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My ggg Grandfather died aged 58 in 1887 born circa 1829 in Burt Donegal - his name was John Sheerin. I believe he may have had siblings called James peter William... he had children called James John hugh William Ellen Mary Anne Elizabeth and Margaret. John Sheerin married Mary ferry from fahan before 1856 - first child was James 1856. I have no marriage records. Any information on the sheerins from burt will be much appreciated even if just general info or advice.



John Sheerin 


Thursday 18th Jan 2018, 02:30AM

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  • John:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    Baptismal records for Burt/Fahan parish do not begin until November 1859. Marriage records start in 1850. I searched on Roots Ireland and did not locate the marriage record or baptismal records for children. You mention that the first child was born in 1856. Did John and Mary have any children born 1864 or later when civil registration started?

    I did look at the 1857 Griffiths Valuation head of household listing for Burt civil parish and there were six Sheerins listed including a John in Mulleny townland. Also, a James and Peter.

    The 1901 census only showed one Sheeran in Mulleny possibly the widow of John?…

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 18th Jan 2018, 04:55PM




    Hi roger 

    Thankyou for your reply . Sorry I didn’t mention but John and Mary moved to killea and then balloughry town on the outskirts of Derry or vice verca , I’ve got all of their children’s birth records all christened in long tower church Derry  , I do believe that since Mary was frm fahan and John was frm Burt that they must have been married in this location but I cannot find any records of their marriage which I believe would’ve been after 1850.





    Thursday 18th Jan 2018, 08:57PM
  • Dear John,

    There are still Sheerins living in the area. I research local families and their connections. Did John have any children locally do you know or were they all born after they left the area? I had a search and I am unable to find their marriage but will check to see if I can find any related marriages for them


    Tuesday 23rd Jan 2018, 09:09PM

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