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The Family of


|Mary Elizabeth| John| William| Annie Jane| Louisa Anna| Hannah L| Edward Michael| Henry James|

b: He: 1815, Co Armagh, Ireland (now Northern Ireland)

b: She:1831, Ireland

m: 17 August 1848 Houlton ME USA

"I, the undersigned, Pastor of Benidicta, Houlton, married William Lafferty, laborer to Anne Kelly, spinster, both of Houlton after the intentions of marriage being duly entered and published. The witnesses James Gallagher and Thomas Connor, Patrick Tierney , Cath. Gallagher" signed: "William Moran" (marriage record)

               8 Kids:

               Mary Elizabeth         m: William Day
                 1851-?                    ??
               John                   m: not known
               William                m: not known
               Annie Jane             m: John Smith
                 1856-1882                 ??
               Louisa Anna            m: Charles Haggerty
                 1858-1930                 1849-1922
               Hannah L               m: William Abbott
                 1861- ?                    ??
               Edward                 m: Margaret Denning
                 1863-1940                 ?-1936
               Henry James            m: Helen Douarin
                 1866-1953                 1877-1967

d: He: 1860s PA USA (purportedly, no record or known gravesite location)

d: She: 30 September 1890, interred, with other family members, but not William, St Marys RCCem Houlton ME USA

Her final (intestate) property which consisted of, $200 cash, no real estate or goods & chattels, was administered by her son-in-law, Charles Haggerty. Her living children then were: Lizzie Day of Benton NB, Canada; William Laverty of Blue Lake CA; Louisa A Haggerty of Littleton ME; Hannah Abbott of Benton NB Canada; Edward Laverty of benton NB Canada & Henry Laverty of Blue Lake CA. No mention is made of the distribution of the $200; it probably went to the lawyers and the mortician.

(gravestone in place)


wife of

William Laverty


September 30, 1890

AE 58 yrs

"Gone But Not Forgotten"


* Emigrated Co Armagh Ireland w/parents 
  1816, settled Maugerville, NB Canada

* Arrived USA (Houlton ME), 1833

* Baptized Catholic at St Gertrudes RCC,                                                         
  Woodstock, NB Canada, 27 September 
* USA/naturalized: June 1846
* Landowner, Houlton ME, 1850, value: 
  $200; lived  at one time according 
  to "The Story of Houlton" by Cora M
  Putnam: "east of the Catholic cemetery
  (Military St), which  afterwards 
  became the home of William Lafferty"
* Landowner, 200 acres, Oak Mt NB  
     (between Debec & Benton)    
                                          |* Sold the farm, 1868 NB Canada,
                                             5 September 1860
                                          |* Widowed (1871 NB Census)
* Migrated, alone, sometime during 
  the 1860's, to PA ( purportedly),
  mined coal,  died there.   
  Gravesite not located.                                                                   

Three of his sons, William, John & Henry Laverty, it is reported, migrated west, working as laborers for the Union Pacific RR; John reportedly died enroute , while William & Henry survived in Eureka CA.

Laverty is an exclusively Ulster name, but is found mainly in Co Antrim. Most of this name will be originally MacLaverty's, a sept of Clan Donald, hereditary 'speakers, or heralds, of the Lords of the Isles'. The Clan Donald claim that the name was originally Fear Labhairt an Righ, 'the kings speaker' but Black states that the name was actually Fhlaithbhertaich and was thus etymologically similar to the Irish O'Flaverty or O'Lafferty. The MacLavertys claim to be originally a Kintyre branch of the MacDonalds. They were later based on Islay, at the court of the Lords of the Isles. The name became common to on Arran. In the mid-19thC the Antrim Lavertys were found almost exclusively in the barony of Upper Dunluce.


 He: Isaac, Jane, John, Elizabeth & 
       Matilda Laverty
                                            |* Hannah Kelly siblings: N/R

Isaac Laverty, 1817-1892, m: Elizabeth Baldwin of St George, NB, 1839. He partitioned the government for land in Albert Co & in 1873 was granted 100 acres. There , he built a mill. The brook, a branch of Salmon R, running through this property is now known as Laverty Brook and the waterfall to the north-east is Laverty Falls and Laverty Lake is an intregal part of Fundy Park. Land was also partioned, adjacent to Isaac's for two of his sons, William & George.

