McIntyre Farm, Lislea

McIntyre Farm, Lislea
Farm vacant in 1998

About Lawrence McIntyre and Mary Ginty

About Lawrence McIntyre and Mary Ginty

Lawrence McIntyre was baptized (and possibly born) on August 12, 1854 in Lislea, Kilmacteige Parish, County Sligo, Ireland. His parents are listed as Michael McIntyre and Mary McIntyre on his baptismal record. No other information about his parents is known with the exception of a possible nephew or cousin, Patrick McIntyre, who came to the U.S in 1863.

Lawrence's wife, Mary Ginty, was born September 3, 1850 in Carrowbeg, Killasser, County Mayo, Ireland. Her parents are John Ginty and Margaret Convey(Conway). In addition to their daughter Mary, they had three other children: Margaret (Bridget), Catherine and Patrick.

Lawrence and Mary were married in Killasser on March 1, 1877 and resided in Lislea where they raised their family. They had six known children, all born in Ireland. Thomas Joseph (1878-1939); Catherine (1879-c1915); Mary (1881-1927); Bridget (1881-c1945); Lawrence J. (1890-1943); and John (c1892-?). Lawrence and Mary died in Ireland in the early 1930s.

The descendents of Patrick McIntyre (c1831-1901), mentioned above, and his wife Bridget Stevens (c1833-1908) are also represented on this McIntyre-Ginty Blog. Patrick's farm in Lislea, County Sligo, was to the right of the house in the photo at the top of this page. A separate blog has also been created for Patrick and Bridget and may be viewed at

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mary Ginty McIntyre's Sibling - Patrick

It is believed that John Ginty and Margaret (Peggy) Conway had a fourth child and a son.
Patrick Ginty

On the 1901 Irish Census for the Townland of Carrowbeg, Parish of Killasser in the entry for Edward and Bridget O'Donnell, in addition to their daughter Bridget, is listed a Patrick Ginty.  He is noted as Brother-in-Law. This would make him Bridget (Margaret) Ginty O'Donnell's brother.  It states he cannot read and his age is 40, giving him a birth year of approximately 1861.   It states that he is a farmer's son, not married and born in County Mayo. Further, it is noted that he is an Idiot. The form is signed by Edward O'Donnell.

County Mayo, Swinford, Cuildoo, Carrowbeg Townland, Parish Killasser

In the 1911 Irish Census for the Townland of Carrowbeg, Parish of Killasser in the entry for Edward and Bridget O'Donnell, again their daughter Bridget is listed along with the brother-in-law, Patrick Ginty.  However, this time his age is given as 69 giving him a birth year circa 1842.  This year is probably closer to an actual year.

It is noted in the report from the Mayo North Family History Centre report that the earliest records for Killasser are for the year 1847.  This most likely accounts for no baptismal record for Patrick Ginty.  He is believed to be the oldest of the children of John Ginty and Margaret Conway.

It is interesting that when Thomas J. McIntyre, CM was collecting genealogical information, no mention of the existence of Patrick Ginty was made.

In 2011, at a luncheon with Sally Ruane Gilger, I asked if she knew anything about a Patrick Ginty.  She said she thought he might have been a change-of-life baby for Bridget Ginty O'Donnell (her grandmother) and he possibly had Down's Syndrome.  So, perhaps the age given in the 1901 Irish Census was more accurate and he was born c1861, i.e., the last of the O'Donnell/Ginty children.  But, if so, there should be a baptismal record for him.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mary Ginty McIntyre's Sibling - Margaret

The third child of John Ginty and Margaret (Peggy) Convey:

Margaret (Bridget) Ginty O'Donnell

Margaret was baptised in the Roman Catholic Parish of Killasser on the 20th of March 1853.  Sponsors were James Ginty and Mary Cahill.  Margaret was known for most of her life as Bridget.

Margaret "Bridget" married Edward O'Donnell, c 1892.  They had at least one child: Bridget "Bea" O'Donnell born c 1897.  The child Bridget "Bea" married James Ruane.   

