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This page collects my notes on the McGoughs, McGeoughs and McGeoghs in the Barony of Trough. The families are listed by the townlands in which they were located. I have included geographical descriptions of the townlands to help locate them.
The barony of Trough is made up of two civil parishes: Errigal Trough and Donagh. Errigal Trough is the northern tip of county Monaghan, which forms an arrowhead pointing into county Tyrone to the north. Errigal Trough is bordered by county Tyrone to the west, north, and east. The civil parish of Donagh is south of the eastern part of Errigal Trough, and county Armagh lies to the immediate east. The town of Emyvale is on the border of the civil parishes of Errigal Trough and Donagh. The town of Glasslough is in Donagh. In the 1600s and 1800s, there was a concentration of McGeoughs in the vicinity of Emyvale. The townlands of the parish of Errigal Trough are published on a map at pages 68 and 69 of Landscapes of South Ulster—A Parish Atlas of the Diocese of Clogher by Patrick J. Duffy (The Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University of Belfast 1993).
For most of the townlands in this page, I give a reference on the Irish National Grid. To make use of these references, I recommend that you acquire sheets 28A and 28B of the 1:50 000 maps of the Discovery Series published by Ordnance Survey Ireland.
The primary sources of the names listed below are the Tithe Applotment Books (T) from around 1826 and Griffith's Valuation (G) from around 1860. For more explanation of how the names were compiled and arranged, see my comprehensive table at McGoughs, McGeoughs, and McGeoghs in Ireland in the 182030s and 185060s: By County, Parish, and Townland. A number before a name listed below is a reference number to this table. After the name, I name the townland, parish, and county, in that order.
The International Genealogical Index (IGI) has been published on the Internet by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the website title of Family Search. The website must be searched by the entry of the name of an individual or family. The IGI is also available on microfiche at the Family History Centers sponsored by the Mormon church. To the extent I have found references in the IGI applicable to persons in these parishes, I have included them.
Included below are names listed in The Hearth Money Rolls for county Monaghan for the years 1663 and 1665. These names are printed in The History of County Monaghan for Two Hundred Years, 1660-1860, by Denis Carolan Rushe (1996 edition), Appendix I, pages 291–338, and indexed in Appendix XII, pp. 360 - 414. See Hearth Money Rolls for County Monaghan: McGeogh, McGeough, and McGogh.
John O'Donovan in a letter of May 31, 1835, published on Traynor's website under The McKenna Connection, reports on his visit to "the old Church of Errigal" in the parish of Errigal Trough (perhaps in the townland of Drumbristan). After listing the gravestones of the McKennas and Traynors, which are the most numerous, he says:
"Next to the Treners and McKennas, the most numerous families interred in the old Church of Errigal are:- 1. Conolly. 2. McKaghey, among whom the Christian name Ardel (Ardghal) appears. 3. Conlan, with a curious coat of arm. 4. Slevin 5. McCambel (Mac Cathmhaoil). 6. McElmeel (Mac Geiolla Mhaoll) in crowds. 7. Mac Avicar (Aviker). 8. Mac Geough."
The townland of Aghamackalinn (H617 491 on sheet 28B) is in the northwest quadrant of the civil parish of Errigal Trough, one kilometer east of the border with the civil parish of Clogher in county Tyrone. Aghamackalinn is 8 kilometers east by southeast of the town of Clogher, 6 kilometers west by southwest of the town of Aughnacloy, and 16 kilometers northwest of the town of Monaghan.
376 Bryan McGeough Aghamackalinn Errigal Trough Monaghan G 1860
The townland of Mullaghselsana (H620 500) adjoins and is immediately north of the townland of Aghamackalinn. Mullaghselsana is about 5 kilometers southeast of the townland of Caldrum in the civil parish of Clogher, county Tyrone, where there were an Andrew and a John McGoghey in 1825
382 Bernard McGeogh Mullaghselsana Errigal Trough Monaghan T 1826
383.1 Barney McGeough Mullaghselsana Errigal Trough Monaghan. Duffy, Landscapes, p.69; from Mullyselshinagh; listed for stations of the cross on 27 Nov 1834 (Clogher Record 1981)
383 Arthur McGeough Mullaghselsana Errigal Trough Monaghan G 1860. Rented a house, offices and 11 acres of land from Charles P. Leslie at £6.15.0.
