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Looking for Patrick James Thornton (Patt) born around 1876 in Clossagh, Foxford , Ireland. What area did he come from ? Where did he go ?   I know he was in Ireland living at Sraheens, Mayo, in 1901. I know he was married in Doncaster, England in 1913, So to prove him I am trying to find out when he left Ireland and why.

Any help would be appreciated as we intend to visit the area next May (2022)

Thanks for your time 


Patrick James Thornton

Thursday 25th November 2021, 01:44PM

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  • John:

    In the 1901 census the family was living in the townland of Clossaghroe in the civil parish of Ballynahaglish. Sraheens was the District Electoral Division.

    Ballynahaglish parish is just to the north and west of Toomore parish which includes Foxford.

    I located Patrick's 1876 civil birth record.

    See fourth record

    I located civil birth records for five brothers.

    Edward 1869 John 1869 Thomas 1871 Michael 1873 William 1877

    His parents married in 1868. See names of the fathers of the bride and groom.

    See second record for 1868 marriage record for William Thornton and Mary Ruane

    I don't see Patrick's parents in the 1911 census for Clossaghroe and did not find a death record for them in from 1901-1911. I'm wondering if they also went to England. There are no records which show when people left Ireland for England. It was considered all one country at that time. Patrick likely went there for a work opportunity.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 25th November 2021, 02:14PM
  • Thank you for helping me and allowing me to join your group.

    Family members think one or  more of the family members was either in the Irish polce, or the IRA.  Have looked asfar as I can with no results. 

    Would I be right in assuming that the catholic terms, as written in the record books, inthis case,  Jacobus would be the same as James. Ifound a Jacob christened to a jacob Thornton and Brigida McCann in 3 November 1832


    Patrick James Thornton

    Saturday 27th November 2021, 11:54AM
  • John:

    You are correct. Jacobus is James.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 27th November 2021, 03:09PM