McCormick, Cassidy and Rankin relatives from County Antrim, Ireland to New York, to Canada West

Trying to find McCormick/Cassidy/Rankin relatives in Ballyvoy, Ireland and Ontario, Canada.

My great great grandparents, Henry McCormick (DOB Mar 1832) and Ellen Cassidy (DOB 1833) were born in County Antrim, Ireland. Ellen's mother was Margaret Rankin (DOB: 1798 Ireland, DOD: 20 Feb 1849 Ballyvoy, Ireland). Henry and Ellen married in Ballyvoy, Ireland on 28 Dec 1848 in Culfeightrin Parish at St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, sponsors were Mrs. McCormick and Peggy Cassidy.
They had 2 children in Ireland:
Mary Ann McCormick (Baptized at St Patrick's R.C. Church in Ballyvoy on 11 Mar 1849, sponsors were Stewart McCormick and Jane Kerr). Mary Ann died before Apr 1851 in Ireland)
John McCormick (Baptized at St. Patrick's R. C. Church in Ballyvoy, Ireland on 28 Apr 1850, sponsor was Daniel McCormick).

Ellen Cassidy and baby John McCormick emigrated to New York with Ellen's father, Henry Cassidy (DOB: 1783 Ireland) brother (Alexander Cassidy (DOB: 1830 Ireland) and 2 sisters (Catherine Cassidy DOB: Feb 1828 Ballyvoy, Ireland) and Margaret "Peggy" Cassidy (DOB: 1835 Ireland) on the Baroque Elphinstone from Greenock, Scotland to New York. Baby John died on the way to America and was buried at sea. Henry McCormick must have emigrated earlier as he was not on the Elphinstone.

They lived in New York - possibly Syracuse from 1851 - 1856 or 1857. They had 2 children in New York:
Ellen McCormick (DOB: 1852)
Margaret McCormick (DOB: 25 Mar 1854)

They moved to "Canada West" probably somewhere in Ontario about 1856 or 1857 with their daughters Ellen McCormick (DOB: 1852 New York) and Margaret (DOB 25 Mar 1854 New York).

They had 4 children in Canada:
Mary Ann McCormick (DOB: 24 May 1858)
Henry Charles McCormick (DOB: 22 Mar 1859)
Catherine Jane McCormick (DOB: 28 Feb 1860)
Stewart Daniel McCormick (DOB: 20 Mar 1863)

For some reason they moved from Canada to Ridgeway, Wisconsin in 1864 to a farm near Ellen Cassidy's 2 older brothers Henry Cassidy (DOB Nov 1815 in Ballycastle, Ireland) and Alexander Cassidy (DOB: 1830 Ireland).
They had one child in Ridgeway, Wisconsin:
Alexander James McCormick (DOB: 26 Mar 1865)

Would appreciate any information - particularly looking for what townland in the Ballyvoy/Ballycastle area they may be from and birth/baptismal records for children born in Canada and what relatives they may have lived near in Canada.

Thank you!


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Hello MM
I have just picked up your post on the Glens of Antrim Historical Society forum.
My mother was Rankin of the Ballyvoy lineage so I may be able to help you in your search.
You can contact me direct by email:-

John McConnell

I am researching emigrants from County Antrim to Prescott County, Ontario Canada. Migration started in the late 1820's with more families following in the 1830's. There was another small migration in the late 1840's. My line comes from James Stewart and Margaret McCormick who emigrated around 1830 from County Antrim. I have a post in the forum (James Stewart - Margaret McCormick) with more info.

I have two families of McCormicks that settled in Prescott County:
Daniel McCormick and Rose McGill (they emigrated in 1847)
John McCormick and Catherine McCann

I looked for Henry and Ellen and the four children born in Canada but did not find anything. There is a note on the Wisconsin marriage record for Stewart that he was born in Toronto.

There was a significant out-flow of people from Prescott County beginning in the 1860's. The land had been settled and people started moving on to new pastures and opportunities. I have traced many people to Michigan (lumber industry); New York (industry); Wisconsin and the Dakota's (farmland).

I have been looking at the Ballycastle area as well for my James Stewart and Margaret McCormick and saw that Stewart McCormick (Sponsor -Mary Ann McCormick (Baptized at St Patrick's R.C. Church in Ballyvoy on 11 Mar 1849) is buried in Ballyvoy. Trying to establish a link to families in that area but difficult with records per-1830 in the area. CAREY and ELWYN have been very kind with their time in trying to find connections.

R.L.J Stewart