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The McBrides of Philadelphia and Co. Derry, Ireland

Updated October 24, 2007

Raymond Joseph McBride Jr.

1775 N. Tuckahoe Rd.

Williamstown, New Jersey 08094-8906

United States

rjmcbride33@comcast.net


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For a number of years, I have been gathering information about my McBride relatives in Philadelphia and environs and the rest of the family across the pond in south Derry and Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.
The Philadelphia clan held another reunion in Phila. on June 2, 2001. Almost 100 members attended. (See some photos below.)
We are descended from John McBride and Elizabeth McNeill, who came to Philadelphia from Mormeal Townland in Desertmartin Parish, south Derry, in 1877. John's younger brother, James, stayed behind and worked the family farm in Mormeal. Our kin in Ireland are his descendants.
Seven of us returned to Ireland for a two-week visit in September 2001 -- a week and a half after the terrorist attacks. We flew to Ireland from Boston's Logan Airport. Security was tight and so were we by takeoff time. Some photos of the trip are below.

Family Photos

  • McBride Farm, Mormeal, County Derry, N. Ireland (24 KB)
    In 1877, John McBride left his parents, Hugh McBride and Sally Quigley, and his younger brother, James, on the farm in Mormeal and sailed for Philadelphia. James stayed behind and farmed the land. He married a girl from the farm next door, Mary Kelly. The last of their six children died in the mid-1990s.
  • John McBride: Patriarch of South Philadelphia Clan (7 KB)
    John McBride left his home in County Derry, Ireland, at age 18 in 1877 and set out for Philadelphia. His descendants here are now in the hundreds.
  • Derry City Sept. 2001 (715 KB)
    View of Derry City from atop the old wall.
  • James McBride Family Grave in Ireland (42 KB)
    Stone marks the grave of James McBride and Mary Kelly and four of their children. The site is in the graveyard of the old Desertmartin upper church in south Derry.
  • John McBride and wife Elizabeth McNeill (12 KB)
    John McBride and Elizabeth McNeill in Asbury Park, N.J., in 1922.
  • Tyler McBride carries Cub Scout flag (51 KB)
    Tyler McBride, son of Col. Michael and Ruth McBride, smiles as he carries the Cub Scout flag in the Veterans Day parade Nov. 11, 2003, in Wahiawa, Hawaii.
  • Ulster-American Folk Park . Sept. 29, 2001 (681 KB)
    Open-air museum that tells the story of Irish emigration to the U.S. in the 18th and 19th centuries. Near Omagh, County Tyrone.
  • 1987 McBride Reunion (35 KB)
    Group photo from our first family reunion in 1987. Picture was taken outside McBride Pub in South Philadelphia.
  • Antrim Coast Road. Sept. 30, 2001 (689 KB)
    Small village nestled against a cliff along the Antrim Coast Road near Giant's Causeway.
  • McBride Reunion 2001: Photo 1 (539 KB)
    From left: Bill McBride, Catherine (Myrt McBride) Taylor, brothers Joseph and Edward McBride
  • John Charles McBride (40 KB)
    John C. McBride was born in S. Philadelphia in 1883. He married Alice M. Joy, and they raised nine children. A newspaper truck driver, he died of a heart attack in 1945 while making a delivery at Reading Terminal. He was 61 years old.
  • Belfast City Hall (701 KB)
    Ray McBride at Belfast City Hall, where there were still some flowers left by people mourning with the U.S. for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
  • McBride Reunion 2001: Photo 2 (576 KB)
    Kings of the horseshoe court. From left: Tommy McBride, Rich Larkin, Scott McBride, Brian McBride.
  • Alice M. Joy (13 KB)
    Alice M. Joy was born in S. Philadelphia in 1883. A rapid-speaker, she had a noticable Irish accent. She raised eight sons and a daughter. She died in 1962 and is buried with her husband in Holy Cross Cemetery.
  • St. Patrick's Grave Marker (673 KB)
    An inscribed boulder marks the reputed site of St. Patrick's grave in Downpatrick, Co. Down.
  • McBride Reunion 2001: Photo 3 (73 KB)
    See if you can find your face in the crowd.
  • James A. McBride & wife Mary E. Kelly (43 KB)
    James A.McBride, shown above with wife Mary Kelly, had a twin brother, Joseph. James was a younger brother of John C. McBride. An electrical contractor, James installed the lights in Shibe Park, the old Phillies baseball park. He died in 1980.
  • View on Ring of Kerry. Oct. 5, 2001. (664 KB)
    Countryside and Atlantic Ocean near Sneem, Co. Kerry.
  • McBride Reunion 2001: Photo 4 (520 KB)
    From left: Marianne McBride with son-in-law Brian Berry and daughter Colleen (McBride) Berry. In background are Dennis O'Hara, Cy O'Dea, Dottie McBride and Keith McBride
  • Hugh McBride (Brother Gregory) (10 KB)
    Hugh McBride, a younger brother of John C. McBride, was born in Philadelphia in 1893. A soldier in the 79th Division, he was wounded or gassed in World War 1. He became a Dominican brother and taught English at Fordham University, N.Y.
  • McBride Reunion 2001: Photo 5 (70 KB)
    If you think these faces look a little blurry now, you should have seen them at the reunion.
  • Colorful Irish Cottage. Oct. 6, 2001 (664 KB)
    Thatched cottage and garden in Adare, Co. Limerick.
  • Sunglasses in Ireland? (679 KB)
    Patty (McBride) Pavlak and husband Jeff in the Burren in County Clare. (Sept. 25, 2001)
  • Elizabeth McBride & husband Mike McLoughlin (20 KB)
    Elizabeth McBride, a younger sister of John C. McBride, was born in Philadelphia in 1898. She was killed when an Army truck collided with her car near Fort Dix, N.J., in October 1940.
  • Knappogue Castle Bash. Sept. 24, 2001. (77 KB)
    After a "few" drinks, we had everybody in the joint singing "God Bless America."
  • Kylemore Abbey in the Fall. Sept. 26, 2001 (681 KB)
    Picturesque Kylemore Abbey in western County Galway.
  • Dan McBride & Bunratty Castle. Sept. 24, 2001. (669 KB)
    Dan heads for Durty Nellie's Pub (next to Bunratty Castle) for his first pint in Ireland.
 

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    The McBrides of Mormeal is the story of our parents, grandparents and all those who contributed to the gene pool that is us today.
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    After John McBride and Brother Gregory died, the link with our family in Ireland was lost. Following several years of research here and in Ireland and a stroke of luck, I reestablished the link and visited our Derry kin in 1986. They were still living on the old McBride family farm.
 
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