I’m going to go back in time now, and show the fascinating ancestors of Pépère’s mother, Philomene McMillan. In many ways, her ancestry has some of the most interesting stories.
Occasionally the genealogy gods smile down on a researcher, and that was certainly the case when I started investigating Philomene’s roots. It turns out that her maternal great-great-great grandmother was a woman named Ann Warren. Ann never left Ireland, and I never would have discovered more about her, except for the fact that her brother was Vice Admiral Sir Peter Warren.
Sir Peter’s life has been well documented and researched; thus I was able to follow that line far, far back in time. It will take several more blog posts to share all the fascinating stories I’ve found.
Sir Peter and Anne were born in Ireland the son and daughter of Michael Warren of Warrenstown, Co. Meath, and Lady Catherine Aylmer. The Aylmer and Warren families were old Anglo-Irish families with important military and political connections. Peter joined the navy in 1716 under the guidance of his uncle Admiral Matthew Aylmer (1st Lord Aylmer, Baron of Balrath, Co. Meath.)
Sir Peter’s naval career sent him to North America and the West Indies. At this time it was common practice for captured ships to be considered a “prize” and the value of the ship and its cargo was distributed amongst those who seized it. Such “prize money” added to Sir Peter’s wealth, and he invested in land, money lending and stocks. In 1731 he married Susannah DeLancey, daughter of a wealthy and influential New York family whose brother James was Chief Justice and Lieutenant Governor of New York.
From 1744 to 1748, England and France were fighting what is known as King George’s War for supremacy on the eastern coast of North America. In 1745 the British, with a fighting force made up of New England soldiers, and a British naval fleet under the command of Sir Peter successfully captured the French fort of Louisbourg on Île Royale, now Cape Breton Island. (If you are interested, you can watch the NFB film Louisbourg under siege online.)
For his efforts at Louisbourg, Peter was made an Admiral. He also served as a British Member of Parliament. He built a mansion on an estate of 300 acres in what is now Greenwich Village, which you can read about here. His philanthropy included the support of churches and hospitals. He died suddenly in Dublin in 1752. He is buried in Ireland, and his widow commissioned a monument that is in Westminster Abbey.
Here’s the descent from Ann Warren to Pépère:
1-Anne WARREN (-)
+Christopher JOHNSON (-)
2-Ann JOHNSON (-)
+Richard DEASE (-)
3-Dr. John DEASE (1745-1801)
+Jane FRENCH (ca 1754-1802)
4-John Warren DEASE Sr. (1783- 1830)
+Genevieve BEIGNET (1796-1860)
5-Margaret DEASE (1818-1905)
+William MCMILLAN (1806-1903)
6-Philomene MCMILLAN (1848- 1923)
+Thomas HOGUE (1840-20 May 1924)
7-Thomas Joseph HOGUE (1879- 1955)