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  • ID: I1451
  • Name: John Henry MCGILLICUDDY
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: [1810] in Ireland 1
  • Birth: [1811] in Ireland 2
  • Birth: [1816] in Kerry, Ireland 3
  • Residence: 3 MAR 1839 [Milltown, Kerry, Ireland] 4
  • Event: Settled 1842 Cork Settlement, Kingsclear, York, NB 5
  • Residence: 1851 Kingsclear, York, NB 2 6
  • Note:
    p 24
    John Mcgillicuddy
    in the 1851 Census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia
    Name: John Mcgillicuddy
    Gender: Male
    Age: 40
    Estimated birth year: abt 1812
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Race: Irish
    Province: New Brunswick
    District: York County
    Sub-district: Kingsclear
    Sub-District Number: 93
    John Mcgillicuddy 40 Irish [Year of arrival not legible]
    Bridget McGillicuddy 30
    Cornelius 12
    Honorah 8
    Florence 6
    Mary 4
    Margaret 2
    Year: 1851; Census Place: Kingsclear, York County, New Brunswick; Schedule: I; Roll: C_998; Page: 24; Line: 9
  • Residence: 1861 Manners-Sutton, York, NB 1
  • Note:
    John Mc Gillicuddy
    in the 1861 Census of Canada
    Name: John Mc Gillicuddy
    Gender: Male
    Age: 51
    Birth Year: 1810
    Spouse's Name: Bridget Mc Gillicuddy
    Home in 1861: Manners-Sutton, York, New Brunswick
    Race: Irish
    Religion: Catholic
    Film Number: C-1007
    Page Number: 22
    John Mc Gillicuddy 51 Irish Farmer Catholic 5 children in school. 1 sick in the household
    Bridget Mc Gillicuddy 44 Irish
    Cornelous Mc Gillicuddy 22 Irish
    Florance Mc Gillicuddy 16 Native
    Jeremiah Mc Gillicuddy 10
    John Mc Gillicuddy 8
    Hannorah Mc Gillicuddy 18
    Mary Mc Gillicuddy 14
    Margaret Mc Gillicuddy 12
    Bridget Mc Gillicuddy 5
    Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Census Returns For 1861; Roll: C-1007
  • Immigration: [1841] 7
  • Immigration: CAN'T READ 2
  • Note: Different from 1842 and 1843
  • Note: In the 1843 report of the Cork Settlement, there were 4 people in the John McGillicuddy (M'Curdy) household
  • Immigration: 1839 6
  • Death: 7 DEC 1868 8 3
  • Death: 1858 in Cork, Manners-Sutton, York, NB 9
  • Death: Bef 1871 CENSUS 10
  • Event: Aged 7 DEC 1868 52 years 3
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 1861 1
  • Occupation: Farmer (proprietor) 1851 1
  • Note:
    Irish Marriages, 1771-1812: Nil
    Obituary of daughter Honora: "John McGillicuddy, one of the pioneers of Cork Settlement"
    Cynthia McGillicudy also claims that the McGillicuddys were from Cork.
    Son John Henry's death certificate: Henry McGillicuddy
    Baptism Jeremiah: John Mack
    Baptism John: John McGilcuddy
    Baptism Florence: John McCudy
    Drouin: Nil
    Census 1851: McGillicuddy. House

    Cornelius McGillicuddy [Bansha] and Ellen Joy are not his parents as they were married in 1823 in Killorglin.
    s Cornelius McGillicudy m Johanna Callahan who were married in Killorglin and later lived in Milltown?
    Cornelius McGillicuddy m Eleanor McGillicuddy s Patrick bap 1810
    John McGillicuddy s John McGillicuddy m Mary Quart Sullivan r Ballykissane, Killorglin, bap 1809
    I am a DNA match to descendants of Daniel McGillicuddy and Margaret Barry, but I can't find the match in Gram's database.

    Cork Settlers
    Jeremiah Coughlan m Johanna Connor b Cork, Ireland
    Michael Maloney m Margaret Coughlan r Drimoleague, Cork, Ireland two parishes east of Schull
    Daniel Hurley m Catherine Hennessy r Dunmanway, Cork, Ireland three parishes northeast of Schull
  • Note:
    Report of L. A. Wilmot, 2 November 1842, "Return of Crop, Teetotal Settlement, 1842" British Parliamentary Papers, Colonies Canada (1970), 16, p. 152 and page 153.
    Return of Crop, Teetotal Settlement, 1842.
    Name, Bushels of Potatoes, Stooks or Bushels of Oats, Bushels of Turnips,

    John M'Curdy, 40, -, -

    The supplies purchased in the winter of 1841 consisted of pork, fish, flour, potatoes and other articles at the market prces, of the issues of which an account was kept with each settler.

    The settlers having contracted collectively to perform the work at the rates specified in the account, the Commissioner has recredited them for the amount of work done, at the contract rate, against the supplies advanced to them for subsistence and aid, in planting their lands with potatoes, oats and turnips.

    Due to Government from 40 settlers, purchasing 50 acres each, at 2s 8d sterling per acre, including survey, 266L 13s 4d.

    1 Value of 200 acres cleared land at 4L sterling per acre...L800
    2 Value of 25 houses built, 20L sterling each, not including camp-houses, root-houses or cellars, &c L500
    Total: L1300

    Probable value of intermediate Crown allotments reserved in the setllement, 2,000 acres, at 8s sterling per acre

    The average rates of labour in the present year are reduced nearly one-half from the above rates, at which the road-work was contracted to be performed in 1841; and the price of provisions has been subject to an equivalent reduction.

