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My great grandfather, Michael Farrell, had arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada by 1815. His marriage certificate in 1820 listed his parents as Edward Farrell and Mary Kavanagh living in County Carlow. Census and death records suggest that Michael was born between January and June of 1783. Recently, I have been told there were Farrell's and Kavanaghs living in St. Mullins at that time and have searched the Borris Church records but did not find Michael's parents. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who would have some suggestions as to where I might look now. Thank you. Doris (Farrell) Lapointe
Doris Lapointe
Henry Fennell (b. ca 1838) and Dorcas Jones (b. ca 1842) - both born possibly in Holdenstown Balt, Wicklow, Ireland - married 09 22 1863 in Baltinglass, Wicklow, Ireland; had the following children: William (b. 1864), Anna (b. 1866), Robert (b. 1868), Elizabeth (b. 1870), Sarah (b. 1873), Joseph (b. 1876), Adah (b. 1880), Dorcas (b. 1884), Rhoda (b. 1886), and Henry (b. 1890). These children were reared in Rathvilly, CARLOW, Ireland. Most moved to the USA by the very early 1900s.
Elizabeth "Bessie" stayed in Ireland and married --- Salter; Henry married (I don't know her name) and moved to Australia, moving on to the USA after his wife's death, probably in the early 1970s.  Henry and Dorcas were my husband's great grandparents; their daughter Dorcas ("Doris") was my husband's grandmother. The family here in the USA counted Rathvilly, County Carlow, Ireland as their "ancestral
home."  Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.
Carole Hays
Fenelon & Rice 
I'm researching my grandfather William Rice Married to Bridget Fenelon. Also my Great grandfather Edward Fenelon . William fought in the Boer War.
Hope you can help!
Thanks Angela
Fenlon / Fenelon 
I am looking for Fenlons. I have Garrett (Gerald) Fenelon born in 1786 married to Margaret Caulfield. I know of three children but believe they had nine - my grandfather was said to be the youngest of nine. The three I know of are Margaret, Patrick (b. 1819) & my ggrandfather
Thomas (b.1836). Thomas married Mary Jane Redmond and they had twelve children. I have some information about them but would like to know of Patrick's family also or any of the missing nine siblings! Thanks very much.
Geraldine Boland
St. Paul, MN
Hello all, I am researching Thomas Farrell, born 23 Dec. 1810 County  Carlow (according to his tombstone in Pittsuburgh, Pennsylvania, USA) and died 13 Feb. 1886. He came through the port of Phildadelphia in May 1846 with his wife, Ann Ryan, born June, 1811 in Carlow or Cork. She died in PA in 1853. They brought over a large family: Johanna, b. 1832; Mary, b.1836; James b. 1837; John, b. 1839; Catherine, b.1842; Thomas, b. 1843---died on the ship; Joseph, b. 1844. They settled in Pittsburgh, PA and Wheeling, WV and had more children, many of whom survived. We are descended from the line of James, b. 1837. James' son, Thomas Patrick was a policeman killed in the line of duty in 1918 and is honored on the national and Pittsburgh memorials. We only recently discovered the tombstones in Pittsburgh and therefore made the Carlow connection. I have  not yet been able to place this family in Carlow. But I have not thoroughly searched the new postings. I do have the ship's passenger list for this family in 1846 and am now transcribing some other ships with Irish passengers on the same microfilm. It is slow going because it is so hard to read. I intend to post these lists for all to see soon. Happy  hunting to all! Rita Farrell
Searching for information regarding my gggrandfather and his family as follows:

