Francis McCABE, 17821862 (aged 79 years)

Name
Francis /McCABE/
Given names
Francis
Surname
McCABE
Birth
Note: Francis' service record indicates he was born on the Townland Aghnalart in the parish of Magheracloone. He returned there after his service ended. Aghnalart means "Eagles Ford" in Irish.

Francis' service record indicates he was born on the Townland Aghnalart in the parish of Magheracloone. He returned there after his service ended. Aghnalart means "Eagles Ford" in Irish.
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Marriage
Note: Catholic records for Magheracloone parishes are nonexistent before 1827 - hence no information is available on this marriage. It is possible that Sarah Richards was Francis' second wife since there is a large difference in ages between Francis Jr and his younger siblings. In 1827, when Francis applied for land in Toronto, he stated he had 3 sons and 2 daughters. So there is one son and one daughter whose names are unknown to us.
Residence
Note: Francis grew up on the Townland of Aghanalart, Magheracloone, in the Baroney of Farney in the southernmost part of Co Monaghan.
Birth of a son
Note: It is difficult to know Francis' true birth year. Based on his age indicated in various documents, he could have been born:

It is difficult to know Francis' true birth year. Based on his age indicated in various documents, he could have been born:
Year : Document
1816 Ship Manifest of John Bright in 1861.
1801 Census in Fenlon, Ontario in 1881
1805 Immigration records North Dakota in 1880s
1811 Census of Ops, Ont in 1871
1830 1885 census of Eddy Co, North Dakota(Obviously incorrect)

Military
Discharged from Chelsea Hospital
May 24, 1816 (aged 33 years)
Note: Francis was discharged as as Out Patient of Chelsea Hospital (near London) in 1816. He was discharged based on the fact he was no longer fit to serve after being wounded in battle in Spain and also on the fact that the British army was retiring entire units after the Napoleon Wars had ended.
Military service
Note: The 1808-09 pay book for the 74th Foot in the British archives shows that Francis joined the regiment at Regimental Headquarters on Aug 7, 1809 - rather than at one of the recruiting depots around Ireland and Scotland. He actually joined as one of two substitutes for John Neill, which allowed John Neill to leave the service. There was no indication as to why he joined as a substitute but perhaps he was able to receive remuneration from Mr. Neill.

The 1808-09 pay book for the 74th Foot in the British archives shows that Francis joined the regiment at Regimental Headquarters on Aug 7, 1809 - rather than at one of the recruiting depots around Ireland and Scotland. He actually joined as one of two substitutes for John Neill, which allowed John Neill to leave the service. There was no indication as to why he joined as a substitute but perhaps he was able to receive remuneration from Mr. Neill.

[ WO 12/8066 Privates for 24 June 1809 - 24 Sept 1809... Francis McCabe, 7 Aug - 24 Sept, 47 days, Recruit at headquarters 7 Aug, enlisted for John Neil as a labor??. John Neil, discharged, 12 Aug 1809, having found two substitutes by permission of Commander. ]

A muster roll for the 74th Foot was found in the Archives at KEW. Supposedly it was taken in 1810 but that it difficult to verify. On this record it was claimed that Francis was born in Hilsboro, Co Down. This is probably a mistake because in his discharge papers he claimed he was born in Aughnalard Townland, County Monaghan where he lived. The 74th Foot was sent to Portugal in 1810 where it remained for the duration of the Napoleonic Wars.

Francis spent the last 4 years of his service in the 13th Royal Veteran Battalion, in Portugal and finally in Belgium as the British Army met Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Francis' unit was in reserve well away from the fighting in Belgium.

13th (7th) Royal Veteran Battalion
Secondary Titles:
June 1815 – 7th Royal Veteran Battalion
Regimental History
1813: 25 March - raised at Lisbon from Peninsula War invalids
1814: Portugal; Lisbon 
1815: February – England; April – Belgium; Ostend; June – re-numbered as 7th Royal Veteran Battalion
1816:March – England; Sheerness; 24 May - disbanded at Chelsea
Senior Officers
19 November 1812: Colonel – William Raymond
25 January 1813: Lt Col Archibald McDonnell
21 October 1813: Lt Col Robert Haly Burton
25 January 1813: Major George Langlands
26 October 1815: Major P D Fellowes

Residence
Note: In a small book (Rent Arrears 1822-1823 ) found in the in the Shirley Estate records, Warwickshire Archives (CR 229 16/1), an entry was found for Francis McCabe - proving that he returned to Aghnalard after being pensioned from the British Army in 1815. It showed that he was 6.7.8 (English money) in arrears on his rent for land on Aghnalard in Magheracloone parish. It was later in 1823 that he rejoined the British Army, though it is not clear whether he was recalled to the service or he rejoined voluntarily.
Military
2nd Royal Veteran Battalion - British Army
1823 (aged 40 years)
Note: Records found in British Archives.

