Have been trying to trace my Great Grandfather William McCutcheon back to Ireland. All Canadian records I have found for him just say he was from "Tyrone County" nothing any more specific. I have at least 3 different birth dates for him - he could have been born anywhere from 1865ish to 1872ish. His parents are listed as John McCutcheon & Mary McFarland, both from "County Tyrone". William came to Canada about 1887 - on the 1891 Census he was listed as 25 but in 1894, he returned to Ireland & brought his mother to Canada; passenger listing & his marriage registration (same year) say he was 25 then - his mother was listed as being 50 on passenger list but died in 1899 and age given as 78!!! His religion from 1891 Census & marriage registration says Methodist. There was also a brother named Samuel who emigrated to Canada in 1891 (after census) - he travelled with a Thomas McFarland. It is believed both men "headed west" and disappeared. They are both just listed as adults on the passenger listing. Nothing else is really known about the brother Samuel or the Thomas McFarland he travelled with.
I have traced a McFarland family that settled circa 1930 in the same town as my Great Grandfather (the families definitely knew each other). This McFarland family comes from the Tattynure/Dunbreen area of Tyrone. Samuel (who emigrated) was the son of James McFarland & Eliza Wassen. James was the son of David McFarland & Matilda Stewart. I think that possibly WIlliam's mother Mary was connected to James or David somehow but I have not been to find any possible connection. Apparently David also had a son named Thomas who (according to a submitted file on the IGI) died in the 1880's but I just wonder if he might have been the Thomas that emigrated in 1891??
Searches have been done in both Belfast & Dublin for William McCutcheon's birth and also for a marriage registration for his parents, John & Mary but nothing was ever found. I don't think these people want to be found!!! :)