Some Descendants of Peter SKEFFINGTON
County Meath, Ireland to Gloucester and Osgoode Townships, Ontario, Canada in the 1820's
ML# 551 on the McCabe List
ML# 577 on the McCabe List
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
February 25, 2010:
Thanks to Duane Large for these photos - see his e-mail, and more photos, dated February 25, 2010, below
Michael Skeffington, 1839-1899 Harriet Holcomb Skeffington
1 Peter Skeffington c. 1785 - 1850 from County Meath, Ireland
....... 2 Michael Skeffington 1803 -
........... + Mary Hughes (from County Armagh, Ireland)
....... 2 Patrick Skeffington 1814 - 1876 Osgoode Township to Illinois, USA
........... + Nora Stackpole ? - 1882 born County Cork, Ireland
................ 3 Michael Skeffington 1837 -
................ 3 Patrick Skeffington 1846 - 1935
................ 3 Maria Skeffington 1840 -
.................... + Patrick Nolan
................ 3 Peter Skeffington 1840 - 1926
................ 3 Ann Skeffington 1843 -
................ 3 William Skeffington 1848 -
................ 3 John Skeffington 1850 -
................ 3 Francis M. Skeffington 1855 -
................ 3 Joseph Skeffington 1858 -
................ 3 Martha J. Skeffington 1859 -
....... 2 Peter Skeffington 1815 -
........... +Bridget Slaven (was a widow) - also sp. SLAVIN (See Lett's Bytown)
....... 2 Mary Skeffington 1818 -
........... +James Darcy
From Sandra Rattray on April 10, 2001:
You might want to add this to your Bytown or Bust on Skeffingtons:
Source: Norman K. Crowder's book "British Army Pensioners Abroad, 1772-1899",
"Peter Skivington; pension awarded 24 Oct. 1848; residence - Bytown, Ontario,
Canada; died 19 March 1850. SOURCE: WO120 Volume 70, page 295. He was a
soldier in the Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment and Bytown was where he was paid
from. A copy of WO120 Volume 70 should be available on microfilm at the
National Archives in Ottawa or through the Latter Day Saints. Also Public
Records Office in Kew, England." Although I have not looked at these myself,
Mr. Crowder has identified these as " Registers referring to pensioners
receiving their pensions in the colonies." For anyone interested, I would
suggest that they refer to Mr. Crowder's extremely well documented book.
The following was contributed by Howard Skeffington,
My primary source on Patrick Skeffington is from
an article in the book "Biographical Record of Bureau County, Illinois".
The article concerns Michael Skeffington (b. 15 Dec 1837, Ottawa), Patrick's
eldest son, which I excerpt here:
"[Michael Skeffington's] father, Patrick Sheffington [sic], was a native of
Ireland, born in county Meath, about 1814, but when a young man he emigrated
to Canada with two brothers. He sawed the first lumber in Ottawa with whip
saws, which was used in building the city and the canal. There he married
Nora Stockpole (Stackpole, on the McCabe List)[sic], a native of County Cork, Ireland, and they began their
domestic life upon a farm of one hundred acres which the father cleared and
developed. In 1850 he brought his family to Bureau county, Illinois, USA
purchasing one hundred and sixty acres of raw land in Westfield township on
which he located. He prospered in his undertakings here and at his death
owned over a section of land. He was numbered among the most active,
enterprising and successful farmers of Bureau county, and was called upon to
serve in a number of local positions of honor and trust. His death occurred
in 1876, at the age of sity-two years, and his wife passed away in 1882.
Both lie buried in La Salle cemetery, where a neat and substantial monument
marks their last resting place."
Here's my two cents worth: (Al)
Some Miscellaneous assessment/census data on Peter and Patrick SKEFFINGTON:
Skiffington / Skeffington - Osgoode Township
1834 voters for the Provincial Parliament (Upper Canada)
Only those who held deeds for their property could vote.
Patrick Skiffington, Lot 2, Concession 5, voted for Daniel O'Connor
as did Peter Skiffington, Lot 3, Con. 5
(O'Connor Street in Ottawa named after Daniel O'Connor).
Source: O'Connor Papers, National Archives
1836 Osgoode Assessment and Census:
Peter and Patrick both had 6 acres cleared of their 100 acre farms.
Patrick living on his farm alone.
Peter had 2 cattle.
There were 3 males age 16+, 1 male 16-, 2 fem. 16-, and 1 fem 16+
In 1837, Patrick has 8 acres cleared, Peter has 10 acres cleared.
Patrick has 1 horse, 2 oxen and 2 cows.
In 1838, Patrick has 12 acres cleared and has another cow.
