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Laois (Queens) / Death sought of Ellen Reilly (née Deegan), born 1857
« on: Friday 18 August 17 11:34 BST (UK)  »
The couple James Reilly and Ellen Deegan marry on 23 Oct 1877 in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. The couple had 16 children, born between 1878 and 1903.

James Reilly was baptized in 1849 in Doonane Parish, Co. Laois, and died in Co. Laois on 18 Oct 1915. His death certificate says he was a widower at that time. He lived in Dromagh.

Ellen Deegan was baptized 1857 in Ballyadams Parish, Co. Laois. Her parents were Martin Deegan and Margaret Delaney.

I find the couple in the 1901 and 1911 census, living in Drumagh, Turra, Co. Laois.

I seem to be unable to find the death of Ellen Reilly, née Deegan. If the census and the death certificate are both correct, her death should be between 1911 (census) and 1915 (death certificate of her husband stating that he was a widower). Any help will be appreciated.


Wexford / Mathew Parle, born 1880, Wexford, sought
« on: Wednesday 09 August 17 14:25 BST (UK)  »
The couple William Duffin and Margaret Parle, married RC in Duncannon, New Ross, Co. Wexford on 16 Aug 1882, have eight children together, born between 1883 and 1900. Prior to this marriage, Margaret gives birth to a son, who is registered in the District of Fethard No.2, SRD New Ross, Co. Wexford, on 13 Aug 1880, as Mathew Parel.
He is baptized RC 14 Aug 1880 in St James and Templetown, as Mathew Duffin, with father William Duffin, according to the transcript of the baptism on FindMyPast. (I am unable to find this baptism record myself in the baptism book; it is very hard to decipher.)

I am unable to find a trace of this son later. In the 1901 census he is not with the family. Family lore has it that he emigrated to the USA, but no documents are available to prove that. What can I do to find out what happened with Mathew Parer/Parle/Duffin?

Tipperary / Birth record sought of Richard Francis COLLINS, born circa 1885 SOLVED
« on: Monday 07 August 17 19:16 BST (UK)  »
Richard Francis COLLINS married 17 Aug 1911 in Newton, MA, USA with Mary Ann Duffin. His marriage certificate states that he was born 13 Nov 1885 in Tipperary. His parents were William Collins and Mary Macksey. (His draft for the US Army says he was born 1, rather than 13, Nov 1885.)

I found him with his parents in the 1901 census, living in Douglas, Cork. The census also says that he and his parents and siblings were all born in Tipperary. However, I have been unable to find his birth record. Any help in finding this is very welcome.


The Common Room / Cannot find birth records of persons in census
« on: Wednesday 07 June 17 15:21 BST (UK)  »
I have found a family in both the 1901 and 1911 Ireland census:
Father John Dempsey, mother Eliza Dempsey, children
Mary, Catherine/Kate, Patrick, Anne, Eliza, John, Aidan.
They live in Ballyhillduff Lower, Haroldstown, Carlow.

I seem to be unable to find any of these children in the General Records Office Index; I had hoped to be able to consult the recently opened digital images of their birth certificates.

Can anyone of you find any of these children?  Thank you for your help.

The Common Room / Stewart family in Glasgow
« on: Friday 22 July 16 12:34 BST (UK)  »
In the 1861 census of Scotland, I find:
Walter Stewart, head, married, male, 25 yrs, rope maker, born Stranraer, Galloway, Scotland
Sophia Stewart, wife, married, female, 24 yrs, -, born Ireland
with two sons, Charles, 2 yrs; Henry, 0 yrs.
Their address is Bishop Street, Barony, Anderston, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

In the 1871 census of Scotland, I find:
Walter Stewart, head, male, 37 yrs, rope spinner, born Stanraer, Galloway, Scotland
Sophia Stewart, wife, married, 36 yrs, -, born Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland
and three sons: Charles, 13 yrs; Robert, 5 yrs; John, 3 yrs.
Their address is Dwelling, 99, Stobcross Street, Barony, Anderston, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

I found the couple's marriage on 1 June 1856, Milton, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. (Her maiden name is Strain (at marriage) or Strang (in the birth certificates of the boys).)

