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Thomas Connolly Born in 1856, Possibly in Clifden: Searching for Info & Relatives

Nearly all of my closest Connolly relatives passed years ago, taking any information with them about our family's link to Ireland. I desperately hope to re-discover my family's Irish heritage.

My maternal great grandfather is Thomas Connolly.
I believe Thomas emigrated from Ireland to the United States between 1868-1872, based on U.S. Census records. I've been unable to locate U.S. naturalization records or conclusive ship's passenger list records of his voyage.

I do not know the names of Thomas' parents, nor do I know if he had any siblings.

I have one document from my maternal grandfather's (Arthur Connolly) military file, that indicates Thomas was from Clifden, Ireland (spelled "Clifton" on this document - perhaps misspelled?). This is the sole clue I have that potentially links Thomas to a specific area in Ireland.

Vital Facts about Thomas Connolly:
Birth:   Dec 22, 1856 possibly born in Clifden, Galway, Ireland (location unconfirmed)
Death: Oct 25, 1945 in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon, USA

Vital Facts about Thomas Connolly's Wife in the USA:
Marriage:             Oct 7, 1886 in Atchison County, Kansas, USA
Maiden Name:     May Groendyke
Spouse's Birth:   Jul 10, 1866 possibly in Colorado, USA
Spouse's Death: Jul 1, 1950 in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA

Vital Facts about Thomas Connolly's Children in the USA:
Number of Children: 7
Names of Children with birth dates, death dates and locations:
Winifred Connolly           1887 Kansas–1971 Oregon
Arthur Connolly              1893 Oregon–1972 Oregon (my maternal grandfather)
Mary Elizabeth Connolly 1896 Oregon–1975 Washington
Burton Louis Connolly    1900 Oregon–1972 Oregon
Roy Connolly                  1902 Oregon–1979 Washington
Sidney James Connolly  1904 Oregon–1995 California
George Connolly            1906 Oregon–1989 Oregon

Additional Connolly family information can be found on my personal genealogy website:

Thank you for your kind help,


Monday 4th November 2019, 04:07PM

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