The McElree Family

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

Further information and Family Stories:

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

January 03, 2014

06-08-1879 Coroners Inquest                                                                                                                           Also in the case o, aged 49 years, who was employed as a laborer on the Richmond branch of the Reading Railroad.  Last Saturday the deceased was on a freight train near Trenton and  Kensington avenues and was run over.  Both legs were cut off and he died almost instantly.  There were no witnesses to the accident, but it is supposed he got off the train on one side when it stopped and then tried to crawl through to the other side when the train started and the wheels passed over both his legs.  Verdict, accidentally run over and killed.


04-08-1879 Obituary                                                                                                                                             MCELREE - Suddenly, on the 2d inst., JAMES McELREE, in the 49th year of his age.                                                     The hour of my departure come,                                                                                                                                 I hear the voice that calls me home;                                                                                                                          At last , O Lord, let troubles cease,                                                                                                                         And let thy servant die in peace,                                                                                                                              The race appointed I have run,                                                                                                                               The combat's o'er, the prize is won;                                                                                                                        And now my witness is on high,                                                                                                                                 And now my record's in the sky.                                                                                                                                 Not in mine innocence I trust,                                                                                                                                      I bow before in the dust;                                                                                                                                       And through my Saviour's blood alone,                                                                                                                         I look for mercy at thy throne.                                                                                                                                    I leave the world without a tear,                                                                                                                             Save for the friends I held so dear;                                                                                                                           To heal their sorrow, Lord descend,                                                                                                                         And to the friendless prove a friend,                                                                                                                            I come, I come, at they command,                                                                                                                              I give my spirit to thy hand;                                                                                                                                  Stretch forth thine everlasting arms,                                                                                                                       And shield me in the last alarms.                                                                                                                            Keep these lines to remember me,                                                                                                                              When no more on earth my face you'll see,                                                                                                             God thought it best to call me home,                                                                                                                      And never more on earth to roam.                                                                                                                         Safe in the arms of Jesus.                                                                                                                                       The relatives and friends of the family, also True Knights Lodge, No. 220 , K. Of P., are respectfully  invited to attend his funeral, from his late residence, 2802 C street, above Kensington avenue on Tuesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock.  To proceed to the K Of P. Greenwood  Cemetery.                     

August 6, 2013                                                                                                                                         Ordinance Survey Memories 1863 James McElree house 8, rented from Mary Alice Mitchell. House, Office land.   House land taxes 9.50 pounds, buildings .50 pounds, total 9 pounds 10 shillings. 1869 tenanted land sold to Robert Paul, 1893 tenanted land sold to Archibald Paul,  1915 purchased by Archibald Paul, 1929 land sold to Thomas Paul.                                                                          

June 15  2013                                                                                                                                                                     In the survey of 1639 Confiscations in the Barony of Keenaght,  it is noted that Manus McKilreagh (McGilreagh) is deceased as a resident of Cloghan/Cleegan, Baltragh, Keenaght (Limivady, Ballycarton) his son Donnell/Daniel McManus O'Mullen is stated as an Irish protestant convert who hung onto his land in the Haberdasher portion until 1654 when it was seized by Sir Robert Maxwell.   The O'Mullens provided a warrior class to the O'Cathan (O'Kane), Mullan means tonsured, a hair cut done by monastaries in Irish.  Manus McKilreagh is also referred to as Manus McKilreagh O'Mullen which put together would mean Manus son of the servant of the king, warrior.   

March 23,  2013                                                                                                                                    Termoneeny is referred to as Mullaghfarney in the Magherafelt Plan for 2015, which is interesting as farney also means a clan of the Oriel who conquered the area, according to the Masters document which would mean that Mullaghfarney would be the hill of the clan farney, which would also tie in with the number of Ariel/Oriel names in the area.   Mullagh is found in ancient times as Mullafarney on the maps and in records.  Mullafarney may mean hill of the alders possibly denoting a druid site? It is also found as Mullahenry  hill of the henry's and Mullaghkarney hill of the winners.


August 4,  2012                                                                                                                                                                                   Lavina McElrees (Evoy) family listed in the 1901 Census of Saskatchewan, Assiniboia District the same area as Henry and Lavina


