The Descendants of James Mcwade and Letitia Doyle


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Submitted by Glo Wellman - glo26@sonic.net and also researched by Harris McWade Gerber - harrisgerber@comcast.net

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The Descendants of James McQuade/McQuaid and Letitia Doyle

(A note about name spellings: Traditionally the Irish name is spelled with a ‘Q’ as either McQuaid or McQuade. Family records are found with multiple spelling variations. Some of the 2nd generation adopted the ‘W’ with a spelling of McWade. I have put the spelling of the second generation children at the time of their baptismal record or earliest record)

Generation No. 1

1. James-1 McQuade/McQuaid was born about 1818 in Ireland. His marriage to Letitia Doyle is recorded at St. Dunstan’s Basilica on 30 Apr 1849 (in the presence of Hugh M’Minner and Margaret Bruin). Letitia was born about 1825 in PEI. Her parents are not known at this time, but James and Letitia named a son "John Doyle" which is likely a family name. Letitia died on 4 Oct 1881 age 56 and was buried at St. Andrew’s RC in Mt. Stewart. James was also buried there upon his death on 22 July 1885.

James and Letitia were in Mt Stewart by the 1850s. James owned and ran the Mt Stewart Hotel and Tavern. He was also a farmer and ship builder and lived on wooded land he probably used for lumber. He was also called "Justice of the Peace" for Mt Stewart in the 1864 Lovell Directory.

Several of their children show up in the 1871 confirmation lists at St. Patrick’s RC in Fort Augustus: Arthur, Edmund, James, John, Pius (and Margaret - not sure how she connects to this family)

Children of James McQuade and Letitia Doyle (from Census and Church records)

2. i. Elizabeth MiQuade, b. 10 July 1850; baptism recorded at St. Dunstan’s Basilica on 4 Aug. 1850, 25 days old. Nothing further is known about her at this time.

3. ii. James Henry Thomas McWade, b. December 31, 1852, PEI and baptized at St. Dunstan’s, Charlottetown PEI on 16 Jan 1851; He d. 30 November 1905, and is buried in Malden, MA.

4. iii. John Doyle McQuade, b. 23 Nov and baptized 26 Nov 1854 at St. Dunstan’s. Nothing further is known about him at this time after 1871.

5. iv. Edmund McQuaid, b.2 Dec. and baptized 19 Dec 1856 at St. Andrew’s RC in Mt. Stewart, PEI. 1881 PEI Census, living with family age 23. Nothing further is known about him at this time after 1881.

6. v. Pius Bernard McWade, b. 24 Jan. and baptized 8 Feb. 1859 at St. Andrew’s RC in Mt Stewart, PEI. In the 1881 PEI Census, he is living with family age 23, and called a "Blacksmith." Nothing further is known about him at this time after 1881.

7. vi. Timothy McQuade b. 24 Jan. and baptized 4 Feb 1861 at St. Bonaventure’s RC in Tracadie, PEI. He is possibly listed twice in the 1881 PEI Census, with his family as a "Blacksmith" and also in the family of Lawrence Doyle as an "apprentice Blacksmith." Nothing further is known about him at this time after 1881.

8. vii. Arthur McWade, b. about 17 Feb 1864, PEI.

9. viii. Peter P. McWade b. 21 June 1865, PEI.

10. ix. Carrie McWade, said to be an adopted daughter, born about 1876, PEI.

Generation No. 2

3. James Henry Thomas-2 McQuade/McWade (James-1) was born December 31, 1852 in Queens Co, PEI and baptized on 16 Jan 1853 at St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown PEI. He died 30 November 1905 in VT or MA. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, MA. He married Anne Elizabeth "Annie" Walsh in PEI, daughter of Capt. Michael Walsh and Jemima Dawson. She was born November 18, 1854 and baptized on 6 Jan. 1855 at St. Patrick’s Church in Liverpool, England. She died March 20, 1938 in Wakefield, MA.

James moved to Massachusetts by 1886. He was a carriage, a wheelwright, and cabinet maker. In 1900, he and his family were living at Woburn, Middlesex Co, MA

Known children of James McWade and Anne Walsh (in the 1910 census she is reported to have had 7 children, with 5 living) are:

3i. Jemima Letitia "Jimmie" McWade (she is named for both of her grandmothers), b. at PEI on 12 Aug. 1883 and baptized two weeks later at St. Dunstan’s on 26 August. She married Albert Lewis Wellman, son of Frank Alonzo Wellman and Ida Maria Ingerson, on 27 January, 1902 in Boston, MA. They had three children born in Reading, Massachusetts: Ida Vivian, b. 28 Oct 1903 and d. 26 Mar. 1904; Evelyn b. in 29 July, 1905 and died in 1996 in ME (4 children); Albert Lewis Wellman, Jr. b. 8 Jan 1911 and died 11 May 1972 (5 children).