Michael FARRELL married Catherine GREY c.1835
They had the following children born at Castle Hill Carlow
Mary christened  5 April 1837 )
William christened 15 April 1839 )
Elizabeth christened 24 March 1841 ) at St. Mary's Cathedral Carlow
Joseph christened 10 June  1843 )
Margaret christened 4 April 1849 )
Family listed as living at No 21 Castle Hill in the 1851 Griffiths Valuation.
Michael's occupation is listed as storekeeper.
William and Joseph emigrated to Queensland Australia via USA c. 1870-1880.
Margaret also emigrated to Australia.
Elizabeth married in Carlow in 1872.
Any info especially on Michaels background would be much appreciated.
Elaine in Australia
JOHN OWEN FOLEY, b. abt 1796 Ireland and d. 23 Aug 1886 in Newmarket, Kingsclear, York, NB, Canada;  married MARY MELANEY MCDONALD about 1826 in Leighlinbridge, Carlow Co., Ireland. Mary was born about 1806 in Ireland. Se died 13 Jan 1868 in Newmarket, Kingsclear, York, NB, Canada and is buried in Cork Cemetery, York Co., NB.
John first came to Canada in 1828, went back and forth several times until he could bring all of the family over. Family lore is he was a "hedgemaster" who taught the Irish children behind the hedges as it was against British law for Irish children to attend school.  Their children:
CATHERINE b. 1827 Ireland, d. unknown in NB, Canada. Married PATRICK GALLAGHER after 1844 in NB.
MARY b. Dec 1827 Ireland.
ANNE b. 16 Jun 1833 Ireland (NOTE: twin to John) d. 25 Mar 1912 Fredericton, NB. Married JAMES ABRAM.
JOHN  b. 16 Jun 1833 Ireland, d. 19 May 1924 Newmarket, York, NB. Married MARY HOSFORD 5 May 1866 Fredericton, NB, Canada.
HUGH b. 12 Jul 1844  Saint John, NB, and d. 9 Jan 1923 Newmarket, NB. Married JULIA THORNE (AKA LAPINNE) 28 Aug 1883 St. Dunstand's RC Church, Fredericton, NB. Julia was b. 10 Jun 1855 Quebec City, PQ, Canada and d. 16 Nov 1921 Newmarket, York, NB.
BERNARD b. 12 Sep 1847 Newmarket, York, NB and d. 1914 Newmarket, buried in St. Patrick's RC Cemetery, Newmarket, NB.
Would like to know if John Owen and Mary were both born in County Carlow, were their children born there, who were their siblings and parents?  I have lots of descendants of John Owen to share with whoever is interested.
Look forward to hearing from any interested parties.
Pat (Foley) Casper
Looking for information on Denis FINN, wife Julia CORCORAN. Two known children, John, b Newton, Co .Carlow, abt 1840 and Ellen, b abt 1838. Possibly a third brother, James, born abt 1844.  Shipping records seem to indicate that James and Ellen arrived in Australia in 1862, with John arriving separately.
Judy Thomas
Fenelon / Caulfield
I am a descendant of Garrett Fenelon (b 1786-d 1869) married to Margaret Caulfield. Their children included Margaret; Patrick (1819 - 1890); and Thomas  born 1836 - Balinakill; died  1915. Thomas married Mary Jane REDMOND.  They would have been my great grandparents.  My grandfather was Gerald.  I would love to hear from anyone related & share information!
Gerrie Boland
Seeking ADAMS, John served in British Army in 1800's, LEMONS -and FARLEY
Michelle Wilson
Green Mts. of Vermont USA
I am looking for anything to do with the surname FERNSBY. This surname has been spelled variously as FERNSBY, FERNSLY, FERNSLEY, FIRNSBY etc, FEMOLY and any other strange spelling that comes to mind.
I have Richard Fernsby b 1804 in County Carlow who enlisted in 16th Lancers in 1823 (became 17th Lancers months later). He was in and out of Ireland, Scotland and England during his military career from 1823-1848 when he became a Chelsea Pensioner.
I have found an Edward Fernsby in the Griffith Valuation who held property in Dublin Street, Carlow Town, Carlow County.
There is an Edward James Fernsby who died in Liverpool, England during September Q of 1844.
There is also a George Fernsby b abt 1805 who enlisted in 98th Foot and was in Cardiff, Glamorgan Co, Wales during the time of his son's, George Dolan Fernsby, birth before August 1832 . George's wife was Mary. I am told that it was most probable that George Fernsby was there with the 98th Foot to manage the Merthyr riots. This family are not in Wales in 1841.
It is more than likely, given the scarcity of appearances of this name, that these three were brothers or, at least, related.
Richard Fernsby married Catharine Ellison in St Paul's, Dublin on 2 May 1830 and all his children were born in London.
Any information on the family name of Fernsby would be welcome. Any assistance with recovering information about the marriage in St Paul's would also be most welcome.
Lynne Simpson
Canberra Australia
Feltus family in Myshall area from 1700 to mid-1800's. Originally Quakers. Adam Bloomfield Feltus became minor land holding gentry with home at Hollybrook House south of Myshall about 1800. Many Feltus (Feltis, Feltuce) in the Dunleckney (C of I) and Ballytarsna (RC) parish registers.
Descendant of this line, Jane Feltus, married Joseph Bowles in Carlow town in 1808. 
Interested in any Feltus family information at all.
Tom LaPorte
Hi Lister
My ancestors were James Andrew Dobbin FITZHENRY and Frances FITZHENRY. They are mentioned as applying for a Marriage Licence in 1838. Reference Microfilm No. 0100870 - Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin Diocese (A - J) 1691-1845
(Although the films say Diocese of Ossory, they include licenses for Ferns and Leighlin also. These three dioceses were united and were often referred to collectively as the Diocese of Ossory.) (Source LDS Family History Library Catalog).
Even though this family seems to have lived and worked in Ballickmoyler Queens County, I have added their surname to this Roll-Call, as maybe they attended church and school in Carlow. They had seven children. Frances, Maria, Daniel, Samuel, Susan, James and Henrietta. All children, except Henrietta who died in 1867, immigrated to Australia in the early 1880's.

