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I am trying to find a record of birth for my grandmother.  Her name was Josephine Delea Killilea.  She was born to William and Mary Killilea in 1888 who we believe were Catholic.  She immigrated to America at the age of nine in 1897. We have been told that this was done under a sponsorship through Wheaton College in Massachussets and was placed in domestic service. She married John Finn in Boston on January 3, 1906. 

I would very much appreciate any information anyone may have in helping me my grandmothers background.

Thank you!




Jack Thompson

Wednesday 29th May 2019, 05:18PM

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  • for reference Josephine's marriage record in 1906 gives her parents as William Killilea and Mary Hughes, and reported age as 22 so born about 1884 - I see births of at least two children in the extracted civil birth collection - Martin 1872 and Margaret 1869 (this collection does not include all births and only only covers up to abt 1882)

    Baptism transcripts on RootsIreland shows several further children :

    Mary 1865
    Michael 1868
    .. [Martin]
    Bridget  (1) 1875
    Winifred (1) 1877
    Patrick 1880
    Bridget (2) 1883
    Winifred (2) 1886

    all baptised Annaghdown Catholic parish - Delia can be a nickname for Bridget... maybe your Josephine Delea/Delia was baptised as Bridget but took on the name Josephine in later life ?

    Bridget (1) and Winifred (1) probably died young, and the names were used again...

    Here's the civil birth entry for Bridget born 22nd July 1883, Grange townland Turloughmore civil sub-district, Galway registration distrct to parents William Killilea and Mary Hughes, residence is also Grange townland, father is a labourer.

    p.s. this Grange townland is in Annaghdown civil parish, and it looks like two of.children, Martin and Winifred, still lived in the same place at the time of the 1901 census

    Shane Wilson, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 29th May 2019, 07:32PM


    Hello Miriam,

    We have been debating this since their is another Josephine.  Yes, it is possible and probably worth a look.

    Thank you again!


    Jack Thompson

    Thursday 30th May 2019, 01:46PM