Well, following on from my last e-mail, I decided to take a trip (45 mins by car) to the
National Archives in Kew to view the British Army records of anyone by the name of James
Cassidy. I had already seen the transcript of a James Cassidy, Drumwheeran, Fermanagh and
wondered if it might in fact be the civil parish of Drumkeeran where 'my' James
Cassidy lived. The record does state that a James Cassidy, born in the Parish of
Drumwheeran in the County of Fermanagh, was 'attested for' the 27th regiment of
Infantry at Enniskillen on 16th November 1820 at the age of 18years and was discharged in
I was just wondering if anyone can think of anywhere else in Fermanagh that Drumwheeran
could refer to. Unfortunately the WO97 record, which I have, does not have any more info
on location and does not have details of next of kin etc, unlike the later military
records. However it's a find and puts some flesh on the story that James Cassidy had
been in the army although it now appears to have been the father of 'my' James
Cassidy, Drumierna married in 1876 to Anne Carleton.
By the way, the staff at the National Archives were fantastic - extremely patient and very
helpful - nothing was too much trouble!
This is a great message board and I look forward to the daily updates. Many thanks,
Hello Cassidy posters, does anyone have a Hugh hidden in their tree? My Hugh
Cassiday/Cassidy b.1859-61 to Hugh Cassiday/Bridget McKenna don't know
where. Probably he was the first son so their births could be circa 1840.
They were RC which tradition says they would be married in the wifes
(McKenna) church. I find them registering a son Francis Cassiday b.6/28/1866
in Scotstown, County Monaghan, birth record shows them living at Derrynasell
East slightly northeast of Scotstown. I am guessing they were with relatives
of Bridget McKenna since niether Griffths or the Census show any Cassidy's
there. The closest RC Church is St. Marys at Urbleshanny. Sources claim
these records are in the hands of Theo McMahons "Monaghan Ancestry ". I have
followed the recent posts regarding Theo. A search of the open info at
RootsIreland.ie brings up nothing. Five families were registering births in
Scotstown 1864-1875 using the CASSIDAY spelling, no doubt all related. Some
show up in Roslea records but can't make a connection. I was also told by a
local that these families may have gone to Scotland for a while then
returned. Searching the free info at Scotlands People hasn't uncovered any
links, any and all suggestions appreciated.
Thomas Cassidy, Ohio, USA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Maura" <maura(a)holt62.freeserve.co.uk>
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 2:48 AM
Subject: FERMANAGH-GOLD James Cassidy, Drumwheeran, County Fermanagh
I hadn't heard that Theo McMahon has been ill and is retiring. The Monaghan list said
his research material was going to the Clogher Historical Society. I hope that someone
there photographs it at least so that it will not be lost because of fire or flood or
I understand that amongst MANY other things he had the school register for Gransha
National School which is something I would dearly like to get my hands on!!
One of the Cassidy daughters that I am interested in married Patrick McElroy from
Bellmount, Fermanagh and came to live in Gransha Beg outside Clones with Patrick's
aunt Rose McElroy/McManus/Keenan. The other, married Thomas Slowey.
I am still trying to tie down the McElroy connection between Gransha and Bellmount. There
is some family connection but, as is the story with many of us, there are just not the
records available to work it out. Sigh....
I wonder what are the chances of Theo's material going to Proni or somehow becoming
accessible to all researchers?