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MC3075: Meahan family collection

Dates of creation: 1860, 1877

Physical description: 4 p. of textual records

Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

James and John Meahan (1806-1897), the sons of Sarah McTaggart and James Meahan, emigrated from Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland to New Brunswick with their parents and brothers, Charles and Hugh, in the early 1830s.  The family initially settled at Saint John, but soon moved to Bathurst, Gloucester County, New Brunswick where John Meahan established himself as a major shipbuilder and exporter of lumber, and brother James was a merchant in the family business. 

John Meahan married Mary Donnelly in 1841, and they had no fewer than 12 children:  Helen, Francis, Edward, James, Joan, Sarah Jane, Henry Arthur, Hugh, Charles, Mary Ann, Sophia, and Josephine May.  Well-known in the community, John Meahan served in the House of Assembly of New Brunswick from 1861-1870.  He died on 6 December 1897.

John's brother James Meahan married Bridget Donnelly, and they had several children including a son, John Chrysostous Meahan, who studied at St. Joseph's College, Memramcook and at McGill University before setting up a medical practice in Bathurst.  John C. Meahan married Delia M. Dixon on 21 November 1879. He died 11 March 1938 at Bathurst.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of two letters written to members of the Meahan family of Bathurst, N.B.  The letter dated 27 September 1860 from M. O'Kane of County Omagh to John Meahan, the shipbuilder, thanks him and his friends for contributions made towards the establishment of schools in Omagh, Ireland under the care of the Christian Brothers.  It also discusses the progress made in the construction of the schoolhouse, the residence for the Brothers, and the convent for the Loretto Nuns.

The second letter dated 21 December 1877 from John C. Meahan to his parents, James and Bridget Meahan, thanks them for their many "kindness and sacrifices," but particularly for their gift to him of an "excellent education".  The letter was written from Memramcook, N.B. while John C. Meahan was studying at St. Joseph's College.



MS1                 Letter from M. O’Kane to John Meahan, Omagh, 27 September 1860.

MS2                 Letter from John C. Meahan, Memramcook to James and Bridget Meahan, 21 December 1877.