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L'Impartial Illustre Newspaper Tignish, NS, CA & Family Historian Janette Fraser

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  • Title L'Impartial Illustre Newspaper Tignish, NS, CA & Family Historian Janette Fraser 
    Author L'Impartial & Commentary by Janette Fraser 
    Publisher special issue by "L'Impartial" french newspaper, Pub Tignish 1899 
    Repository Janette Fraser 
    Source ID S37 
    Text Following is a paragraph from "L'Impartial Illustre" published in 1899 to mark the centenary of the village of Tignish, Prince Edward Island. This was a special issue by "L'Impartial" a french newspaper which was published weekly in Tignish from about 1895 to 1915. In this special edition there was a section entitled THE FIRST IRISH SETTLERS OF TIGNISH.

    "Patrick Nelligan, a native of Kerry, landed at Nail Pond in 1832. He was married and had three children at the time of his arrival: John, Patrick and Michael. Michael is the only one of the three that is living. Patrick Nelligan was not long at Nail Pond before his wife died; he then married Hanora Kennedy, of whom he had four children: James, Thomas, Mary and Hannah. He died about thirty years ago; his second wife somewhat later, and they are both buried in the new cemetery."

    ........(a number of other families mentioned) ......

    "Maurice Nelligan, a nephew of Patrick Nelligan above referred to, came out to this Province from Kerry, Ireland, about sixty years ago. He married Margaret Phee, daughter of James Phee, in 1842. By her he had a large family; Mary, Catherine, Margaret, Ann, Eliza, Johanna, Michael, James, Peter, and Thomas. He died some years ago at the old homestead and Margaret, his wife, more recently. They are both buried in the new cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Nelligan were the grandparents on his mother's side of the Rev. J.P. McGrath."

    The new cemetery referred to is the St. Simon and St. Jude Cemetery in Tignish, PEI. The Pioneer Cemetery was in Anglo, a couple of miles from Tignish. There were very few gravestones there when I was there last, which was probably about thirty years ago.

    I have a copy of the marriage record of Maurice Nelligan and Margaret Phee, also written in French.

    This marriage record is found in the register of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island. This is written in French by Father S.E. Perrey.
    The following is a rough translation.

    January 7, 1841

    After the publication of three banns of marriage ...

    Maurice Naligan, minor son of the late Michael Naligan and of Mary Gehal of County Kerry in Ireland, on the one part, and
    Margaret Phee, daughter of age of James Phee and of Catherine Wood of St. Simon and St. Jude of Tignish on the other part, no impediment having been discovered, we the undersigned missionary priest, having obtained their mutual consent to the marriage have given the nuptial benedection as prescribed by our Holy Mother the Church in the presence of Patrick Phee, Mary Kerrey and many others.

    signed S.E. Perrey

    Note: When the marriage record was submitted to the Government, Father Perrey changed the name of Mary Kerrey to Mary Nelligan.

    Children of Maurice Nelligan and Margaret Phee are as noted in Sylvia MacDonald's family tree.

    The children of James Nelligan and Mary Handrahan are as shown on Sylvia's tree.

    1. Mary Angelina Nelligan

    2. John Maurice Nelligan

    3. Margaret Jane Nelligan (This is our grandmother)

    4. Peter Francis (Frank) Nelligan. I have that he died in Maine (no date) and that he was married to a Miss Teanys, with children, Althea, Alice and Mary. (The information here needs to be rechecked as I obtained it elsewhere and do not have original documentation.)

    5. Anna Josephine (Annie) Nelligan. This is as Sylvia's, except that Annies' 1st husband was Will Ready and her 2nd was Charles Chase. I recall that Mom said that Will Ready was working on electric lines in Georgia when he was electrocouted. Annie later married Charles Chase in Maine. Annie and Will had two children: Guy, who I have no information on, and Marjorie, who was born December 8, 1911 in Keokuk, Iowa. She married on Dec. 28, 1931 in Skowhegan, Maine, Benjamin K. Hough, Jr. Marjorie passed away on March 5, 1992 and is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Ithaca, New York. Her husband and three daughters survived her. I can recall her visiting PEI with her daughters when they were teenagers.

    6. Catherine Winifred Nelligan died on August 17th, 1907 and was buried on August 18th, 1907.

    7. Susan Mary Nelligan

    It's been a long time since I have done anything on this branch of the family.

    Back in 1998 I was in touch with a Norman Swift, who is a descendant of John Nelligan (Patrick) and Mary Ann McIntyre. He was descended through Mary Nelligan who married James Doucette. He lives in Western Springs, Illinois.

    There was only one Nelligan family in Prince Edward island, so that any descendants of Nelligan's from PEI are related.

    I don't know if this is of any assistance, but let me know. I may have further information.

    Janette Fraser
    Sudbury, Ontario 
    Linked to Maurice Nelligan
    Family: Maurice Nelligan / Margaret Phee