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Searching for my Kirby & Foley ancesters & any living relatives

John Kirby married Mary Foley 0n 16 Feb 1858, at the Tallow RC Parish.  Their witnesses were James Pyne & Mary Carew.  They resided in Ballyduff where their first 6 children were born:

Mary Kirby: bpt. Tallow, 04 Nov 1858, sponsors - Denis Cleary & Mary Cleary

Margaret Kirby: bpt Tallow, 05 June 1860, sponsors - James Hyrme & Margaret Carthy

William Kirby: bpt. Tallow, 02 Apr 1862, sponsors - Simon Cleary & Julia Keefe

Johanna Kirby: b. Toor Ballyduff Waterford 22 May1864, bpt June 1864 Ballyduff Dist

David Kirby: b. Ballyduff, 28 Aug 1866, bpt. 17 Sept 1866 Ballyduff Dist., sponsors - John Baley & Mary Hurly

John Kirby: bpt Tallow.RC Parish, 13 Jan 1868, sponsors - Edmund Dawly & Mary Wing

The family then moved into Co Cork where 6 more children were born & baptized.  They moved from townland to townland but stayed in the Fermoy Dist. between Conna & Carrigabrick.  Eventually most of the family immigrated to the Boston Massachusetts area of America.  It would be lovely to learn more about John's & Mary's history and find any living relatives.  When Mary died in Boston in 1898 I learned of her parents - David Foley & Mary Hennessey. John died in Somerville MA (a Boston area town) in 1908; his father was listed as John Kirby, but his mother was listed as unknown.

It would be lovely to learn more about my family.  Thank you for any help you may provide.  Janet






Friday 12th July 2019, 07:20PM

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  • Thank You so much, Miriam.  I will will use your suggestions & pray that I find my ancestors.  They did travel around Cork, from the Conna area to Carrigabrick.  Janet


    Monday 15th July 2019, 06:07PM
  • I don't know if there's a connection, but I have earlier relatives in Tallow who are also Kirby. 


    John b. unknown M. w. Ellen Brien, b. 1790

    Son John Kirby b.1805 m Ellen Brien (not a mistake)

    Children : Mary b. 1834, James b. 1836, John b. 1838, Maurice b. 1842, William b. unsure. 
    The parents and family emigrated to the US, and ended up in Richmond/ Lenox/West Stockbridge/Pittsfield MA (neighboring towns).

    I'm descended from Maurice, and have DNA matches with people descended from Mary, James and John.  If you've done DNA, I can see if we match on ancestry or on gedmatch.

    However there were many Kirbys in Tallow. I have a spreadsheet of all the Kirbys in Tallow in the early 1800s, with about 40 baptisms and 5 marriages. I went up to 1827. I'd be glad to share that in case it helps. As is common, there are many families with similar names - a lot of James John and Williams for example.  When you look at the info (attached), I have taken the same info and sorted it a variety of ways. By date, by child name, by location. I was trying to understand how this related to my people. So it's a bit repetitive. Also, names are translated from Latin.






    Saturday 14th September 2019, 10:16PM

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