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MC 1028: Dennis McGaffigan letter, 24 January 1912

Dates of creation: Photocopied [before 17 March 1983]

Physical description: 1 folder of textual records

Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

Dennis McGaffigan, son of James McGaffigan, was born in Churchtown, County Donegal, Ireland in 1842.  Later he moved to the United States, where he fought for the Union Army during the American Civil War.  In 1861 McGaffigan moved to Florenceville, New Brunswick and later ran a general store.  In the spring of 1916, he moved to Saint John, N.B. 

Dennis McGaffigan married after moving to New Brunswick.  He and Mary had at least two children:  Mary E. and Catherine.  McGaffigan died on 15 November 1917 at the age of 75.  He is buried in the New Catholic Cemetery in Saint John.

Sources: Parish of Simonds census; McBride, Clark A., "A Short History of Carleton County", "The Hartland Observer", January 1952 in MC267 Bell and Kenny families genealogical collection, folder no. 25

Scope and Content

This letter, written by Dennis McGaffigan and dated 24 January 1912, is addressed to "Cousin". It paints a picture of life in Florenceville, New Brunswick and discusses family members, neighbours, businesses, and local events - including several fires.  It also discusses the author's desire to sell his store and move his family to Florida.  The signature is illegible.


MS1                 Letter from Denis McGaffigan, Florenceville, N.B., to John McLaughlin, 24 January 1912.