Monday, September 22, 2008

IRWIN and MOFFAT, County Cavan, Ireland - 8th Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture

Mary Jane MOFFAT and James IRWIN, from County Cavan, Ireland to Canada West, 1850.
Mary Janes's parents: Eleanor Harrison and William Moffat
James' parents: Margaret Livingston and John Irwin

Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture, 8th Edition

Since this is the first time I’ve participated in this carnival, I thought I’d like to ‘share’ my Canadian Irish ancestors in case there is a new connection out there.

This photograph is of Mary Jane Moffatt and her husband, James Irwin. Both were from County Cavan, Ireland. They were married at the Coroneary (Corraneary) Meeting House (Presbyterian) in Knockbride Parish, District of Cootehill, County Cavan in August of 1846. In 1850, they emigrated to Canada West (Ontario) with James’ brother, Robert, and his wife, Sarah King. They all settled eventually around Cambray in Victoria County, Ontario, but in the 1890s, after most of James and Mary Janes’s children had moved west to Manitoba, James' and Mary Ann also migrated, settling in Neepawa, Manitoba where they died in 1909 and 1910 respectively.

My project for the rest of this year is to scan and better organize the photographs I have of them, their children and their families.

For more about the family, see Robert Irwin’s Brothers and Sisters and their Families from County Cavan, Ireland to Fenelon Township, Ontario by Ross W. Irwin (Guelph, Ontario, Canada: 2003) - also John Irwin’s family..., 2003 and Robert Irwin..., 2001


Sadly, my cousin Ross Weston Irwin passed away in 2013 in Guelph, Ontario. See the University of Guelph's remembrance of him and follow the link to his obituary. Besides his local history books, he wrote a number of articles published by the Ontario Genealogical Society. See Historically Guelph for more about his Guelph area history interests.


A description of Cootehill from Lewis’ “Topographical Dictionary of Ireland”, 1837, 'From Ireland' website, Dr. Jane Lyons:
Description and list of residents, 1910, Cootehill, County Cavan, “Belfast and Ulster Towns Directory”, Library Ireland:
Cootehill Town, “Trades Directory”, 1931, 'From Ireland' website, Dr. Jane Lyons:
A good place to start, I always think, is GENUKI. For County Cavan, Ireland:
See also Al Beagan's "Genealogy Notes", Parish of Drumgoon, Co Cavan:
Cootehill Tourism, lots of fishing in County Cavan apparently, so I’m sure I can persuade my daughter to go there with me, after our trip to Sweden though:


Suzanne said...

These are my great-great-great grandparents

M. Diane Rogers said...

Hi, Suzanne - please get in touch -we are definitely related. I'm descended from their son, William. I can be reached at

Davada said...

I'm the ggggggrandaughter of Jane Irwin. She was part of the Coroneary church, too. Wondering where/if she fits with your family puzzle! Here is the info I have about her: William McLAUGHLIN [c.1771-1866] mc. 1802 Jane IRWIN[1780-1858]
William, s/o William McLaughlin and Mary Stafford; married c1802; their children were baptized at Coroneary Church; William died at Enniskillen, Ontario, Canada on the 26th of January, 1866 (ae.95);
Jane, 2nd d/o John Irwin & Margaret Kelly; (Jean) Jane born 12 May & bap.. 18 May, 1780 by Rev. John Craig in Coroneary Church, Knockbride Parish, Co. Cavan, Ireland; died at Enniskillen, on the 17th June, 1858 (ae.77)
Both are buried in Enniskillen graveyard.