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Am attempting to trace any ancestors of a Thomas Grace, my 2nd great grandfather, who was born about 1815, but not sure exactly where.  He married Margaret MacNamara at Silvergrove around 1833 and appears to have remained in the area as several children are shown in RC Church records as having been baptised in the RC Church Parish of O’Callaghan’s Mills with a residence of Silvergrove.    Griffith’s Valuation shows what would appear to be him as being in the nearby Townland of killokennedy in 1852.

He and Margaret migrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1863 together with a son, John (my great grandfather), his wife Bridget Tuohy and their three young children.  Bridget was born in Bodyke about 1830 and from what I have been able to find, was from the Silvergrove area.  Clare Library has much information on the Tuohy families of Kilnoe Parish but have been unable to make any connections so far.

John and Bridget were married in Bodyke on 9th Feb 1858 and RC Church Baptism records show their residence as Killokennedy in the RC Parish of Broadford.

The only Grace family reference I have been able to find since their departure in 1863 has been via the Clare Library website and the Census  of 1901 (and 1911) showing one family in Killuran Parish in the townland of Teerovannan, which is relatively close to Killokennedy.

I will be in County Clare at the beginning of May next year (2017) and any information or research suggestions etc. would be greatly appreciated.

Lawrence Roche

Lawrence Roche

Sunday 18th Dec 2016, 05:33AM

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  • Lawrence:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    The RC records for O'Callaghan Mills parish start in 1835. Here is a link to the register  The records are not on Roots Ireland but are available on Find My Past. I was only able to find two baptismal records in O'Callagans's Mills. There was a child baptized in late April 1835. The name is very difficult to read. Possibly it is John. I also found a March 5th, 1838 record for a Bridget. I'm sure there are more records but they were the only two I could locate in my searching on Find My Past.

    The Kilnoe/Bodyke records start in 1832

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 18th Dec 2016, 05:39PM
  • Hello Roger,

    Many thanks for the reply.

    Had located the two O'Callaghan's Mills baptisms through the NLI Parish Registers. From information I have at this end, the April 1835 baptism should be that of Martin Grace on the 20th.  I haven't been able to locate any other baptisms in the O'Callaghans Mills parish either and I know there were at least three other children in the family, again based on information I have here. 

    As the 1852 Griffith's valuation shows a Thomas Grace in Killokennedy townland, they may have relocated.  If that was the case, I think that would place them in the RC Parish of Broadford but unfortunately their records don't appear to start till 1844.  I suspect this is too late as I haven't been able to find anything there either.   Of the three children born to John and Bridget before they migrated, I have located baptism records for all three in the Parish of Broadford so maybe they were all together in Killokennedy before migrating.



    Lawrence Roche

    Monday 19th Dec 2016, 11:59PM
  • Dear Lawrence:


    Many thanks for your message to Ireland Reaching Out.  I am one of the Parish Liaisons for Tulla, which is a neighbouring parish of Broadford and O'Callaghan's Mills.

    I will be making inquiries to several local individuals in these parishes over the holiday and I will revert to you with regard to any new information.  If you will email me at: with regard to your travel plans, I will organise several locals to meet you and take you to family homesteads, etc. 

    Many thanks for your interest in Ireland Reaching Out.  A very happy Holiday and New Year to you and your family.  I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in Ireland in 2017.


    Kind regards,



    Tulla Clare, IrelandXO Volunteer

    Tuesday 20th Dec 2016, 10:56AM
  • Jane:

    Thanks and Happy Christmas!


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 20th Dec 2016, 10:43PM

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