3M Mahady - 1998

Mahedy Family newsletter - 1998

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XIV No. 1 MARCH 1998



XIV No. 1 MARCH 1998 From the Editor:

Tis been a long year indeed. I suspect I have already covered much of that topic in other correspondence for most of you. Several clan elders passed away in the last year but remain in our thoughts and prayers. And several of our younger members graduated, became engaged, or otherwise progressed, renewing our faith in the cycle of life and the promise of tomorrow.

At the risk of pre-empting our President, the state of the nation is good. Despite all the political rancor, the economy is stronger than it has been in decades and we are at peace. There are many problems throughout the world, as well as at home. Perhaps with continued peace and prosperity, these problems can be addressed with more reason than in the past.

Miracles still happen. The cease-fire in Northern Ireland erupted into another round of explosive hostility. Most experts - or critics - proclaimed the peace initiative dead, and proof again of Clinton's inept policy. With the election of a new Brittish prime minister committed to true peace, Sinn Fein leader Jeremy Adams was invited to 10 Downing Street. The potential for peace seems greater now than any time in recent memory.

This year marks the third year in the commemoration of infamous "Famine" years from 1845-50. "3M" has commented on several occasions that the real tragedy was that there was never a famine; only a potato blight. Ireland continued to produce abundant grains and cattle to feed their English protectors and fatten their purse. The Irish were left to eat their rotting potatos.

1998 also marks the bicentennial anniversary of the famous "Uprising of 1798." Since this tragedy met its fateful ending in our ancestral County Longford, "3M" will try to provide a brief historical perspective.

Oneida County, NY, will celebrate its bicentennial in 1998. Our Gillett, LeClear and Butler relations all settled in Oneida County by 1800 or earlier. It is here that Pat and Mike Mahedy met and married their brides by 1843. I hope to complete a fairly comprehensive family history some time during the year - but no promises...

This was also the year of the Mahedys. It seemed from out of nowhere a long lost cousin found me on the "Net." Now there about 15-20 Mahedys across the country and around the world combining forces to continue the search.

Finally, as the year ended, I managed to place my complete genealogy file on the Internet at: www:http:Ancestry.com. This is a massive file containing well over twenty-thousand people. It encompasses not only the 3M families, but all Newcomb-Maloney, Touse - Bliss, Stich-Hoffman, Dragoon, Annis, Waring, Jackson and Harrison lines as well. Many lines pre-date 1600 - by centuries - and are frequently, if not inevitably, interconnected.

Mahedy Clan Connects

Spring 1997 - Internet

I realize not every one is "into" computers, "the Net," the world wide web and e-mail. I doubt I would be were it not for the need to compile and organize thousands of records and generate comprehensive reports for the multitude of families being researched. Quite simply, my house would not be able to contain the volume of data and reports now electronically encrypted somewhere on a disk that is contained in a recepticle no more than two inches high, four inches wide, and maybe six inches deep. Reports that would take weeks to compile and hours to write are generated and printed in minutes. Over the past twenty odd years I have been lucky. There has always been at least some new information to report. And as long-time readers are aware, every year or two, a new branch of the family was found. This past spring, not long after last year's "3M" was mailed, I received an e-mail from an Art DeWitt, who had found my name somewhere in cyberspace listed as interested in Mahedys. I recognized the name as one of Jenny Mahedy Downs' line of Leominster, Mass. Until Art, what little info I had on the DeWitt line led me to belive that line was extinct. Guess I got fooled! Art took his mother to Ireland this past summer. His Uncle Phil Downs is in his 90s. Phil was probably a baby when May McKay and some of the older McKay sisters lived with Jenny when they went to work in the shirt factories in Leominster at the turn of the century.

I was overwhelmed. Certainly surprised. Then, through Art, I also came in [e-mail] contact with Matt Mahady of Australia. To date, we have found no direct link between Matt's line and John of County Longford, but I am confident we share a common ancestor.

Then there was Father Brian [Daniel] Mahedy, C.P., now retired in his 90th year. Father was a Navy chaplain in WW II. His story is truly amazing. I remember Zora telling me of Dan Mahedy, a descendant of the elusive John, Jr, via James, who was editor of the "SIGN" magazine and a member of the Congregation of the Passion missionary priests. Every Sunday, part of my duty as alter boy was to sell "SIGN" and other Catholic publications after Sunday mass. I would check every week inside the cover page to make sure "my" cousin was still in charge. Father Brian also served as a missionary in China.

By now, several of the western branch of the Mahedys were part of our Internet group. Soon, cousin Jack Downs of New Jersey returned from his annual stay in Ireland and joined the group. Then from Hawaii, Mike Mahedy, son of author and minister Rev William of San Diego; Steve Hays of Saratoga, NY, grandson of the late Jean Richardson Hays; Dan Mahedy, Jr, of Canada, to name but a few.

Matt has been the driving force of the group and the most successful at massaging the net for new information. Matt has also established a Mahady/Mahedy web page at "Local Longford," a web-site in Ireland. Between his own research in Ireland as well as on the web, Matt has added important new info to the body of data on the Mahedy clan. We still have found no earlier generations. However, Matt has found several instances of Mahedys interlinked with Morans in Rathowen, West Meath. Rathowen is in the Barony of Moygoish, about 5 - 10 miles from the Longford border. Readers may recall Moygoiish was suggested several years ago as the probable birthplace of Elizabeth Moran and her brother Charles. It now seems almost a certainty that Elizabeth came from the Rathowen territory.

This edition is dedicated to
1924 - 1997

The Year of the French

Ireland - 1798:
John Mahedy was born July 1781 in Co Longford, Ireland, probably in the parish of Mostrim [Edgeworthtown] in the Barony of Ardagh bordering West Meath. Further north toward Granard, and a bit west toward Longford town, was Lisnageerah, where Matt Mahedy's ancestors originate. That year, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington...

It is perhaps futile to ever attempt to summarize history, especially in Ireland, but some background may be of value.

After Good King William defeated the Irish in 1690, a series of laws were passed throughout his reign, Queen Anne's and the first two Georges. These laws were established to punish the Irish and prevent them from ever again gaining enough strength to dare revolt. Collectively they were known as the Penal Laws. They included the following restrictions:

 - Standing for or voting for those who ran for any office - Holding any civic or military position; - Making or selling books or newspapers. - Taking out or giving mortgages - Owning arms, or horse worth more than five pounds; - Marrying a protestant. - Having their own schools, teach or send their children abroad to be educated. - Owning land by Catholics was hedged with restraints. When a Catholic died, his estate was to be divided amongst all his children, but a son who turned Protestant inherited the entire estate. - Registered priests were tolerated, but not bishops, archbishops, or cardinals. 

Enforcement eased somewhat as the 18th century progressed; partly because the English thought they had succeeded; partly because they were required to divert resources to the troubled American colonies, and ultimately contend with the American & French revolutions.

The success of the French Revolution in 1789 emboldened the Irish. By 1791, the Society of United Irishmen was formed. The famed patriot Wolfe Tone, a Protestant leader in the North, hoped to merge the interests of the oppressed Presbyterians with those of the Catholics. The Society grew rapidly, but by 1795 serious rifts developed between Catholics and Presbyterians, causing the latter to form the Orange Order.