In 1839, Patrick has 15 acres cleared, Peter has 9 cleared.
in 1840, Patrick has cleared 20 acres, Peter 12.
Both Peter and Patrick are listed as being taxpayers in 1842.
In the 1842 Census, both Peter and Patrick are deed owners, occupation
Yeomen. Peter and Patrick and their wives were born in Ireland. They
had both come to Canada in 1828/29. Patrick's 4 children and Peter's
6 children were all born in Canada. Both families were Roman Catholic.
SKIFFINGTON / SKEFFINGTON / COAKLEY / STACKPOLE
I am looking for any references to the family of Patrick SKEFFINGTON, b. 1814,
Co. Meath, Ireland and Nora STACKPOLE, b. Co. Cork, Ireland. One of their 10
children, Michael SKEFFINGTON, was born 15 Oct 1837, in Ottawa, Carleton Co.
Michael married Elizabeth COAKLEY on 5 March 1867, probably in Illinois, USA.
Another of the children, Patrick (?T) SKEFFINGTON, may also have been born in
Ottawa around 1843. The family is thought to have emigrated to Illinois, USA,
around 1850. If you have any reference to this family, please contact me.
Sandra Rattray is researching the Skiffington/Skeffington family who settled
in Lanark County. We believe the Osgoode and Lanark families are related but
so far haven't found a link.
E-Mail from Jerry Skeffington:
Hello,my father was born in Sarnia Aug.1896.His father had died about 4-6
months before my dad was born.at age approx. 48. His mother was a lot
younger about 28. He had an older brother Leo and a sister May. My father
died in 1964 age 63. I don't remember when sister died maybe late 40's. His brother
Leo was a farm editor for the Rochester Democrat & Chronical in Rochester NY .
I never met him until late 60's ( family tiff} he died in approx 1985. As far as
I know there was no other Skeffington's in Rochester area.
HI,we just got back from cottage on Opinicon Lake.
No my father's name was James Joseph, his brother was older and name was
Leo Bernard. I am not sure of their father's name I think it was Bernard.
Reply to above: - Sept. 5, 2000
I don't have a connection for you, but I did find something that might help
you get more information on your grandparents via your uncle, Leo
Skeffington, although this could just be a coincidence. I searched on Leo
3=SKEFFINGTON&f4=LEO&f15=&sx=n (this is at ancestry.com) and found a
social security death index entry that seems to match your dates and
location. The results are as follows:
Residence: 14589 Williamson, Wayne, New York, USA
Born 23 Nov 1892
Died Aug 1986 Issued: NY (Before 1951)
The residence listed is east of Rochester, New York and the dates would fit in with
what you described. With this information, particularly the social security
number, you can request a copy of the original social security application,
which will list, among other things, the applicant's parents' full names.
With the parents' full names and your uncle's place and date of birth, you
might be able to get closer to finding a record of your grandparents. Of
course, like I said, this could be a coincidence, but it's probably worth
the $7.00 to find out! BTW that web site has a button which will generate
the FOIA request for you.
(Thanks Howard ... Al)
Some early Baptisms at St. Mary's (South Gloucester) featuring the
Skeffington and Stackpole families
|Dec. 4, 1848, Patrick Skiffington was sponsor at the baptism of
Bridget CANGLEY, d/o Thomas Cangley and Bridget Shaw or Shea
|May 25, 1849 Catherine Skiffington, d/o of Patrick Skiffington and Bridget Slaven was born. Sponsors at baptism were Patrick MURRAY and Catherine McKENNA
|July 18, 1849 William Stackpole and Ellen BRITT baptised Patrick Stackpole, witnesses were Michael Skiffington and Hanora Stackpole
|Mar 10, 1849, Mary, d/o Dennis Stackpole and Helen O'Connor was baptised in the presence of Patrick Skiffington and Bridget MacNamara
|May 7, 1850, Margaret Stackpole baptised. Parents were John Stackpole and Julia O'CONNOR. Sponsors were Patrick Skiffington and Jane Skiffington.
|June 20, 1850 - birth of Dennis Skiffington, parents are Patrick Skiffington and Hanora Stackpole. Sponsors were Jane Skiffington and John Skiffington
|Jan 4, 1850 - John Stackpole born - son of William - rest of info not legible
|Joseph Skiffington born on June 26, 1850, s/o Michael Skiffington and Mary Brennan. Sponsors were John Skiffington and Charlotte Sparrow.
|Mar. 18, 1850 Michael Skiffington was sponsor at baptism of James Hay / Hayes, s/o John Hay and Catherine Doyle
|Mar 17, 1851, a St. Patrick's Day daughter, Mary Toughal (I think) was born, d/o Thomas Toughal and Catherine ?. Sponsors were Michael Skiffington and Mary Brennan.