Records found in British Archives.

WO 121 Royal Hospital, Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners
WO 121/209 Certificates of Service and related correspondence.

FRANCIS MCCABE. Born MAGHERADONE, Monaghan.
Served in 7th Royal Veteran Battalion; 2nd Royal Veteran Battalion.
Discharged aged 38 after 8 years 8 months of service.

Partial History of 2nd RVB
1821.12.25 re-formed at Newry
1826.04.24 disbanded at Enniskillen

Deployment and Service:
1821.12.25 raised at Newry
1822.04 Ireland: Londonderry
1826.04.24 disbanded at Enniskillen

Francis' Discharge paper shows Francis was from Aghnalart, Magheracloone Parish,Monaghan. (Modern spelling is Aghinillard.) He was to receive his pension at Carrickmacross.

Birth of a son
Emigration
May 1827 (aged 44 years)
Note: Original records from the Canada Archives show that Francis arrived in Upper Canada in May 1827. In December, based on his 8 years of service in the British Army, he applied to His Majesty's Representative for 100 acres of land. There is no doubt that this record is for the man Francis McCabe who received a patent in 1840 for 100 acres of land in Conc 10 Lot 11, Ops Township, Victoria County. The date, Dec 5 1827, listed on the patent agrees with the date of application on the following record.

Original records from the Canada Archives show that Francis arrived in Upper Canada in May 1827. In December, based on his 8 years of service in the British Army, he applied to His Majesty's Representative for 100 acres of land. There is no doubt that this record is for the man Francis McCabe who received a patent in 1840 for 100 acres of land in Conc 10 Lot 11, Ops Township, Victoria County. The date, Dec 5 1827, listed on the patent agrees with the date of application on the following record.

Name: McCabe, Francis Place: Toronto Year: 1827
Volume: 350A Bundle: M 15 Petition: 102
Microfilm: C-2208 Reference: RG 1 L3

Transcription
(Page 1)
To his Excellency Sir Peregrine Maitland CCS Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Upper Canada Major General Commanding His Majesty's Forces therein
--- In Council

The Petition of Francis McCabe of Toronto yeoman

Humbly Sheweth

That ?one petitioner is a native of the County of Monaghan, Ireland, whence he emigrated to the Province in May last with 3 Sons and 2 Daughters. That ?one Petitioner served His Majesty as a soldier upward of Eight years, and is an Out Pensioner of Chelsea Hospital, as appea? by the hospital hereto amended?. That ?one petitioner was discharged in the year 1816. that he has taken the Oath of Allegiance ??? whereof is also he?to a??ded, and having never received any ??t of Land, humbly prays Your Excellency will be pleased to present him 100 acres as a discharged Soldier.

And as in ?? bound ?one Petitioner will ever pray

Francis X McCabe
Mark

Government House 20th Nov 1827
(Indecipherable)

I do not find that the Petitioner has received any land or order for land.

20 Nov 1827 Thos Rideout

Recommendation for 100 acres as a discharged Soldier.

Order issued Same Day

Emigration
Note: Francis arrived in Canada requesting land - as a pensioned soldier of the 7th Veteran Battalion. Entry can be found in Book N, pg 188 C-104 of the Archives of Canada.
Birth of a daughter
Property
Lot 17 in Concession 10 in Ops
1832 (aged 49 years)
Property
Concession 2 Lot 14
1835 (aged 52 years)
Property
Concession 10 Lot 11
1840 (aged 57 years)
Note: Francis received the original patent on this lot in 1840. He was given the land because he was a pensioned soldier of the 74th Foot and 7th Reserve Battalions of the British army. He was on the land before 1829.
Second marriage to Widow Muldoon
1840 (aged 57 years)
Note: Various records that prove that the Widow Muldoon who married Frank McCabe in early 1840's was, in fact, Rebecca Maria Muldoon - a widow. Her maiden name is not known. The papers show that the Frank McCabe who lived on Conc 10 Lot 11 was, in fact, the same man who married Widow Muldoon. It is a conjecture but, almost assuredly true, that the Widow Muldoon was the mother of Jane Muldoon who married into a different(Michael) McCabe family who lived on Conc 7 Lot 15.
Marriage of a son
Note: Document D/3531/M/5/1 from the PRONI shows that in April 1840, evident newlyweds Frank McCabe and his wife, with no children, lived in a cottier's cottage in the townland of Agnalaert located in Magheracloone. The cottage was sublet from James Richards who had a lease from the Shirley Estate. It is likely that this James Richards was a relative of Francis' father's wife, Sarah Richards. Shirley Estate rental records and Tithe Applotment records show that James Richards had leased land in Aughanalart (sic) township from the 1820s through 1840. Frank McCabe subleased from James Richards in 1840, so it is probable that the newly wedded couple Frank and Margaret had moved into a vacant cottage next door to James.

