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Cead Mile Fàilte***** Welcome to the Family History of the McCarthy Family. For those interested there is a wealth of information herein, with more coming all the time. Our family history so far goes back to Kildee and Clonakilty County Cork, Ireland. Anyone who can add to our family history is encouraged to contact me at*****


My research on the McCarthy Family begins in Kildee, Parish of Kilmeen, County Cork, Ireland with the birth of my Great-Great-Grandfather John McCarthy on June 27. 1824. However, recent research has revealed that I have lineage back as far as 950AD, Millstreet County Cork served as home to many of my ancestors after the reign of Donough McCarthy, my 9th great grandfather and last of the Lords of Muskerry and Blarney Castle McCarthy's. Donough spent time in the Tower of London on two different occasions before he married his wife Elizabeth Spencer of the Althorp Manor in England. They eventually were exiled to Germany where both died ending the McCarthy rule in Muskerry. His first born son Jeremiah McCarthy, my 8th Great grandfather continued to live in England until he married Elizabeth McDermott and returned to Millstreet Ireland. My 7th grandfather was Eoghan McCarthy who married Catherine Moynihan. He was succeeded by his son Owen McCarthy my 6th great grandfather, who married Honora Dehahy

My 5th great-grandfather was Eoghan (Owen) McCarthy, My His wife was Ellen Dwyer and they were married in St. Finbarr’s South in Cork. Although I have no proof of all their children, I do have the baptism record of Timothy McCarthy (my 4th great grandfather) from February 7, 1795. Although it is hard to read it appears his godfather was Callaghan McCarthy,Timothy’s brother. Timothy McCarthy married Margaret Maloney. Their children were Catherine, John Ellen and Dennis.

My 3rd great-grandfather John McCarthy was born to Timothy McCarthy and Margaret Maloney on June 24, 1824 in Kildee, Parish of Kilmeen, County Cork Ireland. John was married to Margaret O'Leary and very little is known with the exception that they had six sons, Timothy ?, Dennis 1838, Daniel 1845 and Jeremiah 1846, John 1848, & Michael 1857 and daughters Catherine 1843 & Mary Ellen 1856 that I know of. My research has uncovered that the Tithe Applotment records for 1851 show that John and Timothy McCarthy held quite a bit of property and the name Samhna/Sowney or Sawney appeared after their name.

A Genealogist informs me that this a popular secondary McCarthy name or agnomen used in County Cork and is a subdivision of the McCarthy Reagh Clan that ruled the West Carberry region of County Cork, and has nothing to do with the McCarthy Mor who ruled the rest of Munster including Cork and Kerry. I have received some answers to the name Sawney, one of which is not very flattering, but I am awaiting more information from Ireland. It would appear they may have been Pig Farmers which would explain how they got through the Famine which was so prevalent in County Cork, and in particular Clonakilty which is in close proximity to Kildee and Ballinascarthy.

What follows is verified information based on research of Daniel, Jeremiah and Catherine McCarthy, my great grandfather, great Aunt and Uncle who eventually emigrated to America and I have been able to research their family history in depth

I have just found information on Catherine who apparently emigrated to America shortly after her marriage to a Mr. James Coleman. Her husband had joined the military and appearsto have been and Indian Fighter stationed in Fort Sully South Dakota. They apparently came over after the Civil War ended because all their children were born in Fort Sully between the years 1870-1889. Their children were Charles June 1870, Robert March 1872, Polly September 1879, Mary October 1880, Larence Nov. 1882, Nora June 1884, and Edward Oct. 1889.
Catherine passed away in Sully South Dakota on May 16, 1912 and her husband James died June 11, 1921 also in South Dakota.

Jeremiah and his sons Patrick, Michael (who at one time lived in Frackville, PA before returning to Ireland)& James remained in Ireland, however, many of Jeremiah's children ventured to America and settled in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. Most settled in the Mahanoy City area, while others eventually moved to Upper New York State.

My great grandfather Daniel McCarthy and Mary (nee) Wolfe emigrated to America on April 2, 1869, and settled in the little village of Girard Manor, East Union Township, Schuylkill County Pennsylvania. (located about 4 miles form Brandonville and 6 miles from Mahanoy City, Pa.)

Daniel, as well as Jeremiahs family worked for the Reading Railroad, a tradition they passed on to his sons, who worked with him when they reached their teens. Daniels sons, Daniel, John, and William all eventually worked as section foremen on the Reading Railroad until their retirement. William, my grandfather, worked for the Reading Company for 63 years before retiring in 1972. Many of the sons of Daniel, John and William also worked for the Reading Railroad, and in some instances that practice of working for Railroads continues today.

Please use the buttons to the right to view the family histories of all the McCarthy, McManaman, Ferguson, Carlin, Sheehan, Dillon, Whalen and Wolfe families known to date. We recommend you check the Pedigree Chart listed under McCarthy and Dillon as a guide to the family histories listed herein.


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