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Connolly familly
Looking for any information on the origins of the Connolly familly of Pound Street (New Road) Birr. Thomas Connolly, Mary Connolly, son Peter Connolly and grandson John Connolly Residing at 9 Pound Street In 1901. According to 1901 census Thomas and Peter were Born in Tipperary any information on were in Tipperary would be greatfully received. Other Members of the familly were Honora, Joseph, Brendan, Martin, Peter, Esther, and Thomas. I believe they were related to the Hackets and the Corchrans.
red mail John Marks of Birr
Searching for the descendents (especially Danny Holman) of John Marks of Birr (Parsonstown) who served in the Army in India and who had a family in India. I have had my DNA tested and I would like John's descendents to be tested. My great-grandmother Eliza Marks possibly came from Birr. John and Eliza were born around 1805-1815. Noel.
Cullen Family in Birr, County Offaly
Looking for information about the Cullen family in Birr, County Offaly. Trying to confirm that John Cullen, born in Birr c. 1770, was my great-great-great-grandfather. He had a son named Peter born in Birr c. 1791, who married there in 1808 and had at least three children born there: John (1809), Peter (1817), and Patrick (1819). Trying to confirm that the elder Peter's brother John, born c. 1796, was my great-great-grandfather. The family appears to have moved to/from Daingean, also in County Offaly, one or more times, where the brother, John (the one born c. 1796), married Margaret Rourke in 1829, and was apparently the father of my great-grandfather, James Cullen, born in Daingean in 1836. Some of his siblings stayed in Daingean and had families there. I already have the baptismal/marriage records for the people mentioned, where available in the online parish registers, and am looking for more info about the family. I can supply extensive information about the family in the US if desired.
red mail Thomas and Sarah Dooly - Cumberland Square
Trying to find information on my Gt Grandmother Julia Dooly. She is the daughter of Thomas & Sarah. I believe their other children were, Anna, George Samuel, Eleanor, and John Secker. Julia married Joseph Houston, they came to New Zealand in 1879 and John Secker came to New Zealand also. Thomas Dooly died 25th October 1880 and Sarah died in November 1901. I believe Thomas was a Tax Collector. Marie
red mail DOORLEY (Parsonstown Birr)
Looking for information off Kieran (Kyron) DOORLEY and his wife Ellen. (Their daughter Ellen left for Australia about 1841 she was born in 1832) The mother Ellen was left in Parsonstown's Union house still living I cannot find any further details. Kyron was claimed to be dead at this time? can any one help. Also shown in the 1821 census is a Kieran DOORLY age 64 b1757) Combmaker with wife Mary Mill lane Birr - through to old to be the above Kieran might just be his father. can any one help Graham
red mail Doorley - Murray (Birr)
looking for information on this family in the 1821 census. Residents of house 4 in Fortell (Birr, Kings) the DOORLEY Family: Michael age 36 Head a Farmer - Jane age 33 his wife - Maria age 13 Daughter. - Catherine age 11 Dau. - Celia age 9 Dau. - Thomas age 6 son - Anne age 3 Dau. - Jane age 1 Dau. Also with the family was John MURRAY age 12 Nephew - (John appears to have emigrated to Australia and after this I have quite a bit of information on him.) Graham
red mail Ellen Horan of Birr/Parsonstown
Looking for Ellen HORAN born Birr 1827-1835 Parents John Thomas Horan & Johanna LEWIS Came to Australia & married John H HEWITSON
red mail Timothy Marks, butcher of Birr, Kings Co.
Can anyone kindly tell me what happened to the Marks family of Birr (then Kings Co., now Offaly Co.) who appear in the surviving fragment of the 1821 Irish Census? Timothy Marks 48 butcher, his wife Mary 46, and their children Michael 24 butcher, John 13, James 11, Elizabeth 8 and Sarah (Sally) 6. Possibly Elizabeth is my great-grandmother Eliza Marks who left Ireland for Australia (where I am) as an assisted migrant in 1835, sponsored by the London Emigration Committee: Eliza said she was born in Kings County, Ireland and was RC; she also said her father was a butcher. Timothy is a rather unusual name, making tracking him down marginally easier. Any help would be much appreciated.
red mail Neaton/Kennedy
Searching for information about any NEATONs in Ireland, especially in N. Tipperery and Birr (Parsonstown). My ancestor is Francis NEATON Born 1816. His parents were Peter NEATON and Mary Ann KENNEDY. I have found bits and pieces of information here and there. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Dan
red mail Hutley or Huttley
Mary Ann Hutley born c.1837, Birr. Emigrated to Australia. A possibility for her arrival is Mary Hutley who arrived on the Tippoo Saib in 1850 - birthplace given as 'Drumcullen, Limerick', parents Elijah and Winifred. This has been assumed to be Drumcolliher, but could possibly be Drumcullen near Parsonstown/Birr, Offaly (Kings) in which case Limerick is an error. Bridget Hutley baptised 20 Dec 1842, St Brendan's, Birr. Address: Parsonstown Workhouse. Father Elias/Elijah Hutley (assume born c. 1795, probably died between 1842-1850). Mother Winifred born Donohue (or similar) c.1796-1874, d. Parsonstown. Any information on this family welcome.