Document D/3531/M/5/1 from the PRONI shows that in April 1840, evident newlyweds Frank McCabe and his wife, with no children, lived in a cottier's cottage in the townland of Agnalaert located in Magheracloone. The cottage was sublet from James Richards who had a lease from the Shirley Estate. It is likely that this James Richards was a relative of Francis' father's wife, Sarah Richards. Shirley Estate rental records and Tithe Applotment records show that James Richards had leased land in Aughanalart (sic) township from the 1820s through 1840. Frank McCabe subleased from James Richards in 1840, so it is probable that the newly wedded couple Frank and Margaret had moved into a vacant cottage next door to James.

In the 1858 Griffith's Evaluation census of Magheracloone there are three Francis McCabe's listed. One in Tonaneve, one in Lavigilduff and one in Doagh, subletting from Thomas Martin. According to tombstone records from the church in Magheracloone, Francis of Lavigilduff died in Magheracloone in 1863. The Francis McCabe of Tonaneve was still on his land in 1865 according to the lease book. The entire Frank McCabe family immigrated to Canada in 1861. So it is likely that Frank McCabe and Margaret Martin were the family living in Doagh next to her kinsman, Thomas Martin, in 1858. Doagh, Corlea and Aughnalart (sic) - all townlands where records show that the Frank McCabe family had lived, are adjacent townlands in Magheracloone.

Death of a wife
1840 (aged 57 years)
Religious marriage
Death of a brother
Marriage of a son
Letter For Patrick McCabe Jr.
1855 (aged 72 years)
Family census
Property
Concession 9 Lot 19
1862 (0 after death)
Note: The documents contained within this item show the continuous relationship to this lot by Old Francis McCabe heirs, eventually ending with the sale and waiver of rights to the land by Francis' known daughter Elizabeth Dunn to Thomas McCabe, son ofFrancis McCabe and Margaret Martin. The purpose of this demonstration is to argue that the son named Francis (of Laxton) who inherited rights to this property in Old Francis' will of 1862 is the same man as the father of the man (Thomas McCabe) who ended up with the property in 1895. Thus establishing the father/son relationship between Old Francis and Francis McCabe, husband of Margaret Martin and father of Thomas McCabe.
Death of a wife
Death of a father
Will
Note: Francis wrote a will in Aug 1862 shortly before his death. He left the bulk of his estate to his 2 year old grandson Francis (son of Simon); to his daughter Elizabeth Dunn and husband Patrick; to his son Francis (Jr.) of Laxton; to Simon and to Simon's father-in-law Patrick McCabe. (Patrick's daughter was Mary Ann McCabe - Yes, another McCabe married a McCabe in Lindsay.)
Death
Note: Entry from BRITISH PENSIONERS ABROAD by Norman Crowder: pp 243 "Fra McCabe, pension awarded 7 June 1816; resident Toronto, Ont Canada; died Aug 9 1862, Toronto. Source: WO 120 Vol 70 pg 260. Index #7002.

Entry from BRITISH PENSIONERS ABROAD by Norman Crowder: pp 243 "Fra McCabe, pension awarded 7 June 1816; resident Toronto, Ont Canada; died Aug 9 1862, Toronto. Source: WO 120 Vol 70 pg 260. Index #7002.

There is no doubt that the Francis McCabe, pensioner of the British Army, is one and the same as the Francis McCabe who came from Magheracloone Monaghan in 1827, settled Conc 10 Lot 11, married the Widow Muldoon and died in Aug 1862 leaving land to his children in Ops, including Francis McCabe of Laxton.

