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Re: McHale in Upper-Lower Canada
Posted by: Pamela Foster (ID *****4565) Date: March 18, 2012 at 17:04:34
In Reply to: McHale in Upper-Lower Canada by Matt Carmichael of 462

Archbishop John MacHale sent some members of his family from County Mayo in Ireland to Canada, My McHales came about 1850 and were sent to Quebec at first because that is where there was a bishop who was a friend of John McHale and could help the family establish themselves. My ancestor was Mary McHale Tighe, a niece to the archbishop. Her husband died on the voyage to Canada and she was left four daughters. She had seven children and I only know about four of them. Mary had brothers named John and Edward who also ended up in Canada. John was a music professor. Your Martin could have belonged to this clan, Martin was also the name of one of the archbishop's brothers who died young and left two daughters to be raised by the archbishop. So, Martin is a family name. There is a book called The Lion of the West by Hilary Andrews that might help you if this is your family.

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