Looking for information on John Burke born about 1840. Two known children Margaret Burke 1861 and Joseph Burke 1876. Both moved to southeast England. Joseph joined the Army and Margaret married a soldier
red mail Farrell - Heaton
Looking for the family of either Thomas Farrell or Denis Heaton in the early 1800s. Both families were from the Birr village where William married Bridget and thet went to live in Australia. Regards
red mail Anne Curley / William Gozzard
Anne was born in Birr around 1858 and married William Gozzard there on 1 August 1876 at St Brenden's Church (under full age). On the marriage certificate her father John was a soldier at the time and Anne was living at Eden Row, Parsonstown. William Gozzard was a solder too living at Birr Barracks, he was a Private in 43rd. Can anyone help me find any further information on the Curley family please or give me information on which Regiments John Curley or William Gozzrad were in at the time of the marriage. Many thanks.
red mail middleton
looking for info. on william middleton who died in birr workhouse following an accident about 1890
red mail Martin/Hogan
John MARTIN, soldier, son of Samuel, married Grace Ann HOGAN, daughter of Michael, on 22 November, 1860, in Parsonstown. Family eventually settled in Manchester, UK. Any information about their ancestors please. Thank you, Lucy
red mail MARY GAVIN
Hello from Victoria, Australia. Seeking information on Mary Gavin and/or her family. Mary moved to Victoria in 1841 and married Thomas Lilburne, and had 8 children. I am her great, great, great, grandchild. Little known about her life before she came out.Mother: Margaret Armstrong;Father:Michael Gavin
red mail Catherine Bernard
Seeking information about Catherine (called Kate) Bernard, born in Parsonstown,Kings County Ireland about 1866. Father was Benjamin Bernard, occupation Farmer, and mother was Margaret Ferness. Catherine (called Kate) Bernard was married in Sydney, Australia in 1892 to John Maddock and she died in Sydney, Australia in 1933.
red mail Corporal Thomas O'Meara 18th Irish Regiment
I am looking for the Family of Corporal Thomas O'meara Serial No. 2214 18th Irish Regiment born in the Town of Birr in the Kings County abt.1834. he attested at Mitchelstown on the 11th Sept. 1852. He later married Elizabeth Lynch, two Of their children were Eliza Mary O'Meara b abt 1854 and Thomas francis O'Meara b abt 1858 in Dublin
red mail Watson-Woods
I'm seeking info on James Watson (born abt 1816) and Ann Elizabeth Woods, a milliner (born 1819 in Parsonstown). They were married at Kororareka (now Russell) in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, in 1841. In the newspaper announcement of his son's marriage in Australia in 1875, James is described as "late of Chatham, Kent". The same announcement says the son, George, is "the nephew of James Rolleston of St Kilda, Parsontown Ireland".
red mail Michael Carroll 1820
I am seeking information on the parents of Michael Carroll b. 1820 Kings County Offaly - immigrated to US 1846 - ship records listed his residence as Galway. I believe his parents to be John and Fanora...possibly a John and James as brothers born within a few years. James immigrated 1847 to US. They both settled in Braxton, WV area. Looking to connect with any information regarding the parents or additional siblings.
red mail HERRICK, John
I am seeking family of the John Herrick who left for Australia c. 1820 and married Mary Mitton. Griffiths Valuation has a Herrick famiy on Graveyard Street, Townparks, in Birr. Its not till 1854 but that family may know something.
red mail Catherine Bracken
Catherine Bracken/Brackin emigrated as an orphan to Adelaide, Australia from the Birr workhouse in 1849. She was born around 1830 in Leamonaghan. Any information appreciated.
red mail Lost Killin
My G Grandfather is listed on his army attestation as having been born in Parsonstown (Birr) County Offlay. His marriage cert gives his father's name as Martin Killin a labourer but no mention of his mother. He was born around 1856 according to the marriage cert to Alice Hitchman. He left home in his early 20's and joined the Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry were he rose to Reg Sergeant Major. There are no sources now that I know of to ask, so this is a shot in the dark - HELP!!
