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Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to research our ancestors. The information I am seeking is about my great-great grandfather, James Handlon or O'Handlon. He and his family departed Cove, Cork on the ship, Regulis, in 1825, for Canada. On the manifest, it was written that they were from Ballyhooly, Cork. Ballyhoulihan is also listed. The family information on the manifest was James (father) age 42, spouse, Isabella Elizabeth Cavanaugh 40, children- Michael 20, Maurice (Morris)18, Richard 16, Mary 10, Thomas 8, Johanna 4, Catherine 2. My great grandfather, William Handlon, was born to James and  Isabella in Canada in 1832. Eventually, William came to work and reside in Old Warrington, FL, which is now known as the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, FL.He married my great grandmother, Isabella, and one of their daughters was my grandmother, Cecilia Handlon Boyden. I am trying to find out if Ballyhooly was the birthplace of James and Isabella, and if not, I'd like to find their origins. I'd like to trace my Irish ancestors back as far as I am able to do so. I am traveling to Ireland next year and would like to learn as much as possible by that time. Any help, advice, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Kathryn Boyden Peacock

Kathryn Peacock

Thursday 2nd April 2015, 03:16AM

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  • Kathryn:

    I searched the Roots Ireland indexes. The RC church would have been Castletownroche. I located three baptismal records with parents James and Isabel. They were Mary in 1815, Thomas 1817 and Johanna 1821. I did not find Catherine. The records for Castletownroche start in 1810 according to Roots.

    There were three other records in Castletownroche where the father was James however the mother was not Isabel or Bella.

    Later this summer the National Library of Ireland plans to place all RC parish registers online for free searching. I would look at the Castletowroche records at that time.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 4th April 2015, 02:50PM