The Irish surname McCabe is patronymic in origin, being derived from the forename of the original bearer's father. In this case the surname, found in Irish as Mac Caba, denotes simply the "son of Caba". The surname is in fact of Scottish origin and arrived in Ireland from the Western Isles around the year 1350. The early bearers were descended from the Clan Mac Leod of Arran and were leaders of the gallowglasses (mercenary soldiers ultimately of Norse-Hebridean origin) in the armies of the O' Reillys and O' Rourkes, the principal septs of Breffny and princes of Oriel. The McCabes continued as gallowglasses for two centuries and their chiefs held the titles Constable of Breffny, Constable of Oriel and Constable of the two Breffnys, Fermanagh and Oriel. In time the McCabes came to be regarded, themselves, as a Breffny sept and held large areas of land in Counties Monaghan and Cavan. The principal families McCabe were dispossessed of their lands in the Catholic debacle following the Battle of Aughtrim in 1691.

Aut vincere aut mori

To conquer or to die


*Family #1: McCABE of Adjala Township, Simcoe County, Ontario*

***scroll down page to view genealogy of:

*Family #2: McCABE of King Township, York County, Ontario*



Patrick "Paul" McCABE [b1841], son of pioneer John McCABE [b1813] and Jane LOWRY [b1816], with his wife Mary HUGHES [b1846], the daughter of Thomas HUGHES [b1809] and Ann MARSHALL [b1823]

c1907 Athlone, Simcoe Co., Ontario

[Paul lost part of his left arm to the threshing machine in a farming accident]


Family # 1

Early Pioneer Settlers of Adjala Township



Family Patriarch

1. Thomas McCABE (c1781?-....) m Elizabeth BYRNE (....-....)

and lived in the Civil Parish of Clonenagh and Clonagheen, Townland of Clonenagh, Barony of Maryborough West, Poor Law Union of Montmellick, Queen's (Laois/Leix) Co., IRELAND

On April 3, 1824 the parish priest of Clonenagh (Clonmacnois) recorded in his Vestry Minutes that Paul, Thomas Jr. and Peter McCABE, sons of Thomas McCABE and Elizabeth BYRNE had departed the parish for Canada.

John McCABE, younger son, presumably emigrated at a later date.


2. Paul McCABE [1797 - 1838] m Esther DUNNE (DUNN) [1799 - 1886]

3. Thomas McCABE, Jr. [c1795 - 1863] m Frances SELBY [1795 -1850]

4. Peter McCABE [1811 - 1875] m Ellen KEENAN [1821 - 1897]

* 5. John McCABE [ 1813 - 1874] m Jane LOWRY [1816 - 1863]



Thomas McCabe, Jr. : east half of lots 17 & 18 in concession 6

Paul McCabe : west half of lot 17 in concession 6


Paul McCabe died, age 41, in 1838

A patent was registered for the east half of lots 17 & 18 in concession 6, in 1840 by

Thomas McCabe, Jr.



2.Pioneer, Paul McCABE [1797-1838] m Esther DUNNE (DUNN) [1799-1886] d/o John Dunne and Unknown Wife, and had two known children:

i. Mary McCABE [1828-1896] m John COLITON (CULLITON) [1813-1886] s/o Daniel Coliton and Elizabeth Carroll, having ten children:

a. William COLITON [1846-....]

b. Elizabeth COLITON [1851-1873]

c. Ester A. COLITON [1852-1854]

d. Mary COLITON [1856-....]

e. Sarah COLITON [1858-....] m James G............[....-....]

f. Joseph COLITON [1861-....]

g. Peter COLITON [1863-....]

h. Ester Ann COLITON [1866-....]

i. Patrick COLITON [1869-....]

j. Julia T. COLITON [1871-1872]


ii. Peter D. McCABE [1831-1911] m Bridget MEAGHER (MAHER) [1842-1918] d/o Phillip Meagher and Elizabeth Treacey, having two known children:

a. Paul Ambrose McCABE [1872-1936] m Mary KEOGH [1880-1950] d/o George Keogh and Mary Doyle

b. Mary Catherine McCABE [1877-1960] m (William) John Michael A. MALONE [1877-1955]



