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Thomas Tobin, Ballyfarnon, County Roscommon Possible Old IRA Volunteer
« on: Friday 23 August 13 01:35 BST (UK) »
Hello all, I am searching for information about my great grandfather and his family, Thomas Tobin born in Ballyfarnon, County Roscommon in 1901 and may have been an Old IRA volunteer, according to the elders in my family. Any information over Thomas and/or his family is greatly appreciated!

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Re: Thomas Tobin, Ballyfarnon, County Roscommon Possible Old IRA Volunteer
« Reply #1 on: Friday 23 August 13 11:22 BST (UK) »
The Irish Census of  Ballyfarnan in 1901 was taken on the 2nd of April 1901 do you know if he was born before or after this date.

edit do you have his parents names or any other information that might help.

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Re: Thomas Tobin, Ballyfarnon, County Roscommon Possible Old IRA Volunteer
« Reply #2 on: Friday 23 August 13 11:39 BST (UK) »
1911 census shows the following at Ballyfarnan
Tobin Patrick 49 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic         
Tobin Kate 38 Female Wife Roman Catholic         
Tobin John Eddie 11 Male Son Roman Catholic         
Tobin Tom 10 Male Son Roman Catholic         
Tobin Michael 8 Male Son Roman Catholic         
Tobin May Ellen 6 Female Daughter Roman Catholic         
Tobin Paddie 4 Male Son Roman Catholic         
Tobin Richard 2 Male Son
Also shows 7 children born 6 still living.
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Re: Thomas Tobin, Ballyfarnon, County Roscommon Possible Old IRA Volunteer
« Reply #3 on: Friday 23 August 13 11:44 BST (UK) »
Family Search shows birth,
Thomas Martin Tobin
Boyle, Oct Dec 1901
volume 4 page 53.

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Re: Thomas Tobin, Ballyfarnon, County Roscommon Possible Old IRA Volunteer
« Reply #4 on: Friday 23 August 13 12:10 BST (UK) »
possible marriage for his parents
Patrick Tobins
April June 1899
Boyle
 vol 4 page 47
match with a Kate Conlon same page.

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Re: Thomas Tobin, Ballyfarnon, County Roscommon Possible Old IRA Volunteer
« Reply #5 on: Friday 23 August 13 12:35 BST (UK) »
strange on 1901 census Patrick Tobin name spelt Tobins on census form but who filled out which census as the hand writing appears different on both, Patricks mother Mary alive living with him at same address age 75. i wonder in later years did he deliberately drop the s from his name or was that just his way of writing an n with a curl.

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Re: Thomas Tobin, Ballyfarnon, County Roscommon Possible Old IRA Volunteer
« Reply #6 on: Friday 23 August 13 18:46 BST (UK) »
I appreciate all of the responses! After looking at the census record myself, I believe that the 's' at the end may have been someone's poor attempt at cursive or, in the case of some of my family members, a mistake made by the writer. Nobody in my family is aware of a name change.

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Re: Thomas Tobin, Ballyfarnon, County Roscommon Possible Old IRA Volunteer
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 15 November 15 20:52 GMT (UK) »
Richard Tobin aged 2 was my grandfather his older brother Thomas did I believe die in. 1926

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Re: Thomas Tobin, Ballyfarnon, County Roscommon Possible Old IRA Volunteer
« Reply #8 on: Monday 16 November 15 08:45 GMT (UK) »
Richard Tobin aged 2 was my grandfather his older brother Thomas did I believe die in. 1926

Now that is interesting. I have two records for my great grandfather that show him arriving in New York City in November, 1924. One of the records confirms that he came from Lisseevin in Ireland and his father was a Patrick Tobin. Really all that I have is hearsay after this from my family until the 1950 census records release for the US.

Kathleen Hegarty Thorne, the author of "They Put The Flag a-Flyin: The Roscommon Volunteers 1916-1923" had reached out after I bought a copy of the book and was able to confirm that Thomas Tobin, listed as being born in Ballyfarnon did leave Ireland after the civil war and that he had been sent to a Tin Town for much of the conflict.

This pretty much fits the narrative of my family's description of events. From what they had told me, he didn't leave Ireland under very good circumstances  due to being in league with the IRA and he did so in a hurry bringing very little belongings. He then left Ireland to start a new life in the US. I'm not sure when exactly he died but I do believe he was older since he had retired after working as a bus driver.

I apologize if I'm rambling a bit, but does this seem to corroborate with any information that you know Humph?