JAMES MCGINLEY (b. 1763)
James served in the American Revolutionary War with the York County
Militia (Pennsylvania). He joined the war aged only 18 years. He
took part in the famous Battle of Kings Mountain and was with Washington
at Yorktown (the important decisive battle against the British).
Apparently he was on friendly terms with Washington. He was one
of the 'Pioneers of Tennessee' and was granted 600 acres of land
at Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee. When there, he started out
as a teacher in the local school and was heavily involved with the
Presbyterian Church there. James is a direct descendant of the first
McGinley in America. He was born on November 20th 1763 and died
on March 26th 1834.
MCGENNELL (b. 1771)
also known widely by the Irish form of his name, Éamonn Mag
Fhionnail, was born in Co Cavan Ireland and spent his whole life
there. He was a noted seanchaí/folklorist in the county and many
of the fireside tales of the area known today derive from his versions.
As with most folklorists, he was an excellent genealogist able to
recite family history at will. He was from the Parish of Annageliffe
in the Barony of Upper Loughtee. He is recorded in the 1821 Census
of Co Cavan when he was aged 50 years. He was described as a farmer
MCGINLEY (b. 1815)
was a reknowned teacher, Irish language enthusiast, and Folklorist
in the south west of County Donegal. He became the first Principal
of Common School in Killybegs, which was founded in the year 1834
and was a totally self-funding venture. Later, in 1879, he swapped
jobs with T. C. McGinley (a distant relation of his) becoming the
Principal at Croagh National School. He was one of the original
founders of the Gaelic League along with his fellow teacher and
kinsman T.C. McGinley.
MCGINLEY (b. 1822)
on July 12th 1822, William Dunwood McGinley studied law at a young
age and was to become one of the best early lawyers in the state
of Tennessee. He was an excellent advocate before a jury, but his
very unsystematic and unorthadox methods annoyed his peers and hierarchy.
He married Elizabeth Duncan on May 8th 1860 in their native Blount
County. He practiced law very successfully up until his death on
August 8th 1881 when aged only 60. He is buried, with his wife in
the Magnolia Cemetry, Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee. His father
was the noted American Revolutionary War soldier Col. James McGinley.
ANDREW MCGINLEY (b. 1833)
on 25th March, 1833 in Ireland, Michael arrived in America as an
orphan aged 11. His ship the "Voige" was wrecked but he
was rescued by another and landed at New York. His parents were
Patrick McGinley and Catherine Malloy. He was a Catholic but converted
to Methodist while in America. He made a living initially as a farmer
and a stone mason. In the early 1870's a new public road was being
constructed at Wolf Creek and he was chosen as one of the Directors
of this important project. Michael was in the Confederate Army (enlisted
17.4.1862) at Narrows, Virginia. He served in the 45th Virginia
Infantry Co. He was wounded in battle at Cloyds Mountain (9.5.1864).
He sustained serious injuries when hit by a fallen limb of a tree
that was struck by cannon fire. His backbone was fractured and made
him permanently disabled.
MACGINLEY (b. c. 1850)
was from Carrowcannon in Donegal. He was a National School teacher
with certificates in Mathematics and Science from the Department
of Science and Art, South Kensington, London. He entered Australia
in 1887 and settled in Queensland where he attained a teaching position
with the Queensland Department of Public Instruction. After a year
or so he sent for his wife and seven children (a further six being
born in Australia). Roger became one of the most respected teachers
of his generation in Australia. He took up farming and and bought
land at Greenmount in 1894. He was a well respected member of the
Catholic community there.
MCGINLEY (b. 1828)
McGinley was many things in his long life. He was a former Democratic
Mayor, Liqour Wholesaler, Government Inspector, Newspaper-man, and
Opera House Owner. E.D. McGinley was one of the most successfull
early businessmen of the state of Indiana. He received an academic
education, studying at Bolmars Academy, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
On October 21st 1866 he accepted the appointement of Eighth Congressional
District Inspector of Distilled Spirits!. He was one of the most
noted and respected men in the history of Tippecanoe County in the
state of Indiana. He died in St Anthony's Home aged 87 in 1915.
WILLIAM ANDERSON MCGINLEY (b. 1831)
William was a noted and very influential Protestant Minister across
the north eastern United States in the mid to late 1800's. He was
from the Protestant Congregational Church. He was also a well respected
author, usually of religious matters. His best known work was "Rational
Triumph, Or, The Dangers of Victory" 1862. He is also responsible
for "A Record of the Proceedings of the North Congregational
Church, Newburyport" 1868 and "Report on Lt A.W. Greeleys
Artic Relief Expedition" 1884, which was at the request of
the American Navy Department!. He belongs to the Fairfield Pennsylvania
N. MCGINDLEY (b.c. 1832)
was one of the most successful Lawyers of his day in America. He
was born in Ohio but worked principally in Moberly in Missouri.
