County Mayo, Ireland to Western Quebec, Canada

March 12, 2011:

Hi there,
     I am looking for information on John McAndrews and Catherine Coolican (Culligan?). They are buried along with 
	 some of their children at the beautiful little cemetery near St. Gregoire De Naziane, Buckingham, Quebec. My Great Great Grandfather 
	 Michael McAndrews, was baptized in 1844 at Notre Dame De Bonsecours (at Petite Nation) along with most of his siblings being 
	 baptized either there or at St. Gregoire De Naziane (in Buckingham). Their daughter Mary McAndrews is buried there too along 
	 with her husband Edward McAndrew (they were not related that I can see). Is there any way to find out when they 
	 may have arrived in Buckingham area, are there records anywhere, land grants etc? All I know is that John McAndrews 
	 and Catherine Coolican married at Notre Dame De Bonsecours in 1844, so John would have arrived prior to that year.
     Any help, or direction would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,



I've attached a copy of the 1844 marriage record of John McAndrew and Catherine Coolican. The records were kept at Notre Dame
but the marriage took place at the mission chapel in Buckingham, where both were then residing. Note the residence of 
their respective parents. Most likely all their children were also baptized either in the mission chapel or the church 
in Buckingham. I have not found any references to John or Catherine prior to 1844. There may be a reference to him in 
Pierre Louis Lapointe's history of Buckingham. I think you can still obtain a copy through the Buckingham city hall. 

