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I believe my 4th great grandfather was born in 1735 in BallyShannon. Died in Sept 1792 in Dublin Township in Huntington County, Pennsylvania USA. In 1785 he may have lived in Donegal Township, Lancaster Pennsylvania. He immigrated with his son James O'Gallagher ( changed to Gallaher in the USA ) who was born in Killagtee Parish, Donegal and died on Feb. 8, 1854 in Burnship Township, Clearfield County Pennsylvania USA, and at least one other son Hugh born 1765- 1831 , and perhaps daughter Isabella ?born in 1760. Some children left behind in Ireland. I don't know his wife's name for sure.
I don't have a good paper trail in Ireland - Just family stories.
I think my 5th great grandfather was John Thomas O'Gallagher, but am less sure of this. He may have been born 1716 in Killagtee Parish and died in Ballyshannon, Donegal. My mother always told me some of our ancestry heritage was Scott-Irish, so I woukd guess they first came over during the plantation, but I can't trace it back far enough to tell. I know there are many Gallaghers in this part of Donegal, and read stories that the surname began during a time of Viking raids.
If anyone has information that might help with this family line I would be grateful.


Tuesday 21st January 2020, 07:44AM

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  • CFD:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    Not sure of the religious denomination but available RC records for Killaghtee parish do not begin until 1845. Church of Ireland records start in 1810. There would be no church reocrds for the 18th century.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 21st January 2020, 03:48PM
  • Thank you so much for your helpful information.  I am new to geneologial investigation. It has been challenging to find a clear Irish paper trail, since my ancestors immigrated to the USA so long ago. I wonder if ship records might be searchable, but don't know if there is a central site to look either in Ireland or the USA. I don't know if the O'Gallaghers left from Covh, or from what is now Northern Ireland. I do believe they were Protestant. I thiink this trail may be too dificult to follow further in Ireland, which is disappointing.     Christine Drommond (Portland, Oregon USA)


    Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 05:55PM
  • Christine:

    You won't find outbound ships records from Ireland in the 18th century.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 23rd January 2020, 04:47PM