November 24, 2001:
My name is Eileen, and I am interested in the Skiffington family. My GG Grandfather
came from Philadelphia and settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. I think this is also the port that
he came into, but have not yet been able to prove it. The Skiffington family has been very
elusive and I would be interested in what you have
Somewhere I came across the "Descendants of Peter Skiffington" I saved the information but
somehow have lost the web site that I located it on. Can you help me with that also? I have
another lady that I correspond with regularly who is also researching the Skiffington family
in Philadelphia, and would like to send the address to her.
Thank you for any assistance you can give
--- Eileen Bernier
See also the Stackpole family page - who were related (and are also on the McCabe List)
September 7, 2003:
This might not (necessarily) help any of us in our particular family
research, but I discovered a very interesting monograph by one William
Skyvington (who lives in France) at this website:
It links to several Microsoft Word documents and I would highly
recommend downloading them and reading through. William gives a fascinating
account of his own lineage, as well as interesting Skeffington tid-bits
dating to Norman times. Plus, he includes a good number of images and
genealogical charts. He suspects there's a link between "our" Canadian
Skeffingtons and the Skeffingtons of Antrim, but I suppose that remains for
one of us to discover!
If you'd like, I'll forward the email he sent to me--just let me know.
William's email address is sky.william AT wanadoo.fr (replace " AT " with "@")
E-mail Allan Lewis
July 7, 2005:
Added Michael Daley's e-mail address to this page ... Al
September 17, 2005:
Timothy Keough and Jane Skiffington
Jane Skiffington, daughter of Michael Skiffington and Mary Hughs / Hughes , married
Feb,10 .1857 at Our Lady of the Visitation church South Gloucester, to Timothy Keough
born 1832 ,Tipperary Ireland, son of James McKeough and Catherine Ryan.
Timothy and his wife ,and children lived on with his ageing parents .
they farmed on South half of lot , 9 .con ,4. in Osgoode Township. on what was known
as the Bytown Prescott Stagecoach route. an unfortunate incident brought tragedy in
to this family, and took the life of Timothy. The Russell County, Agriculture Fair was
held at Metcalfe on Sept, 21. 1864. Timothy, and his brother-inlaw. Thomas O'Rourke,
attended the fair on horse back, on their way home, Timothy a non-drinker stopped to
get some sweeties for his 4 small children. A brawl was in process at the 4 corners -
Baker's Corners' he stopped to break it up. but was hit over the head with a stick of
cordwood, he was taken into the store, a Doctor was called, and later he was taken to
his home on the Prescott road. My grandmother, a young girl at the time, recalled ,
in the dark of the night, while awaiting the arrival of the team and wagon. bringing
her Uncle home . put her ear too the ground. listening for the sound of the wagon
wheels turning on the hard ground, as they drew ever nearer , Timothy died that night
at 11, o'clock. The next day an inquest was conducted by Coroner Patterson ,
The Jurymen were: James Cangley James Duncan, John McEvoy, Andrew Doyle, Paul Shanahan,
John Turner, James Heney, John O'Doherty, John Dealy (Daley?), James Marcial / Marshall,
Patrick Down [Dewan] Francis McGee. After many witnesses were heard the verdict was
that Timothy Keough had come to his death by blows from a stick and whipstocks.
On a tombstone in the Glouc, cemetery, faded and worn with the mist of time ,
the inscription reads, Timothy Keough, September 21 ,1864 . killed by an
Unknown Assailant. Later, his widow Jane & the 4 children . James. Mary . Catherine.
and Ann, ages from 1-7 at the time of their father's death moved to Boise, Idaho, USA.
The property was left with the Father-in-law.
Little is known of this family , an obituary in the "Idaho Statesman". reads Keogh
James ,J,died at St, Alphonsus'Hospital June 13, 1905, deceased leaves besides his
mother three sisters-Miss Mary and Miss Anna Keogh Mrs Flynn . he was buried in St,
Mrs Jane [skiffington] Keogh died 5 / 6 , 1909 the deceased is survived by three daughters, Mary . and Anna of Boise .
and Mrs P, H . Flynn of Humboldt Kansas, USA . Miss Anna Keogh, died at her home thursday August 9 , 1934 , survived by
one sister Miss Mary of this city , Boise Idaho . Mary kept in touch with my grandmother , " Catherine [Keough"]Daley ,
for many years, I am a G,G.G Grandson of James McKeough , and Catherine Ryan .
... Michael Daley
October 21, 2005:
My great, great grandmother was Alice Hughes from Armagh, Ireland.
