My maternal 4th great-grandfather was John Cahill from Ireland. We estimate he was born 1750 - 1760, but his actual birthdate and birthplace in Ireland are unknown. At some point in the late 1700s, he came to America. The first documented reference to him was when he and a George Hairston were contracted in 1775 to paint the county courthouse in Henry County, Virginia.
In 1789 he married Dianah Garner in Reed Creek, Virginia. They had 10 children, in the following order from oldest to youngest: Nancy; Edward Peregrine (Perry); Thomas; John; Susannah; Mary E. (Polly); Nathaniel; M. Diana; Maria; and Sallie.
He died 1 April 1817 in Reed Creek, Virginia.
We have not been able to find any other information on John Cahill prior to 1775.
My mother and I have uploaded our DNA results to Gedmatch, Ancestry.com, My Heritage, My Family, etc. We seem to have matches in County Roscommon, and I am told the 1749 Elphin Census suggests limiting my search for Cahills to the following parishes: Baslick, Drumcliff, Fuerty, Kilkeevin, Kilcooley, Kilbride, Tibohine, and Termonbarry. A recent contact believes John Cahill's line originates from Tipperary County.
We are hoping to connect with descendants of John Cahill to learn more about him and his family. Would love to hear from anyone with suggestions or information on the Cahill family.
|Date of Birth||1760 (circa)|
|Date of Death||1st Apr 1817|
|Place & Date of Marriage||In 1789 in Reed Creek, Virginia|
|Number of Children||10|
|Names of Children||Nancy; Edward Peregrine (Perry); Thomas; John; Susannah; Mary E. (Polly); Nathaniel; M. Diana; Maria; and Sallie|
|Place of Death||in Reed Creek, Virginia|