I’m not related but found the baptism transcriptions as well a copies of original baptism records for two children of Michael Casey and Ellen Gorman. They were baptized in the Mitchelstown Catholic Parish. I don’t know if you have the baptism records of these two children as you didn’t mention them in your Ireland Reaching Out message.
The Casey baptism transcriptions were found at the Find My Past (FMP) website. Linked to the transcriptions are copies of the original Mitchelstown Catholic Parish baptisms held by the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin.
The oldest child is Eugene Casey, who was baptized on 10 November 1846. At the time of the baptism he and his family were living in Kilshanna. This townland is also spelled Kilshanny. You can access the transcription after you register for a free account at FMP. The transcription can be found at: https://is.gd/Rbk2pE
To access a copy of the original baptism record for Eugene, go to the following National Library of Ireland link: https://is.gd/0eJi2S
There are two facing pages to the baptism register. Each baptism spans both pages. You can enlarge the register by means of round icons in the upper center/right of the screen. The icons are white with green backgrounds. You can also access the full-screen function by clicking on the last icon on the right with the two arrows pointing northeast and southwest.
Eugene’s baptism is the last one in the register. The left-hand register page gives the month and day of the baptism, November 10; the first name of the child, Eugene; and the names of his parents, Michael Casey and Ellen Gorman.
On the right-hand page are the names of the godparents. The godfather is James Casey. The first name of the godmother is Bridget. I couldn’t make out her last name. To the right of Bridget’s name is the name of the town where the Casey family were living at the time of the baptism, Kilshanna. To the right of the name of the town is the name of the priest who baptized Eugene. His name looks like M. O’Brien.
Next, David Casey was baptized on 18 August 1848. At the time of the baptism he and his family were living in Kilshanny.
The FMP transcription can be found at: https://is.gd/J73hAG
Go to the following link for a copy of the original baptism record: https://is.gd/JrJtav
The baptism for David Casey is the 12th entry up from the bottom of the register. On the right-hand baptism register page are the names of the godparents, who are Thomas Gorman and Margaret Lyons. To the right of their names is the name of the townland where the Casey family lived at the time of the baptism, Kilshanna. To the right of Kilshanna is the name of the priest who baptized David. His name is C. Horgan.
I didn’t find the baptism of any more children of Michael Casey and Ellen Gorman.
Both Eugene and David were born during the Great Famine, which in the Irish language has come to be known as, “An Gorta Mór.” See the following:
I next looked for the marriage transcription for Michael and Ellen at the FMP website but didn’t find it. I not only looked for their marriage in the Mitchelstown Catholic registers, but also the registers of other Catholic parishes.
In going through the Mitchelstown Catholic Parish marriage registers at the National Library of Ireland website, I found there are several gaps in them for the 1840s. For example marriages in 1841 are available only for January, February, May, August, September, and October.
In 1842 marriages are extent from January, February, September, October, and December. For 1843 there are marriages for January and February only. In 1844 there are marriages for the months of February, September, October and November. In 1845 marriages exist for January, February, June, July, August, September, and November. Marriage are complete in the register for 1846 when Eugene Casey was born.
I also looked to see if there are any gaps in the Mitchelstown baptism records for from 1840 to 1845, and only found gaps in the 1845 registers, which show the months of March and December are missing.
Concerning the information you have that a Michael and Ellen Casey may have been brother and sister, I did find baptisms for a Michael Casey and Ellen Casey who have the same parents, though I do not know if this is one of the connections you are looking for. Michael and Ellen were baptized in the Mitchelstown Catholic Parish.
Their parents were Thomas Casey and Bridget/Bid Keily, possibly spelled Kiely.
Michael Casey was baptized on 6 February 1824. His baptism is on the lleft-hand register page, 6th line down from the top of the page at: https://is.gd/0LHYOe
His father’s name is recorded as “Thos.” Casey and his mother as Bridget Keily. The godparents are Jer. (Jerry) McCarthy and Mary McCarthy. As you can see the handwriting in the register can be a challenge to read.
Ellen Casey was born on 14 August 1829. Her baptism is on the left-hand register page at: https://is.gd/guAXX4
To find her baptism count 4 lines up from the bottom of the page until you come to the number 14 in the left margin of the page. Ellen’s godfather looks to be Tim Clifford. The first name of her godmother is Susan, but I could not make out Susan’s last name.