The Brittish arrested Tone in 1796 and exiled him to France, but he went to America. He did go to France and by late 96 had raised an invasion force. They were off the coast of Kerry, but rough seas prevented their landing.

The success of the French Revolution shook the English monarchy. It became critical to quickly stifle the rising tide towards Irish independence and the Brits went about their mission with uninhibited cruelty. Suspected Society members were publicly flogged. At first blush such punishment would not seem unusual for a perceived traitor. This was not the typical 50 to 100 lashes. Victims were stripped and bound on a wooden frame. The usual sentence was from 300 - 500 lashes. In Cork, Defenders received up to 999 lashes! Flesh was torn from the bone; organs exposed. Many died, in excruciating pain. Worse, it did not matter if the suspect had any direct involvement with the freedom movement. As long as they were Irish the people would get the message. The whip became as symbolic as the French guillotine the previous decade. Many Irish were willing to give up their neighbors and lay down their arms rather than face the whip. But there were many young Irish lads more openly defiant of their oppressors laws. They clipped their hair very short and were known as "croppy boys."

Another pet torture used by the Intruders was to"half-hang" their suspects. They were hung only until they became unconscious. Then a paper cap was filled with hot pitch and placed on their head, then lit. When the prisoner came to, the pitch would be running down his head, burning his eyes, skin, etc. Once the pitch had fully set, the cap could not be removed without taking significant portions of the scalp and facial tissue.

The revolutionary spirit continued to spread, as did the English campaign of terror. Tone was able to retain French support. The decision was made to begin the revolt in the third week of May 1798. Even Napolean indicated he would provide adequate support, hence the foundation for "The Year of the French." Success seemed inevitable.

In March several leaders of the United Irishmen were arrested. Several more were arrested on the eve of the rebellion. Many more potential rebels were executed and tortured.

The Rebellion broke out on 24 May in Dublin. The rebels were poorly armed and trained and in the midst of the concentration of the English forces. The rebellion quickly spread through Antrim, Down, and Armagh. As I relay this story here, on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, while radical Orangemen of the North engage in new terrorist attacks on the Irish in order to per\manently destroy the peace talks, it may be worth remembering that the 1798 rebellion to obtain independence from England was led by Protestant leaders. On 7 June, Henry Joy McCrackin led a force of 3,000 against Antrim town. Two days later another Protestant named Henry Munroe led the rebels of County Down. Within a week these pockets of the Rebellion had all been crushed. McCrackin and Munroe were both executed.

But it is Wexford that comes to mind when one thinks of the 1798 Rebellion. It is Wexford that legend, story, and song celebrate. Father John Murphy. Boulavogue. "The Boys of Wexford." Vinegar Hill.

On the 24th of May in Co Wexford, one man died at the lash; 35 other United Irish were shot to death at Dunlavin, and 24 at Carnew. The following day 460 men were killed in an unsuccessful attack on Carlow. On the 26th another skirmish near Harlow caused additional death. Father John Murphy had preached against rebellion. When he heard and saw the carnage about him, he rallied the Irish, now scared and in disarray. Volunteers came from far and near and they swept through Wexford reclaiming village after village. Sadly, their lust for revenge led them to atrocities every bit as cruel as their oppressors. To reduce the anti-Protestant sentiment, Fr Murphy placed Bagenal Harvey in charge of the Irish campaign. The coast was now clear for the French to land - but they never came! Had the Irish forces headed north and towards the midlands they might well have been more successful. Instead, they set up command atop Vinegar Hill. The Brits came prepared with well-seasoned troops, well armed, with heavy artillery and several field commanders. The 30,000 Irish were armed with pikes, clubs, pitchforks and any guns they had accumulated, and were led by a parish priest. The outcome at the Battle of Vinegar Hill on 21 June was inevitable. Still Father Murphy managed to elude the victors.

Battle of Vinegar Hill

He led his remaining troops on a 45 mile withdrawal out of Wexford, through counties Carlow and Kilkenny, and on into Laois. But the enemy pursuit under General Lake was relentless. Men, women, and children were butchered without mercy; villages were burned. Finding no additional support in Laois, the Irish circled back towards Wexford. Several battles ensued, but by the 29th Fr Murphy, bodyguard James Gallagher, and Bagenal Harvey had all been executed. To teach the Irish a lesson, their heads were placed on pikes and left to stand. The Rebellion, it seemed, had been all but quashed within a month.

While Wexford and Vinegar Hill may be the lasting symbols of 1798, the final chapter was written in our ancestral homeland of County Longford.

On 22 August, Gen Jean Humbert of France sailed into Killala's broad bay in Co Mayo with 1,000 troops. Despite the disaster that ended in June, or perhaps because of it, the Irish rallied. They quickly overran Ballina. Humbert installed a provisional government under John Moore. They pressed on toward Castlebar where butcher Lake and the Brits were stationed. When the English learned Humbert and the Irish volunteers were approaching, the brave Lake fled with his forces so fast they left guns and artillery behind. Rather than being remembered as The Battle of Castlebar, the incident is referred to as the "Castlebar Races." Most of the Irish were unarmed, so were grateful for the English donations.

Ireland's prayers had been answered. Patriots rose from throughout Connaught and the midlands.

 "The hilltops with glory were glowing, 'Twas the eve of a bright harvest day, When the ships we'd been wearily waiting, Sailed into Killala's broad bay; Then over the hills went the slogan, To awaken in every breast The spirit that never was quenched boys Among the true hearts of the West." [from "The Boys of the West."]

Some of Longford's more prominent citizens also rose to the occasion, including Patrick and Henry O'Connell of Cranary; O'Keefe of Ballinlough; Patrick Farrell of Ballinree; while the Protestants included Alexander Crombie of Leitrim, Granard; Hans and Alex Denniston of Prospect, Rathbracken who were also Officers in the Yeomanry Corps of Mostrim.

As Humbert began his march from Castlebar, Hans rushed to Belfast to consult with the United Irishmen. He then returned to meet Humbert with a plan to re-capture Granard. Humbert pushed on through Co Mayo, Sligo, and was crossing into Leitrim, some 60 miles northwest of Granard. It was thought Granard might provide a strategic command center for Humbert to launch an attack on Dublin.

The English had early considered such a strategy and had positioned a small garrison there with about 200 troops. Learning of Humbert's progress, the commander at Granard sent to Co Cavan for support. It took continued pressure before Major Cottingham marched an additional 100 men to reinforce the Brits at Granard.

"But Granard saw another sight When drums did beat in broad daylight Commanding tires of death to light The darkness of her scenery." 

On the morning of 5 September, the rebels approached Granard en masse. When they arrived at the bridge, they divided into three columns, placing their strength on the two end columns. The left column of pikemen charged uphill to take the Mote. They were easily mowed down by superior fire power and sufferred many casualties. The right column launched a direct attack on the barracks at Gortawillin. This was the major battle for Granard. Despite superior English firepower, the "Croppies" broke the lines and entered the barracks yard. The struggle lasted over five hours. Big Pat Farrell, leader of the Longford Irish took a bullett and died. The O'Connell brothers fell as well. So too did spirit. Confusion set in, and soon they were in retreat. The Brits pursued with cavalry all but unopposed. The Irish were run down and slaughtered. The center column fared worse. Maj Cottingham drew them into the village where his troops were strategically placed. Another cavalry charge down Main St easily routed the rebels. In all, over 150 "croppies" were killed. Another estimate is upwards of 400. The Dennistons and O'Keefe managed to escape.

