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I keep comming back to cadamstown in search for my Grandmother.(Bessie/Elizabeth Her Name in America) (Bridget I believe her birth name in Ireland) 1879 now looks like her birth year.On her marriage certificate to my Grandfather she lists her place of birth as county Kildare. Her sister Mary on hers lists her Birth as County Westmeath.Now I believe cadamstown is in County Kildare in Westmeath.So Peter Mulligan and Ellen Fagan listed as Mother and Father for Both of these certificates leades me to the 1901 census at 12 cadamstown which lists Mary at 18 yrs and a Domestic I believe my Grandmother Bridget was a Servant localy and not living at home.I believe Bridget left Ireland about 1907.Now in 1905 Baby Bridget was Born in Cadamstown. If my Grandmother left in 1907 and Baby Bridget at 2yrs was still , was still , living with the Grandparents, was this her baby she left behind.Perhaps out of necessity and Love or for survival. (No Shame here just trying to understand and trace the Proud Heritage.

I just had my DNA done by Ancestry and I am 87% IRISH and 7% British so I know there is a connection someplace in Ireland.Any Help in this search would be gretly appreciated, is there anyway people in cadamstown have done DNA tests and could be compared

Thank you,

Stephen T. Adams


Tuesday 7th November 2017, 07:11PM

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  • Stephen:

    Welcome back to Ireland Reaching Out!

    I assume you have the civil birth record for young Bridget.

    She was born December 10th 1904 in the Edenderry Workhouse but likely the medical facility at the workhouse.

    I think you have sorted out what happened. It must have been very heartbreaking for your grandmother. 

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 7th November 2017, 10:43PM
  • Stephen,

    I don't know if you have this already but I enclose the birth cert for your grandmother.

    I have a few other bits of information but am having problems uploading it - if you email me at I will send it on to you.

    Jim Vaughan, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 8th November 2017, 01:49PM
  • Jim: I will send off an email to obtain the info , very much appreciated. All my life I have searched for my Grandmother and this is the closest I have ever come.I was in contact with a Family in Ireland that thought we were related, found Baby Bridget's Grandaughter but I cannot maintain contact with the Family. They told me a Story of 2 Girls in their Family that left Ireland and thought that they died in the USA of Broken Hearts. If my Grandmother and her sister Mary were these Girls (Which I Hope they wer for my sake) I may have opened an old wound. I am here today because my Grandmother came to the USA and married my Granfather. Whatever happened then She was always talked about in my growing up with great respect and I still hold thet respect today.

    This Family is from Cadamstown and they still have a House there. If this story is true it would explain why my Father always had a Love/Hate towards Ireland and his relitives there and never gave me any information as to where they were located.

    Edenderry Workhouse, please explain to me what this is, I assume an orphanage but not sure. Is Edenderry in Westmeath near Cadamstown. I can only assume that Bridget got pregnant out of wedlock and was disowned by her parents and that her sister Mary supported Her and they both ended up together in the USA, but HOW, WHEN and who sponsored is my Question.


    Stephen T. Adams


    Thursday 9th November 2017, 12:37AM
  • So I did some research on Workhouses in Ireland and they look just like our Orphanages here in the USA. If Bridget was born in one of these, how did She end up living with her grandparents and her mother left Ireland in 1907 when she was 2yrs? Sad part, if this is true is that my Father ended up in an Orphanage in the USA after his Mother died in 1920 , he was 8yrs old.

    Stephen T. Adams


    Thursday 9th November 2017, 03:19AM
  • I am looking onto family who came to America in 1907.  Last name is Teeling, Bridget and Anne. I believe they are at 5 Cadamstown in the 1901 census and that Anne and another sister Mollie (Mary) were born in Edenderry.  They left from Liverpool in DEC. 1907 on the Lusitania at ages 10 and 8 accompanied by two adults, one of whom was a Bridget Mulligan, age 27, so a birth year around 1880.  They were all going to Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer County, NY.  Bridget and Anne were orphans I believe when they sailed. They were adopted by my great grandparents in the U.S. I am working on the theory that they were related to my great grandmother whose maiden name was Ennis.

    Given the similarity in names, locations in Ireland and circumstances, is this possibly your grandmother sailing with the Teeling girls? Below is a link to the ship manifest.

    Check out this record I found on the Ancestry mobile app


    Thursday 29th March 2018, 11:46PM
  • I live about 20 miles from Hoosick Falls. From the 1901 Cencus the Girls had a Mother Teresa and a Father Robert, any Idea what happened to them. I wounder who in Hoosick Falls was related to the Teeling Family. Someone in the USA had to sponsor the adaption. Perhaps I can trace the adaption in New York State This could very well be my Grandmother and how she got to TRoy, New York.




    Wednesday 4th April 2018, 07:06PM
  • I live about 7 miles from Hoosick Falls, in Pittstown.  I surmise that Bridget (who later went by Emily) and Ann Teeling were related to the Ennis family based on the following: Per the ship manifest, their destination was Hoosick Falls where they were later adopted by my great-grandparents Patrick Haren and Elizabeth Ennis Haren; the two Teeling girls and the adults escorting them including Bridget Mulligan listed a PJ Ennis (haven’t figured out PJ’s relation to my GGmother) as their friend and closest contact in Liverpool; when Theresa Teeling died, her estate went to Anne Ennis, wife of George (don’t know who they are either).  I found entries for the wills of both Robert, died 1902, and Theresa Teeling, died 1903. I don’t know where Bridget and Anne went between then and their departure from Liverpool. Also, another sister, Mary Teeling who went by Mollie was born in 1902 and came to the US in the 1920s. She was in Hoosick Falls for a brief time. 





    Thursday 5th April 2018, 08:59PM
  • Groveside: I would like to communicate with you on this Teeling Family because I think this Bridget could be my Grandmother Please send me an email @                          sadams





    Thursday 19th April 2018, 11:48PM