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McCarthy Name Study

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Surnames/tags: McCarthy MacCarthy McCarty
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The goal of this project is to find every non-living person with this surname and make a wikitree profile for them. We are especially interested in the McCarthy/MacCarthy Family from West County Cork, where they have been powerful landlords since the time of Cromwell or before. They were known as McCarthy Reigh, or McCarthy the Great and they controlled much of West Cork in their day. Our most recent generations include Ellen Troy McCarthy who married William McCarthy and is the mother of Hannah Marie "Rosie" McCarthy Ahern, recently deceased, of Top Cross in Lisgoold Parish in northern County Cork. We would like to find all of their McCarthy ancestors back to their earliest McCarthy kin.


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My g-g-gfather, Patrick McCarthy, was born ~1810 in Tuosist Parish, County Kerry, in the area between Bunaw and Lauragh. Not exactly western Cork, but eastern Kerry. I realize the limited mobility of most people during that time, but as Steven Wright said, "Anyplace is within walking distance if you have enough time...". An associate has helped me identify over a hundred McCarthys from that area; from the 1800's to the present. (Ok, she's done most of the work....). My Ancestry dna test has only identified one person connecting me to the area; but I think that is more a function of (a) not many people taking the same dna test, and (b) those that have done so, have not shared their results, or made a family tree to identify matches. If this can help your study, or others, let me know. Also, I feel we've exhausted the availability of free, on-line information sources, and haven't gone any further back than Patrick. If there are more local, Irish sources of info available, I would certainly welcome them.
posted by Michael McCarthy
My ancestor, Mary Ann McCarthy (c.1839 - 1907), emigrated from Waterford, Ireland to Nova Scotia, likely sometime between 1850 - 59, as she married Jacques Georges Burridge (1828 - 1863) in 1859. We don't know where she landed, and I can't find her name on passenger ships departing from Cork. She named her first two children Joanna and Daniel, which are probably old family names (given she married into a french / Acadian family). I would love to know when she came over (likely due to the Great Famine), and if she came alone. There don't seem to be any McCarthy names on the passenger lists that I've accessed for Halifax or Saint John, New Brunswick. Thanks for any help! I'm hoping to visit Ireland one day, and would love to know where Mary Ann came from.
posted by Sheila Boudreau
My paternal grandmother was, Katherine McCarthy Touhey, born in 1896 in Oswego, NY. Her father, John McCarthy was born August 16, 1863 in England. I have seen in various census that his parents were born in Ireland, and others that say England. I believe he immigrated to NY in 1869. My gedmatch is A308811. I would love to figure out this part of my family tree.

Meg Touhey Schulz Minnesota

posted by Meg (Touhey) Schulz
Researching the McCarthys from the Kilgarvan-Kenmare area of County Kerry, IRE
posted by John Wladis
Will submit when possible. I know that my history is McCarthy/Hannan/Ryan going back many generations
posted by Karen Russell
I am told that our clan if of McCarthy Mor/More(?spelling) descent, and was situated around Blarney Castle area. Is this correct or just a load of "blarney"? Lauren McCarthy Baker
Hi how do you feel about including Irish born Carters?

My gg Carter-14124 was known as Cortter in his first years in Australia, with the name changing to Carter. Thanks Mary

posted by Elsie Gorman
My maternal grandmother is a McCarthy from Heir Island, near Skibbereen, west Cork. There were 2 or 3 McCarthy clans on the island; we are the "Mountain McCarthys".

Heir Island is also known as Inis O Drisceoll and Hare Island.

PLEASE NOTE - It was a common practice of islanders to NOT register births (they went by boat and foot to the church on the mainland as soon as possible to baptise the baby), so a baptismal cert is the only proof of birth.

Mc Carthy is the most common name in County Cork, the largest county in Ireland.

I am descended from McCarthy Mountain clan of Heir Island, Skibbereen, County Cork.

posted by Lynne Colson
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