They, both, subsequently, were lost at sea. The family, then, moved to Point Wolf, NB & thence to Westbrook ME. Where Isaac & Isaac Jr are interred.


He: George & Elizabeth (Brown) Laverty      
He:   1782-1866 ;  She: unknown
                                      |* Hannah Kelly's parents,Ireland, N/R 
Probably m: in Ireland              

Emigrated  Co Armagh  N Ireland, 1816                                                                                 

Owned 200 acres of Oak Mt NB land                                                                                         

They first settled in Maugerville NB 
which is about 75 miles upstream on
the St John River from the Bay of Fundy                                                                                                

They maybe interred in Oak Mt NB
(near Houlton ME & Woodstock NB),
     no known gravestsite                                                                           




Born 1851; bap 4 May 1851 RCCh, Woodstock, NB, Canada


William Day, 17 April 1873, Anglican Church, Woodstock NB, Canada


Interred Houlton ME Protestant Cem


Ethel, 1876-?... m John McInnis of Benton NB, 6 February 1895.... both d: young.... 3 kids: William, Earl & Louise all brought up by William & Hanna Laverty

Emma Louisa (or Louisa Emma).... b: 11 July 1879-?.... m: 29 September 1897 by F L Carney at St Agnes RCCh, Woodstock NB to Thomas O'Donnell (b: Richmond Parish.... 27 years old, bachelor.... farmer.... RC.... p: George O'Donnell & Mary McGinley of Debec NB).... w: Fredrick E O'Donnell & Maggie J Crabb....

Grandson: Joseph E O'Donnell, MD is a gynecologist in CA, m: Carmelita Tulty, 6 kids....

Granddaughter Pat m: Paul Fitzpatrick who d: 28 September 1985, cancer.... she resides in Houlton ME.... 7 kids

William Albert (Bert).... 14 June 1880, Benton NB-1956

Eva Loretta.... 23 June 1884, Benton NB-?, m: Harold Clark.... m: Leland Estabrooke

Inez Elizabeth.... 30 December 1885, Benton NB-?.... m: Kenneth Richards of PEI (dissolved).... kids: Eric, William, Kenneth, Margaret etal....

George Henry.... 10 July 1887, Benton NB-?.... m: Lena ?.... kids: Hannah, ?-?.... m: Stanley Richardson of Houlton ME, a barber

Guy Raymond, 14 September 1894-?.... brought up Anglican.... had a travel agency along w/ an insurance & real estate business w/son Raymond Eliot Day in St Stephens, NB Canada [return]



Born 1852, bap 19 December 1852, RCCh Woodstock NB Canada

Reportedly, died while enroute west from NB as laborer for the Union Pacific RR [return]



January 1854 ME USA, ( 1900 USA CENSUS ) (parents b: Ireland)

Lived in Mad River CA; woodsman; attended school, could read/write (1900 USA Census); communicant at St Bernards RCCh, Eureka CA ; at one time, worked as a laborer for the Union Pacific RR while migrating west from NB Canada


Not married (1900 USA Census)


Died 3 June 1907, 54 years, Union Labor Hosp, Eureka CA; bowel operation; interred Oceanview/Sunset/St Bernards Cem, Bucksport CA [return]



1857; bap 21 June 1857, St Gertrudes RCCh Woodstock, NB Canada

"On this 21st of June eighteen hundred and fifty seven I have baptized Ann Jane aged four months born of the lawful marriage of William Lafferty and Hannah Kely. The sponsors being Tho. McHugh and Susan Trict?" from the records of St Bridget's RCCh, Woodstock NB Canada, Tho. Crowley, Pastor.

