Martin Beirne was born in County Roscommon circa 1823.  He was married to Anne Hawkes on November 14, 1843, in the Catholic church in Lissonuffy.  Martin was a schoolteacher at the National School in Cloonfree, which may have been where he was born.  He was teaching and living in Cloonfree in 1847, evidenced in the Loan Society records, and at the time of Griffith's Survey in 1857.  Martin and Anne had children as follows: Bridget (1845), Margaret (1852), Ellen (1853), Annie (1855), Catherine (1857) and James Martin (1860).  Bridget and Margaret were baptized in Lissonuffy Church, and the rest of the children in the Cathoic Church in Kiltrustan.

Family lore says Martin died in 1860 or 61 of a heart attack, at age 37, in a competitive rope jumping contest.  The family emigrated to America in stages, with Bridget landing in Annapolis, Maryland in 1866, and the rest, including the widow Anne by 1870.

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Date of Birth 1st Jan 1823 (circa)
Date of Death 21st Mar 1861

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