I am looking for details of my great grandfather, Michael Coffey and my grandfather Michael Coffey. My great grandfather married Maria Keating at St Ruadhan's church in Lorrha, Tipperary on 1.2.81. They settled in the Carrig area, North Tipperary which is just outside Birr, Offaly. They had twelve children, John (Jack), Hubert, Thomas, Michael, Luke, Martin,Patrick, Bridget, Katie, Mary, Honora,and Margaret.Martin and Luke were in the Birr workhouse until they were hired out as servants to two farmers in the Lusmagh area. They joined the army to escape their poverty as did Michael my grandfather. I would like to know when my grandfather joined the army and which regiment did he join. Where did he serve etc. I have been hold my great uncle Hubert died as a child in an accident with a horse and cart near the former Telescope pub in Birr. This happened between 1900 and 1905. Can anyone verify this? My great aunt Honora died around the age of 16. Can anyone verify this? I have been told my great grandmother Maria Keating died in childbirth when having my great uncle Luke. This would be around 1903. Again, can anyone verify this. My great aunt's Bridget, Katie, Margaret and Mary emigrated to the USA between 1902 and 1911. My great uncle John (Jack)and Patrick also emigrated to the USA but Patrick returned to Ireland some years later. The majority of the family were born in Carrig but some of the children were born in the districts of Castle Town and Croanakill. Both districts are near Carrig. A number of the children were baptised in St Brendan's Roman Catholic church in Birr, Co Offaly. My grandfather, Michael Coffey married Katie Heaton of Back Lane , Birr.They had 8 children and moved to England in 1936. Her sister was Annie Heaton who moved to England with the rest of the family in 1936.I was honored to be able to return her body to Clonaghill cemetery when she passed and she is buried with her mother Mary Carroll. Their father, my maternal great grandfather Thomas Heaton was a well known jarvey in Birr and his family come from Crinkle, near Birr. I know absolutely nothing about my great grandfather Michael Coffey and it would be great to find out whatever information I can in order to build a picture of the man. I would like the same information for my Great Grandmother Maria Coffey (Nee Keating) as I know very little about her. It would be great if any of my family in the USA read this as I do not have any information on them as all of my family in England with Irish origins have sadly passed. I know that the name Nylan/Neylan was mentioned on the Ellis Island records as the name my great aunt Mary Coffey gave when meeting one of her sisters off the boat in New York.I would also like to know where my Great Grandfather's Michael Coffey and Thomas Heaton are buried. I would like to know where my Great Grandmother Maria Coffey (Nee Keating)is buried. I hope there are people reading this who can throw some light on the information that would help me to understand issues regarding my family
red mail kennedys birr
hi everyone, does anyone out there know of the kennedy family who were living at graveyard street parsonstown in 1854 ish, im looking for mary kennedy born 1851 in parsonstown,she left ireland appprox 1870 thanks
red mail Flanagan / Flynn
I am looking for information on Phillip Flanagan a soldier based at Crinkill barracks. also his wife Elizabeth nee Flynn. They married in 1893. think her mother was Kathleen Flynn of 12 Main Street Birr. Can anyone help?
red mail Bernard Irons - Birr, Ireland
I am tracing my gr gr gr grandfather Bernard Irons born in Birr, 1796. He married a Katherine Doorley also born Ireland but I cannot find year. He joined the 66th Regiment of Foot aged 13, 1809. He was there until 1815 when he was discharged as a result of gunshot wound to hand that he received in Battle of Vittoria. This was from Parkhurst Barracks, Isle of Wight. Later that year he joined 41st Regiment as a recruiting Sergeant. He served in Dublin, Naas and then had command at Wicklow. June 1818 he moved Londonderry (Magillagan parish). He was stationed there until September 1821 when he appeared in Glasgow. From Glasgow he went to Fort George, Scotland and in 1821 was the father of twins called Bernard and Catherine. July 1822 was the last time he appeared on any records. Cannot trace any death. Assume he did die because in 1828 his wife was living in Weaverham, Cheshire and married to a David Johnson (also soldier). If anyone could advise how to find his marriage to Catherine Doorley or death I would be very grateful.
red mail Patrick Dunn Birr, Ireland to Rockford, Illinois
Patrick DUNN, born c. 1830-35, Birr, immigrated to Winnebago County, Illinois by 1873 and married Elizabeth DEGAN/DIGGINS (her father Patrick DEGAN and mother Mary McAvoy both born in Ireland) in 1877. Patrick died under suspicious circumstances on March 24, 1878, possible arsenic poisoning in Livery Stable where he worked. Son Patrick W. DUNN born June 4, 1878. Looking for Irish relatives.
red mail Roe/Woods.