    Title: Journal of the House of Assembly of ... New Brunswick from ... February to ... April, 1843 [i.e. 1844] ...
    Imprint: Fredericton C. Sower, 1844
    Frequency: Sessional
    Document Source: National Library of Canada
    Collection: Colonial Government Journals

    Return of the Teetotal Settlement for the year 1843
    Name, Houses, Out Houses, Acres Cleared, Acres Cropped, Bushels Potatoes, Bushels Turnips, Bushels Oats, Bushels Wheat, Bushels Other Grain, Cows, Other Cattle, Swine, Number in Family, Estimated Value of Improvements (Pounds)

    John M'Curdy, 1, 1, 4, 3, 200, 20, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 4, 29

    Association Sales
    John M'Gillycuddy
    Date of sale 6 March
    Lot 50 acres Teetotal Settlement, York
    8L 2s 6d per lot
    Amount paid Rec Genl 9s 9d

    Title: Journal of the House of Assembly of ... New Brunswick from ... January to ... April, 1846 ...
    Imprint: Fredericton C. Sower, 1846
    Frequency: Sessional
    Document Source: National Library of Canada
    Collection: Colonial Government Journals

    Returns from Crown Land Office
    State of Association Sales
    Teetotal (or Cork)

    Record, Name, Principal, Annual Interest, Interest Paid, Interest Due
    4233, John M'Gillycoddy, 8 2 6, 0 9 9, 0 9 9, 0 19 6

    Papers Relative to Emigration to the British Provinces in North America and to the Australian Colonies, 1847, cover pages and pp. 95, 96, 97, 100, and 101. In The House of Lords Sessional Papers, 1847-48, Volume XIII Accounts and Papers.
    Statistical Return of the Cork Settlement for the Year 1847
    p 100
    Papers Relative to Emigration

    Name, Family, Trade Independent of Occupation of Land, Year in which he commenced settlement, Quality alotted and orginal cost at 2s 6d per acre, Amount paid in cash, Amount still due,

    Acres cleared arable, Acres cleared pasture, Dwelling house, Barns, Other out-houses,

    Cows, Oxen, Horses, Sheep, Swine, Young Cattle,

    Tons Hay and Straw, Bushels Potatoes, Bushels Oats, Bushels Wheat, Bushels Barley and Buckwheat, Bushels Turnips, Other Roots,

    Present Estimated Value of Land, Buildings, Estimated Value of Stock, Crop, Total Value of Stock Crop Land & Improvements

    John M'Cuddy, 6, Labourer, 1842, 50, 6 5 0, 0 8 6, 5 16 6

    17, 1, 1, 1, 1

    1, 0 ,0, 0, 2, 1

    11, 200, 100, 0 , 10, 60, 0

    117 0 0, 9 0 0, 10 15 0, 47 15 0, 184 10 0

    p 97
    Harvey, Cork and Mechanics' Settlements

    In the latter part of the year 1841 and beginning of 1842, the commercial affairs of the province were in such a state of embarrassment, that great numbers of mechanics and labourers found it necessary to remove to the United States in quest of that employment which they could no mlonger find in the province; and several of them having been induced to form themselves into associations for the purpose of settling on Crown lands, encouragement was given to them by the survey, at the public expense, of suitable tracts of land for their occupation, and which were generally selected by themselves, credit being given them for the amount of the purchase-money.

    The measure being found to be successful, the regulations of 2d December 1842 were framed for general application of the principle; and various applications from associated parties for land to be sold on these terms were received (vide Gazette, December 17th same year), on which surveys were made.

    In the Spring of 1842, trade having partially revived, and ship-building been renewed, many of the people who had proposed to associate to form settlements in the wilderness, rather than leave the province, having again found employment at their respective callings, were unwilling, whem the emergency had passed, to take possession or go upon the lands perpared for them. The consequence was, that the Mechanics; and Cork Settlements only were permanently located to any extence; the Harvey settlement having been commenced in 1838.

    The survey of the other tracts, nevertheless, was of great advantage, as many of them have since been partially settled by individuals, who have purchased allotments in them under the subsequent regulations of the 11th May 1843.

    A very considerable increase is also yearly made in the quantity of new land cultivated by emigrants and native of the province, who purchase lands contiguous to the older settlements, which are this more and more extended in whatever direction there is good land, the settlers frequently undertaking themselves to open roads to enable them to occupy the lands, in anticipation of any grants of money for that purpose.

    Another class of settlers, again, are those who at once proceed alone into remote parts of the forest, and choose spots of land for themselves, wherever the superior excellence of the soil attracts them. But a great civil attendant upon this latter practice, is the absence of all co-operation and uniformity; and hence the difficulty and delay they experience in forming roads and procuring the means of religious and education instruction, and of obtaining access to markets even of the lumber camps.
  • Note:
    Lot 11 Cork Settlement

    Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
    Year 1841
    County York
    Microfilm F4255
    See petition of O'LEARY, MILES
    31 other Petitioner(s) were on this Petition

    To His Excellency Lieutenant Colonel Sir William MacBean George Colebroke, Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chiefe of the Province of New Brunswick

    The Petition of the undersigned humbly sheweth

    That Your Petitioners are all British Subjects, Natives of Ireland, and are desirous of obtaining land for actual settlement. Your Petitioners are thrown out of their ordinary employment by the depressed state of the times and the consequent scarcity of labour and will be compelled to leave the County unless some encouragement is held out to them for settlement by Your Excellency. That, with the exception of two or three, all your petitioners are well acquainted with the mode of clearing land, and with some assistance from your Excellency, your petitioners would immediately go upon such lands as may be allotted to them, and cut down through the winter preparatory to cropping in the ensuing spring.

