This may help ..am researching my great-garndparents O'Keefe-MacNeill who emigrated to Boston, Chelsea in the last quarteror so of 19th century from Vernon River area of PEI. Mary Ellen MacNeill - is the wife here --my great-grandmother ..daughter of a MacNeill-MacEachern marriage.
My site is http://community.webtv.net/scottagin
I have several pages and links there. http://www.islandregister.com in PEI also lists immigrant info back to beginnings of Frecn & English settlement.
My mother's info of here MacNeill's came from a visit to PEI and ST Joachim's Vernon River RC Church. After 1906 Vital records were Provincially kept ... and since the late 70's those church records were copied and centralised in Charlottetown.
Holyhood's records are kept at ST Joseph's West Newton.
My great-great-grandmother & kin bought plots in Holyhood -- the interrments are accurate information. They emigrated down together. in the heavy post 1867 period.
Other Chesea records are on this forum. help as I can
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Grave No 51 1/2 Walk Z, Eastern Ave
John MacNeil (ggf), Chelsea, Ma int Nov 14, 1891
Annie MacNeill, 31 Gerrish Ave, Chelsea, MA (wife-maiden MacEachern ggm) d July 3, 1914, int July 6, 1914
John MacNeill d Dec 17, 1937 (g-uncle?) int Dec 20, 1937 (Holy Ghost Hospital, Cambridge)
Mary E. Cullen, 9 West 3rd ST d Aug 9, 1899
(11 mos - infant gdtr) int Aug 10, 1899
This grave is adjacent to Mary Ellen MacNeill' s famly plot ..She married James O'Keefe. The adult ggp MacNiell's listed above are PEI, Canada born.
NB MacNeill spellng is with two 'L's -- the two L MacNeill is a 'sept' of the MacNeil clan of Barra, Scotland. A 'sept' is a gaelic word for an authorised family of a larger family group or clan.
"MAC" was always stressed by living relations -- but often shortened to McNeill.
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