I see on your webpage that Michael Skeffington married Mary Hughes (who is listed
from Armagh) I know nothing about Alice Hughes
except that she was from Armagh. Does anybody know anything about Mary.....
who her family was and where in Armagh she was from.
I believe that Alice Hughes was the daughter of Patrick Hughes who is buried at Our
Lady of the Visitation Cemetery at South Gloucester. Patrick Hughes died in 1854 at
age 70 years.
The Hughes and McGees at South Gloucester are all connected in the 1800's and the
name Alice is common in both families.
I think that Patrick Hughes came from the parish of Ballycarana in the townland of
Carrana in County Armagh. (McCabe List). He was here before 1829. The spelling of Carrana may be
incorrect. I believe they may have come from Corran Crossroads which is not far from
Keady, County Armagh, where my McGees came from in Ireland.
Hi all, Laurie, for what its worth , my G ,G , Grandmother , Mary Hughes wife
of Patrick McGee, born , Co, Armagh , died May 1870 , age ,72 years , buried
in our Lady of the Visitation ,
Alice Hughs died March ,3 , 1893 , wife of Michael Fagan , Age , 70 years
Ellen Hughs ,wife of Terence McGee , died June 8 ,1890 , age 75 years .
In ST. John's Cemetery in Enniskerry, Margaret Hughs wife of John
McCartin died Sept , 1st, 1888 , age 64 years , Native of Co Armagh.John
McCartin died Dec 3 , 1902 , age 82 years , native of Co, Armagh , another
Tombstone reads [no dates ] in memory of Mrs Margaret Hughs ,
On the 1863 map of Osgoode Township there is Patrick Hughs , situated on
the west half of lot 18 , con 3 , [manotick station road ] . if you have
time check , the 1851, Agricultural census , and the 1861 census , for
Hughs , in Osgoode , could it be that the Patrick Hughs
that is buried in Our Lady of the Visitation Cemetery ,be the same as on
lot 18 , con .3 in 0sgoode, as St John's church was not built yet . ??
Laurie , I have a newspaper clipping with a picture of Sargeant and Mrs
Morgan , P , Fagan, married Oct, 21 1942 . St. Agustine Church ,
Vancouver,the Rev Father Sullivan, formerly of St Joseph Church , Ottawa ,
Officiating Sargent Fagan is the son of Mr ,Mrs Patrick Fagan of Ottawa .
?? QUESTION, could these women be sisters ?? .
... Michael Daley .
Hi again, Michael and Laurie:
The McGees sure made their presence known in the Osgoode and South Gloucester area.
My GGG Grandfather was Francis McGee (died in County Armagh, Ireland), brother of
Patrick, Terrence and Dennis. I think that all of these brothers had daughters named
Mary McGee to confuse us today.
Here's a Notre Dame record:
(mentions my GGGGrandfather, Francis McGee):
From the records of Notre Dame:
16 Apr 1844 After the publications of two banns, marriage of Philip McGee of
Gloucester, adult son of Francis McGee and Catherine Duffy, both deceased in Kelconim,
County Armagh, to Mary Nowlan / Nolan, resident in Osgoode and minor daughter of
James Nowlan / Nolan and Elisabeth Brennan of Garrygill, County Carlow
Witnesses: Thomas Sheehan and Mary Hughes
This Philip McGee family later farmed on the Manotick Station Road. They became tied
in with the Dewan family (on Mccabe List). My Mary McGee, daughter of Francis McGee and Catherine Duffy,
married Nicholas Sullivan (my GG Grandfather) from County Meath to the Manotick
Station Road. Their daughter, Catherine Sullivan, married Thomas Christopher who was
my G Grandfather.
It's like a big circle.
November 26, 2005:
I came across Michael's posting regarding Timothy and Jane Keough/Keogh. I was
glad to learn more details about Timothy and Jane, especially their time in Canada.
I wanted to pass along some additional information regarding the family that I came
across during recent research of my Skeffington ancestors.
My ggg grandparents were Michael and Mary (Hughes) Skeffington. My gg grandparents
were Michael and Harriet (Holcomb) Skeffington. My great grandparents were Thomas
and Mary Luella (Skeffington) Prendergast. My gg grandfather, Michael, moved to
Idaho in 1893 with his 3 oldest children: Nelson Joseph, Harriet (Hattie), and
Robert Michael. His wife, Harriet, had died in 1888, just a couple months after
the birth of her youngest child and my great grandmother, Luella Skeffington.
