THE LA BELLE MARIE
LITTLE STEAMER OF 20 OR 25 TONS.
BUILT OF WOOD AT GLOUCESTER IN 1866.
BOUGHT IN THE EARLY 1890’S BY
MR HENRY MUSGRAVE OF BELFAST
MANAGED BY MR HENRY R MILLER PORTAFERRY WHO WAS WELL KNOWN ABOUT BELFAST DOCKS
CAPTAIN/FIRST OFFICER WAS JOHN ------- FROM PORTAVOGIE MAN OF OVER 6 FEET TALL, EARRINGS IN BOTH EARS, STANDARD HIGH HEELED SHOES, OR HIGH LOWS. & BELL MOUTHED TROUSERS. HE BORE THE CHARACTERISTIC STAMP OF HIS ANCIENT SEA-FARING RACE. HE SPOKE THE QUAINT SCOTCH- IMPRESSED LANGUAGE OF THE “BACK SHORE”
ENGINEER & FIREMAN WILLIAM -------- FROM PORTAVOGIE [PROBABLY JOHN’S BROTHER.]
AN A.B. SEAMAN
& A COOK.
THIS IS PROBABLY JOHN
Residents of a house 3 in Portaferry Quay (Ards Upper, Down)1901
Shaw Robert 21 Male Prespeyterian Co Down Ordinary Seaman Read and write Single
Mc Vea John 51 Male Head of Family Church of Ireland Co Down Sea Captain Read and write Married
Mc Vea James 26 Male Son Church of Ireland Co Down Mate Mariner Read and write -Single
Mc Vea John 24 Male Son Church of Ireland Co Down A B Seaman Read and write Single
Sea Captains James & Charles McVea and the smack 'Isabella' of Kircubbin
I received a copy of a McVea family Tree from Bertie and Eleanor (McVea) Kelly. The author of the tree is Mr. Wallace McVea from Newtownabbey:
Glastry Pres. Records
Michael McVey, b. 1770 m Jane Palmer 20th Nov. 1790 [by special licence] in Glastry Prebysterian Church, In the Parish of Innishargie, Co. Down
James McVay/McVea born c 1750 father of Michael below.
Michael McVea and Jane Palmer are the parents of the first McVea's of the Great Lakes. Lake Michigan is where they ran a shipping line. Michael b1791, was the son of Michael McVea b c 1770 and Jane Nee Palmer Ballyfrench, P/vogie, and brother of Capt. James McVea b1796, Amos McVea b 1800, John b 1792, and Robert b 1794.
James McVea and brother Amos went to Allegen Co. Michigan They died in Douglas, Co. Mitchigan.
In 1852, the smack 'Isabella' sailed from Kircubbin for the U.S.A.
The 'Isabella' had 2 Captains to sail her, brothers Capt. James McVea and Capt Charles McVea. It took about 4 weeks. Capt Charles McVea owned the schooners 'Mary McVea' and 'E J McVea'. The McVeas set up a fleet of schooners and traded on the Great Lakes.
Thomas Warnock, b. 1762, d. 1847, m. Mary Jane Drake, b. 1775, d. 12 Oct 1852.
1. Thomas Warnock, b. 1813, d. 18 Mar 1837 Killed by a fall on the brig 'Rowena' in Belfast.
2. William Warnock, b. 4 May 1801, d. 4 Aug 1845. Stayed in Northern Ireland.
3. Samuel Warnock, b. 1808, d. 27 Dec 1862, m. Elizabeth Sinclair. They stayed in Northern Ireland
Children of Samuel and Elizabeth Warnock:
James Warnock, b. 1 Sep 1838, d. 24 Jan 1910, m. 25 Dec 1861 to Mary Jane McVea, b. 15 Aug 1838, d. 1868 [His cousin. See below]
Elizabeth J. Warnock, b. 27 Apr 1841, d. 2 May 1915, m. 25 Dec 1861 to Sea Capt. Charles E. McVea, b. 8 Nov 1835, d. 1 May1894 in
Douglas, Allegan Co., Michigan. [Her cousin. See below]
John Warnock, b. 1845, d. 1905, m. Susan McGratton
4.19th SEPT. 1798 JOHN SON TO THOMAS WARNOCK PORTAVOGIE
John Warnock, Mary Close, 1839
SEA CAPT. JOHN M MARY CLOSE & EMIGRATED TO MICHIGAN
Sea Captain John Warnock, b. 1798, d. 9 Jun 1881, m. Mary C., b. 1817, d. 14 Mar 1888. Capt. John Warnock, who was part owner of the smack 'Isabella' and was related to the McVea's, did not leave for the U.S on the 'Isabella', but came later, in 1864, to Beechwoods Homestead, Saugatuck, Allegan Co., Michigan. Capt. John Warnock's family did come to the U.S on the smack 'Isabella,' under Sea Captain James McVea, and Sea Capt. Charles McVea, his nephews.
Children of Capt. John and Mary C. Warnock:
Mary Warnock, b. 18??, d. 1870, m. 22 Oct 1867 Dr. Alex McRae
Anna Warnock, b. 1845, d. 1870 of T.B.
Jane Warnock, b. Jan 1844, d. 31 Jul 1933
5. Mary Jane Warnock, b. 1797, d. 15 Sep 1870, m. James McVea, b. 9 May 1796 Portavogie, d. 21 May 1884 Douglas, Allegan Co., Michigan
6. James Warnock, born 1807, d. 4 Feb 1843. Had a daughter, Sarah, b. 1839, d. 22 Jun 1875, m. (unk) Bailie.
7. Rachel Warnock, b. 2 Mar 1814, d. 9 Nov 1852
8. Robert Warnock, b. 1817, d. 15 Sep 1853.
Michael McVea, b. 1770 in Ballyfrench m Jane Palmer also of Ballyfrench,
20th Nov. 1790, [by special licence] in Glastry Prebysterian Church, In the Parish of Innishargie, CO.DOWN
1. Michael McVea b 1791 in Ballyfrench Co. Down, m unknown; family still in Northern Ireland. DNA has been listed in this project.
