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Hoban 1839


Michael Thomas Hoban, born Sept 29, 1839 in Moygawnagh parish, one son with six sisters, according to family records. Emigrates from Ireland to Luzerne County (Avoca)Pennsylvania in 1855  according to US census records. 

From searches of ship logs, I have found a record for Michl Hoban traveling from Ireland to NY, with younger sister Austin Hoban on the Dreadnaught in August 1855.

From searches on Moygawnagh civil parish, I have found references to Michael, Thomas, Augustine Hoban (female), Mary, Catherine, Bridget and Anne Hoban, all baptized according to records now kept in Crossmolina Catholic parish, born from 1828 to 1845....roughly correct time frame. That is a Michael with 5 out of 6 sisters.... maybe, hopefully......

There are two Catherines, Bridgets and Marys born to Hoban in Crossmolina parish records, about 6 years apart, adding complication to assumption. Ttwo families, yes?

Would anyone know of the family? Are there any descendants of the "six Hoban sisters" aware of a grand uncle Michael who emigrated to the US?

Crossmolina records show that Augustine Hoban died in Castlebar in 1916, which would jive with the fact that I never found any trace of "Augustine or Austin" in any Pennsylvania census. My assumption is, (if all the other assumptions are true), she returned to Ireland, possibly to avoid the US Civil War which impacted Pennsylvania in early 1860's.

Michael Thomas Hoban is my great grandfather, and my family trace information stops with him. I do not know anything about his sisters or his parents and would very much like to know.

I hope to be in Ireland in May this year, and will follow any or all leads you can provide.

Thank you.    



Wednesday 6th March 2013, 08:54PM

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    Thank you very much for your message. I hope that someone with information makes a connection with you. Perhaps it may also be an idea to contact the Family History Research Centre in North Mayo for some possible assistance or advice. A fee may apply however. Here are their contact details:

    Family History Research Centre,




    Co. Mayo.

    Phone: +353 (0) 96 31809 Email:

    Also here is a link to the Local Studies Department page at Co. Mayo Library:

    Please be patient - as our programme has only begun to rollout across the island of Ireland and volunteers in some areas may not yet be organized.

    Kind regards,

    Genealogy Support

    Emma Carty

    Tuesday 30th April 2013, 10:39AM
  • Hi jwkerry

    Quite a late reply but we only have our Parish set up here very recently.

    I have some information on Hoban's from Moygownagh parish if you are still with us?

    Liam Alex




    Moygownagh Mayo

    Thursday 3rd March 2016, 12:28PM
  • Liam,

    Yes, thank you.   I am very much with you.

    New information indicates that Michael Thomas Hoban's father was Thomas Hoban, and his mother was Bridget Burk, according the the Pennsylvania Death Certificate info provided by his son.  These scans have only become available recently.





    Saturday 12th March 2016, 05:09AM
  • Hi Joanne - please email me on the parish email and I can send you some links that may be relevant in your quest. the Hoban name is one found from crossmolina to Ballycastle particularly in north mayo including parishes of Kilfian and Moygownagh  Fr Brendan Hoban is a renowned historical author and advocate and is present parish priest of Moygownagh. Chat then. Liam A 



    Wednesday 16th March 2016, 11:51AM