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My great-great-grandparents, Thomas Connolly and Mary Gallagher, left Sligo in 1850 and settled in New Jersey. He was a butcher, as was an apparent relative Martin Connolly, who also settled in New Jersey. Family tradition says they came from Tubbercurry.


Thomas Connolly was born in Ireland in 1809/1810. He married in Ireland Mary Gallagher . They emigrated to America aboard the ship "A.Z." out of Liverpool and arrived in New York on 20 January 1851. On the manifest his occupation is listed as butcher. His age is given as 40. Besides his wife Mary, age 30, and his children Michael, 16; Thomas, 14; William, 7; Pat, 5; Brid[ge]t, 3, and H.J. [Henry L.], infant, he was accompanied by Fanny Narry, 16, whose occupation is listed as "service", and who would marry the younger Thomas, and Mary Glancey, 35, "to husband".

"Pat" would become a priest, and rise to the rank of Monsignor. He obtained a passport in 1893 with the intention of visiting Ireland. 

More detailed information can be found on Werelate:…

Here is the page for Martin Connolly:

I know these are pretty common names, but I wonder if anyone might see a connection to their family.




Sunday 4th Mar 2018, 11:38PM

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  • AugustineOSB:

    Welcome to ireland Reaching Out!

    Tubbercurry is actually in Achonry civil parish. We have a parish liaison for Achonry. I will let her know that you have posted a message. let me know if you have not heard back in two weeks or so.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 5th Mar 2018, 01:54AM
  • Hi,

    My husband has a Thomas Connolly in khis line that came to New Jersey from Ireland and married a Mary. His sons were Thomas and Wallace and a daughter Mary Jane. I wonder if this is the same person? 

    Monday 24th Sep 2018, 04:20PM

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