My family has an old brick wall and Im wondering if anyone on this list
might have any little bit of data that might help us. My ggg grandmother
came over sometime after her last child was born in 1834 and by July 1844
when the family starts showing up in Galena, Illinois area. We believe they
were from Co. Fermanagh because that was engraved upon their headstones. We
have found current-day folks bearing the family surname in Newtownbutler,
but no evidence we are connected. Have any of you ever come across any of
the following persons or names in records from Fermanagh?
Mary (NEASON ?) MCQUILLAN born 1790 Fermanagh
Her maiden name may have been NEASON
--?-- MCQUILLAN, her husband
John NEASON born ca. 1812, good possibility he was Marys brother.
James born 1818
John born 1821
Patrick Edward born 1824
Jane born 17 May 1829
Bernard born 1829 (possibly a
twin to Jane?)
Phillip Francis born 4 April 1834
Marys husband has never been found. We do not know if she was widowed when
she came or shortly after they arrived. We have found no ships records. Mary
lived out her life with her children and died in 1876 at age 86. Uncle
John Neason lived with one or another of the children and at age 48 was
listed as a bachelor in the 1860 census. The family was Roman Catholic. They
were occupied as farmers and miners.
They settled in an area where many other folks from Co. Fermanagh lived.
James and Bernard died fairly young and to our knowledge were never married.
Her other children married:
John to Margaret MCALOON b 1824 Ireland (my gg
Patrick to Margaret MCGUIRE b 1833 Fermanagh
Jane to Michael CALLAGHAN b 1829 Fermanagh
Phillip to Louisa ALLEN b 1841 Galena, Illinois
(grandparents to the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald)
To date, we have not been able to find a single record of any member of this
family that is earlier than the dates on grave monuments, or in paper, is
prior to 1844 when John McQuillan filed an application for naturalization.
Another question I have is on naming customs: considering they were
Catholic, Irish, and from Fermanagh, is it a fairly good guess that the
oldest boy (James) may have been named after his father? I am unfamiliar
with Irish naming customs from this time period.
I sure would be appreciative for any leads or help you may have to offer.
St. Paul, Minnesota