MacALEESE family of Cumberland Co, Nova Scotia, Canada, from NIRE
James Anderson MACALEESE(spelling varies from Mc to Mac) and his brother John MACALEESE came to Canada in 1847/48. According to family records, they came from County Antrim, Northern Ireland. But unfortunately, no proof.
My grandfather told me many stories before he died...which would explain why I cannot find them on any passenger lists---
One being that they were involved in a riot in Ireland in which a Protestant man was killed, and fled Ireland to avoid prosecution---
Another story he told me was that they were horse theives and they hopped on a cattle ship (now, whether a cattle ship is an actual passenger ship or a working ship, I don't know--as Irish immigrants were called steerage...so its draw your own conclusions).
James was 19 years of age and John was 20. The family says that they came on ship from County Antrim, and arrived at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. They remained in Parrsboro for three years, John settled in the New Prospect area just outside town. James, after three years, moved to what is now Moncton, New Brunswick. According to census information in 1871, John was 49 years old.....his wife JoHannah LEWIS was 36. They married on August 7, 1855.
John MACALEESE is my great great grandfather. I have gathered over the years much information from the Nova Scotia Archives and also Newspaper archives concerning John MACALEESE's descendants. The real work is going back to NIRE records to look for information regarding their parents and siblings. No contact was ever made with anyone in NIRE after the men emigrated to Canada.