McCool homestead in Northern Ireland

My family was extremely fortunate to be guided to the McCool ancestral home by a distant cousin living in the area. Tommy McCoole shared much history and great times. The home (first picture below) was occupied by John and Olivia McCool in the 1670s. A second building (second picture below) on the property dates back almost as far; it was probably built for one of the sons.

The above link goes to a Google Map showing a bird’s eye view of the area. Note McCool’s Road on the left side of the map. The road going to the right of the farm is closed to traffic. We had to hop a fence (escorted) and walk to the McCool houses. Follow the top whiteish, grayish line. The two buildings are near the end of the road(s). The first (lower) building is the son’s home. The upper building is the original house. Note the river to the right of the houses; you can scroll the map (and pan out) to follow the River Moyola to Lough Neagh.

McCool Ancestral Home, Toberhead, Northern Ireland

McCool Ancestral Home, Toberhead, Northern Ireland


McCool Ancestral Home (#2), Toberhead, Northern Ireland

McCool Ancestral Home (#2), Toberhead, Northern Ireland

94 Responses to “McCool homestead in Northern Ireland”

  1. 1 Joyce McCool November 24, 2008 at 5:06 am

    Charles: Looks like I’ll be the first McCool to leave a reply and thank you for posting photos of the original homestead of John and Olivia McCool. The pictures were awesome and I know Tommy McCoole enjoyed showing you the old home place as well as the beautiful countryside. My husband’s McCool goes like this: John Sr.> John Jr.> Thomas> Adam> Thomas> Jacob> James T.> John A.> Robert L.> Robert A. Your Andrew and my husband’s Thomas were brothers. You and I have corresponded about the McCool Genealogy in the past. Keep up the good work.

  2. 2 Bettye McCool Johnson November 30, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Hello Charles and Joyce…

    I love this bird’s eye view…now I know where on the map to point it out! :)

    My line: John Sr.> James > James Jr.> Thomas > Benjamin Allen > Lafayette > George W.> Henry C.> Houston C.> Me

    Our kinship goes pretty far back but we are kin just the same. I’m sure Olivia would be happy that so many of her +++ great grandchildren are interested in learning about the family’s journey, as well as connecting with each other.

    Thanks again for sharing!

  3. 3 Tommy McCoole December 20, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Hey Charles, just been messing around on this thing and came across your site. Your pics. etc. are looking good.

    So glad that we were able to meet and to share a little in things of common interest.

    Maybe in the great scheme of things we can get to do it all again one day. That would be something to look forward to.

    Best regards to Julie and the kids from all here.


    • 4 Carol McCool Walker May 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Hello Tommy,
      I too am an ancestor of John and Olivia.
      Finally my dream to visit the homeland is
      about to be realized :O) My daughter and I
      will be visiting in August. I’d LOVE to meet you
      and any other McCools that might still be in the area.
      I’d like to stay as close as I can to the old homestead.
      Any suggestions?
      I Can’t Believe I’m finally going to Ireland.

    • 5 Kathryn McCool July 9, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Kathryn McCool, here is my relationship to you.
      Here is more of the family history back to Ireland:Kathryn McCool, daughter of Rex, born to Amos H., born to David A., born to John Henry McCool, born to Joseph Lewis McCool, born to Archibald born to William McCool (married to Margaret Walker) born to Archibald who died in the revolutionary war….
      Archibald McCool and Benjamin were born to Andrew McCool, and m. Ann Torian in Halifax co., N.C.
      Andrew was born to john McCool Jr., m. Sarah, John Jr. Was born to John McCool Sr. Married Olivia in 1729 of Toberhead, located on A-6, county Tyrone, Ireland, UK.

      I am 12 generations from my Irish roots. I am here in Ireland going to the McCool house tomorrow. I live in Ann Arbor mi. We are staying at the Belfast House in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.

      • 6 Gavin Brent January 17, 2015 at 11:20 am

        This is amazing. John and Olivia are my 8x great grandparents. John>James I>James II> James III>Sarah McCool. Sarah is the last of the McCool name in my family line. She’s my great great great grandmother.

  4. 7 Geneva Mearl Santos July 9, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Hello Charles,
    The message below is from my son who has been working on our family tree. It is amazing what he has pulled out.
    He has been keeping me informed by e-mail.
    My dad is J.S. McCool, my grand father was John Thomas McCool. My son followed the family back to John and Olivia McCool and sent me pictures of the old homestead.
    My brother was Charles Edward McCool, he served in Viet Nam and left us for his eternal home a few years ago.
    This is the latest thing my son has found on my dad’s family tree;

    John and Olivia McCool were my Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents. I found a record that John McCool owned his own house at Toberhead by December 24th 1707.

  5. 8 John McCool September 7, 2009 at 11:13 am

    My g-g grandmother was Catherine Keaton Watson sister of Pheobe (Febby) Keaton who married John McCool and lived Dist. 10 Wilson Co. Tenn. 1880 census.
    Marriage info. by land settlement of parents William & Susannah Hollandsworth Keaton Aug. 2, 1866. deed book #2 pp 343-344 Wilson Co. Tenn.
    Does anyone have more info. ?


  6. 9 Patricia L. Pugh March 3, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I just found this blog site. John McCool and Olivia were my 5th great grandparents. My lineage is: John, James Adam, Gabriel, Thomas , Thomas S., Elmer then my mother Lois. They migrated eventually to Tama Count, Iowa.

    I have research my line to John and Oliva in Ireland, but have little information on their Irish ancestry other than Toberhead and the legend of Finn McCool. The pictures and information posted by all of you is just great and really adds to by history book I am putting together for my family.

    I would be so interested in any additional information about the John McCool’s in Ireland.

    We live in Roseville CA and do get to So. Cal on ocassion. It may be at some time I could connect with Albert Santos.

    Pat Pugh

    • 10 Bill McCool November 29, 2010 at 3:29 am

      Hi Patricia. You do not know me but from what I have seen in your note posted 3/3/2010 McCool homestead in “Toberhead Ireland’ and you family line. I just had to write you this note. One of my cousins back in Texas has traced our family tree back to John and Olivia McCool. I wanted to tell you that you have very distant McCool relatives there in Roseville. One is my Grand Daughter and a niece who lives in Auburn. I’m now amazed by how many McCools here in the USA have been traced back to the McCools of Toberhead Ireland.My Great GrandFather migrated from Missouri to Texas in the Mid 1800s where my Grad father was born I 1864. He was eighty one years old when he passed away in 1943. My parents moved from Texas in 1938 to Madera Ca where I grew up and I have lived in Modesto since 1960

    • 11 Paul McCool July 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Pat, I have a brother, Murray McCool, who works for the City of Roseville as a Building Inspector.

