The Family of Andrew and Anne McEntee
of townland of Cornamaugh, parish of Enniskeen,
barony of Clankee, County Cavan, Ireland
ANDREW McEntee (1825-13 JUN 1901) and his wife,
were married in the parish of Enniskeen on 23 APR 1847 and had the
 By letter dated 7 DEC 2001, Ms. Concepta McGovern of the County Cavan Genealogical Research Centre advised this writer that she had located the newspaper obituary of Anne McEntee, age 59, wife of Andrew died 1 April 1887 at Cornamagh with her husband in attendance. This would imply a birth date of perhaps 1828 for the deceased.
Anne McEntee had an sister Mary (McEntee) Muldoon (1827-1897) discussed below, who emigrated to Wheeling, West Virginia in about 1851. Mary (McEntee) Muldoon and her husband, Thomas, and several members of their family are buried in the Mount Calgary Cemetery in a row just inside the fence along the street (Old US Route 40) on the east side of Wheeling, WV.
Anne also had three brothers: Thomas McEntee, Cormac and James McEntee. Enniskeen parish records show Thomas McEntee married 16 JUL 1855 to Mary Murphy. They had children in America. Cormac McEntee married Anne Murphy on 6 JUL 1855. Philip Smith and Anne McEntee were witnesses at both weddings, per parish records. By the 1870s, Thomas and Cormac McEntee emigrated to Wheeling, West Virginia at uncertain dates. Brother, James McEntee remained in Ireland (alive 1911). There was a connection between the Smith and McEntee families in County Cavan.
 Thomas McGovern was the son of Patrick McGovern (1808 to 25 SEP 1845) and Mary McQuire (McGuire) (1807-1865). The name was often spelled “Maguaran,” in Ireland. They came from Black Lion in County Cavan. They emigrated after an 1843 crop failure. They had six children came to Fairview in Belmont Ohio: then three boys and three girls. The oldest child was Margaret, who was 13 when her father died in Ohio. One son (Patrick) died at sea, -- he was replaced by at younger brother Patrick, born in Ohio the night his father, Patrick, died in 1845. Their they initially resided with the family of Patrick McGovern's brother in law, Peter Cornyn. Mary McQuire McGovern at East Union, Ohio in 1865. See book entitled The McGovern Clan, by Mrs. Mary Jo Grochulski, privately printed at Dearborn, Michigan, 1996, one copy is in NSDAR Library, Washington, D.C..
Thomas McGovern's (1841-1902) daughter, Rhoda entered the Convent of the Sisters of Penance and Charity on 29 SEP 1888, taking her final vows 11 AUG 1892 and was styled Sister Alexia. She received a B.S. degree from Canisius College in 1930. She had started teaching at Sacred Heart School in Columbus, Ohio in 1889. In 1946, Sister Alexia retired to Stella Niagara, and died at age 78in 1947.
 By letter of 7 DEC 2001, this writer was advised by Ms. Concepta McGovern of the County Cavan Genealogical Research Centre that marriage records show that on 23 SEP 1901, Nicholas McEnteer age 25, son of James McEnteer of the townland of Lisagoan married Bridget, age 28, daughter of Andrew McEntee of Cornamagh.
 Hugh A. McCormick was born in America. Hugh was a son of James McCormick (1835-1932) and his wife, Margaret Dougherty (1833-1907). Hugh's parents were born in County Derry in Ulster. James McCormick (1835-1932) was baptized at St. James Newbirdge near Magherafelt, County Derry. That chapel has been supplanted by a newer RC church called St. Trea’s. In 1996, the parish records were held by the RC parish priest in Magherafelt. James McCormick’s father, Charles, lived in the townland of Ballymacquigan, Artrea parish, Derry. He was shown as a single man in the 1831 Irish Census for County Derry. The grandparents of Hugh McCormick were Charles McCormick (1811-1880) and his wife, Mary Ann McGill (1813-1888). Margaret Dougherty’s (1833-1907) parents were James Dougherty and his wife, Mary McBride.
