The McElree Family

The genealogy of the Henry McElree family from Ireland to Canada.


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Fort Qu'appelle, Canada
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News - updated information

July 29, 2017 Sometimes one just has to wait, finally the headstone of James and Jane McElree's headstone has been posted on the internet and I have posted it here, under photos, headstones.  Located in Greenwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Apparently there was another son, named James McElree who also passed away, unfortunately I cannot read the information on the photo of the headstone, if anyone can read the information on him please conatact me. 

February 23, 2016  Joseph McElree was left the McElree gravesites in Philadelphia, I have located Joseph as born in 1829 from Ireland living in Philadelphia in the 1850 Census, this Joseph McElree went on to become a minister and I have tracked him until 1870 in Philadelphia in the church, however do not have any further information as to marriage, children or death, if anyone has any information to share it would be appreciated.

May 28, 2015 - I have been puzzled why some people pronounce the name Mcelree and some people pronounce McELree, I learned something today, apparently there was one daughter in the William McElree family that thought the name should sound more "posh" so she started saying McELree and her family has continued with it to this day, let's not forget this for future generations. In Ireland it is pronounced Mcelree.  Perhaps another thing to remember is that in Census, Tithe Applotment and other records the name has been spelled McIlree, however this is not the known understanding and earliest known form of the name as we know it - 1640 Robert McElree, Kilconway, Finvoy, Antrim. 

May 23, 2015 -For years I have heard that the McElree/McIlree's were from Scotland because they were Presbyterians, however they were also Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic as well.   I have finished my search of the 1603-1630 muster and estate records and have found no McElree/McIlree's or anything similar to indicate that the family came over from Scotland as planters, I have also found no old records (from the 1600's) to indicate that McElree/McIlree or anything similar was recorded in Scotland.  The first mention of McElree in Scotland is in the late 1700-1800's  and they were noted to have come from Ireland. I am still on the search but at this time I would have to say that there is no evidence to indicate that the McElree's were Scot. 

March 22, 2015 - Census of 1831 a collection of McElree's from this census has been added to the page for 1831 Census, unfortunately our Henry McElree is transcribed as McEbree. 

June 9, 2014 - On contacting a genealogist for the Giolla Ri family from Ireland in search of any connection, it was learned that the Giolla Ri is a fairly new name when in the 1920's a member of the McElroy family assumed that McElroy was initially MacGiollri.  With more information available now this is not the case. 

January 28, 2014 - William Henry McElree's headstone added to photo's

January 3, 2014 - James McElree's Obituary and Coroners Inquest information added to documents.

September 25, 2013 - Sale of tenanted land in Ireland located, on Notes page.

September 8, 2012 - James, Jane, Ellen, Elizabeth located in Philadelphia along with their burial sites, info included on home page genealogy

September 03, 2012 - Headstones photo album added to photos.

August 4, 2012 - Info on the Lavina Evoy McElrees family who moved to Saskatchewan and lived in the same district as Henry and Levina, under notes and ideas.

June 15, 2012 -location of James and Jane McElree family in Pennsylvania and what happened to them.

March 6, 2012 - with the kind permission of Deane McElree I have posted a link to his genealogical research,. Deane is the descendant of John McElree, Maghera;  Henry McElree and John McElree were brothers.according to DNA tests showing a 5th generation connection done in 2010. 

March 2, 2012 - 1871 Canadian Census with Henry living with the Evoys posted.   

February 23, 2012 - 1834/35 Seasonal Migration List for Maghera and Termoneeny from the Ordinance Survey Memoirs

February 22, 201 2 - Finally the 1831 Census is posted for Termoneeny

February 16, 2012 - check the photo section for new additions to shipping lists, photo of the ship the McElree's came over on and more. 

February 14, 2012 Under photo's, certificates Henry McElree's death certificate, James and Janes marriage certificate, William Henry's death certificate and Lavina's death certificate.  It should be noted that some of the information is incorrect on these certificates but they are the people in the family - particularly Lavida instead of Lavina, William Henry being born in Manitoba which is not correct.  If anyone has copies of James and Janes death certificates I would appreciate being able to add it to the site.

February 11, 2012 - Some family photos,  if anyone has anymore to offer please contact  me.                                                                Canadian Census 1901 and 1911 added. 

February 9, 2012 - new photos and copies of research verifying information, Valuation of Termoneeny

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