Luella, age 5, remained in Illinois and was raised by Peter Skeffington, half-brother
of Michael, and Peter's wife, Margaret. My great grandmother recalled seeing her
father and siblings off at the railroad station when they loaded their cattle,
equipment and belongings into boxcars for the long trip west. Luella never saw her
father again but she was remembered in Michael?s will when he died in 1899 in Idaho.
In 1958, late in her life, Luella, traveled to California to visit her sister Hattie
(Skeffington) Dutton. Hattie and her husband George Dutton had moved from Idaho to
California sometime before 1920.
I was recently out in the Boise, Idaho area and was able to find the burial location
for my gg grandfather, Michael. He is buried in the St. John?s section of the Morris
Hill Cemetery in Boise. He actually lived in Washington County, Idaho about 75 miles
west of Boise. He had been ill, died in Boise in 1899 and was buried there. I knew
that Michael had a sister Jane (Skeffington) Keogh who lived in Boise. I suspected
that the reason for Michael?s burial in Boise instead of Washington County might have
been due to his sister Jane living in Boise.
I checked with Morris Hill Cemetery and was able to learn that the whole Keogh family
is buried there in the same St. John's section as Michael. Jane and 3 of her children:
James, Mary, and Anna are buried in the same cemetery block. Jane died in July 1909,
James in June 1905, Anna in August 1934 and Mary in November 1952. Also, the other
sister, Catherine and her husband Patrick Flynn are buried in Morris Hill Cemetery
as well. Catherine died in June 1926 and Patrick in March 1935.
Jane and her 4 children apparently left Canada about 1871 and moved to the U.S.
The family was living in Salem Township, Allen County, Kansas at the time of the
1880 census. I am not sure what took the family to Kansas. Perhaps there were some
family members living in the same area. Also, in their 1880 household was a
Joseph P. Skeffington, cousin, age 11. I believe, but am not certain, that Joseph
was the son of John Skeffington, a brother of Jane. Joseph?s brother, James, age 14,
was living with my gg grandparents, Michael and Harriet Skeffington, in the 1880
census for Troy Grove Township, La Salle County, Illinois.
I found a marriage record in Allen County, Kansas for Catherine Keogh to Patrick
Flynn on 1/10/1888. There is some confusion about Patrick's middle name. Some
records have Joseph and other records Henry. Patrick, Catherine, and their 6 six
children are living in Humboldt Township, Allen County, Kansas in the 1900 census.
By the 1900 census, the other Keogh family members are all in Boise, Ada County,
Idaho. Also in their 1900 household was a Jayne Skeffington, niece, age 14, born
in Iowa. Jayne was apparently a daughter of one Jane?s brothers or half-brothers
but it is unknown which one.
By the 1910 census, Jane and son James Keogh are deceased. Mary and Anna are living
together in Boise with their cousin, Jayne Skeffington. Then in 1917, Jayne married
a Henry or Harry James Allen. Both first names appear in different records. Patrick
and Catherine (Keogh) Flynn moved to Idaho from Kansas sometime between 1900 and
1910. They are listed in the 1910 census for East Caldwell Precinct, Canyon County,
I have not yet located Patrick and Catherine Flynn in the 1920 census. Catherine
died in 1926 and Patrick appears in 1930 census for Lone Tree Precinct, Canyon County,
Idaho. Patrick died in 1935 in Nampa, Canyon County. Meanwhile, Anna and Mary are
still living in Boise at the time of the 1920 and 1930 census. Anna died in 1934 and
Mary in 1952. Jayne (Skeffington) and husband Henry/Harry are also in the 1920 and
1930 census in Boise. Jayne died in 1944 and Henry in 1940. They are both buried in
the St. John?s section of the Morris Hill Cemetery like the Keogh family.
That is all for now. Thank you.
... Duane J. Large
My email address is included in this small group because I've done research into
families named Skeffington or variants such as Skevington, Skivington, etc. A first
version of my research results can be found in the form of downloadable zipped Word
It's a two-step process: First, you must download the files onto your computer,
and then you must unzip them, giving rise to ordinary Word files. I have used this
approach (as opposed to displaying my stuff in an ordinary website) because I want
people to be able to obtain a paper copy of what I have written, along with high-quality
The version of my Skeffington monograph that is currently available for downloading
is now out of date, but I have not yet completed the new version. One of the major
aspects of the new version will be the presentation of interesting facts that I
totally ignored (like most other researchers in this domain) when I started writing
the monograph: namely, my recent discovery that the mainstream Skeffington family
descends (along some five lines) from Plantagenet royalty. I hope to start uploading
data on this affair as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, I know little about the arrival of Skeffington immigrants in the
USA and Canada, and I do not know to what branch of the European Skeffingtons they
belonged. So, I cannot say whether or not present-day Skeffingtons in the USA and
Canada are among the people who have Plantagenet ancestors. On the other hand, I
have precise and complete data on the lines of descent from royalty. I first unearthed
this information in an old volume by Burke (author of the famous Peerage), but I had
to check all the links (using the Mormon database) and correct errors. If anybody
wished to take up this research, I would be happy to point them in the right direction.
