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The Ancestors of Theodora Louise McIlhargey

Ireland, Ontario, and McCabe-McIlhargey

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More complete information on the McCabe-McIlhargey family can be found under: Descendants of McCabe-McIlhargey

 

Ancestors of James McCabe

 

Ireland, Ontario, and McCabe-McIlhargey

 

Archibald Floyd McIlhargey died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, otherwise known as Custer's Last Stand.  He was born in County Antrim, Ireland in 1845.  Click here to read this soldier's story.

 

The McIlhargeys who lived in Biddulph Township, Ontario (just north of Toronto), were neighbors and possibly friends of the notorious Donnelly family that was killed by its own neighbors in 1880.  Click here to read about the Donnelly-McIlhargey connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archibald Floyd McIlhargey (b 1845) died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, otherwise known as Custer's Last Stand.   Click here to read this soldier's story.

Generation No. 1

1. Theodora Louise McIlhargey, born December 19, 1874 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada; died December 20, 1962 in Grand Forks, ND. She was the daughter of 2. Patrick Benjamin McIlhargey and 3. Mary Emily Ward. She married (1) James Bernard McCabe January 24, 1899 in St. Mary's, Lindsay, Victoria, Ontario, Canada. He was the son of Michael McCabe and Mary McCabe.

Children of Theodora McIlhargey and James McCabe are:

i. Mary Patricia McCabe, born March 12, 1901; married Paul Schable May 31, 1922.

ii. Gertrude McCabe, born February 14, 1903 in Gilby, Grand Forks, ND; died April 18, 1996 in Northwood, Grand Forks, ND; married Joseph Edward Yahna June 13, 1927 in Larimore, Grand Forks, ND.

iii. Margarite McCabe, born March 13, 1905; married Francis R. Conroy June 12, 1936 in Larimore, Grand Forks, ND.

iv. Kathleen McCabe, born February 1, 1908; married Joseph G. Hunt February 8, 1932 in Larimore, Grand Forks, ND.

v. Monica McCabe, born Abt. 1910.

vi. Theodora McCabe, born Abt. 1910.

vii. Rita Louise McCabe, born October 22, 1916; married James William Rabak September 2, 1942 in Larimore, Grand Forks, ND.


Generation No. 2

2. Patrick Benjamin McIlhargey, born August 21, 1844 in London Twsp, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada; died March 16, 1919. He was the son of 4. John McIlhargey and 5. Abigail Glavin. He married 3. Mary Emily Ward March 1, 1870 in St Peter's Church in London, Ontario.

3. Mary Emily Ward, born May 28, 1848 in London Twsp, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada; died January 11, 1902. She was the daughter of 6. John Ward and 7. Margaret Dignan.

1871 Ontario census says Patrick lived in subdist name = "London" Per 1871 and 1881 census he was born between 4/20/1845 and 4/20/1846. McGees and McIlhargeys says he was born in 1844.

1881 Census of Ontario, District 129 (Victoria South), Lindsaytown: Family #180 on page 43, lists Patrick 35, Emma 32, Christopher I 8, Dora 6, Andrew 4, and Mabel 1. Roman Catholics of Irish origin, occupation = "Gentleman". Christopher and Dora are attending school.

Sis' papers say that he moved his family from London to Lindsay in 1875. Lindsay is in Ops Township, Victoria County. The town was established in 1828 as Purdy's Mills, and became a town in 1857. Not to be confused with Lindsay Township, in Bruce County Ont.

There is a book called, "Sure An' This Is Biddulph" by Jennie Raycraft Lewis 1964. St Patrick's Church in Lucan has records on the Mormon's film # 1312058, (1854-1910). Lindsay parish registers 1841-1902 are on 1305530, and 531 is for 1887-1902, baptisms 1902+ are on 2028184 items 10-13.

From Gerry Campbell email 9/13/1999:
I gather that Mabel was the youngest and that her father bought a duplex in Lindsay for himself and for Mabel but I don't know when he came to Lindsay. If the boys were born (my Dad in Cannington and the next three around Beaverton), he (Patrick Benjamin McIlhargey) might have come to Lindsay around 1918 or even after LJ died in 1920 so that he could look after Mabel and the children.

