McQuaid Family Genealogy Forum
Rob Little, a cousin, provided us with this info.
He had asked McQuaid relatives in the area and they suggested
Monaghan, as Monaghan has a large # of McQuaids. William McQuaid's
headstone ( 1856) is broken in several places . It has "the native of", but
the parish and county are not legible due to breakage and crumbling edges.
He said if we are lucky to find passage records, he suspects that Waterford
would have been the place of departure and Quuebec the place of arrival.
Two things that lead him to believe our McQuaid line was of Tyrone is the
fact that Bishop McQuaid of Rochester was from there and our McQuaids are
related to him, and that the origin of the other McQuaids in the Kigston
area are of Tyrone.
He goes on to say that Bishop Bernard McQuaid was born in N.Y.C. and died
in Rochester Jan. 18, 1909. He was the son of Bernard McQuaid and Mary
MacGuire. They had emigrated from Tyrone County, Ireland and settled at
Powell's Hook N.J. ( now part of Jersey City). He was orphaned in 1832 and
became a resident of St. Patrick's Orphan Asylum in New York City. He
attended Chambly College in Chambly, Quebec, Canada and Seminary in N.Y.C.
He was ordained Jan. 16, 1848 in the St. Patrick's Cathedral in N.Y.C. and
named Pastor of St. Vincent's Church in Madison, N.J. There he organized
the Saint Vicent de Paul Society and set up the young men's Catholic
Association. In 1856, he founded Seton Hall College and Seminary. In 1866,
he was made vicar-general of the Diocese of Newark and then in March 1868,
he was named first bishop of St. Patrick's of Rochester. He later turned
down the office of bishop on Newark and the archbishop of Cinncinnati,
Ohio. In 1868-70, he was part of the delegation to the 1st Vatican Council.
--(from the Catholic Encyclopedia 1910).