I'm looking for info on my great great grandfather and his family. His name was Michael O'Connor or O'Connors. Irish records have him mostly as O'Connors, although his son (my great grandfather) went by O'Connor and Michael's father had the last name Connors.
What I know is that Michael O'Connors was a herdsman. He married Honora Fitzpatrick(b.~ 1854) on Feb 18 1876 in Murroogh. They were both listed as residing in Murroogh at the time of their marriage. Michael's father was listed as Pat Connors and he was deceased at the time of the marriage. Honora's father was also deceased and his name looks to be Thomas (it says Thos.) Thomas was also a herdsman. The witnesses to their marriage were James O'Loughlin and Bridget McNamara.
Michael and Honora (she is sometimes listed as Mary on a few of her children's birth records) had 6 children - Bridget born 1876, Mary born 1879, Honora born 1881, Patrick born 1885, Thomas born 1889, and Michael born 1896.
The whole family, except Bridget is listed in the 1901 census as living in Murrooghkilly. Honor's brother Michael Fitzpatrick lives next door with his family. Bridget moved to Boston, Mass around 1892 according to the 1910 US Census.
Michael dies in 1902. After that Mary the 2nd oldest daughter moves to Boston also in 1903. In 1910 my great grandfather Thomas O'Connor moves to Boston.
In the Irish census of 1911 Patrick O'Connor and his younger brother Michael F. O'Connor are listed as living in Murrooghkilly with their uncle Michael Fitzpatrick and his family.
In June 1911 Patrick moves to Boston to live with his sister Mary O'Connor. In August 1913 Michael O'Connor moves to Boston and travels with his cousin Bridget Fitzpatrick.
In the 1920 US Census, Mary, Patrick, Thomas, and Michael are all living in Somerville, Mass.
I know that the oldest sister Bridget ended up marrying Martin Howard who was also from Clare.
I dont know what happened to their mother Honor Fitzpatrick or to the other sister Honora O'Connors. I assume that the mother either died between 1902 and 1911, or why else would her sons be living with their uncle? I cannot find mother or daughter as coming to the USA or living in Clare. This part is a big mystery.
I'd also love to find out who Michael's parents were. I know his father was Pat Connors, but I do not know the mother's name. I did find a record for the birth of a Michael Connors is Killkeady in 1843 to Pat Connors and Bridget O'Louglin, but it seems far away. I havent see any other Connors or O'Connors in Murroogh, except for a Mary O'Connors who is blind and "boarding" with the Burke family in Murrooghkilly. Perhaps this Mary could be MIchael's sister.
I have found out that there is a Michael O"Connors buried in Craggagh Cemetery in Fanore, but that the headstone is very worn and impossible to read, and apparantly the cemetery records have been destroyed.
When my Great Grandfather's brother Patrick O'Connors immigrated to the USA, he listed "A.E.Donoghue in Craggagh" as his closest family member back in Ireland. When Mary O'Connor moved to Boston in 1903, she listed a cousin Mary Burke in Cambridge, Mass as her relative in the USA. So there is a Burke connection there. The mother, Honor Fitzpatrick's mother was Bridget Donohoe I believe because I was able to find a birth record in the parish registers for Michael Fitzpatrick in 1855 to Thomas Fitzpatrick and Bridget Donohoe in Murroogh.
|Date of Birth||1846 (circa)|
|Father (First Name/s and Surname)||Pat Connors|
|Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname)||Honor Fitzpatrick|
|Place & Date of Marriage||Murroogh - February 18 1876|
|Number of Children||6|
|Names of Children||Bridget, Mary, Honora, Patrick, Thomas, Michael|
|Place of Death||Murroogh 1902|