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17/12/2006 12:49 am
no-avatar offline jjcarrollmail

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McCARROLL of Corkill, Clogher m. McCUSKER of Augharonan, Donacavey in 1867
My great grandfather, Owen (Eugene) McCarroll (c. 1840 – 1916), came from the townland of Corkill, (or Corkhill as most of the recorded records indicate) in the parish of Clogher, County Tyrone. Of the Roman Catholic faith, he was baptised and buried in the Eskragh R.C. chapel's graveyard, but he was married in the Fintona R.C. Church which is in the parish of Donacavey. Owen went by that name and not Eugene - probably because that was his father’s name.

Owen was the son of Eugene and Catherine who were farmers, and was born about 1840 in Donacavey. He married my great grandmother (he was registered as Eugene, but signed the register as Owen), Catherine McCusker on 25 June 1867 in Donacavey. My great grandmother was from the townland of Augharonan, in Co. Tyrone, which I believe also is in Donacavey.

Little is known of my great grandmother's family but we can make out a few facts about who Catherine was and how she existed.

Catherine and Owen had a number of children: Ellen, b. 1871 - 1917, married Andrew Bogan; Patrick (also known as "The Yank"), b. 1873 - ?(he appears to have been buried in the family plot at Eskragh, but he had left for San Francisco); Thomas, b. 1875 - ?, married to Catherine (Kitty) Daly (Daley?), perhaps from Newtownsaville, and both emigrated to USA; Owen, b. 1877 - ?, who married Brigid Conroy in Beragh, and lived in Curr; my grandfather Michael Joseph (Mickey), b. 1879 - 1924, and he migrated to USA c. 1899, was naturalized in 1904 as a U.S. Citizen, but returned to Ireland in 1912. He then married to Agnes Bridget Gaffigan, an American born in San Francisco in 1888, in Dundalk, Ireland, on July 1912. Then there were: Jane, b. 1871; and Hugh, b. 1883 who lived with their mother Catherine until her death.

The family farm house in Corkill was there when I first visited but it was removed about November 1982, and I understand that the property is possibly owned by Devine family. The resting place is the R.C. Church Graveyard in Eskragh (Eskra).

Catherine McCusker's father was Patrick and she was born circa 1846 – 1851; she married Owen at "full age." (McCosker may be a variant of the name.) But, as is the case with most old Irish records, there is a discrepancy for the 1911 census lists her as a 60 yr old widow while the 1901 census listed as a 45 year old widow. She had a possible sibling: John McCusker of Legmaghery (could that be Lisnamaghery?), but little is known of him.

Descendants of Owen and Catherine include the children of Andrew Bogan (Ellen) who still are in the Fintona area, while some have moved on to Dublin. The Donnelly’s live in Curr, Beragh; and they are related to Owen McCarroll and Brigid Conroy. The Coady family, who owe their lineage to Ellen and Andrew Bogan, still reside in the Dublin area, and Kitty Coady had a vegetable store in Irish Town before she passed away.

My grandmother Agnes Bridget, or “Aggie,” was born around 1888 in San Francisco, California, USA to John Amos Gaffigan and Maggie Crennan. She was described in the San Francisco Call Index upon her death as being Mary Agnes (Aggie) Bridget Crennan Carroll. She remembered the great earthquake and fire of 1906. She left for Ireland when she reached majority, but we do not know if she accompanied Mickey McCarroll in that journey. But instead of being married in the Fintona area, where he chose to settle as a publican, they were wed on June 25, 1912, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dundalk, County Louth.

Mickey, or Michael Joseph, became a publican/auctioneer on Main Street in Fintona (the pub lately owned by Mr. Francis. McAtee). Michael and Agnes had a number of children, including my father: Michael Joseph, 25 March 1914; Patrick Eugene, b. 1915 who passed away after three days; Mary Catherine (who became Maura when she migrated to the USA), 1917 and passed away in 2004; Thomas Leo, b. 1918; Bernadette Anthony, b. 1919; and, Kevin Barry, b. 1921.

Michael Joseph Carroll Sr. had migrated to California around 1899 to join his brothers in San Francisco Thomas and Patrick, naturalized as a USA citizen in 1904, and then returned to the Fintona area to raise his family in 1912. There is some speculation that he was ill in California and returned to Ireland because of that reason, and had recovered. There is some gossip that he purchased the public house in Fintona from his mother's estate or from some relative of the McCuskers.

My maternal great grandfather was John Amos Gaffigan and he married Maggie Crennan. We know that he returned to Ireland in 1914, probably to see his daughter Agnes and son Michael Joseph who was born that year in Omagh.

My grandfather, Mickey McCarroll, was to pass away at age 44 in Omagh. So my grandmother packed up the children later that year and returned to San Francisco. Their voyage was on the S.S. Cameronia, a Lloyd’s mail ship which left from the Clyde in Scotland and picked up passengers at Moville, near Londonderry.

There is more, but that gives you, the reader, the flavor of the kinship of Owen and Catherine McCarroll.

Any help you can give in sorting this thing out would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Jim Carroll.