Good Afternoon Everyone.....
I know that there are troubles abound with tracing the MACARTHY name in Ireland, no matter what the spelling, as everyone seems to have at least one in their branches!!! However, I'm not one to be discouraged, so here goes.....
"Our" Eugene MACARTHY is thought to have been born c1787 in Co. Cork and is a descendent of the "Blarney Castle MACARTHY's". He was probably Roman Catholic and is believed to have attended the "Maynooth Seminary" to train for the priesthood. I also have a reference that he may have been sponsored by the Bishop of Co. Kerry??
His parents are believed to be "Dr. MACARTHY" of the Dublin Theatre and "Heloise MACARTHY" who is believed to have died in Tralee anywhere between 1810 and 1825. We have a reference to an 1824 newspaper article in "The Cork Morning Intelligenser" recording the "death at Tralee of Heloise Macarthy, wife of Dr. Macarthy of the Dublin Theatre"
We know of only one other child of Dr. MACARTHY & Heloise, her name was Agnes Jane. She later moved to London and married Louis Charles BURETTE in 1822
Eugene MACARTHY chose to leave the Seminary at some point to persue a career in acting. He started on stage at the Dublin Theatre as an actor/comedian/theatre manager and then later we have him mentioned in theatre playbills in London, Wales, Leeds and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. He seems to have had a VERY distinguished career and is often mention as "the celebrated representative of Irish character"
Eugene MACARTHY also wrote and published in 1850, London "A Defence of Roman Catholicism" (Has anyone seen a copy of this pamphlet??)
His first marriage was to a "Miss ST CLAIR" daughter of "Colonel ST CLAIR" (sometimes SINCLAIR) also from Co. Cork. Miss ST CLAIR died c1820. We know of only two children from this union, a boy "E.T." MACARTHY and a girl named Maria MACARTHY born December 1812 in Enniskillen
Maria MACARTHY followed her father onto the stage and had what appears to be a very successful career as an actress. We have numerous newspaper articles and London playbills mentioning her by name. She married the very successful actor/theatre manager Robert HONNER in 1836 and then later Frederick MELLOR in 1860. She died in 1870 and is buried in West Norwood Cemetary, London
Eugene MACARTHY's second marriage was to Sarah Jane TURNBULL. She was born c1802 in Stockton-On-Tees, England and they married December 1824 in Tynemouth. They had a number of children including Sarah (Sally) Jane (c1826), Eloisa Catherine (1831), Agness Ann (1832), George Eugene (1836), Phillis May (1846) & Phillip M (1847)
George Eugene MACARTHY went on to own a shipyard in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Eloisa Catherine MACARTHY also followed her father onto the stage and had a pretty successful career. Phillip M. MACARTHY is believed to have sailed for Florida (Pensacola) sometime after 1861, possibly in the Navy
If there is anyone out there that has any information on this family, specifically their origins in Co. Cork we would love to hear from you. Also is anyone can recommend any reference materials or give us any pointers to help our research in Ireland we would be eternally grateful
Good luck with your own research
Very Warmest Regards