I seem to be unable to find this couple or their children in 1881 or 1891. I am also unable to find the birth of the youngest boy, John, around 1868. Any help to find the couple in 1881 and 1891 or the birth of boy John will be appreciated.

The Common Room / Marriage of Patrick Duffin and Bridget Cooke, USA
« on: Wednesday 29 June 16 10:19 BST (UK)  »
Patrick Duffin, born 3 Sep 1897 New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland, migrated to the USA, married a Bridget Cooke, and had (at least) seven children with her, the first around 1927, the last 1938. According to the USA census 1930 and 1940, the couple lived in Boston City, MA.
Patrick Duffin died in Sep 1964, still in MA.

Family lore has it that Bridget Cooke was born around 1899 in Kylesalia, Co. Galway, Ireland, but I do not have proof that this is the right Bridget Cooke. (There are quite many of that name, even several in the village of Kylesalia!)

I have been unable to find the marriage, which, still according to family lore, took place in the USA, most likely MA around 1926.

Any suggestion on how to find this marriage will be welcome!

The Common Room / Where is Mary Elizabeth Reilly in 1939?
« on: Sunday 26 June 16 13:13 BST (UK)  »
Joseph Reilly (dock labourer) and Mary Catherine Ennis marry on 18 Sept 1925 in St Vincent de Pauls Church in Liverpool. Joseph is 25 years old, born on 15 Mar 1900 in Co. Laois, Ireland. He dies on 19 Apr 1977 in the Royal Southern Hospital, Liverpool. His death certificate states his usual address as 9 Greenheys Heights, Liverpool.

I have a death certificate which I strongly believe is that of Mary Catherine, although is says Mary Elizabeth (maiden name Ennis). Her date of birth on the death certificate is 21 Aug 1902, in Liverpool. Furthermore, the death certificate states that she is widow of Joseph Reilly, dock labourer.  Her usual address is given as 9 Heysmoor Heights, Liverpool.

In the 1939 Register on FindMyPast, I find Joseph Reilly, with the correct DOB, living alone, at 5 Dwerryhouse Street, Liverpool.

I seem to be unable to find Mary Elizabeth/Mary Catherine in 1939. Can anyone of you help?


The Common Room / Where did John and Sarah Ann Moore go to?
« on: Tuesday 21 June 16 20:19 BST (UK)  »
On 2 June 1879, John Moore and Sarah Ann Fagan marry in St Vincent de Paul in Liverpool.
I find a couple John Moore and Sarah Ann in the 1881 census, in Liverpool; they have three children, two of whom must have been before their marriage. I am uncertian whether this is the correct couple, although the area where they live fits with their marriage church.
Furthermore, I am unable to find them in later censuses.

Any help will be gratefully accepted.


The Common Room / Two brothers with identical given name?
« on: Saturday 18 June 16 13:25 BST (UK)  »
Arthur Fegan and Mary Hagan have six children baptized in the RC parish of Clonuff, Co. Down.
Two of them are:
--Terence Fegan, baptized 28 June 1857
--Terence Fegan, baptized 16 May 1862.

The second Terence married 5 March 1889 in Toxteth Park, Lancashire (with Rose Ann Cain). I have a copy of his marriage registration, and it says that his age in 1889 was 28 years, and his father's name Arthur, a farmer; all OK. (This Terence died in 1935 in Liverpool.)

I had assumed that the first Terence died young. However, I now found in the 1901 census that father Arthur was still alive in 1901, farmer, widower, and living with three of his children in Clonuff, including Terence Fegan, aged 38, unmarried. So it seems that two children Terence lived simultaneously.

Has anyone seen this before? Or am I making a mistake?

Thanks for your help!

Nicolaas Mars

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