A gallows was erected at the foot of the Mote. The Englishman Hempstenal became known as "The Walking Gallows" for the relish he took executing any he thought complicit in uprising. His victims, as well as those fallen in battle were buried without benefit of shroud, or coffin, or Christian ceremony, but were thrown in a large quarry and only covered by the gradual fall of stone and decaying leaves! Many were left to rot wherever they fell. In time, even Hempenstal's troops became sickened and bored of the never-ending hangings.

Again, the outcome had been obvious. The Brits were well trained, well armed, seasoned warriors. The Irish were men of the land; unorganized; untrained; and armed with their primitive pikes.

In the meantime, a large number of Westmeath men had come to join rebels near Edgeworthstown to free Wilson Hospital [?], Edgeworthstown-Mostrim, and Bunbrosna. Aside from passing references to these incidents, there is little detail of what took place. The following is taken from the ballad "The Battle of Granard" which seems to describe the skirmish at Edgeworthstown as the men of Westmeath and So Longford progressed toward Granard. It also appears Lord Edgeworth himself a Protestant, led the rebels in Longford.

"We marched that morn from Creenagh To oppose them on their way And by river, lake, or mountain Made we neither stop or stay. Till a band of English troopers Crossed our path at Edgeworthstown And we piked the last red foeman As the evening sun went down."

Certainly the above would suggest some minor victories. The goal was to fortify Granard. But with the defeat at Granard, and the news Lord Cornwallis was approaching from the east to meet Lake and catch Humbert's forces in the middle, hope ebbed.

Humbert, unaware of the failure to take Granard, or of Cornwallis' advance, was in great haste to reach Granard. Lake had re-grouped and with a force of several thousand, was now on Humbert's heels. Humbert was under the impression additional men and weapons from France would be meeting him. In fact, Napolean had never intended to waste additional resources in Ireland. His only interest in Ireland was to create a diversion to occupy the Brits so he could pursue his expansion into eastern Europe. In fact, Napolean was said to have expressed his ernest hope never to see or hear of his Irish support forces again. To make matters worse, Humbert had been befriended by a local operative of Gen Lake in Co Leitrim. While Humbert and his party were dining with his new friend, the chains used to haul the cannons were stolen. When Humbert resumed his march, they tried to make ropes from whatever they could find. Nothing held. With Lake hot on his trail, Humbert was forced to drop all but one cannon into Lake Keeldra rather than let them fall to enemy hands.

On the morning of 8 September Gen Humbert crossed the border into Co Longford with about 800+ of his original landing force, and more than 500 Irish pikemen. Behind him came Gen Lake with about 10,000 men. News of Cornwallis' approach with some 12,000 men had reached Humbert. Rather than proceed and become trapped between two overwhelming forces, Humbert decided to stand and confront Lake.

Sarrazin, Humbert's second in command, was positioned in the hills at Kiltycreevagh to function as rearguard. The main body and pikemen were placed on the hill of Shanmullagh, northeast of the village of Ballinamuck. Another force including Gunner McGee and the remaining cannon, was assigned to a hill just southeast of the village. Blake and Teeling were the primary commanders of the Irish forces. Before the actual battle began there was a fierce, brief engagement at Kiltycreevagh. Specifics are vague, but Sarrazin was either tricked into surrendering, or simply folded to such overwhelming force.

The battle at Ballinamuck was joined at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, 8 September 1798. Again, accounts of what actually transpired vary widely. It should also be mentioned that most historical recollections were written by either English or French participants and/or scholars who may have had a different perspective from the Irish. It appears that Humbert initially gave token resistance but surrendered fairly early in the battle. Another of Humbert's commanders Capt Jobit, surrendered his unit shortly thereafter. The Irish were left to fend for themselves. The pike-men repelled at least three major offensives by the English cavalries. The abdication of the French and ever increasing advantage of the enemy led to confusion. At the same time, the unit south of town fought with equal courage. Gunner McGee wrecked great havoc on the Crown forces with his single cannon. When he ran out of ammunition, he had his men gather and break up scrap metal to keep firing. When the cannon supports were destroyed, his men held the cannon by hand. The recoil was so intense it broke their backs. McGee was overrun and cut down. By noon the Battle of Ballinamuck was ended. Cornwallis formally accepted Humbert's surrender. Approximately 500 of the 1500 Irish pikeman were killed in the battle, or the retreat immediately thereafter. Consistent with his performance at Wexford, Gen Lake continued murdering

[Surrender at Ballinamuck]
and hanging the people of Long-ford until again his troops grew tired of senseless death. It is also interesting to note that there is little evidence that Corwallis had any significant role in this battle beyond accepting Humbert's surrender - and of course credit for the victory. In any event, the Rebellion of 1798 ended here at Ballinamuck. "The Year of the French" was a year of false hope. Over 30,000 Irishmen were killed in that year.

It seems surprising to me so little is known or recorded of the participation in this Rebellion. In most cases it would appear this history was not even passed down within the family. The tragedy came to an end in September 1798 in Co. Longford. "Our" John Mahedy had just turned 17. Perhaps it is folly to suggest John or his close kin were involved in the final events of the Rebellion. Still, we have found significant events occurred near his probable home in Mostrim. Matt Mahady's ancestors are found in Lisnageerah, between Granard and Ballinamuck. Other Mahedy branches have been found in Granard as well as Westmeath. There can be little doubt these Mahedys were somehow related; nor can there be much doubt they were well aware of the events swirling about them in 1798. They may have been on either - or both sides. Every county had its own militia made up primarily of local Irish under English command. Indeed, Lord Longford had his Longford militia at Castlebar to support Gen Lake's Brits. When the militia men saw the French had finally arrived, and saw how there countrymen of Mayo had rallied, they set down their guns, removed the uniform jackets, walked over to their Mayo comrades, grabbed a pike, and turned to lead the confrontation. Gunner McGee was a sargeant in the Longford militia. It seems unlikely we can ever know for sure, but ...

There are many fascinating incidents which could be related. Perhaps some other time. One tidbit of trivia acquired in this superficial investigation was the fact that the most popular rebel tune was written primarily to commemorate the role of the men of Longford and Westmeath in 1798. It should have been obvious from the mention of Sean O'Farrell in the first verse of "The Rising of the Moon " that there was a Longford connection. The O'Farrells were Lords of Annaly [ancient Longford] for centuries.

Anghail was a tenth century chieftain who gained control of the region. His grandson fought at the Battle of Clontarf, earning the name Fearghal, meaning valiant. Fearghal moved westward with his soldiers, eventually settling where the River Camlin forms a loop. Here he built ramparts to fortify his headquarters. The headquarters became known as Long-fort Ui Fearghail, which ultimately became Longford town. The Fear-ghails became O'Farrells !