    • 12 mearl August 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Pat,

      I am Geneva Mearl Santos and live in Discovery Bay. My son is Albert Santos (Albie). He works at NBC and lives in Los Angeles. Carol Walker is my baby sister and I agree with her, we all need to meet up.
      Roseville is not that far from us.
      Anyway nice to know you cuz……….

  7. 13 Misty McCool October 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I too am a relative!! I am married to a Randell Ray McCool of this same family line!! Thank you so very much for posting these pictures!! We cannot wait to get to Ireland and see it for ourselves. <3
    Sincerely Misty Rhevea McCool

  8. 14 Mearl October 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Please keep my informed of the latest Postings.
    I am Geneva Mearl McCool from Paris Texas.

    • 15 Bill McCool December 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Mearl. My name is Bill McCool and I was born in Gainesville Texas and I wondering if we are closely related. My Great Grand Father Jame G McCool migrated from Missouri to Texas in the 1840s and settled near ir in Whitesboro Texas. My Grand Father L.S.P McCool was orn in Whitesboro Feb 18, 1864. MY Grand Father settled near Muenster and Myra Tex where he had a farm and owned one of the early telephone companies in the ares. My Gread Grand Father was a Captain in th Texas branch of the Confederate Army during the civil war. I do not know from what part of Missouro he migrated fram or if he even had relatves in that area. I do know that in Nebraska the is a community called “McCool Corners”. Any way the reason I wrtiting you is that I wondering if we are closely related since geography has put us and our family name in small part of Texas.

      • 16 McCool Travel December 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm

        Hello Bill and Mearl:

        In Nebraska, it is called “McCool Junction.”

        I just took a quick look at online census listings (through my library’s website). In 1870, the McCool family is in Whiteboro (Grayson county). James is 55 born in Kentucky. Wife is Lucinda, 39, b. Indiana. 4 children ages 10-19 b. Missouri, 5 children 6months to 8 years old b. Texas. Price is listed as 6 years old; he must be your grandfather L.S.P.

        James is listed in 1850 census in Lone Oak, Bates county, Missouri. He is 39, Lucinda is 29. 3 children.

        So, if you did not already know, James was born in Kentucky around 1811-15. He did not come to Texas until after 1860.

        Hope this helps a bit.

  9. 17 Kurt Cowling October 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Great pictures! I would love to say I’m connected to this McCool line, but I don’t know. Does anyone have information on a John McCool who married Jane Gilmore in 1846 in Kilrea? His father’s name was William and he had a brother named William as well. He came to the US in 1850 and lived in Massachusetts, USA until he died in the early 1860s. His son, Thomas Gilmore McCool came to Wisconsin, USA at age 11 after John passed.

    • 18 Linda Gilmore June 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Hi, Kurt. Just came across your post from a few years ago.
      John McCool and Jane Gilmore were married 21 May 1846 at Kilrea 2nd Presbyterian Church, Co. Londonderry. He was a butcher, his father named William, and this was his 2nd marriage (two sons from 1st marriage). The McCool family left Ulster for Massachusetts 1849/1850 and there were 9 children from the 2nd marriage. John died 1 Oct.1864 and Jane in 1900.
      Jane Gilmore was born 6 Jan.1821, daughter of John Gilmore & his 1st wife Elizabeth Neilly. Jane’s sister Rosa Ann Gilmore was my great-great-grandmother.

      • 19 Kurt Cowling June 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm

        Thanks so much, Linda for your reply! I have most of the info you mentioned from the marriage record of John McCool and Jane Gilmore, which I found through (I think that was the site.)

        Any additional info you have about the Gilmore family would be greatly appreciated. I’d be looking for the names and dates for all of John Gilmore’s children by either first or second wife.

        I’d also like absolutely any info you have on John McCool, including the name of his first wife and first two sons. Almost no one is researching the line, as very few of John McCool and Jane Gilmore’s children have any living descendants. Several died as children and others never married.

        I should also mention that Jane’s sister, Mary Gilmore lived in Massachusetts and the sisters lived together after John McCool passed. Mary died in 1909.

        Thanks in advance for any help. I can be reached privately at

      • 20 coolmcjazz July 1, 2013 at 11:29 am

        Hi Linda and Kurt – I have been eavesdropping on your conversation with a bit of interest – I don’t have a direct connection but my brick wall may be (I hope!) connected to your conversation. My McCool line traces back to an Edward McCool and his wife Ann, most likely born around 1823, and migrated also to Massachusetts (Blackstone, near Woonsocket, RI) sometime around the Famine, as their son Bernard (my g-g-grandfather) was born in Blackstone, MA in 1846. I don’t know of a John in my lineage, but things are so sketchy for me once I get into the mid-1800s he very well could have been a brother of my Edward for all I know. Where did your McCools move to in Massachusetts? It’s a very rare name in southern New England and if they were moving in the vicinity of relatives there’s probably a decent chance there was a connection.

      • 21 Kurt Cowling July 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

        Linda and I have continued our conversation via private email since it mostly concerns Jane Gilmore, the wife of my ancestor John McCool, and her family. John McCool first came (1849/50) to Cherry Valley, MA, which is on the west side of Worcester, MA and probably 20 miles from Blackstone. The family then moved to Billerica, MA (near Lowell) for about a dozen years until around 1862 when they moved to Oxford, MA. John McCool died in 1864 and the remaining family moved back to Worcester with Jane Gilmore’s half-sister, Mary Gilmore. This has also been somewhat of a brick wall for me until I found the marriage record for John McCool and Jane Gilmore on I do not know if John McCool had a brother named Edward. He had a brother named William and probably a brother named Thomas. His father’s name was William and his mother’s name was Margaret.

      • 22 coolmcjazz July 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm

        Hey Kurt,

        Thanks for your response. I happened to be doing some digging and came across this record for Jane McCool’s family in 1865 – I assume you’ve seen it, but just in case I thought I’d send it on. Not sure if she’s the same Jane Gilmore you referenced in your post? In any case, I’ve come across a bit more on Samuel McCool, who appears to have had a son Herbert in 1887. Let me know if you already know this stuff? Thx!