As noted earlier, I don’t know if the Michael and Ellen Casey, brother and sister, in the above baptism records are the Casey ancestors that you and Camille have in common.
Going through these Mitchelstown original baptism records can be a tedious process, made all the more challenging because the handwriting isn’t the best in the world and also because in some of the registers there is not a lot of space between one baptism record and the baptism record below it.
I didn’t find any other Michael and Ellen Casey siblings in the Mitchelstown Catholic Parish baptism records, who had the same parents.
Cathal, have you or Camille come across the surname name Kiely/Keily in any of your research? Or, is the name Kiely/Keily in any of your DNA matches with Camille? Also see if the surnames McCarthy and Clifford show up in your DNA profiles. These were the surnames of the godparents in the Casey baptisms noted above. They may have been related to the family.
I now wanted to see if I could locate a Casey or Gorman leasing property in Kilshanny, civil parish of Brigown, in an Irish property tax record known as Griffiths Valuation.
Griffiths Valuation was enumerated in the 32 counties of Ireland between 1847 and 1864. The valuation for the Brigown, Cork civil parish and surrounding parishes was completed by the year 1852, by which time your records show that Michael and Ellen Gorman Casey had already left Ireland and settled in Massachusetts. Did they live in Miford, Mass?
Unlike a census, Griffiths Valuation did not enumerate individual members of a family, such as husband, wife, and children in a household residence. Those named in the valuation were individuals who paid to lease property, such as land, houses, and outbuildings. Each person who paid to lease the property was called an “Occupier.” The other person listed in Griffiths Valuation was the person who owned the property, or who worked as the middleman collecting the rent on Gale Day for the owner. This middleman was called the “Immediate Lessor.”
You can access Griffiths Valuation transcriptions and original copies for free at the askaboutireland website link at:
I didn’t find any Casey occupiers leasing property in Kilshanny. But there is Catherine Gorman who did. She leased her property from the Earl of Kingston. You records show the Earl of Kingston evicted Michael O’Donnell, of Garrane, after 1858.
The Griffiths Valuation page for Kilshanny is attached to this reply. Catherine Gorman is the 4th Occupier listed in Kilshanny, just to the right of the number/letter combination, 4 a. This is a combination number/letter map reference number.
Catherine had leased a house, offices, and over 13 acres of land from the Earl. The land was valued at 8 Pounds and 10 Shillings. The house and offices were valued at 1 Pound. The total valuation for her lease was 9 Pounds and 10 Shillings. Catherine would have had to pay a percentage of this value toward the tax.
An office in a Griffiths Valuation record could be a barn, stable, blacksmith shop, or other type of outbuilding.
The number and letter combination 4 a is a map location reference point, showing where Catherine’s lease was situated on an Ordnance Survey Map of Kilshanny. The Ordnance Survey Map for any particular townland recorded in Griffiths Valuation can be downloaded from the askaboutireland website.
I believe I found Catherine’s lease on the map, which is attached. You’ll see the number 4 near the top center of the map, above the label in block letters for Kilshshanny.
By panning out of the map you can see that Mitchelstown is just west of Kilshanny. See the attachment.
A closeup of Mitchelstown on the map is also attached:
Kilshanny is the English spelling for the townland. In Irish it is “Cill tSeanaigh,” meaning “Church of Seanach,” or Seanach’s Church.
Concerning Michael O’Donnell of Garrane and his marriages: based on your information I found his 1851 marriage at the FMP website to Ellen Casey, but I didn’t uncover a marriage record for a Michael O’Donnell and a Margaret Casey at the FMP website. If he did marry Margaret Casey, and if the marriage took place in the 1840s, the marriage record may not be available because of all the gaps in the Mitchelstown Catholic marriage registers for the 1840s, as noted earlier.
I also found Michael O’Donnell and Margaret Casey, as well as several other Casey residents in Griffiths Valuation, leasing property in Garrane. See the attachment.
Margaret Casey’s lease is at map reference number 7a in the Griffiths Valuation page for Garrane. Michael O’Donnell is map number 14 a. Most of the occupiers in Garrane leased their property from the Earl of Kingston.