 "Oh! then tell me, Sean O'Farrell, Tell me why you hurry so? "Hush, mo bhúachaill, hush and listen," And his cheeks were all aglow. "I bear orders from the Captain Get you ready quick and soon For the pikes must be together By the rising of the moon." Oh! then tell me, Sean O'Farrell, Where the gathering is to be? "In the old spot by the river Right well known to you and me. One word more - for signal token, Whistle up the marching tune, With your pike upon your shoulder, By the rising of the moon " Out from many a mud-wall cabin Eyes were watching through the night, Many a manly breast was throbbing For the blessed warning light Murmurs passed along the valleys Like the Banshee's lonely croon, And a thousand blades were flashing At the rising of the moon. There beside the singing Aver That dark mass of men were seen- Far above the shining weapons Hung their own beloved green. "Death to every foe and traitor! Forward! strike the marching tune And hurrah, my boys, for freedom! Tis the rising of the moon." Well they fought for poor old Ireland, And full bitter was their fate Oh! what glorious pride and sorrow Fill the name of ninety-eight! Yet, thank God, e'en still are beating Hearts in manhood's burning noon Who would follow in their footsteps At the rising of the moon!


Little new has been found on the Gillett - Keech lineage. As indicated in the 97 "3M," there is still need for further documentation of Ebenezer's parentage. I remain confident that Ebenezer is a descendant of the immigrant Gillett brothers who came in 1630 on the "Mary & John."

Last year's introduction to Ebenezer's probable lineage mentioned how Jonathan had come to the new world to build a new life. Jonathan raised a large family and achieved a degree of prominence in the colonies. He held several civic posts, including constable, and he had instilled in his children that same sense of civic responsibility. A few years before his death his son Joseph was killed in an Indian battle. Eight months later, his son Samuel was also killed in battle. This was the famous King Philip's War. Philip was a tribal Indian chief.

As was the custom of the time, Jonathan willed the family home to his youngest son Josiah. In exchange, Josiah moved in and provided for the care of his parents in their waning years. Jonathan died in Aug 1677. The following month his daughter-in-law Hannah, widow of Samuel, now remarried, was captured by Indians and taken to Canada with her children.

Joseph had seven children before his death at Bloody Brook, including four sons. Like most of the early Gilletts, his sons followed the footsteps of those who went before by remaining active in public affairs as well as in the defense of their community. The tale which follows was well known in early Massachusetts history. Though it is focused on Joseph's son John, the story reflects the common threats which plagued our colonial ancestors.

"From beginning to end, this [1696] proved a troublesome year to the town. The Court also provided a garrison; and scouting was continued on the frontiers. Although this dangerous service was performed with boldness and fidelity, sudden inroads of the enemy could not always be averted. Like a whirlwind they came and went, leaving destruction in their track. " [Deerfield History, v I, p254]

"7ber [Sept] 16, 1696, John Smead & JOHN GILLETT being in the woods, looking or tracking Bees, were besett by a company of French Mohawks. J.G. was taken prisoner & J.S. escaped - the indians fearing a discovery by S. 16 of them hastened toward the town, and three were left with J.G. It being lecture day the people were got out of the meadows, that so yr might attend ye lecture, so that ye enemy came as far as Mr. Danl Beldings house that was within gun-shot of ye fort...[Mr Belding, son Nathaniel, ae 22, dau Esther, 13, taken prisoners; wife, 2 sons, 1 dau. killed; 1 son badly wounded; 2 daus escaped. Other hostilities at fort, in meadow, etc.]...the enemy went up Green River & came to their companions that they had left with Gillett. John Smead came into the town soon after Mr Belding's family were well off. Ye 1st night ye enemy lodgd in a round hole near the river, above ye rock, at Nfd. st., where ye fires were fresh, thence set away for Canada by ye way of Otter Creek, leaving Connecticut river &c. When they came near Otter creek, they came upon some tracks of Albany indians that were going to Canada, (for in those times ye indians from Albany were wont to go a-scalping, as they call it, to Canada) they sent out their scouts & were upon the look-out, and at length discovered yr smoak; and then they flung down their packs & painted themselves & tyd their English captives to trees & left two men to guard them; & proceded to yr business, & having dividd themselves into two companies, they sett up on the secure company (wch consistd of six men) & killed two of ym, took two & 2 escapd. Among ye slain was one Uroen an indian known among ye english (& suspectd to be a bloody fellow & sometimes mischievous to ye english). Of their own men, one was wounded in ye fleshy part of the thigh (as one had been before at D'f'd). The prisoners were one a Scatocook indian & ye other a young Albany Mohawk. When the skirmish was over, the English were brt up & so they procedd on their journey. Mr. B. asked the Scatocook Indian, (now his fellow prisoner) what he thought would do with them, who reply'd that they would not kill ye english prisoners, but he expected to be burnt himself, but when they came to the lake, one rainy night, they made no fire, and some of them lodgd under ye canoes, from whom the Scatocook made his escape having loosed himself by some means from his cords &c, and altho he was psud the enemy could not recover him &c. As to the young Albany Mohawk, he was kept alive, being of their own nation (the french mohawks went from yr nation over to Canada for the sak of the romish religion). Wn Mr. B. & company came to the fort carlled Oso, the males were obliged to run the Gauntlet near it. Mr. B. being a very nimble or lighfooted man, received but few blows, save at first setting out, but the other men were much abusd by clubs, fire-brands, &c. They arrived at Canada Bay 8ber 9 [October 9]. Now they found what the Scatacook indian had said, to be true, for the indians kept Mr. B. himself & his daughter with them, & gave J.G. & N.B. to the french. J.G. worked as a servt to ye Nuns at their farm. N.B. worked for the Holy Sisters. n ye 9th of July following, Mr. B. was sold to ye french & lived as a servt to the jesuits at the seminary; his business was to wait upon them & cutt wood, make fires & tend the garden &c. He accounted himself favorably dealt with. In the winter following Coll A. Schyler with some others came to Canada & brought with them a copy of ye articles of peace between England and France & returnd home with some Dutch Captives. In April following Coll peter Schyler & Coll A. Schyler & the Dutch Domine, with some others, came to Canada & the French governor gave liberty to all captives, English & Dutch, to return home, yea alowed them to oblige all under 16 years of age to return with them, those above yt age were to be at their liberty &c. These Dutch Gentleman gatherd up wt captives both English & Dutch they could & returned june 8 & took Mr. B.and his xdren and Martin Smith with abt 20 more English with them, & arrived at Albany in about 15 days, where ye Dutch showed to him a great deal of kindness, offered to send him home directly to Deerfd Coll Schyler clothd him & his xdren at the desire of his brother Mr. John Belding of Norwalk who paid him for the clothes &c. after about three weeks stay in Albany, Mr. B. and his children went down the River to N. York where his Br had provided a place for his entertainment & from N. York he went in a vessil to Stamford & from there to Norwalk to his friends & after some stay there, returned to D'f'd. J.G. got home a little before him by the way of France & so to England, having received great kindness in England.