3.Pioneer, Thomas McCABE, Jr. [....-1863] m Frances SELBY (also born Queen's Co.)(Protestant) [1795-1850] and had seven children:

i.Paul McCABE [1822-1907] m Anastasia (Ann) SULLIVAN [1827-1911] (widow of Richard TRACEY (TREACEY) d/o Thomas Sullivan and Ellen Stack, having four children:

a. Thomas Joseph McCABE [1864-1928] m Rosanna KING [....-....] d/o John King and Ellen Doyle

b. Peter Melvin McCABE [1867-1946] m Edith HALL [....-....]

c. Sarah Ann McCABE [1868-1907]

d. John J. McCABE [1871-1907]


ii. John McCABE [1828-....] m Mary McGEE [1840-....] d/o James McGee and Judith Tremblay, having on known child:

a. Mary Ann McCABE [1867-....]


iii. Sarah McCABE [1830-....]

iv. William McCABE [1832-....]

v. Charles McCABE [1837-....]

vi. Elizabeth McCABE [....-....]


vii. James McCABE [....-....] m Ellen LAWLOR (LALOR) [....-....] d/o John Lawlor (Lalor) and Margaret Conroy (also of Queen's Co. Ireland), having eight children:

a. Elizabeth Ann McCABE [1854-....]

b. Elisa Margaret McCABE [1856-....]

c. Ann Maria McCABE [1858-....]

d. Sarah Jane McCABE [1861-....] m William MALONEY [....-....]

e. James McCABE [1863-....]

f. Mary "Helena" McCABE [1866-....] m William McDONALD [1851-....] s/o John McDonald and Mary Glenn

g. Thomas Selby McCABE [1869-1923] m Unknown Wife [....-....]

h. Emma Theresa McCABE [1871-....]



4. Pioneer, Peter McCABE [1811-1875] m Ellen KEENAN [1821-1897] d/o John Keenan and Eleanor Montague, and had nine children:

i. Thomas McCABE [1846-1897] m Sarah DOYLE [1848-1890] d/o James Doyle and Mary Anne McGoey, having nine children:

a. Peter A. McCABE [1872-1888]

b. Ellen McCABE [ 1873-1896]

c. Sarah Ann McCABE [1874-....]

d. Mary Catherine McCABE [1876-1920] m John SWEENEY [1874-1959] s/o Daniel Sweeney and Susan Harrigan

e. James Charles McCABE [ 1877-1954] m Josie MAHON [1877-1969] d/o James Mahon and Catherine Creenan

f. Margaret Ellen McCABE [1878-....]

g. Thomas Henry "Harry" McCABE [1880-1976]

h. John Francis McCABE [1883-1895]

i. Francis John McCABE [1885-....]


ii. James McCABE [1847-1922] m Anne HANLEY [1859-1947] d/o Richard Hanley and Mary Tracey

iii. Peter McCABE [1848-1926]

iv. Margaret McCABE [1849-....]



v. Ellen McCABE [1851-1886] m Thomas Quinlan McGOEY [1844-1908] s/o Patrick McGoey and Margaret Quinlan, having seven children:

a. Margaret Frances McGOEY [1872-....] m Joseph FINN [c1866-....] s/o John Quinn and Margaret Quinlan

b. Patrick D. McGOEY [1873-....] m Kathleen BRAZIL [1891-1968] d/o Francis Brazil and Anne Kidd

c. Mary Ellen McGOEY [1874-....] m Charles WALLACE [....-....]

d. Peter Ambrose McGOEY [1877-1965] m Mary Florence O'LEARY [1886-1961] d/o Daniel F. O'Leary and Mary Small

e. Joseph McGOEY [1878-....] m Josephine HECK [....-....] d/o Bernard Heck and Mary O'Leary

f. Genevieve McGOEY [1881-....] m Unknown Dr. LONERGAN [....-....]

