©1997, Tom O'Connor
This is a limited history of those descendants of Patrick Mackie and Mary Myers that I have been able to identify to date. The four "children" of the first family that appear on the 1841 census were all born in Ireland after about 1816 when Pat and Mary would have been over thirty five years old. There was one daughter not listed on that census and probably other children born before this but I have not found them yet. Thirty-one or thirty-two children of these five were born on Prince Edward Island (PEI) in the 1840's or later and have been identified through baptismal records for the most part or, in some cases by marriage or census records.
Over eighty names of the great grand children of Pat and Mary are included in family charts interspersed in this history and included on a 10 page family chart that is available for those interested. The name are of offsprings who were all born on PEI about 1870 or later. I do not claim to have met genealogical standards documenting these individuals but think they a re for the most part correct. It is possible that some who are included because the 1881 or 1891 census shows them as family members may not actually be children of the listed parents. In addition there are undoubtedly several more members of this generation, particularly grand children of Bridget Mackie and Michael Cahill I have not identified as yet.
The children of these eighty-some members of the fourth generation are harder to trace because most of the eighty had left the Island by the early 1900's. That is why from this period on, the history will concentrate on just a few of the families. That is, the descendants of Patrick Mackie and Lisa-Jane Kinch and, I hope some day one branch of the descendants of Bridget Mackie and Michael Cahill.
Patrick Mackie [1855-1945] was my grandfather. His father [c.1821-1870] and his grandfather [c.1781-<1839] were also named Patrick so it is easy to become confused as you try to follow the story through the generations. They are my direct maternal ancestors though, so the story tends to focus on them and their wives. However I have included a considerable amount of information about the other members of their families, particularly those of the earlier generations.
The 1841 Census of Lot 28, Prince Edward Island (PEI) lists a Patrick McKay (sic) as head of a household of six Roman Catholics all of whom paid their passage from Ireland. (The surname was spelled in a variety of ways until the late 1800's when it was quite regularly spelled either "Mackey" or "Mackie." The latter spelling will be used primarily throughout the following.) The household included one male under sixteen, two males and one female between sixteen and forty-five and one male and one female over sixty years old. Patrick had a leasehold of 100 acres of first quality land, 30 acres of which was "arable" [cleared?]. He had two horses, five neat cattle, eighteen sheep, and four hogs; and had raised twelve bushels of wheat, twelve of barley, 100 of oats and 100 of potatoes. According to notes on the margin of the census report the farm was near Cape Traverse and Tryon. The notes reported:
"The market most generally resorted to by this settlement and Carleton Point [is] Miramichi, Richibucto, Pictou, and Charlottetown. The distance to the last place being about thirty miles."
The Second Generation
This reconstruction of the family is based on census records and later church records that, while not always absolutely identifying the family members lead to near positive identification. The two, "over-sixty" must be Patrick[I] Mackie and his wife Mary Myers, both, then must have been born prior to the spring of 1781. As will be seen later they probably lived at least for some time in Newbawn, Wexford County. Most likely there were older family members who had married by 1841 but I have been unable to identify any of them. The two older males still living at home were probably James who was born about 1818 and Patrick[II], born within a year or two of James. Patrick[II] married Bridget Shreenan on 2-1-1841 (PEI Public Archives [PEIPA] Master Name Index [MNI]). If he were then, in 1841 twenty three years old or older (Few men married younger than the age of, 25 in those days.) he must have been born in 1818 or before. James, according to the Marriage Book married Mary Kehoe on, 2-7-1842. A gravestone in Tignish, St Simon and St Jude parish cemetery lists his death on, 4-9-93, Ae 75 placing his birth at about 1818. The one female over sixteen was probably the Catherine who, on Jan 7,1849--as the daughter of, "the late Patrick Mackie and Mary Myers of Tignish"--married Patrick Cahill, son of Walter Cahill and Anastasia Cody. Catherine's sister Bridget married Patrick's brother Michael at the same place on May 14,1849. (see St Simon and St Jude Parish records 1831-1854). Why Bridget (or Catherine) was not counted on the 1841 census is probably impossible to determine at this time. The male who was under sixteen years in 1841 old fits the Thomas Mackie who later records show living in the area (he appeared on the church record at St Peter's as a sponsor at the baptisms of Patrick Kehoe in 1845 and Martin Kehoe in 1848). Thomas married Catherine Shea [MNI] on Feb.1,1853.