      • 23 Kurt Cowling July 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

        Sorry I didn’t reply sooner. Yes, that’s my Jane (Gilmore) McCool. Samuel is her son and Herbert her grandson. I am descended from one of John and Jane’s other sons, Thomas Gilmore McCool. If you ever make a connection from your McCools to mine please let me know.

        P.S. You’re a jazz fan and trumpet player, huh?. I’m a self-employed full time musician myself (pianist). Play jazz when I can ;-)

  10. 24 patrick mccool November 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    hi there folks just started to do my family tree and came across this site,gee did not know there were so many mccool.s also spelt mccoole!!could we be related down the line some where? my fathers name is thomas mccool my mothers name is theresa.

  11. 25 sandy louthan parker December 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    My grandmother was Elmira McCool daughter of James McCool. He was born in Ireland and came to America in 1725.

  12. 26 Debbie McCool February 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I just came across your site …how wonderful! I have recently gotten back to finding my roots…My father John D. McCool was son of James Arthur McCool His father was John Jacob McCool but his father is( ? lost it) but we come from Walter McCool, and his father John and Olivia McCool as far as I can tell.
    I so want to go over to Ireland one day soon and visit here and meet Tommy McCoole !!! Thanks ! Debbie

    • 27 Carolyn McCool-Hensley March 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Hey Cous, I was thrilled to find you in this thread. I think we are not getting any younger kid so we should saddle up and grab Sandra and take off to discover our roots.

  13. 28 Carol McCool Walker June 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Hello Tommy,
    Another ancestor heading that way. :O)
    Actually 2.
    My daughter and I will be in visiting the area Aug.21st thru the 25th.
    My Names Carol McCool Walker,my daughter is Shayna.
    I’ve dreamed of visiting Ireland for a long, long time. I cant believe I’m finally doing it. I’d Love to meet you and any other kinfolk, and have a good look @ the old homestead. Whats the best way to reach you when we arrive?
    Cant wait!

    • 29 mccoolstuff July 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Hi Carol. Sorry that I have not paid attention to this blog and your messages for awhile. Tommy lives in Northern Ireland. I have not communicated with him for over a year. I will send him a note and see if he is available to show you around the McCool homestead.

  14. 30 Paul McCool July 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Very nice to find this! I’m a cousin of Joyce’s husband, so my line is the same except for Robert L./Robert A., where I am Norval K./Paul

  15. 31 Patricia L. Pugh July 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I haven’t been on the blog for awhile. I was surprised at the McCool ancestor’s here in Roseville. Thanks Bill and Paul for your postings. I believe most of the MCool’s here in the USA could traced back to John & Olivia. I am so sorry that I did not have the pictures and inaformation about the homwstead when my husband and I visited Ireland a few years ago.

    • 32 Carol McCool Walker August 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      Hey Patricia,
      I just posted our family line up ..
      Take a look. The Pugh name is also all over my geneology papers.
      And we’re in the S.F. Bay area.
      We Gotta meet up.
      Carol McCool Walker

  16. 33 Carol McCool Walker July 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Hi Charles,
    Thank you for the help. I have been in contact with Tommy and he has
    already been a gracious host :O) I can not wait to get there. My daughter and I will take lots of pics to share. Thank you for starting the blog. I saw on the evening news this week about Justin Beber and his girlfriend walking on the beach in Malibu, they walked past a place where one of his songs was blasting and decided to go up and crash the party. It turned out to be a wedding party. The wedding of a Ron McCool :O) Something keeps telling me I’m making this trip exactly when I should be. thanks again

  17. 34 Carolyn McCool-Hensley July 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    It was lovely to find this post and I will stay in touch. Two more of my McCool clan want to visit next year and I am hopeful to come with them. Please keep posting.

  18. 35 Carol McCool Walker August 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Hey Kin Folk,
    Finally have the list… Our family beginning with Dad
    J.s McCool
    John Thomas McCool
    John Duncan McCool
    Thomas Benton McCool
    Andrew J McCool
    James Adams McCool III
    James Adams McCool Jr.
    James Adams McCool
    John McCool
    I’m Very Proud of this.

    • 36 Carol McCool October 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      I am married to John Craig McCool, he is from Ms.

      • 37 Carolyn McCool-Hensley November 3, 2011 at 11:50 pm

        Hi!!! My Grandmother was Alpha Ruddick McCool, granddad was James A McCool and my dad was Jr.and my brother was James O. McCool….. they were from Arkansas and surounding areas. I love to find anything and everything McCool..

  19. 38 Patricia L. Pugh August 4, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Carol, Thank you for you posting. I agree with you as to all of going back to John & Olivia. My first cousin , who also of the Mc Cool lineage, lives in Danville. Our mothers were sisters and maiden name was MCCool.

    • 39 Carol McCool Walker August 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      I just met a lady @ the American Cancer Sociaty in Fremont who says her grandmothers maiden name was Mccool. Ella McCool with Arkansa roots.

  20. 40 Patricia L. Pugh August 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm


    That would be interesting. I believe there is another one here in Roseville. Would need to rerea the blog.

    Patricia Pugh

  21. 41 Kimberly Kline September 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Hello everyone! This is so great! My great-grandmother was Elva McCool and her father was Perry Chappelear McCool. James Dent McCool and so on back to John and Olivia. My family came from Ireland in to Paw Paw West Virginia (originally Virginia). I have a tree on under Kimberly Kline. I recently visited our family grave there and took some pictures of the stones. Next I will be finding the McCool family farm in Paw Paw (I am only an hour away) if it still exists. Any help would be great and I hope to visit Ireland. Have a great day everyone!

  22. 42 Jenny McCool November 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Hello, I am married to James G McCool III. He knows his family is from northern Ireland. Where exactly is Toberhead, Ireland? I am just starting on on his side of the family. Can anyone tell me if it is in
    Thank you,
    Jenny McCool

    • 43 mccoolstuff November 29, 2011 at 9:55 am

      Hi Jenny.

      Toberhead is near Magherafelt and is in County Derry (or Londonderry), very near the border with County Antrim. You can do a search through Google Maps for “McCooles Road” and you will see the area. Along McCooles Road you will see a large operating farm. Further along the road, at the end (closer to the river), you will see two buildings. Those are the two abandoned McCool homestead buildings.