g. Martina McGOEY [1883-....]



vi. Mary Jane McCABE [c1852-....] m Bernard DOYLE [c1851-....] s/o Thomas Doyle and Mary McGoey

vii. Sarah Ann McCABE [1853-1887] m Bernard James DOYLE [1852-1910] s/o James Doyle and Mary Anne McGoey, having six children:

a. James Francis DOYLE [1879-....]

b. Peter Norman DOYLE [1880-1886]

c. Thomas Vincent DOYLE [1883-....]

d. Ellen Justina DOYLE [1885-....] m Unknown McMORRIS [....-....]

e. William Joseph DOYLE [1885-....] (twin of Ellen)

f. Joseph Ivan DOYLE [1887-....]


viii. John McCABE [1855-1924]

ix. Theresa McCABE [1859-1936] m Daniel HARRIGAN [1857-1918] s/o William James Harrigan and Sarah Ann Harkins, having five children:

a. Wilfred HARRIGAN [....-....]

b. Francis HARRIGAN [1893-1976]

c. Vincent HARRIGAN [1894-1974]

d. Theresa HARRIGAN [1897-....]

e. Helena HARRIGAN [1899-....]



5. *Pioneer, John McCABE [1813-1874] m Jane LOWRY [1816-1863] and had twelve children:


i. Peter McCABE [1835-1878] m Bridget O'LEARY [1843-1919] d/o Patrick O'Leary and Hanora Carey, having six children:

a. Jane McCABE [1867-1867]

b. Anne McCABE [1868-1880]

c. Joseph Daniel McCABE [ 1870-....]

d. William McCABE [1871-....]

e. John McCABE [1874-1875]

f. Peter McCABE [1877-....]


ii. Elizabeth (Eliza) McCABE [1839-....] m Charles BURNE [c1832-....] s/o John Burne and Rose Dougherty



* iii. Patrick "Paul" McCABE [1841-1923] m Mary HUGHES [1846-1925] d/o Thomas Hughes and Ann Marshall, having nine children:

John "Francis", Matthew Joseph, Patrick "Paul" McCABE, Mary (nee HUGHES), Peter,
Mary Theresa and Charles Leo

Athlone, Simcoe County, Ontario c1907

a. John Francis "Frank" McCABE [1867-1946] m Agnes Matilda HUGHES [1878-1946]

b. Anne Marie McCABE [1870-1919] m John WHELAN [1870-1960] s/o James Whelan and Catherine Kelly

c. Margaret Jane McCABE [1872-1903]

d. Thomas "Jerome" McCABE [1874-1875]

e. Matthew Joseph McCABE [ 1876-1947]

* f. Mary Theresa McCABE [1880-1962] m Patrick Joseph McCABE (King Twp. family) [1880-1971] s/o John Joseph McCabe, Sr. and Ellen Trainor

g. Peter McCABE [1885-1946] m Theresa Margaret RYAN [1886-1966] d/o Michael Ryan and Anne King

h. Paul McCABE [1885-....] (d New York State, USA) (twin of Peter) m Margaret ......... [....-....]

i. Charles Leo McCABE [1890-1964] m Julia McNAMARA [1892-19..] d/o Michael McNamara and Margaret Wallace


iv. Patrick McCABE [....-....]

v. John McCABE [1843-....]

vi. Sarah McCABE [1845-....] m Hugh MOHAN [c1832-....] s/o Patrick Mohan and Mary Rooney, having one known child:

a. Mary Jane MOHAN [1864-....]


vii. Mary Jane McCABE [1850-1874]

viii. Hannah McCABE [1854-1942] (spinster)

ix. Margaret Ann McCABE [1856-....]


x. Francis Ambrose McCABE [1865-....] m Ellen MORROW [1865-....] d/o Francis Casserly Morrow and Eleanor Heydon, and emigrated to the Dakota Territory, USA, having three known children born there, and died in Washington State, USA:

a. Castleman McCABE [1897-....]

b. Cletus McCABE [1899-....]

c. Mercedes McCABE [1809-....]


xi. Thomas McCABE [....-....]

xii. James McCABE [....-....]