Hugh’ parents and paternal grandparents are buried at Saint Mary's R.C. Cemetery, New Castle, Pennsylvania. Hugh’s father (James) had worked in coal mines in Beaver County after arrival in America in 1865. In 1880, James McCormick acquired a 100 acre farm, and owned and operated a small coal mine under the farm in Slippery Rock Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.
 Ellen McEntee’s arrival is noted on the Ellis Island, internet web site listing of immigrants. Like many of her family, she went to Wheeling West Virginia and resided for a short time with her aunt, Mary Muldoon. Mary (McEntee) Muldoon (1827-1897) was a sister of Ellen’s mother, Anne. Mary Muldoon had com to America about 1851, married (Steubenville, OH) Thomas Muldoon ( 1827-1888 ) a maker of gravestones. Tom Muldoon’s moved to Wheeling where they had a grocery at 1920 Market Street, with a stone business in the rear of the building. They resided above the business. Thomas Muldoon was struck and killed by a B&O railroad train at a nearby crossing in 1888. His wife continued running the grocery and his sons ran the tombstone business for many years. Thomas Muldoon was an older brother of Michael “Marble Mike”) Muldoon (1836-1911) a prominent businessman in the cut stone business in Louisville, Kentucky. The Muldoons had emigrated from the townland of Kollops in County Cavan.
Ellen's -- aunt Mary (McEntee) Muldoon got Ellen McEntee a job working as a traveling maid for Mrs. Frank Rockefeller of Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Frank Rockefeller was a younger brother and business partner of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. of the Standard Oil Company. The Rockefellers then resided on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ellen McEntee met Hugh A. McCormick -- who had a job as a carriage driver (or horse trainer) for the family of Frank Rockefeller. Shortly before their marriage Hugh got a construction job at the Clairton Steel Works of the Carnegie Steel. They moved to the nearby borough of Wilson, Pennsylvania. Hugh’s brothers had come down from New Castle, Pennsylvania to dig coal in nearby Coal Valley.
Hugh became a business partner of Mr. Ben Samuel, a Jewish gentleman, in a beer delivery business in Clairton, Pennsylvania. I met Mr. Ben Samuel and his son, Emerson Samuel, a lawyer, in the late 1950's. My brother and I went to school with his granddaughters, Cynthia and Amelia Samuel.
In 1907, Hugh and Ellen McCormick returned to New Castle. Hugh became a “heater” at the Shenango Tin Mill (a rolling mill) of Carnegie Steel. The period between 1907 and World War I was a very difficult time for the large family, financially. McCormicks bought a 32 acre fruit farm near Weigletown, PA. Initially, McCormicks lived in a log house on that farm.
Mr. David Pyle, superintendent of the Shenango steel plant (for Mr. Carnegie), was a long time friend of Hugh A. McCormick, and assisted Hugh’s career -- and that of his sons. Hugh’s sons worked diligently, with their father at the rolling mill (Shenango steel plant). World War I was a prosperous time for the steel industry and the family. They prospered and built an attractive yellow brick home in 1919 on their small farm. In 1928, Hugh McCormick and his wife, Ellen built the Elhurst Dance Hall, which at for a time was said to have the largest unsupported roof area of any dancehall between Pittsburgh and Lake Erie. Hugh’s cousin, Patrick was the contractor who erected Elhurst. In recent times, Elhurst (now owned by unrelated persons) has been a roller rink, auction barn and dance hall since sold to others in the 1940s.
 Ellen's aunt, Mary (McEntee) Muldoon had gotten Ellen a job working as a travelling maid for Mrs. Frank Rockefeller of Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Frank Rockefeller was the brother and business partner of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. of the Standard Oil Company. These Rockefellers (and household employees) resided on Euclid Avenue in Clevland.
