County Galway Surname Queries...
Surname Interests Prior to 2005
Recently Posted Queries
GALWAY COUNTY IRELAND QUERIES
Also, Don't forget to register your surnames interests with The GenWeb Network
by clicking below
If you would like to add your surname interests here,
My gg-grandparents, Patrick and Nancy O'DONNELL, lived in Rusheenamanagh (Moyrus
parish), Galway. Patrick died sometime bef. 1886 (cause of death?). Nancy
immigrated to the US with her children, abt 1886 (poss. port of entry: Portland,
ME). Children: Margaret, Thomas, Michael, Mary, Anne, Nellie and Sarah Agnes (my
g-grandmother, b. June 23, 1878). They settled in St. Paul, MN abt 1887. Would
like to learn Nancy's maiden name, when they married, etc. Have more
information, and am willing to share. Thank you! Jenny Tenlen
I am seeking information on my mother's GRANEY ancestors from Co. Galway,
Ireland. My mother's maiden name was Josephine C. GRANEY, born 24 July 1905 at
Lonaconing (Allegany Co.), MD, she died 13 May 1934 at Cumberland (Allegany
Co.), MD. Josephine's parents were William F. and Katherine (BRADY) GRANEY and
her grand parents were John T. & Anna Mary (FLANAGAN) GRANEY. I have information
that her father William F. GRANEY was born 2 June 1874 in either Meyersdale or
Pottstown, PA. William's father John T. GRANEY WAS BORN IN Co. Galway, Ireland
ca. 1840 and his mother Anna Mary FLANAGAN was born in Preston Co., WV ca.
1853.I also have information that a great aunt of my mother named Catherine
GRANEY along with Timothy KENNY and their families, all from Galway Co.,
emigrated to Preston Co., WV in 1845. Timothy KENNY and Catherine GRANEY were
married in 1860 at Newburg, WV.Any information on both the GRANEY and KENNY
families from Galway Co. will be greatly appreciaated. I am especially
interested in trying to locate the village, parish or townland these these
families may have come from.
Peter and Hannah (McCARTIN?) DOUGHERTY came from Galway, where he was a
farmer and a part-time miner. In the US, they purchased land and farmed in
Dubuque County, Iowa. With them lived an older woman named Ann McCARTIN. Their
children were born between 1849 and 1861 in Dubuque, IA: Henry (married Kate),
Patrick (who was retarded), John Francis (married Kate MORRISEY in Seattle, WA),
Bernard (never married; lived in Seattle), Mary A., Elizabeth, and Hannah
Diane Hettrick & Paul Hill
NAUGHTON,Mary born 1886 to Michael Naughton and Margaret McGrath from Galway.
Any info please contact
BURNS, Charles born 1781 from Athenry, Galway. Any info please contact
Looking for relatives of James and Margaret (Mulroe) Laffey of County Galway.
James was born about 1826 and Margaret was born about 1841, bothin Bohane,
Galway. Both also died in 1901 in Bohane. Margaret and Jameshad nine sons,
Patrick, Michael, James, John, Thomas, Martin,Marcus(Mark), Peter (my gfather),
and William. All were born between 1857 - 1874 and all but William emmigrated to
the U.S. I'm told that James' family was originally from Headford, Galway. I
have no other knowledge of Margaret beyond what is stated above. Please contact
Dennis Blake, Plymouth, Michigan, USA if you'd care to share data. Thank you
Dennis Blake or
Seeking information on great grandparents believed to have immigrated from
the Ballyhale - Headford area of Galway-Claran church may be a record source.
Patrick Graney born January 1853 - Immigrated to the United States in 1871 and
Mary Murray, born december 1849 - immigrated to the U.S. in 1870 - Her mother's
first name was Bridget. Any information appreciated. Thank you very much! Please
I am trying to find out about my ancestors. My great great grandfather was Peter
CAMPBELL born in Galway, possibly Rahoon in around 1834. He married Bridget Mary
RUSH born again in Galway in around 1835, daughter of Patrick RUSH and Bridget
Mary FOLAN. Peter CAMPBELL and Bridget RUSH had the following children:-Sarah
CAMPBELL born around 1858, Galway, married Thomas BUGGINS in Guernsey, Channel
Islands on 4 May 1877 Patrick CAMPBELL born around 1860 somewhere in Ireland
George CAMPBELL born around 1861 somewhere in Ireland Mary Ann CAMPBELL born in
1863, Middlesex, London, married Patrick BURNS in Guernsey, Channel Islands
Margaret CAMPBELL born around1868, Jersey, Channel Islands John CAMPBELL born
around 1870, Jersey Channel Islands Charles CAMPBELL born around 1872, Jersey,
Channel Islands William Michael CAMPBELL born 8 September 1872, Jersey, Channel
Islands Bridget CAMPBELL born around 1876, Jersey, Channel Islands Bernard
CAMPBELL born around 1879, Jersey, Channel Islands respond to:
Interested in the GALVIN family, Patrick GALVIN and wife Mary REGAN who
emigrated in Nov 1862 to South Australia. Known children: Anne 1839, Mary 1841,
Sarah 1847, Sally 1850, Catherine 1853, Margaret 1858. and Michael GALVIN and
Bridget SCANLON. Known children: Catherine 1846, Michael 1843, Mary, Ann, Ellen
Bridget, James 1844, John 1853.
I am looking for information about some Flannery's and a Pardy, this is what I
know: William Flannery was a farmer, somewhere in Galway, he was married to Jane
Pardy, they had a daughter Anne in 1837(?). I found them on Anne's marriage
certificate to Edward Price from Kings County. Anne was born in Ireland, I have
absolutely no idea how they got to Australia, am having trouble tracking the
shipping records, but I don't think they were convicts. Was thinking they may
have left due to potatoe famine. There is no evidence that either William or
Jane came to Australia with Anne, she was married inn 1859 in Glen William in a
Church of England ceremony. Thanks many times in advance for any information or
help anyone can provide.
I am looking for information about my GGGrandfather, John ROONEY, b.1827,
Headford, Co. Galway. He immigrated to the US in 1850 with his father, Thomas B.