  23. 44 Kristen Brown January 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Hi ,

    Yep this is my McCool line! Thanks to all for all the hard work.
    What wonderful pictures. My name is Kristen Brown from Stow, MA.
    Lucinda McCool was my civil war gggrandmother. I have a picture of
    my aunt Grace Laverne Geisert Dunn wearing Lucinda’s Wedding dress.
    Is anyone out there interested in Lucinda Terry McCool as I am?

    Kristen Brown

  24. 45 Richard Hedges March 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Greetings all… what a great web site. My g-mother was Minette McCool born in Leclaire Iowa (1898), lived in NE and WA state. My gg-father, William Andrew McCool was born in Leclaire IA (1856) and married to Sarah Garber. My ggg-father, William McCool was born in Allegheny Co, PA (1809), married Lydia Jack and moved to NE. My gggg-father, John Calvin McCool born 1787 in Ireland, married Mary Cunningham in County Down. Mary emigrated to Allegheny Co. PA after Johns death.

    Many of you who have posted here have claimed to trace your roots back to John and Olivia. I cannot find definitive proof of ancestors back beyond the above John McCool born 1787. I would appreciate any information you may have back beyond that John McCool.

    Best regards,

    • 46 Bettye McCool Johnson July 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Been a few years since I last posted on this site! Was thinking, dreaming, came here and see all of these posts!

      To Debbie above, who descends from Walter. There is an inn/restaurant in Quakertown, Pa (I think), called McCoole’s Red Lion Inn. The history of the place says a Walter McCoole was the original owner. I’m not absolutely certain and son’s have proof to confirm it, but that may very well be “our” Walter. Records show that our/your Walter did own an inn in the area during that timeline. He was a younger brother to my James. Just curious!

      As for our line going to John and Olivia, we do have the documentation. In fact, in one of the Quaker history books there is a copy of her certificate of removal from the group in Ireland and arrival in America. Don’t have it in front of me, and posting this from my cell, but she and John, Sr is as far as we’ve gotten. I do hope some day we can break through those brick walls.

      First time I saw these photos of the old houses and the area, I cried. God willing, I’ll get to make that trip, too, one day.

      For those of you I haven’t already “met” thru geneology sites and Facebook, look for me. I love connecting the dots!

      • 47 Richard Hedges July 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm


        My Grandmother was also Minnete McCool. My father was John Clarkson Hedges.

        I also have a sister, Bette (Hedges) Shultz, in Olympia, WA. I live in Mill Creek, WA.


        Dick Hedges (Mc Cool)

    • 48 Dean McCool October 27, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Richard, my ggg-father is Robert McCool born in Allegheny Co, PA (1816). I suspect he is the brother of your William McCool (b 1809). However I’ve found no documentation of that. The story passed on to me is that there were two brothers (Robert and William?) from PA. One came to Indiana and one “went west” (Iowa?). Can you confirm?


      Dean McCool

      • 49 Patrick McCool August 8, 2014 at 9:23 am

        That is correct. There were two brothers that went to Scott County, Iowa, William in the 1840’s and Robert in the 1850’s.

  25. 50 Ashley McCool July 14, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Hello my name is Ashley Justine Danielle McCool I am the daughter of Russell Dale McCool and I wish to get to know all of my relatives from the great clan of McCool’s. I do not know much about our family and from what my father has told me most of the ones he knows and has met seemed rude and stuck up making me and my father the black sheep I guess you could say I do not know if that is true but I would rather make that judgement for myself instead of relying on pure hearsay. So if anyone would be willing to tell me anything they can about our family I would eternally grateful.

    • 51 mccoolstuff July 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Hi Ashley. You might get lucky and google your father’s name and find an entire family history online. Probably not, so here is one strategy to find motor information.

      Find your father’s parents and further back if possible. Perhaps you will find your grandfather or great-grandfather on the 1930 census. Here is one place to find that:

      Then systematically work backwards and discover/learn more family history information. Keep researching names through the census and google.

      Well, that is a start.

      Good luck!

      • 52 Ashley McCool July 24, 2012 at 6:36 am

        Well that would be helpful if I knew the names of my fathers parents but I do not and I have not been able to contact him for the past 2 years. So I don’t think that information will be of any use to me but I thank you for trying to be so helpful and nice thank you very much.

  26. 53 Richard Mason August 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    My ancestry research found John McCool born in Ireland in 1675 and died in 1727 in New Castle Delaware. Olivia was born in Ireland in 1675 and also died in Delaware in 1730. John’s father was named John (B 1654) and his son was also named John (1696-1761) spouse Sarah. My family tree went through the McCools to Mary Elizabeth McCool (1853-1908) who married John Thomas Burney. The Burney’s became the Mason’s which I am. I noticed some of the dates I have for John and Olivia are different from others.

    • 54 rockyclark March 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Richard, Trying to understand your post. I know the John McCool 1675 and wife Olivia 1675 had a son James (1709?) married to Ann Wright and son Walter (1709?). The John (1696) is another brother of James and Walter? Do you know how many there were? As you can see I have the same date for two brother, but maybe they were “Irish twins”. :-)
      Can you confirm any of the birth years for me or any other information?
      SPECIFICALLY, I have John (1675) dying in NewCastle, De 1727 after coming to America in 1725. But I have seen comments he died in Ireland. Maybe that is a different John, though stated to be married to an Olivia also? I am not certain where they landed in America either.
      I appreciate any assistance any one can give.
      Thank you,

      • 55 Richard Hedges March 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm

        Rocky, Well, my research has not allowed me to follow my line back beyond John Calvin McCool b.1787 m. Mary Cunningham d.1841. As a result I have no information on your Johns. For what it’s worth, this John died in Ireland and Mary went to America with one or more of her sons after John’s death. 1850 census shows Mary in Allegheny Co, PA.

  27. 56 Tommy McCoole August 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Hello Richard, Nice to make your acquaintance. I find your info interesting. May I ask if you can substantiate that John (1675-1727) and Olivia (1675-1730) both died in Delaware and if you know where they may have been laid to rest? Also: where have you found that his father was also John (b1654) and do you have any idea of where in Ireland he was located? (Toberhead perhaps as were John and Olivia?) I have not previously had any knowledge of this particular individual. Also: Olivia’s maiden name remains a mystery to me; I have been unable to uncover that bit of info. There is a suggestion that it may have been Adam/s. Can anyone out there help?
    On a lighter note…I haven’t been this way for a while, so, from the home of McCool; hello to all of you clan members whom I have not previously had the privelege of greeting.

