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Having an impossible time trying lo locate parents of Peter Keane (1856C - 1911). Father's name according to his 1885 marriage cert  to Mary Ellen Ledwith in Legan chapel is Denis Kane of Rathaspick.

In 1910 cenus Peter Kane is listed along with wife Mary Ellen and children: Maggie, Michael, Patrick, Owen and Mary Ellen.

In 1901 census in nearby townland (Stongaluggaun, Glenlough) is a Denis Kane (70) with wife Margaret, and children Peter, Mary, Margaret and James.


Unless Denis Kane named two of his children Peter, this is not his father, but a cousin? 

I have searched parish records and dont know where to turn. This has been a brickwall for many many years. 




Wednesday 10th March 2021, 02:59PM

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  • Erin:

    I can't help with the wife of Denis or any records for Denis. However, I did locate a death record on the subscription site Roots Ireland for a Peter Kean who died at age 75 on December 30 1849 at Rathowen (Rathaspick) RC parish. No location is listed but i suspect he may be the father of Denis. Also, in the 1854 Griffiths Valuation head of household listing for Rathaspick civil parish, there is an Anne Kane listed in Henfield townland  Likely she was the widow of Peter and at some point Denis took over.

    This may be Anne's death record in 1887 next to last record

    FYI Look at the last record on the page for another Anne who was part of the Stongaluggaun Keane family.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 10th March 2021, 05:41PM
  • Good morning Roger,

    Thank you! 

    I am going to have to go back and look up records for both of these lines and see where they connect. The names keep repeating during each generation.


    I did find a grave stone at the St. Johns Church cemetery for a Denis Kane of Rathaspick who died in 1791, and reads "in memory of whom this momument was erected. By his children Owen and Peter Kane." Again, the names Peter and Denis, but of a different generation. Also it seems this is a COI cemetery, and my family was "always" been RC. I guess not!

    Thank you for your time! 


    Tuesday 16th March 2021, 07:45AM
  • Erin:

    It was not unusual in the early part of the 1800s for Catholics to be buried in a Church of Ireland cemetery.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 16th March 2021, 01:30PM
  • ok thank you! I didnt know that!


    Wednesday 17th March 2021, 03:34PM