Margaret died c 1931 and her husband, Edward O'Donnell, died c 1946.

Sources: Mayo North Family Heritage Centre, December 8, 1998 and Family Tree produced by Thomas J. McIntyre, CM, c 1990.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Mary Ginty McIntyre's Sibling - Catherine

John Ginty and Margaret (Peggy) Convey had four known children.  The oldest child was:

Catherine Ginty Madden

Catherine was born circa 1849 as per 1901 Irish Census of Population Returns.  Catherine married Thomas Madden, son of Thomas Madden from Lahardane in Killasser. They were married in Killasser Roman Catholic church on the 2nd of February 1867.  The ceremony was performed by Reverend John Finn and witnessed by Michael O'Donnell and Mary Durkin.  In the 1901 Irish Census, Catherine Madden (nee Ginty) is recorded as being a widow aged 52 years.

A Thomas Madden, a 55-year old married man was found dead in Crohan Lake on Monday morning the 1st of August 1898.  His death was registered by Edmond C. Kelly, coroner for Co. Mayo.  It is believed that this is the husband of Catherine.

Thomas and Catherine had eight known children:
1.  Mary, baptized on the 4th of December 1867.   Sponsors were Pat Madden and Mary Ginty
2.  Bridget, baptized on the 2nd of January 1869.  Sponsors were Thomas Ginty and Mary Kennedy.
3.  Michael, baptized on the 11th of August 1870.  Sponsors were James Madden and Mary Ginty.
4.  John, baptized on the 24th of September 1870.  Sponsors were John Ginty and Mary Kennedy.
5.  Thomas, baptized on the 24th of September 1871.  Sponsors were Michael and Mary Ginty.
6.  Pat, baptized on the 15th of January 1876.  Sponsors were Richard Madden and Mary Ginty.
7.  James, baptized on the 19th of November 1879.  Sponsors were unknown and Kate Sheeran.  James died on the 11th of December 1879 aged 1 month from convulsions.  His father Thomas registered the death.
8.  James, baptized on the 2nd of December 1880.  Sponsors were Michael Madden and Bridget Ginty.

Source: All information compiled by the Mayo North Family History Centre, December 7, 1998.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Daughters of Bridget McIntyre and P. Billy Haran

Bridget McIntyre and Billy Haran had five daughters, all born in Ireland. This photo was taken c1970s and was part of Thomas J. McIntyre, CM's collection. Pictured above from left to right are: Annie Haran Brennen (1913-2004), Mary "May" Haran Crane (1912-2005), Bridget "Bridie" Haran Heffernan (1915-1993), Josephine "Josie" Haran O'Malley Pointing (1917-2004), and Tessie Haran Cafferty (1914-2004).

I had the opportunity to meet Tessie and Bridie at the Haran (McIntyre) Farm in Lislea, when I visited Ireland in the early 1980s and to meet the rest of the sisters when I was in London in 1997. They were all lovely ladies.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Lawrence J. McIntyre, Death Certificate, 1943

Thomas J. McIntyre's brother Lawrence J. McIntyre was the husband of Lillian O'Brien.  He was found dead at 506 N. Clark, Chicago on November 6, 1943. The doctor determined he died of chronic myocarditis, i.e., heart attack. The informant on the death certificate is his wife Lillian O'Brien McIntyre. This document is a good example of misinformation or incorrect information on a death certificate.

Lillian did not know her husband's birthday so his age is guessed at 45. It was off by a few years. He was born cMay 18, 1890, making him 53. She listed his father as Lawrence McIntyre, County Sligo (the person filling out the document wrote "Slago") and his mother as Margaret Madden. Only because I have Lawrence's baptismal record do I know that Margaret Madden was his godmother not his mother. His biological mother was Mary Ginty McIntyre, born in County Mayo. Lillian probably never met Lawrence's mother who never came to the US, and Lillian probably heard him speak of Margaret Madden and thought that was his mother's name.

