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James Dowd was born about 1812 in Ireland, and probably in Ballyduff Civil Parish in Castlegregory Catholic Parish in County Kerry, Ireland. The diocese was Ardfert and Aghahoe (Kerry). The Townland was probably Kilmore since a Griffith's Valuation reported his residence there at a later date. His Irish-born parents were James Dowd and Kate Connor according to his death record.


He married Honora Dowd (not a relative) about 1841 in his hometown. James was a Laborer. He owned a house. He leased 16 acres of land for his family in Kilmore Townland. James and Honora had fourteen children during their marriage according to a family biography. Two of the children, James born 1847, and Margaret (Bridget's twin) born 1852, died in infancy. Three of the children married (Mary, Catherine, and Ellen), and settled in the Dingle Peninsula.


For unknown reasons, James and his wife, Honora, immigrated to the USA. James emigrated from Ireland with Thomas, his eldest son, in 1862 (according to his son's 1900 Census report). In 1864 his wife brought from Ireland sons and daughters who settled in the USA. Since their residence in 1865 was near Canada in New York State, James and Honora probably traveled by ships that arrived in the Port Quebec, lived in New York State briefly, and then moved to Massachusetts. It was reported that many residents of Castlegregory who emigrated to the USA often settled in Massachusetts.


James Dowd died of Pneumonia on September 29, 1879, at the age of 67.


James Dowd was buried in the St Jerome Cemetery in Holyoke, Massachusetts at a gravesite with his wife, Honora Dowd. Several of their children were also buried there. Those buried at St Jerome were members of surrounding Roman Catholic churches.


Additional Information
Date of Birth 1st Jan 1812 (circa)
Date of Death 29th Sep 1879
Townland born Kilmore


  • 1862 Immigration. Likely from Ireland to Quebec, Canada by ship. Then to New York State. No record of immigration in Canadian records. It was before the year that the Canadian record-keeping of arrivals began.


    Friday 13th August 2021 04:12PM
  • My grandmother was also from Ballyduff (i.e., Addergown). I've posted her on this site. Some of her cousins settled in Holyoke and are buried in St Jerome (Maurice Delaney and his family), which is on the FindAGrave site. They came into the US via NY in the late 1800s.

    Also, I was at St Jerome in December 2021, and there are many Dowds buried nearby my Delaneys. I noticed, because I went to college with an Ann Dowd who hailed from Holyoke. She's now an actress.


    Saturday 12th February 2022 05:19PM

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