I have built a website with genealogical information about myself at
William's email address is sky.william AT wanadoo.fr.
Hi to, Duane J,
I have read your article twice over , you have created for me another link with
the past in this fascinating world of history. my grandmother, Catherine [ keough]
Daley corresponded with her first cousin Mary Keough, up to the time her death
May 3 ,1948 , my sister sent word of my grandmother's death, at that time,
my grandmother s father married the second time, thus she went to live with her
grandparents, and Timothy and Jane, growing up with her first cousins , Mary was
like a sister, that she never had. I live just a few minutes away from where the
Keoughs and the Skiffingtons settled in Osgoode Township, Peter Skiffington was on
lot 3, con .5 in 1834., Patrick was on lot 2. con 5. in 1834,
till we meet again ,
... Michael Daley
May 29, 2008:
Hi to You,
I am fairly new at genealogy. I wonder if anyone has any information about John Regan
born about 1797 in Ireland and the Skiffingtons that are related to the Regan's. John
Regan married Janet Condon who was born about 1799 in Perth, Ontario, Canada. They had
four children, Margaret born 1834, George born 1837, Michael born 1842, and my
great-grandfather James Regan born 1832 in Glasgow, [I think] Scotland of Irish descent.
James married Sarah Skiffington born 1835 and they had 8 children. Sarah Skiffington had
5 siblings, James, Mary, John, Elizabeth & Margaret. I think Sarah's parents names were
Terrance Skiffington and Margaret Jones.
Does anyone have any information about Sarah Skiffington's ancestors and John Regan's ancestors.
I have a picture of James Regan and Sarah Skiffington and their children taken about 1904.
I appreciate any help that can be given. Thank you !!!!
December 22, 2009:
Hi, my name is Judy and I've been trying to find information on my gr grandmother, Anna or Ann
Skeffington. Working backwards through census records, I'm fairly certain she was the daughter
of Michael & Mary Skeffington, emigrated to USA from Canada (where she was born) sometime in
the 1870s. I found the family in Westfield Township, Bureau County, Illinois. I thought
perhaps her mother was Mary Hughes, but in reading other information on this site, it appears
there was a daughter, Jane. I never could find Jane listed in the census record. I believe
this was the Anna who married my gr grandfather, John Smith, sometime after the 1880 census
was taken. John Smith & his family lived just a few properties away in Westfield Twnshp.
Any clarification would be helpful. Thank you. I live fairly close to Bureau Co. so plan
to see if I can find help in there records
Thanks to Michael Daley for the following reply:
HI Judy, Welcome to this vast clan, skeffinkton,Stackpole , keough,[Kehoe] etc.
yes Jane Skeffington was the daughter of Michael Skeffington and Mary Hughs born
1838 in Canada West [ ONTARIO [ MARRIED Feb,10 1857 in St.Mary's church,South
Gloucester to Timothy Keough ,son of James Keough ,and Catherine Ryan of Osgoode
Township. for more on this family go back to Al Lewis web site, Bytown or bust,
any question get back to me. Your far distant cousin .G.G. grandnephew of Timothy
Keough &Jane Skeffington,
... Michael Daley
February 25, 2010:
I have been researching my Skeffington relatives for several years. Michael and Mary
(Hughes) Skeffington are my great-great-great-grandparents. Their son Michael, Jr.,
my great-great-grandfather (photo above), was married to Harriet "Hattie" Holcolmb.
Their youngest daughter, Mary Luella (Skeffington) Prendergast, my great-grandmother,
married Thomas F. Prendergast, Jr. in 1910.
I came across Judy's posting dated 12/22/2009 regarding Ann Skeffington who married
John F. Smith. Ann was the daughter of Michael, Sr. and his 2nd wife, Mary Brennan.
Three Smith siblings, children of John and Catherine (Clark) Smith, married three
Skeffington siblings. As Judy noted, John F. Smith married Ann Skeffington. In
addition, John's sister Margaret married Peter Skeffington and John's sister
Catherine married John Skeffington.