Lawrence is buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois,  Lot 59, Blk 17, Sec 37, Gr 2, in an unmarked grave.
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thomas J. McIntyre, Birth Certificate, 1878

When I was in Ireland in 1998, I went to the records office in Dublin to see if I could get a copy of Thomas McIntyre's birth certificate. I supplied the birth date of April 14, 1878. When the clerk came out with the certificate, it said, July 14, 1878. I thought this odd, but all the rest of the information agreed. I later learned that parents were fined if they didn't register the birth of their child within three months. Noting the date of registration as September 17, 1878, it became evident that his parent just "altered" the birth date to prevent from being fined. Since that time, I have seen this same occurrence in other individuals born in the 1800s.
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McIntyre-O'Brien Marriage License, 1916

Lawrence J. McIntyre, son of Lawrence McIntyre and Mary Ginty, married Lillian O'Brien, parents unknown, on June 7, 1916 at St. Pius V Church located at 1919 S. Ashland, Chicago, Illinois.  Lawrence and Lillian had two children: Margaret McIntyre born April 6, 1917 and Lawrence McIntyre born April, 1919.
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Friday, May 7, 2010

Origin of Ginty and McIntyre Names

"In the sixteenth century, MacGinty was found mainly in County Donegal in the province of Ulster, but it is now a rare surname in any part of Ireland.  In Irish it was Mag Fhinneachta, meaning fair, or blond haired as the snow. There were many variation of the name, of which Maginnity, MacGinity and Ginty are probably the most notable.

"The late Dr. Edward MacLysaght, a pioneer of the study of Irish surnames, says that MacEntee has no connection whatever with MacGinty, although the two names certainly do sound alike.

"Because of the mass migration of family from County Donegal at the time of the plantation of Ulster, the MacGintys were driven south and settled in Connacht, where they became fairly numerous in the counties of Mayo and Clare.

"Remarkably little has been recorded of this ancient family.  Percy French, the famous painter, comedian and songwriter from County Roscommon, immortalized the name in his ballad, 'Paddy McGinty's Goat,' who had a taste for their bustles hanging out on the line to dry!"

Grehan, Ida. The Dictionary of Irish Family Names, 1997, Roberts Rinehart Publishers, pages 227-228.

"The name Mac an tSaoir originated both in Northern Ireland and Scotland.  In Ireland, it has gone through a variety of transformations, of which MacAteer is the most common, especially in counties Antrim, Donegal and Armagh -- where there is a townland called Ballymaccateer.  Mac an tSaoir means son of the tradesman and it is very likely that the Irish name, Carpenter, also derives from MacAteer.  Both MacIntyre and MacAteer are more plentiful in the north than in the south of Ireland.  In County Mayo there is a Carrickmacintyre (MacIntyre's Rock), but Cahermackateer is a County Clare placename.

"St. Kieran, who founded the famous Abbey of Clonmacnoise in AD 541, was known as Mac an tSaoir long before the establishment of surnames, designating his father as a craftsman.  Michael Mac an tSaoir was Bishop of Clogher in County Tyrone from 1268 to 1287."

Grehan, Ida.  The Dictionary of Irish Family Names, Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1997, page 233.

John Ginty, Griffith's Valuation, 1855-1857

In an effort to value Ireland's land to secure an unbiased and equitable tax base for the wealthy and poor alike, Richard Griffith completed his monumental undertaking in the mid-1800s to collect specific valuation details to enable grand juries and Poor Law Guardians to set their tax rates. During the plotting of a tenement, the surveyor asked the occupant or the landlord, "What is the rent?" and "How is the tenement held [i.e., by lease, by the year, owned]? and entered these details in his notebook.

The Tenement Valuation in county Mayo began in 1855 and was completed in 1857. In the Civil Parish of Killasser, Townland of Carrowbeg, John Ginty, Mary Ginty's father, is listed as leasing land, a house and office/she from Edward Baxter. Edward Baxter, the owner of the land, lived in Dundee, Scotland and owned a total of 2,151 acres of land situated in County Mayo. John Ginty, for his property, paid an annual valuation of £8.

