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john a mcdaid

Posted: 19 Jan 2004 7:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McDaid, Shay, Ryan
Hello, McDaid clan,
I am trying to find out if we are related...does anyone have a connection to the above John McDaid? The McDaid I am looking for spent part of his life living in the Panama Canal Zone and possibly Brooklyn, NY. He worked for some shipping company, possibly Grace? He was married to Miriam Shay, who may have been married once before him, to a Murphy. Her father was a Great Lakes boat captain. She was born 1898 in Ogdensburg, NY and died a widow on 3/17/1969 in Long Beach CA. Her remains were shipped back to Panama to be buried in the Mt. Hope Cemetery. She was my great-aunt. I have found a ship's record (the Advance) on the Ellis Island site with John A. McDaid and a Mrs. John A. McDaid arriving on 8/28/1915 from Cristobal, Panama C.Z. Her age is right, though a bit young to be on one's second marriage. Does this ring any bells for anyone?
Ruth
Hamilton, MA

Re: john a mcdaid

Posted: 2 Mar 2013 1:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McDaid
I realize that I'm answering a very old post, but John McDaid was my grandfather's brother. My grandfather was Richard Francis McDaid who was born in Brooklyn, NY., and was a mathematics professor at Indiana State Teacher's College. There was another brother named Bernard J. McDaid. John and Bernard both lived in Panama. Marian (Dolly) was John's first wife and Miriam was his second wife.

Re: john a mcdaid

Posted: 2 Mar 2013 2:06AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you so much! Yes, I am still out here--and your McDaids are the right ones. Miriam was my father's only aunt. Do you know if she and Bernard J had any children? I was contacted by another member of your family years ago and he emailed me a couple of photos. He was from Mississippi, I think, because it was right after Katrina and he told me of the damage to his community.

I have a photo that might be of Bernard J--it is taken on the deck of a cruise ship. Let me know if you'd like me to email it to you. Thank you for your reply!
Ruth

Re: john a mcdaid

Posted: 9 Apr 2014 7:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Ruth.
This post sure rings a bell to me. Happens to be that my mother, who died last August, had a name change around 1944. My mother previous name was Paulina McDaid de Viras, born in 1924, in Colón (on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal). According to the records that i have, John Mc Daid was her real father and was a north american boat captain from New York. Son of Fernand McDaid and Marguerite Boyles. My mother lived her last couple of months in my house and left an envelope with all these documents. Check to see if these were his parents. You can write to me if you want at tonyhenriquez68@gmail.com...I´m in shock to find out that my mother´s maiden name is not Scarcella Perino, but Mc Daid. I haven´t gone over all the documents yet but coudn´t help to try find out more on the internet and I found your post.
Tony

Re: john a mcdaid

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 12:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Tony,
I copied and pasted your email address into an email that I tried to send you that included a photo of John Mc Daid. You have the right people--his parents were Bernard and Margaret (Boyle) McDaid.
However, I got an error message saying that your email was invalid. I will try again...
Ruth

Re: john a mcdaid

Posted: 29 Apr 2014 9:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Ruth,
It's me again. I was surprised to see some recent activity here. I really need to correct a horrible mistake in a previous post. Marion (which I misspelled) was not John's first wife. She was John's daughter from his first marriage. Sorry about that. I visited her in St. Petersburg, FL in 1995. She has since passed. Here is a link to the only thing I could find online referring to her death:
http://www.pancanalsociety.org/memoriam/2008.html
Her name was Marion M. Hebert. I'll look for that sheet I had with the obituaries of Bernard, etc. on it and send it to you. My computer skills have improved since the last time I tried!

Re: john a mcdaid

Posted: 29 Apr 2014 9:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Jim! I don't think you made a mistake. Marion the daughter was named after her mother, Marion L. Oakes McDaid. You can see them back in Fitchburg MA in the 1930 census after the marriage broke up. Other evidence is in the Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, where there is a record of Marion the daughter marrying a Frank Hodgdon--her parents' names are there as well. This renewed McDaid activity came about when I was contacted by Jose in the message thread, who just discovered that his mother, I believe, was actually John McDaid's daughter. He found legal papers after his mother's passing, and found evidence of this. I sent him a copy of the photo of John that you had sent me years ago! I also found a photo of my aunt from the early 1950's in a photo of the staff of a community theater group in the PCZ. I gave me confirmation that your father was correct in identifying her in a couple of the other photos that you had sent me. So thank you very much for those! I am now going to check out the link you just sent. Thanks again! My skills are a little better now, too!
Ruth

Re: john a mcdaid

Posted: 29 Apr 2014 9:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Here's the link to the theater photo I mentioned:

http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00097366/00052/14x?search=mcdaid&v...

Re: john a mcdaid

Posted: 29 Apr 2014 10:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
OK, now it's beginning to come back. I remember now how odd I thought it was that the mother and daughter both had the same name. It must have been the similarity between Marion and Miriam that had me thinking I had things all screwed up. Thanks for the update and the theater photo. My father recently died, and going through his things I found a couple letters from the Canal Zone that I think were sent by Bernard, but I'll have to dig them out again to make sure.

Re: john a mcdaid

Posted: 30 Apr 2014 12:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am sorry to read that you lost your father...he sounded like quite a guy from what you told me in the past--you must miss him.

I just found Marion (Dolly) McDaid in the 1937 Fitchburg High School Yearbook, "The Boulder." Here is the text on her:
THE BOULDER

Fitchburg High School
CLASS OF 1937


Marion Margaret McDaid

She's fair whose beauty makes her gay.

Dolly, though born in the jungles of Panama, has no savagery
in her conduct. Rather to the contrary, refinement and sincerity
characterize her. Perhaps we may attribute to her sparkling eyes,
the train of broken youthful hearts she has left in her wake.
Basketball 2, Councillor 2, 3, Class Ring Committee, Junior Prom
Committee 3, Hockey, French Club, Dramatic Club 2, 3, 4, Class
Dues 3, 4, Chairman Class Prophecy, Write-up Committee 4.


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