EARLS FAMILY CHRONICLES

© Christopher Earls Brennen

Appendix 4A. McCLOY FAMILIES

TANNABRACK McCLOY FAMILY

The following family is probably related to our McCloy family but has not as yet been connected. Tannabrack is adjacent to or in Munie South.

John McCloy was born about 1783 and lived in Tannabrack. He married a woman named Sarah born about 1796. They had several children listed below. John died in April 1862 at the age of 78; Sarah died in January 1869 at the age of 72. Both are buried in the graveyard of the old Glenarm church at Glebe where their gravestone reads:
``Erected by D. and W. McCloy in memory of their father John McCloy of Tannabrack who died April 1862 aged 78 years also their mother Sarah who died January 1869 aged 72 years also their brother Alexander who died February 1878 aged 64 years and two brothers and a sister who died in infancy.''
As this states John and Sarah McCloy had a number of children:

  1. D.(Daniel?) McCloy.
  2. W.(William?) McCloy.
  3. Alexander McCloy was born about 1814 and died in February 1878 aged 64.
In addition John and Sarah McCloy had two sons and one daughter all of whom died in infancy.


FAMILY OF DAVID McCLOY OF LARNE

David McCloy was born in Larne about 1812 and built up a prosperous grocery business in Old Town Street, Larne. In 1839, he married Agnes Wilson, born about 1818, and they had at least 7 children. They are listed in the 1851 Census as occupying a house in Old Town Street, Larne with their children, an 18-year-old visitor Ellen Connor and a 24-year-old servant Jane Maxwell. They must have moved before the Griffith Valuation of about 1860 for in that document, David is listed as leasing a house and yard in Mill Street worth 12 pounds and a small parcel of land of about an acre and a half in the Larne townparks. He also sublets a house in Black's Lane worth two pounds to a John Clements. The family moved to Newtownards where David managed a quarry and then moved to Belfast. Perhaps these moves occurred after his wife Agnes died. Agnes died on Dec.13, 1867, at the age of 48; David died on Sep.5, 1883, at the age of 73. They are buried in the Larne and Inver Parish Church graveyard, Larne, where their gravestone reads:
``Erected by David McCloy in memory of his wife Agnes Wilson who died on the 13th Dec. 1867 aged 48 years. Also his son John Wilson McCloy, M.D., M.S.O.C.B., who died 20th March 1868 aged 25 years. The above named David McCloy died 5th Sept. 1883 aged 73 years.''
The children of David and Agnes McCloy:

  1. Agnes McCloy was born in Larne about 1841 and is listed as a 9-year-old schoolgirl living with her parents in the 1851 Census.
  2. John Wilson McCloy was born in Larne on Feb.1, 1843, and is listed as as an 8-year-old schoolboy living with his parents in the 1851 Census. A brilliant young man, he won many scholarships at Queen's College, Belfast, and graduated with honours in medicine at such a young age that he was delayed in receiving his M.D. degree. He went on to serve the Cunard Company as a ship's surgeon and in 1967 was appointed chief surgeon to the Great Eastern Steamship. He composed a well-known local poem ``Summer Impressions in Mullaghsandal'' which was published in 1877 along with other writings. John had contracted fever and cholera and died tragically on Mar.20, 1868, at his home in Larne. Family memory recalls that drink may have contributed to his early death.
  3. Elleanor McCloy was born in Larne about 1844 and is listed as a 6-year-old schoolgirl living with her parents in the 1851 Census.
  4. Sarah McCloy was born in Larne about 1846 and is listed as a 4-year-old schoolgirl living with her parents in the 1851 Census.
  5. Mary McCloy was born in Larne about 1847 and is listed as a 3-year-old schoolgirl living with her parents in the 1851 Census.
  6. Thomas McCloy was born in Larne about 1849 and is listed as living with his parents in the 1851 Census.
  7. David Edward McCloy was born in Larne about 1854 and emigrated to Huron County, Ontario, Canada. On Nov.19, 1879, in Seaforth, Ontario, he married Alma Maria Dalziel, the daughter of John Dalziel, a native of New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, and Emma Matthews, daughter of a copper miner of Chacewater, Cornwall, England. Alma Maria was born in Scotland about 1854. David and Alma and their family are listed as resident in Seaforth, Ontario, in the 1881 Census. However it would appear that shortly thereafter they moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. David McCloy died in October 1884 as a result of a fall from a grain elevator which he had contracted to build in Virden, Manitoba. The children of David and Alma McCloy:
    1. John Matthews McCloy was born about 1882. He was a slightly built man of about 125 lbs but very muscular being only 5ft. 4in. tall. He loved sports and played on local hockey teams. He was transferred to Calgary as a representative for a leather goods distributor, Ames Holden and Co. In 1908 at the age of 26 he married Kate Moir Nimmons in Leithbridge, Alberta. Kate was the fifth child of William Nimmons and Isabella Munnock who were married in England in 1883. William had emigrated to Canada made money in the fast growing Winnipeg, at that time a center for the development of the Canadian prairies. Thus the Nimmons became a well-to-do Calgary family and the Nimmons residence built in 1892 in the city of Calgary is a noted historical landmark. John and Kate McCloy had five children:
      1. John David McCloy was born Apr.13, 1909, and never married. He died on Feb.15, 1988.
      2. Isabella Kathleen McCloy was born Mar.11, 1911. She married Edwin Frederick Stevens on Aug.10, 1932, and they had two children, Susan Isabella Stevens who married a man called Weicker and Terence Edwin Stevens. Isabella died on Aug.16, 1969.
      3. William Dalziel McCloy was born May 19, 1913. He married Gertrude Power on Oct.18, 1942, and they had three children, Patricia Lynn McCloy who married a man named Hanna, Brian William McCloy and Jack Warren McCloy. Jack Warren McCloy had three sons, Jason, Jeremy and Keven McCloy. William McCloy died on Aug.6, 1991.
      4. Dalziel Moir McCloy was born Jun.5, 1917. He married Jean Ellen McPherson on Dec.19, 1942, and they had three children, Sharon Jane McCloy who married a man named Dudar, Dalziel Bain McCloy and Ellen McCloy who married a man named Campbell. Dalziel McCloy died on Jan.21, 1983.
      5. Terrence Robert McCloy was born Apr.6, 1921. He married Laurel Nina Featherley on Jun.21, 1941, and they had two children, Terrence John McCloy and D'Arcy Dennis McCloy. Terrence John McCloy has no children. D'Arcy Dennis McCloy who is now deceased had two children, Paul Andrew and Jane Ann McCloy. Terrence Robert McCloy lives at 3023 7St.S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2T 2X6, Canada.
    2. David Edward McCloy was born in May, 1885, after his father's death. He died in infancy on Dec.23, 1885, apparently from an improperly prepared dose of vaccine.