Killasser Catholic Parish, Swinford, County Mayo

The Ginty family were members of the Killasser Catholic Parish, Swinford, County Mayo.  Some history of the Parish from its website:

"The rural parish of Killasser is situated north of Swinford in County Mayo. To the north of the parish lie the spectacular Ox Mountains, and to its south flows the River Moy. Killasser takes its name from Cill Lasrach, meaning “the church of Lasair”. St Lasair established a church here in the 8th Century, the ruins of which can be found in Killasser cemetery in the townland of Knockmullin. The richness and variety of archaeological monuments in the parish, with evidence of human activity here going back 5000 years, has made Killasser well known to many outside County Mayo.

"Today, Killasser is served by two fine churches. The parish church, dedicated to All Saints, and situated in the townland of Listernan, was built in 1832. Its anchor-shaped design is unique in Ireland. The church of St Thomas, in the “half parish” of Callow, was built in 1811. It is prominently situated overlooking the picturesque waters of Callow Lough Upper and Lower. The church has beautiful stained glass windows, including a window depicting St Patrick from the studio of Harry Clarke.

"Located near the parish church of All Saints is the Killasser Community Centre, with its many facilities, opened in 1980.  In recent years, the very fine Hennigan’s Heritage Centre has been established in the parish of Killasser. Here can be traced the archaeological and social history of the parish.

"Further information about the parish can be found at (This website has photos of the area and is worth a look.)  Also recommended are three publications “Killasser-a history” and “The Archaeological Heritage of Killasser, Co Mayo”, both by Bernard O’Hara, and “Callow School Reunion – A Celebration”, all currently out of print but available at local libraries.

"Ancient Ecclesiastical Sites: The ruined remains of a very ancient church are to be found in Cill Seisneáin in the townland of Graffy.  Other more recent remains are situated on the hill of Srón in nearby  Carrowneden. Mass is celebrated in alternate years at each church  site around mid summers day."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mary Ginty, Baptismal Record, 1850

Mary Ginty was baptized on September 3, 1850 at Killasser Roman Catholic Church, County Mayo, Ireland. Her parents John Ginty and Peggy Conway (Convey) are noted as well as her sponsors Thomas Ginty and Mary Cahill. This entry is recorded in the early pages of the Baptismal Register of the Parish and therefore damaged due to age and wear.
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Lawrence McIntyre and Mary Ginty Marriage Record, 1877

From the Killasser Roman Catholic Parish Marriage Register, County Mayo, Ireland, the entry for March 1, 1877 shows the recording of Law(rence) McEntire and Mary Ginty's marriage. They were married by E. H. Carrington, Catholic Curate.  Witnesses are John Conway and Maria Convey (Conway).  Following the marriage, Lawrence and Mary resided in Lislea, Kilmacteige Parish, County Sligo, Ireland, the townland from which Lawrence came.
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Mary McIntyre Egan, Cemetery Headstone, 1927

Mary McIntyre Egan died March 8, 1927 and was buried on March 10 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth, Illinois.  She is buried in a single grave 97, block 10, section 5.  GPS coordinates: N 41 degrees, 41 minutes, 15.0 seconds; W 87degrees, 46 minutes, 21.7 seconds; Altitude: 610 feet.

Her husband, Daniel J. Egan remarried and is also buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery with his second wife, Ellen "Nellie" and one of their daughters, Catherine F. Egan.  Daniel died November 7, 1960. He is buried in lot 5, block 12, section 58.  GPS coordinates: N 41 degrees, 41 minutes, 11.3 seconds; W 87 degrees, 46 minutes, 26.6 seconds; altitude 580 feet.

