Patrick King 1815

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Greetings from Derbyshire in England. I have just returned from a “once in a lifetime” family reunion in Tracton near Cork and have met eleven new Irish cousins that I previously did not know existed. Enormous help came from Ireland XO and from historians associated with the Tracton Community and Arts Centre. I was seeking genealogical information about my grandmother’s maternal grandparents Maurice Drinan and Ellen (Foley) Drinan and we now possess a wealth of family history about them.

Our attention is turning towards my grandmother’s paternal grandparents. Via we have discovered a church marriage record showing that on 11 October 1850 in Castlegar, County Galway Patrick King (c1815-1880) of Renmore married Honor Burke (also known as Hannah or Nora) (c1827-1896). The witnesses were Michael Burke and Mary Melody. So far this is all that we confidently know of Patrick and Honor/Hannah/Nora. Later, they emigrated to America.

Patrick may have been born around 1815, might have arrived in New York via Liverpool on 7 July 1851 at age 36 and he probably died in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1880. Hannah/Honor/Nora might have been born around 1827, was actually baptised on 15 May 1827 in Castlegar, County Galway, died in Braintree, Massachusetts and was buried in Portsmouth. Rockingham, New Hampshire on 13 May 1896. They definitely had one son Michael Francis King (my great grandfather) who was born in 1956 in Brocton, Massachusetts and who died in 1939. Michael’s siblings (according to US Census data) were John, Mary, James, Patrick, Margaret, Ellen and William.

Patrick’s parents (possibly from County Galway) may have been James and Anne King. Hannah/Honor/Nora’s parents were Patrick and Nora Burk according to her American death certificate but we believe they actually were Michael Burke and Margaret Holleran and the Hannah’s baptism witnesses were Thomas and Margaret Burke.

Do any Ireland XO members know where I might find other trusted genealogical evidence concerning the parents of Patrick and Honor/Hannah/Nora, birthdates, birthplaces, siblings, emigration, etc. all based upon records in Ireland? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am also affiliated with these online genealogical organisations: MyHeritage, GENi,, FamilySearch, BillionGraves, Findmypast, Ireland XO,, 23andMe and FTDNA.

I would be happy to share what I have accumulated with others.

My email address:

Yours sincerely,

Michael Pomerantz


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Date of Birth 1815 (circa)  
Date of Death 1880 (circa)  
Father (First Name/s and Surname) James King  
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Anne King  

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