Col PARTRIDGE in a message to the Massachusetts General Court told the story of John Gillett compactly as follows: `Wheras John Gillet who hath been a very active and willing souldr within the County of Hampshire & Being on the 16th day of Sept 1696 out upon service & together with some others was that day taken by the Enemy & suffering hardship was carried to Canada Captive & there Remayned till Septer Last & then was sent from thence Prisnr unto old ffrance & thence (by the later Articles of Peace) the sd Gillet together with other Captives was Released & carried to England: Since his Arrivall there hath Lived & obtained pay for his Passage by the Charitie of some English Marchets there; & now being arrived here Destetute of Money or Cloaths for his P'sent Reliefe Humbly proposeit to ye Honoble Genll Corte to allow him something wt this Corte judge meet for his P'sent Reliefe.' " Samuel Partrigg -

17 Jun 1698 - House of Representatives - Ordered that there be al-lowed and paid out of the Publick Treasury the sum of six pounds to the above named John Gillet for the consideration above mentioned (Sgt) Nathl Byfield, Speaker."

Indian attacks had continued for a good 30 years after King Philip's War of 1675-6. In 1692 Indians sold a large tract of land in Lebanon, Conn where many moved to escape the Indian threat. Four proprietors began the settlement in 1695. In 1700 they deeded land to 51 people who had drawn lots, including John & Nathaniel Gillet, and Sgt Josiah Dewey, Sr & Jr. Homelots laid out Dec 1697 on E side, N & S of highway incl: #7-John Dewey; # 9-Dea Josiah Dewey; #10-Nathaniel; #18 Josiah Jr; #19- John Gillet.

17Jan1729, "Josiah Dewey second yeoman" of Lebanon deeded to son John 2 parcels in Lebanon "one of which is my homelot...with land adjoining bounded northeast-wardly on the main street of Lebanon, northwestwardly on the lot of Dr Ebenezer Gray and on the southwest by a highway on the southeast by land of John Gillet abt 40 acres; the other parcel 18 ac of Timber Hill..."

John's wife was Experience Dewey, daughter of Josiah, son of Thomas the immigrant, and Hepsibah Lyman. Thomas Dewey is ancester of the Harrisons here in Otsego Co, NY - paternal cousins of the "editor." Hepsibah was the daughter of Hepsibah Ford, daughter of immigrant Thomas and second wife, Elizabeth Charde. Elizabeth is also a direct ancestor on my father's line via her marriage in 1610 to Aaron Cooke. Aaron died 1615. The following 19 June, she married Thomas Ford. They came on the "Mary & John," as did Jonathan Gillett. [Now it may become complicated.]

Elizabeth's daughther Abigail Ford, sister of Hepsibah, married Elder John Strong, another "Mary & John" immigrant. John's sister Eleanor married Walter Dean - my direct ancestors. Elder John is also direct ancestor of my former wife Jeanne. Also through Elder John, Elizabeth Charde is direct ancestor of President FDR, and Bess Wallace - better known as Bess [Mrs H. S. Truman!] Through Elder John's grandson Preserved Strong and wife Tabitha Lee, she is also direct ancestor of the late Princess Diana. Tabitha's grandfather was Dr Stephen Hart, direct ancestor of my wife Janice. Jan's 3rd great-grand-mother in this line was Mercy Keech, daughter of George of Augusta, Oneida County, whom I suspect was closely related to Elizabeth Keech of Western, wife of Ebenezer Gillett ! Amazing!!!



There has been no new information on the McKay-Donahue lines, but the search continues. There was a fairly extensive segment on John W Mackay in the recent PBS series "The Irish In America." I believe most of the information presented has been covered in previous issues. There were several good pictures of John as well as his wife. However, when I went to the series website there was one a single reference to his name. There were no pictures, no biographical notes, and no references. I was also somewhat surprised that they did not mention Clarence's affiliation with I T & T, or Elinor's marriage to Irving Berlin. Still, the series is well worth viewing.

In my meanderings through Co Cavan and Longford websites I did come across a few Donahues/Donohoes. I have mentioned several times Donahue was not native to Tyrone. It is quite possible that Patrick was not born there. The two primary septs are found in Kerry and Cavan. Since Cavan borders Tyrone, it would seem a logical place to expand the search. We still have not found either Patrick, Sr or Jr in Canada. I have placed queries for all families at a Canadian eastern townships web-site.



As I indicated earlier, there has been a good deal of new information obtained this past year. We have "found" Art Dewitt and Jack Downs, both grandsons of Jenny Mahedy Downs of Leominster, Mass, daughter of Patrick, son of the immigrant John. Then there is Matt of Australia. Through Matt there are a variety of "new" Mahady/Mahedy records, none of which can yet conclusively link the American or Australian clans. Collectively they do provide a more panoramic perspective of our clan in 19th century Ireland. And, thanks to Matt, that vague, age -old tradition in every Irish immigrant family is documented: "Oh, yor ancestors back in ol' Ireland...sure n don'cha know dey were all a bunch thieves and criminals..." It is difficult to know where to begin.

Due to limitations of time and space, it seemed best to present data from actual records in Ireland. It should be noted that these first records all pertain to Mahedys in Co Westmeath.

