McGRATH

Catherine "Auld Kit" Casey left Carrick on Suir a young widow in early years of the first decade of 1800. The story told is that Kitty was tall and leaving to start over after loosing her young husband Wm. Casey. When on the quay she used her cape to conceal a young Irishman who was attempting to escape the pressgang. They fell in love on the Atlantic crossing from Ireland  to Newfoundland. Richard McGrath and Catherine Casey (a Fleming cousin) born Carrick on Suir, Tipperary area on the border area of Waterford, circa 1800. The settled in Oderin near Placentia Bay, Newfoundland close to Pond Head Argentia iwhere the Connors had already been working in the fishery alongside the Dunphy and Power families; the Kelly and the Fitzpatrick's, Whelan, O'Reilly as well. They were all involved with the Waterford firm of Sweetman and Saunders. The earliest Connors ancestor we know of was a Joachim oConnor, [a teacher from Dublin? or who had been sent to Dublin to study and came to NL as a teacher?] who married a Margaret McGrath. He died and was buried in Marquise, near Argentia. The Connors had a house in Pond Head near Pt. Latine and it was floated over to Dunville on the mainland. It was said to be the oldest house in Dunville and lastly occupied by the Kerrivans. I checked with the historical society and was told it was no longer standing. Joachim oConnor was either father or brother to Thomas Connors who in 1835 wed Ann Casey, dau. of Catherine Casey 'Auld Kitty' step dau of Richard McGrath.

1940s Letter to "The Barrelman" Joey Smallwood (before he was Prime Minister of Newfoundland) from James McGrath with details on the Casey, Connors, Houlihan, McGrath families of Newfoundland and their connection to Bishop Michael Anthony Fleming; the woman in the letter Catherine Casey McGrath "Auld Kitty" is my ggggm (Catherine Casey 1, Ann Casey Connors 2, Michael Connors 3, Louis J. Connors 4, John Kennedy Connnors 5, Joanne 6)

James Francis McGrath (1859-1902) born Placentia Bay, Newfoundland son of Richard McGrath OBITUARY

Placentia Bay

McGRATH, William - Passed peacefully away at Lion's Manor Nursing Home,
Placentia on May 12, 2004 of Patrick's Cove, PB, age 78 years. Predeceased
by his father Michael; mother Annie; brother Philip; sisters: Regina and
Mary; and grandson Paul O'Keefe. Leaving to mourn his wife of 48 years,
Frances (nee Coffey); three sons: William (Barb) at Patrick's Cove, Eugene
(Loll) at Dunville, Paul at Lion's Manor Nursing Home, Placentia; one
daughter, Ann O'Keefe at Big Barisway; two sisters: Winnie Cleary at
Southeast Placentia and Carmel Funstoa at California; one brother, Peter
McGrath at Alberta; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and a large
number of other relatives and friends. Resting at Coombs Funeral Home,
Placentia. Funeral Mass to take place 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14 at Sacred
Heart Church, Placentia. Interment to follow in Coombs Memorial Cemetery,
Southeast Placentia. - 05/13/04

McGrath, Richard died 1868 Argentia Placentia, emigrated to Newfoundland 1812 from Carrick on Suir; acted as a supplier in Argentia for Waterford merchants. "Auld Kitty McGrath" died after 1868. Granny Cove, Argentia,

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