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My AncestryDNA has placed my 3rd ggrandmother, her son (my 2nd ggrandfather) and his future bride (my 2nd ggrandmother) all in the same area in Eastern Galway.  I have no idea where any of the three are from in Ireland, but the fact that the DNA has placed them all in the same area has me intrigued.  My 2nd ggrandparents were married in LaSalle, IL. in 1857.  Both were born in Ireland and emigrated to the U.S. in the late 1840's.

I also submitted a yDNA sample to FamilyTree and they mapped out my "origin" to this very same area!

The names I'm searching for are Cavanagh, Foley and Malone, respectively.  It doesn't appear there are RC parish records for the timeframe I'm looking for; baptisms 1820-30 or marriages 1810-20.

If there are still those surnames in the area, I would love to contact anyone that might have old family records.

Thank you.

Patrick Foley


Thursday 18th Apr 2024, 02:58AM

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  • Do you have the family names ( first names) and who was married to who, east Galway covers a wide area with towns such as Athenry, Ballinasloe, Loughrea, Tuam etc so any help to identify area or connections will help. Do you have the immigration records/name of ship etc. Any information will assist.


    Thursday 18th Apr 2024, 10:21AM
  • Hi Eileen,

    Ellen Cavanagh was married to John Foley.  That information is from the St. Patrick’s church register in LaSalle, IL when Edward Foley married the widow, Elizabeth Malone Farrell. Elizabeth’s parents were listed at her first marriage, also at St. Pat’s, as Michael Malone and Anna McNamara. Michael Farrell’s parents were listed as Francis Farrell and Joanna Lynch.

    I believe Elizabeth immigrated in 1847 on the ship Brooksby, with two relatives (sisters or cousins?), Margaret Malone aged 19 and Susan Malone aged 18. Elizabeth was listed as 17.  All census records from LaSalle has her born in 1830 and two censuses have her immigrating in 1847 and 1846. A Margaret Malone was a witness to her marriage to Edward Foley, so I believe this is probably a correct record.

    I don’t have a record of Edward’s immigration but he was in the 1850 census in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, applied for citizenship in that same city and was granted citizenship in 1860 in LaSalle and Schuylkill Haven was listed as where he applied in 1854.  I believe it said he had been in the country for at least five years to apply, so immigration in 1949 or prior.

    That’s about all I know. Edward was a miner and died in 1863. Elizabeth, twice widowed in less than ten years, had three children with Farrell and four with Edward Foley.  She died in 1919 and her obituary said she was in her 90th year.

    Thank you for replying and thanks, in advance, for any research you do.



    Thursday 18th Apr 2024, 11:53PM
  • Sorry, forgot to add, the three pins placed by AncestryDNA were just to the SW of Eyrecourt.  Looking at a map, somewhere in the area of Stoney Road, Feaghmore, Maughernearla.  Obviously, it could be anywhere in Eastern Galway.

    Thanks again.



    Friday 19th Apr 2024, 12:02AM
  • Pat you have a few posts on this..........this is latest reply.


    As Edward left for the USA in the 1840's  his father John Foley may be in Griffiths Valuation, he is.

    Griffith's Valuation (

    If you search/google for Eyrecourt, Galway will see the map.  Then search/google  The Parish name CLONTUSKERT, Galway you will see that map.

    Then if they were Catholic use this site, pick up Galway look to the right of Galway and and you will see Clontuskert. 

    Catholic Parish Registers at the NLI

    Hi,  This site..... Find a Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records  does have Clontuskert graves, but these are only when a relative of kind person enters the details.

    I have just seen this.......a project that is on going.
     St Augustine's Graveyard Clontuskert
    May be a local to the area would tell you more.
    (we used to go the music festivals and in the day time we would search graveyards for people overseas, so I know most of them)
    Sadly I have not been to this one, sorry.

    You say..........................
    The Griffith's record lists Gannaveen as a townland but when searched on Google maps, lists it as a cornfield.

    Try future..... type in on google/search townlands in County Galway
    Then search for Clontuskert............ then look for Gannaveen
    This is the map see below............when you look at a google map ............I see it looks like a corn field.     Then type in on search Gannaveen county Galway it usually shows a road map when you change it to satellite and see where you see the corn field it's an area.  You have to match the town land map with a google map. move the map and you will see houses....farms etc where you see L8714 this is a Lane and it's number. When you R355 it's a Rural road. 
    Sorry if it sounds kiddy English. 
    Griffiths valuation maps....... when you see the out lines of the townlands in red that is from the date stated (1837 to 1864). you will also see lots of black lines, the black lines are from the Tithe records  (1823 to 1837)  match the area again with the townland and the modern map.

    Gannaveen Townland, Co. Galway (



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