Flood / Coady
I am looking for Edward Flood born around 1820 married Eleanor Coady in 1850 and had five to six children
John Coday Flood, Peter Flood, Miles Flood, Ellen Flood, Edward Fitzgerald Flood and Catherine Josephine Flood born between 1851 and 1868. Think Edward's father was John Flood a boat builder in Graiguecullen. Need to know John Flood's wife, other children and information about the Coady Family. Do know that John Coday Flood and another Flood boy and Daniel Coady all attended St. Peter's College in Carlow with all the boys going on the Queens College Galway and Edward Flood finishing his education in Dublin at Catholic University. Ellen Flood entered the convent and died in 1920 at Loreto Abby in Gory Wexford.
Any information about these families would be most appreciated.
Paula Miska

Hello all
Still looking for any information re Michael Farrell m Catherine Grey children Mary, Wiliam, Elizabeth, Joseph & Margaret all born at Castle Hill Carlow c.1837-1849 Family still at Castle Hill in Griffiths however nothing after then until William emigrated to Australia c.1880 via U.S. (In great fire of Chicago) followed by Joseph and Margaret.
Elaine Clark
FLOOD, MARTIN, Borris, Crannagh married MURPHY, BRIDGET, 1838, Rathanna Chapel. Need siblings of both, and parents of Biddy
I have minimal information, but am putting it here, nonetheless.
My great-grandmother Catherine FOLEY RYAN (b. 1848) may have been from County Carlow.  Her father was Michael FOLEY.  Catherine married Patrick RYAN from Tipperary.  They immigrated to the US about 1875 and are in the Chicago Illinois census of 1880.  I know from my mother that there was a Carlow connection because her family dogs were named Carlow.  Also, my mother said there were NOLAN cousins in her family.
Kathleen Richmond
Oak Forest Illinois USA
(near Chicago)
FREE We have been trying to find information re Thomas Free, who is part of our family tree, then we found this web site and your email address we would like to ask for your assistance in finding some more data if that is possible.

We understand that our Thomas Free worked with the Wesleyan – Methodist Church in North Dublin area and found him in the Griffiths Valuation of 1854.

Griffiths Primary Valuation of Ireland 1854; Free Thomas, Heronstown Santry North Dublin Clontarf Parish, Coolock Barony, North Dublin and Balrothery Unions. County Dublin 46 House and office owned by Ben Lee Guinness.

He immigrated to New Zealand in 1855 to join his brother John J Free and Family who immigrated here in 1850.

We set out below some of the information we have on Thomas Free below

Thomas FREE was born in 1817 in County Wicklow Ireland. He was christened in Wesleyan. He immigrated on 4 May 1855 to Lyttelton New Zealand on the ship "GRASMERE" left London 9 January 1855 arrived Lyttelton 4 May 1855 with wife Elizabeth THOMPSON and children; William b. 11 July 1840 Dublin, Joseph b. 27 March 1842 Dublin, Thomas Jr. b. 10 February 1844, John b. 10 march 1847 Dublin and Robert Henry b. 28 July 1853 Santry Dublin.

Thomas FREE and Elizabeth (b.1816) THOMPSON were married in 1839 in County Wicklow Ireland. Elizabeth THOMPSON daughter of William (b.1795) Thompson and Mary (nee Gilbert) was born in 1816 in County Wicklow Ireland. She was christened in Wesleyan. Thomas died on 19 July 1898 in F. No. 2943. Christchurch N.Z and was buried on 21 July 1898 in Barbadoes St, Christchurch N.Z. Thomas died at the home of his Son William, RIN 6 Death 1898 F. No. 1640 Burial Note; FREE Thomas 82yrs, service at 3.30pm Wesleyan Church Christchurch NZ Rev McNicol 21 July 1898 Barbadoes St. Cemetery Christchurch in the Non-Conformist Section, 1872-1878.

