I have found that the Irish tended to stick together, and so there tends to be a strong connection to most other Irish in the area. Thus I am interested in hearing frome anyone researching the Houlton/New Limerick, Maine/ Bathurst, NB, Canada/ & Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland areas!
What I have found is that my GGGrandfather Michael McCarthy b 1794 married Catherine Regan on March 02, 1824 in Bandon. Michael's first son was Thomas, so his father may have been Thomas. Of course Michael would have been 30 years old when he married Catherine Regan, so he may have been married before, and have other children. The children of Michael McCarthy & Catherine Regan named their son that should have been named after their father, James, so Michaelís given name may have actually been James.
Michael Catherine & Thomas go to Bathurst, Gloucester Co. New Brunswick, Canada in 1828, and then after Michaelís death in 1860, his son Florence Francis (Frank) goes to New Limerick, Maine, and is extremely close to a Patrick McCarthy born 1817 married to Catherine Louise Kelly who showed up in New Limerick c1848. I believe that Patrick was related to Frank because after Frankís wife died 1874 when Frank transferred land that had been in his wifeís name to his daughter Florence, it is Frank along with Patrickís son Charles that sign the deed.