From Gerry Campbell email 10/15/99:
1901 Census excerpt. Reel# T6501, District 120, Victoria South, C(2) [Lindsay Town], page 3, line 39 is Pat B. McIlhargey. Born in Ontario "rural", of Irish descent, a Canadian citizen, profession = drover, working on his own with no employees, religion = roman cath, all of the family members can read, write, and speak English, all born in Ontario.

Patrick's Occupation: 1871, Laborer

According to Sis' papers, Mary was also known as "Emma." She was raised by her Grandfather Dignan and some uncles (Tom, Barney, and John). These uncles were probably Dignans, rather than Wards. We know that the John could not have been a Ward, because Emma's father was John Ward.

"She had 1 sister and 2 brothers, I think."

The name Ward is common throughout Ireland, England, and Wales. It is thought to come from Old English "weard" meaning 'guard.' And in Ireland or Scotland it is usually from the anglicisation of "Mac an Bhaird" or 'son of the bard (poet).' Some earliest Ward families were in County Galway and County Donegal in Ireland.

Children of Patrick McIlhargey and Mary Ward are:

i. Thomas McIlhargey, born Abt. 1870; died Abt. 1873.

ii. Christopher John McIlhargey, born December 31, 1872 in Ontario, Canada.

Single living with parents as of 1901 census. Occupation: 1901, Blacksmith

1 iii. Theodora Louise McIlhargey.

iv. Andrew McIlhargey, born Abt. 1876 in Ontario, Canada; died 1908 in New Mexico.

v. Mabel Gertrude McIlhargey, born December 6, 1879 in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada; died during the flu epidemic, August 2, 1935 in Toronto, Ontario; buried at St Mary's in Lindsay Ontario; married Laughlin Joseph Campbell February 9 in St Mary's in Lindsay Ontario; he's also buried at St Mary's in Lindsay Ontario.

Single living with parents as of 1901 census. A milliner is a maker (designer, trimmer, or seller) of women's hats.

vi. Vincent Theodore McIlhargey, born August 23, 1881 in Ontario, Canada; died January 27, 1917 in Weston, Ontario.

An unmarried student living with parents as of 1901 census.

vii. Stafford J. McIlhargey, born November 25, 1883 in Ontario, Canada; died March 8, 1958; married Ellen Houlihan.

An unmarried student living with parents as of 1901 census.

viii. Theodore J. McIlhargey, born August 15, 1886; died Aft. December 20, 1962.

Theodora's obit (1962) mentions that she was survived by a brother, T.J. McIlhargey, from Minot ND. This would almost certainly have been this brother, who was 12 years younger than her, if the birthdate is correct.

ix. Daughter McIlhargey, born Abt. 1888; died Abt. 1890.


Generation No. 3

4. John McIlhargey, born March 10, 1813 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland; died April 19, 1898 in Elginfield, London, Ontario, Canada. He was the son of 8. Archibald McIlhargey and 9. Anne Lawrence. He married 5. Abigail Glavin.

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Abigail and John, probably about 1875

 

5. Abigail Glavin, born 1819 in Antrim Ireland; died September 22, 1899 in Elginfield, London, Ontario Canada.

John may have been born in Feb 1814, according to McGees and McIlhargeys. And in the 1871 Ontario census there is a John listed as age 55 (b 1816), a farmer, from London town, RC, born in Ireland, on the same page as our direct ancestor Patrick.

Occupation: Clerked in a store

Children of John McIlhargey and Abigail Glavin are:

i. Abigail McIlhargey, born 1836; married John Morkin February 27, 1865 in Middlesex County, Ontario Canada.

ii. Archibald McIlhargey, born 1837; died 1920; married Mary McGrath.

iii. Ellen McIlhargey, born February 1838 in Biddulph Twsp, Ontario Canada; died 1923; married Steve McCormick.

iv. Catherine McIlhargey, born Abt. 1840.