According to a family tree furnished me by Daniel McGeough of Seattle, Washington, Arthur McGeough was married to Sara Smith. Their son was John Joseph McGeough, who was born in the townland of Mullaghselsana in 1853, and who married Bridget E. Moan on February 2, 1875, in Saint Mary's Church at Urbleshanny, Scotstown, Tydavnet parish, county Monaghan. Bridget Moan was born in 1855, probably in the townland of Killylough, parish of Tydavnet, where she was living with her father, Patrick Moan, at the time of her marriage. Her mother's maiden name was Catherine Corley. John McGough and Bridget Moan are listed by the IGI as parents of Arthur McGough born on March 3, 1877, in Ireland. The family tree furnished me by Daniel McGeough says that Arthur McGeough was born in Clara (a village near Killybrone, H648 499), county Monaghan, on February 25, 1879, and married Josephine Looney who was born on April 19, 1881, in Ballincollig, county Cork, Ireland (and died in Seattle, Washington, on November 29, 1967. A One World Family Tree on Ancestry.com names the spouse of Arthur Henry McGough as Josephine Georgia Lown, who was born on July 30, 1882 in Red Hook, Dutchess county, New York, and died in November, 1967, in Seattle, King county, Washington. The same tree says that John Joseph McGough died on December 14, 1901, in Laurel Hill, Queens, New York, and his wife, Bridget, died in the same place in March of 1920.)
The village of Clara (H633 505) is in the townland of Tavanagh (H640 505), on the border of the townland of Drumbirn to the west, and is less than 2 kilometers east by northeast of the townland of Mullaghselsana. (I assume that Clara is the place marked "school" on sheet 28A of the Discovery Series 1:50 000 map.) There is a church in Clara that is probably the place where Arthur McGeough was baptised in 1879. Clara is 2 kilometers south of the Monaghan/Tyrone (UK) border, and 4 kilometers southeast of the town of Aughnacloy in county Tyrone. Clara is a little less than 8 kilometers north by northwest of the town of Emyvale.
John Joseph McGeough and Bridget Moan emigrated to the United States, probably with their son Arthur, in 1881 or 1882, and settled in Laurel Hills, Queens, New York, where John died in 1901, and Bridget died in 1920. For the later history of this family, see the entry for John McGeough under New York, Queens County, Queens Borough, 2nd Ward, on my page: McGoughs in New York in the 1900 Census of the United States.
Another son of John Joseph McGeough and Bridget Moan, Patrick McGeough, married Sara-Agnes McHugh in Ireland, and raised a family in the parish of Tydavnet, county Monaghan. Their grandson, Hugh McGeough, was born in the parish of Tydavnet, county Monaghan, Ireland, probably between 1940 and 1950. Hugh continues to reside in Ireland. Hugh's parents were Patrick and Cassie McGeough. This Patrick died in 1987 in the townland of Clontycasta (H623 418) on the north-central boundary of the Catholic parish of Tydavnet, county Monaghan, 8 kilometers south of the townland of Mullaghselsana. Clontycasta is 6 1/2 kilometers west by southwest of Emyvale, and 6 kilometers north by northeast of Scotstown. More on this family will be found on my page Hugh McGoughs in History under "[1940?] Hugh McGeough."
The townland of Annagh is on the immediate northeast of the town of Emyvale (H678 440), which is 10 kilometers north of the town of Monaghan. Annagh is on the south border of the parish of Errigal Trough. The town of Emyvale is in the civil parish of Donagh, where four McGeoghs were listed by Griffith's Valuation in 1860..
