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John Joseph McCabe - USA death

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Peter Report 2 Apr 2013 22:26

Hi there,

My ggg uncle John Joseph McCabe was born c. 1863 in Holbeach, Lincolnshire. He had an uncle James McClusky who lived in Winsconsin, USA (there has been a thread on him sometime ago).

John's family where living in poverty in Middlesbrough, so James McClusky and his wife asked his sister to send over some of her children as they where without children (evidence shows they did have two sons).

Anyway, John apparently died in a steel works accident. According to my granddad, he returned home one night to his lodgings and was drunk. The people he was living where not happy about this and threw him out of the house, and having no where to go he made his way to the place of his employment. He slept in one of the machines in the works, and he was still inside the next morning when it was switched one. He was so hungover he never heard the machines and he was apparently cut in half and lived for a further three days with only half of his body. Another relatives states this accident occured in in Pittsburg, USA, but I've no proof for any of this.

I would love to see if there is any truth in this. He was not in England at the time of the 1891 census, and imagine his death occured between 1885-1905?!

Any ideas?!

Thank you


patchem Report 2 Apr 2013 22:33

Have you looked for John on the American censuses?
If he went to stay with James McClusky, why was he in lodgings?
Sorry, just trying to get the story straight.


brummiejan Report 2 Apr 2013 22:35

Hi Peter.
I advise you to put USA in your heading.
Is it your tree on Ancestry? Someone has his death as abt. 1884, though no supporting evidence given.


patchem Report 2 Apr 2013 22:44

Could you post the 1871 census, please?


jansmith Report 2 Apr 2013 22:57

Not finding a birth index for that name


Catherine Report 2 Apr 2013 23:04

The tree on ancesstry gives this as 1881 census:-

1881 England Census about John J. Mc Cabe
Name: John J. Mc Cabe
Age: 18
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1863
Relation: Son
Father's Name: Patrick Mc Cabe
Mother's name: Alice Mc Cabe
Gender: Male
Where born: Holbeach Marsh, Lincoln, England
Civil parish: Linthorpe
County/Island: Yorkshire
Country: England
Street Address: 7 Queen Mary St

Occupation: Ironworks Labourer
Registration district: Middlesbrough
Sub-registration district: Middlesbrough
ED, institution, or vessel: 45
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 4855
Folio: 40
Page Number: 28
Household Members:
Name Age
Patrick Mc Cabe 45
Alice Mc Cabe 40
John J. Mc Cabe 18
Jane Mc Cabe 12
Alice Mc Cabe 10
Elizabeth A. Mc Cabe 4
Catherine Mc Cabe 1

......................and 1871:-

1871 England Census about John J Mc Cabe
Name: John J Mc Cabe
Age: 9
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1862
Relation: Son
Father's Name: Patrick Mc Cabe
Mother's name: Alice Mc Cabe
Gender: Male
Where born: Halstead, London, England
Civil parish: Linthorpe
County/Island: Yorkshire
Country: England
Registration district: Stockton
Sub-registration district: Yarm
ED, institution, or vessel: 27
Household schedule number: 53
Piece: 4896
Folio: 9
Page Number: 12
Household Members:
Name Age
Patrick Mc Cabe 36
Alice Mc Cabe 29
John J Mc Cabe 9
Mary Mc Cabe 4
Bridget J Mc Cabe 2
Alice Mc Cabe 3 Months
Patrick Martin 35
Michael McDurmon 30


Peter Report 3 Apr 2013 17:53

Hi Jan, no, not my tree on ancestry and hi Patchem, not sure why he was in lodgings ... that is all oral history from my granddad.

Just a quick reply as I need to dash out but yes - the 1871 and 1881 are my family.

Mary Ellen McCabe and Jane (Bridget) McCabe emmigrated to the USA in 1884 (passenger list on ancestry) AND apparently, John Joseph and Alice junior emmigrated a few years later (mid to late 1880s).

I already have a lot of info on James McCluskey's life from 1880 and a lot of work on him was carried out on another thread. I also know a great deal of Mary Ellen and Jane - Alice returned to the UK and married in 1894.

I am not sure if this helps but let me know ...



Peter Report 4 Apr 2013 17:48

Nudge ...