Family with parents
father
CR229_123_2 all merged.jpg
Birth: Ireland
Death: Probably Monaghan Ireland
elder brother
17781845
Birth: about 1778 Magheracloone, Monaghan Ireland
Death: before 1845OPS Victoria Co Ontario
5 years
himself
Regimental Colours for the Francis' unit, 74th Highlanders
17821862
Birth: September 20, 1782 Magheracloone, Co Monaghan Ireland
Death: August 9, 1862Ops, Victoria Co Ontario
Family with Sarah RICHARDS
himself
Regimental Colours for the Francis' unit, 74th Highlanders
17821862
Birth: September 20, 1782 Magheracloone, Co Monaghan Ireland
Death: August 9, 1862Ops, Victoria Co Ontario
wife
Marriage Marriage
son
magheracloone2.jpg
18051892
Birth: about 1805 22 Probably Monaghan Ireland
Death: December 27, 1892North Dakota
24 years
daughter
18281904
Birth: about 1828 45 Probably Monaghan Ireland
Death: May 8, 1904Rochester NY
-9 months
son
18271870
Birth: March 1, 1827 44 Monaghan Ireland
Death: September 24, 1870Eaton, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Family with Rebecca Maria (Widow) Muldoon
himself
Regimental Colours for the Francis' unit, 74th Highlanders
17821862
Birth: September 20, 1782 Magheracloone, Co Monaghan Ireland
Death: August 9, 1862Ops, Victoria Co Ontario
wife
1861
Death: after 1861OPS Victoria Co Ontario
Religious marriage Religious marriageNovember 16, 1841St Mary's Catholic Church in Lindsay
¿Arthur? MULDOON + Rebecca Maria (Widow) Muldoon
wife’s partner
wife
1861
Death: after 1861OPS Victoria Co Ontario
stepson
stepdaughter
stepdaughter
Various pictures of Jane's children
18211875
Birth: about 1821 Ireland
Death: October 13, 1875Lindsay, Ops Twp, Ontario, Canada
-23 months
stepson
18181891
Birth: 1818 Ireland
Death: June 9, 1891Monroe Co NY
Birth

Francis' service record indicates he was born on the Townland Aghnalart in the parish of Magheracloone. He returned there after his service ended. Aghnalart means "Eagles Ford" in Irish.
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Military

Francis was discharged as as Out Patient of Chelsea Hospital (near London) in 1816. He was discharged based on the fact he was no longer fit to serve after being wounded in battle in Spain and also on the fact that the British army was retiring entire units after the Napoleon Wars had ended.

Military service

The 1808-09 pay book for the 74th Foot in the British archives shows that Francis joined the regiment at Regimental Headquarters on Aug 7, 1809 - rather than at one of the recruiting depots around Ireland and Scotland. He actually joined as one of two substitutes for John Neill, which allowed John Neill to leave the service. There was no indication as to why he joined as a substitute but perhaps he was able to receive remuneration from Mr. Neill.

[ WO 12/8066 Privates for 24 June 1809 - 24 Sept 1809... Francis McCabe, 7 Aug - 24 Sept, 47 days, Recruit at headquarters 7 Aug, enlisted for John Neil as a labor??. John Neil, discharged, 12 Aug 1809, having found two substitutes by permission of Commander. ]

A muster roll for the 74th Foot was found in the Archives at KEW. Supposedly it was taken in 1810 but that it difficult to verify. On this record it was claimed that Francis was born in Hilsboro, Co Down. This is probably a mistake because in his discharge papers he claimed he was born in Aughnalard Townland, County Monaghan where he lived. The 74th Foot was sent to Portugal in 1810 where it remained for the duration of the Napoleonic Wars.

Francis spent the last 4 years of his service in the 13th Royal Veteran Battalion, in Portugal and finally in Belgium as the British Army met Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Francis' unit was in reserve well away from the fighting in Belgium.

13th (7th) Royal Veteran Battalion
Secondary Titles:
June 1815 – 7th Royal Veteran Battalion
Regimental History
1813: 25 March - raised at Lisbon from Peninsula War invalids
1814: Portugal; Lisbon 
1815: February – England; April – Belgium; Ostend; June – re-numbered as 7th Royal Veteran Battalion
1816:March – England; Sheerness; 24 May - disbanded at Chelsea
Senior Officers
19 November 1812: Colonel – William Raymond
25 January 1813: Lt Col Archibald McDonnell
21 October 1813: Lt Col Robert Haly Burton
25 January 1813: Major George Langlands
26 October 1815: Major P D Fellowes

Marriage

Catholic records for Magheracloone parishes are nonexistent before 1827 - hence no information is available on this marriage. It is possible that Sarah Richards was Francis' second wife since there is a large difference in ages between Francis Jr and his younger siblings. In 1827, when Francis applied for land in Toronto, he stated he had 3 sons and 2 daughters. So there is one son and one daughter whose names are unknown to us.

Residence

In a small book (Rent Arrears 1822-1823 ) found in the in the Shirley Estate records, Warwickshire Archives (CR 229 16/1), an entry was found for Francis McCabe - proving that he returned to Aghnalard after being pensioned from the British Army in 1815. It showed that he was 6.7.8 (English money) in arrears on his rent for land on Aghnalard in Magheracloone parish. It was later in 1823 that he rejoined the British Army, though it is not clear whether he was recalled to the service or he rejoined voluntarily.

Military

Records found in British Archives.

WO 121 Royal Hospital, Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners
WO 121/209 Certificates of Service and related correspondence.

