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I have been looking into Manus Ferry (estimated 1825-1883), the husband of my great grand aunt, Margaret McFadden (1845-1905), and according to his death record I obtained from the Ohio Diocese of Steubenville he died in 1883. While it is difficult to read it looks like he was born in Kirkneedy, Co. Donegal. As far as I can tell they left Ireland around 1850, so they are not listed in Griffiths or other such records.

Family lore says that they were married in Ireland, came over and settled in Ohio and were later joined with the rest of the McFadden family. The other McFaddens first show in the  1860 US Census in Vinton County, Ohio.

Not sure much can be done, but thougth I'd post this in case a distant cousin might come across it.

I've added the death record for Manus to see if anyone has any other suggestions in case I am mistaken that it says he was born in Kirkneedy.




Friday 21st June 2019, 08:44PM

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  • Dan:

    Hello again!

    As you discovered, Kirkneedy is a townland in Conwal civil parish and not far from Letterkenny. RC records for Conwal parish start in the 1850s. No Tithe records that I can find and you have already checked the Griffiths and there were no Ferry records in the 1857 records for Co. Donegal.

    You may want to add Manus' story to our XO Chronicles site and possibly a distant cousin will recognize a possible connection.

    Roger McDonnell

    Friday 21st June 2019, 10:27PM
  • Thanks for the reminder. I'll start adding my folks to the ancestor database.

    Tuesday 25th June 2019, 06:08PM