377 John McGeogh Annagh Errigal Trough Monaghan G 1860
378 John McGeogh Annagh Errigal Trough Monaghan T 1826
The townland of Kilnageer (H680 4580) is immediately north of the townland of Annagh, and less than 2 kilometers north of the town of Emyvale.
381 John McGeogh Kilnageer Errigal Trough Monaghan G 1860. This is probably the same family as 377 and 378.
The townland of Ballynahone is on the east boundary of the civil parish of Errigal Trough, 3 kilometers east of the townland of Kilnageer, and 4 kilometers northeast of the town of Emyvale.
379 Patrick McGeough Ballynahone Errigal Trough Monaghan G 1860. He rented a house from Robert Smyth for £1 a year.
The townland of Davagh Etra (H650 442) is 3 kilometers west of the town of Emyvale.
Bryan McGeough Davagh Etra Errigal Trough Monaghan. From the Hearth Money Rolls for 1665, as published by Rushe, page 327, list the townland as Davagh Itra. (There is also a Davagh Otra.)
The townland of Tonynumery adjoins the townland of Davagh Etra to the southeast, and is one kilometer west of the town of Emyvale.
Patrick McGeough Tonynumery Errigal Trough Monaghan. In 1704, was surety for a priest who resided in Drummadigan (probably Dunmadigan which adjoins both Davagh Etra and Tonynumery to the north); Rushe, p. 32, lists the townland as Tonnynumery.
The townland of Elvey (H672 485) is 4 1/2 kilometers north of the town of Emyvale.
Torlogh McGeogh Elvey Errigal Trough Monaghan. From the Hearth Money Rolls for 1665, as published by Rushe, page 326. A Torlogh McGorke was listed in the Hearth money Rolls for 1663; probably the same person.
The townland of Glassmullagh (H660 473) is 4 kilometers north by northwest of the town of Emyvale and only a little over a kilometer east by southeast of the townland of Elvey.
Dunsleve McGeough Glassmullagh Errigal Trough Monaghan. From the Hearth Money Rolls for 1665 as reported by Rushe, page 326. A Dunsleve McGorky was listed in the Hearth Money Rolls for 1663; probably the same person.
The townland of Glen More (H 610 468) is in the southwest quadrant of the parish of Errigal Trough, about 10 kilometers west by northwest of Emyvale.
Gillernew McGorke is listed in Glen More by the Hearth Money Rolls for 1663. Since the Torlogh McGorke listed in Elvey in 1653 was listed as Torlogh McGeogh in 1665, and the Dunsleve McGorky, listed in Glassmulagh in 1663, was later listed as McGeough, Gillernew McGorke may have been a McGeough/McGeough. The will of a Gildernew McGeough is listed in the Super Index of Irish Wills, 1270–1860, a compilation of Irish will indexes by Gloria Bangerter. The year in which the will is listed is 1718 in what my notes show to be the townland of Knocknaroy, Armagh. The only townland in county Armagh (or diocese of Armagh) that now has a similar name is Knockaconey. Almost certainly, the reference in the index of Irish wills is to the townland of Knocknaroy, which forms the northern tip of the parish of Aghaloo, barony of Dungannon Lower, county Tyrone. The townland of Knocknaroy is immediately west the townland of Carrycastle in the parish of Clonfeacle, county Tyrone. See the parish of Aghaloo on my page: McGoughs, McGeoughs and McGoughs in County Tyrone. The townland of Knoknaroy in county Tyrone is at Irish grid H731 555 on sheet 19, Armagh, in the 1:50 000 Discoverer Series published by the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland, about 8 kilometers east by northeast of the town of Aughacloy on the Monaghan/Tyrone border. The townland of Glen More in county Monaghan is about 10 kilometers southwest of Augnacloy, so Glen More and Knocknaroy are only about about 18 kilometers, or about eleven miles, apart.
