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Seeking information on Patrick Gorman of Galway. Patrick married Eliza Sanders at St Pauls, Arran Quay, Dublin in April 1834.  They then sailed from Liverpool aboard the Medora in 1834, arriving Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia in November 1834. He was listed as an Agricultural Labourer. Patrick and Eliza had 4 children - Patrick b.1835; John b.1836; Mary b.1839; Bridget b.1841.  It is believed Patrick's brother, John, emigrated with his family - Judith (wife) and children, Mary, Anne & Bridget to Australia in 1856 aboard the Bee as a farm labourer, from Ballynakill, Co Galway.


Tuesday 5th Feb 2019, 04:12AM

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  • Jilly:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    Researching for Ballynakill parish in Co. Galway is difficult because there are four separate Ballynakill civil parishes in the county. I did search the subscription site Roots Ireland and found one baptismal record for Mary Gorman. The baptismal record does not show a townland.

    Name:Mary GormanDate of Birth:NOT RECORD
    Date of Baptism:30-Sep-1841Address:Not RecordedParish/District:BALLINAKILLGender:
    CountyCo. Galway
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:John GormanMother:Judith MurphyOccupation:
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:Michael Costello Sponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Mary Gorman 

    You may want to add Patrick Gorman's emigration story to our XO Chronicles site and possibly someone will see a connection…

    Have you considered DNA testing?

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 5th Feb 2019, 04:25PM
  • Hello Roger

    Apologies for late reply, but not long back from trip to Singapore.

    I have placed emigration story on suggested site.

    I and my father have had DNA testing with Family Tree DNA.  Problem is, try as I will I don't seem to be able to get the results on other sites, eg MyHeritage, where I am sure there may be a better chance of matches. The only match I have had with Family Tree DNA was with a suspected relative who I asked to do her DNA to confirm our relationship - it did.

    All Patrick's and Eliza's children were born in Australia.  A brother, John, emigrated 1856, parents named as James & Mary (no maiden name) with wife, Judy and children. John was born c.1817; Patrick was born c.1797, so there is every possibility that there are more siblings to these brothers. It would appear that Patrick sponsored John and his family to Australia. Children to John and Judy (nee Murphy) were Mary, Anne & Bridget, all born Ireland and would presume the Mary Gorman birth you have provided could well be the same as Mary who emigrated (although her age on shipping record of 1856 is given as 11 years).

    Thank you for your assistance.




    Wednesday 27th Mar 2019, 06:08AM
  • Jilly:

    Try adding your DNA data to the volunteer run site called Genesis Gedmatch    You will get macthes with people who tested with other companies and also loaded their data to Genesis Gedmatch.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 27th Mar 2019, 11:06PM

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