Katie?

v. Elizabeth McIlhargey, born Abt. 1840; married Thomas Ryan.

vi. Mary Ann Margaret McIlhargey, born Abt. 1840; married Thomas Loughlin January 17, 1860 in Ailsa Craig, Middlesex, Ontario Canada.

vii. Nora McIlhargey, born Abt. 1840 in Biddulph Twsp, Ontario; died Bef. 1938; married Frank Carlin.

Sis papers say they lived in Seaforth Ontario

viii. Samuel McIlhargey, born Abt. 1840.

ix. Sophia R. McIlhargey, born Abt. 1840 in Biddulph Twsp, Ontario; died December 28, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan; married Patrick J. Quigley.

2 x. Patrick Benjamin McIlhargey.

xi. Martha Jane McIlhargey, born February 1849 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Ontario Canada; died July 15, 1852 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Ontario Canada.

xii. Zacharias McIlhargey, born 1851; died 1938; married (1) Anne Sweeney in California?; married (2) Bridget Hennessy May 7, 1919.

"Zachariah" according to The Donnelly Album.

An email from Dennis Stoddard 4/6/97 indicates that Anne may be the eldest daughter of John Sweeney and Kate Weldon of Ireland, who married around 1855. If so, Anne had a brother (9 children total) named John, who had a daughter Irene, who is Dennis' mother.

Dennis indicates that his Grandpa John told of meeting a nephew (probably John Joseph McIlhargey, b 1878) in an Irish bar in "Quebec." His sister was already dead. Grandpa John then visited her children (his nieces and nephews) in Canada.

All Stoddard knew of her (didn't even know the name Anne) before finding our info was that she was the eldest daughter, said to have left Ireland before his Grandpa John was born. From Ireland, to Canada, then New York, and around the horn to California, where she married, returned to Canada, and raised a large family.

xiii. John Dominic McIlhargey, born 1852 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Ontario Canada; died September 4, 1910 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Ontario Canada; married Ellen Hobbins.

xiv. Sarah McIlhargey, born 1855 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Ontario Canada; died 1888; married John Creighton.

xv. Katie McIlhargey, born 1862; died November 15, 1882 in Biddulph Twsp, Ontario Canada.

Catherine?

6. John Ward, born Abt. 1815 in Ireland; died in London, Ontario, Canada. Burial: St Peter's Cemetery, London, Ontario.  He was the son of 12. John Ward. He married 7. Margaret Dignan.

7. Margaret Dignan, born Abt. 1820 in Ireland; died in London, Ontario, Canada. Burial: St Peter's Cemetery, London, Ontario.  She was the daughter of 14. Christopher Dignan.

In the 1857 Ontario Province Directory, there are two John Ward's from London in Middlesex County listed. One is a shoemaker on Wellington Street, the other, John A. Ward, is a station master with the Great Western Railway.

Margaret probably had siblings named Tom, Barney, and John. See notes to her father's entry.

Children of John Ward and Margaret Dignan are:

i. Anastasia Ward, born 1844 in London, Ontario, Canada; died May 26, 1900 in Enniskillen Township, Lambton, Ontario; married Matthew Boyle.

3 ii. Mary Emily Ward.


Generation No. 4

8. Archibald McIlhargey, born September 4, 1784 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland; died October 2, 1856 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada. He was the son of 16. John McIlhargey and 17. Mary ?.  He married 9. Anne Lawrence 1809 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland. She was born July 21, 1789 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland; died August 14, 1863 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada. She was the daughter of 18. ? Lawrence and 19. ? Haynes.

The book, McGees and McIlhargeys, says Archibald was born 9/4/1781. He and his wife and children, together with Archibald's brother John and his wife Jane and children, left Ireland via Coleraine, Londonderry (Derry) in 1821 or 1822. They were shipwrecked about 190 miles short of their destination in Quebec; all possessions were lost. Another steamer rescued them and brought them to LaChine, Quebec. During the shipwreck, Archibald had dumped the family silverware into the ocean and filled the silver-chest with tea. Later, in 1837, he was to return to Ireland and bring a replacement back for the lost silverware.