ROONEY (1805-1870) and brother, Michael ROONEY (1844-1910). They arrived in NY
and moved to PA then to TN. John married Bridget Ann ROONEY in TN in 1859. Any
information is appreciated.
I would be interested to hear from anyone researching the GRANT name in Co
Galway. My family were gatekeepers at WOODLAWN in Co Galway. My ggGrandfather
had 10 children, and I have traced the descent of most of them but there are a
couple of missing links where a son went to Australia and another to Dublin that
I cannot trace. Strangely enough GRANT is not a common surname in Galway or in
Ireland, so anyone who has any connection is welcome to cantact me.
Does anyone have any information on a cemetery on OMEY ISLAND just off
Clifden, County Galway? Looking for an address to find names of those
buried there. Researching DUNN, MORRIN, CURRAN, KING, BRENNAN, MARTIN,MERRY,
I am searching for information about the parents of my Great Grandfather John
P. Dimond. He was born in Galway, Clifden, I believe, about 1848. His
father died and he and hs Mother (unknown) came to NY about the 1860's and
settled in Montgomery Co., NY. One of his sons went on to become the first
representative to the U.S. Congress from Alaska. I'd be ever so grateful
for any information. Many thanks.
Anne Tracy Ward
Researching COFFEY & DONNELAN families in Ballinasloe. Bryan COFFEY and Mary
DONNELAN had children Mary (1821) John (1823) Catherine (1830) Michael (1831).
Mary COFFEY wed John BOTTOMLEY, lived Woodford parish, had children Bridget
(1852) John (1854) Margaret (1859). This family emigrated to USA 1870's - to
Iowa. Would like to find descendants of the other COFFEY children born in
Ballinasloe. Researching any BOTTOMLEY families that lived in Galway in the
I am interested in any information rearding my great-grandparents Patrick
Kean and Anne Hynes of Moy, Kinvara, Co. Galway married 1834/02/06. Their
children were Mary (Surname Cain) in records born 1836/12/10, Bridget (Surname
Kean) in records born 1846/05/21, Patrick (Surname Kean) in records
born1849/01/11, Margaret (Surname Kean) in records born 1851/06/17, Colman
(Surname Keane) in records born 1856/12/16 and his twin Honor (Surname Keane) in
records born 1856/12/16. Note the changes in the spelling of the last name. To
my knowledge Colman my grandfather was the only one to emmigrate to the US thru
Boston onto Detroit, MI. I have no info regarding the Hynes family of Moy. Am
interested in Hynes info and anything prior to 1830 regarding these 2 families.
Looking for Michael Campbell, Parish of Caltra son of Patrick Campbell and
Elizabeth Keary, who married Bridget Gahagan,
Norman M. Keane
Parish of Ahascragh, daughter of Timothy Gahagan and Ellen Timothy. We
believe that Michael was born around 1869 or 1870 and Bridget around 1871.
A birth certificate exists in the records of the City of Galway registry for a
Maria Campbell born to Patrick Campbell and Elizabeth Keary for 10 April 1965
who must be an older sister to Michael. They emmigrated to Boston in the
mid to late 1890s. No marriage certificate appears for the two in Boston
so it is assumed that they were married at Ahasscragh Church in Eynecourt.
Bridget Gahagan had two brothers and two sisters - Timothy, Thomas,Ellen and Ann
as well as step sister Catherin and Mary and step-brothers William and Timothy
Patrick. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Hi, looking for information in the names Fahey and O'Brien. My gggrandfather
Micheal Fahey born in 18ll and his wife Alice, Anny, Helen,Elen, Agnes O'Brien
born in 1823 both in Irelande in the country of East Galway. They emigrated to
Papineauville, Quebec, Canada between years l840-45. The had six children:
Briget born 1845; Sarah born l854; Micheal born l956; Henry born l859; Mary born
l86l; Alice born l864. All the children were born in Canada. Please someone help
me to find more information about Micheal and Alice Fahey Thank you in advance.
Hi I am researching Catherine Clark who married Patrick Cavanaugh/Cavanagh in
Galway approx. date is 1860.
Peter SULLIVAN died Sep 6 1942. His wife Mary JOYCE died Jan 11 1936 at
age 83. They lived in Dooghty Fair, near Cornamona, Co. Galway. Children
were: Catherine, Mary, Patrick, Bridget, Anne, Michael, Kate.
Patrick KELLY married Margaret CONNEELY on Feb 13, 1873 in Oughterard, Co.
Galway. Children were: Mary K, Patrick, Anne, Martin/John,Margaret,
Daniel, Bridget, Joseph, Catherine. Possible Parents of Patrick KELLY:
Philip KELLY & Elizabeth MANNION;William KELLY & Ellen KELLY; John KELLY &
Cecily GRIFFIN; or James KELLY & Bridget OSBORNE. Possible Parents of Margaret
CONNEELY: Patrick CONNELY & Mary CONNEELY; or John CONNEELY & Mary CLANCY.
I am researching the DOLAN family of Brierfield, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. I
now have many surnames connected with this family. Please take a look at
my homepage. Maybe you will find a surname that you are looking for there!
Anne Carty Adams
or view Anne Adams
I have a John Riley born in Galway about 1862. Came to Boston, MA in1883
probably his younger brother James (born in 1872). Their parents:James Riley and
Margaret Kilcooley. I have marriage info in Boston. I am looking for his birth
place and date, as well as parents' marriage. Thank you.
Looking for information on GALWAY KINGs. JOHN KING
born in Ireland. He married BRIDGET O'TOOLE,and they had sons,
EDWARD AND MARTIN. BRIDGET Died with MARTIN's birth in 1836 in
Galway. JOHN KING emigrated to US and settled in St. Louis MO. The
boys were left with family, probably his family. They may have been
raised in Dublin. They later joined their father in St. Louis.
MARTIN came about 1850. He married MARY CATHERINE (KATE) CURRAN from
County Sligo in 1869 and they moved to Iowa.
Looking for information on any O'TOOLEs from Co. Galway. Need siblings
and parents for: BRIDGET O'TOOLE born in Ireland. She married JOHN
KING ,and they had sons, EDWARD AND MARTIN. BRIDGET Died with
MARTIN's birth in 1836 in Galway. JOHN KING emigrated to US and settled in
St. Louis MO. The boys were left with family, probably his family.