He had his own law firm (with his brother James H. McGindley) and
handled some of the biggest court cases of his day. He was also
the District Attorney of Green County, Indiana. His firm specialised
in 'war claims'. Austin appears in the prestigious "The United
States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and
Self-Made Men". His date of death is not clear but he was still
alive by 1884.
MCGINLEY (b. 1853)
was the father of Dr Joseph P. McGinley of Glenswilly, Co Donegal.
Pat was for the most part a farmer, but he was also a successful
wool merchant with clients as far away as Belfast and Glasgow. Pat
was also a shop-keeper and Justice of the Peace. He became Chairman
of the Druimbolg branch of the Gaelic League. He also set up a branch
of the Land League in Glenswilly. An active Irish language speaker
and enthusiast, Pat organised Irish learning classes around Glenswilly.
He died in 1937.
B.G. MCGINLEY (fl. 1860)
was one of the most noted photographers in America in the 1800's.
In the 1860's he opened the successful McGinley and Schuberts Flying
Photograph Gallery on Fifth Street, Hollister, California with his
business partner. It operated very successfully for many decades
on the west coastof America. Another highly successful gallery was
located on Maripose Street, Fresno City in 1884.
EMMA MCGINLEY SINNAMON (b. 1873)
the daughter of Joseph Warren McGinley, businessman, of Philadelphia,
was born in 1873. She developed an interest in politics at a young
age and became a local politician with the Republican Party. She
represented them as an alternative delegate at The Republican National
Convention in the year 1924. Rebecca, dedicated wife and local representative
died in 1958.
ED MCGINLEY (b. 1875)
Edward H. McGinley on April 21st 1875, he went on to become a respected
lawman in the 1930's in Thomas County, Kansas. His father was born
in Donegal, Ireland, and went to America in 1868 and died on July
5th 1916. For more than twenty years Ed was the Chairman of the
Republican Party's County Central Committee. Many crimes were solved
by Ed and several were published in 'real life' American detective
magazines throughout the 1930's. He was also a family man, farmer,
member of the town Parents Committee and an active member of the
Red Cross. A biography of him appears in 'Ilustriana Kansas' (the
Who's Who of Kansas people in history). It has been said that his
great detective work influence the movie direction of Humphrey Bogart,
who played many a detective or ganster, and for a while was almost
typecast as such by Warner Bros!
MCGINLEY (b. 1878)
star James William McGinley was born on October 2nd 1878, to Irish
parents in Groveland, Massachusetts. Always known simply as Jim,
he played big league Baseball for the St Louis Cardinals in the
National League. He had a short playing career at the top which
lasted only one season , 1904/1905. Although his playing career
in the National League was short, he was regarded as a pretty good
Pitcher, a good batter with a strong right hand. Jim left school
and did not go to college but opted to pursue his goal of playing
baseball. Tim McGinley first played for the club St Hyacinthe in
the Provincial League during the year 1901 aged twenty two. An athletic
figure of a man, he was quickly noticed by talent couts for the
Senior Leagues. One or two big teams were interested in him before
he joined the St Louis Cardinals at the age of twenty five. From
the year 1906 until 1910, Jim had a successful time playing in the
Eastern League with Toronto. Jim McGinley died aged 83 on September
20th in 1961 at Haverhill, Massachusetts and was buried at Riverview
Cemetry in his home town of Groveland.
V. MCGINLEY (fl. 1880's)
was a seminal and important writer in her day of issues pertaining
to the 'ordinary man'. Dorothy was from Pennsylvania, the daughter
of Irish Catholic immigrants. She wrote important books and thesis
on the 'Negro Community', from the point of view of the man/woman
in the street. Such things were not done in her day. Other accounts
of this community at the time concentrated only on the few 'respectables'
or 'churchmen' among them. She also wrote important seminal works
(again from the angle of the ordinary people) about womens issues,
the Irish community and the early Quakers in Pennsylvania.
JOSEPH MACGINLEY (b. 1881)
simply Jim to his family, he was the son of an early settler in
Australia, Roger McGinley. Jim was born on December 10th 1881 and
followed in his fathers footsteps being a bright pupil. He went
to Sydney University and studied to be a teacher. In 1899, aged
only seventeen, he joined the staff of the newly arrived Christian
Brothers in Toowoomba. This was done in tandem with his University
studies. In 1901 he was offered a Government teaching post in Friesland.
By 1906 he resigned from his post to help his father on his farm.
