Hope this will help rather than confuse. I received this in 1984 when I first started to investigate beyond my grandparents in Massachusetts. My Grandfather was Harry Mason, son of Patrick Mason and Esther Mc Laughlin in Kilmarnock, Scotland. Esther was the daughter of Mary Fitzsimmons and Cornelius McLaughland. Now he was born in Antrim 1818 at the age of 16 went to sea He married Mary Fitzsimmons in the early 1850's Had a son Patrick who was born at Saltfield House, Newton Green, Newton-on-Ayr 9/11/1856. After his death, his wife found some letters he had. his daughter Rose McLaughlin married Captain Lucey. they were married for 15 years had 7 children, eldest son died in infancy. Captain Ducey joined the Confederacy 4/1862. When the Yankees arrived in New Orleans. He was never reunited wit his wife and children. He ra a blockade from Mobile to Havana was stricken with an illness as a result of being shipwrecked. He spent time in Havana trying to recover then took charge of a Confederate Steamer. His ship was attacked by Yankees he and his crew were taken prisoners and held at Key West. He was sent to Philadelphia then released. He went on to New York in an attempt to release Patrick Pepper from Fort Lafayette. was stricken will an ilness never recovered and died in NY 10/1863 there is much more but no place to write running out of room.
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