Elizabeth died on 7 March 1886 in Richmond Christchurch, New Zealand F. No. 376 and was buried on 9 March 1886 in Barbadoes Street Cemetery Christchurch NZ Death Note; Elizabeth died aged 70 yrs. Service 3.30pm at the Wesleyan Church, Rev. Bond, 9 March 1886, Buried Barbadoes St. Cemetery Christchurch NZ in (Non-Conformist 1872-1878.

Would you be able to help us answer some of Our Question’s please.
a) Could you confirm that our information is correct?
b) Could give us his Parents Names as we do not have them?
c) Plus any other information on them, were they in Carlow, where were they buried, etc.?
We have put together Family Trees covering the three brothers who immigrated here i.e. Thomas, John and William Free. This covers about 80 – 90 A4 pages.
If you want a copy of this data just ask and we will email it to you.
Hoping to hear from soon.
Thanks in advance
Ces Turton
Ces Turton


Hoping to learn something anything about Daniel Gaffney from Carlow.  Born about 1860. Father also Daniel.  "My" Dan was a wheelwright with Cobb and Co, and died at Brewarrina, so alone that no-one knew his age or his parentage, or even his wife, who was alive at the time.
GALLAGHER from Drumfea and Knockclonagad, RC Parish of Myshall.
MURPHY -- probably RC Parish of Myshall.
Patrick GALLAGHER married Mary MURPHY. They had several children: Anne, Catherine, Mary, John (died young), Ellen, James Murphy and Eliza. I have additional information on this family also. Anne married Michael O'REILLY of Kilkenny and they lived there and are buried in the old Catholic cemetery in that city. Catherine married Richard BYRNE in the RC Parish of Myshall and they emigrated to the US, settling in Chicago. Mary married William DORAN and had at least 3 daughters. They moved to Waterford. Ellen married Joseph MELODY in Kilkenny. He was in the British military and they lived in Scotland and India for a time. James Murphy and Eliza emigrated to the US and settled in Illinois. Eliza was my ancestor.
GREEN / Cooney 
My Grandfather was a Patrick Green of  who married a Mary Cooney in 1865 in Carlow. They then moved at some stage to Baltinglass where my Mother Anne was born. That is all the information I have on him, Could he be a Nephew of Ellen's?
Esther Butcher
Ellen GREEN, born about 1815-1817; married 1836 RC parish Ballon Owen CUMMINS, b. abt 1803, d. Castlemore 1873. Witnesses, Stephen Aughney and Margaret Neill.
At the time of her marriage, Ellen's residence was given as Castlemore. However, there are gaps of the time period for her birth in the parish registers of both Ballon and Tullow, so I have not been able to determine who her parents were. Children: George b 1837, Mathew b 1840, Mary b 1842, Patrick b 1845, Jane b 1847, Bridget b 1849, Ann b 1851, Michael b 1854, Laurence b 1856, James b 1858, Ellen b 1861.  I have found two men who are likely to be Ellen's brothers. (There are several related names here that others are searching, so I have included the info.)
Mathew GREEN, married Catherine ___  Baptism of children in RC parish of Tullow, no residence given. He was probably the baptism sponsor for Johanna of Peter & Judith Nolan of Roscat, 18 Dec 1831, with Catherine Doyle; and for Catherine of William Hicky & Anne Coleman of Tullow, 8 Apr 1838, with Martha Breen. He appeared on the 1837 Jurors List for Barony of Rathvilly: Green, Matthew, Tullow, Baker.  Known children: Mary b 1829; Catherine b 1836; Maurice b 1843; Sarah b 1851 Michael GREEN, married RC parish Ballon Ally GEEHAN of Castlemore; Witnesses Joseph Eustace & Patrick Geehan. Baptism of oldest daughter in RC parish Ballon, residence given as Castlemore. The next recorded child's baptism was in Tullow parish, and he was probably living in that town at that time. All his other children were born in Tullow. He was probably the baptism sponsor in Tullow parish for Thomas son of John & Mary Nowlan on 15 Feb 1818, with Catherine Nowlan;  Mary dau of Michael & Betty Cullen of Paulville, 15 May 1831, with Betty Finelon; Elisa dau of Terrence Deegan & Bridget Headon of Tullowbegg, 7 Jul 1840, with Catharine Reddy; and Michael of Thomas Headon & Mary Finn of Tullow Green, 21 May 1843, with Margaret Bell.
Children: Anne b 1824, m. Andrew McNally
Jane m. Michael Mooney
Mathew b 1828, m. Catherine Brien
Mary b 1832
John b 1835, m. Elizabeth Byrne (also a Baker by trade)
Catherine b 1840
Also perhaps a sister:
Sally GREEN m. 1827 Joseph Farrell in RC parish Ballon, her residence given as Castlemore. Witnesses Thomas Whelan & Anne Neill. After marriage they lived in Tullowbeg.
Children, Farrell: William b 1842, Joseph 1848
Sue Clement
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Cummins Families in County Carlow, Ireland
These family names may be from Ridge Townland Idrone West Old Leighlin Leinster.
Gormican / Gorman
Searching for information on Daniel Gorman born 1788 to Matthew Gorman and Mary B?ne (possibly Bane). Daniel appears in Nova Scotia  approx 1820. Headstone says is is from County Carlow Ireland.
Chris Gorman

