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McGeoughs, and McGeoghs
This page collects the names from McGoughs, McGeoughs, and McGeoghs in Ireland in the 182030s and 185060s: By County, Parish, and Townland, and other sources, in a relatively contiguous part of the civil parish of Ballybay where the name was concentrated. I call that area the Ballybay rectangle to be consistent with my approach in McGoughs, McGeoughs, and McGeoghs in the Civil Parish of Aghnamullen.
The Ballybay rectangle is immediately north of Aghnamullen Parish. The approximate center of the rectangle is the town of Ballybay. It measures three kilometers west to east and four kilometers north to south. It includes the adjoining townlands of Corfad, Corkeeran, Drumar (at the northwest corner), Drumgrole, Cornamucklaglass (town of Ballybay) and Laragh (at the southeast corner). The southwest corner is H710 190 and the northeast corner is H740 230 in Irish grid references.
In 1606, these properties belonged to Hugh McEver MacMahon and by 1640 were part of Coll McBryan MacMahon's estate. After the Cromwellian settlements, the land was given to Peter Beaghan, whose son Edmond sold it to the Leslies in 1712. The land remained in the Leslie's hands for over two hundred years and was eventually bought by the tenants following the Land Acts of 1903/1909. At the Ford of the Birches: The History of BallyBay, its People and Vicinity, by James H. Murnane and Peadar Murnane (Murnane Brothers, September 1999), pages 1124.
Here is my collection Ballybay McGoughs.
Anne McGeogh (491) is shown by Griffith's Valuation of 1860 as renting a house, with no land, from the Reverend Charles Mayne, just outside this rectangle, about a kilometer and a half northeast by east of the northeast corner of the rectangle, in the townland of Drumroosk in the parish of Tullycorbet. This townland is about 3 kilometers east and 3 kilometers north of the center of the town of Ballybay.
James McGeogh is shown by Griffith's Valuation in 1861 to hold property in the adjoining townlands of Corfad (297), Corkeeran (298), and Drumar (299) in the northwest quarter of the rectangle. These may be different James McGeoghs, but I assume he is one person with three separate holdings. All the property is leased from Emily Leslie. In Corkeeran, the lease is of a house, offices and 13 acres of land. In Corfad and Drumar, the lease is of one acre of land only. There is also a townland of Corfad in Aghnamullen parish in which the Tithe Applotment Book shows a James McGeough to have been a property holder, probably another person.
Edward McGeogh (301) is shown by Griffith's Valuation in 1861 to lease a house, garden, and 1/4 of an acre of land, from Emily Leslie in the townland of Laragh. Possibly this is the Edward McGough (listed below) shown by Griffith's Valuation as holding land in the same townland. The townland of Laragh is a little over 2 kilometers southeast of the center of the town of Ballybay.
Francis McGeogh (302) is shown by Griffith's Valuation in 1861 as leasing a house, offices, and 3 acres of land from Emily Leslie in the townland of Laragh.
Ann McGeough was the daughter of Patrick and Rose, last names unknown. She was born in Ballybay in 1812 and married Owen McGeough. She emigrated to the United States in 1862 with two children aboard the ship Bathman (?). In 1862, she opened account number 32581 at the New York Emigrant Savings Bank in New York. She listed herself as a widow, her occupation as a housekeeper, and her address as 31 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn NY. This information was obtained from the website of the New York Emigrant Savings Bank Project.
Edward McGough (303) is shown by the Tithe Applotment Book as holding property in Laragh. Possibly this is the Edward McGeogh (301) shown by the Tithe Applotment Book as holding land in the same townland in 1829.