Ellen met Hugh when she was working as a traveling maid. He had a job as a carriage driver (or horse trainer) for the family of Frank Rockefeller. It is likely subtle Rockefeller wit went into selection of Hugh as a family carriage driver. In that era, the renown McCormick family of McCormick-Deering farm machinery were another of America's wealthy families. One can almost hear Mr. Rockefeller (when showing-off to guests) directing Hugh, saying: "McCormick, bring the carriage around by portico" etc. Alas, Hugh had a drinking problem that led to his dismissal from service with the Rockefeller family.
Shortly after their marriage, Hugh, got a construction job at the Clairton Steel Works of the Carnegie Steel. They moved to the nearby borough of Wilson, Pennsylvania. Some of Hugh's brothers had come down from New Castle, PA to mine coal in that area. Hugh became a partner of a Jewish gentleman named Mr. Ben Samuels in a beer delivery business in Clairton, Pennsylvania.
In 1907, Hugh and Ellen McCormick returned to New Castle. Hugh became a "heater" at the Shenango Tin Mill (a rolling mill) of Carnegie Steel. Later, he and his wife owned the Elhurst Dance Hall, which at for a time was said to have the largest "unsupported roof area" of any dancehall between Pittsburgh and Lake Erie. These McCormicks bought and resided on a 32 acre fruit farm on the “Weller Hill,” near Weigletown, PA. Initially they lived in an old log house. In 1919, they built the yellow brick home with which many are familiar. Hugh sold the property after Ellen died in 1942, taking back a mortgage. He had to foreclose on that mortgage and resell the property in 1946. While owned by other people, both the house and dancehall stand to this day.
 HOOVER GENEALOGY: Our cousin, Mrs. Elizabeth DiRisio, is actively involved in research of this surname. It is likely the Hoover family were of Swiss-German origin and emigrated to Pennsylvania from the Rhineland of Germany long before the American Revolution.
Above family tree submitted by David A.
his attached notes follow
|1. Attached is a file on the
descendants of Andrew McEntee (1825-1901) and his wife, Anne McEntee
(same surname 1828-1887) married 23 APR 1847 in the parish of
Enniskeen, County Cavan. I have pretty solid information on their
descendants. My information on their ancestry is less certain. While
I have information on living descendants, I am reluctant to send
2. My McEntee were largely Roman Catholic and until the Land Acts of the 1850s, they were tenant farmers. When Andrew died in 1901 he left a Will indicating his ownership of the 35 acre farm at Cornamaugh, where he had initially been a tenant farmer in the 1840s. Having surviving the destruction of records in 1922 at the Four Courts, Andrew McEntee's Will is now held in the National Archives in Dublin. However, let me make a couple observations.
3. In the Hearth Money Rolls of the 1660s, there are only six McEntee heads of household listed, all residing on the border of Counties Armagh and Monaghan. From some maps showing the local of McEntee in Ulster in the 1860s, it would appear the family gradually took up lands and tenant farmers moving south and west from that origin over the next 200 years, distributing themselves across Monaghan and into the northern half of the eastern parishes of County Cavan also.
4. In a genealogical discussion in the late 1950s (about 1958) my aged cousin Anne Lynch (1890-1982) made a curious comment. She said that if I persisted in my genealogical research that I might find that the McEntee were Scots. She did not exactly say that wholly in a joking manner. I suppose I was exuding a bit of Irish pride. I always keep Anne's remark in mind. Anne was a very bright lady. She may have been speaking from some comment by an earlier generation. In more recent times I have learned that SOME of BOTH the tenants and landlords who came to Ulster in the "Plantation" period were -- Roman Catholic Scots. I just thought I'd mention that comment of Anne Lynch.
5. It was Anne Lynch who helped me locate my McEntee within County Cavan. When she was a young woman (1920s) she wrote letters for her Mother to relatives in Ireland. She knew the post office was "Kingscourt" in County Cavan as well as many of the names of children of Anne and Andrew McEntee. That gave me a good start. I've been doing a little genealogy for well over 40 years.