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Gidday from Brisbane in Australia

My grandfather John Purcell was baptised at Newmarket on Fergus on 30 May 1861. His father was Thomas Purcell (born c 1829) and mother was Mary Purcell nee Kane (c 1831) and his sponsors were John and Bridget McMahon. His military record shows that he was born at Ballycuneen.

They emigrated to Leeds in Yorkshire in the mid 1860's. John joined the Cape Mounted Rifles in South Africa and retired in 1919 as a Lt Colonel (temp Brigadier General) of the SA Brigade.

Hoping to trace some family connections in County Clare or elsewhere in Eire. I claimed my irish citizenship from my grandfather.


Thank you




Wednesday 18th December 2013, 01:14AM

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  • Noticed your message contained Kane. Our paternal side starts with Kane in the 1700's. The family lived near Jasper Pound, located between Ennis and Quin, Ireland, above and near your Ballycuneen location. All close together. Our Kane family records are: Michael Kane and Mary Whelen in the 1700's had 4-children. Mary, Anne, John and Honora. Honora was G GGrandmother born 1796.  She married Patrick Burke had 8-children of which 7 were born in or near Jasper Pound, Doora, County Clare. My purpose in writing is to make you aware we have a Mary Kane in the family not far from Ballycuneen. Mary Kane was my GG Grandmother's sister. The Patrick Burke family all migrated to the US 1845-1853.  Possible your Mary Kane could be related by way of the original Kane family or could be the daughter of Mary Kane, Honora's sister. Who know's, hope this helps. Let me know if any questions. Suggest you try the Clare Library site in Ennis. Go to the 1842 Ordinance Maps to locate general surroundings and parishes. Very helpful all on-line. Merry Christmas.


    Wednesday 25th December 2013, 11:43PM