Ellen McGough (18081879), born on August 12, 1808, in Ballybay; married Thomas Henry Larkin (18031877); emigrated to Boston in 1839 or 1840. Lived in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA; buried Saint Mary's. (From a posting by Al Rose on GenForum.) According to GenCircles ButchRose, Ellen McGough was born on August 12, 1808 in Ballybay, county Monaghan, Ireland, probably married in Ballybay before 1840, and died on May 16, 1879 in Pawtucket, RI. She is buried in Old St Mary's in Pawtucket. She emigrated to the United States between 1839 and 1842. Her husband, Thomas Henry Larkin, died in Pawtucket on December 27, 1877, and is buried in Old St. Mary's cemetery. They had a son, Thomas Wilson Larkin, born in Pawtucket in 1849, who died there on February 11, 1907 (or 1910?). Thomas W. Larkin is buried in Mount St. Mary's Cemetery in Pawtucket. Margaret McGue and Ellen McGough Larkin are shown as residing with Thomas Larkin by the 1870 census of Rhode Island, 1st district of North Providence, and were probably sisters. Here is a list of the children of Thomas H,. Larkin and Ellen McGough Larkin from a posting by Al Rose of January 18. 2001on IRL-MONAGHAN-L Archives (RootsWeb):
Elizabeth Larkin Born: Pawtucket, RI Died: Pawtucket, RI
Mary Ann Larkin Born: Pawtucket, RI ..... +Francis "Frank" Murphy
Margaret Larkin Born: Pawtucket, RI ..... +William Kelly
James W. Larkin Born: 27 Apr 1847 Pawtucket, RI, USA [The 1870 census indicates's James was born in 1846 in Massachusetts.] Died: 2 Feb 1907 Pawtucket, RI, USA Burial: #1232 Mount Saint Mary Military service: 1876 COLONEL, 5th Inf, 2 Bde, RI Militia ..... +Catherine E. MARTIN Born: 12 Dec 1854 Pawtucket, RI, USA Married: 5 Sep 1876 St Mary's Church, Pawtucket, RI Father: Dennis B. Martin Mother: Agnes D. Lafferty Died: 4 Aug 1928 Pawtucket, RI, USA Burial: #1232 Mount Saint Mary
Thomas H. Larkin Born: 1849 Pawtucket, RI, USA Died: 1910 Pawtucket, RI, USA Burial: Old st Mary's in Pawtucket ..... +Mary Ann GOODFELLOW Born: 1849 Died: 1923 Pawtucket, RI, USA Burial: Old St Mary's in Pawtucket
Peter F. Larkin Born: 1851 Pawtucket, RI [The 1870 census indicated Peter was born in 1847 in Massachusetts.] Died: 2 Dec 1906 Pawtucket, RI, USA Burial: Old St Mary's in Pawtucket ..... +Margaret HUGHES Born: about 1854 RI Married: 20 Sep 1883 Father: James P. Hughes Mother: Bridget Unknown Died: 1940 Pawtucket, RI, USA Burial: Old St Mary's in Pawtucket
Hugh McGough (304) is shown by the Tithe Applotment Book as holding land in Laragh in 1829.
Patt McGough (between 304 and 305) is shown by the Tithe Applotment Book as holding land in Laragh in 1829. [Super Index of Irish Wills, 1270–1860, a compilation of Irish will indexes by Gloria Bangerter, lists a will of Patrick McGough in 1778 in Laragh (diocese of Clogher). This could also be the townland of Laragh near Shantonagh if the Catholic parish of Aughnamullen East.]
Thomas McGough (300) is shown by the Tithe Applotment Book as holding land in Drumgrole in 1829.
There is one McGeogh listed in the adjacent parish of Tullycorbet whom I will mention here:
The townland of Drumroosk is 4 kilometers northeast of the town of Ballybay, on the boundary between the civil parishes of Tullycorbet and Clontibret. Drumroosk is immediately west of, and adjoins, the townland of Drumgristin in the civil parish of Clontibret, where Andrew McGeogh/McGeough held property in 1830 and 1860. See McGoughs, McGeoughs, and McGeoghs in the Civil Parish of Clontibret.
491 Anne McGeogh Drumroosk Tullycorbet Monaghan G 1860. Rented a house, but no land, from the Rev. Charles Mayne at five shillings a year.
Super Index of Irish Wills, 1270–1860, a compilation of Irish will indexes by Gloria Bangerter, lists John McGeogh in 1808 in Tullycoore, which may refer to Tullycorbet.
The IGI lists several births in Ballybay:
Andrew McGeough and Rose McIlroy are listed in the IGI as parents of Mary Anne McGeough, born in Ballybay, Monaghan, on February 17, 1865.
Arthur McGough and Anne Connolly are listed by the IGI as parents of Anne McGeough, born in Ballybay, Monaghan, on February 14, 1866. For more information on this family, see the listing of Arthur Goff in the town of Warwick, Kent county, Rhode Island, on my page McGoughs and McGues in the 1870 Census of the United States.
Bernard McGeough and Margaret McCardle are listed in the IGI as parents of Bridget McGeough, born in Ballybay, Monaghan, on August 28, 1866. [Bernard McGough and Margaret McCarroll are listed by the IGI as the parents of Elizabeth McGough born on July 23, 1868, in Monaghan.]
Hugh McGeough and Ellen McArdle are listed in the IGI as parents of Mary McGeough born in Ballybay, Monaghan, on February 18, 1866.  Hugh McGough and Ellen McCardle are shown as parents of Ellen McGough, born on July 8, 1869, in Monaghan, Ireland.
John McGeough and Eliza Delany are listed in the IGI as parents of Eliza McGeough, born in Ballybay, Monaghan, on February 8, 1865.
Francis McGeough and Margaret McMahon are listed in the IGI as parents of Elizabeth McGeough born in Ballybay, Monaghan, on October 1, 1864. According to the IGI, John McGeough married Margaret McMahon in Ireland on January 5, 1864. John McGough and Margaret McMahon are listed by the IGI as parents of Anne McGough born on July 22, 1868, in Monaghan.]
