In the process of researching the Meskills of Connecticut (my mother is a Meskell), I picked up the following information about your branch of the Meskills.
The information I have about Michael Meskill differs with that provided in an earlier message board posting sent to you. I think there might be confusion of Michael Daniel Meskill (1899-1989) who is a descendant of Daniel Meskill and Margaret Driscoll, and an ancestor of the former CT governor Thomas Meskill, with Michael M. Meskill (1866-abt 1930) who is a descendant of James Meskill and Catherine Carmody. Based on the info you gave, (â€œmarried to Kate, with 5 children Thomas, Cornelius, Augustus, Lawrence, and Janeâ€) Michael M Meskill is your ancestor.
Based on vital records from New Britain city hall, census records, city directory, and cemetery records, I have the following information. Michael M. Meskill, husband of Kate Newback (Nienbash) was born Oct 1866 in CT. He was the one of 4 children of Thomas Meskill and Jane Craig/Carrick. Thomas was the son of James Meskill and Catherine Carmody per his death certificate.
Catherine Carmody lived in New Britain CT from at least 1870 until 1887 with her son Thomas and his 3 sons: James, John T and Michael M. In 1887 Catherine moved to Waterbury CT, where she died 9 Mar 1888 at age 80. Per her death certificate she was born in Ireland, as were her parents, Michael Carmody and Ann Ryan. She is buried in Old St Maryâ€™s Cemetery in New Britian.
Her son Thomas Meskill was born in Ireland about 1829-32. He married Jane Craig/Carrick on 30 Nov 1860 at St Maryâ€™s in New Britain CT. Their children were: James b. abt 1862, John T. b. abt 1864, Michael M. b. abt Oct 1866, and Frances b. Mar 30, 1868. Thomas died 8 October 1884 in New Britain CT. The Hale Connecticut Cemetery Inscription records the monument inscriptions as: â€œThomas Meskill, died Oct. 8, 1884, age 55 yrs., Native of Carhuemore, Co Clare, Ireland.â€ and â€œJane Meskill, died Jul 3, 1868, age 35 yrs. Native of Mulough Co. Clare, Ireland.â€
Thomas and Janeâ€™s son, Michael and his wife Kate/Katie Newback/Nienbash had 5 children, born in New Britain CT: Thomas b. 25 August 1890; Augustus b. 12 Nov 1893; Jane b. 18 November 1894; Cornelius b. 6 August 1900; and Lawrence b. 17 September 1902. I did not find a marriage certificate in New Britain for Michael and Kate.but the June 1900 census says they were married 10 years.
I have census listings for this branch from 1870 through 1930. The1870 census for New Britain CT lists Thomas Maskil age 38, James age 8, John age 6; Michael age 4; Catherine age 63, plus Matthew age 27, and Simon Maskil age 27. I believe Matthew and Simon are from my branch, sons of John Meskill and Mary McCormack, and perhaps cousins. The 1880 census is much the same. The 1900 census lists Michael Meskill born Oct 1866 at 161 Hart St New Britain CT; his wife Kate E. born March 1869; sons Thomas and Agustus; and daughter Jane L. 1910 shows Michael and family (including Lawrence age 7) in New Haven CT. They remained in New Haven for the next 2 census.
I would be happy to send you what I have if you want to send your snail mail address to me at KJ4N@cox.net
. Kathleen Foran