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My gg grandfather, Michael Daily, left Ireland in 1849 for the USA. He settled in Fulton County, Illinois where he married Julia Carolan (Nobber, Co. Meath) in 1859. Anyone with a link to Galway or Fulton Co. Dailys is encouraged to contact me. I don't know very much about Michael but hope to learn more. Thanks. 

John M Dooley

Wednesday 4th Jul 2012, 08:46PM

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  • Hi there,

    First of all, be sure to check all variant spellings of the name when carrying out your research. The name is more commonly known as 'Daley' here. You can check for information about the frequency of the name in the mid-19th century and any other variant spellings of the name here:

    I was just wondering what Galway connections you have?

    Could you please post your message on the Nobber page here:

    There are Roman Catholic church records available for Nobber. These date from 1754 for baptismal records and from 1757 for marriage and burial records.You can find these at the National Library of Ireland, Pos. 4183, or the Church of Latter day Saints, film 0926179. If you have any difficulty, you could try writing to the parish priest for more assistance.

    Do you know much about their emigration? Dates, the reason why they left, etc? Generally more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. If you knew which city they arrived at (e.g. Liverpool), this could be a good place to find more information, and perhaps even find out an exact place of origin.

    You could also try checking the land records called the Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38) or the later Griffith's Valuation (1848-64). Griffith's is freely available here: or here: Failte Romhat has lots of other useful links you could try looking at. Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38). Microfilm copies of the books for all of Ireland are available at the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) or the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).

    There is a book you migt be interested in by Noel French called 'Nobber, a step back in time', 1991. He also wrote a book called 'Meath ancestors, a guide to sources for tracing your ancestors in Co. Meath', 1993.

    There are estate records available for Nobber. Landlord: Balfour: You can find this information Journal of County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society (JCLAHS), 12 (3) (1951), 190. 1838.

    Please make sure you link anyone else in your family who is interested in their Irish heritage to our site - and indeed anyone else you know of Irish heritage.

    Kind regards,

    Sinead Cooney

    Genealogist (Ireland XO)

    Friday 13th Jul 2012, 03:27PM
  • Hi Sinead,

    Michael Daily/Dailey is my only known Galway connection. He is a bit of a mystery for me. He died in Illinois in 1878. His obit was brief, died at about age 52, mentioning two sisters in Mobile, Alabama and a brother and sister in Ireland. No names. There was no other family listed, aside from his wife and kids, in Illinois. It told of his arrival in the States in 1849 and Illinois 1852. Some researchers there have told me they think he may have had cousins nearby but there is as yet no documentation to prove it. The surname in records here varies between Daily and Dailey. Being a very common name in the States with numerous spellings, including Daley and Daly, finding more on him has been difficult. The county in Illinois where he lived contained quite a number of Dailys but to date I have found none who are related.

    Regarding your request to post on the Nobber, Meath page are you referring to the Daily post? Michael was married in the States in 1859. Do you think it would be helpful?

    I am very grateful for your considerate advice.

    Thank you,


    John M Dooley

    Friday 13th Jul 2012, 05:12PM
  • Hi JD,

    The Nobber links are in reference to Julia Carolan. I don't know if you have found much for her or not, but I thought I would send you some information relating to Nobber anyway (no harm to check them out).

    Yes, as you mention the name is most well known as Daly or Daley here. But the name may have changed spelling over time. So be sure to check for all vraiants of the name when carrying out research. I have often seen the same name spelled five different ways in documents here!

    I hope that someone living in the local communities will recognise the names. Perhaps they will be able to help you further. In the meantime, I wish you the very best of lcuk in your research.

    Please make sure you link anyone else in your family who is interested in their Irish heritage to our site - and indeed anyone else you know of Irish heritage.

    Kind regards,

    Sinead Cooney

    Genealogist (Ireland XO)

    Monday 16th Jul 2012, 09:58AM

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