The majority are from Rathowen, where we believe our Moran ancestors most likely originated BIRTH RECORDS D.O.B. Surname First, Father Mother, First Book &Day.Mth.Yr. Name Name Reg. No. 18/3/1836 Mahedy Patrick Patrick, Heslin Mary A 59 5/3/1837 Mahedy Patrick Patrick, Whelan Rose A 62 26/1/1844 Mahidy Mary * Michael, Whelan Rose B 3 20/4/1845 Mahedy Thomas Michael, Donohoe Elizabeth B 8 15/4/1846 Mahady Patrick Patrick, Donahoe Elizabeth B 11 7/10/1850 Mahidy Catherine Michael, Wheelan Rose B 14 * Michael also had son John, 1845, who came to NYC at age 11, served in Civil War and settled in Cal in 1869. He was a noted gardner and left descendants in L.A.. DEATH RECORDS D.O.D. Surname First Age Book& Parish/Day.Mth.Yr. Name Page no. District 11/3/1822 Mahedy Bridgit NR A 129 Rathowen 23/4/1823 Mahedy Thomas NR A 130 Rathowen 23/1/1847 Mahady Thomas 70 C 3 Rathowen 19/9/1860 Mahady Patrick 61 C 8 Rathowen 14/6/1870 Mahedy William NR C 11 Rathowen 3/3/1975 Mahedy Mary NR NR Streete [NR. - Not Recorded.] MARRIAGE RECORDS Marriage Surname First Spouse First Parish/Date Name Name District 15/10/1821 Mahedy Margaret Duck Francis Rathowen 18/11/1821 Mahidy Mary Carney Michael Rathowen 23/10/1861 Mahady Catherine Kerrigan James Rathowen 26/6/1871 Mahidy Catherine Boice Patrick Rathowen [ Canady ?] There are several more records for Boherquill, Castletown- Geogheogan, Coole, Killucan, Milltown, Mullingar and Multyfarnham. These may be made available at some later date. Matt also provided the following records on Mahady AND Mahedy from his own family file: John Mahady: birth record, with father's name: Birth Father 1788 Michael 1831 * Matthew 1833 Thomas 1840 Patrick 1866 Anthony 1875 Thomas 1879 John 1894 Peter 1925 Francis 1952 Thomas 150 Note :- *Son John had surname Mahady but father was registered as Mahedy - not really unusual. Marriage Spouse 1793 Catherine O'Neill 1836 Catherine Mulligan 1837 Rose Fulham 1854 Rosa Fulham John Mahedy - Birth Father 1866 Thomas 1841 *Thomas 1860 Michael 1824 Patrick 1843 Patrick Marriage Spouse 1755 Mrs Ann Mahedy 1772 Ann Campbell 1783 Catherine Caroti 1802 Mary Fagan 1814 Mary Gurn 1867 Mary Kiernan Note:- *Son Thomas had surname Mahedy at birth but father was registered as Mahady - as above. The following was found in the "Index to 1901 Longford Census" by David Leahy, Limerick. 1901 Census: (1) Michael, Matthew, Michael at Cloonard (Ballymahon D.E.D.= Dist Electoral Division) Matt suggests this data pertains to the actual home probably showing a father and two sons. (2) Rebecca M.& Elizabeth at Eliz-abeth Fallon's of Cullentragh (Rathcline Civil Ph.) This probably suggests Rebecca & Elizabeth Mahedy resided at Fallon's and were probably mother and daughter or sisters (3) Peter at Farrell Sheridan's, Carrickmaguirk - probably shows Peter lodging or working at Sheridan's. ---------- These are the households of the Mahady/Mahedy families in Longford in 1901. Mahady, Mahedy (13), (No other spelling variation listed) Patrick at Ballina. Timothy at Caltragh More. Michael at Cornadowagh. James at Cranally. Peter at Tober. Daniel at Cartron (Granard Rural D.E.D.). Patrick at Moxham Street,Granard Town. John at The Hill, Granard Town. Thomas at Cam. James at Kilsallagh. Patrick at Lisryan. Thomas, John at Corclaragh. ------ The following are the Mahady/Mahedy individuals living at some other residence,other than their own family name. Sr.Clare at Rev.Mother Whelan's of Ballymahon Town. Anne & Mary at Mc'loughlin's at Kilsallagh 

Matt also has a record of Anne (Green) Mahady (Age 73) Widow Died 28 Nov.1905; Mother-in- law to Patrick Mcloughlin (Age 37), with his wife being Bridget Mahady (Age 30) with three chil-dren: Margaret 5, Richard 3 and Mary aged 1 year old. Bridget's sister Mary (Age 32) was named above. -----

Peter F.Sheridan of Pearl River, NY is the son of Marcella Mahedy (Matts records show Mahady) of Granard who married Peter Sheridan from Granard. There is also a James Mahedy married to Mary Sheridan in 1819 at Granard.

In 1828 a Marcus Moran was the sponsor for a child of John Mahedy and Mary Fagan. Elenor Moran was also the sponsor for the child of Thomas Mahedy/Catherine Maher in 1839. Patrick and Margaret McCormick were best man and best maid for William Mahedy and Ann Eivers in 1844.

Clearly the file of Mahady-Mahedys has exploded, thanks largely to "Cousin Matt." I assure you there is much more to come. While we have yet to link the various Mahedy lines, we have learned much.

There is now a marriage record back to 1755, predating the immigrant John Mahedy's birth by almost twenty years. Since it was a marriage record, Anne was probably born in the 1730s. It would also appear that as Mrs Anne Mahedy, she was most likely a widow and may have been considerably older.

Despite the increase in the volume of Mahady -Mahedy records, it is clear it is a relatively small family. Even as late as 1901, there were only 13 Mahedy families in all of Longford. Matt's records also show a significant Mahady population in neighboring West- meath, mainly in and around Rathowen. Moreover, the given names appear to remain consistent in both counties. There is a plethora of Patricks, many Johns, as well as Michaels, Thomases, and a few thews, Williams and Peters. These records also show multiple links to the Morans, Sheridans, and Farrells, all of which have been previously suggested. In addition, we now see links to such prominent families as McCormick, O'Neill, Mulligan, Kiernan, and Fagan.

There is still much to be reported; much to be learned. There are many more participating in the quest. For that we should be most grateful. In addition, both Matt and I have fairly well plastered the Irish websites with notices and inquiries. The Co Cavan site will help to see if we can learn more of Gen. Phil Sheridan's ancestry. As I peck at the keys Cousin Jack Downs is back at his home in Ireland. He will be looking for additional info on the Coolamber Estates, said to have originally been Mahedy lands.

As luck would have it, I finally located some new data on Coolamber on 28 Feb. COOLAMBER is found under Cloonshanagh Manor, a "country house" built in 1820s by the Blackhall family. This famous Dublin family was reputed to have built the house to improve their sons ailing health. The Estate, while changing ownership, stayed intact till around 1960, when it was divided into smaller estates by the Irish Land Commission. Today, Coolamber Manor is a National Training and Development Centre. It stands in its original splendour, to the front of Coolamber Wood, adorned by landscaped lawns and gardens, and a meticulously kept modern farm. Across from Coolamber Training Centre are well-kept farmyards and tidy farms that were formerly part of the Estate. West of the Manor lies the raised Red Bogs of Ardagullion, Asnagh and Cranley. A belt of Evergreen Trees shelter the Manor from the westerly winds that sweep across the Moor. The smaller Ardaguillion Bog is now a proposed "Natural Heritage Area" while the larger Cranley Area, stretching from Main Road to Main Road, is under commercial devel\opment by Bord na Mona. The townland of Ardagullon is divided by a long winding road, hence the term Upper and Lower Ardagullion. In the lower area, streams erupt from the Bog, join together and flow swiftly, through miles of farmland, under the historic Clonfin bridge and into the lake. Perhaps by next year we may have more history - and some photos.



I am still trying to find some record of Michael Moran, son of Charles and Bridget. Michael is the son who went out to the America n west. According to a notice in the Waterloo Advertiser in January 1918, Michael had died in Denver, Co, after a long and successful career in real estate development. He had a wife and at least one daughter - "Kate." There was no record in Denver city or county!