They may have been raised in Dublin. They later joined their father in St.
Louis. MARTIN came about 1850. He married MARY CATHERINE (KATE)
CURRAN from County Sligo in 1869 and they moved to Iowa. Researching :
DUNN, MORRIN, KING, CURRAN, BRENNAN, MARTIN, MERRY, O'TOOLE, RICE.
Looking for information on William F. MCDONOUGH who was married to Mary
MORAN. Who were their parents? And, what are the names of their
other children? The only information I have is on one son, Patrick Andrew
McDonough born in Headford, Galway, Ireland on March 15, 1869 Patrick A.
McDonough came to the US in 1885 at age 16. He worked for his uncle's in a drug
store in Kansas. Later he became a Manager for Metropolitan Life Ins. In
September 1892 he connected with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of New
York. Starting as an agent he soon was promoted to Assistant
Superintendent of the Keokuk, Iowa office of the Company and later District
Manager of the Chicago office of the Metropolitan. In 1913 he took charge
of the O'Fallon Park District, St.Louis, Missouri Office. Any help would be
My GGGgrandfather was Richard WALTERS believed to be from Co Galway and
married Sarah MOONEY abt 1830. They had at least 3 children - Thomas J born abt
1833, William P (my GGgrandfather) b 1839 and Margaret b abt 1840. I am looking
for any connection to Richard and Sarah. I would like to find the townland and
Paraish they were from.
I am looking for O'DONNELLs from Galway. My ancestor, Sabina O'Donnell
was born 1 Jan 1843. Parents were JOHN JOSEPH O'DONNELL (b. ca. 1800) and
BRIDGET CALLAHAN. Siblings: Mary (b. 1 Jan 1833); John Joseph, Jr. (b. 15
Sep 1841, d. 23 Jul 1923); Patrick (b. unk.); Ellen (b. ca. 1843); Bridget (b.
ca. 1878); and James (b. unk.). Does anyone have any further information
on them: town, parents' names, etc. Thanks for any help.
Mary Nell Snoddy Nashville,TN
This next Query is a long one but had so much wonderful information in it I
decided to post the entire message. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I
I am looking for some help to find more information about my GGGGrandparents,
John Walters and Mary Fitzgerald Walters. I have included a little information
about John which I hope will be of help. When John joined the 46th regiment of
foot, the form states that he was from the Parish of "Geeden" in or near the
Town of Galway in the County of Galway. John left his mark on the form so I
would assume that he could not read or write. The English officer may have
sounded out the Parish of Geeden. Please find the following bit of history from
this end that may help. Iftheir is someone in Galway that would assist our
family in the research, we would be more than happy to pay for their services.
When Toronto, then known as York, was only officially 5 years old, and David
Thompson was still mapping the Canadian West, a boy was born in 1798 in Co.
Galway, Ireland. He was known as John Walters, but nothing can be discovered
about his parentage, and Walters is a name almost unkown in Ireland. There is no
trace of the place where he said he was born " Geedon, Co. Galway.". I had quite
a few suggestions given to explain these mysteries, and the one that seems the
most logical is that when he gave his birthplace, as requested by the army
recruiting officer, who was most likely English, the name was not transcribed
correctly. This would occur because the John spoke with a heavy Irish accent, in
fact may only have spoken Gaelic, and the recruiter would write what he heard.
The surname bothered me for years, until I was recently told that many English
soldiers stationed in Ireland would have local "wives" and that the children of
these unions would be known by the name of the father, although not legally
registered as such. I also gathered that most of the sons of these liaisons
later joined the English Army, often their "father's" regiment. This pattern
seems to fit our John. The first official record of John Walters was when he
enlisted in the 46th Regiment of Foot at Dublin, Ireland on 26th August, 1815 at
the age of 17 years and some months. He lisd at the time and said he was of full
age (18), but in later records this is corrected. In John's statement of
service, he was described as 5'4" inches in height, Brown Hair, Brown Eyes,
Fresh complexion and a labourer by trade. After his training, he was shipped off
to New South Wales, Australia in 1817. This was a small replacement contingent
whose duties were to track down and round up bushwhackers (escaped convicts). He
is listed as being on the ship "Dick" when it arrived at Sydney on the 8th of
September, 1817. This ship immediately sailed again for India, where the main
body of the regiment was posted, and I think John sailed with it, as by Feb 1818
he is listed as "on duty at Arcot" and by June was sick in the regimental
hospital. He was at Poonanallee in Capt. Shaus' company until 24 Feb 1820 when
he was returned to England on his way to being dischared as physically unfit for
duty. He was blind. The reason for this was given on the discharge papers as
Gunshot wounds (crossed out) and gonorrhoea when seized by opthalmia", so take
your choice. A soldier enjoyed little in the way of recreation in those times,
just the canteen, and cheap locally brewed liquor, which together with
disease, killed off more men than any enemy. John was now eligible for a
pension, and became a Chelsea Pensioner, being put on their register 2 Feb,
1820. As he was not bedridden and was young, he was an "outpatient", living on
his own and receiving his daily pension of one shilling and three pence. Barbara
has not found a record of where he went or what he did for the next ten years.
During this time he married an Irish girl who looked after him in his
disability. Presumably they lived in Ireland, as their oldest son William Henry
(always known as Henry) was born there in 1824, and in 1828 another son Thomas
Fitzgeral was also "born in Ireland" The girl was named Mary Fitzgerald and
according to a biography written years later by one of their sons, was born in
1810. This would make her 14 when the first child was born. The legal age for
marriages in Ireland at that time was 12 for girls and 14 for boys. I have no
documented information about her throughout her life, not even a death record.
Life in Ireland was hard at any time, but for a blind young man with a wife and
family and a pension of only pennies per day, it must have been quite difficult.
