Bernard McGEE and Bridget FLANAGAN
also Bernard McGEE and Helen MANTLE

ML# 169 on the McCabe List as Bernard MAGEE

	1  	Bernard McGee	1801 - 1872 County Down
..		+Bridget Flanagan	1798 - 1856
.......	2  	Mary McGee	1830 - 1906
...........		+Patrick Dewan	1820 - 1906
................	3  	Patrick Edmund Dewan	1849 -
....................		+Ellen Jane Blanchfield	1858 -
.........................	4  	Teresa Dewan	
.........................	4  	Edmund P. Dewan	1888 - 1967
.............................		+Violet C. Kelly	
.........................	4  	Mary Dewan	
.............................		+Packy McEvoy	
.........................	4  	Eliza Dewan	
.............................		+Tom McEvoy	- 1919
.........................	4  	Thomas Dewan	1892 - 1919
.........................	4  	Lena Dewan	1893 - 1973
.............................		+Ambrose Kelly	
.........................	4  	Bernard Dewan	
.............................		+Margaret Muir	
.........................	4  	Colette Dewan	1898 - 1976
.............................		+Earl McGuire	1901 - 1959
.........................	4  	William Dewan	
.............................		+Marge Kealey	
.........................	4  	Alice Dewan	
................	3  	John Dewan	1862 -
....................		+Margaret Shields	1867 -
.........................	4  	Patrick Michael Dewan	1890 -
.............................		+M. Olive Tierney	1892 - 1970
.........................	4  	James Dewan	
.............................		+Evelyn Blanchfield	
.........................	4  	Mary Dewan	
.............................		+Thomas O'Rourke	
.........................	4  	Margaret Dewan	
.........................	4  	Emma Dewan	
.............................		+XXX Gauvin	
................	3  	Morris Dewan	1843 -
................	3  	Bernard Dewan	1851 -
....................		+Elizabeth Lowrey	1857 -
................	3  	Alice Ann Dewan	1855 -
....................		+William O'Brien	
.........................	4  	Michael O'Brien	
.........................	4  	Dominic O'Brien	
................	3  	Bridget Dewan	1857 -
....................		+Thomas Shields	
.........................	4  	Patrick Shields	
.........................	4  	Steve Shields	
.........................	4  	Thomas Shields	
.........................	4  	Bridget Ann Shields	1876 - 1918
.............................		+David Kelly	1864 - 1932
.........................	4  	Alice Shields	
.........................	4  	Ida Shields	
.........................	4  	Bertha Shields	
.........................	4  	Mary Shields	
................	3  	Michael Dewan	1859 -
................	3  	Joseph James Dewan	1863 -
................	3  	Bernard Dewan	
....................		+Elizabeth Lowrie	1857 -
.........................	4  	Mary Elizabeth Dewan	1877 -
.......	2  	Bernard McGee	1832 -
.......	2  	Patrick McGee	1833 -
...........		+Bridget Finlay	
................	3  	John McGee	1863 -
................	3  	Bridget McGee	1861 -
.......	2  	John McGee	1834 -
...........		+Jane Mackey	(could be McGEE)
.......	2  	Ann McGee	1835 -
...........		+Philip Hughes	1819 -
................	3  	William Hughes	1853 -
.......	2  	P. McGee	1839 -
.......	2  	Ellen McGee	1843 - 
March 31, 2008: Hello Al, With respect to "Some descendants of Bernard McGee and Helen Mantle": I have a bit of information on another child of Bernard McGee (born c. 1792, County Cork) and Helen / Ellen Mantle (born Co. Cork, daughter of John Mantle and Ellen Hourigan): Ellen McGee, born c. 1836, died 4 June 1898, buried 6 June 1898 at St John Chrysostom, Arnprior. Ellen McGee married John Galligan, born c. 1826, County Cavan, Ireland. John Galligan may have had a first wife named Catherine Nash. John Galligan and Ellen McGee had (at least) the following children: Bridget Galligan, born 1858, married Denis Killeen (son of John Killeen and Margaret Fahey) Thomas Daniel Galligan, born 28 Aug 1860 Bernard Galligan, born May 1863. Please feel free to add that information to the web page. I wonder if Bernard McGee, husband of Bridget Flanigan, was a son of Bernard McGee and Helen Mantle? I'm pretty sure this Bernard McGee came from Cork, possibly a Peter Robinson settler in 1823. I don't know much about them, except that they married into my Killeen and Galligan ancestors. I also have, on my mother's side, some ancestors from County Armagh: McGlade, Dunn, Vallelly and O'Hanlon. ... Mary Catherine
