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I am new to this site so I have also sent you an email with this request.

I wondered if you could help me in anyway, I seem to have hit a brickwall?

I am looking for any family of Catherine Daley and John Byrne, I have their wedding cert attached also birth certificates of their children (they had 4, I have 3 records and I am awaiting for Michaels which is due any day in the post).

From the marriage cert you can see John was a sailor and her dad was Michael Daley. If you could help me or direct me in the right direction I would be more than gratefull. 

Many thanks,


Andrea Hurman

Tuesday 16th October 2018, 07:17AM

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  • Starting with the Daly side - I found a very good match for Catherine on the 1901 census with her parents Michael & Margaret and family at Ballinlea townland in Glenealy district - see Daly Household 1901. Her parents and a brother are at the same location in 1911.  A search for births to the the various Daly children on the census shows that the surname of Margaret, Catherine's mother, was Swan -  e.g. birth of Elizabeth Daly 23rd June 1878, and Catherine (as Kate) born 28th January 1886

    Michael Daly and Margaret Swan married in the Catholic Chapel at Ashford on the 1st July 1877, at the time both lived as Ballylusk townland, the bride was age 29 and the groom 22. Michael is shown as a labourer as are both fathers - Christopher Daly & James Swan.

    Bryne is a very common surname in the mid-east so John's side will probably be a little more difficult ... there's a good match for John Byrne of the correct age and occupation on the 1901 census on the quays in Arklow,  he's listed with many others with similar occupations as part of the shipping return.
    I'll browse through the census form and see if I can figure out which boat he's on..


    Shane Wilson, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 16th October 2018, 08:56AM
  • I located John Byrne age 25, Sailor, Catholic,  single born Co. Wicklow on the Shipping forms on this page, he is listed with two other sailors, Harry Saxon and Joseph Stafford, also listed but crossed out is a William Kinch who filled in the form - he's the master or owner. The form is number 12, and corresponding page the Shipping Return indicates that form 12 is a Schooner named 'K.J.' of 76 ton docked at the south quay in Arklow, and the boat is registered in Arklow and used for Coastal Trade, William Kinch is shown as the master or owner and as the one crew member not on board at the time (i.e. Sunday night 31st March).

    Shane Wilson, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 16th October 2018, 10:18AM