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My great grandfather was John Joseph COAKLEY, born 1853 at Bandon.  His parents were John COAKLEY (farmer) and Ellen MURPHY.  They were married in 1845 at Timoleague but I am not sure when they died.   I have found the deaths of a John Coakley (1875) and Ellen Coakley (1888) at the Cork Workhouse and bought their death certificates.  Their ages are about right.  I fear they could be my G grandparents as their respective fathers' names are the same names as their first and second born sons (Matthew Coakley and Timothy Murphy).  Of course, this could be a coincidence.   I would like to know for sure.

John and Ellen had six sons, the other five are:  Matthew - 1847 Ballinhassig;   Timothy - 1850 Bandon (Stevedore);  Jeremiah - 1855 Ballinhassig;  Charles - 1858 St Finbars Cork South (believed to has emigrated to USA);    Paul Peter - 1863 St Finbars Cork South (Stevedore - emigrated to Australia in 1909 and died there in 1910).

I would really love to be able to fill in more details regarding my g grandfather's parents and siblings and would apprciate any advice / information as to how to proceed further.   

Thank you


Monday 24th Dec 2018, 04:59AM

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  • I am related to a Margaret Coakley who was married to my great-great-grandfather, James Heffernan, who was born about 1830 and died 8 April 1883 in Cork. Their son, Edward Heffernan, is my great-grandfather and his son, James Heffernan was my grandfather. They were all from St Finbarr’s parish. My grandparents emigrated to the U.S. in 1922-23.

    I have no other information about my great-great-grandparents. Might we be related?


    Monday 22nd Aug 2022, 06:17PM

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