Because of the good marriage records at Tignish, [St Simon and St Jude] Bridget and Catherine are clearly identified as daughters of Pat and Mary, but this is not true for records for their brothers who were married by missionary priests, probably from Charlottetown. Identifying them requires some assumptions based on the following; Fr. Malachy Reynolds, the priest who married both Patrick [II] and James, and Fr. J[ames] MacDonald who married Thomas did not identify the parents of the couples or the locations the marriages. However both priests had missions to the Lot 28 area at the time of these marriages. James' and Thomas' wives' surnames, Shea and Kehoe were names of Lot 28 families on the 1841 census and subsequent records, and the Shreenans were members of a large group of settlers from County Monaghan who settled near Lot 28 during the 1840's. Additional evidence to support the belief that these are the children of Patrick Mackie and Mary Myers will be become evident subsequently.
Patrick Mackie m. Mary Myers - both b.> 1781 in Ireland
Their children; Patrick bc.1816 in Ireland d.3-4-70 Kildare River m.Bridget Shreenan 2-1-41 Fr. M Reynolds & m.4-12-52 Catherine Whelan &she re-m.Alex.McIntyre Tignish 10-17-71 James b.c 1818 d.. 4-9-93 Aet 75 from Newbawn, Wexford, IRL m.2-7-42 Mary Kehoe by Fr.Reynolds Bridget b.c 1826 in IRL m. 5-14-49 Michael Cahill b.c 1814 in Tignish Catherine b.c1824 in IRL dsp 1-31-89 m.1-7-49 Patrick Cahill bc.1814 in Tignish Thomas b.c 1831 in Ireland m. Catherine Shea 2-1-53 by Fr. Reynolds
The Exodus "Up West"
"Up West" is an Island term meaning the northwest end of the Island. From reports included in the 1841 census Patrick seemed to have a productive farm, however he and all of his family members that I have found left the area within a few years and settled on farms on the western end of the Island. Four of his children and probably Patrick and his wife Mary moved to Kildare in Lot 3 and his son Thomas later moved to Horsehead in Lot 1. [Lot 1 is as far up west as you can get] About this time several other families from the Lot 28 area also moved to settlements near Tignish. I have not found primary evidence of this move but from the following at least one Islander remembers something about it.
In 1989 a Mr Kehoe of Tryon told me a story, that he remembered his father and grandfather telling about a group of relatives leaving the Tryon area and moving to Kildare. The story claims the travelers stopped in Summerside to feed the horses then moved on to Kildare, arriving there the same day. An amazing feat, if true, given the road conditions of the day. The distance is about sixty miles on todays roads. At any rate, it is apparent that, by the late 1840's the Mackies and several other families had moved "up west" from the Lot 18 and 28 area. Each of the children of Patrick Mackie and Mary Myers can be identified in the Tignish area in a way that provides compelling circumstantial evidence that they were part of this migration.
It seems Patrick[II] and his sisters Catherine and Bridget moved first. Records of the girls' marriages in Tignish indicates the two women (and their parents) lived in Tignish in, (and probably before) 1849, the year of their marriages. Patrick [II] had at least one son, Thomas by his first wife Bridget Shreenan. Thomas was born on, 12-19-1846 and baptised on, March-17-1847 at St. Peter's Church. Later, on, 4-12-1852, Patrick[II], "the widower of Bridget Shreenan" married Catherine Whelan in Tignish. Patrick[II]'s name does not appear on lists (provided by Arnold McGrath of Seven Mile Bay) of donors to the new St Peter's Church in 1851. That list includes a Mrs. James Macky(sic), of Cape Traverse, who gave to the altar collection and a James Maky(sic) and Thomas Maky(sic), both of whom gave oats toward what appears to be "stove and pipes" collection. The donor lists also includes the names of several Kaho(sic) and Shay(sic) men and women. These are names of families into which James and Thomas married, some additional members of which moved "up west".