In the late 1820's the British Government were searching for ways to be relieved
of the drain on their finances that was caused by the thousands of soldiers put
on pension after the Napoleonic wars and the fighting in India. They were also
trying to attract settlers to the new colonies. On March 1st, 1831 they issued a
memo to Chelsea Out-Pensioners that if they were willing to commute (exchange)
their pensions they would receive a free passage to Upper Canada, a grant of 100
acres of land and a stated sum of money. John must have applied immediately as
by August 1st 1831 the Government had withdrawn this offer, probably because of
the number of applicants. On 10th April 1832 John's pension was commuted and by
June they were in Upper Canada. He took the Oath of Allegiance on 21 June and
petitioned for a land grant. John received a location ticket on 6 October 1832
for Lots 1, 2, 4 (westerly end) of the first concession, Esquesing Township in
Halton County. This land is now part of the town of Milton, Ontario. By the next
April John had a settlement certificate issued stating there was a house built
on the west end of Lot 4, Concession 1, and that 5 acres were chopped on the
said lot. The question that came to my mind was how could they have done this, a
blind man, a once again pregnant girl and two small boys? On 21st August 1833
they had another son, John, who is the great grandfather on our side of the
family. The first daughter, Catherine, was born the following year and by 28th
June 1836 they had 12 acres cleared. Another girl, Mary Josephine, was born in
1838. These early years of settlement in a new country were hard for all, but
many of these pensioned soldiers were not actually fit to do the hard physical
labor required, and many were totally ignorant of farming practices, let alone
those in the forests Of Upper Canada. The land was covered with large hardwood
trees, which had to be felled by hand in order to produce cropland. The trees
were a source of income for many, as they were burned and the ashes used to make
lye, then much in demand in the clothing trades to produce heavy "felted"
material. The price of needed stock was high, a good horse fetching $50-$8O, a
yoke of oxen $50-$6O and a fat hog $4. The currency then in use was still the
British Sterling, and actual cash was in short supply. This was especially true
in the case of these pensioners, who had been written off by the Government in
England, and whom the Government of Canada had no official authority to help.
Many pensioners became dependent on Government handouts, but fortunately our
John was not one of these. He had the wit in 1837 to realize that the Gov't had
not completely paid him off in the commutation deal, and in view of this he
wrote the Lt. Governor of Upper Canada emphasizing that he was blind, that he
hadn't had all the money due to him, and therefore they should reinstate his
pension! He was officially reprimanded for "concealing his blindness"- which
seems like the usual government blunder, as his military records show quite
clearly his problem from the day he was discharged in 1821. For some reason they
gave him back his pension, and I think luck was really with him, as about this
time the Upper Canada Gov't was not happy with the British Gov't for having
dumped all these infirm and needy Chelsea Pensioners on their doorstep, so it
was to the Canadian advantage to get John replaced on the British Army pension
list. I have not found many records documenting the next few years. A little
land was sold in 1840, and in 1847 the Ontario Land Records show that John and
his wife sold the remaining acres. The next years are somewhat of a mystery, but
in the book "Grand River", a history of North Cayuga County1 it would appear
that John had land there from 1856-69. I have never checked these land records,
but the dates certainly fit. There were two more sons in the family, James,
about whom I have almost no information, and Richard who appears to be the
youngest in the family, he was born about 1848. Blind John and his wife Mary
fade out of the picture from now on, and I have assumed they lived with or near
some of their established children for the rest of their lives. Mary was a Roman
Catholic, and the two girls remained in that faith. Of the boys, Henry was shown
as R.C. in the 1861 census, but when he died in 1912 he was a member of the
Baptist Church. He bought land in Harwich Township, Kent County in 1856.The
parents, John and Mary must have moved eventually to Haldimand County, as two of
the children, Catherine and Thomas are found to be landowners on neighboring
pieces of land there by 1853. The man that Catherine married, William Quinlan,
actually bought his land in 1848, and Thomas bought two pieces of property in
1853, each having a house on it so I am assuming that it was here that Blind
John and his wife settled, eventually. Thomas was not married at that time. One
Piece of land was next to the thriving settlement of Canborough, where there
were two blacksmiths, a harness shop, a livery stable, lumber mills, gristmills,
three hotels and several general stores. The two farms were on either side of
Oswego Creek, a powerful stream that was a main transportation route for the
district, and provided power for the mills. It was also treacherous enough that
reports of drownings were common. Hugh Black, a well-known Upper Canada
surveyor, had meanwhile employed the second oldest son of the family, John,
probably as a chainman. His surveying chain is still owned by Arnald. In the mid
1850's Hugh died and the California gold rush was at its height. John left first
for New York and then went to California. Thomas also left his land and headed
west but I do not know if the brothers traveled together or not. John had
presumably become engaged before he left, to the daughter of a neighboring
Scottish settler in Esquesing Township, and the family story has it that he sent
for her to join him in California. Maybe this is when Thomas went, as when John
and Maggie were married at Marysville, Yuba County, California on 19 July 1859,
Thomas was the witness. Thomas was a travelling man, as the next year, 1860, on
December 28th, he is shown as a witness at his sister Mary Josephine's wedding
back in Haldimand County, Ontario. The following year he is shown as the
enumerator for the North Cayuga Township part of the 1861 census. His farm is
shown on the census, and he had obviously had someone running it, as he had
about 35 acres producing crop, as well as hay land, cattle, horses and pigs.
Listed on the census too, is a Mary Flanders, aged 22,a relation to the
Studebaker family, and she became Thomas' wife shortly after. This event
apparently occurred right after the census was taken, and they must have
immediately returned to California, as their first child Lizzie was born there
in late 1861. John and Maggie had also produced a child in the latter half of
1860, a son Charles, and they had established a farm, raising cattle. They were
plagued in their endeavors by the fact that where they had located in Linda
Township, Yuba County, they were subject to flooding. This was a result of the
gold mines higher in the hills to the west of them, which used the hydraulic
method, and would release their excess water with no regard for the settlers
below. The story has it that after the third flooding they decided to move. By
then the British Columbia gold rush was in full swing, so that was probably a
big inducement. The two families trailed their cattle up the old Fremonts Route
(Sacramento to Fort Vancouver) then along the old fur trade route by Lake
Okanagon to Kamloops and thence to the Cariboo. By this time their younger
brother Richard was also in B.C., a member of the crew who were building the
Cariboo Road under the direction of Captain Wright of the Royal Engineers. Once
again the Walters brothers decided to service the gold miners rather than go on
a search for the treasure themselves. Their first project was to build a
"stopping house" at 83-Mile House. This indicated the mileage from Lilloett, and
all measurements along the road to the gold fields were thus based. The names of
many places are still in use today, although the mileage is no longer correct
because of modern highways. 83 Mile House was situated in "a very beautiful
place, a lovely meadow with here and there a Beaver-dam which causes the water
to lay, but with very little trouble in cutting the dams, there is lots of hay".
