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Gorham Family

Seeking parenntage of Mary Gorham b July 1840, I believe in Clifden.  Could be Roundstone.  Believe her parents were Michael Gorham and Honora Kiley.  Mary emigrated to Pittston, Pennsylvania near where many Gorhams from Clifden settled in a town in Pennsyvania called Ashley.  Her brothers incllude Patrick J b 1843, John, b 1845, Daniel b about 1846, Michael Christopher b 1846, Bartholomew b 1861..Three brothers ended up in San Franciso and Daniel in Nebraska.  Your help would be greatly appreciated.  Been trying to figure out her parentage for 50 years!


Evelyn Sweeney Naranjo


Monday 15th June 2020, 08:27PM

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  • Evelyn:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    The Clifden RC baptismal records start in 1838 so if your family was from that parish, baptismal records should have appeared on the subscription site Roots Ireland. However, I got no record when I made my search. Unfortunately, it appears your family was from Moyrus civil parish which means Roundstone RC parish where baptismal records start in 1872.

    The 1855 Griffiths Valuation head of household listing for Moyrus civil parish shows three Michael Gorham records One of the three is likely your ancestor.

    Did any of the brothers stay in Ireland?

    You may want to add Mary and her brothers to our XO Chronicles site

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon

    Monday 15th June 2020, 09:38PM
  • Roger McDowell, thank you so much for reaching out to me on my Michael Gorham and forwarding info from the 1855 Griffiths.  Unfortunatly my Michael emigrated to the US in 1850.  At the time he arrived a Thomas Gorham ( b 1822)  with his infant child was aboard the same ship.  The names Thomas, Anthony, Valentine, Patrick and Daniel Gorham repeat in my family. 

    Can you tell me if the name Kiley occurs near the location of the Gorham surname in the Clifden area as Michael Gorham m Honora Kiley in Ireland?

    There is a strong possibility Michael Gorham  was related to Thomas Gorham ( b 1795) and his wife Ann Griffin (b 1805)  as well as Valentine Gorham ( b 1797 Roundstone).  Mark Gorham (b 1825)  and Daniel Gorham (b 1845) were Michael's relatives who emigrated to Pennsylvania.  Are there any records on these folks? 

    I don't know if any of Michael's brothers remained in Ireland.


    Thank you so very much

    Evelyn Sweeney Naranjo



    Thursday 23rd July 2020, 10:07PM
  • Evelyn:

    No Kileys but a lot of Kellys.

    There would be no records for the older Gorham family members.


    Castlemore Roscommon

    Friday 24th July 2020, 01:15PM
  • Roger, thank you.  You are very helpful

    Evelyn Sweeney Naranjo


    Saturday 25th July 2020, 01:30PM