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 Dear Mr. Markham;

For well over ten years I have been trying to find where my mother's family came from in Ireland. I live in the Buffalo, NY area and have recently pieced together from the Griffiths Valuation the following information but do not know if these families are really my relatives. Is there any way for me to find birth and marriage records from the local church in Coolmeen in Kilfiddane Parish?

 My relatives, Patrick and Hanora (O'Brien) Cleary were living in Ellenville, New York, USA in July of 1849 when their second son, William, was born. They came over apparently between 1848-9 with their 2 year old (?) son, James.

 Hanora's father's name was William O'Brien  and her grandparents' names were William and Sarah Grace.

 In scouring the Griffiths Valuations for the year 1855 I found the following in Coolmeen: James O'Brien Sr. and Jr.William GraceJames and Honoria Cleary

 This has given me new hope that I may have found the place where my Cleary, O'Brien, and Grace relatives came from but obviously I need to check things like marriage records, presumably around 1845-7 for Patrick Cleary and Hanora O'Brien. Is there any way for me to do this online? Does anyone have any more information on these people?

 Thank you so much.

 Sue Naylor, Buffalo, NY

Dear Paul,  We are trying to trace my great-great grandmother's family.  She was Mary [Haley/Healy] Shannon, wife of Tomas from Daughnieve.  Sponsored by the Earl of Egremont, the family emmigrated to Canada in 1839, then on to the States.  She was born in 1800 in Co. Clare, daughter of Peter and Mary [MacNamara] Healy/Haley.  Searching the Tithe Applotment Books for Clare, the ONLY Peter Healy listed in 1824 was living in Cooga East.  We believe this must be her father.  We also need information about my great grandmother Bridget [Sheehan/Sheahan] Shannon.  She was born in 1848 in Co.Clare, daughter of John and Mary [O'Conners/ O'Connor] Sheahan.  This family emmigrated to the States before 1855.  Based on Tithe applotment Books and Griffith's Survey, there are a couple places where her family may have lived. Mary was daughter of Charles and Mary [Donnelly] O'Connor from either Dromonduff, Kildysart or Rosconnell, Kilnamona.  John was son of Tomas and Mary [Morgan] Sheahan from either Ballylean, Kildysart or Ennis. We would appreciate any information your readers may have about any of these families.  Thanks, Pete Shannon e-mail

Paul Just wanted to say Thank you for all your efforts on this site, its a great accomplishment and well done on reaching 250,000 hits.I check your site all the time and we would miss out on loads of news if we didn't use it.Hope you are well,Mary & Gerry McMahon, and our 2 little ones Adam & Darragh

( Gerry of Summer Lodge) 24/6/08

Paul, I have just been navigating your website with my mother, Maureen Meehan, formerly Moloney, Kilmurry McMahon....I think she will be plauging me every evening to log her in so she can keep up to date with all thats happening in her homeplace! Very well done on the website, its a pity there isn't more of you around with that sense of Community spirit and pride in their family history. You're website is a credit to you........Best wishes Aisling Meehan 24/6/08

Great to see spring flowers in February. Here in Ohio it is 30 degrees F.with heavy snow. I wonder what my 3rd greatgranda', Tomas, thought of theweather when he got here. Makes us want to come back again.Peter Shannon, 4 generations out of Daughnieve.  (Mary Shannon) 26th Feb 2008

Seeking Markhams - Clare and Australia
Thank you for your information.  I have contacted Paul and also his brother Donal here in Australia. Paul has lots of information and an excellent website on his line of the Markham family does not have much information to give me on our line.  Although I believe that Pauls ggg Patrick and my husbands ggg John Joseph may have been 2 of 5 brothers from Kilrush and who in the early l800s  moved around County Clare,  Patrick to Derryguiha and John Joseph to Quin,Clooney there is no information to prove this fact. 2 of the other brothers may have been James and Andrew.    Only Pauls family remained in Ireland, the other children of the brothers all went to USA or to Australia.   It is believed that the father of John Joseph Markham  was Martin Markham and his wife Ann Markham nee Madden who died in l869. Any clues as to where to start on this search. Thanks a lot.Carolyn

I am searching for my husbands ggg grandparents who were born 1800s and who moved to Toonagh, Quin above Clooney.They had 5 sons Micheal, Patrick decd,. Patrick, Martin and Daniel.  4 daughters including Mary, Anne and Bridget.

2 of the daughters stayed at home with the older Markhams whilst all the other children went to Australia in the l840s and l850s.

