My maternal great grandfather, Bernard McCusker, and great grandmother, Bridgette Hackette were born in Cullenreamer, Tyrone, Northern Ireland. They were married in 1865 in Cullenreamer. I cannot find Cullenreamer on the map. Has the name changed? Bernard died in 1878 in Cullenreamer. Bridgette died circa 1911 in Armagh, Ireland. My grandfather was born in 1880 and emigrated to the United States in 1903. He had a sister Ellen Elizabeth McCusker who was born in 1877 in Cullenreamer. I have little information about Ellen Elizabeth but would love to learn more.
My maternal grandmother, Rose Ann Pryor was born in 1888 in Northern Ireland, according to my search on Ancestry.com. She may have been born in 1887 in Bawnboy, Ireland. The information for the Pryors is sparse.
My paternal grandmother, named Mary Ellen Groark, was born in Swinford, County Mayo in 1889. Her mother was Mary Ellen Sheridan who was born in Bohola, Mayo.
My wife and I will be visiting Ireland in May 2023 and would like to explore my Irish heritage. Any information that you can provide about these places and people would be very much appreciated.
Wednesday 30th Nov 2022, 03:12AM
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Regarding Cullenreamer, spellings vary but the standardized version of the townland is Cullenramer. It’s in the parish of Donaghmore. You can see it on the map using this link: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/9b31e0501b744154b4584b1dce1f85…
It’s 233 acres in size and in the 1901 census there were 22 houses there including 1 McCusker household. Total population of the townland was 77.: http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Tyrone/Castlecaulfield…
Several Hackett/Hackitt households in the townland: http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Tyrone/Castlecaulfield…
Bernard’s father was named Michael: https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marriage_re…
The Valuation Revision records show Michael McCusker farming plot 21a in the townland (18 acres). In 1880 the tenant changes from Michael to Bridget. Then in 1883 Bridget is replaced by Patrick Hackett. In the early 1900s Bridget was the tenant of plot 21c but was replaced by James Hackett in 1910. Patrick also farmed plot 2a (5 acres) and in 1910 Bridget replaced Patrick Hackett. So the farms seemed to have been swopped around at times. Plot 2 today looks to be just farmland. No houses on it and no direct road access. Plot 21 today is on the Cullenramer Rd and appears to be Aileen’s Beautique & the Retreat.
1911 census, Bridget on her own: http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Tyrone/Castlecaulfield…
I can see a birth for Patrick McCusker on 25.12.1874 and for Ellen on 16.11.1877.
Ellen looks to have married William Cunningham of Dungannon in 1912: https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marriage_re…
I don’t see Ellen in the 1901 or 1911 censuses so possibly she was working in England as often happened. According to a tree on Ancestry, William died in Liverpool in 1950 and Ellen died in Crosby (a suburb of Liverpool) in 1955. They had a daughter Rose Cunningham (1918 - 2005) who married Charles EBO in Nottingham in October 1941. She seems to have living descendants.
Regarding your other ancestors, you might want to put separate posts for them under the various counties they were born in (ie Cavan & Mayo).
Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘
If you have not done so already, please fill out this link regarding your travel plans to Ireland next year. https://www.irelandxo.com/meet-and-greet As Elwyn suggested, a separate message covering Rose Anne Pryor and Mary Ellen Groark would be helpful. I did an quick check for a birth/baptismal record for Mary Ellen Groark and did not find a record. Thanks! Roger McDonnell
Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘
Thank you very much!