    Your petitioners are informed that there is vacant land on a road lately explored by B. R. Jouett, esq. on the eastern side of the St. Andrew's road, and your petitioners pray that this land may be laid out in lots, and granted to them under the most favourable conditions which can be imposed by your Excellency.

    Your Petitioners are informed that a part of the said explored Road remains to be cut out-and having had great experience in such work they are willing to open the residue of the said Road immediately by taking out the trees by the roots at two shillings per rod- one half to be paid when the work is stopped and the remainder upon and inspection and approval of the road in the spring- This road Your Petitioners respectfully submit is wanted to be opened immediately and the frost will offer no obstruction for several weeks to come.

    Your Petitioners having been encouraged to hope that some assistance will be afforded them by the evacument during the winter-they pray Your Excellency that thirty three lots may be laid off as the Southern extremity of the said explored Road- and that Your Petitioners may be allowed to purchase the same on such terms and conditions as will afford them the greatest amount of encouragement.

    And Your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray

    Miles O'Leary
    Andrew Manahy
    Jerry O'Leary
    Mikel Mehoy
    Dinnish Reardon
    Daniel Sullivan
    Daniel O'Conner
    Patrick Ryan
    James Driscol
    David Scanlin
    Daniel O'Brian
    John Maloney
    Michael O'Brian
    Timothy Daley
    James Killey
    Jeremiah Crowley
    John Sullivan
    John Barry
    Michael Sullivan
    James Barrett
    James Brennan
    John Driscoll
    Jeremiah Coughlan
    John Barry 2nd
    John Kingston
    Patrick Garvey
    Jeremimah Donovan
    Timothy Daley2nd
    Edward Connors
    John McCuddy
    Cornelius McDonald
    James Crowley
    Simon O'Leary

    The last 21 names signed for the petitions by their authority by L A Wilmot
    Fredericton 2nd Dec 1841
    The undersigned has consulted the above Petitioners and has much favour in recommending the prayer of their petition to His Excellency’s favorable consideration- The Petitioners have agreed to call this location the "Tee-total Settlement" and are one and all resolved to act upon the principles of total abstinence.

    L A Wilmot

    May it please your Excellency, Fredericton, December 1841.

    In consequence of ray interview with your Excellency of yesterday, I have convened a number of sober, able-bodied, and industrious labourers in and about the town, to ascertain their wants, and whether they were disposed to settle upon wilderness lands, and I am happy to inform your Excellency that I have procured the names of 36, who, if a little encouragement be afforded them, as I shall take the liberty of suggesting in a subsequent part of this communication, will enter upon their work immediately with enthusiasm.

    The great falling off of lumbering operations and the general scarcity of labour arising from the present depression of trade, have thrown numbers of able-bodied industrious men out of employment, and I would respectfully submit, under favour, that such men under such circumstances, when willing to help themselves, may be legitimately encouraged by the Government out of the ordinary course.

    The site selected for the settlement of these applicants, is on the road lately explored by Mr. Jouett, on the eastern side of the St. Andrew's Road.

    If it be incumbent on the Government to dispose of all lands under the law as it now stands, by auction, of course the lots required must be subjected to this mode of sale, unless your Excellency could give the applicants a mere licence of occupation at present, leaving them an opportunity of availing themselves of any new enactment which may be passed at the next session of the Legislature, for the encouragement of emigrants and settlers.

    If such permissive occupation could not be effected, I would propose that lots of 100 acres each should be laid off and numbered, that they be advertised, and bought in by the applicants; but they should not be required to make any immediate payment, but their bonds to be taken on condition to pay the principal when they are able, and to pay the interest in each year.

    But the main object now is, to obtain the means of subsistence for the present winter should the land be obtained for them; the men are anxious to go to work immediately; they can build their camps and chop down for the spring crop, and I have no doubt from the character of the men that they will average from 6 to 10 acres each by the 1st of May, so that from 200 to 300 acres would thus be immediately reclaimed from a waste howling wilderness, and rendered at once productive of abundant crops for the support of man.

    But while the men are working during the present winter, they will require to be provided with food; and I have, after a full and careful consideration of the subject, concluded that the sum of 200/. at least would be necessary to make such provision.

    This sum could be advanced by the Government as a loan, to be repaid by work upon the road through the settlement, at a fair remunerating price to be agreed upon.

    I have suggested this course to the men, who will gladly bind themselves to repay every shilling in this way.

    This work on the road would of course be exclusive of the work alluded to by the applicants in their petition, and which I hope your Excellency will allow to be done immediately, as the rate is low, and the road will be much wanted even during the present winter should the present settlement be formed.

    Nearly all the men I believe have taken the temperance pledge, and they with one voice have determined to call their location the " Teetotal Settlement," and to utterly exclude all ardent spirits from their neighbourhood. This is highly gratifying, and while it makes me the more anxious to serve them, I am sure it will prove an additional recommendation to the favourable consideration of your Excellency and Council.

    I sincerely hope your Excellency will be enabled to afford the wished-for assistance at an early day, so that the men may immediately commence operations.

    I have, &c.
    His Excellency Sir W. M. G. Colebrooke, K.h. (signed) L. A. Wilmot.
    &c. &c. &c.

