Posted by: Jim Bell | February 28, 2011

McCabe Family, Kirkmabreck and USA

“Death of Frank McCabe – Frank McCabe, a well known farmer of Paola township, die at his home one-half mile west of town, Thursday afternoon, March 4th, 1915, following an illness of only four days’ duration. Mr. McCabe contracted a severe cold while attending his daughter, Sarah, who is quite ill, and pneumonia developed which he was unable to check.

The deceased was born near Kirkcudbright county, Scotland, in 1849, coming to the United States with his parents when eighteen years old. The family located in Illinois, and in the late ’70’s Frank came to Kansas, and for a number of years worked in the northern part of the state and in southern Nebraska.

Mr. McCabe was married in 1884 at Beatrice, Nebraska, and later settled on a farm in Pottawatomie county, Kansas, near the town of Blaine. Mrs. McCabe died in 1897, and eight years later, the husband, with his family, moved to a farm in this county, three miles north of Paola, where they resided until a few years ago, when he located on the farm west of town, engaging in the dairy business, which he conducted up to the time of his fatal illness.

At the time of his death, Mr. McCabe’s son, John, who recently returned from Montana, was confined to the house with an attack of grippe as were his sisters, Sarah and Mary. All three are under a nurse’s care and are now convalescing.

Besides the three children, Mr. McCabe is survived by two brothers, Hugh and James, of Joliet, Illinois. A Requiem Mass was said for the deceased at Holy Trinity church last Monday morning at which time the body was sent to Blaine, Kansas, where the interment took place.”

(Reference: The Western Spirit, Paola, Miami Co., Kansas, Friday, March 12, 1915, page 1, Roll P58)

In the 1851 census the McCabe family were living in Kirkmabreck Parish. Father Hugh was a quarry labourer.



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