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From: "Perry Streeter" <>
Subject: [DRISCOLL] DRISCOLL; McKean Co., PA; 1800s
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2001 17:22:11 -0800

DRISCOLL/McAULIFFE/REGAN; Annin Township, McKean Co., PA; 1800s

Q.How were the DRISCOLLs related to Michael and Brigid (REGAN) McAULIFFE?

My great-great-grandmother, Mary (McAULIFFE) O'KIEFF, was born in Sartwell,
Annin Township, McKean Co., PA. Her death certificate incorrectly
identifies her parents as Dennis and Mary (DRISCOLL) MacAULLIFFE; she was
actually the dau. of Michael and Brigid (REGAN) McAULIFFE.

Whoever provided the information for Mary's death certificate must have
confused the names of her parents with those of her husband, Michael-2
O'KIEFF; Michael was the son of Dennis-1 and Mary (DUNN) O'KEEFFE. Based on
the misidentification of Mary (McAULIFFE) O'KIEFF'S mother on her death
certificate, it seems probable that the DRISCOLLs were somehow related to
the McAULIFFES or the REGANS. Like the McAULIFFEs, the DRISCOLL family of
Sartwell also immigrated from County Cork via Rochester, New York.

"Newell Creek and neighborhood [Annin Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania]
were settled about fifty years ago. Among the names of old families are...
Murty and Patrick DRISCOLL, ..., Jerry RILEY, Michael McAULLIFFE, ..."
("Annin Township--Ceres Township," History of Counties McKean, Elk, Cameron,
and Potter, Pennsylvania, p. 226)

Many of these Irish families were members of St. Mary's Roman Catholic
Church in Sartwell. The congregation was formed in 1842 and the first
church was built in 1847. The following excerpt is from A History of St.
Mary's Catholic Church, Sartwell, Annin Township, McKean County; The First
130 Years: 1847-1977 by Joseph A. Plunkett:

"Sartwell Parish records supply us with a list of nearly a hundred of its
pioneers, in many instances giving the names of wives and children as well.
For the sake of brevity we cite here only the names of heads of families
and, where possible, the year of their coming to Sartwell...

1845--Murtaugh and Patrick DRISCOLL, Dennis DRISCOLL, ...
1846--..., Michael and John McAULLIFFE..."

Numerous members of the DRISCOLL family are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery
including Mortimer (85 years old) and Sophia (1820-1886); and Patrick
(1820-1898) and Bridget (1829-19__). Mortimer or Murtaugh "Murty" and
Patrick "DRISCAL" were also natives of County Cork, Ireland who immigrated
through Rochester, Monroe County, New York (Mary Beth Olmor, Driscoll
GenForum posting [7 September 1998]); Murtaugh is also an Irish surname.
Per the 1850 Census of Ceres Township, "Murty DRISKAL" was born in Ireland
about 1822; Sophia was born in New York about 1825. Mortimer and Sophia
(McLOUGHLIN) O'DRISCOLL had the following children born in Pennsylvania:
Jeremiah, born about 1847; Francis, born about 1848; and Mary born in 1850;
as well as the following children baptised at St. Mary's Church, Sartwell:
Denis/Dionis on 6 September 1851; John on 6 February 1853; and Elizabeth on
3 May 1857. Patrick and Bridget were also residing in Murty's household;
they had a been married within the previous year; both were born in
Ireland--he in circa 1826 and she in circa 1827.

The DRISCOLL family has an interesting a connection between the parishes of
St. Mary's in Sartwell and St. Ann's in Hornell, Steuben County, New York.
Jeremiah DRISCOLL, son of Murty and Sophia (McLOUGHLIN) DRISCOLL, was
married at St. Ann's on 20 September 1871 to Abigail REILLY (Liber
Matrimonorium; Missionis circa Hornell's-Villam).

Thanks for your help,


Perry Streeter ()

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