MAHER, MEAGHER, surnames of Ireland, Meagher also of England, in Ireland, Ó Meachair, Ir. michair - kindly, in England from Old French megre, Latin macer - thin, lean. MacLysaght notes that Maher is now the more usual spelling of the name in Ireland. (MacLysaght, Reaney). Trace by MacLysaght in Cos. Offaly and Tipperary.



At Caplin Bay: Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1855 - Thomas Meagher; 1859 - Thomas Maher.
  Lovell's 1871 Directory: Thomas Maber (sic), fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1870/71 Directory: Thomas Maher, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1894 Directory: Thomas Mahar, fisherman; James Mahar, fisherman.
  Southern Shore Death Records: December 31, 1891 - Bridget Maher - Influenza - b. Caplin Bay - aged 76.
  Southern Shore Death Records; May 25 1898 - Thomas Meagher- Debility- b. Conception Bay - Aged 70.
  McAlpine's 1898 Directory: John Maher, fisherman.
  McAlpine's 1904 Directory: John Meagher, fisherman.
At St John's: Newfoundland Census 1921- John Maher b. 1860 - Caplin Bay & Mary Ellen Maher b. 1870 - Harbour Grace.
Family History: Although Maher is a fairly widespread surname in Ferryland District, according to his death record Thomas Maher, who settled at Caplin Bay in the mid 1850s, was from somewhere in Conception Bay. His wife Bridget, whose maiden name is unknown at this time, was born at Caplin Bay about 1815. Thomas and Bridget had at least two sons, James and John. James appears to have left Caplin Bay between 1894 and 1898. John Maher, who was married with several children, also left Caplin Bay between 1904 and 1908. In the Newfoundland 1921 Census, he is shown living in St. John's West, having married for the second time.
  Based on the Ferryland RC Baptisms, it appears that there was a fairly close relationship, if not kinship, between the Mahers, Barrys, and O'Briens of Caplin Bay. The O'Briens are shown as godparents at the baptism of two of John Maher's children and John Meagher is shown as the godfather of one of Michael and Bridget O'Brien daughters in 1880. According to the late Pauline (O'Brien) Norris, at least one member of the Maher family used to visit her family's house at Calvert, long after they left there.

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