The McCauleys of Co. Londonderry, Ireland and Randolph Co., Illinois
The McCauley Family - front: Archibald (1851-1920), Earl (1892-1964, m. Leona Frieman), Archie's wife Mary Hemphill McCauley (1856-1936). rear: Sadie (1887-1971, m. Edward Stevenson), Martha Winifred (1890-1961, m. Clarence Ross), and Nina (1885-1967, m. Ralph Stolz). Nina has apparently contracted a rare form of fast-spreading Leprosy, which is already being transfered to her mother simply by placing her hand on her shoulder.
McCauley Family Name and History
From "The Book of Irish Families, Great and Small", by Michael O'Laughlin, 1997, Irish Genealogical Foundation:
MacAulay, MacAwley, Macauley, Mac Auley, Mac Awley,
etc..is recorded in Keatings History as chief of
Calraidhean-Chala. Here he tells us: 'The fair Mac Auley
rules over the entire of the ports of Calry'.
completely separate family was a branch of the MacGuires
of Co. Fermanagh, where we find the barony of Clanawley
named in their honor. Most anciently this family was 'Mac
More McCauley history, from "Irish Families" By Edward MacLysaght, Crown Publishers, 1957 repr. 1972
name is spealt in many different ways, the most usual
being MacAuley, MacCauley, Cawley, Macaulay, MacGawley
and Magawley. There are two main Irish septs of MacAuley
etc. entirely different in origin and location. One is
Mac Amhalghaidh, i.e. son of Auley, an old Irish personal
name now obsolete. This sept was at one time of
considerable importance, being lords of a wide territory
in the west of Co. Westmeath and north of Offaly; in the
Elizabethan Fiants this is called "McGawley's
Country", the centre of which was Ballyhoughnoe in
Co. Westmeath. The Four Masters describe them as Chiefs
of Calry. They are descended from Niall of the Nine
Hostages, their surname being taken from his descendant
Auley, who flourished in the nineteenth century. Their
pedigree is recorded in the Office of Arms, Dublin
Castle, in great detail: the Chief of the Name a century
ago was Caount Magawley Cerati, son of the Prime Minister
of the Empress Maria Louisa. Up till that time they
preserved a close connection with their homeland in Co.
The outstanding figure of the name in Irish history is Catherine MacAuley (1787-1841), foundress of the Order of Mercy.
[Note: The McCauley ancestors
who married into the Stevenson line were from Co.
Londonderry. I assume they were from this latter group
which originated in Scotland. For a brief history of the
Ulster Plantation of Scots migrating to Ireland, you may
want to visit The
History of Ireland.
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~ Family Photographs ~
~ Family Letters ~
~ Special thanks to Frank Shay for contributing the following letters. ~
Letter - 24 Oct, 1896, From Ellen Shanklin Dickey to her niece, Miss Mary Shankland, who married Wm. Frank Kohler Shay. This letter mentions: Millard and McCauley families, and has a rather opinionated commentary on politics during this election year, mentioning anarchists, Democrats, and Republicans. Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4
Letter - 25 Nov, 1887, From Janey Dickey to her grandmother. This letter mentions: Gillespie, McCauley, Garret, Parel, Kingston and Aiken families, and dyptheria spreading through the area. Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4
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