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Boetius McGillicuddy b. circa 1798 County Kerry d. July 9, 1847 Boston Massachusetts. Married (in Ireland) Johanna Crowley (or Sullivan). First know child born June 25, 1832 St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. Second child was born in Boston in 1834. 

Family tradition (which I have been unable to document) states Johanna “had to take” her oldest son back to Ireland – time frame unknown. I have been unable to locate Johanna and her eldest son between 1860 – 1868 when he was settled in Michigan on his own farm.

Absolutely the only idea I can come up with as to why mother and eldest son had to return to Ireland sometime between 1860 and 1868 was because of the death of Richard, Chief of the Clan, in 1866. Any thoughts on where to look for any probate or estate file for Richard McGillicuddy (1790 – 1866) would be appreciated.


Sunday 21st June 2020, 08:14PM

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  • Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1858-1920 National Archives of Ireland

    You may need to try various spellings of the surname when searching. 

    If he had property or assets in Britain as well as Ireland, Richard's will may be there.  

    This about Richard McGillycuddy from The Peerage website

    Richard McGillycuddy, The McGillycuddy of the Reeks 1790-1866. Son of Francis McGillycuddy & Catherine Mahoney.  Grandson of Cornelius McGillycuddy & Catherine Shute.

    "Boetius" is an unusual first name. Is it a nickname or short for an other name?

    Cornelius McGillycuddy had a son, Eusebius who himself had a son called Eusebius, according to "The Peerage" website.

    Have you located newspaper obituaries about the death? 




    Maggie May

    Tuesday 23rd June 2020, 11:24PM
  • Thank you, Maggie, for your kind response.  I did follow your lnks and found there were two McGillicuddy will/estate administrations.  I will contact the National Archives to see if any documents are still extant for either case.

    Yes, Boetius is a very unusual name.  Record keepers/transcribers mutilated the name McGillicuddy, but took a stab at it.  The name Boetius is most often unrecognizable in transcriptions.  But it was proudly carried down through three generations of his descendants in the States.  There is a Boetius McGillicuddy, baptized in 1833 in Killorglin son of Eugene and Ann McGillicuddy which would be almost perfect (for an adult baptism) but "my" McGillicuddy family was in Canada in 1832, so it just doesn't seem to fit.

    The peerage website often references Burke's Peerage, but does not carry the fullness of information contained in the book, of which I have a copy.

    I have looked but have found no obituary for Boetius in newspapers.  One day, when the cemetery allows, I will have a headstone placed for him.  But for now, I will try working with the National Archives.

    Thank you, again, for your help.


    Wednesday 24th June 2020, 03:55PM
  • Find a Will UK  It includes a few Irish wills and probates. 

    Boetius is a name of Irish origin apparently. "The Meaning of Names"

    It was also the name of a Roman scholar. 

    There may have been an obituary of Richard. Some historic Irish newspapers are online.


    Maggie May

    Saturday 27th June 2020, 01:53AM
  • Thanks, Maggie.

     There also was a Boetius, Archbishop of Tuam over in County Galway!!

    There is a large selection of manuscripts and books citing the surname McGillicuddy in the Natioanal Library, but access to them seems to be restriced to on site use.  I will have to continue investigating what it has to offer.


    Saturday 27th June 2020, 05:06PM
  • Maggie~  Thank you for the suggestion to check the newspapers.  From The Cork Constitution July 10, 1877



    Tuesday 30th June 2020, 11:23AM

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