Wild Geese - McCarty's from Ireland to France to the US?

I recently acquired the book - "History of David McCarty and his Family in America 1765 to Present, by Dale Eugene McLellan. 2010.

David McCarty (1737-1812) was my 5th Great Grandfather. In the book the author reveals that some family histories have the McCarty family relocating from Ireland to Lorient in France in the early eighteenth century, and that they were "Wild Geese". We believe that his father's name was William.

I am hoping to confirm or otherwise this story and would appreciate any help offered.

Thank you.


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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on August 31, 2021 at 11:36pm

David McCarty was a man of some prominence at Al-
bany before the Revolution. The ''Journal of the New
York Legislative Council" ^^ shows that on March 9,
1775, he was recommended to the Governor for an ap-
pointment as Justice of Albany County. He was a
member of the Committee of Safety for Albany County
during the Revolution and appears also to have served
in the field, and from 1793 until the time of his death
he was General of State troops. According to American
Ancestry,^^ he came from Ireland to Albany prior to
1771  https://archive.org/stream/mccarthysinear00obri/mccarthysinear00obr...

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on September 1, 2021 at 2:36am
Comment by Henry Singer on September 1, 2021 at 4:15pm

Thanks for the reference. There is clearly some discrepancy in the record.

I had found the following about William McCarty, who is purported to be David's brother. Which is consistent with the LOrient ....

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 28 May 1794
To the United States Senate
United States 28th May 1794

Gentlemen of the Senate,

I nominate the following persons to be Consuls and vice Consuls for the United States of America, at the places affixed to their names respectively.

William McCarty, to be Consul for the United States of America, in the Isle of France.

4. William Macarty (c.1743-1819) was a merchant of L’Orient, France. He resigned this post before May 1797, when his successor was nominated.



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