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Subject: Seeking McNiece
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 1997 10:04:23 -0400 (EDT)
I am seeking information on the ancestry of Sarah McNiece, also known as
McNassa, who was born in Ireland 22 October 1797.
She married Patrick Mullen, who was born in about 1782. He died in 1844.
The family seems to have lived in Loughall, Armagh (according to one of her
son's death certificates). When Sarah was widowed, she moved to St. Albans
Vermont with her 3 sons and 2 daughters. She died 24 Nov 1877 in St.
Her son John W. Mullen, my ggrandfather, moved to Chicago in about 1868
and married Margaret McEvoy.
My question is about the name McNiece. Although Sarah was a Catholic,
many McNieces (and variations on this name) that I have come across seem to
be Presbyterian or Church of Ireland. Also, I know that a very large
percentage of my ancestors and other relatives have, as adults, elected to
join a religious group that differed from the one of their childhood.
I have seen references that McNiece is related to Guinness, to Neeson,
to MacNees, etc. Could anyone help in providing possible backgrounds for
the name? It would be great to have some idea of where we fit (or don't
fit). Is McNiece originally a Scottish name?
Thank you in advance for any help.