Peter and Margaret (Smith) Skeffington raised my great-grandmother Luella after
her father Michael, Jr. moved to Idaho, USA, in 1893. Michael's wife Hattie died
when Luella was just 2 months old in 1888. A few years later in 1893, Michael then
moved to Washington County, Idaho with his 3 older children: Nelson, Harriet and
Robert. Since Luella was just 5 years old at that time, she remained in Illinois
and lived with Peter, Michael's 1/2 brother, and Margaret. Luella never saw her
father Michael again and he died in 1899 in Boise, Idaho and she was included in
Judy, I would be interested in learning more about your branch of the Skeffington
family. If you would like to exchange some information, please contact me.
Regarding old photos, unfortunately I have never seen any of the original immigrant
generation from County Meath, Ireland (Peter, Patrick and Michael). I do have a
couple photos of the next generation that were born in Canada. I also have a couple
Skeffington tombstone photos that were taken during a 2005 trip to Idaho. I will
send those photos to you later today.
Duane J. Large
Peter Skeffington, 1845-1928
July 9, 2010:
My great-grandmother was Ann Skeffington, She comes from the same lineage, Peter
Skeffington (b.1785?) of Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland as a couple of your
contributors, Howard Skeffington and Duane Large.
My wife, daughter, and I recently made a little trip to Ireland. We had told a
friend in Limerick who we visited that I had this Skeffington connection up in
Oldcastle. She is an accredited genealogist, and she mentioned that there was
a Francis Skeffington who was fairly well known in Irish history. I recently
e-mailed her with some info that I gathered after returning home. She did some
quick research and found out that she is probably distantly related to Francis
Sheehy Skeffington's wife, Hannah Sheehy. Small world!!
We visited County Galway and stayed at the Skeffington Arms Hotel (see attached
photo, that's me in the chair) located on Eyre Square. Interestingly, there was
a marriage between a Clotworthy Skeffington, of the Antrim Massereenes, and an
Elizabeth Eyre back in 1741.
I joined the Irish Family History site and found a marriage record for 11/1/1824
for a Peter Skeffington and Bridget Keegan, who was born in Nobber, County Meath
in 1791. I'm pretty sure that Peter did not emigrate to Canada although his three
sons, Michael, Patrick, and Peter did.
Any of your contributors know anything about Bridget Keegan?
Do Howard Skeffington and Duane large still keep in touch?
Thanks for your interesting and informative treasure, Bytown or Bust. I love it!
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Didn't expect to hear back from you so soon. Of course you can add my e-mail and the
photo of the Skeffington Arms Hotel. I've sent an e-mail to the Public Relations guy
from the Skeffington Arms to see if they have any info on why the hotel is named
Skeffington. My genealogist friend in Limerick might be able to help me if I don't
hear from the PR guy, but I'll give him a shot first. I also asked him if it would
be O.K.for you to post their web address as it has a beautiful photo of one of the
six (yes, six!!) bars located in the building. I've been in a few bars in my youth,
but I've never seen one like this. There are the six bars (one is also a restaurant)
all connected in a sort of spider fashion (an inadequate description) where you go
from one level to another. They are all done in a beautiful 1800's fashion in rich
woods and it is quite the scene.
I tried 3 different e-mails for Howard Skeffington and they all bounced back, and I
even tried a phone number that I came across for him (it was a New Hampshire area
code) and that was disconnected. Hopefully he's still out there somewhere; I'd love
to converse with him.
I also tried sending an e-mail to Duane Large and it went through, but have had no reply.
My cousin, Judy Iverson, back in Illinois provided me with the first knowledge that I
had an ancestor named Skeffington when she sent me a package of research right after
the New Year. I had talked to her last year and told her that we were planning a trip
to Ireland, so the research was rather timely. Unfortunately, we only got to spend a
day in Oldcastle, County Meath and that was a Bank Holiday to boot, so that was really
unproductive. Even though I had always heard that my ancestors were Irish, I can't
believe that I didn't learn the ancestral name until I was 66 years old. And now, not
a day goes by that I don't think about it.
Anyway, glad that I heard back from you and we'll stay in touch.
August 5, 2010:
After looking over a rather comprehensive map of County Meath, Ireland, I'm convinced
that the home town of William Downey, of Bytown, is Rathkenny. It was listed as "Rikinny
Parish" in the McCabe list. Rathkenny is the only name in all of County Meath that comes
close to sounding like "Rikinny". Rathkenny Parish about 18 miles due east of Oldcastle,
County Meath where my ancestor, Peter Skeffington (the elder), is from. Peter"s son,
Peter Skeffington (the younger), also from Oldcastle, later married William Downey's
widow, Bridget Slaven, in Bytown in 1841.