3ii. Michael Henry Bernard "Harry B." McWade, b. April 15, 1886, Prince Edward Island Canada. He was baptized at St. Dunstan’s Basilica in Charlottetown, PEI on 26 Apr, 1886. He d. April 15, 1959, Duxbury,Ma.. Harry married Emily C. Gorden on June 26, 1916 in Melrose MA, daughter of Eugene Gorden and Ella Treworgy. She was born February 28, 1889 in Ellsworth, Maine, and died May 03, 1978 in NY. Harry and Emily had three children.

3iii. Sarah May McWade, b. in Oct. 1888 probably in Woburn, MA.

3iv. Gladys A. McWade, b. 25 Feb 1890 probably in Woburn, MA. She died on 15 Apr. 1918 (28y 1m 18d).

3v. Lillian Winifred McWade, b. 8 June 1895 in Woburn, MA. She married Harold Raymond Stuart in 1917 in Reading, MA. She died 9 Feb 1961, in Florida. (2 children)

8. Arthur-2 McWade, (James - 1) b. about 17 Feb 1864, PEI, probably in Mt. Stewart. He married Catherine "Katie" McQuaid on 3 Nov 1896, at St. Bonaventure’s RC in Tracadie, PEI. Katie was born 5 April 1864 on PEI the daughter of James McQuade and Mary Reid. Kate was a school teacher in Mt. Stewart in 1896. Arthur and Catherine had four children. They immigrated to MA in 1905. In the 1910 MA census they were living in Worcester, Worcester Co, MA. Arthur is listed as a "blacksmith." Their children were:

8i. Letitia Winona McWade, b. 22 Feb. and baptized 27 Feb, 1898 (St. Patrick’s RC in Fort Augustus). She died young before 1910.

8ii. Iowanna Marie "Agnes" McWade b. 17 June and baptized 18 June 1899 at St. Patrick’s RC in Fort Augustus, PEI. She married Carl Johnson in Worcester, MA. She died 27 Aug 1984, in Boylston, MA

8iii. Edna "Rita" McWade, b. 12 May 1900 (1910 Census)

8iv. Arthur Joseph McWade, b. 24 Sep 1902 in PEI. He married about 1825 to Deborah Kelley in Worcester, MA. He died there on 22 Apr, 1975.

9. Peter P.-2 McWade (James -1) was born 21 June 1865 probably in Mt Stewart, PEI. He married Mary Jane "Millie" Doyle prob in PEI in 1896. She was the daughter of Patrick Doyle and Catherine McDonald poss born 8 January 1873 and baptized at St. Dunstan’s on 12 March 1873. Peter had already immigrated to MA by his report (1910 Census) in 1892 and Mary immigrated in 1897. (Note: Peter and brother Arthur are listed on ship logs from PEI to Boston, MA several times, for example on the Steamer Worcester headed to Boston in July, 1882.) Peter died in Malden, MA on 8 Sep 1932. Millie died in Malden, MA on 11 Sep 1955. By census report, they had seven children, five living.

Known Children of Peter and Mary "Millie" were:

9i. Warren Edgar McWade b. 17 June 1897/98 in MA. They were living in Quincy, MA in the 1900 Census. He died in the Old Soldiers Home in Chelsea, MA on 24 Nov 1942.

9ii. Stanley B. McWade b. about 1900 in MA. He married Katherine "Kate" Goodwin. She was born in PEI about 1901 and died in 1964. Stanley was a conductor for Boston and Maine Railroad. He died on 21 Dec 1951 in Malden, MA (one son)

9iii. Mildred McWade b. about 1904 in MA. She married Frank Renfret. (2 children)

9iv. Harold Peter McWade, b. 5 Feb 1905 in Quincy, MA. He married Vera Almeta Goodwin on 31 Oct 1925 in Malden, MA. He died 21 Aug 1969 in Merrimack, NH. (6 children)

9v. Berneice M. McWade, b. 9 Feb 1906 in Malden, MA. She married Nickolas Pisano on 4 Mar. 1926 in Malden, MA. She died 8 Aug 1968 in Revere, MA. (3 children)

10. Carrie McWade, said to have been an adopted daughter of James and Letitia McQuade, born about 1876, PEI. She is living with the family during the 1881 PEI Census. She immigrated to MA with Peter McWade and family and is with them in Quincy, MA in 1900. It is said that she married a McDonald and was referred to by the grandchildren of Peter McWade as "Aunt Carrie." Possible clues to her dwellings:

1910 - A Carrie McDonald(36), with son Thomas (12) is living in Lowell, MA in 1910. She works as a weaver in the Cotton Mills. She says she immigrated from Canada East to MA in 1881.

1920 - There is a Carrie McDonald (46), widow, one of six servants in the home of Lawrence Grinnett in New Bedford, Bristol Co, MA in 1920.

1930 - A Carrie McDonald (56), widow, is living at 212 Salem St. in Malden MA in 1930 age 50, with an aunt, Margaret Dunphy, age 70, both born in Canada East.


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