    • 57 Richard Hedges August 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm


      I have Gabriel and James McCool migrating to Delaware in 1725 due to the poor flax crop and sheep rot. John,their father died in Northern Ireland in 1719/20. Olivia followed her sons to Deleware in 1729.

      There is information that the sons may have returned to Northern Ireland. Researchers have found no further information about Olivia.. There are some who think it is possible she returned to Northern Ireland. No will has been found and it is strange that no Friends meeting has recorded her death, implying, perhaps she was not residing in her home meeting at the time.

      I have no information back any further than John (1675-1727). What info, if any do you have back beyond the above John?

      Tommy, you have icon on this website… many thanks for all the support you provide.

      Any more information you have would be very much appreciated.

      Best regards,
      Richard Hedges (McCool)

      I, too, do not know Olivia’s maiden name.

      • 58 Patricia L. Pugh August 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm

        To Ricard Hedges and Tommy McCoole.

        Hi both of you. Saw the new messeage and inquirery. I have a reference regarding Olivia Mc Cool found in the Publication of a book ” Immigration of Irish Quakers into Pennsylvannia, 1682-1750, by Albert Cook Meyers, M.L . He is a member of the Historical Society of Pennyslvania. Book was published in Baltimore by the Genealogical Publishing Co. 1969.

        On p. 389 from the Duck Creek ( Camden) Monthly Meeting Deaware, Etc was a refereance to Gabriel amcCool producing his certificate fr the meeting at Dungland in Count Londerry and received 9 Mo.22, 1725. In 1717 John McCool from George’s Creek and Mary Howie were married . It then stated that an Olivia McCool married a John Hall in 1763. If this is indeed ( ?? age the mother of John Gabriel , James and William then the death date of 1730) is incorrect. However, this Olivia may or probably would have been a daughter of one of the sons.

        Just a thought for more possible research and or verification of what happened to Oliva ( 1675-1930)

        Patricia (McCool) Pugh

      • 59 Patricia L. Pugh August 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        To Ricard Hedges and Tommy McCoole.

        Hi both of you,

        I have a reference regarding Olivia Mc Cool found in the Publication of a book ” Immigration of Irish Quakers into Pennsylvannia, 1682-1750, by Albert Cook Meyers, M.L . He is a member of the Historical Society of Pennyslvania. Book was published in Baltimore by the Genealogical Publishing Co. 1969.

        On p. 389 from the Duck Creek ( Camden) Monthly Meeting Delaware, Etc was a refereance to Gabriel McCool producing his certificate fr the meeting at Dungland in County Londonderry and received 9 Mo.22, 1725. In 1717 John McCool from George’s Creek and Mary Howie were married . It then stated that an Olivia McCool married a John Hall in 1763. If this is indeed ( ?? age) the mother of John Gabriel , James and William then the death date of 1730 is incorrect. However, this Olivia may or probably would have been a daughter of one of the sons.

        Just a thought for more possible research and or verification of what happened to Oliva ( 1675-1930)

        Patricia (McCool) Pugh

  28. 60 Richard Hedges August 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Greetings Patricia and Tommy,

    I, too, have the book by Albert Meyers and have seen the items you mentioned… and it certainly mentions a marriage of an Olivia to John Hall in 1763. I agree with you, that may not be the Olivia who is mother to Gabriel, James, etc.

    Tommy mentioned in an earlier post that there is info about an Olivia McCool death in 1730. I have found nothing about the date of her death… or where! She seems to have dropped out of sight after her arrival in the “lower provinces of PA now Delaware in 1729.

    I have found some McCool info on this website below. I don’t know if either of you have seen it:

    Patricia, I noticed frequent mention of “PUGH” in the above site.

    I would sure like to follow our line of McCool’s back beyond John (b1675) and Olivia, but the information is very scant.

    Best Regards,


    • 61 Patricia L. Pugh September 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm


      I appreciate your feed back. I will look at the site you have suggested. It has been some time since I have done so.

      Does anyone know when and where the 1630 death date may have came from? There must be some speculation as to her state of health when she arrrived since her death appears relatively close to the arrival date. I would imagine she stayed with one of her sons in the Delaware area unless she did return to Ireland.

      Yes, the Pugh name is mentioned in several Quaker publications. My 4th great grandmother, Ann Wright Mc Cool was first married to James Adams McCool. After his death she married a Thomas Pugh, also a Quaker from Pennsylvannia. However, from tracing my husband ‘s family to Wales and also the above Thomas Pugh, there was no relationship between the families. Just a coincident.

      Has anyone been able to find a good site in Ireland to research Quaker records and/or immigration records for the Mc Cool’s.

      Thanks again to you and Tommy for all the research you both have done and posted for the rest of us.

      My Best Regards to you,


  29. 62 Tommy McCoole September 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Richard; thank you for your kind comments. I’ve had a few ‘titles’ stuck on me at times, but never had anything close to ‘icon’ before. Hope that doesn’t cause difficulties for me when I try to get out this room again!

    Seriously though; nice to have had a personal word from you.

    I simply never realized that the wider family connection had extended to what it now is. I thought that our son was going to be the last of the name in the Toberhead line. His only child is a little girl, so if and when she changes her name, well…. there it goes.
    It’s only been in recent years that I learned through the internet, (initial contact Bettye McCool Johnson) that just about all of theToberhead McCools are over there; and thankfully we’ve even had the absolute pleasure of getting to meet and share a little with a few from that part of the world.

    Feel free to email me directly if you think I can be of any help. I should warn you though that records here are very sketchy and hard to come by at times.

    Patricia…same applies; I’ve noticed your name frequently where McCool related things are to be found.

    Charles…hello again to you as well. Hope everything is ok with you and the family.

    All of you…. Nice to read the various comments and to know you’re there. Tommy.

    • 63 rockyclark March 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Howdy “Icon” Tommy the Great,
      I will be visiting Northern Ireland in May 2014 with my family including my mom Eva McCool. We would love to visit anything related to the McCool heritage. We McCools all seem to be some very passionate and proud people regarding our heritage! I have traced roots back to John and Olivia definitively, but would love to find something even older. Has anyone had any luck with this that as far as you know?
      Are there McCools living in Ireland now so that we might make a connection?
      Any help is appreciated.
      Thank you,

      • 64 Richard Hedges March 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm


        I love that you picked up on the “icon” nick nmae for Tommy. If you get to meet him give him a handshake and a warm hug for me.