Daughter Etta, who started as a clerk from High School, was ultimately post-mistress at the USPO, Houlton ME during the 1930's. After she retired she m: John Daugherty, a local farmer; the m: was short lived, as John d: of a attack while on a shopping trip to Woodstock NB. Etta was a close friend of her 1st cousin, Martha Anne (Haggerty) Costello


John Smith, 19 October 1877, Houlton ME USA

" Houlton Oct 19, 1877. Marriage is intended between Mr John Smith and Miss Annie Jane Laferty, both of Houlton" "signed...B H Putnam, Town Clerk" taken from page 226, Houlton Town Records 1841-1892

John Smith, as a widower, remarried and had a son, Herbert who was first an Aroostook Co farmer, then migrated to Wrentham MA, with a 1938 hurricane "clean-up crew", settled in Wrentham MA w/ wife Marguerite (Petersen, from NS). Herbert managed the Dairy Dept at the Wrentham State School. Both are interred, together, in the Wrentham MA cemetary, the headstone reads: SMITH.. .Herbert J 1898-1964.... Marguerite 1902-1995.


Died 16 May 1882, age 24 years; interred (w/mother, Hannah {Kelly} Laverty), St Marys RCCem, Houlton ME Her stone reads: Annie J , wife of John Smith, died May 16, 1882, age 24" [return]



Born 11 March 1858, Oak Mt (near Woodstock), NB, Canada

"On the twenty eighth of June eighteem hundred and fifty nine I have baptized Louisa aged two months born of the lawful marriage of William Lafferty and Hannah kelly. The sponsors being James Ryan and Eliza Crabb." From the records of St Gertrude's RCCh Woodstock NB Canada, Tho. Crowley, Pastor.

Worked for the Chalmers family in Houlton prior to her m: (1880 USA Census).... met/m: Charles when she was attending his sick mother during her declining years.... others have said:.... " a charmer".... "great cook".... "loved to entertain".... "had great partys when the girls (her dau's) came home to visit".... "the teachers all stayed at the Haggertys, it was fun".... managed farm w/sons after Charles demise/death.... visited 1928 USA presidential nominee, Al Smith, in Albany NY.... obit: "cheerful in adversity and upheld by an ardent faith, she was an interesting companion whose memory will be cherished by a large circle of friends"

m: Charles Haggerty of Littleton ME, 16 September 1884, in Bangor ME USA, by Rev Fr McSweeney, probably at St Johns RCCh, Bangor ME


Died 8 December 1930, acute Brights Disease, Madigan Hosp, Houlton ME USA; burial officiated by Rev PM Silke; interred w/Charles, St Marys RCCem, Houlton, ME USA

12 Kids:

Martha Anne, 1885-1972.... school teacher.... RN.... m: John Patrick Costello.... Funeral Director-Undertaker .... 8 kids

John Edward, 1886-1961.... Littleton Ridge farmer.... m: Catherine Langan.... 6 kids.... m: Margaret Elliot.... 4 kids

Hannah Myrtle, 1887-1969.... Ludlow ME farm wife-mgr.... m: Edward C Donovan.... Farmer.... 5 kids

Thomas Albert, 1888-?.... Leweston ME Chef-baker.... m: Mary Sharkey.... no kids

Elsie Louisa, 1891-1954.... house/farmwife, store clerk.... m: John Harrison Lee farmer... 3 kids.... widowed.... m: Herbert George Dibblee.... Houlton ME Store owner, businessman.... 2 kids

Mary Agnes, 1892-1950.... Houlton, Boston, NYC Exec Sect.... not married

Walter Leo, 1894-1894... infant death

Augustus Charles, 1896-1974.... Littleton Ridge farmer, Houlton town cop, carpenter.... m: Marguerite McKinnon .... 6 kids

Mildred Adelaide, 1898-1980.... NYC RN.... not married

Gertrude Madolyn, 1899-1973.... NYC RN.... not married

Cecil Waldo, 1900-1903.... early childhood death

Clyde Elias, 1902-1978.... Littleton Ridge farmer.... m: Blanch M Kiley.... 2 kids [return]

Ed Costello
1009 Blenheim Dr
Raleigh NC 27612
tel: 919-782-6058
e-mail: costello13@juno.com