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Genealogy Queries


CTIAHS has received a number of genealogy inquiries, primarily submitted via its web page. We will periodically list these inquiries in the hope that connections will be made. In addition, CTIAHS has been exchanging newsletters with the Irish Ancestry Group of the Genealogical Society of Victoria, Australia. We have also listed recent queries from “Blarney”, the newsletter of the Irish Ancestry Group. If you have information to share please email CTIAHS at ctiahs@gmail.com; please indicate which query you are responding to so we can forward the information.

Query #1. Seeking information on county or counties of origin of Martin and Mary Kingsly Riley, Norwich CT. Martin Riley b. 1839, Ireland to Charles Riley and Annie Foley. Mary Kingsly b. 1844, Ireland to Lawrence Kingsley and Nancy Malone. Martin and Mary emigrated to U.S. between 1865 and 1870. Children: Jane b. 1868; Annie b. 1869; Charles b. 1874; Mary b. 1875; Edward b. 1877; Luke b. 1881, Thomas b. 1882; and William b. 1884. Son Charles m. Elizabeth O’Hara; Charles and Elizabeth’s son William b. 1907, baptized in Oregon. Writer has death records for Martin and Mary and some information from church records from St. Patrick’s Church, Norwich CT.

Query #2. Seeking information on the military history of Banagher, Co. Offaly, in the 1820s, 1830s. Banagher was a Garrison Town. William Rooney, blacksmith, and wife Charlotte, nee Brady, were there until 1832, then not found again until 1839. Would William have moved with the Army to another County for a few years, as he was still a blacksmith in Banagher in the 1840s? Children of William and Charlotte were Mary, John, James and William.

Query #3. Seeking information on gg grandparents Michael and Mary (nee O’Hagan) McGuigan, farmer of Maghera, Co. Derry and family. Their children Henry and James traveled unassisted to Melbourne in 1852 and 1854 respectively, where Henry married Eliza Dick in May 1861 and James married Susan Harte in Sept. 1861.

Query #4. Seeking information about Mary McCarthy who arrived Melbourne 1869 on the SS Electric, from London via Plymouth. She was 18 years old. Her parents were Jeremiah McCarthy and Mary Collins from either Co. Cork or Co. Clare.

Query #5. Seeking information on the birth of Margaret or Martha Hughes in Co. Armagh in 1864 – 66.

Query #6. Seeking to trace William Burke, of Tipperary South, Ballylooby/Kilcoran/Scartnaglorane area, son of William Burke and Margaret Kiely, b. Jan. 24, 1877. Believe arrived New York May 5, 1901 from Queenstown on the Etruria, going to cousin Mich(ael) Shealy (Sheehy) at 7 Third St. Ansonia, CT. 1910 Census does not list William Burke in Ansonia. Shows Michael Shealy (Sheehy) (age 48 in 1910), wife Mary, daughters Mary, Irene, Catherine, sons Thomas and Michael lived at 1 Columbia Street Ansonia in 1910. Michael’s brother James Shealy (Sheehy) (age 50, single) boarded with the family. Any information on William Burke or his Shealy (Sheehy) connection welcome.

Query #7. Seeking to contact descendants of Captain William Wright of the 9th Connecticut Volunteers (U. S. Civil War); have family history info to share.

Query #8. Seeking reputable sources for completing genealogic research concerning Ballyhaunis, County Mayo.

Query #9. Seeking descendants/relatives of Thomas Lynch, son of Richard Lynch and Anastasia Cooney (both from Cork), lived Portland CT in 1870, quarry laborer. Wife Ellen, daughter Hannah (b. CT 1862).

Query #10. Seeking birthplace in Ireland for Bridget Ahearn, Patrick Ahearn and Michael Flaherty. Family oral history indicated Bridget (also nee Ahearn) and Patrick Ahern/Ahearn from Co. Cork and/or Co. Limerick; lived Poplar St. New Haven CT, had son John Thomas Ahearn. John Thomas m. Mary Flaherty; children John Thomas Ahearn II and Timothy Francis Ahearn; lived Foster St. New Haven CT. Mary Flaherty Ahearn daughter of Michael Flaherty and Anne Connolly. Michael, son of Timothy Flaherty and Mary (neeTwomey) Flaherty, served in Co. A, 25th Connecticut Infantry during the U.S. Civil War. Believe Michael emigrated with parents and sisters; Flaherty family lived in Canton, CT.

Query # 11. Seeking information on parents, siblings/relatives and birthplace in Ireland of Daniel Kirby, b. c. 1838. Husband of Mary Duffy Kirby, veteran of the 15th Regiment Ct. Volunteers in the U.S. Civil War. Family oral history indicates that Daniel was from County Tipperary. Daniel and Mary married in New Haven, CT. in 1860. Family spent some years in Carbon County PA. during the early 1870s before returning to New Haven. Sophia Kirby sponsor for one of Daniel’s children.

Query # 12. Seeking birthplace in Ireland for Patrick Heslin, son of Peter and Ellen Heslin b. c. 1843. First appears in New Haven City Directory c. 1867, living at same address as James Heslin and Bernard Heslin. The next year neither James nor Bernard appear in the Directory. Maria Heslin sponsor for two of Patrick’s children (Patrick m. Catherine Carberry in New Haven 1870).

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