I am hoping to find anything about my great great grandfather born here in 1816. WILLIAM ROE, Father also William. Occupation - shoemaker. enlisted in the 22nd. regiment at Birr Barracks 5th. Sept. 1833 Married Catherine Woods (not know where or when) Long army career(20 +years) mainly in India. Sergeant-Major on retirement from active duties in 1854
red mail Standish Acres
Seeking info on Standish Acres and his family born Birr/Burr, Offaly c1835, on immagrated to Canada in 1857 he showed his trade as a printer. Had a brother George Acres same age who was a Staff Sargent in first batalion of the 17 regiment of the foot after retiring he moved to England. Standish married in Canada and Moved on to Usa working as a Printer. died in 2905
red mail Sharpe Cashin Green
Looking for descendants/relatives of George Sharpe and Margaret Cashin, resident in Birr 1760-1787. They had three children, Margaret, Samuel and Jeremiah, baptised, February, 1787 in Birr, Church of Ireland. Jeremiah married Mary Green in 1800 and had four children, Elizabeth, Margaret, Anne and Christopher. Jeremiah served in the 7th Foot and Anne married Thomas Gilley, paymaster of the 7th foot.Christopher was apprenticed in Londonderry then England then emigrated to Australia.Thanks,(hopefully), Stephen
red mail CAREY, ANNE
I am searching for any details on Anne Carey born in Birr around 1858 - 1860. She moved to England and married William Gozzard (dates unknown). She is mentioned in the 1881 British Census as being married, aged 22 years, and living in the Old Toll Gate House at Elmhurst, Stafford. I would like any information and/or dates please on her and her family in Ireland.
Margaret Naughton (b: Abt 1845) in Parsonstown (now Birr), daughter of Patrick Naughton and Mary (nee Brennan). Margaret emigrated to Australia 1864 and married Antoine Crump. Information about Patrick, Mary and Margaret and any of her siblings would be welcome.
red mail Boyle/Spears
Bernard Boyle c1878 from Glasgow married Johanna Spears c1878 from Devon, they married in Ireland, their eldest son Robert Gerald born 1899 at Birr barracks. My great grandfather was in the army, but why would he have gone to Birr Barracks ? and how would i get copies of their marriage and Roberts birth certificate.
red mail Howard/Neil married in Birr 1839
My GGgrandfather John Howard (born c1820) married Catherine Neil at Birr, King's County in 1839, before migrating to Australia in 1841. The passenger list gives his place of origin as King's County, Ireland. John was a Whitesmith by trade. His parents were John Howard and Mary Flanaghan. I believe Catherine Neil (born c1816) was from Co. Carlow. This is as much as I know of them and need help to get through this brickwall. Thanks.
red mail Richard Upton
Trying to find out information on Richard Upton who married Johanna Reardon in Parsonstown, King's County, Ireland. May have been Head Gardener at Birr Castle (either he or his Father). Children were Joshua, Mary Ann, Margaret, Edward (Ned) and Ellen. May have been one or two more. Any information on either Richard or Johanna would be greatly appreciated.
red mail McCarthy, Thomas Patrick
Seeking information on Thomas who migrated to Australia in 1898, born Birr, Kings County in 1863. Parents Thomas and Mary Sullivan.
red mail O'Meara
I would be grateful for any connections of O'Meara family, from the Birr,Kings Co area. My decendant is Thomas O'Meara ,born in 1836.
red mail MOLLOY - Michael & children
Searching for a Michael MOLLOY (abt 1840)& family who resided in Offaly: occupational history of stone cutters, appears to have had 2 wives, second being Margaret BROWNE. Children to include: Nora Annie (m. Charles O'CONNER), Kathleen (m. Thomas LAMBERT), Margaret (m. Frank RYAN), Laurence (m. Kathleen GALLAGHER), Rody (m. Mary Bridget HORAN), Bernard (m. Mary CONROY), Anne (m. Mathew MAHER), Mary Bridget (m. ? NOLAN), Timothy, Patrick, Thomas, Helen, Michael & John. I know the extended families continue to reside in the area but will not correspond. Any help is surely appreciated.
red mail Turner and Rogers in Birr
I am looking for Henry Turner and Mary Rogers. They Married in Birr, or near, sometime in the early 1850s. They had three children, William born abt 1855, John b 15 Aug 1856, George born abt 1859. When John was born Henry was a Private in the 16th regiment of foot. They moved to England (date unkonwn) sometime before 1871 as they appear in the 1871 census. Any help would be appreciated.
red mail tynan
hi i am looking for williams family from oswestry,one of the children i think florence married a tynan,he was a commercial travelller,florences mother was born in parsonstown or birr approx 1851,other names are egan,dorricott,williams,thanks angela
red mail Hernon
Would be grateful for any information regarding James Hernon, born about 1855, married to Juliana nee Flynn, he left Juliana and children to go to America somewhere beteen 1898 and 1901, we believe he was still alive around about 1908, I am his grandchild Paul, father also James.
red mail Chawner/Beauman Family
Searching for any information on this family who lived in Parsonstown at the end of 19 Century. Landowner Robert Chawner Married Mary Beauman.
