THE CONWAY TREE/CLAN MACKAY
There is a long and winding road,
Along which each must go,
It leads beyond the hills of time
Into the sunset glow.
But only for a little while
Our loved one leaves our sight,
For just beyond the hills they wait,
In God's eternal light.
"MAY GOOD LUCK BE YOUR FRIEND IN WHATEVER YOU DO;
AND MAY TROUBLE BE ALWAYS A STRANGER TO YOU ."
THE CONWAY FAMILY TREE
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(1) PATRICK CONWAY...........CATHERINE DOODY
Born: abt. 1750..................Born: abt.1753
Killarney,County Kerry ,Ireland
Died: abt.1840....
Children:
HANNAH CONWAY (June 5,1785- ?)
ELLEN CONWAY (Sept. 11,1789- ?)
(2) MICHAEL CONWAY (Sept. 11,1789-Jan. 20,1842)
(2) MICHAEL CONWAY
It is unknown if Michael and his son Michael (and his two sons)
immigrated to Canada with the rest of his children but there is a
gravestone or a memorial for the four of them in the cemetary
at Douglas ,Ontario.
We know for sure his other children including his daughter *MARY,
and his 2nd son *** PATRICK and his wife,BRIDGET WARD
and his 3rd son (3) THOMAS and his wife, BRIDGET McMAHON
 immigrated from the Parish of Glin, County Limerick about 1840
and settled in the Irish enclave of Douglas, Ontario
 where they had many relatives and friends among the Enrights,
 Mulvahills, Sheehans, and Forans from Limerick and Kerry.
(2) MICHAEL CONWAY....MARGATH O'CALLAGHAN
Born:Sept.11,1789...............................Born: abt. 1792
Killarney,Kerry,Ireland.......................Glin,Limerick,Ireland
Died:JAN.20,1842..................................?
Douglas,Ont..?.....................................?
Children:
*MARY born 1808 - died 1890
**MICHAEL born ? died 1842 ?
***PATRICK born 1812 died ?
****THOMAS born 1814 -died 1886
* MARY CONWAY(1808-1890) married TIMOTHY ENRIGHT (1799-1888)
Children:....................................................
Buried: Douglas,Ont................
MICHAEL(1847-1927), PATRICK(1849-?)
MICHAEL married (1st) JOHANNA HOLLY(1851-1881)
children:MARY(1875-1897)........................
TIMOTHY JAMES (1879-1919).....
MICHAEL married (2nd)MARY KENNELLY (1854-1932)
children: ELLEN GERTRUDE (1884-1889)
** MICHAEL CONWAY (?.. -C1842)......  married..?.....................................
children: MICHAEL(?....-C1842), JOHN(?....-C1842)
Buried Douglas,Ont. ?....................
*** PATRICK CONWAY(1812-?)married BRIDGET WARD(C1815-?)in IRELAND
Children:MARY(1839-?),JULIA(1841-?)...............
BRIDGET(1845-?), MARGARET(1848-?)
CATHERINE(1849-?) married PATRICK ENRIGHT
MICHAEL(1850-?), JOHANNA(1855-?)
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****(3) Thomas CONWAY..............BRIDGET (McMAHON) CONWAY
Born: c1814...................................................Born abt. 1824
Parish of Glin ....................................................County Kerry
..............County Limerick
Died Feb.20,1886 .........................................Died Feb.,1888
Douglas, Ontario ...........................................Douglas, Ontario
Thomas was a Town Councilman . He suffered a stroke and died
on his way to church Sunday morning two months after his
son Michael was murdered.The death of his son plus the ensuing
trial and discord in the region from it probably were contributing
factors in his death.
Children:
TIMOTHY CONWAY  (1846-1879) born Douglas, Ont.
BRIDGET CONWAY (1848-1879) born Douglas,Ont.
married JAMES MCADAM..............................
JULIA CONWAY (1850-1922 )born Douglas,Ont.
PATRICK CONWAY (1852--- ? )born Douglas,Ont.
married ISABELLA GALLAGHER..................
CATHERINE CONWAY (1854-1890)born Douglas,Ont.
married JOHN O'SHAUGHNESSY...................
THOMAS CONWAY 1857-born Douglas, Ont.
1913-died Edmonton,Alb..............................................
married MARY O'GORMAN Nov. 26, 1885........
children:Timothy, Thomas, Peter, Mary Bridget
Martin, Mary Margaret, Daniel..........
click HERE to see the WILL of THOMAS CONWAY Jr. from 1879
MICHAEL CONWAY (1859-1885)born Douglas,Ont
(4) JOHN M. CONWAY (14/8/1860-5/11/1917)born Douglas,Ont.
married ANNIE MARIE McKAY (1871-1928).....