Of the twelve children who, by birth and census records can be identified as those of James Mackie and Mary Kehoe, Martin the sixth born was baptised on August 8, 1852 at St .Peter's Church, Seven Mile Bay (Lot 27). Their next child, James was baptised on, 10-8-1854 at St Simon and St Jude Church in Tignish.
His children's birth records do not provide a link for Thomas with the two locations. The first child of record of Thomas Mackie and Catherine Shea was Catherine, baptised on, 3-29-1858 in Tignish. However Thomas did settle in an area, Horse Head of Lot 1 where several evidently transplanted Shea families also lived. And, the following information from a Deed of Partition found in the Land Conveyance Records of PAPEI [1769-1872 Liber 86 Folio 629] confirms strong family connections between Tryon etc. and "up west". The document is apparently an agreement between the wife and heirs of Martin Kehoe to give one heir, son Richard Kehoe the rights to a piece of property in Lot 28 belonging to the estate. It lists Martin (deceased) his wife, Mary, their sons, daughters and sons-in-law as follows;
Sons; Patrick, Michael, William, John and Richard Daughters and sons-in-law; Mary and her husband, James McKay(sic), --Johanna and her husband, John Kieffe,--Margaret and her husband, John Shay(sic),-Elizabeth and her husband, Henry Dawson and--Catherine and her husband, Abram Noonan.
Witnesses to their signatures were; Richard Dawson of Nail Pond, Lot 1 and Thomas Dawson of Tryon [Lot 28]. Many of these same family names appear on Lot 1 and Lot 3 censuses and in later vital records in Tignish.
By comparing the 1861 census with the names found on the 1863 Lake map James Mackie can be located on the O'Rourke Rd. in Kildare Lot 3 near his brother Patrick[II] and brothers-in-law Patrick [Catherine's] and Michael [Bridget's] Cahill's families. Thomas was living on a farm on the Horsehead Rd near at least five Shea families (his in-laws?). Subsequent census, marriage and birth records and family names on Meacham's 1880 Atlas strengthen the identification of these as family members and descendants.
The Mackies came from Ireland and there is evidence that they came from Newbawn, County Wexford. This is based indirectly on a connection described here, in the hope it might point some future dabbler in family history in a profitable direction;
In the early 1840's Irish expatriates in many parts of the world held meetings to support repeal of a British 1801 law that had practically disenfranchised voters in Ireland by dissolving the Irish Parliament and absorbing its members in the British one where their vote would have little effect. Supporters of this, "Repeal Movement", as it was called had several meetings on PEI, one of which a James MacKay(sic) attended. He identified himself as from Newbawn, Wexford residing in Tryon [Lot 28] (see The Island Magazine #20 Fall and Winter 1986.) The author, Terrence Punch indicates that the locality listed was the birthplace of the individual. The 1841 census lists only one Mackie family on Lot 28, and our James Mackie is the only one in the area on subsequent records, giving me reason to believe that he is the James MacKay listed among the Repeal Movement supporters. And - that he, (and his parents and siblings?) came from Newbawn, Wexford.
THE THIRD GENERATION
The children of:
Pat (Patrick[II]) James, Catherine, Bridget and Thomas.
Pat Mackie Pat [II] (b.c 1816)
As far as I can determine Pat had just one son, Thomas by his first wife, then two more, Joseph (b. 2-2-1853) and Patrick[III] (b.2-11-1855), then Ann (b.5-20-1856) and Catherine (b. 2-3-1861) and Mary (b.4-23-63), and finally twins John and Mary who were born on May 11 1865 and baptised the next day - an indication that they may have died soon after birth. There is some family recollection of a story of Thomas going to Salem Mass. as a young man to go to sea and never being heard from again.