        Enjoy your trip… best regards.


  30. 65 Zachary McCool September 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Hello Everybody,

    My name is Zach McCool and I live in Raleigh, North Carolina. I’ve recently been doing some research about my genealogy and have discovered that John and Olivia are my ggggggggreat grandparents. I’m getting married in July of 2013, and my fiance and I are planning on going to Ireland for our honeymoon. I’m hoping to get a chance to visit John and Olivia’s house in Toberhead. Any advice that any of you may have for visiting the house, as well as advice on things to do in Northern Ireland and Ireland, I would greatly appreciate it.


  31. 66 Jason October 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Hey Zachary (and all other McCool’s!),

    I’d definitely recommend dropping into the “twin towns” of Stranorlar and Ballbofey in Donegal. In August of 2008, I went there looking for McCools based on a Griffith’s Valuation land survey (ca. 1840s), and as I drove into town came upon a large barnlike structure (a former funeral parlor/convenience store!) with McCOOL’S on it – many McCool’s on Facebook have since used this photo as profile backgrounds. I believe the building was set to be knocked down so I have no idea if it woudl still be there.

    Arriving in town, there were many McCools in town and most were very friendly – a local genealogy buff even took me around to some old McCool graves in cemeteries. You could also find the Sean McCool “football pitch” there – he was a football (our soccer, natch) player popular in the 1940s and also an IRA man, so a bit of a local hero and anyone in town would know his name. (A friendly local fellow named Dan McCool – my brother’s name – took me out for a drink with his wife and even left me a book on the Gaelic Games he had co-written including information on Sean McCool.) Also, what’s neat about the field is you can see the original Irish spelling of the name – MacCumhaill!

    Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make a direct connection to anyone in Stranorlar (then or now) but it was definitely worth a visit. The drive through Donegal is absolutely stunning.

    Incidentally, my “McCool” brick wall ends with Bernard McCool, born in 1846 in Blackstone, MA (border of Woonsocket, Rhode Island), the first McCool of my line born in America, and son to an Edward and Ann McCool, both of whom came over from Ireland – but that’s all I know about them. If anyone has anything on these names, please drop me a line at coolmcjazz at aol. Cheers, all!

    Jason McCool
    Silver Spring, MD

    • 67 rockyclark March 26, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Hi Jason,
      I am a McCool descendant and will be visiting the area in May of 2014 with my brothers and parents. Do you have any contact information for the current owners of the old house or someone in the area who may be willing to help us with our visit from Texas? I would love to know anything that is a “must see” over there.
      Anything is appreciated.
      Thank you,

      • 68 Jason March 27, 2014 at 10:32 am


        Tommy McCoole seems to be the authority on accessing the Toberhead house – he’s at, I think. (Or he comments often on this blog so you could just respond to him there.) I was there in January and was able to gain access to the area via the man who tended the land, but it’s a pretty large space and you’d have to ask where to go. I’d recommend doing what I didn’t do (due to the complexities of scheduling with other travelers in my group) which is to contact Tommy and give him an idea of when you’re going to visit so perhaps he can set something up.

        There are plenty of McCools in Donegal and Derry – but if you have specific towns you want to visit for genealogical reasons, that’s what you should do. I’ve been to Stranorlar (in Donegal) twice and met with some McCools, who were extremely friendly. I can’t prove a connection to any of them (yet) because my line goes back too far (pre-famine) but it’s at least an interesting adventure.

        Here’s my blog post on my visit to Toberhead, in case you’re interested. If you stop by a pub called THE FLAX INN in Magherafelt (a mile or two from the McCool homestead) and tell the young bartender Mark you’re a McCool from America, he’ll have some grand stories to tell of when we were there, for sure.

        I also happened upon a very old grave of a John McCool in Dungiven, not too far from Toberhead – there’s a picture in that blog post above. No idea who this John is related to but someone else might?


  32. 69 Tim Webb January 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

    For any McCools who are desendants of Westley McCool who died in Nashville (Davidson County) Tennessee in 1896 we are having a McCool Reunion….hopefully on part of his original property, on April 27th.
    You can shoot me an email at
    trwrebel at should you have an interest.

  33. 70 Milton Speer January 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    My great, great granny was Margaret McCool who was the daughter of John McCool (Toberhead), born 1770 and died at the ripe old age of 89 (1866) so I’m guessing he was probably John A. McCool.

    Margaret McCool married William Spears/Speer on 18 July 1833 at Castledawson Church. They lived on the Townland of Ballynocker around Castledawson before I think the famine of 1845 to 1852 got them.

    Three of their children (John, William and James-my great grandfather) emigrated to Australia between 1857 and the late 1860s.

    • 71 Milton Speer January 30, 2013 at 7:23 am


      I forgot to ask in my previous reply if you have any idea what happened to
      Margaret (she was also know as Jane) McCool and William Speer?
      Their last child, Jane Speer, was born 28 Jan 1847 (Ballynocker), at the height of the famine. Their deaths are no where to be found on any genealogy site so I’m wondering if they ended up in the Magherafelt workhouse (
      in which case I’ll be able to look them up at PRONI when I visit Belfast again in June this year. I visited Castledawson Pres. church and manse and PRONI last year but wasn’t thinking about workhouses then as a possible fate for them.

      They had a son Samuel Speer (born 1842 Ballynocker) and together with his wife Rachel (Weir) and children Nancy, Samuel,James, Rachel, John Gamble and Mary Garvin Speer (stepchild), were in the 1911 census as still living in Ballynocker.

      All the best,

  34. 72 tommy McCoole March 3, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’m afraid I don’t know very much about the Margaret/Jane McCool whom you mention other than to say that the name and the circumstances do ring a bell.
    My records are unfortunately a little sketchy, but with a little time to peruse I may be able to discover something which will help a little in your search.
    I do know that the Speer name lives on around the Castledawson/Bellaghy area of south Co. Londonderry and I have in fact been slightly acquainted in past times with one or two who bear the name.
    I may be able to establish a contact there in order to open up another possible avenue of information for you.
    My apologies for the delay, but I haven’t been in this site for a little while. Guess I should pass by more often in order to catch up with all of my distant relatives.

