MacGrath (No.1) family genealogy

Chiefs in the County of Waterford

Arms: Quarterly, 1st, ar. three lions pass. gu.; 2nd, or. a dexter hand lying fessways, couped at the wrist ppr. holding a cross formée fitchée az.; 3rd, gu. a dexter hand lying fessways, couped at the wrist ppr. holding a battle axe or.; 4th, ar. an antelope trippant sa. attired or.

CRAITH, brother of Roger who is No. 117 on the "O'Sullivan Mór"[1] pedigree, was the ancestor of MacCraith: anglicised and modernized MacGrath, McGrath, Magrath, MacCrae, Macrae, and Creeth.

117. Craith ("craith:" Irish, to weave): son of Dunlong; a quo MacCraith, implying "the son of the weaver."

118. Donall MacCraith: his son.

119. Conor: his son.

120. Owen: his son.

121. Buadhach: his son.

122. Dermod: his son.

123. Conor (2): his son.

124. Owen MacGrath: his son.

125. Thomas MacGrath of Glenaboy, Tallow, co. Waterford: his son. Had by his wife five children of whom three were sons, namely—1. Edward, 2. Daniel, 3. Thomas.

126. Daniel of Lismore, [2] county Waterford: second son of Thomas; b, 21st January, 1751; d. in Montreal, Canada, in 1860—at the advanced age of 109 years. This Daniel married Ellen, daughter of Thomas MacGrath [3] of Ardagh, near Youghal, co. Cork, and by her had four sons and twelve daughters: one of the sons died young, the others grew up and were married, viz.—Alderman Thomas MacGrath of Montreal (who d. in 1864); Denis MacGrath of New York, U. S. (who d. in 1846); and Daniel, who is No. 127 on this Stem. Ellen, a dau. of Denis MacGrath here mentioned, and niece of Thomas Murphy, Esq.. of New York, m. Terence Murtagh of that city.

127. Daniel MacGrath, of Lachine, Province of Quebec, Canada: son of Daniel; living in 1887, "a childless widower."


[1] [ note] Roger actually appears as No.117 on the Vera-O'Sullivan pedigree.

[2] Daniel of Lismore: The marriage of this Daniel with his wife Ellen (b. 1772), was the first union of the Clanaboy McGraths with those of Clanabawn. Instances of the large stature of many of the ancient Irish families are recorded. It may be mentioned that this family was particularly remarkable in that regard; for, not only was this Daniel McGrath a tall, strong, and handsome man, but his wife was a tall, handsome and majestic woman; they certainly were noble specimens of the ancient Irish race.

[3] Thomas McGrath: This Thomas was descended from the Ulster M'Graths of Clanaboy, who were of the race of Clan Colla; and who as late as the 17th and 18th centuries were men of influence in the county Waterford. He had by his wife Ellen (dau. of —— Ahern of Shanakill, county Waterford) six children, of whom two were sons, viz.:—1. Parson Denis M'Grath, near Dundalk; 2. Thomas McGrath, of Kilcalf, county Waterford. The Rev. Denis M'Grath here mentioned married a dau. of General McNeill, and by her had one dau., and two sons—1. Thomas Magrath, who was mar. to a dau. of the late Judge Lefroy, and 2. James Magrath: these two sons were for many years members of the East India Company, and the latter (James) was the owner of a large estate near Liverpool, England, on which he resided in 1836.