The tree which follows comes via "Cousin Matt." To date there is no direct link between this John and Charles Moran or Elizabeth Moran Mahedy. John Moran lived in the same vicinity where we believe they were born, and was one of their younger contemporaries. As with many of the data provided by Matt, we see many of the same family names and places already discussed. It is certainly not unreasonable to assume John, Charles and Elizabeth shared a common ancestry, and may well have been closely related. -----------

 The Family Tree of John Moran & Mary McCormick as compiled by John Monaghan of Murray Bridge, Sth. Aust. and placed on Computer Printout by Matt Mahady in 1997. John Moran - Farmer and Merchant. Born 1799 or 1804 & Died 24Aug 1864 (or 1863) Married at St. Mary s R.C. Church on 27 November 1822 Mary McCormick :- Born 1794 & Died 6 January 1885 Children :- Ann :- Born 27 September 1823. Died ??? Sponsors : Bernard McCormick & Catherine Drought Married Michael Keane at Rathowen on 10May1845. Went to US. Bridget :- Born 7 February 1825 Died 28 February 1882 Sponsors : Patrick Farrell & Elizabeth Kane Married Thomas Monaghan James :- Born January 1827 & Lived at Rockfield. Married ??? Daughter born at Granard 24 March 1946 Married Brown Daughter - Married Willie Connolly (Son Jas Jos Connolly) Peter :- Born 25 December 1828 Died 26 September 1913 Married (1) Bridget Birmingham (2) Hanorah Ryan. Mary :- Born 25 March 1831; Died ??? Married Patrick Carrigy. John :- Born 25 July 1833; Died 8 May 1889. Married Annie Constance (Nanny) Sharry. Lived at Rathowen Patrick :- Born October 1835; Died 28 April 1878. Married Anne Denagan/Dinnegan, Rathowen, 16 January 1866. Lived and Died at Rathowen - Buried in Rathspick Cemetery. Margaret :- Born 19 August 1841. Sponsors Matthew Cormick & Marie Cormick Married Senior Constable Thomas Davern B.1830 D.1874 in Ararat, Victoria 1865. No children from this marriage. Catherine :- Born 5 June 1839 (Kate) Died 13 April 1907. Eugene/Owen Moran & Margaret Moran. Married Christopher (Kit) White of Lisderry B.1846 D.9Oct.1938. Children :- Richard - Minnie- Kathleen - Lily. Richard :- Born 1873 Died 26 November 1964. Farmer at Lisderry, Edgeworthstown. Married at Boherquille 16 April 1941 Married (Widow) Mary (Mollie) Donohue B.1914 D.1988 Family details available if required Minnie :- (Sr. Gonzaga) Mercy Sister, buried at Newtonforbes, Co. Longford. Kathleen:- Born 29 November 1954 Nurse, buried at Lucan Cemetery; Dublin Married Stroyan Murray (Bank Manager) 14 November 1958. Worked in Egypt. Retired to Lucan. No children from this marriage. Lily :- C.1965 Married James Fagan; Farmer, Mortfarrell, Co. Longford. Retired to Johnstown Bridge, Co.Kildare. Buried Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. No children from this marriage. --------- Map 1 - border of Longford - West- Meath Map 2 - Shefford Co, Que, Canada --------------------------------------- O'TOUSE'S 19TH ANNUAL UNATTENDED ST PATTY' S FESTIVAL SAT 14MAR98 O'TOUSE'S SHANTY, BLARNEY BLVD, SHANNON W GOODYEAR LAKE 
[Map of Co Longford]

I have maintained for several years that our John Mahedy was most likely from the parish of Mostrim in the Barony of Ardagh, probably near Edgeworthstown. Mahedys have also been found in some number in and around Granard. Matt has also provided Mahedy and Moran records from Rathowen, in the Barony of Moygoish, Westmeath, where we believe Elizabeth and Charles Moran Were born. Hopefully the above maps will provide some perspective.

1 - Rathowen appears just right of center toward the bottom of the page. Just east of Rathowen is Lake Derravaragh, famous in Irish myths. Following the road to the southeast will bring you to Mullingar. Proceding northeast, the road passes Edgeworthstown and leads into Longford village. Granard is NE of E'town, and almost due N of Rathowen. Immediately left of Granard is Ballymena, where some of Matt's family resided. allinamuck, where the Rebellion ended is just beyond the upper left corner. Longford village is barely visible to the left of E'town. [Map of Shefford Township @ 1864]

2 - Shefford County, Quebec, is in "the eastern townships," east of Montreal. Patrick Mahedy may have settled there as early as 1850. Michael and the Morans followed Pat from Sherrington, PQ, around 1855. Sherrington was SW of Shefford, just beyond the NY border.

The map is laying sideways. N is on the right; E is on the bottom; S to the left; and W is on top. Roman numerals appear running from left to right in ascending order to denote "Range." Each range was then divided into lots.

I realize the print quality is low, but I think I can give you a good idea where the clans settled here in America.

In Range II, in the upper left corner, just to the right of the RR tracks, is the farm of Malachi Campbell. Coming down [east] from Malachi, part of the village of Waterloo is still visible. Further N is the hamlet of Warden where Andrew Campbell had his farm and Michael Kelpyn ran a hotel before his westward adventure.

In Range V, between Waterloo and Warden, near the top of the map is a plot outlined on what looks to be a sloppy thumbprint. The "thumbprint" is Shefford Mt. The plot belongs to a Moran, but the first initial is unreadable. I assume it could be Patrick.

Moving north and east, just below VII, is the farm of Charles Moran. Kitty-corner from Charles, just above VIII, is the farm of Michael Mahedy, which later became the J.P. McKay farm. The next to the last farm on the bottom belonged to the McCaffreys. Henry McCaffrey married Elizabeth Mahedy, daughter of Patrick. Guess where they lived.

The outlined square in Range IX lists P Mahedy twice, M Mills, and Cath. Church. The church - St Joachim's - was built on land - 8 acres donated by Patrick Mahedy, "a wealthy Irish miller". [That's the first time I've ever heard the term wealthy used in the same sentence as any of my families :-) ] I suspect one "P Mahedy" pertains to Pat's home; the second to Mahedy Hall; and "M Mills" to Patrick's sawmills.

Next to Pat's lot, in Range X, was A. Dunn, 2. In Range XI, just above the Roman numeral was J. Dunn; just below was F. Dunn.

I will try to improve these maps.

I believe those receiving this by email may be able to click on the map and get the original image which is actually quite good. I would also certainly be glad to email original maps to anyone who wants them.


The following recipe was pilfered from "Irelandseye.com," a free weekly on the net. It is worth a visit.


Porter is a type of dark Irish beer, not now as widely available as it once was. It is not as strong as stout but Guinness, Murphy's or other Irish stout can be substituted in this recipe if mixed fifty-fifty with water. This cake is quickly and easily made and, though it tastes good fresh from the oven, it is best kept for about a week in an airtight tin.

1 cup porter 1 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 6 cups mixed dried fruit (equal quantities currants, raisins, sultanas with about half as much mixed peel) 4 cups plain flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp mixed spice grated rind from one small lemon (optional) 3 medium eggs

Melt the butter and sugar in the porter in a saucepan. Add the fruit and simmer for 10 min. Allow to go cold and add the sieved flour, bak-ing soda, spices and lemon rind Beat eggs and mix in with wooden spoon. Pour into greased and lined 9 inch cake tin; bake on the middle shelf of a pre-heated oven at 325 deg;F for about 1 3/4 hrs. To test the cake, push a skewer into the centre; if ready, the skewer will come out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the tin.



April 1997 - Gladys Holt McKay of Sherrill, born 1920, daughter of Mrs Alice Holt of Utica. Gladys was married to the late Howard McKay and is survived by daughter Carol Slavinsky of Whitestown, and son Brian McKay of Sherrill.

For the central NY Mahedy-McKay clan Howard and Gladys were a part of our lives. Howard grew up "around the block" from my mother. In our early years they lived in Little Falls. We saw them regularly when they came to visit the Conniffs or Aunt May. In the 50s they moved to Sherrill - about two blocks from the Conniffs. Carol was in school with my sisters; Brian was a year or two behind me. Howard and Gladys worked nights with my parents at Vernon Downs for over forty years. Both Gladys and my mother worked as waitresses and hostesses in some of the best restauants in central NY. The only vacation my parents ever took was with Howard and Gladys in the mid '70s to Florida.

