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McNamara's of Ballymcdonnell

I hope that someone can help me trace my Gr Grandmother Bridgets family.

Bridget and her Brother John arrived in New Zealand aboard the Waitara to Bluff.  I have found the following information in O'Callaghans Mill's records and with the exception of 1 great Aunt they and their Sponsers are all recorded as being from Ballymcdonnell.

Bridget and her brothers and sisters were all down as Children of Michael McNamara and Bridget Cooney who married ao O'callaghans Mills on the 20th of Jan 1849 their witness's were Laurnce Cooney and Anne Murphy.

Their childrens Babtisims follow:

Mary 20 Jan 1850 sponsers Larry Cooney and Anne Murphy

Patrick 16 Nov 1853 sponsers Michael Cooney and Judy Connell

Bridget 2 Dec 1855 sponsers Mary and Michael McNamara

John 30 July !858 sponsers John Molonyand Mary Torpy

Michael 31 May 1863 sponsers were Dennis McNamara and Margaret Noonan

Catherine 26 Dec !866 at Kilkishen sponsers Michael McNamara and Honora Farrell

Margaret 15 Nov 1871 sponsers were Mathew McNamara and Mary McNamara

That is all the information I have and I will be very happy for any information on the family :)

Thank you

Cora

Cora

Sunday 16th June 2019, 03:38AM

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  • Hi Cora

    I have found nothing in Ireland about any of the family. It is likely that some of them also emigrated. The deaths of Michael and Bridget are not yet available to view so it is not possible to tie them down at this stage. Hopefully when there is a future update you will be able to determine when they died. They do not appear in the census of 1901 so it is likely they died sometime between the birth of their last child and that date.

    However I did find a few leads for you regarding their other children.

    Patrick died in New York in 1927. He was widowed at the time of his death. I have not yet found a marriage for him but I will look again later. I found his death on Family Search and it names his parents as Michael and Bridget Cooney. His date of birth is slightly out but this is very common for that time. His occupation at time of death is listed as Gardener.

    But I also found a passport application for Patrick dated 1922 on Ancestry and it has his photo on it which is always a bonus. His place of birth is wrongly transcribed as Bally Mc Annele. Do you have an Ancestry account? The passport application has details of his arrival in the US and it states that he is intending to visit Ireland so he obviously had family still in Ireland in 1922. 

    Catherine also died in New York. She is listed as Katheryn, single. She died in 1943.

    I'll try to find some more information for you.

    Miriam

    Monday 17th June 2019, 12:21PM
  • Thank you so much Miriam you have given me great leads and I am very happy to follow them up.  I do have ancestry but mine covers UK, New Zealand and Australia but not The Usa so I will upgrade to worldwide sson as I can afford too.

    I am so grateful to you for all your help :)

    Tahnk you so much :)

    Cora

    Cora

    Tuesday 18th June 2019, 04:31AM
  • You're most welcome Cora.

    I have tried to find any information on the rest of the family but have come up blank. 

    The vast majority of the death records for Tulla are only in index form, it is always possible that some of the siblings died young but because of this I have not been able to confirm or deny it.

    There are still quite a few McNamaras in Ballymacdonnell in the 1901 and 1911 census but I feel they must be cousins as none of the names, ages and marital status fit with the siblings of your family. You can search the census at this link. Input the surname,county and Ballymacdonnell (note spelling). 

    http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/

    There should be a marriage record for Patrick, presumably in the US but it's not apparent. However, it is always possible that he had children. Have you had your DNA tested? It is really the best way to try to connect with lost cousins. 

    You can find the records regarding Patrick and Catherine on Family Search (free) input the names of their parents and you should find them easily enough.

    If you want to email me at irishrootsfinder@gmail.com I will send you a copy of the Passport Application for Patrick. 

    Miriam

    Tuesday 18th June 2019, 10:28AM
  • Thank you so much Miriam,

                                                 You have been a great help and I would love to get the copy of Patrick's passport application. I had my Dna done just before Christmas and have 4th cousin matches to a couple of people that descended from Patrick Mc Namara who married Margeret Considine but that is where their trees end, like mine ends with Micheal McNamara and Bridget Cooney. I suspect they may have been brothers or cousins but just can't find who their parents or Grandparents were to make that link. 