Patrick b.c1816 in Ireland d. 3-4-70 Kildare River m 2-1-41 Bridget Shreenan Fr. M Reynolds & m. 4-12-52 SSJ Catherine Whelan Children; Thomas b.12-19-46 Tryon PEI to Salem, Mass.? Joseph b.2-2-53 Tignish d.s.p.? Patrick b.2-11-55 Tignish d.3-19-1945 m.10-12-75 Eliza-Jane Kinch b.1-6-57 d.4-4-21 r.St Roche Catherine b. 2-3-61 d.1955 Tignish m.John Doucet 1862-1945 Mary b.4-23-63 m.J. McPherson r.Lowell, MA John &Mary b. 5-11-65 bp. 5-12-65 d.y. ?.
Patrick[II] and Catherine (she was the daughter of James Whelan and Isabella Ahearn) settled on the O'Rourke Road near his (and her) relatives. On the fourth of March in 1870 Patrick[II] was returning from a visit to his sister (in Malpeque?) according to family oral history, when he died as a result of his horse falling through the ice. The following article appeared in the Summerside Journal on March 10.1870.
"A man named Patrick MacKay(sic) was found died(sic) on the ice on Kildare River on Friday last. His horse and sleigh were found in a hole near where the body lay. He it appears, lost the track, [in those days winter travel was in a bee-line across fields, fences and rivers following a route marked by trees cut and placed there by local farmers] and drove into a hole in the ice. The water was not very deep and part of the sleigh was above the ice. It is said that there was another man in company with MacKay and it is feared he drowned. MacKay lived for many years in Tryon." The next item in the paper was:
"The ice on Charlottetown harbor is gettin[g] bad. On Friday last several horses broke through."
Although there are no reports to that effect the "other man" might have been his son Joseph who would have been eighteen. Joseph does not appear in any subsequent records. Howard Doucette, a grandson used to tell a dramatic story of how Patrick[II] tried three time to pull the horse out of the ice until he was finally struck by the horse's front leg and was knocked unconscious. Since there were no witness this must have been one of those;--"He must have, etc.-----" stories that so often become true with the passage of time.
My mother, Catherine (Mackie) O'Connor the daughter of Patrick[III] used tell of the parish priest refusing to bury Patrick[II] in the consecrated ground because they didn't know if he was in the state of grace. None of his or her grown-up relatives would challenge this decision so it was up to young Patrick[III] then fifteen years old to make the case and have his father buried in the cemetery. She showed a touch of resentment toward her long-dead relatives whenever she told this story.
It was very difficult for a widow with young children to get by in those days so after what must have been a difficult year and one-half, on Oct. 17, 1871 Catherine married Alexander McIntyre. In the interim she had lost the farm to a man named Silas Raynor. That too was an unhappy event but the particulars of the story remain a mystery to me. Alexander McIntyre, who had a farm in St Roche, Lot 2 was supposed to have been an old man. It is interesting that their marriage record reveals that Alexander, the son of John McIntyre and Mary MacDonald and Catherine were second and third cousins. [They needed a dispensation.]This was the first hint that led to the search for the Scotch forebears of Catherine (Ahearn) Whelan - which I discuss in my, PEI Ancestors.
At about this time Patrick[III] went to work running the farm for Catherine (Dalton) Kinch whose husband, Lawrence Kinch had drowned in the Kildare River in 1868. On October 12, 1872 Patrick[III] married the widow's daughter, Elizabeth (Liza-Jane) and continued to run her farm until 1881 when Mrs. Kinch's son, William reached the age of sixteen. Paddy and Lisa-Jane then moved to his mother's farm (Mr. McIntyre having died) in Lot 2.
James Mackie (b.c.1818)
The 1861 census of Lot 3 lists; James, a tailor with eight children; two boys and two girls under 5; one boy and one girl over five and one boy and one girl over sixteen. James and his wife were between twenty-one and forty-five. This approximates the birth records of the children of James Mackie and Mary Kehoe. The following chart shows their family with birth or baptism and marriage records unless otherwise indicated taken from church records at St Simon and St Jude in Tignish. As is usual throughout this paper birth dates giving only the year are based on estimates taken from the 1881 or 1891 census death records which give the age at death:
Two of his James' sons, Patrick and John married and settled on Lot 1 near where their uncle Thomas (and some of their aunts and uncles?) lived. James' other sons, except son James were still listed in their parents' household on the 1891 census. The Johanna who was born in 1845 and the one born in 1848 apparently died young as another daughter, born in 1866 was also named Johanna. There doesn't appear to be any record of the marriage of Johanna or her sister Elizabeth. Many young people left the Island to find work in "The Boston States" about the time these people reached maturity. It would be interesting to find out if any of this branch of the Mackies is working on family history.
