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 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)
Looking for Richard McGrath and Catherine Casey (Flemings also) in the Carrick on Suir, Tipperary area and border area of Waterford, circa 1800; we did find a marriage of a Richard
McGrath and Catherine (no surname) in Cashel parish, Tipperary 1815
Photo of Argentia the area near Placentia Bay, Newfoundland where Catherine Casey and Richard McGrath settled (also known as "Oderin", from the patron Saint of Waterford) and where the Connors had already been working in the fishery alongside the Dunphy and Power families; the Kelly and the Fitzpatrick's 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 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 around 1850 and later 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, step dau of Richard McGrath, I believe he was from Newfoundland and sent to Dublin to study and then returned to Newfoundland to marry. It is possible that Margaret was either step sister to Ann and dau. of Catherine and Richard also or that Margaret McGrath was sister to Richard. The generations are not clear and the naming patterns don't help! Needless to say I am looking for a marriage of a Joachim oConnor and Margaret McGrath before 1835.
James Francis McGrath (1859-1902) born Placentia Bay, Newfoundland son of Richard McGrath
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