    Index to New Brunswick Land Grants, 1784 - 1997 (RS686)
    Volume 36
    Page 41
    Grant number 4857
    Place Kingsclear
    County York
    Date 1851-08-06
    Accompanying plan Yes
    Acres 50
    Microfilm F16335
    4 August 1851
    John McGillicuddy
    50 acres
    Lot 11 West Cork Settlement

    Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
    Year 1851
    County York
    Microfilm F4242
    See petition of MOLONY, JOHN
    Researchers should note that when a 'Name' has been drawn from a petition submitted by someone else or by a group, the 'See Petition of:' column directs them to the name under which the document is filed and microfilmed.
    15 other Petitioner(s) were on this Petition
    7 November 1850
    50 acres on the road leading from the Cork Settlement to Roach Settlement ? ? a small brook about 100 rods from Lyson Stream's North side
    Not improved, Not surveyed, Vacant

    To His Excellency Sir Edmond Walker Head, Baronet Lieutenant, Governor and Commander in Chief of this Province of New Brunswick &c &c &c

    The Petition of the undersigned inhabitants of the Teetotal Settlemet in the County of York and Parish of Kingsclear
    Humbly Sheweth

    That your Excellency's petitioners having paid by labour on the roads in the previous year the amount due on fifty acres of their land in the above settlement. That having been now desirous to lease the fifty acres more which have been provided to them. They therefore request that your Excellency will be pleased to allow them this present year the means of paying for the remaining fifty acres by Road Work.

    And your Petitioners as is duty bound will ever pray.
    John Moloney
    James Gorman
    Danl Murphy
    Daniel Sullivan 10
    Edmond Conners 12
    Jeremiah Crowley 32
    John Magillicuddy 11
    Richard Davis [Crossed off] 42
    Timothy Daly Senr 5 or 8
    James Crane 39
    Michael? Mauny?
    John O'Brien 26
    Jeremiah Cahalane
    James Healey [Indexed as Cailey] 38
    John Kingston 9
    ? ?
    Timothy Daley 5 or 8

    Index to New Brunswick Land Grants, 1784 - 1997 (RS686)
    Volume 40
    Page 0
    Grant number 5802
    Place Kingsclear
    County York
    Date 1853-11-24
    Accompanying plan Yes
    Acres 50
    Microfilm F16339
    23 November 1853
    John McGillicuddy
    50 acres Lot 11 East

    Volume 44 Page 177
    No 16571
    1 November 1862
    John McGillycuddy and wife Bridget Manners-Sutton
    William Little Manners-Sutton
    21 pounds 6 shillings
    Lot 11 east Block 36
    100 acres
    Wit: Thomas David JP, George Herbert

    9 July 1886
    Bridget Magillicuddy widow of the late John Magillicuddy Cork Settlement
    Cornelius Magillicuddy Cork Settlement
    East side of the road from Lyons Stream to Gardeners Creek 100 acres granted to the late John Magillicuddy
    West side of the road 50 acres east half of Lot 37
    Both parcels being all the real estate willed and divided by the late John Magillicuddy to Bridget Magillicuddy
  • Note:
    Census 1861 Agricultural schedule
    John McGillicuddy
    3 male hands 1 female hand
    65 acres improved 85 acres unimproved
    Cash value farm $160
    Cash value implements $20
    2 horses
    4 milk cows
    3 other neat cattle
    14 sheep
    3 swine
    400 pounds pork
    260 pounds butter
    35 pounds wool
    20 tons hay from 20 acres
    150 bushels oats from 6 acres
    30 bushels buckwheat from 1 1/2 acres
    6 bushels timothy
    60 bushels turnips from 1/2 acre
    180 bushels potatoes from 2 acres
    Cloth and other home manufacture 6 5 0
  • Note: Witness to: Margaret Jane MURPHY #30387 Baptized 28 May 1856 St Dunstan's Roman Catholic, Fredericton, York, NB
  • Note: Witness to: Elizabeth Catherine CONNERS #30394 Baptized 8 Aug 1857 St Dunstan's Roman Catholic, Fredericton, York, NB
  • Note:
    Knockreigh, Kilcolman abuts Lissheenashingane, Kilbonane

    Tithes [1825]
    Kilgarrylander: Nil

    Kilbonane, Kerry, Ireland
    Coolroe, Kilbonane Civil Parish
    Cornelius McGillycuddy [m Ellen Joy], Thomas McGillycuddy [m Mary Sullivan]

    Lahard, Kilbonane, Kerry, Ireland [Lahard abuts Lisheennashingane]
    Cornelius McGillycuddy [The only McGillicuddy here in the Tithes time in the RC records Daniel McGillicuddy m Margaret Sullivan]

    Lissheenashingane, Kilbonane Civil Parish
    Cornelius McGillycuddy [m Johanna Callahan]

    Lissivane, Kilbonane Civil Parish
    Patrick McGillycuddy [m Ellen Moriarty]

    Rockfield/Knave, Kilbonane Civil Parish
    Daniel McGillycuddy

    Shrone, Kilbonane Civil Parish
    Denis McGillycuddy, Darby McGillycuddy, Cornelius McGillycuddy

    Knockreigh, Kilcolman Civil Parish
    Cornelius McGillycuddy [m Johanna Callahan?]

    Mary McGillycuddy

    Griffith's Valuation
    Kilbonane, Kerry, Ireland
    Mc Gillycuddy Cornelius Lahard Kilbonane Kerry
    Mc Gillycuddy Daniel Faha East Kilbonane Kerry
    Mc Gillycuddy Daniel Rockfield East Kilbonane Kerry
    Mc Gillycuddy Denis Shrone Kilbonane Kerry
    Mc Gillycuddy Florence Lisheennashingane Kilbonane Kerry

    Killtalagh, Kerry, Ireland
    Mc Gillicuddy Thomas Castlemaine Kiltallagh Kerry

    Knockreigh: Nil
  • Note:
    Diocese of KERRY , Parish of KILLORGLIN R.C.
    Baptism of MARGARET MCGILLICUDDY of BALLYKISSANE on 11 December 1800
    Date of Birth 11 December 1800 (Based on other date information)
    Entry Number 7

