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James T. McHugh

1932 - 2012

We recently were saddend to learn that Jim McHugh died 14 January 2012.

As one of forty volunteers, he transcribed nearly 900 baptismal, marriage, and burial records of Diocese of Wilmington registers for the parishes of St. Ann, St. Joseph-on-the Brandywine, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, St Paul (Delaware City) and St. Peter (New Castle).

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

May he rest in God's eternal peace.

His obituary may be found at:

James T. McHugh

Eletrical Engineer

Jim is a retired electronics engineer.  He has lived in Newark, DE since 1981.  He was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.

He became interested in tracing his family roots in 1984 when he applied for Irish Citizenship based on his maternal grandparents.  On one of his trips to Ireland, he visited Clonmel, Tipperary and found records of grandfather John Flynn and grandmother Mary (Carey) and two uncles and two aunts.  The Flynn family immigrated to the USA in 1985.  First to upstate NY and the to Philadelphia where John Flynn worked with the police dept. tending horses.

He has not been able to trace his McHugh line other than that he knows grandfather James T McHugh and Grandmother Mary (McCarthy) had a son and daughter John and Regina Delaney.  Regina had two children.  He had lost touch with the McHugh branch in the 1950s and could not find a trace although he visited Corpus Christy Parish in Philly where his grandparents had a candy store.  But he could find no records.

He learned of the work being done to transcribe church records through his membership in the New Castle County Irish Society.  He is very glad that he volunteered to help.

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