The Hickey surname on Prince Edward Island, being one of my main research interests, tends to make me sit up and take notice. So, when I receive a request from another researcher regarding Hickey, I will take a very close and serious look at their questions and information. Even when I can't find a direct connection to my own family from Indian River, I will still try and gather as much data as I can for reference purposes.
The following file is the result of that type of research. A couple of years ago I received correspondence concerning a Hickey from the Island and, together with the other researcher, attempted to fill in as many blanks as possible. As the file took shape, an unexpected surprise appeared - Thomas Hickey, the spouse of Annie May Gillis (Descendant #28) is, in fact, a member of my own Hickey family from Indian River. So, the two families are connected by marriage.
I have not worked on this particular file for some time. However, I will present what I have gathered so far in the hopes that it might be of use to other researchers. Please note that I have only listed the first three generations here as some members of the fourth and later generations may still be living. Data on later generations is sketchy at best since Catholic church records from PEI are closed after 1900, and the last available census records are for 1901.
This file is a work-in-progress and is therefore subject to change at any time. As always, I welcome any updates, additions, or corrections to this information.
1. Catherine1 Hickey
Catherine was born in Ireland.
She married James Smith in Ireland. James, also born in Ireland, was the son of Philip Smith and Catherine Brenner.
James and Catherine immigrated to Prince Edward Island sometime prior to 1850. Based on the baptismal records for their children, they appear to have resided in the Charlottetown area until 1857-59, when they relocated to Summerside. Most immigrant ships did discharge their passengers at Charlottetown, and families would often remain there until they were able to lease or purchase land elsewhere on the Island.
Children (possibly incomplete):
2. Philip2 Smith (Catherine1 Hickey)
Philip was born between 1840 and 1846, probably in Ireland. He was a plasterer by profession, and resided at Summerside.
He married Catherine McDonald. She was born circa 1850.
5. Michael Edward2 Smith (Catherine1 Hickey)
Michael was born on 24 July 1851. He was baptised at St. Dunstan's Roman Catholic Church, Charlottetown, PEI, on 28 July 1851, aged 4 days old.
He was married to Katherine A. Murphy. She was born in 1847.
Michael died in the USA on 27 November 1925. Katherine died in 1926.
6. Henry2 Smith (Catherine1 Hickey)
Henry was born on 28 September 1853. He was baptised at St. Dunstan's Roman Catholic Church, Charlottetown, PEI, on 2 October 1853, aged 5 days old.
Henry was married to Johanna Conners. She was born on 1 April 1857.
The family appears to have left Summerside sometime between October 1882 and November 1884.
Henry died in the USA on 31 October 1928. Johanna passed away on 23 July 1923.
7. Ann2 Smith (Catherine1 Hickey)
Ann was born on 2 January 1855. She was baptised at St. Dunstan's Roman Catholic Church, Charlottetown, PEI, on 7 January 1855.
She married John Gillis, the son of John Gillis and Catherine McInnis. John was born on 10 February 1848 and was baptised at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Grand River, PEI, on 18 February 1848.
John was a plasterer by trade. In 1891, the family was residing at Summerside, PEI. By 1901, they were living on Brookland Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia.
John is buried in Sydney, NS. Ann is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, Massachusetts, USA.
10. Andrew Malachias2 Smith (Catherine1 Hickey)
Andrew was born on 28 February 1864. He was baptised at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Summerside, PEI, on 5 March 1864.
He was married to Annie M. Conners. She was born in 1867.
Andrew died on 10 April 1948. Annie died on 7 January 1907.
Personal correspondence with Basil Campbell, 2000.
Personal correspondence with Jean Scholl, 2000.
Personal correspondence with Pat Windsperger, 2000.
O'Shea, Rev. Art. Priests and Bishops who served in the Diocese of Charlottetown, 1829-1996.
Parish register for St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Summerside, PEI.
Parish register for St. Dunstan's Roman Catholic Basilica, Charlottetown, PEI.
1891 Prince Edward Island Census, Summerside. Transcript by the PEI Genealogical Society.
1901 Prince Edward Island Census, Summerside. Transcript by the PEI Genealogical Society.