    Best regards for now, Tommy.

    • 73 Milton Speer March 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks for replying Tommy.

      I would really appreciate some contact details of any Speer in the
      Castledawson area as you suggested you might be able to do.

      There is a big Speer family reunion (stemming from John in particular, and William and James in Australia) being planned in future and it would be invaluable to shed any light on the fate of their parents Margaret(Jane McCool) and her husband William Speer since nobody here in Australia has any information on them. The only Margaret McCool I can see who could a possibility is:-

      • First Name: Margaret
      • Last Name: Mc Cool
      • Year: 1865
      • Age (original): 46
      • Birth Year: 1819
      • Registration District: Londonderry
      • Registered Quarter/Year: 1865
      • Volume: 2
      • Page: 183
      • Country: Ireland
      • Category: Life Events (Birth, Marriage, Death)
      • Record collection: Deaths & burials
      • Record set: Ireland Deaths 1864 – 1958
      • Collections from: Ireland

      However, that would make her about 14/15 when she married in 1833 if it was her.

      Just to re-state my connection, James Speer (born 1845) is my great grandfather who is one of the sons of Margaret/Jane Speer(McCool) and William Speer. They were married in Castledawson Presbyterian church in July 1833.
      As I mentioned previously Samuel Speer the second oldest son (born 1842) married Rachel Weir in 1877 at Castledawson Pres. Church and their address was Ballynocker, probably the original family home. The family including Samuel were still living there in the 1911 census but I can’t locate any deaths for the family after that. They were still there in September 1912 because they all signed the Ulster Covenant and/or Declaration.

      Look forward to hearing from you again Tommy,


    • 74 miltonsspeer March 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks for replying Tommy.

      I would really appreciate some contact details of any Speer in the Castledawson area as you suggested you might be able to do.

      There is a big Speer family reunion (stemming from John in particular, and William and James in Australia) being planned in future and it would be invaluable to shed any light on the fate of their parents Margaret(Jane McCool) and her husband William Speer since nobody here in Australia has any information on them. The only Margaret McCool I can see who could a possibility is:-

      First Name: Margaret Last Name: Mc Cool Year: 1865 Age (original): 46 Birth Year: 1819 Registration District: Londonderry Registered Quarter/Year: 1865 Volume: 2 Page: 183 Country: Ireland Category: Life Events (Birth, Marriage, Death) Record collection: Deaths & burials Record set: Ireland Deaths 1864 1958 Collections from: Ireland

      However, that would make her about 14/15 when she married in 1833 if it was her.

      Just to re-state my connection, James Speer (born 1845) is my great grandfather who is one of the sons of Margaret/Jane Speer(McCool) and William Speer. They were married in Castledawson Presbyterian church in July 1833. As I mentioned previously Samuel Speer the second oldest son (born 1842) married Rachel Weir in 1877 at Castledawson Pres. Church and their address was Ballynocker, probably the original family home. The family including Samuel were still living there in the 1911 census but I cant locate any deaths for the family after that. They were still there in September 1912 because they all signed the Ulster Covenant and/or Declaration.

      Look forward to hearing from you again Tommy,


  35. 75 Shirley Stiffler March 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Hi, just found your blog. John McCool was my 7th great grandfather. I live in Modesto California. Anxious to read more.

  36. 76 Patricia McIntyre-nee McCool March 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Patricia McIntyre nee McCool
    Hi to everyone on here its good to see so many McCool’s! I’m not sure if i’m related to any of you? I live and was born in Liverpool,England,my father was Albert William McCool and his father too was Albert McCool,I was told our family was from Raphoe in Donegal Irland.Our family was the only family in Liverpool with this surname!so its good to see so many McCool’s,my brother thinks that our great great grandparents (not sure how many greats :) ) came to Liverpool away from the famine in 1845.The great port of Liverpool was a gateway to America,where by all the big Liners sailed to NY,so maybe we could be related somewhere down the line.

    • 77 miltonsspeerMilton Speer March 16, 2013 at 1:05 am

      Hi Patricia,

      My gggrandmother was Margaret (Jane) McCool (see correspondence above dated March 3). There is a connection to Toberhead for her on her marriage certificate which is close to Castledawson. There may be a possible birth for her in Donegal but don’t think I have come across one in all my searches. However, three of her sons,at least, (John Speer, William Speer and James Speer) left from Liverpool, England. John, the oldest arrived in Melbourne on the “Lightning” in 1857 and the other two in the 1860s, James, possibly on the “Tornado” in 1863 and William, possibly on the “Great Britain” in 1865. I can’t find a death for Margaret (Jane) Speer or her husband William Speer (using all the variants, Speir, Spear, Spears etc) but if they ended up in a work house and died there in Liverpool/Manchester or Ireland, their names would not be online.

      If they did go to Liverpool, my gggreatparents would not have left Northern Ireland till after their last born child, Jane, in 1847.

      Milton Speer

      • 78 Tommy McCoole March 21, 2013 at 10:09 am

        Hi Milton,
        To update: I have managed to get in touch with a gentleman named Johnny Speer/s in Castledawson, with whom I have been vaguely familiar in the past on a ‘to see’ basis. I can’t recall ever having spoken with him previousy, but I was in the area yesterday and was guided to his home by a mutual friend who lives close by.
        I explained your situation but unfortunately he didn’t really have any kind of dependable knowledge of those of his family who lived in the era you need to know about or how exactly he may have descended from them. (if he in fact did)
        However, he has referred me to a lady who is descended from the name and who may be able to help, so I’ll try that avenue.

        In reference to the post relating to the Donegal McCools (Patricia McCool Mcintyre; and hello to you Patricia) I can say that I’ve not been able to establish a connection between the Toberhead McCools and those of the name in the Donegal area although those areas are only around 40-50 miles apart. There may well be a connection nontheless.

        Our common line of descent is from John McCool of Toberhead, 1775-1865. Margaret (Jane) was his daughter. As far as I can ascertain, one of her siblings was Archibald McCool, 1805-1876. He was my g g grandfather.

        If you wish to contact me directly in relation to these matters, or for any other reason, you can do that through

        In any case I’ll get back to you as soon as I can with anything which we can dig up here.

        Oh;… meant to mention…I had contact some time ago from one named Lee Ross who lives in your part of the world. He is also descended from William and Margaret Speer. You can find him on the McCool gen forum.

