About 175 years ago my mother’s family left Donegal. We’ve never been able to get any information about the family before their point of entry into Quebec City, Canada, in the early 1830’s.
What we know is that at least two families left together. John Hagerty (sp?) (born 1802) married to Catherine McKelvey (born 1805), and three of their Irish born children, emigrated along with Catherine’s mother and father, John Mckelvey (born 1771) and Mary Slaven (born 1781). To the best of our knowledge, they came from the Convoy, Donaghmore, Stranolar vicinity.
Are there people in your area who have wondered what happened to their ancestors? Do you provide a space in your newspaper for “Missing Friends” as in days gone by, especially after the Famine? I would be truly grateful if you could post this request for information and see if it joggles anyone’s memories.
We would really need to come to Donegal and throughly do the research ourselves, but cannot. Various relatives have gone in the past and made attempts of varying degrees, without success.
My mother’s family (Eileen Haggerty-age 84) still lives not many miles from where those people settled, not far from where they landed in Quebec, so long ago. As you can imagine, the Hag(g)erty’s and McKelvey’s are now spread far and wide across Canada and the US.
Thank you for your time.
Susan Haggerty Morrier