As you can also see, an Edmond Casey is found at map reference 4 a; Michael Casey at 5; and the Reps. of Daniel Casey at 6 a. “Reps of Daniel Casey” means that Daniel was deceased and that his legal interests may have been administered by family members, perhaps the other Caseys recorded in Garrane.
You’ll also notice a lease held by William Casey at map13 a. At map reference 15 b, a lease held by John O’Donnell.
The Griffiths Valuation Ordnance Survey Map of Garrane is attached to this reply.
You can enlarge all the attached Griffiths Valuation maps to more clearly see the map reference numbers.
Concerning Ellen Gorman Casey I found her 1904 Milford, Massachusetts death transcription as well as a copy of her original Milford death register entry at the free FamilySearch website. The transcription follows:
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001
Name: Ellen Gorman Casey
Death Date: 27 Jul 1904
Death Place: Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Death Place (Original): Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts
Birth Year (Estimated): 1834
Father's Name: Roger Gorman
Father's Sex: Male
Mother's Name: Mary Ford
Mother's Sex: Female
Spouse's Name: Michael Casey
Citing this Collection
"Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001." Database with images. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 19 April 2021. Citing Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, Boston.
A copy of the original Milford, Massachusetts death register is attached to this reply. The death for Ellen is Number 112 in the register, 4th entry up from the bottom.
Concerning Michael Casey, his wife Ellen, and son Michael are in the 1880 census in Miflord, Massachusetts. Their address is Purchase Street.
Most of the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire in the Commerce Building, Washington, D.C. in 1921, and so I went to the 1900 census at Ancestry.com where I found that 67 year old Ellen Casey, and her 35 year old son Michael W. Casey, where still on Purchase Street, Milford. This census shows that Ellen was a widow, who in her lifetime had 12 children, with 7 children still living as of 1900. The census also shows that she arrived in the U.S. in 1848 and had been in the U.S. for 52 years.
If you do not already have the 1880 and 1900 census returns for the Casey family, I can send them to you in a follow-up reply.
Ellen’s husband Michael would have died between the years 1880 and 1900. I actually found two Milford death register entries that may refer to him. Both come from the FamilySearch website and both show that Michael died in Milford, Massachusetts on 7 October 1892 at the age of 63, with an estimated birth year of 1829. At the time of death he was married. His parents are recorded as Owen Casey and Ellen White.
One of the FamilySearch transcriptions follows:
Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924
Name: Michael Casey
Death Date: 07 Oct 1892
Death Place: Milford, Massachusetts
Marital Status: Married
Father's Name: Owen Casey
Mother's Name: Ellen White
Age: 63 years
Birth Year (Estimated): 1829
Burial Place: Milford
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Source Reference: Casey, Michael, 1892
Record Number: 320
Record Number: 320
Citing this Collection
"Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 30 April 2021. Citing Secretary of State. State Archives, Boston.
Both Milford death register entries are attached to this reply under Michael Casey Death Register Entry 1, and Death Register Entry 2. Michael’s death in both registers is Number 142, or the 4th entry down from the top of the register.
I next wanted to see if I could find the Mitchelstown Catholic Parish baptism of a Michael Casey, son of Owen Casey and Ellen White at the FMP website. I didn’t find it. I also looked for his baptism in other Cork Catholic parishes, and in other counties in Ireland, but again without results.
I then wanted to see if I could find the FMP baptisms of any children of Owen Casey and Ellen White, but the results were negative.
I also looked for, but didn’t find the marriage record for Owen Casey and Ellen White anywhere in Ireland.
Do you know if the 1892 death record for Michael Casey pertains to the Michael Casey in Camille’s line?
This reply includes 9 attachments:
Catherine Gorman, Kilshanny, Griffiths Valuation
Griffiths Valuation Map of Kilshanny
Ordnance Survey Map of Mitchelstown
Michael O’Donnell and Caseys in Garrane, Griffiths Valuation
Griffiths Valuation Map of Garrane
Ellen Gorman Casey 1904 Death
Michael Casey 1892 Death Register Entry 1
Death Register Entry 2
With Kind Regards,
Find My Past
National Library of Ireland
Griffiths Valuation Maps