McVettys/McVeetys of County Monaghan, Ireland, are mentioned in a biographical article in "The Successful American" magazine, by William J. Hartford (New York: 1900). The subject of this article was FRANCIS "FRANK" ARMSTRONG (1844-1902) who emigrated from County Tyrone, Ireland, to Pittsburgh where he became a wealthy businessman. On page 762, the article includes data on Frank's grandparents, James Armstrong and Ann McVeety/McVetty:
"...Ann McVeety, wife of James Armstrong, was the daughter of John McVeety, of Alisabay, Scotstown, County Monaghan, whose mother was Sarah Hamilton, a niece of Lord Mountjoy. Col. Charles McVeety, of Monaghan, was a brother of Ann McVeety; and that they were people of distinction was evidenced by the fact that the McVeetys were accorded the privilege by the King of granting pardon to one condemned person each year. Sarah Hamilton's aunt was Mrs. Jones, mother of Thomas M. Hamilton Jones, of Monaghan House, County Auburn."
An illustrious-sounding family! Which Hamiltons were the family of Sarah Hamilton, the "niece of Lord Mountjoy," and who was Sarah's aunt, "Mrs. Jones"?
The name of Thomas Morres Hamilton-Jones (J.P. and D.L. County Armagh, J.P. Co's Antrim, Cavan and Fermanagh) appears in a number of British peerage and nobility books. His family owned thousands of acres in Ulster, and their residences included the notable Moneyglass House in Co. Antrim (perhaps mistranslated in this article as "Monaghan House, County Auburn").
According to lineage books, Thomas M. Jones-Hamilton's grandfather, Thomas Morres Jones, was born in 1746 and married Letitia Hamilton of Glenawley, Co. Fermanagh, in 1770. They had 4 sons and 8 daughters. Unfortunately, there's no mention of McVeetys or McVettys.
John McVeety being of "Alisabay" surely must refer to "Aghalissabeagh," a 93-acre townland in Clones parish, Co. Monaghan. I haven't yet researched McVeetys/McVettys in the Co. Monaghan Tithe Applotments (1820s-1830s), but a McVeety was still living at Aghalissabeagh in the 1850s-1860s, when Griffith's Valuation shows these McVeetys in Clones parish:
Henry McVeety - Aghalissabeagh
Henry McVeety - Dernahamsha
Joseph McVeety - Derryleedigan (Jackson)
Alexander McVeity - Aghafin
Thomas McVeity - Aghafin
I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who may have information on John McVeety/McVetty or James Armstrong and their related families -- including HAMILTON and JONES -- in Co. Monaghan, Co. Fermanagh and Co. Tyrone.
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