Can you porvide a few dates? Roughly when was Bernard born, married or died?
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ElwynFriday 12th July 2019, 07:27AM
Bernard was born @ 1894 in Ballynascreen, Parish Dungiven, Derry. He died 17 November 1971 in Roe Valley Hospital and is buried in St. Patricks RC cemetery in Dungiven. His daughter Bridie married Liam Gormley in 1970 at St. Eugene's Cathedral. I believe they had a daughter, Breige Marie @ 1973. I do not know about the other children Ann or Brendan. I am under the impression there were a lot of McCloskey's associated with the family...one being John Francis McCloskey. Perhaps he is Bernard's wife's brother? She was Annie but I don't know her last name. Does Manasban sound like a name used to distinguish among families? I know they called this John Francis "Manasban" but I am not sure what it means.
maureen cunninghamSaturday 13th July 2019, 06:03AM
This appears to be your Bernard in the 1901 census in Cashel townland:
Patrick’s probate abstract:
O'Kane Patrick of Cashel county Londonderry farmer died 10 January 1922 Probate Londonderry 10 March to Annie O'Kane widow. Effects £17.
The will itself should be in PRONI. You might want to look it up to see who he mentioned. Likewise Bernard may have left a will in 1971. That too should be in PRONI and worth a look.
Bernard O’Kane is a fairly common name and I can see quite a few marriages in the period 1911- 1935. I didn’t see one to a McCloskey. You could go through them all looking for one to any Anns, and then pay to view them. You can view the original certificates on-line on the GRONI website, using the “search registrations” option:
You will need to open an account and buy some credits. It costs £2.50 (sterling) to a view a certificate.
ElwynTuesday 16th July 2019, 08:04PM
Elwyn, Thank you for your help in this. I will look in Proni and see if I can find more on Bernard and set up a quick account with Geni to get whatever I can...that would also help in finding the rest of the siblings. Jane and John who remained.
maureen cunninghamWednesday 17th July 2019, 05:12PM