SECOND ALEXANDER McCLOY FAMILY

From T.R. McCloy of Calgary, we learn of a second Alexander McCloy who coincidentally also married a Margaret Kane:

Alexander McCloy was born on Dec.24, 1810, in Ballymena, County Antrim. He may have had six siblings including William. By a somewhat suspicious coincidence this Alexander also married a Margaret Kane, born in Ballymena on the same day as Alexander. They were married in the spring of 1831. All of their children were born in Ireland. On May 25, 1847, the family left Belfast for Canada where they planned to join relatives in Huron County, Ontario. Alexander died of a fever in Preston, Ontario. Homes were found for some of children while son, Alexander, stayed with his mother. Margaret McCloy was married again, to Euphraim Willson and died in 1892. The children of Alexander and Margaret McCloy:

  1. David McCloy was born in Ireland in 1832 and emigrated to Canada with his parents in 1847. He was given to foster parents after his father died. He married Annie Byrens of Waterdown in Berlin, Ontario, on Nov.12, 1857. He bought lot 13, Con 13 Mornington in the wilderness and he and his wife lived as pioneers on their land which they developed into a farm. David died on Mar.9, 1917. There exists a fairly detailed account of the lives of David and Annie McCloy and their children. The children:
    1. Kassindro McCloy was married in December 1882 to John Kopas of Wallace near Listowel where they lived for a number of years. Later they moved to a farm near Moorefield and finally to a larger farm near Elora. They had eight sons and four daughters. John Kopas died in March 1929.
    2. Margaret McCloy was married in May 1882 to Isaac Bailey of Maryborough. They had one son and two daughters. Isaac died in January 1918.
    3. Sarah McCloy became a school teacher, teaching for over forty years in Ontario, the last 27 in Toronto. After retirement in 1926 she married David Clapp of The Pas, Manitoba. He died in Vancouver in January 1927.
    4. Ephraim McCloy became an agent for a company selling farm implements. He married Flora Hawke of Wingham in May 1891. Later they moved to Detroit where their daughter lived.
    5. Marietta McCloy married Walter Pembroke Rennie in May 1895. He was a travelling salesman for groceries. They lived in London and then moved to Listowel. They had one son and two daughters; their eldest daughter, Jean, died in April 1904.
    6. Tessa McCloy married Charles Coots of Dorking in October 1891.
    7. Alfred McCloy moved to Stratford and on Christmas Day 1901 married Belle Gibson of Wellesley Township. She died in November 1911 leaving one son and three daughters. In March 1915, Alfred married Isabel Matheson of Embro and they had one son. The youngest daughter, Greta, died in September 1929 at the age of 21.
    8. Herbert McCloy died on Apr.12, 1892, at the age of 13.
  2. William McCloy was born in Ireland. He was cared for by foster parents after his father died.
  3. Alexander McCloy was born in Ireland.
  4. John McCloy was born in Ireland. He died in Canada at the age of 6 and is buried beside his father.
  5. Thomas McCloy was born in Ireland. He died in Canada shortly after his father, beside whom he is buried.
  6. Andrew McCloy was born in Ireland. He died in Canada shortly after his father, beside whom he is buried.
  7. Mary McCloy was cared for by foster parents after her father died.

Last updated 9/9/99.


Christopher E. Brennen