Tighe Family
I looking for any information regarding a Michael Tighe and his wife Margaret Lynagh who married in Dublin on 9 July 1825. Michael was serving in the 58th Regiment of Foot. Also his sons Michael Joseph Tighe and John Augustus Lynagh Tighe and any siblings. Both men were in the 58th & 70th Regiment of Foot and were involved in the Maori Wars in the mid 1800,s
red mail Vaughan, Patrick William
Am interested in contacting fellow ancestors of Patrick William Vaughan and Lavinia Sowersby Campion before or during my visit to Birr, County Offaly, and environs in Ireland in October, 2007. ~Suzanne
red mail Tynan, Glynn
Looking for families of James Tynan and Mary Anne Glynn of Birr Kings Co. Ireland. They went to US about 1887 and married in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1888. Mary Anne's father was John Glynn. James Tynan's parents were James Tynan and Honora ?? The father died 31 Dec 1877 at age 60. There were five sons: James, Joseph, Thomas, Michael and John J. John J. went to Australia and the other four went to the US. Family members may have gone to the Manchester, England, general area to work in the mills there before going to US.
red mail McCarthy/ Keogh
Looking for McCarthy from Birr and surrounding areas. William McCarthy born Offaly married Gertrude keogh(born Offaly 1873) in New York in 1908.On 1930 census in Bronx NY. Any descendants out there?
red mail Thorpe/ Loonam/ Keogh in Offaly Ireland and USA
Looking for Thorpe in Parsonstown Offaly ireland. Patrick Thorpe born 1876,( son of James and Eliza Thorpe (nee Loonam) married Emily Keogh(born Glaster Offaly in 1876) in Manhatton New York in 1908. Any info welcomed.
red mail Elizabeth Ryan, Rion
Born to Catherine and Patrick Ryan around 1839-42. Married James Amos, Christchurch, Ballarat, Australia in 1862
red mail Loughnane
Any information on the Loughnane family. my great grandmother Ann was born in Birr,probably in the mid 1820's. she emigrated to England in the late 1840's early 1850's.
red mail John Reed or Reid
According to his 1838 discharge papers, John Reed/Reid was born at Birr about April 1798 and joined the 48th Regiment in 1817. He served in Australia and India (where he married Mary Ann Parkes); family in the Isle of Man 1841 census, and in Bury (Lancashire) 1861 and 1871. I have more details but would welcome further information.
red mail Birr
There's a good little book out called County Offaly Birr Family Roots by Noel Farrell. It gives info about Birr; contains the 1901and 1911 censuses, some pictures and a good map.Dozens of names(sadly none of my Keoghs).
red mail Keogh in Offaly
Looking for Thomas Keogh who married Mary Ann Bennett in Offaly about 1848/50. He was a farmer. His father was Thomas Keogh, Senior, who also farmed in Glaster and Clonrah. Co. Offaly(Kings Co.) Thomas and Mary had nine children including a daughter , Emily, born in 1876. She emigrated (with her older sister Gertrude) in 1903 to New York and Emily married Patrick Thorpe in 1907/8 They had a daughter KATHLEEN in 1914/1917 in New York. Are there any descendants of Kathleen out there?
red mail Croke
My grandfather John Joseph was born in Birr in Couny Offally any information would be welcome
red mail James Farrell
James Farrell was a sergeant in the Connaught Rangers based in malta in 1844. He was born in Birr, Co. Offally and married to Dorothy. Any information? Barbara
red mail MALONE & GUINAN
I am trying to find out about my great grandfather and grandmother, Thomas Malone and Sarah Guinan who lived in Birr/Mullingar. They had 8 children.
red mail Birr...Mulhall/ Davies
I'm seeking information about my ancestor Thomas Mulhall who married in Kyneton, Victoria, Australia in 1850 at age 25. His parents were listed as Thomas and Ann (nee Davies) Mulhall and his birthplace as Birr, King's County, Ireland
red mail BIRR - OFFALY

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