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There may be no connection, but the names are similar, so I thought I'd pass this along.  My niece's maternal grandmother was an O'Brien, and research I have done on her family shows that her immigrant ancestors arrived in Cambridge, MA between 1845 and 1849.  They were Thomas O'Brien, born Ireland c. 1815 and his wife Joanna Rice.  Their children were John, b. IRE. c. 1840, Mary Ann, b. New Brunswick Canada c. 11845, and the following,all born Cambridge: James 1847, Ann Maarie 1850, Thomas 1852, Terrence 1854 and George 1856.  The Cambridge births can be verified in MA vital records.  The others are "guesstimates" from other records generated by this family.


Sunday 3rd April 2016, 04:59PM

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  • Barbara:

    Do you know the subject of the original message? If you let me know, I will post this comment to that message.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 3rd April 2016, 11:29PM
  • Roger,

    The post was from Virginia re. Geary's in Cloyne Priestr on 3 March 2016. 

    I've been away from this for a long time, so I'm pretty rusty. I have done a lot of research on folks coming to Massachusetts including to Boston/Roxbury  from  Roscommon.




    Monday 4th April 2016, 01:56PM
  • I've been on vacation for five days but I just posted your comment on the other message.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 9th April 2016, 05:22PM
  • Dear BOSbos. Thank you for the information. James O'Brien, who married my great aunt, Margaret Geary, was from Greenland, Ballymacoda, County Cork, Ireland. I have learned that Greenland township was just a mile away from Clonpriest parish where the Geary's resided. Perhaps James O'Brien and Thomas O'Brien were related. There are many O'Briens buried in the Ballymacoda Hill Cemetery, Kilmacdonough,  Cork, Ireland (See the Historic Graves website).

    Thank you again. Virginia


    Monday 11th April 2016, 12:49PM
  • Thank you, Virginia.  It may not be soon, but I will try to look at those grave records when I have time.  I appreciate your response.  Barbara


    Friday 15th April 2016, 06:34PM