July 30, 2009: Hi, I'm really checking to see if this is still working. My problem is that a family member has a baby book that says Bernard McGee was married to Mary Hughes......... Also, I understand about the McGee brothers being married to Hughes sisters. I think I remember reading something that led to me believe that Bernard McGee is somehow related (a cousin?) to these McGees. Could you clarify that for me? Thanks, Kathy (McGee) Probably descended from Bernard McGee and Bridget Flannagan. ________________________________ Hello Kathy, The parish register for Notre Dame Ottawa (Drouin collection, through ancestry.ca) has a record for the marriage of Philip Hughes, son of William Hughes and Margaret Flanigan, and Anne McGee, daughter of Bernard McGee and Bridget Flanigan (married 16 Aug 1848). Could this be how the Hughes name gets introduced into the family records? ... Mary Catherine _______________________________ Hi, I had seen that record as well. I'm actually going to see if I can track this line a bit - I think I saw somewhere that they (Philip and Anne) had a son named William. My problem is what many of us face. The baby book in question belongs to a lady who is now 83. To my knowledge, none of her siblings had any records (and she has only one older sister remaining). Any other cousins of that generation are gone with the exception of my Dad who is 93 and another cousin who is 96. This record is the only thing that has surfaced with 'the grandparents' names, i.e. Bernard (Barney) McGee and Mary Hughes (?) The Bernard McGee turns out to be correct. Since my ancestor, John McGee b 1834, son of Bernard and Bridget appears, at least at this time, to be the youngest of at least 5 children and there is reference to older siblings having the same parents, it doesn't seem as though Mary Hughes could be a second wife or at least the mother of these children. I have much to do........ Researching Canadian records is very new for me, and I feel completely ignorant - just learning the geographic locales is a challenge, and then RC parishes, etc. Thank you for your reply. ... Kathy
December 20, 2011: Here is a fascinating article by Deirdre McEvoy of County Down, Ireland, who has connected some of the families from Kilbroney Parish, County Down, who are listed on the McCabe List in 1829, to descendants here in Canada. Thanks very much for this material! Hi Everybody I only recently came across ‘The McCabe List’ and was fascinated to find amongst the list a Peter Sloan and a Bernard Magee, both from my home parish of Kilbroney (Rostrevor), County Down, Northern Ireland. I am an amateur genealgist and have a lot of one name databases on families who lived in this parish. I saw Bernard’s name on the List and in my Magee database I have a Bernard Magee and Bridget Flanagan who had 3 children and then no more, which usually means that that couple emigrated. I was really pleased to see your posting on www.bytown.net which confirmed my theory that the Bernard mentioned in the List is the same Bernard married to Bridget Flanagan. The reason why I had a Magee database is that many of the Magee descendents emigrated to America and they contacted me to see if I could find their ancestors. I also have a Sloan database for Kilbroney and I have the marriage of Peter Sloan and Mary Flanagan as well as the baptisms of some of their children. Mary and Bridget were most likely sisters families and it is more than likely that the 2 families emigrated together. Kilbroney parish had 2 Roman Catholic churches, one in Rostrevor and one in the sub parish of Killowen which is an area 2 – 3 miles north of Rostrevor village, right on Carlingford Lough. The Magee, Sloan and Flanagan families all lived in Killowen sub parish and they would have worshipped in the small church in Killowen but the baptismal, marriage and burial records are all in one amalgamated register for Kilbroney which are held in the church in Rostrevor. On 