Bridget Mackie (b.c 1824)
The 1861 census lists two boys under five, two over five and one girl under five in the home of Michael Cahill. One child was born during the past year. The birthdates of the children of Michael Cahill and Bridget Mackie match these except for one male child (Patrick or John). Since they gave the name Patrick to a son born later, in 1868 the Patrick born earlier must have died.
Their son Walter married Bridget O'Connor the daughter of Edward O'Connor and Margaret O'Connor. Edward and Margaret O'Connor apparently belonged to two different O'Connor families one from Wexford and one from Tipperary both who lived in the area as early as the 1820's. Margaret was the daughter of Maurice O'Connor and Alice Quinlan who arrived at Cascumpec shortly after 1826. We do not have certain identification of Edward's family but there is an interesting group of O'Connor children1 ,who may have been his siblings.listed on a "census" of Lot 4 done by Hill in 1825/26 (see, Counting Heads: William Hill's Mysterious List, The Island Magazine # 28) A Mary O'Connor who seems to have been one of them married Patrick Aylward in 1844. The marriage record in Tignish lists her as the daughter of Michael O'Connor and Ann O'Harra(sic?). These then could have been the parents of the other O'Connor children and Edward.
Catherine, it appears had no children. Her husband, Patrick Cahill died some- time between 1870 when he execute his will, and 10-11-1875 when his widow completed a Conveyance of Deed for his lease to the farm to John Cahill. Patrick's will had provided that the rights to his farm would go to Mary-Ann Cahill upon his wife's death. Mary-Ann the was daughter of his brother Michael. Later on 10-21-1889 Mary-Ann sold the rights to the lease on which it was indicated that Patrick's widow, Catherine was now deceased. It is not clear what happened to John Cahill's (Mary Ann's brother?) rights to the lease.
Thomas Mackie (b.c.1831)
The 1861 census of Lot 1 lists a Thomas Mackie and two girls under 5 years old. He and his wife were between 21 and 45 years old. Matching his name with that of several others on the censuses with the 1863 Lake Map places him near Horse Head and several Shea families. Meacham's Atlas of 1881 lists Thomas' name on the same farm. However an 1878 census of Immaculate Heart Parish lists "widow Makay(sic)" and three children; Catherine 21, Rebecca 19 and Patrick 17 years old. The 1881 census does not include the widow but adds a 2 year old, Lorence [Lawrence?] to the household which is now headed by (Thomas' son ?) Patrick.
The Fourth Generation; The children of Pat, James, Catherine, Bridget and Thomas; (Thirty one children)
Patrick[II]'s -and his wives', Bridget Shreenan and Catherine Whelan's (seven) children: Thomas, Joseph, Paddy(Patrick[III]),Ann, Catherine"Kate", Mary and John&Mary.
1 Thomas (son of Bridget) and 2 Joseph As mentioned above I have not been able to trace these two.
2 Paddy Mackie;
Patrick[III], called "Paddy" and Liza-Jane in 1881 moved from the widow Kinch's farm in Lot 3, Kildare to his mother's farm in Lot 2, St Roche. Their oldest daughter stayed with the widow and apparently spent much of her childhood there. Three children were born in Kildare followed by seven more born in St Roche. Paddy ran a large farm and also captained a coastal schooner, The Maggie MacBeth which carried produce to Chatham, N.B. on the Miramichi River and brought lumber back to the Island. For more on [my grandfather] Paddy, see my (unpublished ) Paddie Mackie: His Life and His Clan.