    Diocese of KERRY , Parish of KILLORGLIN R.C.
    Baptism of JOHN MCGILLYCUDDY of BALLYKISSANE on 30 July 1809
    Sponsor 2 ELLEN FOWLUE
    Entry Number 36

    Diocese of KERRY , Parish of KILLORGLIN R.C.
    Baptism of PATRICK MCGILLICUDDY of BALLYKISSANE on 25 March 1812
    Sponsor 1 NR WALSH
    Sponsor 2 MARY SULLIVAN
    Entry Number 48

    Diocese of KERRY , Parish of KILLORGLIN R.C.
    Baptism of JAMES MCGILLYCUDDY of BALLYKISSANE on 30 January 1820
    Sponsor 1 JOHN MCGILLY
    Sponsor 2 ELLEN JOY
    Entry Number 133

    Diocese of KERRY , Parish of KILLORGLIN R.C.
    Baptism of ELLEN MCGILLYCUDDY of BALLYKISSANE on 3 September 1822
    Sponsor 1 DENIS CURRANE
    Entry Number 197
  • Note:
    The McGillicuddy Family History

    January 9, 1957

    For Ann, Helen, Blaine

    Subject: McGillicuddy
    [In the margin: John McGillicuddy, from County Kerry. Died 12/7/1868/ Age 52 years.]
    I have been intending for a long time to set down all of the truths and half truths regarding the trials and tribulations of the people that form the backdrop in the history of the family and their wanderings. This record was told to me over the many years and it will be recorded here as I remember it. This story will be far from full - as each actor in this drama must parade before you and tell his or her story as they themselves experiences and lived it so you may get the many facets not known to me.
    On a bleak day in about the years 1842 a ship bound from Ireland, with cargo and settlers for New Brunswick, was stranded and/or wrecked. Among the many aboard this ship was a group that eventually settled along one main road they hewed through a virgin pine forest that in time came to be called Harvey Station and as I saw it in 1948 – it was still just a road threading its way through a group of farms that formed no set pattern in the countryside. Famine, room to expand, own land and the right to raise their family in the fear of God caused these people to forsake their homeland and seek their fortune in the New World. The farms were carved out of the wilderness with a cooperate effort.
    With this group came John and Bridget McGillicuddy (MaGillicuddy, M’Gillicuddy, etc.). Like most of the families in those times they raised a large family to help work the farm and this family was not one of the exceptions. I will name only the few that come to mind: Cornelius, Jerry, Flory, John (Jack), Helen, Mary,…. The father died in 1858 at a time when the family was still too young to fend, each their own way, so it fell to the oldest boy to keep the farm going. The children received very little education but seemed to have acquired enough to read and write. They had nothing to read but the Bible and I presume that from the Book and Church these God fearing people gained all the knowledge they required to work a farm. Con kept the family together until the time came for the boys to seek their own way in the world. In a very brief way I will trace the trail followed by Jerry, my father: Jerry (Jeremiah Ambrose) obtained work in the State of Maine and logged and drove logs down the Penobscot river. The pull of adventure drew him to Pennsylvania where he worked in the woods. A well built husky lad willing to work hard for the low wages and living conditions offered in the woods in those days, could always get work at from fifteen to twenty dollars a month and board. Good rivermen were much sought after. The men would skid and deck the logs all winter in the nearby stream and then in Spring thaw high water, would ride the logs to the sawmill town down river.
    As always rumor will fly ahead of fact and credence will be greatly expanded on by those that fill their time by idle thought. The logger penned away for months in the forest is very adept at enlarging on how much better the pay and food is in the next camp, always in the next camp. So it is of little wonder that the great story of the West and opportunity did penetrate the conversation and inspire the young men to “Go West and grow up with the country.” At least Jerry took the Union Pacific train that now opened the way and journeyed to the Pacific Coast and San Francisco. Born about 1853 he would have been about 20 years old. From Frisco he ventured North to Eureka and worked for several years as a timber faller or chopper in a bull team logging operation. Rumor of better pay always lured him on and in due time he moved to Gardner, Oregon, where the Gardner Mill Company had a new operation offering him a new chance in life. There is one thing that marks the difference between the city and farm boy and that is that the farm boy can adjust himself to the frontier with and easier grace. Jerry must have arrived here in the middle or late seventies and worked at rafting logs on Smith River. It was said that while working on the logs near the Cowan home he asked on the Cowan boys to see if he could get him a cup of coffee and the boy asked Agnes but before she could reply, Maggie, a sister, said “Let the S.O.B. come up and ask for it himself.” And that was the time Jerry met Agnes Cowan.


