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McGreal, McGuire and Haddican are family names for which we're seeking more information and family connections. Our 2x Great Grandmother, Bridget McGuire, was married to Thomas McGreal in Bekan Parish in 1848. Their child, Thomas Edward McGreal, was baptized in Bekan in 1849. Thomas, the father, died in the cholera epidemic in 1849. Bridget then married John Haddican in Bekan Parish in 1850. They immigrated to America in 1855 and made their home in Bristol, Kenosha County, Wisconsin. Thomas E. proudly kept his McGreal name. We have parish records for the above mentioned events but don't know anything else about the extended families that remained there. We are eager to find out more about them.

Sponsors on the Bekan Parish records include the names of  James Mannion, Judy McGuire and Honora McGuire.

Possible family living in Bristol, Wisconsin in the 1850s are; Patrick and Mary (Lyons) Haddican, and Catherine (Coyne) Haddican.

Neighbors in Bristol, Wisconsin who were born in Ireland include; John & Margaret Coyne, Patrick & Julia Hoy, Patrick & Bridget Greeley, MIchael & Mary Hannon, John & Bridge Boyle, Mary Finn, James & Mary Fox.

Any help you could give in helping us connect our family to these brave Irish ancestors would be wonderful and we send our Thanks in advance.

lbnilson

Wednesday 10th February 2021, 01:45AM

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  • lbnilson:

    Here is a link to the 1855 Griffiths Valuation  for Bekan parish. No Haddican records but a few McGuire and McGreal records. Possibly Thomas McGreal and Bridget McGuire came from Bracklaghboy townland. 

    I checked the subscription site Roots Ireland. I did find one baptismal record for an Edward Haddican. You did not mention in your message so I decided to share the specifics from the record.

    Edward Haddican born January 1 1852 and baptized January 7 1852 at Bekan. Father John Haddican mother  Brid McGuire sponsors Martin Lyons and Mary Haddican

    Bekan records start in 1832 and are on Roots Ireland. There were about ten Haddican records up to 1850, ten McGreal and about six McGuire. You can get short-term subscriptions to Roots Ireland.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 10th February 2021, 10:13PM
  • Thank-you very much Roger. I so appreciate the time you took to find this info. I will certainly subscribe to Roots Ireland and follow this lead. I'm sure they were most likely related as there wouldn't have been that many people in Bekan Parish at that time.  I wasn't aware of John and Bridget having another child before they left for America but it is surely a possibility and the name Edward was given as a middle name to others in the family. I notice that this area in Mayo County is very close to Roscommon. Do you think I would be wise to check records in parishes of that county or did families stay fairly close to one another?  These are great clues and certainly are helpful. Many thanks for your kind response.  Linda Nilson

    lbnilson

    Thursday 11th February 2021, 04:42AM
  • Thank-you very much Roger. I so appreciate the time you took to find this info. I will certainly subscribe to Roots Ireland and follow this lead. I'm sure they were most likely related as there wouldn't have been that many people in Bekan Parish at that time.  I wasn't aware of John and Bridget having another child before they left for America but it is surely a possibility and the name Edward was given as a middle name to others in the family. I notice that this area in Mayo County is very close to Roscommon. Do you think I would be wise to check records in parishes of that county or did families stay fairly close to one another?  These are great clues and certainly are helpful. Many thanks for your kind response.  Linda Nilson

    lbnilson

    Thursday 11th February 2021, 04:42AM
  • Linda:

    Yes, searching the neigboring Roscommon parishes might be worthwhile.

    Roger

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 12th February 2021, 02:04AM
  • There is also a record for a Mary born 18 DEC 1851 to a Bernard McGuire and Catherine McGreal Sponsor John Haddican and Judy McGuire.

    On Bekan Microfilm Page 6 RHS 

    https://registers.nli.ie/registers/vtls000632017#page/6/mode/1up

    This is the record for Thomas Page 31 LHS Half way down the page. 26 Oct 1849

    https://registers.nli.ie/registers/vtls000632016#page/31/mode/1up

    On Page 9 Left there is a record for James Haddican married to a Mary Grogan.

    There was a John Haddigan in Bekan Townland in approx 1856 for the Griffiths. Notice slightly different spelling.

    https://www.failteromhat.com/griffiths/mayo/bekan.htm

    It should be possible to see where exactly he resided and if he had land in the Cancelled Land Valuations in Lower Abbey St in Dublin.

    21 Sep 1854 James born to John Haddican and Bridget McGuire Sponsors Austin Dyer and Catherine McGreal.

    valuationservices@valoff.ie They may be able send you copies of Bekan townland Parish (including the map) of Bekan Co. Mayo at a fairly reasonable price.

    It would be interesting to see who took over the holding to see if they may have been connected.. 

    I also notice on the 04 Feb 1856 a Michael born to a John Mc Greal and Mary Frehilly.

    Here is a further lead you could follow up

    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/deaths_retur...

    The Death record for John Hadican 15 Dec 1874 Age 88 Yrs 

    Note Mary or Margaret? Doogan Present at Death.

    This is a record for the death of a Mary Doogan from Bekan in 1906

    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/deaths_retur...

    This is a record for a Margaret Doogan of Cloonfaghna

    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/deaths_retur...

    I would like to see the Cancelled Land Valuations as my preferred next step to persue.

    Martin.

     

    martincmeehan

    Friday 26th March 2021, 11:44PM
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    Thank you, Martin, for your generous help in our journey to find our Mayo family. These records give us lots to go on and look so promising. Thanks so very much for including the links. Do you know the best way I can access the Cancelled  Land Valuations? I am so excited to explore the records you've found and greatly appreciate your time and effort. Linda 

    lbnilson

    Saturday 27th March 2021, 03:57PM