JAMES CONWAY (1862-1894) born Douglas,Ont.
married ELLEN STACK(1863-1893).................
TIMOTHY (33) and BRIDGET (31) died in epidemic of 1879
MICHAEL (26) was murdered in Renfrew in 1885
click HERE for more on Michael Conway's murder!
(4) JOHN MILTON CONWAY
BORN AUG.14,1860
DOUGLAS, ONT.
DIED NOV.5,1917
SAULT STE. MARIE ONT.
Conway
The name Conway in Ireland is derived from either of the Gaelic Mac Conmheadha or Mac Connmhaigh Septs who were based in Counties Sligo, Tyrone and Mayo especially. Other descendants may derive from a Welsh Conway family who settled in Counties Kerry and Dublin.
CLANN M'HIC AOIDGH
 (THE CLAN MacKAY)
"BI TREN, BI TRUEN !"
(BE TRUE, BE STEADFAST !)
The MacKay name in Gaelic is Macaoidh (son of Hugh). MacKay can also be spelt McKay, McKee and MacKee.Around 710A.D. a tribe known as the C'nel Lorne left Ireland to land in what is now known as Argyll in Scotland.This tribe is believed to be the progenitors of Clann MacAoidh. The C'nel Lorne are descended from Aedh, grand-son of the Irish king N'iall. The Mac Kay clan was originally known as the clan Morgan and the clan Aoidh. The MacKays descend from the Royal House of MacEth.
MacKay country was the district of Strathnaver in northwest Scotland.The MacKays were seated there from very ancient times, some saying well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD. The MacKay land was the most remote in Scotland and extended from Cape Wrath at the north coast to Caithness border.
In the 1400's, Donald ,Lord of Isles, invaded Sutherland and waged war with the clan MacKay and eventually defeated the MacKay army. In ten battles in the 1400's the MacKay manpower was seriously depleated.
In 1626, Sir Donald MacKay of Farr assembled 4000 men to make war in Denmark.Donald became Baronet of Nova Scotia on Mar. 28,1627. In 1628, he was elevated to Lord Reay. His army then fought under the protestant banner for Charles 1's sister Elizabeth in the civil war.This war was called the great Thirty Year War.The lands of Strathnaver were partially sold in 1642. Lord Reay died in exile in Denmark in 1649.
The tragic Highland Clearances began in 1782 and continued through the mid 1800's forcibly evicting the Highlanders from their lands.Forced into destitution and in the midst of a cholera epidemic this branch of the MacKay Clan emigrated to Canada in 1832.

For those of you who would like to read more about what
your Highland ancestors endured click on the next line!
"The Tragic Highland Clearances"
THE MACKAY CLAN of LANARK TWSHP.
Alexander McKay was born in 1777 in Dornock, Scotland and married Katherine Murray of Creich on Jan.16,1806.According to family history they had five sons and two daughters.Of their first two sons, it seems that Donald died as a baby and Thomas possibly died at sea enroute to Canada with his family.
Alexander and Katherine and family immigrated to Canada in 1832 along with Donald Munro (Morrow) and his wife Margaret and their family. Katherine and Margaret were sisters (nee Murray). During the hard 14 week trip unfortunately Katherine died at sea.The eldest son Alexander (Sandy) McKay was accompanied by his young wife Esther McDonald.They arrived at Brockville and then still had a long and weary trip to their Lanark Ontario settlement.They were still 7 miles from their chosen lot when Esther delivered their first child in a brush shack belonging to Mrs. Jock Herron. The McKay homestead was E 1/2 lot 21 concession 7 of Lanark Township Ontario.
This homestead is still in the McKay family and has had at least 6 generations living on it.
There are now over 6000 descendants of Alexander McKay and Katherine Murray!
(1) ALEXANDER McKAY                   KATHERINE MURRAY
Born: June 17,1777                               Born abt. 1792
Dornock,Scotland                                           Parish of Creich,Scotland
Married Jan.16,1806 in Dornoch,Scotland
Died Nov.25,1859 in Middleville, Ontario     Died 1832 at sea on trip to Canada
CHILDREN
THOMAS McKAY              DONALD McKAY
Born:Sept.2,1807         Born:July14,1809
(2) ALEXANDER(SANDY)McKAY Born 1811
JANET McKAY Born Jan.3,1815 married MR. CASEIN (KAYSON?)Died ?
