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I'm searching for the ancestral family of John J Leahy. He emigrated to the Boston, Mass area circa 1867. His parents may have been Mary Ellen Murphy, born 1825 and Darby Leahy, born 1824.

Any info or leads would be more than appreciated. He has quite a few direct descendants in America who are searching for their family in Ireland.


Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 05:55AM

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    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Monday 8th April 2019, 11:00AM


    Hi Ellie,


    Just got email from Jane -   Ellie, you say John's parents MAY have been Mary Ellen Murphy, born 1825 and Darby Leahy, born 1824, on a scale of 1 - 10 how accurate do you this this is??  did a few quick searches with  these names and no joy on any of them.

    Also, do you have an address of where they lived in Youghal - any little bit of information would be a great help from this end.


    looking forward to hearing from you

    Kind regards




    Monday 8th April 2019, 06:13PM
  • Hi Phyl, 

     Thank you for your kind reply. I do not know where the Leahy family lived. I have a photo copy of John Leahy’s naturalization paper which only mentions Yougal, Cork. I will try to add. The marriage record in Waltham, Masssachusettts, gives Darby Leahy as his father and Ellen? as his mother. She may have been Ellen Flynn and Ellen Murphy May have been his mother?

    Darby may be from Ballintemple if that helps. I’m very confused about the Johns, the Ellen’s and the Mary’s..... as are many people. One sure thing is I have a DNA match with second cousins in Waltham, Ma. Their grandmother and my grandfather are the children of John Joseph Leahy. 


    Tuesday 9th April 2019, 06:10AM
  • PS How does one add an attachment onto the posts? I am old and not too computer savvy.

    Regards and thanks, Ellie 


    Tuesday 9th April 2019, 06:16AM


    Greetings Ellie from a dull day here in Ireland


    Ballintemple is a suburb of Cork City which is approx 30 miles from the town of Youghal.

    Our parish here in Youghal records only began approx. mid 1800’s  with very little info in them and Irish civil registration did not begin until 1864,

    Will keep trying for you.


    To attach a file / photo    underneath where you reply - scroll down and there is a tab you click on to add a file/photo


    Good luck with your research and I will keep looking at this end.


    Kind regards



    Tuesday 9th April 2019, 09:57AM