Happy Birthday, Michael McCormack!

Today, if Michael McCormack had lived, he would be 190 years old! Whew! To be brief, Michael was born, as best as I know, in Ireland in Sep 1824 and he died in Otter Lake, Michigan on 24 Nov 1912.

Michael McCormack

Michael McCormack

I got the above picture from my third cousin, John Michael McCormack (this isn’t Michael’s son John Michael) and his book, “A Narrative History The McCormack & Heaton Families” published in 2006.

For further reading on Michael and his life, I have gathered the following posts;

A Promissory note to Michael McCormack

Michael McCormack and the Ypsilanti Directory

Michael McCormack and family in the 1870 census

Tombstone Tuesday: Michael and Catherine (Paine) McCormack

A Witness to Michael’s Marriage – Michael Doyle

Michael as a Postmaster?

Michael and his sons

Mappy Monday: The Travels of Michael and Catherine

Mappy Monday: The McCormacks on Jacob Street

Mappy Monday: McCormack Lake

Census Sunday: The McCormacks in the 1861 Canada West Census

Those Places Thursday: McCormick Lake

The Beginning

There maybe a few more that I didn’t find but I think I have given you a very good start to the life and times of Michael McCormack. I thought I would include a few “fun” facts about Michael. He had 10 children, 7 sons, and 3 daughters. He had 11 grandsons and 16 granddaughters. He has 18 great-grandsons and 16 great-granddaughters. He has 49 great-great-grandsons and 38 great-great-granddaughters. He has 62 great-great-great-grandsons and 49 great-great-great-granddaughters. He has 35 great-great-great-great-grandsons and 36 great-great-great-great-granddaughters. Finally, Michael has 3 great-great-great-great-great-grandsons and 1 great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter. I think that I am fairly accurate in most of those numbers.

I think Michael lived a pretty extraordinary life. He was born in Ireland, where English wasn’t the native language. He emigrated to the United States with his bride, Catherine, and his newly born son, William. They landed in New Orleans, traveled up the Mississippi Valley to Kentucky where his first daughter was born. For some reason, they moved to London, Ontario, Canada and lived there for about 5 or 6 years. After that, he moved his growing family to Ypsilanti, Michigan. From there, he tried farming in northern Michigan somewhere near Mio. From there he moved south to live with his son, William (my great-grandfather).

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you learn something. Happy Birthday, great-great-grandfather Michael!


3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Michael McCormack!

  1. Many thanks for this, Jeff. You say that after arriving in New Orleans and then moving to Kentucky, “for some reason, they moved to London, Ontario, Canada and lived there for about 5 or 6 years.” I had always been told that the reason they moved to Canada was they had inadvertently landed in the US in the middle of the Civil War, and of course as a young immigrant, Michael would have been subject to the draft (in his case, fighting for the Confederacy). To avoid this, they moved up to Canada to wait out the war, and then moved back down to the US once things were settled. I don’t know if that fits into the timeline, but it’s the story my dad told me.


    • Thanks, Xenophon! I heard the same story and I think I may have heard it first from your dad. Just that Michael’s second child (Delilah) was born in 1854 in Kentucky and his third child (Edward James) was born in 1856 in Canada. That says they left for Canada at least 5 years before the start of the Civil War. The Civil War didn’t start until the summer of 1861 and the draft didn’t start in the Confederacy until April 1862. By then he and Catherine had had 4 children born in Canada. I wouldn’t say no to you and your dad’s idea, but there are certain things that don’t quite jive. Thanks!


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