This was the opinion of Sgnt John McMurphy of the Royal Engineers in his diary
written about the building of the road. Richard preempted 160 acres here on 11
Oct 1862. On 21 July 1863 Thomas preempted 160 acres at Soda Creek, much further
up the road, but as far as I have been able to find out, nothing was ever built
there. In Feb 1864, Thomas and John had both preempted 160 acres each near the
83 Mile House, and by June 1865 they had a notice in the Cariboo Sentinel
advertising their stopping house at 93 Mile House, and they had sold their place
at 83 to a Mr. Chrysler1 who was an operator for the overland Telegraph Co. This
company were constructing a line which, it was planned, would link the western
states, British Columbia and eventually Alaska. On the Telegraph's map of 1866,
Walters are shown as having a stock Ranch at 105-Mile House. They were busy
people! I have presumed that their method was to own and operate one place while
constructing another, and since there were two families this might even have
been a good thing. Also, since the Royal Engineers who had started surveying and
building the road were recalled to Britain in the summer of 1863, I'm sure that
John at least, and probably Richard, worked on the surveying crew part of the
time. By 1867 both families had had several children, and in this year they were
building yet another stopping house at 122 Mile, on Lac La Hache. The year
started off badly as at the beginning of January, while on a return journey to
the Cariboo from the coast, Richard suddenly died at Lytton. He is buried in
what was the family burial plot at 105 Mile House, where at some point in these
years in B.C. the only daughter of John and Maggie at that time, was also laid
to rest. Nothing else is known about this small girl named Mary, not even how
old she was. There is no record of any house being built further north than the
one at Lac La Hache, and it was here that James L. was born to John and Maggie,
as well as Henry C. in 1870. In August of that year, Thomas and Mary had a
daughter Minnie and then quite suddenly in October both families packed up and
left everything and returned to Ontario. According to the story told in later
life by Henry C., they went south to San Francisco and left for the east on the
newly built Union Pacific Railroad. The rail journey to Omaha was 5 days, much
better than one month by stagecoach. There are many stories about why they left
B.C., ranging from lack of schooling for the children to being frightened by
Indians, one thing I can't believe, as there was little Indian trouble in the
Cariboo at that time. I think probably the main reason was the reputed death of
their mother back in Ontario. The only indication of her death is a statement by
son John when he was putting his story in "The Commemorative Biographical Record
of Essex County" in 1905. He merely stated she died in 1870 aged 60. I can find
no death certificate, nor is she listed in the deaths for 1870 after March in
the census of 1871. Major mystery. Both families settled in Haldimand County,
where Thomas of course already had a farm. Apparently John also farmed, but
whether this was on his father's property, or his own, is not known. In 1876
John moved to Maidstone Township in Essex County. It is at this point that the
families start to diverge, and so I have individual stories of the families from
this stage on. Blind John lived with Catherine and seems to have converted to
the Catholic Church. He died at the age of 80 on the 3rd of March 1878, and is
buried in the old Roman Catholic church cemetery in Smithville, Ontario. His is
the first burial recorded in the parish records of the old church of St. Martin
of Tours in that town.
I'm trying to locate information on Bridget Gahagen, daughter of Timothy
Gahagen and Ellen Timothy, who was born in Caltra Parish, Galway,Ireland around
1870 and Michael Campbell of Parish Ahascragh, Galway(son of Patrick Campbell
and Ellen Keary) also around 1869-70.Michael Campbell married Bridget Gahagen.
At the Galway Records, there is a birth certificate on file for Maria Campbell,
born April 10, 1865, who appears to be an older sister to Michael.Basically, I'd
like to come up with a birth certificate for Michael and Bridget and a marriage
license. Thanks for any help on how to accomplish this.
This family lived near Taum, in the town of Lerhin, Clonbern, Co. Galway,
Descendants of John Donelon
1 John Donelon Abt 1817 - Aft. 1876
........ 2 Michael Donelon 1849 - 1921
............ +Nell Geraghty Abt 1853 - 1934
................... 3 Patrick Donlon Abt 1878 - 1918
................... 3 Michael Donelon 1882 - 1956
....................... +Anna Burke 1880 - 1960
.............................. 4 Thomas Donlon Abt 1908 - Abt 1965
.............................. 4 Margaret Donlon Abt 1910 -
.............................. 4 Donlon Abt 1910 -
.............................. 4 Gertrude Catherine Donlon 1914 - 1993
.................................. +John Anthony Murphy 1912 - 1975
................... 3 Mary Donlon Abt 1884 - Abt 1956
................... 3 Ann Donlon 1884 - 1964
....................... +Michael Hannan Abt 1880 - 1964
................... 3 Nellie Donlon Abt 1886 - Abt 1933
................... 3 John Donlon Abt 1891 - 1962
Is anyone else working on the DONLON (Donnellon) family of County Galway, IRL?
HELEN N BATTLESON
My GGGrandfather, Hugh Rankin (b. 1812 Ireland?) was living in the west of
County Galway when his son, Peter,(according to the County Galway (West) Family
History Society) married Mary Keane in the church on Lettermullen Island on
October 28, 1870. Would you be kind enough to let me know if there are any
Rankins in the current Galway telephone directory to whom I might write to see
if there are connections? I'd be happy to repay you in kind with lookups
in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC area - not to mention an
occasional research visit to the US National Archives in Washington.
