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Hello my great grandmother was Mary Anne O'Leary  born in 1860 Tralee parish. Her father was Michael and mother was Marie O'Connel   Michael and Marie's  father  were both nailers married in Tralee but both from Castletown brere  wherever that is.

Mary Anne married my great grandfather John O'Connor in Tralee in 1882 he was in the Army and that year they went to India  somewhere where 2 Boys John and Christopher were born before returning to Ireland, I know the rest of their history. I would Like to know about John's time in India  I think John was born in  Glenbeigh Killarney Parish  to Humphrey and Julia O'Connor  in 1835.  John had 2 brothers that I know of - Michael and Partick  Patrick in Ccousse and Michal in Gurt malone  does this mean they were  itinerant farm labourers? Humphrey's father was Dominic  Connor who married  Cahterine  Donnagh in Glenagh Killarney Parish  he had John Patrick and  Humphrey  I know nothing about Dominic from Ireland genealogy i.e. Catherines parent were Michael and Gobinet Horgan  married in 1788 I have traced all this from Ireland i.e. and crossed reference from there hopefully accurately  Maria Connels parents were John  Connell and Mary King  from Cahersiveen Tralee parish  her grand parents were Richard King  and Mary Harris  married in Tieralea  in 1788 Kilnaughtin Parish  they had   7 children Matilda  William  Mary   Richard Jane  Elizabeth  Ann  .I believe all but Mary went to America  but when ?  according to my grandmother  I wonder if anybody out there can fill in some blanks fro me please?

Thank you. Maureen in Australia

Additional Information
Date of Birth 1860 (circa)  
Date of Death 1930  




  • Hi Maureen, Military records are avaiable here http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r/8?_q=john%20O%20Connor&_p=1800

    Castletownbere is in modern day West Cork.

    Christopher Humphrey Connor was born in Boherbee,Tralee 30 Dec 1882


    He was baptised in Tralee in 6 Jan 1883, sponsors Humphrey O'Connor & Ellen Flahive.

    The Civil Marriage record of John O'Connor & Mary O'Leary is not open yet online but you can order it from the gro.ie (research copy 4 euros) if you wish.

    Good luck and do let us know how you get on.



    Monday 30th July 2018, 08:37AM
  • Hi Martine thankyou so much for the info you sent ..in the 1901 and 1911 census  it is stated thet both Christoher and John were born in India    so many dates even are out of wak I have printed out the birth certificate thankyou again for that.... on Ireland.i.e it states that John and Mary Anne Leary were married in  Parish /Church Congregation of Tralee  on 2nd Feb 1882  Humphrey John's dad and Michael Mary Ann's dad where witnesses..I wonder why they said Christopher was born in India   ah well  at least we have the facts now.... again I find the military  research beyond me ... John was a colour sargeant according to the 1901 census..    in 1900 maggie as she was called ran a tarvern in St.Patricks St. Cork city   but lost her license   as she was found selling after hours..I think maybe after india john went to Africa?? I think I shall have to pay   for a reseacher in Kew Uk to look for John's army history ..we have a photo of Maggie in 1920 in Lurgan where they retired too  but none of John unfortunately   he died in 1915  and in 1920 when maggie's photo was taken at her back door  I believe it was taken by an aussie soldier ..2 of them married maggie's daughters after the first world war ..they were billited nearby    before being repatriated  back to australia  and I  think  it would have been one of them who had a camera..it might sound funny  to you but somehow to see a phot of John would  perhaps make a lot of things fall into place like facial features etc .. perhaps  an army photo ..all we know about him is that he was a very quiet man  ..no wonder with 9 kids hey Thank you kindly once again martine .. best wishes and I hope you have survived the summer heat  we are ofcourse in the middle of winter here 2 degrees  some mornings ....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  kind regards Maureen


    Thursday 2nd August 2018, 12:57AM
  • Glad I was able to help a little Maureen.

    Just as a matter of interest is this your family in 1911


    and in Fermoy in 1901?




    Thursday 2nd August 2018, 06:36PM