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Offline Claddagh

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Can you please help me decipher this faded handwriting?
« on: Monday 05 March 18 19:37 GMT (UK) »
Hello everyone,  I need a miracle! I am having a hard time deciphering the names in this marriage entry.

Marriage date: October 24,1831
Groom: James D? (The second letter looks like an l then an o but it can't be.)
Bride: Bridget Lenhan (correct)
Witness Male: Murtagh Lenhan (bride's brother) (correct)
Witness Female: ? Heydon (I'm hoping that it's Eliz as in Elizabeth but the first letter looks like an L or F).

What does everyone think?

Thank you for taking the time to look! I am at my wit's end.

Your assistance is always appreciated.
Claddagh
Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow, Ireland:  Johnson, Donnelly, Lenhan/Lennan, Heyden/Heydon, Hutchinson, Whelan

Co. Cavan, Ireland: Kiernan
Co. Sligo, Ireland: McGowan

Co. Tyrone, Ireland: Brogan, Curran, McBride, McDade, McDaid, McFadden, McFaiden, Nolan

London, England:  Smith/Smyth
Scotland: McGoun

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Re: Can you please help me decipher this faded handwriting?
« Reply #1 on: Monday 05 March 18 20:00 GMT (UK) »
Are you sure the second witness is female because it looks like Thomas to me?
I'm still working on the groom's name!

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Re: Can you please help me decipher this faded handwriting?
« Reply #2 on: Monday 05 March 18 20:05 GMT (UK) »
Could the first letter of the groom be a Q. I seem to remember learning to write a capital Q a bit like a number 2 when at school many years ago. The second letter would then be a 'u'.

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Re: Can you please help me decipher this faded handwriting?
« Reply #3 on: Monday 05 March 18 20:38 GMT (UK) »
Could there be two male witnesses? I've never seen that before. Anything is possible.

I believe that Thomas D is the husband. Look at the Thomas Metcalf on the same page. It's so much easier to decipher handwriting with a fresh pair of eyes.

Thanks Thornwood!  :)
Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow, Ireland:  Johnson, Donnelly, Lenhan/Lennan, Heyden/Heydon, Hutchinson, Whelan

Co. Cavan, Ireland: Kiernan
Co. Sligo, Ireland: McGowan

Co. Tyrone, Ireland: Brogan, Curran, McBride, McDade, McDaid, McFadden, McFaiden, Nolan

London, England:  Smith/Smyth
Scotland: McGoun

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Re: Can you please help me decipher this faded handwriting?
« Reply #4 on: Monday 05 March 18 20:51 GMT (UK) »
Maybe Elizabeth D with the surname that looks familiar to Thomas D husband of Bridget Lenhan is related to the groom?

I believe that the surname is "Duane". Does anyone agree with me?
Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow, Ireland:  Johnson, Donnelly, Lenhan/Lennan, Heyden/Heydon, Hutchinson, Whelan

Co. Cavan, Ireland: Kiernan
Co. Sligo, Ireland: McGowan

Co. Tyrone, Ireland: Brogan, Curran, McBride, McDade, McDaid, McFadden, McFaiden, Nolan

London, England:  Smith/Smyth
Scotland: McGoun

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Re: Can you please help me decipher this faded handwriting?
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 06 March 18 01:28 GMT (UK) »
 Could Elizabeth's last name be DIVINE ?   Regards Orkrad

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Re: Can you please help me decipher this faded handwriting?
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 06 March 18 01:36 GMT (UK) »
Elizabeth Dunne?

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Re: Can you please help me decipher this faded handwriting?
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 06 March 18 07:41 GMT (UK) »
to help a little maybe . . .  first snip


I think it could be Dunne as in Elizabeth in later snip suggested by Ruskie  :-\  (Could be Duane - any others in the district?)

I am with Thornwood - think second witness could be Thomas - or just maybe John.  Very faint initial letter.

Wiggy
Gaunt, Ransom, McNally, Stanfield, Kimberley. (Tasmania)
Brown, Johnstone, Eskdale, Brand  (Dumfriess,  Scotland)
Booth, Bruerton, Deakin, Wilkes, Kimberley
(Warwicks, Staffords)
Gaunt (Yorks)
Percy, Dunning, Hyne, Grigg, Farley (Devon, UK)
Duncan (Fife, Devon), Hugh, Blee (Cornwall)
Green, Mansfield, (Herts)
Cavenaugh, Ransom (Middlesex)
 

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Re: Can you please help me decipher this faded handwriting?
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 06 March 18 07:51 GMT (UK) »
Have you tried turning the positive into a negative?  Sometimes that helps.  Instructions below.

https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001331.htm
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