Paddy Mackie was my grandfather and I knew most of his children, (my aunts and uncles) except Frank and Ann who died before I was born and Bert who died when I was about six. Later I will summarize what I know and have heard about their lives, (see page 14) but first, starting on the next page are the rest of the third generation of Patrick Mackie and Mary Myers' descendants, Paddy's siblings, only three of whom appeared to have survived to maturity:
4) Ann Mackie; daughter of Patrick[II] and Catherine Whelan
Ann and Catherine were excellent seamstresses, so it is possible that they had apprenticed to their uncle James who was a tailor. Ann worked for some time in Alberton and married Alex Martin of that town. Her niece Mary, Patrick[II]'s oldest daughter lived with Ann and her husband as a young woman. There is little family history about Ann's family but it was thought until recently that she had only two children; a daughter Floss and a daughter Annie. However the 1891 census of Lot 4 lists; Alex Martin 35, a Railway Employee who was a Presbyterian born in PEI whose mother and father were both born in Scotland; his wife Annie, 33 born in PEI whose mother was born in PEI and father born in Ireland. They had six children; James 12, Annie 10, Katie 8, William 5, Florence 4 and Mary 2 years old. It appears that this must be Ann Mackie's family. Ann died on Nov 6, 1918 and is buried in Alberton.
5) Catherine; daughter of Patrick[II] and Catherine Whelan
Catherine married John Doucette who had a sawmill on Harper Road near Tignish. Their children were Howard, Melissa, Bertha and Floss. Howard lived in the homestead until he died within the past few years. The 1991 telephone directory lists a Mrs. Howard Doucette on Harper Rd. Melissa married William Ryan and lived in Greenmount. Bertha and Floss went to the "Boston States".
6) Mary; daughter of Patrick[II] and Catherine Whelan
Mary married John McPherson and lived in Lowell Mass. They had two sons, one of whom died in World War I. One son may have been a prizefighter and there is supposed to have been a McPherson Square in Lowell named after him. One of their two daughters married a man named Lyons and the other married a man named Fox according to the memory of Eleanor O'Connor, a daughter of the above mentioned Catherine(Mackie) O'Connor. Birthdates of their children listed bellow were found in Mass Vital Records on file at The New England Historic and Genealogical Society in Boston.
7) John and 8) Mary; children of Patrick[II] and Catherine Whelan
Twins, baptised the day after birth. Apparently they died as infants. Paddy and Liza Jane Mackie's family The children of "Paddy" Mackie and Liza-Jane Kinch:
I) Mary "May"
May was born on Oct. 24, 1876 in Kildare while her parents lived in the house of her grandmother, Catherine Dalton, (the widow of Lawrence Kinch) known by May's siblings as "Gammie Kinch". When her parents moved to St. Roche May stayed with the widow and spent much of her young years there. Later she lived for some time with her aunt Mary (Mackie) Martin in Alberton. She married Frank White of Alberton and her daughter Foster was born there. She separated from Frank who left the area leaving May with the young Foster who was turned over to Paddy and Liza-Jane while May went to Boston for work. Some years later she decided to get Foster and bring her to Boston. Paddy did not think she had the right situation to properly care for a child and refused to give her up. May was a very determined woman and managed, with some help to get a Paddy-on-the-Hancock (a hand powered cart that ran on railroad tracks) to take her near the farm so she could "kidnap" the child and bring her back to the "States". To make matters worse so much time had passed that Foster, who was then about six years old did not recognize her mother who she had not seen since she was an infant.
Later May went to work in a glove factory in Gloversville NY and married Joseph Wilkins there. They had no children. May became active in the Christian Science Church were she had a position as "a reader", a sort of counselor who provided advice and consolation to church members. She used to visit her relatives including my family in Holbrook and Randolph, Mass, and we went to Gloversville on occasion. As children we thought she must be very rich because she was very generous, particularly to my sisters. She died about 1976.
Her daughter Foster married Frank Ditmar in Gloversville and had one child, Dianne who married Tom McGowen. They have several children, Erin b. 1970, Katie b. 1972, Colleen b. 1976 and Margaret b. 1977. Tom teaches high school math in N. Andover, Mass. and Dianne teaches elementary classes in Ossipee,NH.
