I also have a family tradition of a connection to Archbishop McHale. My great grandparents, Jeremiah and Bridget Cunningham Missett immigrated from Co. Mayo to Pittston, Pa. in 1864. Jeremiah was the son of Richard and Catherine Missett and tradition says that Catherine was a McHale. Bridget was the daughter of Peter and Catherine McKale Cunningham. One of these gr. great grandmothers was supposed to be the niece or grandniece of Archbishop McHale. The family traditions were clear and consistent, but I'm not remembering them well.
Tradition says that Jeremiah and Bridget came to the US with the McHale's and stayed with the McHale's in Pittston, but 1865 godparents were Patrick Loughney and Catherine McDonald and 1868 godparents were Michael Davis and Mary McNulty. I am wondering if "coming with the McHale's" meant a group of McHale sisters and their spouse's.
Jeremiah and Bridget Missett lived in Pittston and supposedly Carbondale and settled in West Troy (now Watervliet), N.Y. around 1871.
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