MARION McKAY(Jan. 29,1819-Aug.3,1875) marr. JOHN MUNRO Apr. 29,1845
DONALD McKAY born: Mar.2,1821; married ? McDONALD; died ?
HUGH McKAY born Sept.25,1822; married JANE DUNLOP Mar.29,1861; died ?
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(2)ALEXANDER (SANDY) McKAY   ESTHER (JESSIE) MCDONALD
Born: abt.1811                               Born: abt.1809
Sutherlandshire, Scotland............Scotland
Died Oct.27,1896                    Died May 5,1896
Middleville, Lanark Twp. Ont.
Children:
CATHERINE McKAY ( June16,1832-Dec 4,1916); marr. HUGH MUNRO
MARY MCKAY ( Mar.4,1835-May 8,1900) marr. THOMAS PRETTY Mar.28,1856
WILLIAM McKAY( Feb.13,1837-Apr.25,1909);marr. ANNE PRETTY Jan.31,1860
ALEXANDRINA MCKAY(1839-Jul.27,1917);marr. JAMES TAYLOR Feb.19,1858
ESTHER McKAY(1841-?);  marr. ROBERT GOODWIN;  DIED  ?
THOMAS MCKAY(May 4,1843-Nov.26,1932);marr. ANNIE RINTOUL Nov..28,1868
ROBERT MCKAY( 1846-?);  marr. MARY ANN PRICE ?;  DIED  ?
(3) JAMES McKAY born Sept.9,1847
HUGH McKAY(1850-Jan.18,1942);marr. RACHEL RINTOUL
BETSY McKAY(1851-Aug.5,1917);marr. PETER BARR Dec.19,1873
KATHERINE McKAY(?-May21,1939)marr. JOHN McGILL  Jul. I,1870
JOHN McCORMACK (1822-?) MARY PICKERING (1822-?)
Children                  ..................
JANET JESSIE McCORMACK (1846-1931)............
(3) JAMES MCKAY                    JANET (JESSIE) MCCORMACK
Born Sept.9,1847                                                     Born 1846
Lanark, Ontario
married Oct. 31,1865
Died June 1,1936                                                       Died July 14,1931
Middleville, Lanark Twp.               Middleville, Lanark Twp.
James and Jessie lived on lot 25 concession 6 in Lanark Township and later moved to the McKay homestead when his uncle Hugh moved to the U.S.A.
Children:
ALEXANDER J. MCKAY(MAY 7,1866-1918);marr. MARY RINTOUL  ?
WILLIAM MCKAY(1868-1945):marr.1stMARG. RICKERS,2ndFRANCISPHILIPS
(4) ANNIE MCKAY (17/2/1871--31/3/1928)marr. JOHN M. CONWAY
ESTHER MCKAY(1873-1956); marr. JOHN MITCHELL
JAMES HUGH McKAY( 1876-?)marr. ALICE RICHARDSON
JENNIE MCKAY( 1879-1969);marr. ROBERT HARPER
THOMAS MCKAY(1882-1966);marr. AGNES MITCHELL
MILTON MCKAY(1884-1957);marr. ALICE PRICE
ROBERT MCKAY(1886-1937);marr. SUSANNA POMFRET
(4) ANNIE MARIE (MCKAY) CONWAY
Born Feb. 17, 1871
Middleville, Lanark County Ontario
Died Mar. 31, 1928
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO LEONARD RINTOUL McKAY
OF MIDDLEVILLE,LANARK,ONTARIO FOR COLLECTING AND SAVING
AND LENDING ME SO MUCH OF THE McKAY FAMILY HISTORY
AND TO NEIL HARDY FOR COMPILING MUCH OF THE INFORMATION.
For those of you who would like to read more about the history
of your Scottish ancestors and the history of Scotland please visit
Historian Robert M. Gunn's awesome website by clicking on next line.
  "Scottish History Online"
"WE ARE WHAT WE ARE AND
ALL WHO WENT BEFORE US."
"Studying the history of our predecessors is an exercise in reverence and respect that needs no validation. It restores dignity to individuals who usually led lives of quiet accomplishment and then generally passed on with little fanfare, leaving only weathered inscriptions and fading memories as testimony to the fact that they were ever here at all. By delving beyond mere names and dates to better record and understand those who came before us, we render just due to those individuals whose very existence made possible our own."
Any information or corrections you wish to add please contact Steve Conway at
catsteven@cogeco.ca
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