2. John McVea, b. 27 Mar 1792, d. (?), stayed in Northern Ireland
3. Robert McVea, b. 1794, d. (?), stayed in Northern Ireland
4. James McVea, b. 9 May 1795 Portavogie, Co. Down, d. 21 May 1884 Douglas, Allegan Co., Michigan, m. Mary Jane Warnock, b. 1797, d. 15 Sep 1870, daughter of Thomas Warnock, b. 1762, d. 18 Mar 1837, and his wife, Mary Jane Drake, b. 1775, d. 12 Oct 1852 [See above].
5. Amos McVea, b. 1800, d. 15 Sep 1870 Douglas, Allegan Co., Michigan, m. Ann?, b. 1803, d. 21 May 1881.
children of James and Mary Jane Warnock:
1. Sea Capt. James McVea, b. 27 Nov 1821 Portavogie, d. 1903 Douglas, Allegan Co., Michigan. All of his brothers and sisters went to America on the smack 'Isabella.' Sea Capt. James McVea married Jane Fullerton, b. 1822, d. 1877 at 119 Cromac St., Belfast. Jane was the daughter of Valentine Fullerton, b. 1789, d. 28 Nov 1865, and Jane McClements, b. 16 Mar 1776, d. 10 Dec 1851 [Note: See related posting on this forum for the family of Valentine Fullerton]. Jane did not go to America, and her children stayed as well, until her daughter, Jeannie (McVea) Stone went to Chicago.
After the death of his wife Jane in 1877, Capt. James McVea married in 1888 Mary A. McClymont, b. 14 Nov 1834, d. 25 Jun 1910. She had a sister, Emma McClymont, and the sisters lived on a farm in Saugatuck District, Allegan Co., Michigan.
children of Sea Capt. James and Jane McVea:
John McVea, b. 1848 Co. Down, d. 25 Dec 1920, m. 14 Nov 1871 in Kilrea, Co.
Londonderry to Ellen J. Hunter, b. (?), d. 14 Oct 1924 [Note: Their
son Wallace McVea [now dec]. drew up the McVea Tree. Wallace lived in Co. Antrim]
Mary Jane McVea, b. 3 Jan 1851, d. 1919.
James McVea, b. (?), d. 1954, m. Mary Kinnaird, Co. Down.
Jeannie McVea, b. 1850, m. 1885 Hugh Stone, b. and d. Austin, Illinois. Jeannie
went to live in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois.
The brothers and sisters of Sea Capt. James McVea who went to Douglas, Allegan Co., Michigan:
2. Rachel McVea, b. 28 Mar 1825 Co. Down, d. 29 Sep 1906 Douglas, Allegan Co., Michigan, m. William Gibson, b. 1828, d. 7 Oct 1893 U.S.A.
3. William McVea, b. 15 Nov 1819.
4. Thomas McVea, b. 2 Jul 1823 Co. Down, d. 27 Jul 1904 Douglas, Allegan Co., Michigan, m. May 1854 Margaret Chambers, b. 24 Jun 1824, d. 13 Mar 1903 U.S.A. Thomas McVea was a tailor/sailor?
children of Thomas and Margaret McVea:
Samuel McVea, b. Jan 1864, d. 16 Mar 1938
William C. McVea, b. 18 Aug 1860, d. 13 May 1923
Mary McVea, b. 17 Apr 1855, d. 16 Jan 1906.
Elizabeth J. McVea, b. Jul 1862, d. 6 Sep 1957
5. Samuel McVea, b. 1832 Co. Down, d. 1889 Douglas, Allegan Co., Michigan, m. Elizabeth Renton, b. 1831,
children of Samuel and Elizabeth McVea:
Sarah Jane McVea, b. 1857, m. 1st (unk) Millar, m. 2nd William Waters.
children of William and Sarah Jane Waters:
6. Mary Jane McVea, born 15 Aug 1838 Co. Down, d. 1868 Douglas, Allegan Co., Michigan, m. 25 Dec 1861 at saugatuck, Allegan co., Michigan to James Warnock [her cousin], b. 1 Sep 1838, d. 24 Jan 1910. James was the son of Samuel Warnock, b. 1808, d. 27 Dec 1862, and his wife Elizabeth Sinclair, who both stayed in Northern Ireland.
children of James and Mary Jane Warnock:
Robert Warnock, died in a shipping accident on Lake Michigan.
Elizabeth J. Warnock, b. 25 Aug 1863, d. 29 Sep 1937.
Rachel Warnock, b. 1865, d. 12 Sep 1952.
Baby Warnock, b. and d. 1868.
7. Sea Capt. Charles McVea, b. 8 Nov 1835, d. 1 Mar 1894, m. 25 Dec 1861 at Saugatuck, Allegan Co., Michigan to Elizabeth J. Warnock [his cousin], b. 27 Apr 1841, d. 2 May 1915. Elizabeth J. Warnock was the daughter of Samuel Warnock, b. 1808, d. 27 Dec 1862, and his wife Elizabeth Sinclair, who both stayed in Northern Ireland [Note: see above James Warnock who married Mary Jane McVea].
8. John McVea, b. 28 Feb 1828 Co. Down, d. 3 Jul 1899 Chicago, m. Esther Bailie, b. 1828, daughter of James Bailie, son of Esther. John McVea was a carpenter.
Edited and posted by Lena McVea
Co. Admin and Mary Becker Admin.
Thanks to Iris Palmer who found the early McVea/Palmer marriage record in PRONI