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Mary McIntyre Egan, 1923

This is the only photo I have of Mary McIntyre Egan. It is from her 1923 U. S. Passport Application.
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Mary McIntyre Egan, 1923 Passport Application, Page 1

Mary McIntyre Egan applied for a passport in 1923 to travel with her brother, Thomas J., and his family so they could all visit Mary and Thomas' parents in Ireland.

The text of the document reads:
I, Mary Egan, a naturalized and Loyal Citizen of the United States, hereby apply to the Department of State, at Washington, for a passport.  Married Sept. 6, 1914.

I solemnly swear that I was born at Aclare, Co. Sligo, Ireland on or about the first day of August, 1886; that my husband, Daniel J. Egan was born in Ireland that he emigrated to the United States, sailing on board the Etruria from Queenstown, Ireland on or about December 1st, 1906; that he resided 16 1/2 years, uninterruptedly, in the United States, from 1906 to 1923 at Chicago, Ill.; that he was naturalized as a citizen of the United States before the Circuit Court of Chicago at Ill. Cook County, on 29 August, 1912 as shown by the accompanying Certificate of Naturalization; that I am the wife of the person described in said Certificate; that I have resided in the United States uninterruptedly, for 14 1/2 years, from 1908 to 1923, at Chicago, Ill.; that I am domiciled in the United States, my permanent residence being at 3722 Emerald ave, Chicago in the State of Illinois, where I follow the occupation of House Wife.  My last passport was obtained from (None).

I am about to go abroad temporarily; and intend to return to the United States within four months with the purpose of residing and performing the duties of citizenship therein; and that I desire a passport for use in visiting the countries hereinafter named for the following purpose:
Name of Country: Ireland       Object of visit: Visit Parents

The passport was issued June 18, 1923.

Mary McIntyre Egan, 1923 Passport Application, Page 2

On the reverse side of Mary McIntyre Egan's passport application her description is given and her brother, Thomas J., verifies the information provided.

She is described as 37 years old, five feet, three inches tall, with a small forehead and mouth, and a medium chin. Her hair is black, eyes grayish brown and she has a stub nose.  She has a small face with a fair complexion.

Her brother, Thomas McIntyre, provides identification for the passport on June 12, 1923:

Thomas McIntyre, solemnly swear that I am a naturalized citizen of the United States; that I reside at 3256 W. Harrison St.; that I have known the above-named Mrs. Mary Egan personally for 2 years and know her to be "the" of the person referred to in the within-described certificate of naturalization; and that the facts stated in his affidavit are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

It is signed: Thomas McIntyre, Motorman, 3256 Harrison St.

It is interesting that Thomas states he has only known her for two years, even thought he is her brother and has obviously known her his entire life.
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Bridget McIntyre Haran, Late 1930s

This photo was given to Cathy Heuck when she was in Ireland in the 1990s. The daughter of Lawrence and Mary (Ginty) McIntyre, Bridget McIntyre Haran (1881-1945) (seated) is the twin sister of Mary McIntyre Egan. The photo was was taken in Ireland, possibly on the farm in Lislea where she lived. Standing from left to right shows: Annie Haran Brennan (1913-2003), Mary Ruane Glazier (1922-?), Mary Haran Crane (1912-2005), and Bridget "Bridie" Haran Heffernan (1915-1993). Annie, Mary and Bridie are Bridget's daughters and Mary Ruane is her niece and the sister of Sally Ruane Gilger.
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Lawrence McIntyre, Declaraton of Intention, 1909

Lawrence (Laurence) McIntyre, son of Lawrence and Mary (Ginty) McIntyre, applied for US citizenship at the age of 18.  He states on his Declaration of Intention that he arrived in the United States on April 29, 1909 at the port of New York on the vessel Majestic. As you can see from the date of the document, within two weeks of arriving in America, he has filed his intention to become a citizen. The document provides the following description: He is five feet, nine inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, has a dark completion, dark brown hair and greyish-blue eyes. He is residing at 35 Flournoy Street in Chicago, where his brother Thomas J. McIntyre also is living as noted elsewhere on Lawrence's passenger list.
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