Mathew McGeough and Elizabeth Leonard are listed in the IGI as parents of Margaret McGeough born in Ballybay, Monaghan, on March 23, 1866. Mathew McGough and Elizabeth Leonard are listed by the IGI as the parents of John McGough born on March 23, 1872, in Ireland; and James McGough born in Monaghan, Ireland, on July 15, 1874.
Francis McGeough and Mary Leonard are listed by the IGI as the parents of Elizabeth McGeough born in Ireland on May 19, 1872. About June 12, 1893, in Glasgow, John McGough, age 28, of 291 South Wellington Street, parish of Govan, married, a labourer, born in county Monaghan, applied for Poor Law relief. He was suffering from Enteric Fever. He listed as his parents Francis McGough, a labourer, who was dead, and Mary Leonard who was living in Liverpool. John McGough's wife was Catherine Reilly, age 27. They had three young children. She was born in Ballybay, county Monaghan, and was married there. John and Bridget McGough moved from Ballybay to Scotland in November of 1886. There is a note in the file in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow that he was "off roll" and working on February 13, 1894.
Peter McGeough and Rose McMahon are listed in the IGI as parents of James McGeough, born in Ballybay, Monaghan, on January 24, 1865; Margaret McGough born on September 21, 1867, in Monaghan; and of Anne McGeough born on September 28, 1871, in Ireland. (Civil Birth Records, Misc, Ireland.) World Family Tree, volume 74, tree 894, lists these children of Peter McGeough and Rose McMahon (all of whose surnames are spelled McGough): Arthur, Frank, James, Patrick, Peter, Margaret, Anna, Agnes, and Bridget Cecelia (who was born in 1878 in county Cork (?), married Michael James Murphy, on November 25, 1903, in Providence, Rhode Island, and died on January 14, 1930, in Providence, Rhode Island). See the listing of Peter McGough in the city of Providence (3rd ward), Rhode Island, on my page: McGoughs and McGues in the 1900 Census of the United States.
Ann McGeough, a native of Ballybay, and widow of Owen McGeough, opened account number 32581 in the New York Emigrant Savings Bank on December 1, 1862. She was living at 31 Hudson Avenue in Brooklyn, and was a housekeeper. She had two children, Patrick McGeough and Rose McGeough, and arrived in Brooklyn in 1862 from Baltimore.
John A. McGeough, born in Ballybay on November 30, 1889, registered for the draft in New York City on June 5, 1917. He was single and living at 274 West 131st, New York city, and employed as a laborer for Adams Express Company, 124th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, New York. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 on Ancestry.com. This is probably the John Andrew McGeough who arrived at the Port of New York aboard the Cedric from Liverpool on June 12, 1914. The ship's manifest shows him as 26 years old, single, a farm laborer, whose last address was Coragalda (probably should be Carrickaldragh), Ballybay, Ireland, and whose father (called mother) was Terence McGeough of Coragaldra, Ballybay. He was traveling with John Gorman, age 45, of "Formail" Ireland (whose wife was Catherine Gorman of Carnaveigh (should be Carnaveagh), Bailibay, Ireland) and their destination was the home of John McGeough's cousin, James Gorman, at 204 West 147th Street, New York City (Ellis Island website). There was a John McGeough born to Arthur McGeough and Catherine Gorman on November 30, 1888, in Cortaghart. See my page: Baptisms and Marriages in the Catholic Parish of Aughnamullen West. The townland of Carrickaldragh adjoins the townland of Cortaghart to the west in the civil parish of Aghnamullen, which is immediately south of the civil parish of Ballybay. The closest town of any size is Ballybay. The townland of Carnaveagh is to the north, and one townland removed, of both Cortaghart and Carrickaldragh. See my page: McGoughs, McGeoughs, and McGeoghs in the Civil Parish of Aghnamullen.
John McGough was a family friend of Owen Fox (age 27), his wife Ann Fox, his brother Patrick Fox, and sister Susan Fox. The five had been drinking together in a public house in Ballybay on March 17, 1866. On their way home, an altercation occurred with John and Thomas Lattimer and another. Thomas Lattimer knocked down Owen Fox, causing injuries which led to Owen's death. Owen was a "Protestant labouring man working for a respectable farmer (Thomas Rowland) in the parish of Aghnamullen." The incident is described under the heading Murder on St. Patrick's Night—The Murder of Owen Fox, Lisgillan, Aghnamullen Parish, March, 1866 in Melancholy Madness—a coroner's casebook, by Michelle McGoff-McCann, at pages 293–5 (Mercer Press 2003).
For some history of immigration to Ballybay from Scotland, and emigration from Ballybay to America, see my page: Presbyterian Emigrations from Ulster to South Carolina; the Cahans Exodus from Ballybay to Abbeville in 1764.
McGeoughs, and McGeoghs in the Civil Parish of Ballybay
Updated December 3, 2014
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