Village, Town or County  
Browse Entries

Skelly - Carey - Mclean or McLain
I am looking for the family of James Skelly Senior (born abt. 1760) and Catherine McLean/McLain (born abt. 1760) from Mullingar, Ireland. Three of their sons, James Garrett, Michael and Edward emigrated to St. Columban, Quebec, Canada. We were told by family members over the years that they were from Ballinacarrigy.

James Garrett Jr. (family letters refer to James as Garrett, although Quebec documents record him as James), Michael (b. abt. 1797) & his wife, Elizabeth (nee Carey, b. abt. 1807) and Edward (b. 1787) & his wife, Catherine (nee Carey, b. 1805) Skelly boarded a ship in about 1825 and crossed the Atlantic together. (Two Skelly brothers married two Carey sisters and James Jr. (Garrett) was single).

James Jr. (Garrett) returned to Ireland in 1826. He gave his lot to Michael on October 18, 1826 (Notary: Nicolas Benjamin Doucet, #14074). He married in Ireland and his daughter Catherine immigrated to the states; married a man named Duane and settled in Detroit, Michigan. His son (no record of a name) settled in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

The remaining Skellys managed to cultivate 6 acres of land in St. Columban, Quebec - by 1831. Their primary produce was corn. Meanwhile, space was getting tight inside the house. By this time, Elizabeth and Michael had 8 children all under the age of 14 yrs., (Canadian Generation 1) Mary (b. 1828), James (b. 1829), Bridget (b. abt. 1830), Owen (b. 1834), Patrick (b. 1835), Kate (b. 1837), Ann (b. 1839) and Michael (b. 1841).

Edward and Catherine built their own shanty on lot 148 around 1830 due to the tight quarters in Michaels home and to accommodate the arrival of their baby daughter, Antoinette (b.1831-d.1831). In 1834, Edward and Catherine decided to leave St. Columban. They gave lot 148 to Michael on March 17, 1834 (Notary: Augustus Mackay, #1291) and moved to Albany, New York, 8th Ward. They had 1 daughter Antoinette (born 1830 & died 1831) & 4 sons son, Owen (born 1831), James (born 1834), Edward (born 1836) and John (born 1840). John became a plumber and married Mary. Catherine lived with John and Mary after Edwards death and remained there until she went blind & was institutionalized until her death in 1883.

Any information would be most appreciated and likewise if this family belongs to your tree and you need support in Canada/U.S.A.



Posted Jan 2016
Mullingar, An Muileann gCearr, and Parish, County Westmeath


To send a message to a member with a red entry, you need to join as a paid member.

Check Email Address

If this is one of our older entries we recommend performing an email check before upgrading to paid membership so you can contact the person who added the entry. If the member recently logged on or confirmed their email address is active, you will be told no check is necessary. More about email checks


Surname GeoSearch

Find within
Text of Entries
Surname Keywords
GeoSearch Help

Read & Reply
Change email
Check entries

To send a message or add an entry... join CuriousFox as a free or paid member. Paid members have entries with green envelopes and all members can send them messages. Entries added by free members have red envelopes and only paid members can contact them.

Previous page