22 Jul 1824 Bernard Magee married Bridget Flanagan in Kilbroney parish. Witnesses : Owen Flanagan and Michael Killen Baptismal Date Child Parents Sponsors 28 Jan 1825 Ann Bernard Magee, Bridget Flanagan James Flanagan, Elizabeth Magee 7 Oct 1825 Patrick Bernard Magee, Bridget Flanagan Thomas Feran, Catherine Sheeky 5 Dec 1827 Mary Bernard Magee, Bridget Flanagan Bernard Cull, Mary Sloan Please note that the dates for the children are baptismal dates, not birth dates but according to Irish custom, they would have been baptised within 2 to 3 days of their birth. Also, Ann and Patrick would have been known as ‘Irish Twins’, i.e. both born in the same year but not at the same time!! This was a common enough occurrence. Elizabeth Magee, sponsor to Ann and a sponsor to Mary Magee (daughter of John) is most likely a sister of Bernard’s. As Bernard is listed in the McCabe’s list in January 1829, he must have left Ireland very soon after Mary’s birth. The McCabe list also mentions brothers, a mother and 2 sisters for Bernard : Bernard MAGEE Down Kilbrony Postrover -/2/=2 Has 4 brothers, John, Michael, William and James, with their mother and 2 sisters; they live near Postrover; [Rostrevor?] known to Joseph Small Esquire of Kilowen [Killowen] There weren’t too many Magees living in Kilbroney parish at that time and I believe that the following are Bernard’s brothers (his brother John married 3 times, all wives called Catherine. He was supposed to have had 14 children but I can only account for 13. Not all children baptised were noted in the registers, due to clerical error). 9 Nov 1824 Wedding John Magee, Catherine Murphy Patrick Norris, Catherine Farrell John Magee married 3 times, all his wives were called Catherine. 17 Nov 1825 Mary John Magee, Catherine Murphy Peter Murphy, Elizabeth Magee 7 Dec 1827 Patrick John Magee, Catherine Murphy James Morgan, Mary Colgan Catherine Murphy Magee was buried in Kilbroney on 14 Mar 1829 John Magee, Catherine Mooney Catherine Mooney was buried in Kilbroney on 27 Jan 1841 24 Apr 1831 Peter* John Magee, Catherine Mooney Terence Mooney, Bridget Doran *Peter was buried in Kilbroney on 15 Nov 1839 17 Sep 1832 Michael John Magee, Catherine Mooney Daniel O’Hare, Alice Sloan 18 Jan 1835 Anne John Magee, Catherine Mooney James Reynolds, Mary Sloan 28 Dec 1836 Ellen John Magee, Catherine Mooney Michael Rorke, Ellen McConville 20 Jun 1838 Thomas John Magee, Catherine Mooney Thomas Mooney, Rose Grant 13 Jan 1841 Peter John Magee, Catherine Mooney David Sloan, Bridget McGivern 13 Apr 1841 Wedding John Magee, Catherine Kelly Patrick Kelly, Polly Sloan 17 Mar 1842 John John Magee, Catherine Kelly Patrick Kelly, Bridget Sloan 8 Jun 1843 Richard John Magee, Catherine Kelly John Sloan, Polly Sloan 27 Nov 1845 Bernard John Magee, Catherine Kelly Arthur Grant, Ann Sloan 16 Apr 1846 Ann John Magee, Catherine Kelly Edward Rorke, Elizabeth Mulholland 16 Oct 1847 Catherine John Magee, Catherine Kelly John Sloan, Ann Magee 2 Apr 1827 Wedding William Magee, Alice Woods James Cull, John McCarthy 21 Apr 1828 Patrick William Magee, Alice Woods Michael McParlan, Alice Woods May 1830 ? William Magee, Alice Woods John Magee, Mary ? 16 Mar 1833 Ann William Magee, Alice Woods William Rorke, Mary Sloan 7 May 1838 Margaret William Magee, Alice Woods Edward Hughes, Margaret Reynolds 6 Sep 1841 Bernard William Magee, Alice Woods Edward Feran, Alice Sloan 27 Mar 1843 Mary William Magee, Alice Woods David Sloan, Mary Reynolds 7 Jul 1844 William William Magee, Alice Woods Henry Sloan, Ann Sloan 16 Nov 1846 Mary William Magee, Alice Woods Charles Sloan, Mary Hughes 16 Nov 1832 Wedding James Magee,Ann Morgan Thomas Sands, Henry Hill 7 Nov 1833 Jane Ann James Magee, Ann Morgan James Magee, Rose Morgan 21 Dec 1835 Margaret James Magee, Ann Morgan James Reynolds, Mary Magee 2 Nov 1838 Patrick James Magee, Ann Morgan David Sloan, Tom Magee 7 May 1839 Rose James Magee, Ann Morgan Bernard Sloan, Bridget Sloan 30 May 1841 Thomas James Magee, Ann Morgan John Rorke / Rourke, Alice Sloan 17 Jan 1843 John James Magee, Ann Morgan Patrick Kelly, Polly Sloan 15 Aug 1847 Mary James Magee, Ann Morgan Daniel Morgan, Rose Sloan Sep 1849 