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From West Tyrone to Govan

I believe Hugh and Mary McDaid had four children, but only Mary McMenamin survived childhood.  In 1900, Hugh took the bold decision to leave his family behind and head for a new life in San Francisco via Philadelphia.  By 1903 Hugh was in a position where his family could leave Govan to join him (Thanks Sandra).

James married Elizabeth Ross McMillan at St. Anthony's in Govan, and had nine children.  They all moved to Dunoon.  Elizabeth's brother, William MacMillan had left the Gorbals for a new life in Montreal.  When James died in 1921, William asked Elizabeth to join him in Canada.  Elizabeth agreed with one condition, the invitation had to be extended to her nine children.  William agreed and they left Glasgow for Montreal on SS Metagama in May  1922.  Some of our family then moved south to Barrie, Toronto and Windsor.  Later several members of our family moved onto Detroit (Thanks Sandra).

Edward married Annie Laverty at St. Anthony's in Govan, and also had nine children.  All members of our family remaining in Scotland are descendents of Edward and Annie.

If you are part of this family please contact me, better still please join my John & Mary McMenamin (Castlegore & Carnoughter Tyrone) group on facebook.

John Darren McMenamin.

West Tyrone, 1864, two McMenamin families came together when widower John McMenamin from Castlegore married Mary McMenamin from Carnoughter at St. Patrick's Church in the parish of Aghyaran (Termonamongam).

By 1873 John and Mary had left Ireland for Scotland with their young family in tow.  Soon after arriving, my Great Grandfather Edward McMenomy was born in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire.

Their eldest son Hugh was first to leave "home".  He married Mary McDaid at St. Margaret's in the nearby town of Johnstone.

John and Mary spent at least fifteen years in Bridge of Weir,  but like many Irish families before them ended their days in the tenements of Govan.

It is not clear yet, who arrived in Govan first, John and Mary or Hugh and Mary, but life must have been even harder in Govan in those days.

John, Mary and their seven younger sons (and a boarder) lived in a tenement with two rooms.  Within ten years of arriving in Govan, John, Mary and four sons had met their maker.  Another son, Patrick, also died at a young age, we are therefore all descendents of three sons, Hugh, James and Edward.

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