Descendants of these pioneer Ontario settlers and their families live in Adjala and the

neighbouring townships to the present day


To be continued...



50 th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - 1955 - Tecumseth Township, Simcoe County, Ontario

Patrick Joseph McCABE [1880-1971], son of John Joseph McCABE, Sr.[b1850] and (Mary) Ellen TRAINOR [b1848]

King Township McCABE Family

Mary Theresa McCABE [1880-1962], daughter of Patrick "Paul" McCABE [b1841] and Mary HUGHES [b1846]

Adjala Township McCABE Family

- some of their children and grandchildren -




Early Settlers of King Township


Patrick McCABE

son of Thomas McCABE and Ellen SULLIVAN, native of Saul (near Kilclief), Co. Down, Ireland

to King Township, York County, Ontario, CANADA


* followed by his wife, Cecilia DENNIS, daughter of John DENNIS and Sarah DALY




The Vestry Minutes and, the Parish Registry of Saul, Co. Down, Ireland, respectively, record both the marriage of Patrick McCABE and Cecilia DENNIS on November 1, 1842 and, the birth of their daughter, Susanna McCABE on September 18, 1844.

It is recorded in the Canada Land Company Remittance Books for 1843-1847 that Patrick McCABE sent money from Lloydtown, King Township, Ontario care of the Kilcleif Post Office, Strangford, near Downpatrick, Co. Down, Ireland "to pay Cecilia McCABE's passage and outfit to Canada".

Cecilia brought with her their infant daughter, Susanna McCABE


Patrick McCABE took up a grant of land near the junction of the Fifth Concession and Sixteenth Sideroad of King Township

His holding was eventually to be known as "King Ridge Farm" which, a century later, was designated as a "Century Farm" of Ontario.

Of historical interest is the fact that this "farm" lay along the geographical "ridge" in "King" Township which separated the major watershed between Lake Simcoe and Lake Ontario.

Thus, the name, "King Ridge Farm".



* Patrick McCABE [1815-1905] m Cecilia DENNIS [1821-1853] d/o John Dennis and Sarah Daly, having three children:

1. Susanna McCABE (born Saul, Co. Down, Ireland) [1844-1921] m John J.O'CONNOR [....-....] (possibly son of Patrick O'Connor and Bridget (Elizabeth) ............, and had four children:

i. Mary Cecilia O'CONNOR [1881-1969] m Joseph Patrick HODGINS [1874-1955] s/o Michael J. Hodgins and Mary Guthrie

ii. John Joseph O'CONNOR [1883-....]

iii. James Albert O'CONNOR [1884-....]

iv. Susanna Margaret O'CONNOR [1886-....] m Thomas O'LEARY [....-....]



2. Bernard McCABE [1848-1916] m Ellen O'CONNOR [1855-1924] d/o Cornelius O'Connor and Catherine Trainor, and had three children:

i. Bernard John McCABE [1880-....] m Alfreda DEACON [....-....] having one known child:

a. Unknown Son McCABE [....-....]



ii. Cornelius McCABE [1882-1957] m (1) Laura Helena CASEY [1891-1937] d/o Daniel Casey and Mary Ann Trainor, having two children:

a. Irene McCABE [....-....] m W. BRILLISFORD [....-....]

b. Helena McCABE [....-....] m R. A. FISHER [....-....]

& m (2) Ella COSGROVE [1891-1972] d/o William H. Cosgrove and Mary Ann Kelly



iii. Patrick Denver McCABE [1884-1967] m (1) Agnes BYRNE [1892-1976] d/o Martin Byrne and Mary Elizabeth Harrison, having two children:

a. Francis McCABE [....-....]

b. Mary Susan McCABE-STRAUSS [....-....] m Wilfred Francis DUGGAN [1918-1990] s/o James Duggan and Mary McDougal


& m (2) Esther McGUNNESS [....-....] (widow of ..........HULLEY)


