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Hi everyone.

I have hit a brick wall searching for my 2 great grandfather.  William Moore was born (according to English Censuses) abt 1804 in Ballyheigh. He was a 'water guard'.

By 1837 he was in Antrim where his first child was born...mother being Susannah Gandy although I cannot find marriage.

They family ended up in Kent UK ...with several children the youngest being Richard Henry Moore my great grandfather.

I can find nothing re Williams birth or life in Kerry or marriage.

I live in New Zealand so cannot get to Kerry to try and find any records.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.   Maureen


Friday 5th Apr 2019, 11:47PM

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  • Maureen:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    I think it is unlikely that any church records would be available back to 1804 for that area of Kerry. The RC records start late around 1857 and the Church of Ireland baptismal records start in 1879. The marriage records start in 1822 but likely William was married in Antrim. I also checked the free site which has Co. Kerry church records in case the marriage was in Kerry but in a different church from Ballyheigue (bride's parish) but no record came up.

    I also checked on the subscription site Roots Ireland but was unable to find the 1837 baptismal record for his daughter.

    You may want to add William's emigration story to our XO Chronicles site and possibly someonew will see a connection

    Roger McDonnell


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 6th Apr 2019, 01:27PM
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    A possible match for your William in Coastguard(*) records (ADM175/18) shows him at Larne Station Co. Antrim, and transferred there from 'St. Agnes' Coast Guard Station on the 23rd August 1836. As far as I can tell the only St. Agnes' Coast Guard Station was in Cornwall. A search of parish records on FMP shows a probable marriage for your William & Susannah at St Andrew's Anglican in Plymouth in Devon on the 17th December 1832, William is shown as a mariner, I've attached an image of the entry...

    *The Water Guard also known as the Preventative Boat Service was a division of revenue enforcement initially under the Navy and later became the Coast Guard.

    Shane Wilson, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 6th Apr 2019, 01:43PM
  • Shane:

    Great work!


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 6th Apr 2019, 04:18PM
  • Oh my goodness

    This is fantastic.

    Thank you so much gentlemen.

    I cannot believe how you found this.

    Shane, I will certainly be following up on that marriage. I know the family descendents were anglican, not Roman Catholic or any other.

    Roger i will (hopefully) get to writing up Williams journey and posting it.

    I never knew we had an Irish branch until i started researching a few years ago. . Mum never said anything and it was too late to ask her, although given I am Maureen and my brother Shaun should have been a flag!!!!

    Thanks again



    Sunday 7th Apr 2019, 02:49AM

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