James James Magee, Ann Morgan Peter Magee, Mary Sands Sep 1851 William James Magee, Ann Morgan Michael Magee, Margaret Sands 8 Jul 1853 Ann James Magee, Ann Morgan William Sloan, Ann Reynolds The Kilbroney records only started in 1808 and the early records are very patchy but unusually there are burial records (not many Irish Catholic parish priests recorded burials). So, looking at the names of the first children of James, William, Bernard and John and going by the Irish traditional pattern of naming the eldest son after the paternal grandfather and the eldest daughter after the paternal grandmother, I would say that it was highly likely that Bernard’s parents were named Patrick and Ann and here are the burial records for a Patrick Magee and his wife Ann (Nancy) Sloan. 18 Oct 1820 Patrick Magee (63) Husband to Nancy Sloan 18 Jul 1838 Nancy Magee (68) (Nee Sloan) Widow of Patrick Magee This would fit with Bernard’s father not being alive in 1829 but his mother still quoted as being alive then. Both of these people were buried in Kilbroney cemetery, which is in the townland of Kilbroney and about a mile north of Rostrevor on the Hilltown Road. ... Deirdre McEvoy (we have posted Deirdre's research regarding the Peter Sloan family to our Peter Sloan web page. ... Al)
December 21, 2011: Impressively detailed research here. Wow! Al, am I correct in recalling that there were two Bernard McGees in the early Bytown area, but only one Bernard McGee on the McCabe List? I suspect that "my" Bernard McGee was not the one on the McCabe List. My Bernard McGee was born about 1792 in Ireland (county unknown), and was in Canada by 1831, settling in Huntley township, Carleton Co. In November 1831 he married Helen/Ellen Mantle, daughter of John Mantle and Ellen Hourigan, who were Peter Robinson settlers from Rathcormack, County Cork. I also have a Sloan-Flanagan family from Co. Down, apparently from Attical, Kilkeel (which is not too far -- perhaps one [civil?] parish over? -- from Kilbroney, I believe): John Sloan, born about 1820, married Anne Flanagan (born about 1818) in the early to mid-1840s. They had at least two children (possibly more) born in County Down, before emigrating to Canada (Pontiac Co., Quebec) in the early 1850s, where they had 5 or 6 more children. Their son John Andrew Sloan (born Canada in 1855) became the parish priest at St. Patrick's, Fallowfield and St. Isidore, South March. Mary Catherine Moran __________________________________ Hi Mary Catherine and all: I think that you are correct – there were two Bernard McGees in the Ottawa area, c. 1830. Your Bernard McGee probably settled along the McGee Side Road (in Huntley Township). In January I’m planning on consolidating my three pages on Peter Robinson’s 1823 settlers from Cork into one web page at www.bytown.net/Alsrob.htm and adding some new material to it. There is a terrific book which came out recently: Who Killed the Franks Family: Agrarian Violence in Pre-famine Cork, by Denis A. Cronin, Maynooth Studies in Local History, #83, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2009, ISBN 978-I-84682-190-5 This book looks into the murder of the Franks family by Whiteboys in 1821 and gives a very detailed account of the violent society in North Cork at the time of the Peter Robinson voyage to the Ottawa area. Two maps are attached – the first map is from the Franks book – the villages in North Cork in 1821 correspond exactly with the recruitment area of the PR settlers. The second map is the same area today. Deirdre: I’m going to go through the McCabe List and will send you the remainder of the signors from County Down, (#250 to #673) in the next few days. ... Al __________________________ What a wonderful early Christmas present. I believe that Bernard McGee and Bridget Flanagan are my ancestors, through their son John and wife Jane Ann Mackey. Your information about Bernard's family now gives me the names of the four brothers, and probably one sister, Elizabeth. Also (probably) Bernard's parents - Patrick and Ann (Nancy) Sloan. Thanks so much for providing this, Deidre. Kathy (McGee) Zehner

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