Chasing information about Elizabeth Margaret Griffin born 17 Aug 1852 "Carlow" not sure if County or town. - father was either Robert or Charles Griffin, and was a soldier. Found Robert Blackall Griffin bootmaker, Dublin St, Carlow. Elizabeth was raised by an uncle and aunt, also believed to have spent some time with an aunt Margaret in Manchester. She had two sisters/cousins? Susannah who married William Sharpe 15 Jan 1880 St Barnabas, Dublin, and unknown name other sister/cousin married McIllwaine (? spelling) and immigrated to USA, and a brother Robert Griffin born 1873. No baptisms found for any of children. Elizabeth married Francis McCowan at St Pauls, Dublin 17 Aug 1873 and immigrated to NZ shortly thereafter. Susannah and William and family also immigrated to NZ before 1901. Brother Robert became a seaman and worked his passage to NZ - drowned when the "May" sank Kaipara Harbour 17 Oct 1902. Charles Griffin was living at Smythfield Avenue, Dublin - between West Road and North Strand in North Dock Ward, from 1876 to 1880. Originally he was in No. 4 then in 1878 and 1879 he is recorded at No. 5 and then in 1880 at no. 6. His daughter Susannah gave this address when she married in 1880).

Regards Mary White



Searching for Hacketts in and around Bagnalstown in the 1800's and before. They moved around a lot. My g-grandfather, John Hackett, was born in Fennagh in 1865 and came to NYC in 1888. The whereabouts of his parents, Patrick Hackett and Mary Doyle, unknown after 1875. Also unknown are the fate of sister Bridget and brothers Michael, Andrew, and Joseph. Brother Patrick also came to NYC but not found in records after 1900. There are no Hacketts in the region anymore - perhaps to Dublin or beyond.
Sean F. Hackett
Baltimore, MD, USA
I'm working on a theory that Edmund Hagerty of Kilcoltrim, Borris is my great-great-great grandfather.  If so, his wife would have been Margaret Sinnott and they would have had children named Joseph, John, Margaret and Thomas (that I know of).  The children all emigrated to the US in the mid to late 1800s.
Betty Couette
I'm looking for relations of some families who left County Carlow (perhaps Bagenalstown area) in 1830s or 1840s for Quebec CAN and Wisconsin USA.  HARRIS, Thomas George (b.c.1783)-British army officer in Ireland-Anglican m. Margaret PAYNE (b.c. 1789)-daughter of Irish Quaker family Margaret had an older sister Mary and her mother was likely a MACASSEY children George, Jane, Sally, Thomas, Richard, Amelia, Lucretia, Margaret, William, Caroline, Edward  b. between 1810 and 1835  Richard HARRIS (1822-1863) m. Rachel MACASSEY (1822-1908). Rachel's father was probably John from Bagenalstown and paternal grandmother was of the MALONEs from Ballybrummel. Richard and Rachel had sons George, Daniel, Richard, William,
Jeff, and Benjamin--descendants of Richard and Benjamin well-known Thomas HARRIS (1820-1882) m. Elizabeth HARGRAVE and became a prominent citizen of Ripon WI USA. William HARRIS  eventually settled in California Anyone with any more information or connections to these folks--I would LOVE to hear from you!
Richard Jackson Harris
Manhattan KS    USA e-mail:
Coolkenno, Co Wicklow, Tullow, Co Carlow c1750 to 1835
Donald D Halpenny
Hello to all the List,
I am looking for others who are researching the Holohan, DeRenzy, or Currant/Curran lines in Bagenalstown and the surrounding area in Co. Carlow.  My Great Grandfather was Thomas HOLOHAN, bapt 21 Sept 1845 at Bagenalstown,  son of James Holohan and Anne DeRENZY. James Holohan was baptised 13 Feb 1820, son of Edward Holohan and Biddy Currant(probably Curran). James and Anne had another son that I know of....Michael, bapt'd 1853.