By 1908 he had become a successful farmer himself, especially of
sheep, and he done well enough to buy his own property and farm
at Eubar. Here he produced some of the finest merino wool which
was sold all over Australia and exported. Jim was also active in
politics being a member of the Queensland Country Party and by the
1930's he was Chairman of The Emerald Shire Council. He died on
November 27th 1959.
CECILIA O'DOHERTY (b. 1885)
Cecelia was born a McGinley in 1885, being a daughter of the noted
T.C. McGinley of Meenacross in south west Donegal. She was a popular
Mayoress of Derry. She was married to Hugh C. O'Doherty, a solicitor
of some note. Together, in the early 1920's, they were the first
Nationalist/Catholic Mayor and Mayoress of Derry in modern times
(since 1688). She was well educated like the rest of her family
and a locally renowned poet.
AGNES MCGINLEY (fl. 1890's)
and Teacher. Better known as A.A. McGinley, she was a writer of
religious topics in the late 1800's in America, writing extensively
for Catholic periodicals. She was Catholic but often critical of
Catholic teaching methods. Her work includes...."Brook Farm
Today" 1895, "The Catholic Life of Boston" 1898,
"The Profit of Love-Studies in Altruism" 1907. The "Love
of the Mystics" was a lengthy paper explaining the life of
pure mysticism, which she says is 'the highest expression of soul'.
In Dominica, a magazine of Catholic literature, for the year 1900,
it remarks...' Miss A. A. McGinley has a spirited article on "The
Scope of the Catholic Social Settlement", which is worthy of
study for the would-be philanthropist'. She appears in "Who's
Who in America" (J. W. Leonard 1903).
MCGINLEY (b. 1889)
Arthur Bosworth McGinley on April 5th 1889 in New London, Connecticut,
USA, Art went on to be one of the most respected Sports Writers/Reporters
in America. His career began when aged only fifteen he was working
as a part time reporter at the New London 'The Day' newspaper (which
was his fathers). During his many years as a sports reporter, he
worked with The Boston Post, The Hartford Courant, The Hartford
Post, The Hartford Times, and The Providence Journal as well as
having his stories/reports published all around the country. During
his time he became close friends with many sports celebrities of
the day. He was President of the Connecticut Sports Writers Association
in 1955. In honour of him, the Art McGinley Meritorious Service
Award is given annually (since 1976) to honoured sports writers
in Connecticut. He died on February 19th 1974 aged 84.
MCGINLEY (b. 1890)
Micheal Conde McGinley on October 30th 1890, Conde as he was known,
grew up to be a notorious newspaper man with strong Anti-Jewish
leanings. Conde was born in Oklahoma, the eldest son of Connell
B McGinley (1852-1941, from Meenacross in south west Donegal). Conde
moved to New Jersey in 1929 and opened a chain of restaurants along
the shore. He began editing a weekly newspaper in Newark in 1946
called Think (and sometimes The Think). By June of 1947 it was issued
as Common Sense. The first issues were Anti-Communist but later
developed into an Anti-Jewish paper. This made him many friends
and many enemies. He often claimed the paper was simply 'patriotic'.
In 1954 Conde formed the Christian Education Association with himself
as President. He died on July 2nd 1963.
MCGINLEY (b. 1890)
Patrick McGinley rose to fame as the chief sailor aboard the 'Asgard'
yacht involved in the infamous 'Howth Gun Running' incident of 1914.
He was originally a fisherman from Gola Island, Co Donegal. Patrick
was an early member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood in Donegal,
after its ‘rebirth’ in 1904. Afterwards he became actively
involved in the Irish Volunteers, being one of their most important
members in Donegal. He was a friend of Erskine Childers, the well
known Irish leader who purchased secretly 1,500 second hand rifles
and 49,000 rounds of ammunition from Germany. The weapons arrived
safely and was the 'unofficial' start of the War of Independance
that culminated in the Easter 1916 Rising. Patrick McGinley (and
Charlie Doogan also from Gola) were long experienced fishermen and
sailors. They knew the waters of the north Atlantic very well. They
were given the special responsibility to navigate the Asgard through
the often torrid North Sea. Recently, the Irish Government have
recognised the importance of this event in the fight for Irish freedom.
Work began (with Government support) in 2001 to restore the Asgard
as a national monument. Ironically, the Government Minister who
initiated the proposal was Dinny McGinley, the Fine Gael Party representative
from west Donegal!
MCGINLEY (b. 1899)
was an American Football offensive tackler in the National Football
League with the famous New York Giants in 1925. He was elected to
the 'College Football Hall of Fame' in 1979 after a solid college
football career at the University of Pennsylvania. He was born in
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, the son of Irish parents who are said
to have arrived in America after the Great Hunger in Donegal. The
great Amos Alonzo Stagg rated him very highly. He was selected by
Walter Camp in his 1924 All American Team, Camp said "he had
that greatest of assets...consistancy. He has played no poor games.
