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Offline mfjcase

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Patrick McKeon, born in Roscommon in 1850s
« on: Sunday 22 May 05 05:29 BST (UK) »
Patrick McKeon, my great-grandfather, was born in the month of June in Roscommon in either 1855 (1920 US census), 1856 (marriage), 1857 (1900 US census), or 1858 (1881 UK census, Edinburgh).  There is evidence that Patrick's name was spelled "McEwan;" he was also illiterate, so other variations are possible.

Patrick was born to Michael McKeon and Catherine; Catherine's last name was thought to be Dignan, but we are not so sure any longer.  Other records reveal that it could be "Giblin" or something similar - this is currently unconfirmed. 

Patrick self-identified Roscommon on his son's birth certificate, but two other birth certificates reported by his oldest daughter indicated Leitrim as his place of birth.  Since the only self-reported document showed Roscommon, I assume that is correct, but he may have been close to the Leitrim border, perhaps even living there for a time.

That's all I've got.  I have a lot of information regarding Patrick's time in Scotland and in Boston, but virtually nothing concerning Ireland.  Thanks for any information you can provide.

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Re: Patrick McKeon, born in Roscommon in 1850s
« Reply #1 on: Friday 31 March 06 23:22 BST (UK) »
Hi mfjcase

Sorry we haven't been able to help you so far on this one.

Have you had a look at all the usual general resources I tend to suggest?  ;)

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,83852.0.html

You could also look at these Roscommon specific sites which may help.

ROSCOMMON CENSUS

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,42087.0.html

DIRECTORIES

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,8544.0.html

GRIFFITHS VALUATION

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,8545.0.html

ROSCOMMON INSTITUTIONS

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,745.0.html

Perhaps you would like to have a look at these resources to see if there is anything that might help you.

Please come back with any further queries or to let us know how you get on.

Best wishes

Ticker
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Re: Patrick McKeon, born in Roscommon in 1850s
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 01 April 06 00:48 BST (UK) »
If you haven't done so already, try a parents search on the online IGI. It results in eight references to children of Michael McKeon and Mary Giblin including a Patrick, born and baptised in 1861 in Ballinameen Parish (part of which boarders Co. Leitrim). They are a mixture of baptisms and civil birth registrations. Perhaps his siblings (John, Maria, Richard and Winifred) match your 1881 census record.

Also, if you can access them, the British Isles Vital Records CDs have 107,000 birth/baptisms and 12,000 marriage records for County Roscommon.