Well, I hope this lives up to the subject line... and that this is beneficial to the McQuade / McQuaid readership here.
In 1995, I wrote to Rev. McNamara, who was at that time associated with the Diocesan Archives in Rochester NY. Rather than posting the entire letter as well as the attachment, I thought I'd provide the salient points as well as the bibliographical references. I am very confident in Rev. McNamara's research--for what it's worth, this is probably one of the most definitive authors on the life of Bishop McQuaid of Rochester.
First, in Rev. McNamara's letter to me in 1995, he writes, "I have discovered that his family [McQuaid] came from around Dromore-Tummery-Trillick-Kilskeery in Co. Tyrone [...] This is very much McQuaid country, I gather..."
Second, I believe that you will find Rev. McNamara's biographical sketch on McQuaid in the Dictionary of American Catholic History (Liturgical Press Ltd., circa 1995-96).
Enjoy - hope this helps someone.
McQUAID, BERNARD JOHN JOSEPH ---------------------------- Bishop, educator; b NYC, 15 Dec 1823; d Rochester NY, 18 Jan 1909.
Bereft by 1832 of both parents (Bernard and Mary McGuire McQuaid from County Tyrone), he was placed in the New York Catholic Orphan Asylum. Mothered into manly virtues and a priestly vocation by its Superior, Sister Elizabeth Boyle, S.C. (1788-1861), he went on to Chambly College, Quebec, and St. Joseph's Seminary at Fordham, and was ordained a priest by Bishop John Hughes on January 16, 1848.
here's a bit of a chronology from Rev. McNamara's biographic extract... 1849 - teacher in New Jersey 1866 - made Vicar General 1868 - Pius XI creates Bishop of Rochester, McQuaid named: "well qualified; a devout priest, voluntarily poor; a skilled preacher of sound doctrine; a creative and experienced financier and builder; a man born to command." 1868 Jul 12 - McQuaid consecreated Bishop at (Old) St. Patricks Cathedral in NYC. 1883 - Active in the Fourth Provincial Council of New York. 1884 - involved in the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore.
As an educator, McNamara notes that McQuaid founded the Catholic college affiliated with Cornell University and that although he was not a feminist per se, his guidance supported Katherine E. Conway (1852-1927), which ultimately secured a place for the woman suffragists: American law soon passed voting rights for women and nuns.
In closing the article, McNamara writes: "Bernard McQuaid, in sum, won a secure place in American Catholic history. He was a progressive convervative who exercised a constructive, moderating influence in our turbulent immigrant Church."
-------- Here are the Bibliographical sources:
1. Zwierlein, F.J.: "The Life and Letters of Bishop McQuaid", 3 vols. (Rome and Louvain 1925-27).
2. Letters of Archbishop Corrigan to Bishop McQuaid and Allied Documents (Rochester NY 1946).
3. Diocese of Rochester 1868-1968, Rev. Robert F. McNamara (Rochester NY 1968).
4. Glen, Janus: "Bishop Bernard McQuaid: On 'True' and 'False' Americanism" in U.S. Catholic Historian, vol 11, no 3 (Summer 1993), pp. 53-76.