3. * John Joseph McCABE Sr.[1850 - 1931] m (Mary) Ellen TRAINOR [1848- 1933] d/o Patrick Trainor and Catherine Cranney (Cranny), and had five children:


* i. Patrick Joseph McCABE [1880 - 1971] m Mary Theresa McCABE (Adjala family) [1880 1962] d/o Patrick "Paul" McCabe and Mary Hughes, having ten children:

a. Mary Theresa McCABE [1906-1977] m John Francis WALSH [1898-1976] s/o Thomas Walsh and Mary Ann Coliton

b. Helena Ann McCABE [1908-....] m James Henry GILMORE [1903-1983] s/o James Gilmore and Honorah Horan

c. Agnes Pauline McCABE [1909-1996] (spinster)

d. John Francis McCABE [1912-1987] m Monica Rose TARDIVAL [1918-....] d/o john Tardival and Florence Mynard

e. Margaret Rose McCABE [1916-1998] m John WOOD [1910-1958] s/o John Wood and Jessica Cooper

f. Frances Edith Cavelle McCABE [1918-1994] m John Leon FLANAGAN [1915-1949] s/o William Flanagan and Mary Montague

g. Monica Loretta McCABE [1920-1996] m Clarence Ambrose DUGGAN [1922-....] s/o James Duggan and Mary McDougal

h. Patrick "Gerrard" McCABE [1923-....] m Christine McGUIRE [1920-....] d/o Christopher Basil McGuire and Mary Ann Elizabeth O'Brien

i. Louis Bernard McCABE [1926-1991] m (1) Elizabeth WINDLE [....-....]

f. Michael Francis McCABE [1931-....] m (1) Joyce Lynne WAUCHUPE [1925-1996] d/o Nelson Wauchupe and Pearl Lynn



ii. John Joseph McCABE Jr. [1881-1942] m Mary MEAGHER [1886-1962] d/o John Joseph Meagher and Bridget Quinn, having eight children:

a.John McCABE [1906-1917]

b. Noel Herbert McCABE [1908-1988] m Marion Veronica FLYNN [1914-1990] d/o Thomas Flynn and Ada Marion Cushion

c. Marion McCABE [1910-1917]

d. Lawrence McCABE [1912-1915]

e. Carol McCABE [1914-1969] m William HARPER [....-....]

f. Josephine McCABE [1916-1980] m Joseph HOTCHKISS [....-....]

g. Dorothy Agnes McCABE [1922-....] m James Dew STEWART [1922-....] s/o George Samuel Stewart and Caroline Esther Dew

h. Edward McCABE [1924-1946]


iii. Charles Francis McCABE [1882-1944] (bachelor)

iv. Laura Mary McCABE [1884-aft.1901] ( died in childhood )

v. Agnes Helena McCABE [1890-1944] (spinster)



During the Great Depression of the 1930's Rev. Francis McGOEY began his ambitious social and humanitarian project, " the Sacred Heart Community " (originally called Mount St. Francis) designed to provide new lives for hard working but destitute families struggling on relief in Toronto.

In 1934, John Joseph McCABE Sr. loaned 12 acres on the west half of lot 18, concession 4, to Father McGoey in order to establish the first five families in temporary homes on two acres of land each.

In 1935 these families were able to move into their permanent homes built on 50 acres of land on the south side of the 16th sideroad west of present day Hwy. 400, sold to the project by John Joseph Sr.

Further to this, John Joseph McCABE Sr. donated land from the family farm to the Archdiocese, for the building of the first Sacred Heart Church and cemetery, on the north west corner of the intersection of the Fifth Concession and the Sixteenth Sideroad of King Township.

Old "Sacred Heart Church" (Mt. St. Francis) built 1930

A new brick church was erected in 1960 after the roof of the old church collapsed under the weight of heavy snowfall.



Descendants of these early settlers continue to live in King and the neighbouring townships to this day.



We are continuing to unravel the " threads of time" and would be pleased to communicate with others who are researching these names in King Twp. and environs and thus back to Ireland.


To be continued...

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