Question #2: Do you know of anyone who might be willing to try a lookup
for me in the records of the Congested Districts Board at the National Archives
in Dublin? According to Delia Folan of Gaeltact i gCein in Tir an Fia,
Lettermore, Hugh Rankin may have been employed as a fishing instructor on
Lettermullen by the CGB. Again, I'd be more than ready to recompense the
researcher with lookups here in the US.Greetings and Best Regards. Ed Rankin (in
Rockville, Maryland - just outside Washington, DC)
My grandfather, Michael Joseph Curley, emigrated from Ireland to
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, around 1890. He most likely came from County
Galway. In over twenty years of searching, I have never found any other
Curley relatives. Perhaps someone has a Galway Curley connection that
would help. Maybe they have a Michael they can't account for. He
worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, possibly coming over as part of a group.
In Pennsylvania he married Bridget Kilcommons. Any leads would be greatly
Marty Nee here. We have a web page of Nees looking for Galway ancestors.And,
of course, many of these Nees were married to other Galway families. Like My
Patrick Nee married Barbara Ellen Blake, in the USA about 1890 or later.
Patrick's father Michael married Nora Conneely from Galway. And some time before
1873, I hope, because that's when Patrick was born. I am interested in Michael
and Nora and their family. But many others on our web page are looking for Nees
also. We need a Nee contact in Galway that has an interest in the Nee family
My Kings came from Ireland in the 1840's to St. Louis, Missouri. I don't know
if that was their first destination, but settled there. Here are there names:
JOHN KING, Father, remained in St. Louis until death (date not known). He had
lost his wife with the birth of their second son, MARTIN KING. Her name was
BRIDGET O'TOOLE. They were all said to be from Co. Galway. Their oldest son,
EDWARD KING, also born in Ireland, went to Minnesota and fought for the North in
our Civil War. His Father, JOHN, fought for the South. MARTIN was still in
Ireland. Stowed away on a ship, got sent back by his Father as he thought him
too young to fight in Civil War. MARTIN came again later. He married MARY
CATHERINE (KATE) CURRAN, Co. Sligo, in St. Louis or thereabouts in Oct. 1869...I
have yet to find any records of any of them.
Would appreciate any and all help. The only KINGs I know are related are others
that lived in Iowa. I don't know any names of JOHN KING's siblings, though I
know the two boys were left with his relatives in Ireland when he first
emigrated, so I believe there are siblings.
If JOHN KING followed traditional Irish naming patterns, his first son, EDWARD,
would have been named after his Father. So....I'm looking for a line of
descendants from EDWARD KING, Co. Galway.
Researching : DUNN, MORRIN, KING, CURRAN, BRENNAN, MARTIN, MERRY, O'TOOLE, RICE.
My 2-great grandfather, John NUGENT was born in County Galway. Is there
one part of this county where NUGENTs might be more prevalent than another?
I have not been able to define his birthplace further than county Galway.
He was born 1821. Brother James NUGENT was born 1823, County Galway.
One sister, believed to be an Elizabeth, was born about 1827. Contact
Lowell S. Tennyson
My G.Grandfather, John MURPHY, was born in Annaghdown, Co. Galway, abt. 1834
according to army records. He Married Ellen Mullane in Halifax, Canada and
according to their marriage record his parents were Timothy Murphy and Hellena
Cullen. The West Galway Historical Society found a marriage record for Timothy
Murphy and Catherine Cullinan in 1820. Would like to establish whether there
were any Cullens around Annaghdown in the 1830s in order to establish which
records are correct. Have much information to share with any possible relatives.
Seeking information on the CALLANAN and HILLARY families who lived in the
Aughrim/Ballinasloe area of Galway in the 1820's through 1860's. Frank Hillary,
a carpenter, married Anne Callanan in the 1840's in Aughrim. They had four
children - Johanna, Maria, John, and Francis. Frank came to the US in 1850
to earn a living building homes and was killed in Paducah, KY. Johanna
came to NYC in 1865 to her cousin, John DUNN, who lived on 32nd Street, NYC.
In 1874 she married David Forsyth and they had two children. Maria went to
Santa Rosa, California and established a millinery business there. One of
the sons, either John or Francis, was in the British Army posted to India.
Any information on current family members, etc, would be welcome. ContactI am
searching for parents and siblings of Delia HALVEY and her sister Julia.
The sisters came to Chicago sometime around 1890-
1895. Delia married Patrick W. QUINN in Chicago abt 1895. Julia
married a man named FINN in Chicago. Delia and Julia were born in
Kilreekil, Loughrea, Co. Galway. Any info about parents or why they came to the
US seemingly unaccompanied would be appreciated! Contact
Looking for connections with William FORDE who marr Margaret KANE c1815 from
the village of Annaghdown in Co Galway the children so far found are John b
c1831, Charles, Ellen, Elizabeth, and Bridget b c1843 there was also a
William and a Lawrence. William and Margaret are buried in the Annagdown
churchyard and John, Charles and Bridget came to New Zealand, John arriving
first then sponsoring Charles and Bridget who arrived in 1861 aboard the "Lady
Egidia". Would love to hear from anyone interested. Contact.
or view Patsy's Home Page
My name is Daniel J.P.Levins and I have been researching my family lines for
about ten years. Any information regarding the following would be GREATLY
THOMAS McDERMOTT: b.cir.1854 (Forty Acres, Parish of ?); IM:USA/NYC cir.1874 d.
Jan18,1936 NYC PARENTS: Michael McDermott b.? d.? ; m. date?
Catherine Malloy b.? d.?
Other children possible names: Catherine, JAMES,Patrick,
Celia(Cellia/Cecillia) ** James allegedly Im. to USA/NYC cir.1874 but returned
home ; lived to age100+. WIFE: Mary Doherty b.cir.1856 Ireland d.
Oct.18,1924 NYC >m.ThomasDec.27,1877 NYC. Many thanks for your time and
MURPHY, MICHAEL: Loughrea Galway 1840-1940
Michael MURPHY (Loughrea) m Mary SHERMAN (Loughrea-Boston) . .Michael Joseph
MURPHY (1863 Loughrea -1936 US) m Katherine LAWLOR (1857 Mooncoin Kilkenny-1930
US): went toSpring Hill NS in 1885, to Boston 1891, Cape Cod 1896.
POWERS:ENG>NY,MA,VT,NY,MN,MI,WI = MURPHY/SHERMAN:Loughrea, GALWAY,IR =
LAWLOR/PORTER:Mooncoin; HARNEY/MACDONALD: Kil- macow,KILKENNY,IR
=KANE/O'KANE:Dungiven LNDY NIR>NY,PA,MO,IL
Patricia Powers Schlesinger
O'Toole ancestors came from Rostoff/Cashel area of Co. Galway, Ire.
