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Title: James McCafferty, L. Lancaster City, to "Dear Uncle"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemccafferty, james/39
SenderMcCafferty, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLancaster, Penn., USA
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2345/8: Copied by Permission of Dr E.R.R. Green, Department of History, Manchester University
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9510055
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 12:10:95.
Word Count681
TranscriptJames McCafferty
L. Lancaster City
North America
Lancaster June the 5th 1858

Dear Uncle I hope to god that you have recovered your
health as P was told yesterday by Pat O'Neill's son in law that
he was at your office some time back and could not see you your
health was so bad. I do not expect my dear mother to put past
many days now she is warm to the last state I am now fifty weeks
that I never was one sight from her bedroom and has to lift her
like a child I am sorry to tell you that my son Patrick is at
last left me and off to sea with the Murray's which has broke my
heart I would [have?] been happy to have seen him dead rather
than to see him with them. An old flaming strumpet named Nancy
quin [Quinn?] and Edm [Edmund?] Black's Wife and Catherine
Black. She never seen him but she were advising him to go to his
uncles to sea so she made him be of no good to me and I loved
him dearly And now he is lost on me forever I am Intend
[intending?] to try to commit him to good for disobedience may
the almighty god restore you to your health is the wishes of
Edw [Edward?] McAlister
Hugh Logan= James Logan = Jane Thornton
Kitty Logan = John Collins William = Elle Johnstone James =
Jane Rankin
Hugh Collison James Logan Rasharkin William
Hugh Smith
Born in 1790-went to
N. America in 1799
Died in 1825
John Keeshan = Kitty Logan
[___?] Calhoun of
[Portvan?] Parish
of Finvoy
Hugh Calhoun
Born about 1760
Sailed to N. America in 1799
And in 1825 aged 62 years bought
an extensive property in Real
Estate [___?] Bank [___?]

John O'Rawe, son of Brian O'Rawe of Ballymena (1750-1831) and
his wife Nellie MacManus. Fought in 1798 in the Battle of Antrim
under Henry Joy McCracken, was taken prisoner and brought to be
hanged in his mother's doorway, escaped and lay hidden in
Knockanour. John O'Rawe's father , Brian, took part in the
Rising on the side of the Crown (See "Old Ballymena", published
by the Ballymena Observer" in 1928). John o'rawe's grand-niece,
Mrs Minnie MacNally, remembered another letter from him in which
he said he had had the honour of firing the first gun at the
English frigate .... in the battle of ........Bay in the war of
1812. Though I remember that my aunt, Mrs MacNally, in telling
me this knew both the name of the frigate and the battle I have
long since forgotten them. O'Rawe was a member of the A.C.H. of
Charleston, I think, which was then a benevolent society. He
never married and returned to Ireland, dying in Ballymena in
1841. There is a silhouette of O'Rawe, which I am sure I could
have photographed if the museum would like a copy. Any further
information about his service in the American navy would of
course be of great interest to us.
Henry O'Loane, son of Laurence O'Loan ofBallylesson, Ballymena.
His sister, Grace, married Thomas MasAuley of Crumlin, Co.
Antrim. His letter is addressed to Thomas's and Grace's daughter
Margaret Jane. They had two other children, Catherine and John.
Margaret Jane married James O'Rawe, brother to John O'Rawe
above. They had two children, both girls, one of whom, Ellen,
who married James Moore, had eight children, one of whom, Agnes,
married my father, Eoin MacNeill. Catherine married MacGill of
[Unnshna?] Carnlough, Co.Antrim. John went to America where he
is said to have died circa 1879 unmarried a wealthy man probably
in Rochester, New Jersey.

Hugh Calhoun. I have put together a bundle of papers which
appear, from the scribbled genealogies, to refer to his maternal
relations, with McCafferty's original letter, in case they may
be of interest. As these are originals I would like their
return. Calhoun is a Gaelic name O Cathluain meaning
battle-hound or hero, or battle-joyful, a Breifny surname, now
dispersed through Ulster. The Ui Cathluain are mentioned in the
annals of the year 1145. See Dr Patrick Woulfe's "Irish Names
and Surnames".