FRANCIS MCCABE. Born MAGHERADONE, Monaghan.
Served in 7th Royal Veteran Battalion; 2nd Royal Veteran Battalion.
Discharged aged 38 after 8 years 8 months of service.

Partial History of 2nd RVB
1821.12.25 re-formed at Newry
1826.04.24 disbanded at Enniskillen

Deployment and Service:
1821.12.25 raised at Newry
1822.04 Ireland: Londonderry
1826.04.24 disbanded at Enniskillen

Francis' Discharge paper shows Francis was from Aghnalart, Magheracloone Parish,Monaghan. (Modern spelling is Aghinillard.) He was to receive his pension at Carrickmacross.

Emigration

Original records from the Canada Archives show that Francis arrived in Upper Canada in May 1827. In December, based on his 8 years of service in the British Army, he applied to His Majesty's Representative for 100 acres of land. There is no doubt that this record is for the man Francis McCabe who received a patent in 1840 for 100 acres of land in Conc 10 Lot 11, Ops Township, Victoria County. The date, Dec 5 1827, listed on the patent agrees with the date of application on the following record.

Name: McCabe, Francis Place: Toronto Year: 1827
Volume: 350A Bundle: M 15 Petition: 102
Microfilm: C-2208 Reference: RG 1 L3

Transcription
(Page 1)
To his Excellency Sir Peregrine Maitland CCS Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Upper Canada Major General Commanding His Majesty's Forces therein
--- In Council

The Petition of Francis McCabe of Toronto yeoman

Humbly Sheweth

That ?one petitioner is a native of the County of Monaghan, Ireland, whence he emigrated to the Province in May last with 3 Sons and 2 Daughters. That ?one Petitioner served His Majesty as a soldier upward of Eight years, and is an Out Pensioner of Chelsea Hospital, as appea? by the hospital hereto amended?. That ?one petitioner was discharged in the year 1816. that he has taken the Oath of Allegiance ??? whereof is also he?to a??ded, and having never received any ??t of Land, humbly prays Your Excellency will be pleased to present him 100 acres as a discharged Soldier.

And as in ?? bound ?one Petitioner will ever pray

Francis X McCabe
Mark

Government House 20th Nov 1827
(Indecipherable)

I do not find that the Petitioner has received any land or order for land.

20 Nov 1827 Thos Rideout

Recommendation for 100 acres as a discharged Soldier.

Order issued Same Day

Emigration

Francis arrived in Canada requesting land - as a pensioned soldier of the 7th Veteran Battalion. Entry can be found in Book N, pg 188 C-104 of the Archives of Canada.

Residence

Francis grew up on the Townland of Aghanalart, Magheracloone, in the Baroney of Farney in the southernmost part of Co Monaghan.

Property

Francis received the original patent on this lot in 1840. He was given the land because he was a pensioned soldier of the 74th Foot and 7th Reserve Battalions of the British army. He was on the land before 1829.

Second marriage to Widow Muldoon

Various records that prove that the Widow Muldoon who married Frank McCabe in early 1840's was, in fact, Rebecca Maria Muldoon - a widow. Her maiden name is not known. The papers show that the Frank McCabe who lived on Conc 10 Lot 11 was, in fact, the same man who married Widow Muldoon. It is a conjecture but, almost assuredly true, that the Widow Muldoon was the mother of Jane Muldoon who married into a different(Michael) McCabe family who lived on Conc 7 Lot 15.

Property

The documents contained within this item show the continuous relationship to this lot by Old Francis McCabe heirs, eventually ending with the sale and waiver of rights to the land by Francis' known daughter Elizabeth Dunn to Thomas McCabe, son ofFrancis McCabe and Margaret Martin. The purpose of this demonstration is to argue that the son named Francis (of Laxton) who inherited rights to this property in Old Francis' will of 1862 is the same man as the father of the man (Thomas McCabe) who ended up with the property in 1895. Thus establishing the father/son relationship between Old Francis and Francis McCabe, husband of Margaret Martin and father of Thomas McCabe.

Will

Francis wrote a will in Aug 1862 shortly before his death. He left the bulk of his estate to his 2 year old grandson Francis (son of Simon); to his daughter Elizabeth Dunn and husband Patrick; to his son Francis (Jr.) of Laxton; to Simon and to Simon's father-in-law Patrick McCabe. (Patrick's daughter was Mary Ann McCabe - Yes, another McCabe married a McCabe in Lindsay.)

Death

Entry from BRITISH PENSIONERS ABROAD by Norman Crowder: pp 243 "Fra McCabe, pension awarded 7 June 1816; resident Toronto, Ont Canada; died Aug 9 1862, Toronto. Source: WO 120 Vol 70 pg 260. Index #7002.