From Quebec they traveled to London, Ontario. Then they moved north to Biddulph Township, the area later called Lucan.

Archibald was a county official when Biddulph Township was organized in 1842 as a part of Huron and McGillibray Counties. But perhaps this refers to his son?

Lucan was established in 1829 as a Wilberforce Colony by refugee slaves from the US, was renamed Marystown in 1832, and Lucan in 1860. Lucan and Biddulph Township are today in Middlesex County.

Archibald and Anne made their home on 300 acres, lots 18 and 19, concession 16. In those days there were only a few log homes along the road, a simple trail through the woods, now Highway #4.

Archibald's son, John (and his wife Abigail) inherited the farm and lived there many years until they built a brick home on the Biddulph-London Township Line, west of Elginfield, across from St. Patrick's Church. John died in the home in 1898 after many years of retirement. John and Abigail's sons, John and Zachariah, inherited the farm. Lot 18 has been passed on for 5 generations: from Archibald b 1784, to John, to John and Zachariah, to John Joseph, to John Joseph Jr, b 1932.

Also, "Dunluce Parish, Antrim, Ireland records show several McIlhargeys paying tithes in 1828 and up to 1860; but how they are related is not clear."

There is significant McIlhargey data, much of it matching these records, in the Mormon's Ancestral File is from Michael L. Rudie, 212 5th Ave E, Kalispell, MT 59901 and/or Rudie, 646 East Center, Logan UT 84321. 

Archibald's immigration: Abt. 1821, Coleraine, Londonderry (Derry), Ireland to LaChine, Quebec, Canada.

McGees and McIlhargeys says Anne was born 1791 and died 1865.

Mike Stapleton, in an email from 9/20/99:
I can't confirm through my records at home the date for Alexander (sic; he means "Archibald") McIlhargey's settlement but it is likely that 1821 is a good number. In F.T. Rosser's book "London Township Pioneers" he is not listed with the 89 original Col. Thomas Talbot wave of immigrants. However he, John McIlhargey and Christopher Dignan are not on this list but are on an annex list of those with no recorded dates from the same era. Here is the info: Archibald McIlhargey Lot 18, Concession 16, John McIlhargey Lot 19, Concession 16 and Christopher Dignan North 1/2 Lot 18, Concession 9.

From the book, Surnames of Scotland, 1946, NYPL, by George Black:
Mac or Mc is a Gaelic prefix, meaning "son". Macharg is a common name in Glasgow Scotland. In the 1400's and 1500's it was common in Carrick and the mountains of Gallway. There were Machargs of Shalloch in the parish of Kirkpatrick-Irongray, and also in Cardorkan in the parish of Minnigaff.

In Frank McCourt's wonderful memoir, "Angela's Ashes", published in 1996, he remembers his father Malachy (who was born on a farm in Toome, Antrim) singing, drunk in a bar one night:

'Tis alone my concern if the grandest surprise
Would be shining at me out of somebody's eyes.
'Tis my private affair what my feelings would be
While the green glens of Antrim were welcoming me.

From the book, Surnames of Scotland, 1946 NYPL, by George Black:
Lawrence is from the Latin Laurentius, which also became the French Laurence. St Laurentius the Deacon was martyred under Valeriane by roasting on a gridiron in 258 AD at the church of Edzell.

Children of Archibald McIlhargey and Anne Lawrence are:

i. Catherine McIlhargey, born 1810 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland; died 1865; married John Wells.

ii. Mary Anne McIlhargey, born 1811 in Antrim Ireland; married Thomas Crumley.

4 iii. John McIlhargey.

iv. Archibald McIlhargey, born November 18, 1815 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland; died November 6, 1890 in Kinde, Huron, MI; married Margaret Ryan August 7, 1841 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada.  Both buried: Hewelton Cemetery, Pinnebog.

The Mormon's Ancestral File says Archibald was born 11/8/1815 in Antrim, Antrim , Ireland. Death date and location are also in AF.

