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My gggrandfather's name was John Nailen. He married Ellen Killeen and had children in Miltown Malbay area. He is listed as a stone mason on the death certificate of my gggranduncle Patrick in Vic Aust. I found a John nailen stonemason on page 254 Of Slaters Directory of Ireland 1856 at CROOM. Does anyone have any knowledge of this family. I would be very greatful for any help as I have hit a brick wall with the Nailens. Thank you Joy ( NSW Au



Wednesday 9th September 2020, 11:12AM

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  • Hi Joy,

    Can you give more info and dates on John and Ellen?  What is your brick wall?

    We need to look at what you have first befoe jumping to the John in Croom. It is unlikely that he is your John but always a possibilty.



    Croom Parish Liasion

    Thursday 10th September 2020, 09:38PM
  • Hi Maresa, Thank you for replying. My brick wall is John Neylan and Ellen killeen- no definiete birth or marriage records and don't know if they emigrated as well as Francis and Patrick. Also unsure of Anne and Mary -what happened to them. I have definite info on Francis and Patrick in Australia.

    John Neylan ( Neilan, Nealon, Neylon) haven't found birth record -possible but not sure

    Baptism 8 Jul 1805 • Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland

    Ellen Killeen -some people suggest she may have been the daughter of Patrick Killeen who died 22 Jan 1828 • Coore, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland and Nancy Whyte  died 1828 • Coore, Mullagh, County Clare, Ireland.  I have some DNA links to descendents of Mary Killeen who they think is the daughter of the previously mentioned pair.


    Birth of Son Francis Neilan or Neylan (O'Brien)(1838–1878) Milton Malbay, Killaloe, Clare, Ireland Cluain at end. Cluain Lao is Irish for Clonlea. He is my gggrandfather emigrated to aust in1857 -goal records gave ship, he came with a John Neylon  who was 40?- so didn't know whether this was his father or cousin? Couldn't trace John in Aust. Francis featured in the newspapers as he awas an aspiring politician- didn't make it but had a good go - got caught in an alcohol trap after his wife died. I haven't found his death certificate. He randomly added O'Brian to his name when he felt like it.

    Birth of Daughter Anne Neilan(1840–) 

    Baptism 4 Oct 1840 • Cluain, Milltownmalbay, Clare, Ireland possible marriage of Anne

    11 Feb 1867 • Boyle County, Roscommon, Ireland

    Name Anne Neilan Female Marital Status Single Age 26 Birth Date 1841 Marriage Date 11 Feb 1867 Marriage Place Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland FHL Film Number 101507 Reference ID 136, 172 Household Members Name Age John Neilan Anne Neilan Patrick Durr

    Birth of Son Patrick Neilan(1843–1912)  8 July 1843 • Cluain, Miltown, Malbay, Clare, Ireland Ptrick emigrated to Vic Aust  I found records of him in AUst and his death certificate records John Neylan stonemason and Ellen Killeen

    Birth of Daughter Mary Neylan(  Jun 1847 • Cluain, Milltownmalbay, Clare, Ireland  

    James Marinan, Eliza Houlihan sponsers (10th October 1826 Tithe applotment there was a James Marinan at Fintrabeg )

    Birth of Son John Neylon(1849–1870) Feb 1849 • Feb 1849 • Cluain, Milltownmalbay, Clare, Ireland , John and Bridget Carrol -sponsers


    • I also found 

    Applicants to the Registry of Freeholders, Co. Clare, 1841 Oct 1

    1841 • cluain, lbrickane, Clare, Ireland

    John Neylon ,mason , Address and property at Cluon ( Cluain?), Barony: Ibrickane. Sessions at Ennistymon on 23/10/1841. Reported in Clare Journal of 07/10/1841.

    I'd appreciate any ideas on where to look next

    Thanks Joy (Henderson)



    Friday 11th September 2020, 04:59AM