39Evoy MathewMHeadMJun 101826
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1939Evoy MargaretFWifeMNov 61828
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2039Evoy RobenaFDaughterSSep 221850
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2140Evoy James WMHeadMJul 231860
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2240Evoy ElizabethFWifeMFeb 71872
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2340Evoy Alfred WMSonSMar 21891
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2440Evoy EthelFDaughterSMar 91894
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2540Evoy EdnaFDaughterSDon't Know
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2640Evoy JohnMSonSMay 11898
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2741Evoy Mathew FMHeadMJul 231858
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2841Evoy Susanah AFWifeMFeb 191858
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June 15,  2012                                                                                                                                                       I have located information that there were at least 2 James McElree's in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania one married to Maria Buffington and the father of Wilmer Worthington McElree the other James McElree is listed in the records of Internal Affairs for the Pennsylvania Railroad as being killed by being run over by coal cars Auust 2, 1879, our James McElree.                   Our Jane McElree died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania of abdominal dropsey June 4, 1881 and buried June 7, 1881 at Greenwood Cemetary in Philadlphia, Pennsylvania, I have posted her death certificate in the photo's under Documents.   She is buried with James McElree killed by the train accident, as of yet I have been unable to find his death certificate. The 1880 Pennsylvania Census Ella (Ellen) Fugitt 21 years old is married to John Fugitt, they have two children and living with them is Elizabeth McElree and Jane McElree. I have seen the oriiginal of this record and Jane's age is listed as 40 years of age which I think is a mistake. Again I am looking for further information but I do think that this is our James and Jane McElree family in 1880.  Thanks so much to Kathy for sharing the information here. 


Date of Lookup: July 14, 2012

K of P Greenwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA

Genealogy Lookup Worksheet

O – next to page is in older internment book with less informatiion

X - no information available


Section Div.    Lot# Loc.   Last       First   Initial Burial Date Age at    Cause of         Address at     Undertaker    Misc.                                                Name     Name                                     Death     Death              Death            

K             1         45       L     Fugitt      Robert                9/12/1901     20       Appendicitis    2802 "C" St    Shelley           Page 115

K                      45       L     Fugitt     James      A       7/27/1877       X        Erysipelas         XX                                         Page 0-08

K                       45      C     Fugitt     John         F        1/12/1915      65      Pneumonia       XX                 J W Connor   Page 110

K                      45       C     Fugitt      Ellen                1/11/1926      68      Pneumonia       2802 "C" St   J W Connor   Page 120

K             1          45       C     Ruffle      Elizabeth   S      5/20/1932     52       Nephritis          Connecticut   Battersby     Page 349

K                      45       C     Pike         Joseph               12/9/1883     X        Gastritis           XX               XX                    Page 0-238

K            1          45        R     McElree   Jane                   6/7/1881              Dropsey         XX               XX                    Page 0-437

K             1          45       R     McElree   James                 8/5/1879                  XX              XX              XX                     Page 0-166

 Owner Card Information

  K              1             45                       McElree Joseph 9/11/1877



Knights of Pythias Greenwood Cemetery

930 Adams Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 before 2010


1. Rush House

2. Carriage House/Barn

3. Receiving Vault

4. Office

X - no information available


January 30, 2012,                                                                                                                            Meaning/History of McElree Name: Through extensive research and consultation with local Irish genealogists it would appear that the McElree name comes from the name Mac Giolla Righ - the son (Mac) of the servant(Giolla) of the king(Ri), prior to the 16th century, changed probably to  Mackilre or something similar and then to McElree .      It should be noted that because Scotland, Mull of Kintyre is so close to N. Ireland (11 miles) that people have always traversed the water to attend church or work in the harvest in both Ireland and Scotland, also that the Irish Dalraide invaded Scotland and/or relocated to Scotland many times sometimes invited and sometimes as invaders.  Turlagh O'Neil married a Campbell from Scotland in order to facilitate the acquisition of mercenaries from Scotland to fight Queen Elizabeth in Ireland in the 1500's.  So Irish and Scots may always have to be researched however McElree is Irish as the earliest form of the name is found in Ireland.

February 17,2012                                                                                                                                                               Archaeologia britannica: giving some account additional to what ... - Page 372 Lhuyd - 1707 - Free Google eBook - Read
Ba mifi giolla- cupain an Righ, I was the King's cup-bearer. Giolla Righ Ula, the King of XJlller's page. K. Giolla an cairbad, a coachman. Giolla Gaillme, a fon of Belial. Giolladha an tfluagh, The baggage. Giollamhail, Of a Servant.

May 15, 2017

 Gordon McElree  Submitted by Garth McElree 

I recall that Uncle Gordon's wife was called Anne.                                                                                                      He was wounded during the 2nd World War in France. They were still taking shrapnel out of him in the 50's and 60's. He had a glass jar that he kept the pieces in that came out after he got back to Canada and that impressed me.                 Our school was raising money for the Red Cross and he would not make a donation. He told me if it was for the Salvation Army he would not hesitate While he was in the hospital overseas the Red Cross would come in and if you needed toothpaste or anything they would sell it to the soldiers. The Salvation Army would give the soldiers what ever they had for free.                                                                                                                                                                        I believe he had some psychological issues from the war and Aunt Anne eventually left him in the 60's and he hung himself sometime after that. He was my favorite Uncle. . I remember they used to live on Royal Street in Regina. 


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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