Earliest known ancestor Brian; his son Thomas mar. Mary Ann Mitton; their son
Joseph T. (Josey) b. 1877 immigrated to US about 1900. He m. Bridget
Holloran from Co. Mayo in Pittsburgh, PA in 1904. Many ancestors still in
the Rostoff/Cashel area. Would like to share info. Contact:
I would like to contact family of John Gibbons and Mary Lynch. They were
married in 1890 in Pittsburgh and lived in the Braddock area. John worked
in the steel mills. I don't have any info on John, but Mary was the
daughter of Mary Joyce and Martin Lynch. They were all from Galway Co.,
Ire. Mary had at least two sisters, Delia and Nora. Contact:
I am researching Cecelia LALLY born 11/30/1888 to John and Cecelia (LOGAN) LALLY
in Galway, Ireland. I would like any info regarding her parents and
siblings. Cecelia traveled to the US via Queenstown, NY, and traveled to
Davenport, Iowa, later marrying Timothy KEOUGH in Chicago, Illinois on July 14,
1914. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Anne Koci, 153 Sunny
Acres DR., Crossville, TN, 38555 USA Contact:
I am looking for information about THOMAS LALLEY who married HANORA ANNA RILEY.
Thomas was born in 1808 and Hanora in 1805 and they were married around 1830.
We think all these events occured in Galway as well as their 6 children being
born there. We had been told it was in Glenamaddy but we can find no information
there. Their son, PATRICK, went to England around 1863 and then came to America
in 1866. In 1867, he married MARY KELLY who possibly was born in Galway
also. We would really appreciate any information on these ancestors. Contact:
I am looking for information on the Morris's of Galway, John Morris born
about 1620 and immigrated to Virginia in 1654. Thanks. Contact:
THOMAS McDERMOTT: b.cir.1854 (Forty Acres, Parish of ?); IM:USA/NYC cir.1874
d. Jan18,1936 NYC PARENTS: Michael McDermott b.? d.? ; m.
date? Catherine Malloy b.? d.? Other children possible names:
Catherine, JAMES,Patrick, Celia(Cellia/Cecillia) ** James allegedly Im. to
USA/NYC cir.1874 but returned home ; lived to age100+. WIFE: Mary Doherty
b.cir.1856 Ireland d. Oct.18,1924 NYC m.ThomasDec.27,1877 NYC. Many
I am currently researching the family of Patrick Leonard (1800-1872) of
County Galway. Patrick was born in 1800 and married Mary Smyth
(1804-1864), daughter of Henry and Ann Smyth of Gurwine, County Galway in 1824.
The Catholic Parish was Kilbegnet. Patrick may have been from Gurwine
also. They did have seven children. Mary (1827), Ann, Ellen,
Bridget(1835), Thomas (1837), Francis (1838), Patrick (1842). They came to
settle in Marlboro, NJ in 1842. Francis is believe to have died at a young
age and maybe buried in the parish Cemetary at Kilbegnet. I did just received a
copy of the listing of Leonards in the Galway phone book that shows 10 Leonards
living in the Kilbegnet area. Anyway, if anyone has any information on
Leonards in the Kilbegnet area or has a cemetary list for the Kilbegnet parish,
I would like to hear. Contact:
Looking for any info on a John Michael "Mike" Tarpy b.1840 Taum County
Galway. Emigrated to PA abt 1848. Any leads would be appreciated. Contact:
I have traced my Great-Grandfather Martin Fay as follows: He arrived in
Boston from Galway on the Staffordshire on 8/21/1853. On his
naturalization papers his month of arrival was 1/1853. His DOB:
11/15/1840, so he was around 14 years old upon arrival in US. I do not know if
he had any family already in Boston upon his arrival. Marriage records
indicate he married Anna M. Fallon at age 23 on July 5, 1863. His father's
name was Patrick Fay and mother's name was Mary. Martin Fay and Anna
Fallon had a son named Andrew on 9/25/1867 and Andrew died in Cambridge, MA in
1894. They also had a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Fay, who was my maternal
grand-mother. I cannot locate Mary E.'s birth or death certificate, but
her year of death is recorded as 1914 (age 48) in the Holy Cross Cemetary in
Malden. His wife, Anna, died in 1873 and he bought the cemetary lot same
year. He was a Marble Cutter by trade and lived in Boston, Waltham,
Sommerville and Charlestown. He died in 1909 in Charlestown, MA. I
want to find any living relatives in Ireland and Boston and his church parish in
Galway and a passenger list with the port of departure. Any help you could give
or suggest would be most appreciated. Contact:
Hi, I was looking through your Galway site. I'd like to add my surname
that I'm searching for.....KILLEEN -KILLIAN - KILLION. Looking for any ancestors
of Thomas, James, John, Matthew, and Sisely Killian. All born in Galway
between 1833 and 47. Contact: Sheila Burke
I am searching for the parents, birth (about 1810), death (?), marriage(about
1835) of Martin Power/Powers. Same data for Mary/Bridget Finnerty. They had 7
known children between 1836-1858. All the above occurred in Woodford or Woodford
Parish, Co. Galway. Their daughter Mary/Marie Powers married 2/18/1867 at
Looscane, Woodford Parish to Thomas Brien/O'Brien. One (James Power) remained in
Woodford and Married Margaret Breenan. Is there any way I can learn more about
this family? Thomas Brien supposedly the son of Martin and ? was born about
1/20/1843 at Ulick's Mt. Woodford Parrish. He died about 1885, possibly at Bark
Hill at Woodford. I know of at least 8 children probably born in Woodford
Parrish. A son, Martin, born 11/5/1867 must have died there before the birth of
Martin J. about 1883. How can I obtain more information on these people?
Surnames:MULLARKEY, QUINN from DUNMORE, CNTY GALWAY.