It is my belief that initially there were 5 Markham brothers who left Kilrush and moved around County Clare establishing their families there.  There is evidence of repeat names such as Patrick Daniel, Micheal throughout various families.

 It is thought at this stage that Martin Markham and Anne Madden died l869 may have been the parents of John Joseph Markham Need birth and death dates of

John Joseph Markham, Mary Sullivan and Martin Markham and Anne Madden.

Thanks for your help. regards Carolyn Markham

I am a new member.  Thanks so much for establishing Kilrush Connect -- what a great idea!

 I am researching Careys and Markhams from Kilrush.  Here's what I know.  My great-great-grandfather was Patrick Fox Carey (1853 - ??) who had a store at 55 Henry Street for many years in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  In 1903, one of his sons -- John Joseph -- emigrated to Chicago.  There, he met and married Margaret Markham, who had earlier emigrated from nearby Doonbeg.  John and Margaret are my great-grandparents.  Patrick had a brother Thomas Carey (1849 - ??) and six children.  Anyway, I would be grateful for any information about the Careys and Markhams -- present and past -- of Kilrush.

 Also, it's my understanding that Patrick's daughter Margaret Carey subsequently operated the Henry St. store into the 1980s with her husband James Clancy and their daughter Kitty Clancy.  Does anybody remember this store?  Thanks in advance for any information!

 All the best,


Hello Paul, I am looking to see where I may purchase any of your history books. I had family in Labasheeda in the late 1880's who emigrated to the states, and would like to know more of the surroundings where they grew up. I enjoy your website and the updates. Best wishes.
Gene Normoyle, New York (Feb 2008

Hello Paul, here is what I know:

 Michael Normoyle, (spelling as on the passenger list) arrived here in 1886, and the rest of his family- wife Bridget Kelly Normoyle, and children John, Thomas (my grandfather), Michael, Patrick, James, and Mary arrived in 1887. Michael's occupation was carpentry.Michael had at least two brothers, Cornelius and Thomas, who emigrated about 1880. There is a possibility that their, mother Mary Morgan Normile, came over with them but I don't have any proof. They all used the Normile spelling, however, their gravestone uses the Normoyle variant. Tragically, the boys died early and Mary died in an asylum, probably from dementia or Alzheimer's.  So the above Michael was born around 1850-52, Cornelius 1856, and Thomas around 1859. Their parents were Cornelius and Mary Morgan Normile. Mary was born around 1823. I do not know any other information about Cornelius Sr. except that he was a stone mason. I was told by my father of a story his uncle, John above, that he thought the family used the Normile spelling. He also related that in order to swim in the Shannon, they would follow a stream or creek for a few milesCornelius Normile(oyle) b.?   d? ----married-----Mary Morgan b. 1823?  d. 1903Michael, b. 1853?   d. 1930----married----Bridget Kelly b. 1852?  d.1932Cornelius b. 1857?   d. 1886

Thomas b. 1859?   d. 1896 I appreciate your participation in my genealogical search.  Best wishes to you.

Gene   Eugene Normoyle 7/2/2008

Dear Paul,

Congrats in such a beautiful web site. First time visiting it and I can tell you now it will be a weekly visit . I found it really interesting and the lovely photos really beautiful. You are great. Keep it up. Thanks. Sr. Susan Normoyle.  now teaching in Limerick and always proud of my roots in Crossderry.  Dec 6th 2007

Hi,        25th Sept 2007

I am trying to connect a Connolly  family from the Parish of Clondegad with a Malone family from Shanneka More. In 1908 a Michael Malone married a Susan Connolly in Ballycorick. Susan's father was named John and he lived in Ballynacaly. In 1901 Susan is living with her sister Katie in Knockalehid. At that time the only John Connolly family I can find in the area live in Lavally North. Michael and Susan lived in Shannkea More after their marriage.  I would be interested in hearing from anybody who could shed some light on these families.

 Thank YouJoe Hannon

111 Elm Street

Cranford,NJ 07016

Hi loved the site, am wondering if we are related .grandfather  James Markham [1806 ]  M. Johanna Fitzgerald {1808} Co. Clare 3 children Patrick [1841], Anne [1842], and my gr. grandmother Margaret [1848] This is as far back as I can get , it would be nice to find out I'm not an anomaly . Thank you for the site and thanks in advance if this does prove to be a connection.          sincerely Shannon-L. Magee  27/9/2007


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