        Best regards for now, Tommy.

      • 79 Pat McIntyre nee McCool March 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        Thankyou Tommy and Milton for your replies, I will try and get some info from my brother (Alby) I will get back to you when I do.Thanks so much. x

  37. 80 Joe Lokey July 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Would love to hear from any descendant of the McCool families that left the Bush River MM for the Miami MM 1803-1807.

  38. 81 Tom McCool July 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Interesting site – I don’t know if we are related but I do know my grandparents came from Ireland and were suppose to have lived in that general area of the island at some point. They traveled to the USA via Canada during the crisis of the potato.

    Family history says the McCool’s were ‘dirt’ poor. Not sure if that is true or not. I noticed the ‘e’ at the end of the McCool – any significance?

    Just for clarification – my grandparents were not Northern Ireland descendants – more closely identified with the rest of Ireland (didn’t care much for the Brits).

  39. 82 Bob July 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Castledawson Presbyterian Church membership 1848 [PRONI MIC/1P/50]

    Twenty families listed in Toberhead but only one McCool family:
    John McCool
    Mary Ann

    1831 census Co Derry [PRONI MIC/5A/8B]

    No. 40, Sarah McCool 2 males 4 females present 6 Presbyterians
    No. 41, John McCool 4 males 4 females 1 female servant present 9 Presbyterians.

    1827 Tithe Book Maghera [FIN/5/A/212]

    Page 50
    No 1452 John McCool 10 acres, 2 rood [tithe of 13sh, 3d]
    No. 1453 Archibald McCool & co 10acres, 2 rood [tithe 14sh 6d]

    The will of Archibald McCool senior of Toberhead was dated 27 July 1827. I take the Sarah McCool in the 1831 census to be his widow.

    The McCools of Toberhead previously appear to have been Quakers.

    PRONI MIC16/43 – Quaker records for Antrim or Grange [including Ballynacree, Toberhead, Coleraine & Antrim].

    Testimonies of disownment:
    17 July 1760
    Archibald McCool disowned for ‘marrying a woman of different profession’.

    5 Oct 1760
    Jennet McCool disowned for ‘fornication’.

    At least 4 families from Toberhead were Quakers in 18th century – Backhouse family; McCool family; the family of Morgan Wilson; and the family of Gervais Johnston.

    The Quaker meeting at Toberhead was dicontinued in 1796.

    • 83 Samuel J Battista Jr December 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Hello – My name is Sam. My Grand Uncle (Backhus, originally Backhouse) did some research back in the 1940’s regarding the Backhouse family which he believed lived in Toberhead Ireland. His research came up empty at that time. However, he was able to find that my 6th Great Grandfather – Daniel Backhouse was born in 1708 and had married a Sarah McCool. Beyond that information I can go no further back. I do know that they were Quakers and that they and/or their progeny landed in the State of Delaware and/or Pennsylvania where they settled. I can’t help but wonder if the McCools and Backhouses that you mention are a part of my ancestry.

      • 84 Bobby Forrest January 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm

        The Backouse family were from Toberhead and descend from your Daniel Backhouse. I have come across the family in Quaker records at the Toberhead meeting,

  40. 85 Ian Robertson November 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Hi my name is Ian, many years ago in the late sixties whilst in the merchant navy I met a beautiful young girl called Christine McCool. One way or another we lost contact. Any help or information would be appreciated, back in those days she lived in a place if memory serves called Culmore.I am now retired and would love to find her even if its only to say hello

  41. 86 Sandra March 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Loved the photos and, until this afternoon, I was sure this was my McCool line but now I’m not so sure. The more information I looked up the more confused I have become!! This is what I was sure was my line …… Peter Salmon m Nancy McCool (Nancy was Peter’s second wife. Her older sister Margaret McCool was his first wife.) – Joseph McCool m Esther Baker – (Captain) Joseph McCool m Mary Jane Thomas – Adam McCool m Jane Mary Rhyne – Thomas McCool m Margaret Martha McGraw.

  42. 87 Joe McCool ( Joseph Michael Paul McCool) April 29, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Wow. Stumbled on this site.

    Greetings from our McCool line in Canada. Tons of us here.

    I had a re-union north of Toronto in 1998. Our branch starts with a James Joseph McCool born Sept 28,1858(-1925) in Ireland. Wed to a Mary Clarke born October 19,1864 (1934) in Ireland. I have a copy of our tree that was put together on heritage Family tree builder back in 2006. I have since come across two other branches of McCools that seem to go back to a James Mccool around the same time as ours.

    Our James had 3 daughters Mary (1889-1921) Margaret (1892-1979) Kathleen (1896-1976) and 5 sons Joseph,(1890-1968) Edward (1894-1914) James J ( 1989-1978) Leo (1900-1958) and Fr. J.A. McCool (1902-1963) I am assuming thee latter was a priest.

    James was my grandfather.

  43. 88 Ian Robertson May 5, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Trying to find a friend from my past, around 1967. She then was known as Christine McCool, but I am sure since then will have married. I think she may have lived at a place called Culmore, she worked in a drapers shop on the Strand road in Londonderry. It would be really nice to hear from her, any information will be much appreciated

  44. 89 Jeremiah McCool December 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I am Jeremiah McCool. I’m looking for ancestry information. I wasn’t sure if I was on the right track until I seen something about all the McCools from Missouri and Texas that’s my family. Lol My grandfather is Luther”Piddle”McCool. Any info on ancestry is greatly appreciated!

  45. 90 Del McCool March 3, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Del McCool from Central Texas. My family had the written time line for us back to Walter McCool born in 1772. That was a dead end for years. Then after researching it looks like this. Starting at John and Olivia, Walter and Mary, Samuel and Barbara, Walter and wife, John and Sarah T, William Asa and Louisa, Charles E and Lucinda, Robert Asa and Velma, to my father Delbert Sr. and Elizabeth. This starts in 1670’s and I was born in 1957. Enjoyed trading emails with Tommy in Northern Ireland. Still looking at stuff. I found a William and Alexander McCoole in Ulster Muster of 1630. They were in County Down near Bangor. Trying to see if they are the Scottish link.

  46. 93 Ian Robertson April 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Christine McCool that I knew worked in a drapers shop on Strand Road Londonderry in about 1966 67 68 or thereabouts

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