I am looking for information about the ancestry of Bishop Bernard McQuaid. He was born in New York City in 1823 to Mary McGuire and Bernard McQuaid of Tyrone County, Ireland. I was told that his parents were murdered and that he was orphaned in 1832. I am trying to find resources to confirm this information. Could you direct me to where I can find perhaps information or death notices in old newspapers for this couple.
RE: John MCQuaid - possible first cousin of the Bishop
I learned another few things about my McQuaid connection in going through my records this morning that thought I would share with you... as it is so fresh on my mind.
I have recently figured out from family notes that John MCQUAID, first born son of William MCQUAID and Mary O'NEILL was born in Waterford, Armagh? in
1837. Would this be a place in Armagh? or is it a reference to two different counties. I am not sure yet and would like to confirm my information with sources. I have subscribed to and made a post to the Armagh Mailing List about John McQuaid.
Anyhow, William McQuaid ( born circa1810) and Mary O'Neill ( born circa 1811) and thier 5 children (John, Catherine, Margaret, Elizabeth, & William) settled in
Kingston, Ontario, Canada about 1852 and I would like to find where in Ireland their McQuaid / O'Neill family came from. I would like to be able to find church records for the births and marriage of William McQuaid and Mary
O'Neill and be able to reconstruct some more of the McQuaid family ancestry.
Here is what I have in some of my family notes:
John McQuaid was born in 1837 in Waterford, County of Armagh, Ireland and was the eldest of William and Mary (O'Neill) McQuaid's five children. He was raised in Ireland. Later, the family wanted to move to North America and with John's help they did.John McQuaid (1837- 1919) was a ship carpenter by trade. During the period 1861--66, he was enlisted in the 2nd Class Militia. Great Britain had allied itself with the Confederate state, so the Canadian border towns were fortified and militias trained to defend against the Union forces attack which never came. John worked for the Calvin Co., on Garden Island about one mile south of Kingston. Calvin Co. had extensive holdings. They harvested tall timber, particularly white pine, for ship building and mast replacement. These timbers were gathered at Garden Island and prepared for rafting down the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City where they were transferred to larger vessels and sent to England. Calvin Company also built sailing vessels, barges, sloops, schooners and barges on Garden Island. In time they switched to setam powered vessels. I believe the
"Clyde" was a steam ship that the company had built. Calvin Co. eventually closed the works there and turned the area into a summer retreat for themselves. The town hall, school, and I believe a a couple of the stores
are still standing as well as a couple of a few of the larger homes but the "works" have vanished. The island is no longer a township and is now just a private holding.
John also built his own home on John Street in th e1860's (now called Russell Street) Unfortunately it has been replaced by a 20 unit apartment building. He retired from ship building in 1902 but continued to work as a
carpenter in the city until 1912.
John's father, William McQuaid, died a few years after they arrived in Kingston. William McQuaid who died in 1856 has the dubious honor of being the first man recorded as buried in the then new St. Mary's Cemetery at Kingston.
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