My name is Michael Coady and I live in Victoria, BC. I grew up in Northern Ontario but my grandfather, James was born in Margaree Forks in Cape Breton.
In 1979, I came across some research on our family tree produced by Sister Edna Marie Coady (a Sister of Charity of Halifax and a descendant of one of the Coady immigrants). Her interest in tracing the descendants of the original Coady immigrants was aroused and encouraged by Rev. Dr. M.M. Coady of St. F.X. University in Antigonish. He was a great grandson of one of the brothers, namely Martin.
The work that the Sister produced traces the Descendants of 4 Coady brothers who immigrated to Canada from or near a small village called Cloumel, County Tipperary, Ireland commencing in 1819. They did not all come at the same time.
In the record prepared by Sister she deals with the families of of the 3 brothers - John, Martin and James; Peter the youngest brother never married.
The first to come was John, who came around 1819. He stopped over at St John's, NF for a short time and then made his way to Cape Breton (Margaree area). John had a large family and this branch of the Coady family were commonly known as the "Scotch Coadys."
The next to arrive in CB was Martin with his wife and family. A younger brother, Peter, came with Martin and family. It is thought that Martin arrived around 1831. He located on land near John. James, a younger brother, immigrated to Canada about 1824. He too stopped over in St. John's for a brief period of time (1828-31). His ship originally landed in Mirimichi, NB. James and his family (the Mirimichi Coadys) also eventually settled in the Margaree area about 1840.
Sometime about 1850, tragedy struck, and 3 of the Coady brothers, John, Martin and Peter were drowned in a boating accident at Margaree Harbour. The descendants of the brothers gradually abandoned their farms commencing around 1870.
Mark, I know their are a lot of Coadys in PEI, but I'm afraid the records I have seem to focus on the Margaree settlement.
Hope this helps.
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