The book, McGees and McIlhargeys, says that Archibald (b 1815) lived on lot #4 south boundary, Biddulph Township, which was purchased from the Canada Company in 1854. This book also says that an Archibald was a county official when Biddulph Township was organized in 1842 as a part of Huron and McGillibray Counties. But perhaps this refers to his father (b1781)?

v. Martha Jane McIlhargey, born 1817 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland; married George Benn.

vi. Zackariah McIlhargey, born 1819 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland; died 1822.

vii. Patrick McIlhargey, born 1821 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland; died March 27, 1899 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada; married Margaret McCarthy.

The Donnelly Album (p31) says that white settlers formed a small hamlet between Hodgin's "tavern built in 1842 and Patrick McIlhargey's large brick tavern built around 1850." This was where the Grand Trunk Railway crossed the London-Goderich Road, known as Marysville, which later became the town of Lucan. The McIlhargey Tavern, was "still standing on the southern outskirts of Lucan" at the time the book was published (1995).

According to the book, McGees and McIlhargeys, a Patrick McIlhargey, in 1856 owned and operated the Queen's Hotel in Lucan, at the McCronnigan-McIlhargey Block. The book implies that the Queen's may have earlier been known as the Central Hotel. However, The Donnelly Album clearly indicates that these were separate hotels. On p32 it refers to them, around mid-1860's, as taverns and says they are "Bob McLean's Central and John O'Donohue's Queen's". On pg 51, it also refers to them separately, quoting the London Daily Advertiser 9/16/1869: "The Lucan Hotelkeepers have been obliged to increase their accommodation. Large three-story brick additions have been built to the Central and Queens hotels." On pg 42 it says that there were at least 8 hotels in Lucan. On pg 58 it says that William Bowey had acquired the Queen's from O'Donohue. On pg 71 it indicates that the Central was on Main Street, and that it survived the large fire in Spring 1875, and still operates today (1995). On pg 140 it says that Alex McFalls tended the bar at the Queen's Hotel in the late 1870's.

The McGees and McIlhargeys book refers to the Queen's, saying, "This was a well-known stopping place for travelers as it was spacious, with a large kitchen in the rear and dining room and bar on one side. Across the hallway Dr. John McIlhargey, son of the owner, had his physician's office and waiting room. Upstairs in the large ballroom many a lonesome, homesick settler danced his cares away to the tunes of a local fiddler." Also, "In 1852 Patrick was a leading supporter at a meeting to detach McGillibray County from Huron County and annex it and Biddulph Township to Middlesex County. Annexation was affected in 1861 and Huron became a part of Middlesex in 1865."

The Donnelly Album, on pg 92, refers in 1876 to Squire Patrick McIlhargey, a freshly appointed Justice of the Peace, who was a Catholic and a long-time friend of the notorious Donnelly family. In September 1876, JP McIlhargey wrote to the Crown Attorney of Middlesex County to have one of the Donnellys appointed as a constable, "in place of my son who was disqualified". But this request was rejected.

viii. Elizabeth McIlhargey, born 1823 in Marysville, Tyendinaga Twp, Hastings, Ontario; married Michael Darrigan.

ix. Helen Margaret McIlhargey, born May 5, 1825 in Marysville, Tyendinaga Twp, Hastings, Ontario; died March 29, 1834 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada.  Burial: St Patrick's in Lucan Ontario

McGees and McIlhargeys has name Ellen Margaret. But the cemetery records say Helen M.

x. Sophia McIlhargey, born 1827 in Marysville, Tyendinaga Twp, Hastings, Ontario; died June 5, 1884 in Biddulph Twp, Middlesex, Ontario; buried June 7, 1864, St Peters Cem, Parkhill, Ontario; married Patrick Michael Glavin.