    Agnes Cowan
    About 1860 – D. 1928

    John Cowan married and raised a family near Ottowa, Canmada. Shortly after the Civil War he decided to move his family to California and start a new life. He was unable to pay the way for the entire family so part of them journeyed ahead and established a home in Redwood City, California. I am, not clear whether Agnes sailed from Montreal, Quebec or some other port but I do know that they traveled to Panama on a sailing vessel. After crossing over the isthmus on the narrow gauge railroad they sailed again to Frisco and joined the family at Redwood City.
    It is knot known when the family moved to the homestead at Sulphur Springs, Oregon, (on Smith River). In time the home was built and all were under one roof – living on rich, good land. The family was large and the home became the gathering place on the river. They left their mark on Smith River. The only way to make a living was to farm all you could and any money made came from logging or selling logs tom the Gardner Mill. From this you may infer that the family did not possess many of the rich luxuries but they were a happy, healthy lot.
    The farm made an ideal place to raise what they needed to eat and a place to raise, train and winter bull teams. The Cowan boys became the leading, much sought after loggers in this section. They were very efficient bull team loggers and logging with the donkey engine.
    Here I must set down what went on regarding the transactions between the farm logger of this period and the one and only mill with which they had no other alternative but to sell and through the mill store get the necessary credit to purchase (in the store) the things they were not able to raise on the farm. The net result was that many scalers developed long fingers and the logger was so short changed in the scaled value that his winter’s work went for naught. Very often he was logging his own timber but it made no difference to the mill. Where else could you sell your logs to get some credit. Will Daily logger two winters and one summer on the Twin Sisters and when he settled up with the mill he was informed that he was $600.00 dollars in debt even after logging his own timber. Another was way top underwrite a logger to take up a homestead, start logging and when all of the easy to log and good timer was but this logger would proceed to locate on another claim. In other words, he was after timber and never did intend to settle on the land and prove up. Several years later the government put a stop to this and made the company pay for some of the loss on eminent domain.

    Children of John Cowan: Mary, Dave, Pete, Jim, John, Pat, Tom, Sarah, Agnes, Rose, Ella, Maggie, Saloma, Jose.

    Jerry A McGillicuddy married Agnes Cowan - about 1879
    Lived at Sulphur Springs for about two to three years and Jerry took the road to look over a new pasture called Chehalis County on Grays Harbor in Washington Territory. This new timber frontier was impressive to the young man and he soon obtained a home and sent for Agnes. I will take you for a moment back with Agnes who now had a daughter, and let you enjoy her second adventurous trip into a new country and a new home. She packed what little they were to take to Washington and “We took a boat to Gardiner, where the next day, we took the stern wheeler to Scotsburg and boarded the stage for an all day ride to Drain, Oregon. Incidentally, this was over a dirt and puncheon road. At Drain we took a train to Portland over the O & C R R. Three days later after out trip started we took the train to Tenino (Survey station number 1090 on the railroad and the end of the line then). From Tenino we rode over a narrow gauge railroad to Olympia. On the fifth day we left Olympia by boat to Kamelchie; there we again boarded the stage to Montesano via Elma. At Montesano we boarded a stern wheeler and went down the Chehalis River to Hoquiam.” This trip with a baby took about eight or ten days and I believe you are now as tired as Agnes was. Years after she stated that she would not return to Smith River for a visit ever until she could go there by train and she kept her word.
    Agnes arrived about 1881 or 1882 and their first home was just across the river from the town of Hoquiam or as now just off the East end of the Eighth Street bridge. At this point I am a little confused because Jerry had taken up a homestead at a place he named New London and I don’t know how long they lived on the homestead. Alex Polson built one of the first log splash dams on Father’s claim and logged. At that time the two men could have started together in a to be very large logging venture but Dad evidently saw no future for an operation where the mill owner at Hoquiam would pay you what he waned for both your logs and your labor. In the years that followed the Polson Logging Company became one of the largest operations in the Pacific Northwest and many more mills came to Grays Harbor. Mother told me that they would drift the round log farts downs with the tide, taking several tides before the raft was moored at the Emerson mill. Mother would watch the raft and when Mr Emerson would walk over to the bank of the river and look at the raft she would then know that they would have credit at the company store for food. It was a hard life for rugged men and women. Mother would wash, mend and dry Alex Polson’s shirt over night so he could wear it the next day. I will still wander along here and say that Dad and Alex were timber claim and homestead locators and they could make good pay in those days at this work. As time went along Dad would also cruise timber.
    By this time Jerry Jr, John Eugene and Cornelius Oliver had joined the growing family.
    During the early days of Grays Harbor several boom towns were started with the idea that they were to be the western terminal of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The town of Grays Harbor City grew and flourished for several years below Hoquiam and then reverted back to the forest. The railroad built to Ocosta and that town had much growth. Fortunes were lost in land deals. My father lost with the rest. The citizens of the small town of Aberdeen built a branch line to East Aberdeen and in due time the railroad was extended on to Hoquiam. Ocosta reverted to a cow pasture. The Hunt survey started at the Columbia River and headed for Grays Harbor but only got as far as Oakville when the N P R R got their money cut off in New York and that railroad idea folded. Much money was invested and lost in those early day projects.
    Father’s work progressed rapidly and they moved to Montesano iunto a fine new home on Maple Spruce Street. This time was about the middle of the eighteen eighties. Everything looked bright and we lived well and all attended school – that is after Frederick Daniel, Eveleen, and myself arrived and made up the family. Times were fairly good and no one could look ahead to the great depression or hard times, as the called the period from 1893 to 1898 during the Cleveland administration. This period made a great many Republicans of people, never to return to the Democratic party. Men worked hard for as little as a dollar a day from daylight till dark to keep their family fed – went heavily in debt – lost their homes through mortgages. I was not old enough to know what was taking place but we moved to a smaller home on Maple Spruce Street and after living there for about three years we moved to Aberdeen into a rented house on West Heron Street. Times had once again changed for the better and we soon started to build out new home up on the hill. In 1903, the house was under way. It was well built and modern for its day. Stumps and snags were removed and we soon had acreage to cultivate and retain a cow. Gradually the streets were graded and telephone, gas and electricity came our way and them people started to build homes around us. Eveleen still lives in the old home, locates as 907 North L Street.