All the very best of luck to all,
Pat Zipf
Jamesburg NJ
Anyone researching these families ?? seem to be from the Tullow area..........but you never know...may have connections in other areas ??
To my knowledge, the below ancestors were born and died in or near Carlow, mostly in Graiguecullen.
Grandfather/mother: Edward Leo HEARNS, b. 1887, died 1958 married Elizabeth TIMMONS
Great Grandfather/mother: Garret HEARNS, b. 1861 married Catherine O'CONNELL 1886
Great Great Grandfather/mother: Edward HEARNS married Anne CARR or CARRE
Margaret, b. 1843
Patrick, b. 1847
Catherine, b. 1849
Garret, b 1861 (my ggrandfather)
Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Henly / Hendy / LITTLE
Still looking for my Grandparents James Little and Patricia Henly or Hendy - now been looking for two years ?????? Am at the brick wall !!!
I have found numerous members of the family, thanks to a lot of help, but not my immediate family. My father also James Little was born in 1913 in Ballyloo House, Ballyloo, County Carlow.
Any help would indeed be greatly appreciated as options appear to be running out at the moment.
Maureen Bird ( nee Little )
My Holdens come from the Old Leighlin area of County Carlow.  My great grandmother was Bridget Holden (b. July 1831), the eldest child of John Holden and Mary Lynch of the townland of Lackan.  John and Mary were married in Paulstown Catholic Church (Co. Kilkenny) in January 1830.  The other children of the marriage (after Bridget) were, in order of birth: Ellen (b.1833), Catherine (b.1836), Martin (b.1842), William (b. 1845), Mary (b.1849) and John (b. 1851).  All of the children were baptised in the Leighlinbridge Catholic Church. Given the gaps between some of the children there may have been others, but these are the only children of John and Mary that can be found in the baptism registers.  Bridget Holden came to Australia as an assisted immigrant in 1854 and married Thomas Walsh (from Co. Limerick) in 1857. The rest of the Holdens seem to have left the Old Leighlin area around 1870 because there are no records relating to them in the parish registers after that date.  Trying to find out what happened to them.
Bill Junor, Sydney
Thomas George Harris (b. 1783) and Margaret Payne Harris (b. 1789)
Thomas of English background, in military, Church of England. Margaret of Irish Quaker background.  They and most of their children emigrated first to Inverness, Quebec and then to Ripon Wisconsin USA around 1846.  Numerous children (Jane, George, Sally, Thomas, Richard, William, Edward...)--descendants of Thomas and Richard known Macassey, Rachel (1822-1908) probably dau. of Jonathan Macassey and Mary Smith, perhaps of Bagenalstown-probably Protestant also connection to MALONE and TYNDALE/TYNDALL families emigrated to Ripon WI mid-1840s.  Married Richard Harris (1822-1863), son of Thomas and Margaret. The name is also spelled McCasey  (18th century) and McAsey (19th century) in  Co. Carlow headstone inscriptions.  Any connections known to these families much appreciated!
Richard Harris
Hayden / Walsh
Looking for any information on James Hayden / Margaret Walsh.
Phil Brown
My gg grandfather was Patrick HAUGHNEY who came from Ireland to the USA in 1866.   I have, but not proven, his parents as John and Mary (BRADLEY)  HAUGHNEY, and the following siblings: Dennis, James, Edward, Thomas, Michael, John, Mary, and Ella.  

