This common surname has made searching for this family very difficult. Very, very difficult.
The Burke surname comes from the surname de Burgh and arrived in Ireland during the Norman invasion in 1169. Burke is one of the more common surnames in Ireland.
My Burke family settled in the United States in Chicago, Illinois. Unfortunately, finding information for the families of my immigrant ancestors is a challenge with a continued effort to find more information one day. Prior to John Burke and Ellen “Nellie” Kerwin’s marriage in 1886, there is no more documentation to definitively connect with these ancestors. Many documents for the Irish in the US simply state “Ireland” as the place or origin. John and Ellen’s son Patrick was a Catholic priest and served with the Alexian Brothers. He died at an Alexian Brothers hospital and his death certificate information was provided by hospital records. The certificate indicates John Burke was from County Kerry and Ellen Kerwin was from County Tipperary. This is the only document found so far that identifies their counties of origin in Ireland and happily corresponds with the family lore.
The surnames McCabe and MacCabe are Scottish and Irish surnames. They are Anglicisations of the Gaelic Mac Cába, a patronymic name meaning “son of Cába”. [McCabe (surname). (2016, February 5). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 06:13, February 6, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=McCabe_(surname)&oldid=703481775]
My McCabe immigrant ancestor from Ireland lived a tough, short life in Chicago, Illinois. Joseph McCabe died young leaving his 2 oldest children in the care of his sister-in-law after already having buried his wife and 3 youngest children.