Patrick McElwaine was born on the 1st July1897, in Ballylar, Fanad. son to John McElwaine and Mary Friel, His father was known locally as John "the baker" McElwaine because of his family trade at the time. His mother Mary Friel came from just over the road in a townland nearby called Ballinacrick in Fanad.
Patrick was one of a family of nine children of five boys and four girls. His sisters and brothers, oldest to youngest were Margaret "Maggie", Charley, Thomas, Bridget, Catherine "Kitty", Hugh, MaryAnn, and Neil McElwaine, all born between 1885 and 1904.
Patrick McElwaine emigrated to the United States in the 1920's to Pennsylvania, where he met his wife Margaret Helferty, who also emigrated from Termon, another townland that can be found in North Donegal,
Patrick and Margaret got married in Philadelphia in 1929, and settled in Floyd Terrace, Lower Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania. (1930 Census) to raise a family of three boys named, John, James Francis, and Frank McElwaine.
Patrick died at the age of 64 in 1961, in Pennsylvania, and his wife Margaret passed away in 1995 at the grand old age of 92. They were laid to rest together in West Chester, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Picture : Wedding Photo of Patrick McElwaine and his wife Margaret Helferty, their bridesmaid Bridget Helferty and best man Hugh Coyle from Ballywhoriskey, in Fanad.
(Photo taken in 1929 Philadelphia, USA)
|Date of Birth||1st Jun 1897||VIEW SOURCE|
|Date of Death||1961|
|Father (First Name/s and Surname)||John "the Baker" McElwaine (1855-1946), born in Ballylar, Fanad|
|Mother (First Name/s and Maiden)||Mary Friel (1862-1953) born in Ballinacrick, Fanad|
|Townland born||Ballylar (Magheradrumman), Fanad North Ballylar is Irish for "Middletown"and would refer to the area in the "middle" of the Townland of Magheradrumman, Fanad||VIEW SOURCE|
|New Type||1901 Census Ireland - John McElwaine and Mary Friel Household in Magheradrumman, Fanad (Patrick's family)||VIEW SOURCE|
|New Type||1911 Census Ireland 1901 Census Ireland – Begley Household in Ballinacrick and Ballynabrocky, Fanad (Patrick living with Bridget Begley Friel, his mother's sister)||VIEW SOURCE|
|Number of Siblings||Patrick McElwaine with his 8 Siblings (Note: Marriage names included)|
|Names of Siblings||Margaret McGrenaghan (1885-1938), Charley (1887-1868), Thomas (1889-1980), Bridget Durning (1892-1993) , Catherine McElwaine (1895-1983), Patrick (1897-1961), Hugh (1898-1972), MaryAnn McElwaine (1901-1966), and Neil McElwaine (1904-)|
|Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname)||Margaret Helferty (b.13 June 1903 - d. 14 Dec 1995) born in Drumdeevin, Termon||VIEW SOURCE|
|New Type||Margaret's Parents: James Helferty & Bridget McMenamin Drumdeevin, Kilmacrenan (Termon)||VIEW SOURCE|
|Place & Date of Marriage||1929 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Names of Children||3 x Children: John McElwaine, James Francis McElwaine, and Frank McElwaine.|
|Place of Death||West Chester, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA|
|New Type||Finding my great great grandfather’s home after 170 years||VIEW SOURCE|
|John McElwaine & Mary Friel Family||Ireland||VIEW SOURCE|