I'm hoping I might find someone in Ireland who is working on these families,  or at least know someone by those names, that would be willing to share information.   I have a fair amount from the USA, but nothing from Patrick's homeland.
Bob Reifsneider
HENNESSY (plus variant spellings)
Comment: My gg-grandfather was JOHN HENNESSY, born c1838 Co Carlow. His father was PATRICK HENNESSY, farmer, Co. Carlow. He would have been born no later than about 1816. John went to Liverpool. In the 1861 census John and his brother (I presume) JAMES, b c1836, were boarding together in Liverpool.
I can find no records that fit for their father Patrick living in Liverpool so it is likely the sons emigrated without him in the late 1850s/early 1860s. I don't know who Patrick married. He was dead in 1861 when John married my gg-grandmother in Liverpool (Catherine Connor). John and Catherine had 9 children and I have much family information from here on.
I note: - there is a Patrick Hennessey (b c1813 Bagnalstown) who married ELEANORA BOLGER (b c1818) in 1838 but don't know if this is the right person even though the dates fit.
- there is also a Patrick Hennessy, occupant and lessor of house, office and land in Ratrhrush Parish as recorded in the Griffiths Valuation for Carlow 1848-1864. - I have also found a Patrick Hennessy who died in Carlow in 1865 aged 83...possible the father of 'my' Patrick?
I would love information about these Patricks or any other, their family etc in Co Carlow, if anyone can help.
Many thanks,
Marilyn (New Zealand)
I know there are several alternative for the Brohan surname but I have never come across Bracken/Brucken before.   These are my Brahans - did you come across any of them in your research?  As far as I can tell they moved to England sometime after 1851. The family settled in Wolstanton - Staffordshire and my first sighting of them was on the 1861 census where they were listed under the name BRAHAN as follows.
John b1791 Carlow
Bridget b1806 Kilterbury (Ancestry) Killenbury (The Genealogist) Kilkerley (
John b1826 Carlow
Nicholas b1830 Carlow
Nissey b1836 Carlow (full name Anastasia)
Catherine b1838 Carlow
Bridget b1841 Carlow
Eliza b1843 Carlow (full name Elizabeth)
In 1871 they are under the name BRAHAN again but on all BMD certs and subsequent census they are BROUGHAM.  Their year of birth on the census and BMD's varied wildly.  I believe there are several alternatives for Brahan/Brohan and that Brougham is the anglised version of the name.
In 1874 my gg grandmother Elizabeth Brougham married Martin Duffy (also from Ireland but no idea where) and a few years later the family moved up north to Grangetown near Middlesbrough where the Duffy's remain to this day remain to this day. John and Bridget senior died in Wolstanton, and Catherine, Nissey and Nicholas did not marry  - not yet discovered what became of John jr.  The name Brohan is spelled also as Broughan, Bracken, Brucken - take your pick.
Kathryn Ogden
Hickey / Ronan
Looking for any info on:
Elizabeth Hickey born Carlow or possibly Wicklow on 15 May 1856. Her mother was Elizabeth Fox and father was Thomas Hickey (brother of John Hickey who married Catherine Kehoe and had several children in Clonegal parish - living in Kilbride). 
While in Co. Carlow, she married Thomas J. Ronan from Wexford? Wicklow? Carlow?   They had at least 2 children before leaving Ireland for Chicago:
Catherine (Cate) Ronan born 22 February 1875
Thomas J. Ronan Jr. born 26 May 1876
They had a 3rd child - either while still in Ireland or after migrating to Chicago.
John F. Ronan born 29 March 1880
John Hickey (birth date/place unknown) and wife Catherine Kehoe (birth date/place unknown) had 3 children who were born and baptised in Clonegal Parish - living in Kilbride.
Elizabeth - 9 February 1837
Elizabeth - 30 September 1838
Catherine - 25 December 1842
The fourth child ,Sarah my great-grandmother, was not recorded in the Clonegal church book, nor in any other Co. Carlow parish according to the Carlow Heritage office in 2001. Yet her US papers all show that she was born in County Carlow.
Sarah - 26 January 1855
Any info would be very much appreciated.
Maureen N
Greetings all,
Several years ago we were able to trace some of our Hennessy/Brohan ancestors in Leighlinbridge. The surname Hennessy is spelled in the usual various ways and the name Brohan is spelled also as Broughan, Bracken, Brucken - take your pick.
We have a needlepoint within the family sewn in 1847 by "Mary Hennessy - Leighlinbridge"
and we have a New York City death certificate which states "Carlow" rather than the usual "Ireland". Mary did indeed go to school in Leighlinbridge but she was born in Ballyknockin, a townland within the Leighlin parish. 
Mary's parents were James Hennessy and Mary Brohan and we believe James may have deceased young and Mary took her family to Leighlinbridge - this is not proven. Mary Brohan had two sisters, Catherine and Ann who emigrated to New York City. Mary Brohan Hennessy also made her way to New York City and is found living with her daughter, Mary, who married Michael Connor in Manhattan, New York City and they raised their family in Manhattan. 
There was a family of Hennessy surname where the boys exited the school system circa 1852. From the school records we learned that a James Hennessy from Ballyknockin exited the system - no date or reason given. 
In the 1810 List of able bodied men in Leighlinbridge, there are three male Hennessys -
Thomas Henesy Artisan, Patrick Henesy Shopkeeper, and James Henesy Artisan. 
In Book 2, 1827-1844 Church Records, there is a James Hennessy married to Mary Brohan and they had 8 children born between 1828 and 1845 - their residence is given as Ballyknocken but they were not married in that parish. I have the names, dates and sponsors for all of these children.
Our Mary who sewed the needlepoint married Michael Connor/O'Connor in either Ireland or New York City. He was a stone mason but his origin is unknown.  One wonders if the above occupation of "artisan" might have some meaning to a  craft - perhaps masonry - and perhaps Michael and Mary knew each other in  Ireland.
We were able to get the above information with the kind help of the parish priest at St. Laserian's shortly before he deceased and through the kind direction of Michael Purcell who gave of his time and knowledge. We have always been grateful for their interest and assistance to us.
If anyone is researching these names I would be so grateful to hear - I will be happy to share what we have acquired. This is a long message and I apologize for that. Thanks to all who take the time to read this.
Best wishes to all, Donna McCormack