My father Martin T. Mullarkey (currently living in Chicago, IL USA) was born in
Dunmore, Cnty Galway. His parents also lived and were buried in Dunmore. Patrick
Mullarkey d: abt. 1945 and Margaret Quinn b: abt. 1893 and d: in February
1978. They had six children: Mary b:1921 (now in NY?), Martin b:1923 (now in
Chgo, IL), Bridie b:1925 (Irishtown Cty Mayo?), Rita (McGann) b:1927 (England?),
Philomena b:1929 (London, England?), and Patrick b:1934 (London, England?).
These children are all still living.Anyone having any insight as to what
direction to go with this information would be greatly appreciated. Contact:
Am researching the origins of my grandfather, Denis J. Cusack, born 1852,
migrated to NYC 10/1867. Father Francis Cusack, mother Margaret Tracy. Have
record of christening from E. Galway Heritage center, Woodfords showing two
sisters and one brother but no record of Denis of his father mother as being
born there. Records indicate Ballygar residence. Have also tried Roscommon - no
luck! Am wondering if there might be any remaining Cusacks in Ballygar who might
be relatives of same family and who did not migrate. Any suggestions as to how
one might access a directory for Ballygar? Further research through either E.
Galway or Roscommon does not seem feasible. Denis migrated to NYC on "Erin"
10/1867. Thank you very much! Contact:
I am looking for information on my greatgrandmother's family. Her name
was Ellen Dymphia Scully. She was born in June 1852. She came to the
usa in 1868. She was the daughter of John (red) Scully. Her mother's
name was Katherine Kane. They were for Loughrea. Any information I
can get would be wonderful. Ellen married Alexander Frazier Monroe.
They lived in Iowa and later in Cloquet, Minnesota. They moved to Omak,
Washington to live with my grandmother, their daughter, and both died there.
thank you for your assistance. Contact:
Diana Webster Fite
I am looking for information on my Grandfather Thomas F. Casey, born
4-13-1871 in Derrylaphina, District of Gort, County of Galway, Ireland. I am
looking for the names of his brothers and sisters. I would like to know
when he emigrated to the US, also would like info on his parents, his father was
also Thomas F. Casey and his mother was Honor Fahey. My Mother now 89 would love
to hear of any possible clues about her Grandparents. Any direction
you can provide is very much appreciated. Contact:
My great-grandfather, John Nee (Needham) emigrated from Inishnee, Cty. Galway
to Superior, WI sometime in the 1880's. When he was still in Ireland, he married
a Margaret Claugherty (also could have been spelled "Clarity") from the same
area. I am not having an easy time finding references to either Claughertys or
Claritys from Cty. Galway. I'd be happy to share with you some of my information
on the Nees of Galway as well. Thanks. Contact:
WALTERS. Are there any Walters out there in Ireland or of Irish decent? My
father and I are looking for names: William P., William E., Richard, Thomas J.,
Margaret and more??? William P. was married to Mary Catherine Stewart in Boston,
MA in 1869. He came to the U.S. in 1863 from Co. Galway according to his
immigration records as did his brother Thomas J. who married to a Rose Doherty
in ????. Richard Walters, who was married to Sarah Mooney, was William P.,
Margaret and Thomas J.'s father. As you can see, we do not have much, and we
know that Walters are not common in Ireland, much less Co. Galway. So ANY
possibilities would be appreciated! Contact:
W. Spencer Walters
I really don't have much to go on, but I have a Peter BALLAGHER (or
GALLAGHER) born in Galway County. He came to the US where his daughter
Mary was born about 1790? If you could help me, I would really appreciate
HI ALL...CAN ANYONE HELP THIS NICE LADY?
I am new to Irish research and relatively new to the internet, but not new to
genealogy. I am looking for a Margaret Quinn who was born 12 Apr 1876.
The family tradition says she was from Arda, Prosberry, Galway. I am
wondering if this could be Ardagh but I see there are two in Galway, one in
Ballynakill and one in Ballindoon parish. I have sent for her birth
record, but I don't expect it to be here for a month or more, mean time I was
hoping I could find some records of that area. I have not found anything
like the name Prosberry. Does it sound familiar to you? Her parents were Andrew
Quinn and Catherine (Clark) Quinn. Is there any information on the area
that might help me find something on them? I know of the fire in 1922.
Do you know if any records survived from Ballynakill or Ballindoon parishes?
Margaret's husband was Michael John Murray of Slieve, Dunmore Parish, Galway who
was born 20 Apr 1868. I have also requested his birth record. His
parents were John Murray and Cecelia/Celia Kelly. I am sure I will have
trouble working the Kelly line, but maybe her first name not being as common
will help. Does Slieve or Dunmore have any history books or other sources for
the area available. Contact:
Looking for information on Joseph GOODYER married to Jane
GOLDING and their son ROBERT born PORTUMMA Co. Galway c 1806
Michael Roche, ca. 1860s to 1920s, Corofin, Tuam, Co. Galway: senachy,Gaelic
League, known for recording "The Son of the King of Ireland & the Daughter of
the King of Spain" ca. 1920s Patrick Roche, ca. 1880s to 1920s, son of Michael
Roche, married Bridget Murphy, both of Corofin, Tuam, Co. Galway: farmer Patrick
Roche, ca. 1850s to ??, father of Michael Roche, settled in Corofin, Tuam, Co.
Galway, from unknown part of Ireland, escaped to Galway during Fennian roundup:
ash-plant champion fighter at many fairs around Ireland. Won homestead in
Corofin in such a contest as result of defeating young English officer who local
landlords wanted put down. Patrick Murphy, father of Bridget Murphy, Tuam?, Co.
COULEHAN/COLAHAN/CUOLAHAN, John and Ellen (Whelan) John, b. 1805, Meelick,
Clonfert Parish, County Galway Ellen, b. 1818, Meelick, Clonfert Parish, County
Galway Emigrated to USA 1850 with two young sons, John, age 5, Michael, age 2.
Need anything I can find prior to emigration. Thanks.Contact:
Frank T. Gerkin
KEHOE/KEOGH/KEOUGH, Patrick & wife Mary HACKETT presumed alive in 1857 in
Galway. One known son, Michael came to NOVA SCOTIA, CAN. (on his own?) Any
info on Patrick & Mary appreciated. Contact:
Back to the Galway Main Page