I know that the Irish were really close knit in a geographic sense and stuck together
in Ireland, Canada,and in the U.S. As I had told you previously, Peter Skeffington,
the elder, had married a woman from Nobber, County Meath. Nobber is about 16 miles
east of Oldcastle and 6 miles north of Rathkenny. I know that you had some folks who
wrote to you about the Downeys and Slavens. It all kind of makes sense that these
neighbors in Ireland continued family to family relationships in the New World.
Al, I wonder if you know anything about what ports in Ireland emigrants would use? T
hat would be a great help to me.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Good morning, Fred:
You are absolutely correct about friendships and relationships spanning many generations
starting in Ireland in the 1700's and continuing in Canada up to the 21st century. Many
groups of settlers who were neighbours in Ireland became neighbours in Canada and many
of these families remain friends today. Especially in the rural areas, there are many
cases of eight or ten generations attending the same church now as did their GGGGrandparents.
Talk about roots!
Below is a map showing some of the major group migrations from Ireland to the Ottawa area
between 1817 and 1825, roughly the time when your ancestors arrived here. The major ports
are shown on the map.
My GGGrandfather, Nicholas Sullivan came to Osgoode Township from County Meath in 1843 and
settled within a half-mile or so of your Skeffington ancestors. I don't know exactly where
in County Meath he originated, but his family may have known your ancestors in Ireland. I
assume that he boarded ship in Dublin as it was the closest deep-water port from County Meath.
The Peter Robinson settlers in 1823 and 1825, shown on the map,
all sailed from the port at the City of Cork. Many of the emigrants
from Wexford and Wicklow sailed from the east coast
of County Wexford. The city of Derry (Londonderry) was the departure point for many persons
leaving from what is today Northern Ireland. The two major ports on the west coast of Ireland
were Limerick and Sligo.
Here's the map, Source: Irish Emigration and Canadian Settlement Patterns,
by Houston and Smyth, page 50.
September 27, 2010:
Hello, Skeffington folks,
Sorry about the email bounces. My new email address is email@example.com. Haven't been doing research
for a while, but just got the bug again, so of course one of my first stops was Bytown or Bust!
In any case, please update my email address (thanks, Al!), and I'll be in touch.
New e-mail address for Howard incorporated in the list below ... Al
September 28, 2010:
Howard (and everyone else)
Howard, you sure brightened my day when I saw the e-mail in my In-Box. Glad to finally get a chance to
correspond with you.
I'm sending a few items that I've gotten my hands on since I got interested in the Skeffington family.
I don't know if this info even pertains to the right Skeffingtons or not, but perhaps one of you might
let me know if I'm on the right track. The Death Record for Robert Skeffington is, I believe, for the
brother of my Great-Grandmother, Anne Skeffington. At least the name of the person who was notified of
the death was George Dutton, who was married to Harriet M. Skeffington who is in the family tree of
Duane Large, a contributor to Bytown or Bust.
Documents from County Meath, Ireland
October 30, 2010:
Thanks to Dorrie who has sent along more pictures of the Skeffington family.
Attached are portraits of Frank and Michael Skeffington who settled in Bureau Co. IL (both sons of
Patrick, both married Coakley / Oakley women).
Please feel free to post these portraits if you wish.
- The two portraits of Michael and Frank are sketches from the Past & Present Biographical Sketches of Bureau County, Illinois,
by George B. Harrington, published 1906 by The Pioneer Publishing Co., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. There are also
wonderful biographies of both Michael and Francis M. in this book, not sure you've seen them.
- The photo of Uncle Frank Skeffington as a younger man was taken from a family photo album.
November 1, 2010:
Hello, Dorrie and All,
Thank you for these wonderful photos of Michael and Francis! I remember seeing those photos and biographies in the book
you cited about 30 years ago. At the time I wondered whether they were related to “my” Skeffingtons, and sure
enough it turned out they were.
I've attached a photo of one of their brothers (my great-grandfather), Patrick T. Skeffington (1846-1935).
This photo was taken in the early 1920s.
The birth date for Francis is more likely to be closer to the 1855 date. At least 7 children of Patrick and Nora (Stackpole)
Skeffington were born in Ottawa, and are listed in the 1850 Federal Census in Bureau county (Illinois, USA): Michael, Maria,
Peter, Ann, Patrick, William and John. In the 1860 federal census for this family, additional children were listed as
being born in Illinois: Dennis, Francis, Joseph and Martha. Additionally, Francis is listed in the 1870 federal census
as being age 17, and born in Illinois. Can't rely too much on the ages listed in the census, but at least the birth
place of Francis is consistent.
The children Peter and Patrick moved to the Ivesdale, Illinois area, where they were farmers.
... Howard Skeffington
Patrick T. Skeffington, early 1920's