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Re: McGurl/Gilrein Drumshanbo Help!
Posted by: Bill Wallace (ID *****9590) Date: May 07, 2004 at 16:27:47
In Reply to: Re: McGurl/Gilrein Drumshanbo Help! by Lyn Connors of 487

I am not much of a genealogist, but what I know of the McGuirls I know from my father. According to him, his mother was Mary Elizabeth McGuirl, born in Dowra, County Cavan, on May 12, 1875. Daughter of John McGuirl and Mary Clancy. The closeness to the LDS names that you cite is intriguing, and of course, his mother may have subtracted a year or so from her age, but she was unlikely to have changed the birthday. She had three brothers: Owen, James, and John and four sisters: Delia, Elizabeth, Rose and Katherine. At least three of these siblings also emigrated to the U.S. I met my father's Uncle Owen and Aunt Katie in the 1950's when I was a boy at their apartment in New York City. I think they were both "spinsters" who shared the apartment. I think I visited them more than once in that period. (I had my first sarsaparilla at their apartment.) I am 62 now and would have been only 7 or 8 at the time. We would visit them when we went to New York to visit his parents. Delia also emigrated because I met one of her children some years later. And Rose emigrated because my father lists her as his godmother. My father's information shows that brothers John and James married and had children (all McGuirls), so I suspect that they emigrated as well because I don't think he would have had that information otherwise. So far as I know, neither his mother nor any others ever went back to visit Dowra, but they could have kept in touch through letters. But I never heard anything about that.

Mary Elizabeth emigrated in 1891, according to my father arriving by steerage at Castle Garden. She worked as a governess for the "Haley Fisks, Dr. Huddleston and other prominent New York families". They took her to their summer homes in New England and accompanied them on European trips. While vacationing with her employer in the White Mountains in 1900 she met my grandfather, Doley A. Wallace, and they were married on May 7, 1905 (99 years today!) They lived in Manhattan for the rest of their lives. They had three children, Mary Elizabeth Wallace, b. July 4, 1906, Lewis John Wallace (my father) b. August 23, 1908, and Catherine Sophia Wallace, b. December 17, 1910.

Mary Elizabeth McGuirl Wallace died on October 1, 1951.

I am interested in this right now because I intend to visit Ireland this summer and plan to go through Dowra.

Any info you have would be appreciated.

Bill Wallace


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