Calling Greencastle McCormicks 02.07.12
AN Irish American
family is looking to contact long lost relatives in
the Greencastle area ahead of a big family reunion
Stateside this month.
Family spokesperson, David McCormick, says they also
hoped to hold a Donegal reunion in the coming years.
"It was 124 years ago this past April that Patrick,
son of George McCormick and Mary Ann McColgan, and
Lizzie (nee Fleming) McCormick of Eleven Ballyboes
set sail from Donegal for the port of New York City
and a future in Newark, NJ.
"The McCormicks arrived just after the Great
Blizzard of 1888, one of the most severe snow storms
in the history of the USA," said David.
"Lizzie and Patrick had 12 children. Lizzie was
pregnant with twins when they left Donegal, but they
were born during the voyage and one died. The
surviving twin, John Patrick, is my grandfather.
We've now identified 150 descendants of their 12
children and hope, with this article, to bridge the
Atlantic and identify relatives that remain in
"Representatives of their descendants will gather in
Union, NJ this July 14 and July 15 for their first
family reunion and a celebration of their Donegal
A photo taken in the spring of 1910.
Patrick and Lizzie are on the right. Lizzie is
holding their youngest child, Joseph, and their
daughter Edith is standing in front. Another
daughter, Mary is sitting on the far left. Standing
on the left is Patrick's nephew, Michael McCormick.
His hand rests on the shoulder of his sister Mary.
Sadly, Michael lost his life serving in WWI at the
Battle of Flanders Field in France.
Among the family's
descendants are John McCormick, an author, and Mark
McCormick, a professional golfer who just finished
competing in the PGA's U.S. Open at the Olympic
Country Club in San Francisco, California.
"The descendants of Patrick and Lizzie wish to make
connections with relatives still living in the
Donegal area in the hopes of scheduling a Donegal
reunion in the coming years," added David.
Anyone related to Patrick and Lizzie or with
knowledge of their family can contact David