Roseanna married Joe Buote of St. Roche. Census records for 1901 show a daughter Mary A born Dec 2, 1900, and church records show another Mary A born on August 2 1907. Roseanna also had a son, I think who died young She had two grown daughters, one named Adeline and one named Stella. One of them married Russell Shea and lived at least for some time near her mother in St Roche. After Joe Buote died Roseanna married William Waite, a widower who had a son, Benjamin. Ben was reported to have loved Roseanna's younger sister who had rejected him to marry Mick Lynch. She had no children by William but lived for many years on his large farm in St Roche with William and with his son Ben and his family after William died. She died in 1970.
Joseph "Joe" married Margaret-Mary Handrahan in Providence RI but later returned to PEI and farmed the farm next to Paddie's in St Roche. His first four children; Joseph, Carl, Doris, Earl and his last son, Edward was born in Providence, RI. Terrance. His fifth son, Terrence was born in PEI. So sometime between 1918 when Terrence was born and 1924 when Edward was born Joe sold the farm to Paddy and moved his family to "The States". They lived for many years in Providence RI. Son Joseph was killed in an automobile accident in RI while still a young man. Carl, Doris and Earl brought their families up in the Providence area. Terrence, who died on December 28, 1994 and his wife [Muriel Vaughn] lived in Cranston, RI. Their children are; Vaughn Terrance, Daniel S., Brian J., Geraldine [Summers] and M. Patricia [Mackie-Dosreis]. (Patricia is sending me more information about Joe's descendants.) Edward studied law in Baltimore Md and (in 1995) is still practicing law there. He and his wife, Caroline live in Monkton, Md. They have several children and grandchildren. I expect to receive the specifics about them soon.
IV) Anne "Annie"
Annie married Michael Lynch in Tignish on Feb 9, 1902. and died there on Dec.5, 1908 shortly after the birth on Nov. 21,1908 of Annie-May, her fourth child. The others were Olive-[Marie], 1902; Robert -Emmet, 1904; and [Mary]-Winifred, 1906. Michael Lynch was remarried to Irene Murphy by whom he had another child, Florence-May in 1914. Annie-May was reared by her grandparents, Paddy and Lisa-Jane. She lived in Natick Mass and died in 1994. Olive and Annie May married Scholl brothers.
V) Catherine "Kate"
Kate was my mother so I will be able to write a lot more about her life and family than the others. She loved to tell us about her life on the farm, the exploits of her father and Jim Whelan on the Maggie Macbeth and her school experience. Her two heroes were her father, Paddy and her teacher, Willie Overbeck. She left for Boston when she was seventeen years old and stayed for a while with her mother's sister "Aunt Kit" who ran a boarding house in Roxbury. She was proud that she never had to work as a maid, but was able to get the better jobs as a waitress in the better restaurants and resort areas. She had only an eighth grade education but was hired to teach school in Michigan. For some reason she returned to Boston as soon as she arrived in Michigan. I suspect she found that rural Michigan at that time was not much improvement over Tignish. It was during this period that she married my father, Thomas A. O'Connor who was a chauffeur working, I think, in Newton. He later got a job driving a truck for Adams Express which was later taken over by the Railway Express Agency were he worked until his retirement. He once told me that he had traveled to Michigan with my mother and that they had gotten married before they left so they could travel together. Shortly after the Michigan experiment they moved to Tignish PEI where he opened a pool room and where, on Sept. 10,1914 their first child, John-Jeremiah was born. Apparently the Pool-hall business was not successful and they returned soon after to the Boston area where they spent much of the remainder of their lives, except for a few further brief experiments with life on PEI. Their first home in Boston was probably at 15 M St. in South Boston where daughter Catherine was born on July 25, 1917. On Aug. 27, 1918 she died at Boston City Hospital of Tuberculosis Meningitis. After she was buried at Mt Benedict my mother never returned to the house on M Street. Next Mary Isabel was born on Aug 1,1919 at Fort Hill Sq in Roxbury. Meanwhile, Kate was saving dimes and well before Eleanor was born on Jan. 25,1922 they had saved enough money, (200.dollars) for a down payment on a house on Liberty Street in Randolph. Later, I think it was because service on the Randolph spur line of the Old Colony Railroad was poor or, it may have been cancelled that they sold that house and bought one at, 261 Union Street, Holbrook near a main line with better service to Boston. I, Thomas P. was born there on Dec. 17, 1923, Lawrence-James"Larry" on October 23, 1925 and David on Sept.28, 1930.