    J A McGillicuddy passed on in 1927.
    Agnes McGillicuddy passed on in 1928

    I am going to digress at this point and tell you a little about this man you know as your grandfather. Jerry, as he was called by the many who knew him, was about six feet tall, broad of shoulder and built like a wedge. He endured much hard travel over the early day trails of southwest Washington and his range took him from the Straights to southern Oregon. He was a man of high integrity and was the confidante on whose opinion a great many men and companies invested millions of dollars. He was known far and wide as a very exceptional cruiser who you could trust and depend upon. Upon his shoulders rested the directing of the first timber cruise made of Grays Harbor County. He made a fine witness in regard to timber value. We, his sons, have had to work hard to keep up with the high standard of ethics he prescribed ahead of us. He was a man.
    Of Agnes Cowan, your grandmother: when the Great Artist put down his brush he finished the painting of the best Mother one ever had. One of great understanding. Kind beyond measure. Possessing a forgiving nature that transcended our understanding. This mother was mine and I loved her.

    About Dad

    I was born in Montesano, Washington, on July 3rd, 1892. All of you have seen the old home on Maple Street. My father planted the first maple trees on this avenue. The first school was on old one room building wherein I learned my first A B C’s. My first teacher was Mable Tarr. We had a happy family life in those early years. I remember the day the boys returned from the Spanish American Was. Then the dark day when the smoke filled the air hid the sun. It was a great day when we moved to Aberdeen and I went to a new school – met new students with whom I went on through to graduation, The great fire that burned the main business district in 1904. This city was build on a tide flat and our streets were elevated five feet above the ground as were the wooden sidewalks. It was well they were because at high water during the storms the area would be flooded. At times they could row a boat up our main street.
    There were 32 sawmills on Grays Harbor. Sailing vessels came from the four corners of the globe to load lumber. Ships from one and a half masts to big five masted boats were common. Steam schooners would ply the route to all points south and would carry a few passengers to California. The town was wide open – money was paid to the loggers; they spent it in the saloons and dance halls and after returning to the banks it went back to the loggers and mill hands or fishermen. Grays Harbor enjoyed big runs of salmon and game was plentiful. People drove horses and there were no automobiles until about 1910. The first one I saw had the two cylinder engine under the seat and was cranked from the side. The first rise was in a Reo with a straight steering wheel. The car was leather upholstered and had a fabric top.
    There was much to amuse you. All of the leading road shows came to Aberdeen and we became familiar with all of the great and hear great actors that trod the American stage. The great heart gripping serial movies would drag one back time after time to find pout what the next episode would be. As I looked back we enjoyed a grand time but the time must come when we go to work in the field of endeavor we are most interested in.
    Dad took us into the woods to work with him and one after another we trod his many trails. We learned much from him but, as we learned in later years, we did not plumb the depth of his knowledge – enough so that we could carry on without many years of trial and error.
    Taft and Theodore Roosevelt split the Republican party and Woodrow Wilson entered the White House. Wilson guided our ship of State with an able hand but in due time we were inevitably drawn into World Ward One. Times were good and much work offered a young man.
    After graduating in 1912 I worked on a railroad survey in the Quiniault Lake area, kept time in logging camps, inspected logging contracts, scaled logs and cruised timber. I took a short course in logging engineering at the University of Washington.
    The war came in 1917 and I volunteered and was sent to Washington D C, and enrolled with the 10th Engineers, Company C. In a very short time the regiment was on its way to France via Scotland and England. The first station for C Company was in southwestern France in a very large pine forest. There we cut railroad ties, piling, poles and wood and in due time started construction of the sawmills and narrow gauge railroads. It was not long before I was sent on detached service to construct sawmills in eastern France alone the Swiss border. From that time on it was my good fortune to travel a great deal and see much of the material interest in the great cities of France. A private I started and as a private I ended in this great struggle. Company C never engaged in any combat except the ballet of the Vine Rouge.
    Returning in 1919 Dad was waiting for me and into the woods we plunged. That fall found me as a logging engineer on the Skagit River and them I moved to the Ebby Logging Company at Arlington, Washington. I remained with this operation until 1922 during which time I acted as a consulting engineer on the construction of several incline railroad logging systems. One of these installations took me to Bordeaux, Washington, for the Mason County Logging Company and it was here that I was destined to spend many years. I ventured away from Bordeaux for five years as a logging superintendent on Hood Canal, logging railroad locator for the Weyerhauser Company at Klamath Fall, Oregon and engineer on the building of the Tumwater Paper Mill and the Schaeffer Pulp Mill at Tacoma. At the Bordeaux operations I met with the most important problems of my career. Three different managers followed along through the years but their policy was firm and it was a fine company to be working for. The e4nbd was in very evident sight as the timber line finally came to an end and this fine company closed its books after logging for over fifty years. 1942
    I found demands for cruising and consulting work drawing much of my time in Oregon so in 1942 we moved to Eugene, Oregon. We purchased our home at 1970 Charnelton Street and your mother and I still remain.

    Blaine H McGillicuddy
  • Note:
    Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
    Year 1859
    County York
    Microfilm F9020
  • Note:
    Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
    Year 1850
    County York
    Microfilm F4240
  • Note:
    Lot 37 Cork Settlement

    Volume 35 Page 145
    No 12309
    31 March 1854
    Michael O'Brien yeoman Kingsclear and wife Mary
    John McGillycuddy Kingsclear
    15 pounds
    Lot 37 East 50 acres
    Michael O'Bryan
    Mary O'Bryan
    Wit: Joseph Beek, George H Smith

    Volume 35 Page 146
    No 12310
    Mortgage to O'Bryan

    9 July 1886
    Bridget Magillicuddy widow of the late John Magillicuddy Cork Settlement
    Cornelius Magillicuddy Cork Settlement
    East side of the road from Lyons Stream to Gardeners Creek 100 acres granted to the late John Magillicuddy
    West side of the road 50 acres east half of Lot 37
    Both parcels being all the real estate willed and divided by the late John Magillicuddy to Bridget Magillicuddy
  • Note:
    Letters received from Mary Brown

