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Is this name Scottish or Irish, or both? Nobody seems to be absolutely certain, partly because it is found in many spelling forms. What is certain is the origin is Gaelic, the derivation being (almost) certainly from 'searraigh' an ancient word which literally translates as 'a foal'. This may have been an endearment, or was possibly a nickname for a fast runner, as a secondary meaning is 'flying or flighty'. The varied spelling forms would take up a scroll on their own, but the usual examples are MacSharry, McSharry, O'Sharry, MacSherry, McSherry, MacShirie, MacShirrie and Sherry, but these are only for starters...

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J'Aimèe Oxton

My McSherry Family Tree goes back to 10 Jun 1807 to my 2x great-grandfather, Ship Captain Richard McSherry, who was born in Killough, Rathmullan Parish (which later became Bright Parish) in County Down, Northern Ireland. In addition to being a Mate, and later a Master Mariner, during the 1820’s-1880’s out of Counties Down and Antrim, Richard McSherry was also a “Spirit Dealer” and ran a Tavern or Public House out of a few addresses: 20 Gamble Street, 35 or 39 Dock Street, 58 Tomb Street, and/or 15 Corporation Square, all in Belfast area of Northern Ireland. Richard McSherry died after a 6-month battle with Scirrhous Cancer on 3 Sep 1887 at his residence at 15 Corporation Square in Belfast. In February earlier that same year (1887) his wife “ Mary Adair McSherry” passed away at that same address. I know that Richard had at least 4 daughters, 3 of which all died of consumption at an early age-Eliza McSherry, wife of Hugh Quin, Jane McSherry and Margaret McSherry. His sole surging daughter, Mary McSherry, is my great-great grandmother. Mary McSherry married sailor/ship Captain Robert Curran at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Chapel in Belfast(see below). I am a direct descendant of Richard McSherry (I’m his 2x great-granddaughter) and I’m looking for ANY information on this McSherry Family Line. Records appear to reflect he had at least 4 daughters: Mary McSherry (1839-1894) who married another Ship Captain, Robert Curran (Of 39 Dock Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim) on 2nd of January,1867; Jane McSherry, b. abt 1845 and who died at age 18 on 17 Nov. 1863 at 20 Gamble Street before she could marry, buried at Rossglass Catholic Graveyard; Eliza McSherry b. abt 1830, who married Hugh Quin on 17 Nov 1853 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church at Ballymacarrett, Belfast City, and died on 12 Jun 1865 at 39 Dock Street, Belfast; and Margaret McSherry born abt 1850 and died on 11 Dec 1862 at 20 Gamble Street, buried at Rossglass Catholic Graveyard. I am looking for ANY information on this line of McSherry’s as I’ve “hit a wall” with Richard McSherry. I haven’t been able to confirm any other children he had (if any), or even who exactly Mary, Eliza, Margaret or Jane’s Mother(s) are, so any information would be so helpful. I did find that on 10 Feb 1887 Richard was married to a “Mary Adair McSherry” as that was the date she passed away (at 15 Corporation Square, Belfast address) and Richard was listed as her widower, heir to what little she had, and he died a few months later on 3 Sep 1887 after a 6-month battle with “Scirrhous Cancer” at the same Corporation Square address in Belfast. The only marriage record I’ve been able to find for Richard is to a “Mary McCann” in 1844, but I don’t know if she was the mother of Mary, Eliza, Jane, or Margaret (i.e. Eliza Anne was born abt 1830 and Mary was born abt 1839, 5-14 years before this possible marriage (if it’s the same Richard).

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