Shovlin/Shovelin in Glasgow in 1857 where all records pertaining to her list her maiden name as McColl.  However, Irish immigrants in Scotland in the 19th century with the surname McCool were illiterate, so record keepers and census enumerators were likely to spell the name as McColl.  Further, those who were literate sometimes preferred the usual Scottish spelling and pronunciation of McColl to avoid discrimination.   I also discovered that the birth records of two of her children where she was the informant listed the family name as "Shivlen" a phonetic variant of Shevlin/Shovlin in parts of Donegal, further indicating that she was illiterate.   Isn't genealogy fascinating?    Ed Shevlin

    Ed Shevlin

    Sunday 7th May 2017, 10:45PM
  • Ed Shevlin

    Sunday 7th May 2017, 10:48PM
  • Ed:

    Genealogy is fascinating! I'm currently transcribing 1901 census records in Co. Donegal and you are correct that there are a lot of Shovlin/Shovelin families in the Killybegs/Inishkeel area.

    Roger

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 8th May 2017, 12:13AM
  • Roger:   I've scrounged every source I can find for Shovlin/Shevlin in that area and the rest Donegal.   The listings in GV are anglicised and appear as Shevlin.   You may hear local variations in pronounciation (e.g. Shivlen) not far from Ardara Town and older records pre-GV often show Shovelin (Orig. O'Seibhleain or Ui Sheibhlin).  Finally located the right townland, Barkillew (Barr Coilleadh) for my Great Grandfather and his parents, but in the process have rearched Shovlins and Breslins and other interrelated families in Southwest Donegal tracing family ties to localities in USA, Scotland and England.   I was fortunate to find a local historian who provided a well researched volume on the history of the  Leaconnell National School that was a godsend.  .   My next project is back to Roscommon (McLoughlin) vic Aughrim (Belragh) because I misplaced my old on-site notes from several years back which were my only back-up for a computer crash.

    Ed

     

    Ed Shevlin

    Tuesday 9th May 2017, 06:26PM
  • Roger:   I've scrounged every source I can find for Shovlin/Shevlin in that area and the rest Donegal.   The listings in GV are anglicised and appear as Shevlin.   You may hear local variations in pronounciation (e.g. Shivlen) not far from Ardara Town and older records pre-GV often show Shovelin (Orig. O'Seibhleain or Ui Sheibhlin).  Finally located the right townland, Barkillew (Barr Coilleadh) for my Great Grandfather and his parents, but in the process have rearched Shovlins and Breslins and other interrelated families in Southwest Donegal tracing family ties to localities in USA, Scotland and England.   I was fortunate to find a local historian who provided a well researched volume on the history of the  Leaconnell National School that was a godsend.  .   My next project is back to Roscommon (McLoughlin) vic Aughrim (Belragh) because I misplaced my old on-site notes from several years back which were my only back-up for a computer crash.

    Ed

     

    Ed Shevlin

    Tuesday 9th May 2017, 06:27PM
  • Ed:

    Thanks for the feedback. All the best with your research.

    Roger

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 10th May 2017, 01:26AM