There is a Patrick Glavin listed in the 1871 Ontario Census. Age 40, b Ireland, RC, Irish, Farmer, Stephen Twp. Huron County.

xi. Samuel McIlhargey, born 1829 in Marysville, Tyendinaga Twp, Hastings, Ontario; died "on the way to Mexico"; married Joanne Smith.

xii. Mary Sarah McIlhargey, born January 31, 1831 in Marysville, Tyendinaga Twp, Hastings, Ontario; died December 14, 1903 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada; married Martin John Collisson November 27, 1860 in Biddulph Twp, Middlesex, Ontario.

xiii. Charles Edward Stuart McIlhargey, born 1833 in Marysville, Tyendinaga Twp, Hastings, Ontario; married Mary Young January 9, 1859 in Biddulph Twp, Ontario.

The book, McIlhargey's and McGees, says "In 1847 (sic) Charles McIlhargey went to Huron County, Michigan and arranged for a 640 acre homestead along the banks of the Pinnebog River. He returned to Canada for a time; but in 1859 moved to Michigan with his family. His brothers, James and Archibald, with their families soon followed."

I assume that the date 1847 is incorrect, and should probably read 1857. Charles was only born in 1833; therefore, not possible for him to have homesteaded. Also, unlikely that he would have homesteaded 12 years before fetching his family.

Land Records of Michigan (from Ancestry.com) shows 4 entries for a Charles McIlhargey. 2 at the land office in Detroit, docs 33413 and 34268, both dated 7/1/1861, base line 19, twp 18N and 17N (respectively), range 12e, section 20, 40 acres. Also 2 at the land office in East Saginaw, docs 8318 and 8320, filed 1/1/1861 and 10/1/1861 (almost certainly an error - should also be 1/1/1861), base line 19, twp 18n, range 11e, section 25, 160 acres.

xiv. James Thomas Lawrence McIlhargey, born September 22, 1835 in Marysville, Tyendinaga Twp, Hastings, Ontario; died August 30, 1861 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada.

The book, McGees and McIlhargeys says that James and his brother Archibald, followed another brother, Charles, to Huron County Michigan. Charles had homesteaded there.

Land records of Michigan (Ancestry.com) lists James McIlhargey filing at the East Saginaw land office on 1/1/1861, doc 8319, base line 19, twp 18n, range 11e, section 25, 160 acres.

xv. Joseph Benjamin McIlhargey, born October 24, 1837 in Marysville, Tyendinaga Twp, Hastings, Ontario; died February 20, 1917 in Lucan, Biddulph Twsp, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada; married Mary Ann Logan January 8, 1865 in Biddulph Twp, Middlesex, Ontario.

According to the book, McGees and McIlhargeys, Joseph owned a general store at Flannigan's Corners, later known as the village of Ireland. In 1906 part of this site was chosen for the S.S. #12 Clandeboye School. The property was purchased in 1908 and construction began.

There is a story in the book, The Donnelly Album, which says that somewhere around 1861, a "young Joe McIlhargey" tried to accost a young woman. He "rode up to her on his horse on a lonely stretch of Biddulph road. 'I intend to have you mine,' said the youth, 'and I will put you in a way that you will be mine.' He jumped off his horse, threw the frightened girl to the ground, and began to unbutton his pantaloons.' She screamed, which drew a passer-by, and her virtue was preserved."

Hard to say if this story refers to this Joseph - sounds like it was someone younger.

Land records of Michigan (Ancestry.com) lists Joseph McIlhargey filing at the East Saginaw land office on 1/1/1861, doc 8412, base line 19, twp 18n, range 11e, section 25, 160 acres.

12. John Ward, born Abt. 1785.

Child of John Ward is:

6 i. John Ward.

14. Christopher Dignan, born Abt. 1790.

Sis' papers also say that Emma Ward, this man's granddaughter, was raised by him and some uncles (Tom, Barney, and John). These uncles were probably Dignans, rather than Wards. We know that the John could not have been a Ward, because Emma's father was John Ward.