There is no doubt that the Francis McCabe, pensioner of the British Army, is one and the same as the Francis McCabe who came from Magheracloone Monaghan in 1827, settled Conc 10 Lot 11, married the Widow Muldoon and died in Aug 1862 leaving land to his children in Ops, including Francis McCabe of Laxton.

Media object

"The 74th Regiment of Foot, or Argyll Highlanders, was one of the regiments raised in order to help bring the American Rebellion to a speedy end. In December of 1777, His Majesty, King George III, granted letters of service to John Campbell of Barbreck, Scotland. These letters gave Campbell of power to raise a regiment of foot, 1,082 men strong.
There were to be eight (8) battalion companies with 1 captain, 2 lieutenants, 1 ensign, 5 sergeants, 5 corporals, 2 drummers and 100 private soldiers each; one (1) light infantry and one (1) grenadier company each with 1 captain, 3 lieutenants, 5 sergeants, 5 corporals, 2 drummers, 2 pipers and 100 private soldiers each. The recruits were to be at least 5'4" tall and aged 18 through 30. Courtesy of Stephen Belyea of the re-created 74th Regt of Foot.
In actual fact, by 1816 the 74th fought under Wellington in India, Portugal and Spain - not against the American colonies.

Media object

this lease was discovered in the Shireley Estate records in the PRONI. The lease covers 91 Irish acres in the townland of Aughnalart in the parish of Magheracloone in 1777. It is a conjecture that one of the McCabes listed here (Francis, Owen) is the parent of the old British soldier Francis.

Note

Francis came from Magheracloone, Monaghan. Here is the description of Magheracloone from the famous Ireland Topographical Dictionary by Samuel Lewis in 1837.

MAGHERACLOONY, a parish, in the barony of FARNEY, county of MONAGHAN, and province of ULSTER, 2 1/2 miles (S. W.) from Kingscourt, on the confines of the counties of Louth, Cavan, and Meath, and on the mail coach road from Dublin to Londonderry; containing 8444 inhabitants. On the verge of this parish, at the ford of Bellahoo, a battle was fought in 1539, between the Lord Grey and O'Nial and O'Donell; at the same spot one was also fought by Gen. Ireton. The parish comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 12,952 statute acres (including 336 1/2 under water) principally good arable and pasture land; there are a few detached bogs, and some extensive plantations, but scarcely any waste land. Of late years the land has been much improved by extensive draining and the large quantity of lime used as manure; limestone is abundant in the southern part; coal of indifferent quality is also found. A branch of the river Leggan bounds the parish for about four miles on the south-west: the principal lakes are those of Fea, Feo, Rahans, and Graghlone, besides which there are some smaller. The principal seats are Lough Fea Castle, the residence of Evelyn J. Shirley, Esq., a spacious and handsome structure in the Elizabethan style ofarchitecture, situated in a richly planted demesne, including Lough Fea within its limits; Derry, of S. Pendleton, Esq.; and Coolderry, of G. Forster, Esq. The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Clogher, and in the patronage of the Bishop; the rectory is impropriate in Col. Moore. The tithes amount to £1116. 13. 4., of which £686. 13. 4. is payable to the impropriator, and £430 to the vicar. The glebe-house, erected in 1816, cost £941. 10. 9 1/4., of which £323. 1. 7. was a gift, and £415. 7. 85. a loan, from the late Board of First Fruits, the residue having been supplied by the incumbent; the glebe comprises 40 acres, valued at £60 per annum. The church is a neat modern structure, built in 1835, at an expense of £738. 9. 2 3/4., being a loan from the same Board. The R. C. parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church, and has chapels at Rocks and Corlan; the latter, a spacious oblong structure, 90 feet by 40, was erected in 1825, and has a burial-ground attached: the site was given by E. J. Shirley, Esq., who contributed £25 towards the building. The parochial school is aided by the incumbent; the school-house is a good slated building, erected at an expense of £150, part of which was a grant from the lord-lieutenant's school fund. There are two other schools, to each of which Mr. Shirley contributes £5 per ann., and one under the National Board; also 16 private schools.

Note

See these web pages for more information on the 74th Regiment of Foot:

http://www.electricscotland.com/history/scotreg/74thndx.htm

See this link for a (partial) map of Maghercloone itself. Notice that Corlea, Doagh and Aghinillard (sic), townlands where Frank McCabe was known to have lived, are clustered together in the NW part of the parish.