Knockconan—District of Ballyoisin
The district of Ballyoisin includes the townland of Knockconan in the civil parish of Errigal Trough. There is a Catholic church in the townland of Knockconan (H676 470), which is 3 kilometers north of the town of Emyvale, a kilometer east of Glassmullagh, and 1 1/2 kilometers south of the townland of Elvey. For a townland map and a photograph of Ballyoisin church, go to McKenna Country.
Ann McGeough. The IGI lists a marriage of Patrick McKenna and Ann McGeough in "Ballyushen" in county Monaghan on January 24, 1864. The reference doubtless should be to "Ballyoisin," especially since Ballyoisin is considered part of McKenna Country. (Art McKenna was recorded in 1591 as a freeholder owning seven townlands in the Ballyoisin district. near Emyvale.) Ann McGeogh's father is listed as Bernard McGeogh.
Patrick McGeogh is listed by the IGI as marrying Mary McKenna at "Ballyushen" on January 10, 1864. Ann McGeogh, who married Patrick McKenna on January 24, 1864, may have been a sister of this Patrick McGeogh. Patrick's father was also Bernard McGeogh.
[Henry McGeough and Maria McKenna are listed by the IGI as the parents of Mary Ann McGeough born in "Monaghan, Ireland" on May 9, 1873.]
[John McGeough and Annie McGeough McKenna are listed by the IGI as parents of John McGeough born in "Monaghan, Ireland" on August 13, 1876.]
[Peter McGeough and Catherine McKenna are listed by the IGI as the parents of Mary McGough born in "Monaghan, Ireland" on February 3, 1870.]
The townland of Killybrone (H647 499) is 3 kilometers east of the townland of Mullaghselsana (above), 5 kilometers west by southwest of the town of Aughnacloy, and 7 kilometers north by northwest of the town of Emyvale.
380 Catherine McGeogh Killybrone Errigal Trough Monaghan G 1860. Rented a house and no land from Neal McKenna for five shillings. Neal McKenna rented 15 acres from Lord Cremorne. Ann McGeough Harney says that she is of the same family as John McGeogh (#377 and 378) in the townland of Annagh at Emyvale, and that she has visited with members of this family in Emyvale.
The townland of Ralaghan is on the east border of the civil parish of Errigal Trough and of county Monaghan, and abuts county Tyrone to the east. Ralaghan is 4 kilometers northeast of the town of Emyvale, and 5 kilometers southeast of the town of Aughnacloy.
384 James McGeogh Ralaghan Errigal Trough Monaghan G 1860. Probably the same person as James McGeough #385
385 James McGeough Ralaghan Errigal Trough Monaghan G 1860. He rented a half acre of land from Anne Kelly at 5 shillings. Probably the same person as James McGeogh #384.
John McGoff, Sesskilgreen, Errigal Trough, Monaghan, G 1860.
The town of Emyvale is in the townland of Scarnageerah, also known as Emyvale, at the central part of the northern border of the civil parish of Donagh. To the immediate north is the civil parish of Errigal Trough, Since many McGough/McGeoughs in the civil parish of Errigal Trough were close to the town of Emyvale, I start my listing of those in the civil parish of Donagh with the town of Emyvale and fan out from there.
335 Bridget McGeogh Town of Emyvale, Donagh Monaghan G 1860. Rented a house from James Smart at £1.0.0.
336 Michael McGeogh Town of Emyvale Donagh Monaghan G 1860. Rented a house, yard and garden (1/2 acre of land) from representatives of James Anketell at £1.10.0.
337 Myles McGeogh Town of Emyvale Donagh Monaghan G 1860
338 Owen McGeogh Town of Emyvale Donagh Monaghan G 1860 Rented a house from Thomas Wright at £0.15.0.
The townland of Cornacreeve (H674 431) adjoins the town of Emyvale to the south.