VI) John Wilfred "Will"
Will, who was born in 1888 as the second oldest boy was expected to help his older brother, Joe on the farm. And when Will was a youth Paddy was running the Schooner, Magee Macbeth so he and Joe had more responsibilities than usual. This may help to explain why the boys didn't remember Paddy with the same affection as their sisters did. About 1920 Will and his younger brother, Merl came to Boston to find work. Liza Jane had died in 1921 and Paddy prevailed upon Merl to return home to help on the farm. Will stayed in Boston and in 1924 married Ann "Annie" Arsenault who was living in Providence but had been reared near Will in Greenmount, PEI. They had five children Helen b.,1925, Wilfred b., 1927, James-Allen b. 1929, Marie b. 1935 and Wade b. 1939. In, I think the late twenties they bought a house with a large barn and several acres of land next to us on Union Street in Holbrook, Mass. Will worked for many years for The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.
VII) Mary Bertha "Bert"
Bert, who was born in 1891 became a school teacher. She married Steve Gallant of Oleary, PEI(I think) and died at an early age in 1930.
VIII) Genetta "Et"
Et was born in 1893 and died in Randolph in 1992. She grew up at a time when apparently The Mackies were more prosperous than they had been when my mother, Kate was young. Et remembered she and Bert thinking nothing of going to town and ordering material for a dress and having a seamstress tailor it. Maybe they were more prosperous or maybe it's just the recollections typical of the youngest daughter in a large family. In 1915 she married Sylestine "Tine" Arsenault, an uncle(I think) of Annie, her brother Will's wife. They had eight children Dorothy, Francis "Frank", Irene, Maxwell b.1924, Jean, Barbara, Robert and Bernard "Barney". In the mid twenties they moved to Boston and sometime later to Randolph, Mass. Tine was a tall easy going man who worked for many years for Monsanto Chemical Co. in Everett.
IX) James Merril "Merl
Merl was born in 1896 and accept for a brief period in Boston he spent most of his younger years on the farm in St Roche, PEI. He served in World War I with the Princess Pats of the Canadian Army spending some time in Ireland. His favorite story about his military life was being amazed at how he would leave his boots outside the door in the hotel in Ireland and find them all shined in the morning. When he returned from Boston he married Mary "May" Harper on 11-24-1923. He and May came to Boston for a Honeymoon and served as Godparents at my Baptism that December. They had children six children all born in St. Roche; Patrick bc.1925, Robert bc 1927, Coleen, Esther (now deceased) Leonard and Roy. Merl was an excellent farmer and fisherman, utilizing every acre of Paddie's farm and the adjoining farm that had been Joe's. He also fished lobster, cod, herring and mackerel. I remember that one year in the thirties he caught $4000.00 worth of lobsters, a phenomenal catch ion those days. Sometime in the forties he sold the farm and bought one in Peterborough, Ontario. In, Peterborough Merl was a pioneer in growing sod for sale to those who wished ready-made lawns or golfing greens. He also farmed and had a horse breeding business. As he got older he sold the farm and retired to a single house in town were he died on April 13, 1980. His wife May is still alive at this writing - Feb. 1997. I have recently been contacted over the internet by, Francis Glenn Mackie of St Louis MO just about the time his father, Robert,(b.1927) Merl's second oldest son, who I knew as a boy was dying in Seattle WA. He died on Dec. 15, 1996.
Frank was born in 1899 and I know little about him except that he died of pneumonia in 1921 after having walked about five miles home to St Roche from St. Louis, PEI in a blinding snow storm.