http://astros.cs.txstate.edu/phpgedview-3.3final/media/Magheracloone.jpg

Note

"Old" Francis McCabe came to Ops, Victoria Co, Ontario in about 1828. He was settled in Ops on Concession 10 Lot 11 by 1829, receiving his patent in 1840. Francis was a former soldier in the British army, serving with the 74th Regiment of Foot from 1809 to 1813 and the 7th Reserve Battalion from 1813 to 1816. Many army records confirm these details. Francis was wounded in the neck in 1812 or 1813 while fighting in Spain with Wellington's forces against the French. Army records conflict - one states that he was born in Magheracloone and another states that he was born in Hillsborough, County Down; however, army records from his service in the 2nd RVB in Ireland verify that he was born in Monaghan - specifically at Aghnalart townland in Magheracloone. Francis returned to Aghnalart in Magheracloone after his army service in 1816 where a record in the Shirley Estate verifies he lived in Aghnalart until drafted by the British Army back into service in 1822. His unit, the 2nd Reserve Battalion, served in Ireland for two years, suppressing possible rebellion throughout Ireland.

It is not clear when he married Sarah Richards, but she was the mother of his youngest son Simon who was born about 1827. It is possible he had a previous wife who gave birth to his oldest son Francis, who was born before 1810. When Francis came to Toronto in 1827 he said he had 3 sons and 2 daughters. A widower, Old Francis married the "Widow Muldoon" in 1841 - they lived in Ops onConcession 10 Lot 11 and later moved to property slightly north, Concession 9 Lot 18. Francis bought and sold several properties in the 1830s-1850s in Ops.

Francis younger brother Patrick emigrated to Ops in about 1831. Patrick was helped a great deal by his brother according to numerous letters and documents in the Heir and Devisee Files in the Toronto archives. Patrick died about 1845. Francis provided financial support to Patrick's son, Patrick Jr., when he arrived in Ops about 1855. Patrick Jr. applied for and received title to his father's property, Conc 3 Lot 13; however, there must have been some dispute over the title since Victoria County land records indicate that Francis had to help pay for a judgement against Patrick Jr. in a lawsuit that ensued.

Starting in 1851, Francis' children did begin to emigrate from Monaghan to Ops. Simon, the youngest came first. He settled in Ops and then homesteaded in Eaton, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin in 1854. He remained in Ops until about 1865 when his family permanently left Ops for Wisconsin. Simon was dead by 1871.

Old Francis' daughter Elizabeth McCABE Dunn and her husband Patrick came to Ops about 1860, settled near her father and eventually farmed Old Francis property for many years. Elizabeth's husband Patrick DUNN died before 1895 and all of the family moved to Rochester NY. They sold the remaining part of Old Francis' property (Conc 9 Lot 19) to Thomas McCabe (son of Francis "Jr" and grandson of Old Francis) in 1895. (Thomas was the only known descendent of Old Francis who remained in Ops after 1895.)

It is certain that this Old Francis McCabe is the father of the younger Francis McCabe who immigrated to Ops from Monaghan Ireland in May of 1861. Some family historians have indicated that the younger Francis' father was named Michael, called "Quaker". But there is no evidence of this. There is a lot of circumstantial evidence that this "Old Francis" was the father of Francis (husband of Margaret Martin) who arrived in May 1861 to Ops. Francis "Jr" had been a young man of about 20 when his father left Ireland. Old Francis' wife back in Ireland must have died shortly after 1830 since the family did not emigrate to Canada as had been planned and in 1841 old Francis married the Widow Muldoon in Lindsay.

Francis "Jr" and Margaret Martin's son Michael McCabe, presumably Old Francis' grandson, came to Ops in Nov 1859 as an 18 year old having arrived on the ship John Bright at the port of New York. Michael was living with Old Francis and his wife Rebecca according to the 1861 census of Ops. In May 1861 Francis McCabe Jr., who immigrated with his wife Margaret MARTIN and three remaining sons, arrived from Liverpool on the ship John Bright at NY harbor. Evidently family lore had been correct - to wit, in 1859 Michael "Big Mickey" had come from Ireland to live with his grandfather in Lindsay - preceding the arrival of the rest of his family by two years.

Old Francis died in August 1862, leaving a will naming the above mentioned children (and Simon's 2 year old son Francis) as his heirs. Old Francis' will stated that his son Francis lived in Laxton, close to Ops. The marriage records of Michael ("big Mickey") McCabe in 1864 state that he lived in Laxton with his parents, Francis and Margaret. There are no other Francis McCABE in the Ops vicinity in the 1861 census; so it is VERY likely that the Francis named as Old Francis' son, is in fact the Francis married to Margaret Martin as stated above.