Mike Stapleton, in an email from 9/20/99:
I can't confirm through my records at home the date for Alexander (sic; he means "Archibald") McIlhargey's settlement but it is likely that 1821 is a good number. In F.T. Rosser's book "London Township Pioneers" he is not listed with the 89 original Col. Thomas Talbot wave of immigrants. However he, John McIlhargey and Christopher Dignan are not on this list but are on an annex list of those with no recorded dates from the same era. Here is the info: Archibald McIlhargey Lot 18, Concession 16, John McIlhargey Lot 19, Concession 16 and Christopher Dignan North 1/2 Lot 18, Concession 9.

Dick Dignan email 9/20/99:
It is my understanding that the Dignans emigrated to the US from Canada. The name originates in County Roscommon in Ireland. It was spelled O'Duignan at that time.

Children of Christopher Dignan are:

7 i. Margaret Dignan.

ii. John Dignan, born Abt. 1820.

Sis' papers indicate that John was the grandfather of Bishop Hubert Dignan.

iii. Tom Dignan, born Abt. 1820.

iv. Barney Dignan, born Abt. 1820.

From the Canadian National Archives:
RG13 , JUSTICE , Series D-1 , Volume 1040
File : 479 , Access code: 90
File Title: Convictions, Kingston Penitentiary - Dignan, Bernard.
Keywords: Dignan Bernard Kingston Penitentiary Outside Dates: 1846/07/18
Finding Aid number: 13-18


Generation No. 5

16. John McIlhargey, born 1749 and died Oct 17, 1834.  Spouse was 17. Mary ?, born 1762 and died October 30, 1800.  Both are buried at Old Graveyard, Dunluce, County Antrim, Ireland.  His father was 32. ? McIlhargey.

Children of John McIlhargey are:

8 i. Archibald McIlhargey.

ii. John McIlhargey, born 1786 and died 1867; married Jane Lawrence (daughter of 18. ? Lawrence) born 1787 and died 1863.  Both are buried at Ballywillan Presbyterian Cem, Portrush, County Antrim, Ireland.

John and Jane had 4 known children: James b. 1816, Mary Ann b. 1822, Samuel b. 1833, and John b. 1837.

iii. Thomas McIlhargey, b. 1798; died 1874.  Married Mary ? b. 1802 died 1874.   Both are buried at Old Graveyard, Dunluce, County Antrim, Ireland.

Thomas and Mary had 3 known children: Jane b 1821, Thomas b about 1829, and Elizabeth b about 1840.

18. ? Lawrence, born Abt. 1760 in Scotland. He married 19. ? Haynes, born Abt. 1760 in Scotland.  Her father was 38. ? Haynes and her mother was 39. ? Stuart.

Children of ? Lawrence and ? Haynes are:

9 i. Anne Lawrence.

ii. Jane Lawrence, born Abt. 1805; married John McIlhargey, son of 16. John McIlhargey.


Generation No. 6

32. ? McIlhargey, born about 1715.

Children of 32. ? McIlhargey are:

i. Archibald McIlhargey, b 1737 died 1817.  Married Letitia ? b 1733 died 1816.  Both are buried at Old Graveyard, Dunluce, County Antrim, Ireland.

Archibald and Letitia had son Patrick b 1775 died 1841.   He married Rose Ann ? b 1775 died 1842.  Both are buried at Old Graveyard, Dunluce, County Antrim, Ireland.

Patrick and Rose Ann had son Archibald b 1805 died 1886 at Ballykeel, County Antrim and buried at Old Graveyard, Dunluce, County Antrim, Ireland.   Married Mary Kane b 1818 died 1862.

Archibald and Mary Kane had 5 children: Elizabeth Ann b 1844, Archibald Floyd b 1845, James b 1849, Mary Jane b 1851, and John Dunlop b 1852.

Archibald Floyd was a Union cavalry soldier in the Civil War and later in the Indian Wars.  He served and died with Custer as part of the 7th Cavalry that was annihilated at the battle of the Little Big Horn in June 1876.  He married Johanna Lee in 1873 at Louisville KY.  They had daughter Rosalie b 1874 and son Archibald Floyd b December 1876, 5 months after his father was killed.

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38. ? Haynes, born about 1730.  Married 39. ? Stuart, born about 1730.