He is an ideal tackler for our team, possessed as he is of the necessary
weight and power to fulfill the requirements of both modern attack
and defence". He died on April 16th 1985 at Point Pleasure,
MCGINLEY (b. 1905)
Mick as he was known was one of the Glenswilly McGinleys. In his
young days, Tony listened at the fireside to the stories, folklore
and family history told to him by his grandfather Anton Ned McDevitt
among others. He was an avid student and intelligent man. His knowledge
of local history was unsurpassed and fortunately his cousin recorded
many of them for posterity. He became the chief folklorist/sheanchaidh/
historian of Glenswilly. Tony was passionate about his country and
heritage. He joined the Irish Volunteers in 1920 and took the Anti-Treaty
side during the Civil War. This meant that he had to live a fugitive
existence for more than a year. In 1926 he went to America to work
on the railroads. He returned to Ireland and worked for the Electricity
Board. When he died in 2003, he was the last surviving member of
the Fintown Company of Irish Volunteers.
MCGINLEY (b. 1905)
the widespread poverty and lack of opportunity in early twentieth
century Donegal, Jack made a very successful career for himself
in the 'tea business'. He learned his trade while in London and
came back to Donegal, initially working for a tea company in Derry.
By 1929, aged only 24 he set up his own business. Tea was usually
sold 'loose' in a paper bag, but Jack noticed a trend for 'branded'
products and soon launched his own 'GoalPak' tea. He also got the
agency contract to distribute Scottish and Newcastle Beer, from
which he made a good fortune! He died in 1979 aged 74. His son Patrick
was owner of McGinleys Bar in Letterkenny for years.
MCGINLEY (b. 1910)
was born on Gola Island in the north west of Donegal in the year
1910. He became a noted and respected teacher spending most of his
life teaching at Scoil Chonaill at Bunbeg, Donegal. Johnny was renowned
for his enthusiasm in 'after hours' help and advice to his pupils
and was always available to them. His continuous after hours activities
got him into trouble with the Irish National Teachers Organisation.
They eventually expelled him from their union! In his later years
Johnny wrote three interesting books in Gaelic, "Ó Robharta
go Mallmhuir" (1975) about life on Gola Island, "Is Glas
na Cnoic" (1977) and "Scéal Ghaoth Dobhair"
(1983). Johnny died in 2008.
MAG FHIONNGHAILE (b. 1913)
John J. McGinley at Saobh in Glencolmcille in 1913, Seán
was one of seven children, three of them James, Micí and
Mary emigrated to Philadelphia. He was an avid supporter of the
Irish language and was awarded a scholarship to Coláiste
Éanna. After that he went to the teacher training college,
Coláiste Phádraig in Dublin. He qualified in 1934
and taught in Letterkenny and Dungloe before becoming Principal
at Scoil Aodh Rua in Donegal Town until his retirement in 1979.
Sean was involved heavily in Irish language movements and helped
the renowned Fr. McDyer in organising language classes and festivals
in the south west Donegal area. He was also highly regarded within
GAA circles and became the Donegal County Board Chairman in 1939,
1941, 1942 and 1943. Sean also held many officerships within the
INTO (Irish National Teachers Organisation) Seán died in
McGinley is a well known and respected south west Donegal fiddle
player. He was born in Meenacross and followed a long line of McGinley
fiddlers in the area, going back three hundred years. Some of his
best known tunes include 'Corn Rigs', 'Highland Reel' (aka 'Con
McGinleys Highland') and 'Con McGinleys Reel'. His music has been
played/recorded by Altán and The Ulster Orchestra.
R. MCGINLEY (b. 1920)
John Regis McGinley on August 24th 1920, he was part owner of the
Pittsburgh Steelers American football team. He was also a noted
Boxing Promoter and Businessman. He graduated from the University
of Pittsburgh in 1941. Jack, as he was known to his family and friends,
was an Engineering Officer in WW11 and his ship was sunk by a German
submarine during the D-Day landings. He survived for many hours
in the water in the English Channel until he and the 314 crew were
rescued. Previously they had spent eight months in the Mediteranian
Sea. After the war he concentrated on Boxing Promotions (Rooney-McGinley
Boxing Club) until 1953 when he then a took more active role in
the beer business with his company Wilson-McGinley Inc (distributors
of Miller and Heineken). During his 60 years as Vice President of
the Pittsburgh Steelers he always kept a low profile and did not
interfere in the day to day running of things. Jack died on October
29th 2006 aged 85.