    Feb 2 91
    Dear William
    Nice to hear from an unknown relative.
    First I am the oldest left of the McGillicuddsy. I will be 76 years old March 31. I remember seeing your grandmother Catherine when she was a baby.
    I will give you names of my fathers family. After that if you want their families I could give you some information. I wouldn't have dates or birthdays only my family. I had four brother & three sisters.
    McGillicuddy Family
    Father Cornelius McGillicuddy came over from Ireland with his parents at 2 yrs old. Settled in Cork NB. Passed away 1915.
    My father John Edweard (eldest) born 1886 passed away 1966/

    If you would like more information I will give you what I can. If you can't understand my writing I will have it typed next time.
    Sincerely, Mary
    * * *

    Feb 25 91
    Dear William
    I received both your letters and apparently you didn't get my letter I posted to you around the first of Feb with information about the McGillicuddys and as I stated in the letter I can send more if required.

    Let me know as soon as you can if you did not received my letter and I will send the same list as before.


    * * *
    Family of John McGillicuddy
    Born in Cork New Brunswick
    July 27 1986 [sic] passes away Sept 16 66
    Wife Helen Donahue Born in Cork NB passed away 1975
    Mary Josephine 1915
    Raymond Edward 1917 passed away 1949
    Lawrence Frances 1919
    Alice Gertrude 1921
    Walter Joseph 1928
    Edna Irene 1931
    Maurice Thomas 1923 passed away Feb 5 1978
    Margaret Ann 1937

    * * *
    Apr 15 91
    Dear William
    Rec your last letter first of Month. Since then my husband has been in hospital. He was badly durned working around his tractor and will be in for a few months.
    The only information I know is my grand father Cornelius McGillicuddy came from Ireland when he was two years old and passed away in 1915.
    Some day after my husband is home again I will go to the church and see if they have any records. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
    Sincerely, Mary
  • RELA: Witness at event _EVN 137530 INDI
  • RELA: Witness at event _EVN 137546
  • Change Date: 3 APR 2017

    Marriage 1 Bridget MCGILLICUDDY b: [1817] in Ireland
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Cornelius MCGILLICUDDY b: [1839] in [Milltown, Kerry, Ireland]
    2. Has No Children Honora MCGILLICUDDY b: [AUGUST 1843] in NB
    3. Has Children Florence MCGILLICUDDY b: [JANUARY 1845] in Canada
    4. Has Children Mary MCGILLICUDDY b: [JANUARY 1847] in Cork, Manners-Sutton, York, NB
    5. Has No Children Margaret MCGILLICUDDY b: [JANUARY 1849] in NB
    6. Has Children Jeremiah Ambrose MCGILLICUDDY b: [DECEMBER 1851] in Harvey Station, Manners-Sutton, York, NB
    7. Has Children John Henry MCGILLICUDDY b: 8 JUN 1853 in NB
    8. Has No Children James MCGILLICUDDY
    9. Has Children Bridget Helen MCGILLICUDDY b: DECEMBER 1856 in Canada

    1. Author: Ancestry.com
      Title: Census of Canada, 1861
      Abbrev: Census of Canada, 1861
    2. Author: Library and Archives of Canada
      Title: Census of New Brunswick 1851
      Abbrev: Census of New Brunswick 1851
      Publication: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/1851/index-e.html
      Parish of Saint Patrick: enumerator: Donald McCallum, completed: March 1851
      Parish of Pennfield: enumerator: Isaac Justason, completed: July 1851
      Parish of Saint George: enumerator: Robert Clinch, completed: September 1851
      Parish of Saint Andrews: enumerator: Hugh Morrison, completed: September 1851
      Parish of Saint Stephen: enumerator: James Fink, completed: September 1851
      Parish of West Isles: enumerator: William H. Chaffey, completed: September 1851
      Parish of Saint David: enumerator: John C. Moore, completed: October 1851
      Parish of Grand Manan: enumerator: Josias Winchester, completed: October 1851
      Parish of Campobello: enumerator: John Larnur, completed: November 1851
      Parish of Saint James: enumerator: James Buchanan, completed: November 1851
    3. Author: Blaine H McGillicuddy
      Title: The McGillicuddy Family History
      Abbrev: The McGillicuddy Family History
      Publication: Private letter
    4. Author: Milltown Roman Catholic
      Title: Milltown Roman Catholic Records
      Abbrev: Milltown Roman Catholic Records
      Publication: http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/
    5. Author: Royal Gazette [Supplementary]
      Title: Statistical Return for the Cork Settlement for the Year 1847
      Abbrev: Statistical Return for the Cork Settlement for the Year 1847
      Publication: 26 August 1847 No 306 pp 3453-3457
    6. Author: Edited by: P. M. Toner
      Title: An Index to Irish Immigrants in the New Brunswick Census of 1851
      Abbrev: An Index to Irish Immigrants in the New Brunswick Census of 1851
      Publication: 1991
    7. Author: Mary Brown
      Title: Letter from Mary Brown
      Abbrev: Letter from Mary Brown
      Publication: 15 April 1991
    8. Author: Kerry McGillicuddy Bauman
      Title: Information from Kerry McGillicuddy Bauman
      Abbrev: Information from Kerry McGillicuddy Bauman
    9. Author: Edward Allen Merewether
      Title: Information from Edward Allen Merewether
      Abbrev: Information from Edward Allen Merewether
      Publication: 9 September 2001
    10. Author: Ancestry.com
      Title: Census of Canada, 1871
      Abbrev: Census of Canada, 1871

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