Still searching for Jacob IRETON m. Ann LEE.  Both b. circa 1804 to 1808. Protestants.  Said to have emigrated to Canada from Co. Carlow about 1851 with children Thomas, Mary, Annie and Will.
S Glassford
Ivers, John  Town of Carlow, Co of Carlow, Province of Leinster. born 09 Jun 1812. Landed Eastport in the state of Main 1834.Information from Johns naturalization papers.

My webpage: Hoey's Heritage
William Hoey


The furthest back I can go is to George JACKSON (1718-1782) of whom it was said:
"The ancestor of this family came from Co. York in Cromwell's army and was granted lands in Co. Carlow for his services. This estate called Mount Leinster was sold in 1745 by his descendant, George Jackson who settled at Urker, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh." I have no record of this sale (and have looked in the Deeds Registry for it).
Another story is:
"The Jackson's came from Northamptonshire and went to Ireland in Elizabeth's  reign, and were given grants of land in Co. Carlow (N. Leinster) for distinguished service in the Army.
"George Jackson lost all his property -he went over to Bath and became engaged to an English lady, the daughter of an earl, who refused to live in Ireland. He returned to raise money by selling his life interest in the property, and then found that the lady had jilted him and married another.
He went to France and squandered all his fortune. He then returned to Ireland and was glad to get the post of school-master in the Charter School, Creggan, Co. Armagh" A third version is that both stories were true. They came over in Elizabeth's time, the lands were frittered away, came back in Cromwell's time - who knows. Gambling and drink seem to part of the fabric of my family tale and the name of either John JACKSON or Thomas JACKSON are the most likely culprits.
Borris is another name that crops up in the family tales. I am working my way through what I have and hope to piece it together. Unfortunately, a wife in the early 1800s got furious with her husband crying in his beer over the JACKSON family glory days and threw the deeds into the fire. While it may have served him right, it has left me with something of a more complicated challenge.
There we have it. I will be posting more deeds to my web site over the next  few months as I start to close in on this.
Sharon Oddie Brown 09/2006
Roberts Creek, BC, Canada
Jordan, Murphy,
 Sinnott, Murphy,
Jordan - Rathnegearagh, Coolnasnachta
Murphy - Craan
Sinnott - Ballybeg, Wexford
Murphy - Ballinvally, Kilbride
O'Neill - Prospect (Coolmelagh), Wexford
My Jordans originated near Myshall.
My two Murphys and O'Neills lived in Clonegal RC parish.
My Sinnotts come from the area between Ferns and Clonegal, north of Enniscorthy.
Dan Jordan
My research concerns a Denis/Dennis JORDAN (b c1808 Ballon Carlow County, d 1895 Newcastle Australia) who married Sarah BRENNAN (b c1816 County Wicklow, d 1906 Newcastle Australia). Then married on 10 January  1837 in Carlow County. They moved to England for several years before immigrating to Australia in 1842. Research shows that they had about 17 children which included 1 set of triplets and 1 or 2 sets of twins.  Any information is most welcome.
John Greenwood
Canberra "Down Under"
I am hoping you may be of help. I am trying to find the name JOBE in Ireland. The county is unknown.  I have a Samuel JOBE born abt 1828 to a Samuel JOBE.
The information comes from Samuel (son) marriage certificate in Newcastle, England in 1857.
If you do have any JOBE surnames it would at least give me a county to start my research.
Thank you for the information you give so freely to us all,
My Grandfather, Edward Joyce (b 1886, d 1962) & wife Mary Doyle arrived in Boston in 1905 from Borris in Carlow. He was youngest of 11.  Two went to Australia and two came to Boston.   I have marriage and birth records for Borris (1750-1880's)and area, with usual gaps in dates.  If anyone has names and dates, I will try to do look-ups for you.
Bob Joyce
Circa 1840 - No details given


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