    John McNamara died here 3 years after arriving in New Zealand and although Bridget married and had children only 1 had a child and that was my father so no close cousins here on dad's mothers side.

    I found Catherine and Patrick on Family search thank you so much, it was interesting to read :)

    Thank you so much for all you have done :)

    Cora

    Cora

    Tuesday 18th June 2019, 10:34PM
  • Hi Cora:

     

    As I live in Tulla and I have a lot of East Clare contacts, I may be able to add further information to your query.  

    There were several   McNamara families living in Ballymacdonnell in the 1901 Census as well as Cooney families and this may be a good clue for your research in that area.

    I did note the marriage record entry in the O'Callaghan's Mills marriage register for Michael McNamara and Bridget Couney both from Ballymacdonnell.  I also saw a marriage record for a Patrick McNamara from Ballymacdonnell to a Honora Farrell.  This marriage took place on 9 November 1862 and there is a Couney witness from Ballymacdonnell.  

    In addition, you should be aware of the Clare Library website which has a lot of online resources available for research and these include headstone inscriptions.  The sources are arranged by Civil parish and the link for Killuran civil parish (which Ballymacdonnell is located in)  is here:  http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/places/killurane.htm  I would ask that you take a good look at the Gravestone inscriptions in Killuran graveyard and note that there are a number of McNamara headstones from Ballymacdonnell there.  I do know a McNamara family member there and I can ask him about the McNamaras that you mention if you wish,.

    As well as that, there are also headstone inscriptions available for Tulla graveyard on the Historic Graves website.  The link to Tulla is here:  https://historicgraves.com/tulla/

    If you need any further help, please let me know.  The families on the 1901 Census in Ballymacdonnell may also be worth looking at and I'm copying that link for you too:

    http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Clare/East_Clare/Ballymacdonnell/

    Kind regards,

     

    Jane

     

    You can also contact me directly at:  tulla@irelandxo.com

    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 12:04PM
  • Hi Cora:

     

    As I live in Tulla and I have a lot of East Clare contacts, I may be able to add further information to your query.  

    There were several   McNamara families living in Ballymacdonnell in the 1901 Census as well as Cooney families and this may be a good clue for your research in that area.

    I did note the marriage record entry in the O'Callaghan's Mills marriage register for Michael McNamara and Bridget Couney both from Ballymacdonnell.  I also saw a marriage record for a Patrick McNamara from Ballymacdonnell to a Honora Farrell.  This marriage took place on 9 November 1862 and there is a Couney witness from Ballymacdonnell.  

    In addition, you should be aware of the Clare Library website which has a lot of online resources available for research and these include headstone inscriptions.  The sources are arranged by Civil parish and the link for Killuran civil parish (which Ballymacdonnell is located in)  is here:  http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/places/killurane.htm  I would ask that you take a good look at the Gravestone inscriptions in Killuran graveyard and note that there are a number of McNamara headstones from Ballymacdonnell there.  I do know a McNamara family member there and I can ask him about the McNamaras that you mention if you wish,.

    As well as that, there are also headstone inscriptions available for Tulla graveyard on the Historic Graves website.  The link to Tulla is here:  https://historicgraves.com/tulla/

    If you need any further help, please let me know.  The families on the 1901 Census in Ballymacdonnell may also be worth looking at and I'm copying that link for you too:

    http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Clare/East_Clare/Ballymacdonnell/

    Kind regards,

     

    Jane

     

    You can also contact me directly at:  tulla@irelandxo.com

    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 12:04PM
  • Thank you so much Jane for so much great information, Thanks to Miriam's help I have located Patrick and Catherine they ended up in New York and have more search ideas to hunt up. I had a quick look at the cemertary transcriptions they have so much information. I will be grateful for any help with the McNamara's and the Couneys :)

    Have a lovely day and thank you :)

     

    Cora

    Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 07:48AM