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Hi, I'm seeking information on the following McCowens who lived in Dublin.  James McCowen (1844-1895) and his wife, Maria Foran (1843-1886), originally from County Laois, married in settled in Dublin around 1867.  James worked for the Post Office.  They had seven children, one of whom, Richard, born in 1874, arrived in the U.S. ca. 1881, at age 7.  No other immediate family member accompanied him, and while we assume he emigrated with a family friend or uncle or aunt, we have no idea why the family would ship out such a young son.  Richard eventually lived in New York and New Jersey and died around 1910.  Richard's brothers Thomas and William eventually emigrated to New York in the 1890s.  The remaining living siblings continued to live in Dublin, where they had families of their own.  James McCowen and his wife are buried in Dublin,

Anyone with information about this family?


M Donovan

Thursday 15th April 2021, 04:08PM

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  • Hi Margaret,

    I have sent your query to a local volunteer whom we hope can be of more assistance.


    Monday 5th July 2021, 07:42PM


    Hi Margaret, This family should be in civil births, marriages and deaths that are freely available on the Irish government website It's a matter of tracking the birth of Richard and that will give a registration district. It should be possible to find his parents marriage also and that will give the names and addresses of the bride and grooms father's addresses and occupations as well as the church the couple were married in. Their religious denomination  will be key to adding further generations back as it's church records that will bring you back further. Working forward the 1901 and 1911 census are freely available on . Search using the names you have and dates of birth for the children who stayed in Ireland. 
    Warmrst Regards from the Land of Your Ancestors, 





    Monday 5th July 2021, 09:35PM