It is not known who old Francis' father was but the most likely candidate is Owen McCabe of Aghnalart in Magheracloone. Research at the PRONI in Belfast produced the following facts from the Shirley Estate documents: (a) Lord Shirley signed a lease in 1777 with Francis McCabe, Owen McCabe and 2 others for a 21 year lease of 91 Irish acres in the townland of Aghanallart (sic, various spellings over the years .) (PRONI D/3531/T/2/3 ) (b) An 1802 restatement of the leases did not have any information on the Aghnalart townland in the PRONIi; however, a lease found in the Warwickshire Archives ( CR 229/222/3) shows that the only McCabes leasing on Aghnalart in 1799 were Owen and Patrick McCabe. In 1802, the lease on Aghnalart had changed to Owen, Patrick and Francis McCabe. (c) Over the next 28 years, various leases and the Tithe Applotment show that Owen and Patrick(his son) lived on Aghnalart - as did Francis for part of that time. Old Francis and Patrick have been proven to be brothers who came to Ops in Ontario about 1830 from Aghnalart. (d) Francis' son Frank was found to be a cottier living on the leased land of James Richards in the townland of Aghanalart in 1840 (PRONI D/3531/M/5/1). (e) Baptism records from the Parish of Magheracloone state that Frank and Margaret McCabe lived in Corlea and Doagh at the time of births of their sons Francis and John. The townlands of Doagh, Aghnalart and Corlea are all clustered together in Magheracloone, just west of the present parish church in Drumgossat. It is very likely that Old Francis lived in that area with his father before he left for the British army in 1809. Thus the most likely name for old Francis' father is Owen, with Francis the most likely alternative. (There may be other McCabes in 1777 leases but the only other one found in the search of 1777 lease records was Peter McCabe of 'Corneagh' )

Since old Francis' wife was Sarah Richards (according to marriage records of Simon in Ops) and James Richards is the only Richards found in various searches of Shirley documents and church records, he is probably a relative of Sarah and thus of Francis' family. It is not known whether old Francis had more than one wife in Ireland, but it is certainly possible, perhaps probable. His oldest son Frank was born before 1809 and his two other children Elizabeth and Simon were born after 1825, with 6 years of army service and 10 years of civilian life in between the births. At present, searches of the Shirley Estate records and parish records of Magheracloone have produced no evidence of Sarah. However, the Shirley Estate records and some Church records show that a James Richards was a long time resident of Aghnalart (Aghinillard) - the townland that is proved to be Francis' birthplace.

Note

According to HISTORICAL RECORD OF THE 74TH REGIMENT (HIGHLANDERS) by Richard Cannon, a small book found in the Library of Congress, Francis McCabe was listed as one of the wounded soldiers of Wellington's army at the Battle of Salamanca, July 22, 1812. This confirms the information in his discharge papers of 1815 that Francis was wounded (shot in the neck) in Spain. The wound must have been serious since Francis was transferred to the 13th Garrison Battalion in the Spring of 1813.

Note

New finding, Feb 3, 2010. Francis may have rejoined the Army after his discharge in 1815.

Record found in British Archives.

WO 121 Royal Hospital, Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners
WO 121/209 Certificates of Service and related correspondence.

FRANCIS MCCABE. Born MAGHERADONE, Monaghan.
Served in 7th Royal Veteran Battalion; 2nd Royal Veteran Battalion.
Discharged aged 38 after 8 years 8 months of service. Residence or place where pension paid stated in document. See film image 701. Covering dates 1825

Partial History of 2nd RVB

1819.11.25 re-formed at Portsmouth from out-pensioners to curb political unrest
1821.06.24 disbanded at Gosport

1821.12.25 re-formed at Newry
1826.04.24 disbanded at Enniskillen

Deployment and Service:
1819.11.25 raised at Portsmouth
1819 England: Gosport
1820.08 Waterford
1821.06.24 disbanded at Gosport

1821.12.25 raised at Newry
1822.04 Ireland: Londonderry
1826.04.24 disbanded at Enniskillen

Birth
Military
Military service
Residence
Military
Emigration
Emigration
Residence
Property
Property
Property
Second marriage to Widow Muldoon
Letter For Patrick McCabe Jr.
Family census
Property
Will
Death
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Regimental Colours for the Francis' unit, 74th Highlanders
Regimental Colours for the Francis' unit, 74th Highlanders
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Information on outside of (large) lease signed by a Francis McCabe, 1777
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Magheracloone.jpg
Magheracloone.jpg
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Discharge (Pension) Papers from Chelsea Hospital in 1815
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Record of Sale of Francis' Farm
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Transcribed Copy of Discharge Papers
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Francis' Entry on 2nd Veteran Battalion Muster in 1820s
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Deed From Francis McCabe to Kerr, OPS, 1845
Deed From Francis McCabe to Kerr, OPS, 1845
Note: Francis owned several pieces of property in Ops between 1828 and 1862. This document shows him selling 50 acres of land to James Kerr in 1845.
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Francis McCabe Muster Roll 74th Foot (WO 25/467)
Francis McCabe Muster Roll 74th Foot (WO 25/467)