Mark Cullen
(See Mark's Web Site at

Source: Drouin Records for Notre Dame de BonSecours at Marriage of John McAndrews and Catherine Coolican, 1844
Thanks to Taylor Kennedy for the following: I know a few McAndrews came over in 1846. The parish written in the marriage register may have been written incorrect. I think it would be Ballysokeary instead of Ballynallery. Records begin from this Roman Catholic parish from 1843. ... Taylor N.B. New October 27, 2011: Here is some info: Note: the research for the following two web pages (links below) has been done by Jill Dale from California. She has a wonderful, encyclopaedic web site for research in County Mayo, Ireland. The following page on Ballysakeery Civil Parish Characteristics is from the Research Aids section of the County Mayo Beginnings Website Specific Details on the works sited are on: Ballysakeery Civil Parish Characteristics, County Mayo, Ireland Ballysakeery Civil Parish falls within Tirawley Barony and is part of Ballysokeary Roman Catholic Parish (also referred to as Cooneal Parish). The records available for this Catholic Parish cover the years 1862-1897 on microfilm numbers 1279204 and 1279205. Ballysakeary Roman Catholic Parish was established in 1843 (Mitchell, 1988, p. 87). When the Griffith's Valuation was conducted in Ballysakeery Civil Parish in 1856, there were 47 Townlands including the named, occupied islands. There was one Roman Catholic Chapel in the Townland of Coonealmore, a Church of undocumented affiliation in Lisglennon, a Presbyterian Meeting House in Mullafarry and a Methodist Meeting House in the Townland of Cloonshinnagh. The only Graveyard was noted in the Townland of Ballysakeery where there was also land designated for a "Glebe." (Griffith, 1847-1864; 2003, Ballysakeery). Samuel Lewis in his "A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" mentioned that there was a place of worship in Ballysakeery for Baptists as well. (Lewis, 1837; 2005, p. 121). I couldn't find any patent applications for Fairs or Markets for any Townlands in Ballysakeery Civil Parish. There were no "Fair Greens" or "Tolls and Customs of Fairs" noted for any Townlands in the Griffith's Valuation. Overall there was very little commercial activity in this parish. Ballysakeery Civil Parish was only 2 1/2 miles from the Town of Killala, a premier market town in County Mayo in the 19th century. The Tideway of the River Moy was noted as the location for a Salmon Fishery (it wasn't mentioned with the other major fisheries in the Statistical Survey of County Mayo that was conducted in 1802. (McParlan, 1802; 2007, p. 95-96). There was a Pound in the Townland of Cloonshinnagh, a Forge in the Townland of Derreens and a Steward's House in Rathglass East. There were Herd's Houses in the Townlands of Balloughadalla and Rosserk (few compared to many other parishes that most probably had more pasture/grazing land). There were no Corn Mills, Tuck Mills or Kilns in this Civil Parish. The three largest Townlands were Ballybroony that was centrally located, Ballymackeehola in the southwest quadrant and Rathoma just to the north of Ballymakeehola. (Griffith, 1847-1864; 2003, Ballysakeery). One lake, Mullafarry Lough was present in Ballysakeery Civil Parish, as was the Tideway to the River Moy Salmon Fishery, but the River Moy wasn't mentioned as passing through any of the Townlands. There were no designated "Bog" parcels noted in Griffith's Valuation, but Samuel Lewis in his "A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" mentions Ballysakeery as having very large tracts of irreclaimable bog area. (Lewis, 1837; 2005, p. 120). As far as education goes, there was a Schoolhouse in the Townland of Cloonshinnagh and a Church Education Society Schoolhouse in the Townland of Lisglennon. In the 1837 "A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland," Samuel Lewis describes five public schools as well as two hedge schools. (Lewis, 1827; 2005, p. 121). The Earl of Arran was far and away the predominant landlord in Ballysakeery Civil Parish, distantly followed by Col. Arthur Knox Gore, Annesley Knox, Sir Wm R Palmer Bart and a smattering of others. (Griffith, 1847-1864; 2003, Ballysakeery). The Earl of Arran was listed as an absentee landlord in the Statistical Survey of County Mayo in 1802 as was Major John Knox. (Mcparlan, 1802; 2007, p. 100). The population of Ballysakeery Civil Parish dropped by more than 50% between 1841 (6,034) and 1851 (2,951) (emigration during the famine years? ... Al)and by the year 1911 there was only 1,520 people remaining in Ballysakeery Civil Parish. (O'Hara, 1982, p. 7). from Jill Dale's web site (above). Thanks, Jill, for permission to use this material. _____________________________________ Good morning, all: Thanks for your correspondence regarding the McAndrews and Coolicans. There are McAndrews who appear in the records of Notre Dame in downtown Ottawa, starting in 1831. It's possible that these McAndrews were related to the family at Buckingham, and farther east on the seigneury of Louis-Joseph Papineau at Petite-Nation (Montebello). My Burns and Doyle ancestors lived in the Buckingham area for a bit during the 1830's and knew a McAndrews family at the time. I think they may have been related because in the 1970's, a McAndrews lady from the USA wrote a letter to Michael Daley, asking for information regarding the connection between the McHale, O'Brien, O'Connor and Burns families who lived on the Manotick Station Road in Osgoode Township starting in the 1840's. Its probable that the young men of these families and the McAndrews young men, knew each other from working in the lumbering shanties each winter during the winters in the 1830's. My GreatGreatGrandfather, Lawrence Burns, took a crew of these young men to the area north of Buckingham, each winter, to work in the bush. Unfortunately, this lady, Mary McAndrews, has passed away. I will keep an eye out for this connection. By the way, there is quite a bit about Notre Dame de Bon Secours Church in the book Michael Power: The Struggle To Build The Catholic Church On The Canadian Frontier, by Mark McGowan, McGill Queen's University Press, 2005, ISBN 0773529144. The book is about Michael Power who was born in Nova Scotia in 1804, went to Montreal and Quebec City to study for the priesthood, and later became the first Bishop of Toronto. During part of the 1830's he was the priest at Notre-Dame de Bons Secours. He died in Toronto, tending to the famine immigrants in the sheds there. Real interesting stuff about conditions there in the 1830's. Cindy, is it OK with you if I add your enquiry to our web site? I'll also add Mark and Taylors contribution to the same page. Please let me know. Thanks again, ... Al Lewis

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