Gladys was a steadfast friend to all the area Mahedy-McKay clans. Her warm smile and kind words were ever-present, and ever genuine. She will be missed by all who knew her.


San Diego, Ca - Loretta Marie Mahedy died in May 1997. She was born 18 Aug 1908 at Columbus, Oh; daughter of Herman and Marie Zinc Engler. Loretta is survived by daughter Mary [Mrs Ken] Shier, and three sons: Rev William Mahedy of San Diego; Thomas B and John J Mahedy, ten grandchildren, and at least one great grandchild.

Sherrill, NY - 14 May 1997 Kathleen M Touse died at her apartment surrounded by friends and family. Born 8 May 1924 at Auburn, NY, daughter of John D & Margaret Newcomb McKay. Her mother died six weeks later. Kathy and her sisters Mary and Jean were moved to Vernon to be raised by their paternal grandmother, two aunts and an uncle. Kathleen married the late Rexford B Touse at Vernon, 22 Dec 1942. She is survived by daughters Margaret Mannix of Plattsburgh, NY; Mary Ann Parker of Ridgeway, Pa; Maureen Lewis of Oneida; Kathy Bernet of Sherrill; Francine Holt of Medford, Or; son Dan of Maryland, NY; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one aunt, Joan Livingston, and one uncle, Frank Newcomb of Auburn.

This is not an assignment for a man of brevity such as myself. Let it be said, my mother was a character. She would readily admit to being stubborn; spoiled; and hot-tempered [Irish ya' know.] She loved a good time, with music, dancing and laughter. Life, and those traits she admitted to, often made life difficult. I think too, my mother had inherited a certain wanderlust, probably from the Mahedys. She had to move, to see what was out there - in NYC, Cape Cod, Fl, Atlantic City, "San Fran;" or a simple trip "down the tracks" through meadow, pasture and along the creek. She loved the sea. Sometimes she took some of the children to expand their horizons. Just as often it was an escape from six kids. We skated at Rockefeller Center when she was 50!

My mother was never too shy to contain her exuberance - or her temper. She never knew how, or never dared, to show her heart.

In 1984 she was diagnosed with cancer, a battle we felt she was singularly incapable of waging. Instead she showed a strength and dignity which would inspire any. She danced a polka at Jackie's wedding last Feb. She said she was "an old soul." The death of my father, followed shortly by the death of her only surviving sister made her feel very much alone. Still, she rambled, she danced...she clung to life until - in the words of John Denver:

"All of her days have gone Soft and Cloudy All of her Dreams have gone dry All of her nights have gone Sad and Shady She's getting ready to Fly - Fly Away....Fly Away 

AUBURN - Mr. Francis Aloysius Newcomb, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997 at his home in Auburn. Frank was born 28 Dec 1910, son of Thomas H. and Mary Maloney Newcomb. He was a graduate of Auburn High School and an Army veteran of World War II where he obtained the rank of sergeant major in the Army Signal Corps and had fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

He was a well known Auburn musician, having taught piano and organ lessons. In addition, he retired from Auburn Memorial Hospital, and had been an organist at Holy Family Church.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lydia Maiorono Newcomb of Auburn, three sons, Michael F. Newcomb, his wife Lorraine of Fairport, Thomas H. Newcomb, his wife Gerry of Fairport, and Bernard W. Newcomb and his wife Patricia of Auburn; two daughters, Susan Murley and her husband Timothy of Auburn and Sheila M. Newcomb of Auburn; one sister, Joan Newcomb Livingston of Auburn; eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The Rev. Bernard Casper, a nephew, was celebrant of the funeral Mass.

I have mentioned before that, of the Touse kids, I was perhaps the lucky one. I spent much more time in Auburn than my sisters. Maybe that was a concession by my parents to give me a break from the web of women in my life - five sisters, my mother and great aunt. In Auburn I stayed with Butch Costello or Johnny Decker, and they are cherished memories. But I also spent a good deal of time at the Newcombs' with Frank's sister Ellie, and brothers Thomas and Gordon. Uncle Gordon made sure I got to meet the rest of the clan. In my high school years I normally made it a point to walk half way across town to visit Uncle Frank and Aunt Lydia. We would visit a bit and play the organ a bit. Uncle Frank was a talented musician. Music was not his only talent though. Uncle Frank was interested and quite well versed in family history, as was Gordon. They could also spin a tale, and I will probably never know who was the master.

I do feel qualified - and honored to name them both as honorary seanachie of the Newcomb- Maloney clans. God grant them peace



There have several updates and corrections to the Moran descendant list printed in the last edition of 3M: Mary Louise Moran [dau of Chas]

m - Michael Henry Kalpyn [name at death listed as Kelpin]

- Patricia Doyle - m Jack Tarnava 4 Dec 1973, Winnipeg, Man; - Geraldine Doyle Jarvis Adopted Helen Bridget Riese b - 3 Aug 1965, Winnipeg; m - Bruce Richard Gascoigne 7May88, Little Britain, Man - Kevin Richard Gascoigne 15 Nov 1990 - Tyler Phillip Gascoigne 15 Oct 1992 - Raymond Doyle Jarvis m - Tracey Lynn Shields 29 Oct 94, Winnipeg, Man; - Kayden Ty Jarvis 12 Dec 1995 - Michael Doyle Jarvis b 11Jun76 - Carol Noreen Gallagher Cohoon - Shayla Ryann Cohoon b - 11 May 1995 [3rd child] - Kyle Gallagher - b Ottawa, Ont; - Margarite Marie Kelpin - m - Walter - d - 20 Dec 1954 -------- A very special CONGRATULATIONS !!! to George & Geri Jarvis. Both received Volunteer of the Year Award from Winnipeg City Councillor, Glen Murray last June. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN! In October, Minister of Justice Vic Toews awarded them the Attorney General's Crime Prevention Award. ------- Births: Decker, Sean, son of J.D. & Sharon, born 7 May 1997 at Auburn, NY Engaged: Kimberly Ann Jarvis, daughter of George and Geri, became engaged to John Sidloski on 30 Nov 1997. Married: Kathleen Decker Jupin - daughter of John and the late Mary McKay Decker to Christopher Perkins, May 1997 at Auburn, NY; Bridget Gallagher, daughter of Patrick and Geri Doyle Gallagher married Sean Demman 11 Oct 97 at Winnipeg, Man. CONGRATULATIONS & BEST WISHES TO ALL WHO GOES WITH FERGUS? WHO will go drive with Fergus now, And pierce the deep wood's woven shade, And dance upon the level shore? Young man, lift up your russet brow, And lift your tender eyelids, maid, And brood on hopes and fear no more. And no more turn aside and brood Upon love's bitter mystery; For Fergus rules the brazen cars, And rules the shadows of the wood, And the white breast of the dim sea And all dishevelled wandering stars. ERIN GO BRAGH! 
Contributed by Dan Touse

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