|I am researching Cassidy, McCaffrey, Flanagan, and
Love, all from the area near Derrygonnelly, and in the
parishes of Inishmacsaint, Devinish, and Boho.
|My great-great-grandfather, Patrick Cassidy, was
born in Co Fermanagh about 1804.
He married Mary
(b. about 1813). Their first four children
were born in Ireland: Mary E. (b 1833), Peter Joseph
(b. 1838), Charles I. (b. 1840), Patrick Francis (b.
Sept 1841). About 1842 the family emigrated to the US,
eventually settling in Georgetown, District of
Patrick and Mary
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Mary McCaffrey Cassidy's cousin, Rev. Peter B.
Flanagan, S.J. (b. 1807) was pastor of Holy Trinity RC
Church in Georgetown. He gave Patrick a job as sexton
of the church, and caretaker of the cemetery. Patrick
and Mary had five more children, born in D.C.:
Ann Virginia (Jennie) (b. 1845), Catherine (b. 1848),
Elizabeth (b 1850), Mary Catherine (b 1852) , Edward
Francis (b 1854).
Although he probably attended "hedge" schools,
Patrick was well-educated for the time, and wrote
poetry for Irish American newspapers. He often used
the pen name Knockmore, the name of a prominent cliff
about a mile from Derrygonnelly. He was also friends
with Fermanagh schoolteacher and writer Peter
Magennis, (1816--1910) "the Bard of Knockmore", who
wrote a poem entitled "To Patrick Cassidy, Esq., of
Washington DC, America." The poem mentions area
landmarks, streams and rivers known to the two men.
These clues lead me to believe that Patrick was from
the Derrygonnelly area, most likely from the townland
of Drumgormly. A Patt Cassidy, age 84, lived there in
1851 with his daughter Bridget McBrien. Griffith's
Valuation (1862) for Drumgormly shows a Francis
Cassidy Sr and a Francis Cassidy Jr living on farms
next to each other, probably NOT father and son, but
likely related. Present-day Cassidys are descended
from Francis Cassidy who married his cousin Sarah Ann
Love in 1880. Loves (aka Murvernagh) and Cassidys are
also shown as living in Drumgormly in 1794.
McCaffrey families are shown in Griffith's
Valuation as living in Lisdoodan and Dresternan
townlands. Lisdoodan borders on both Drumgormly and
Aghakeeran, and is very likely where Mary McCaffrey
The records of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for
Rev Peter B. O Flanagan (Mary McCaffrey's cousin) show
that he was born in Aghakeeran townland (not far from
Drumgormly). Interestingly, the report of schools and
schooteachers for 1824 shows a James Cassidy teaching
school in Aghakeeran. Father O Gallachair's article on
clergy of the Clogher diocese (Clogher Record, 1956)
tells of a Rev. Eamonn (Edmond) Cassidy (b 1649) who
was residing in Aghakeeran "where he doubtless lived
with his relations." This Eamonn is of the same family
as Rev Andrew Cassidy, Rev Maurice Cassidy, and Dr.
Patrick Cassidy, all of whom are buried on Devenish
Since Devenish RC parish records start in 1853,
well after Patrick and Mary emigrated, I am unable to
establish Patrick's relationship to the Cassidys
presently living in Drumgormly. A newspaper report of
the early 1800s mentions a Michael Cassidy of
Drumgormly. I would like to know whre he fits in and I
would like to find out more about the Flanagans and
Cassidys of this area in the late 1700s--early 1800s.