334 James McGeogh Cornacreeve Donagh Monaghan T 1826
The town of Glaslough (H716 416) is 8 kilometers northeast of the town of Monaghan, and 5 kilometers southeast of the town of Emyvale. The townland of Glasslough includes the eastern part of the town, and lies to the east of the town.
339 Thomas McGough Glaslough Donagh Monaghan T 1826
Peter McGeough and Sarah Markey are listed in the IGI as parents of Mary McGeough born in Glaslough, Monaghan, on April 15, 1866.
Peter McGeough and Catherine Malcolm are listed in the IGI as parents of Catherine McGeough born in Glaslough, Monaghan, on July 4, 1872.
Richard McGeogh and Anne Traynor are listed in the IGI as parents of Mary Anne McGeogh born in Glaslough, Monaghan, on April 20, 1864; and Richard McGeough and Anne Treanor are listed as parents of Susan McGeough born in Glaslough, Monaghan, on September 15, 1866. [Patrick McGough and Mary Treanor are listed by the IGI as parents of Anne McGough born on May 2, 1871, in Ireland. Patrick McGeogh and Mary Treanor are listed by IGI as parents of Sarah McGeogh born in Ireland on June 20, 1875.]
The townland of Belderg (H676 398) is 5 kilometers south of the town of Emyvale, 6 kilometers north of the town of Monaghan, and 4 1/2 kilometers southwest of the town of Glaslough.
333 Peter McGeogh Belderg Donagh Monaghan G 1860. Rented a house, offices and 18 acres of land from Charles P. Leslie at £14.10.0.
Peter McGough of Belderg, Donagh parish, county Monaghan, was a neighbor of James and Robert Shaw, who shared a home in Belderg, Donagh parish. James and Robert Shaw were both shot in the head at close range and killed at the front door of their home on the night of January 3, 1861. The bodies were discovered on the afternoon of January 4, 1861. Peter McGough (also spelled in the book as McGeough) was the only person who could provide direct testimony as to the identity of the murderers—he told police he believed he'd heard the voice of Richard Jackson calling for the brothers on the night of the murder. "I live with 100 perches of the Shaw brothers." William Shaw, a brother of the murdered men, inherited the leasehold estates to two small but prosperous farms upon his brothers' deaths. William Shaw was suspected in the community as the perpetrator of the murders, and had been arrested but was not charged with the crime. No one was ever prosecuted for the murders. The incident is described under the heading: Double Homicide Over Land, Money and a Kept Woman,—The Unsolved murder of James and Robert Shaw, Belderg, Donagh Parish, 1861, in Melancholy Madness—a coroner's casebook, by Michelle McGoff-McCann, at pages 268–274 (Mercer Press 2003). The book mentions that Peter McGeogh's wife was Catherine. As mentioned under Glaslough, above, Peter McGeough and Catherine Malcolm are listed in the IGI as parents of Catherine McGeough born in Glasslough, Monaghan, on July 4, 1872.
Griffiths Valuation of Ireland—Donagh, County Monaghan (1860) lists Peter McGeogh and Robert Shaw as holding land in Belderg, James Shaw in Lisboy and Tirnaneill, and William Shaw in Lisboy.
John McGough. Susan McGough of Penn State University, in an Internet posting, says that a first cousin of her father, James McGough, was "Big Jim McGough." Her father was "Little Jim." These two cousins were "vastly different in age." "My father's father, John, was a mason, and came from Glaslough, Belderg, Co. Monaghan. They lived in Brooklyn."
The townland of Knockronaghan (H668 408) is a little over a kilometer northwest of the townland of Belderg and a little over three kilometers south of the town of Emyvale.
340 Patrick McGeogh Knockronaghan Donagh Monaghan G 1860. Rented a house from David Hust at 10 shillings a year. Hust rented 3 acres from Mathew J. Anketell.
and McGeoghs in the Barony of Trough, County Monaghan
Updated September 25, 2011
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