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I'm wondering if you might have some ideas for us. My wife Sara's third great grandfather, Denis McNamara, identified Kilnoe as where he was from in the unit's Regimental Register. He was a member of the 99th Regiment of Foot from Ireland and was born in 1784. The Regiment embarked in March of 1805 from Ireland for the Isle of Wight and would later end up in Canada.

We know later that his brother Michael McNamara would join him in Quebec, somewhere around 1818 or so, as Michael's marriage records indicate him as a brother. We believe Michael was born in 1786. Michael's marriage records in Quebec indicate his parents were Thomas Macnamara (born in the 1760s) and Maria (or Mary) Truddy.

Their mother's name "Truddy" has us a bit stumped. And we're wondering if it perhaps is Tuohy, and that the Quebec parish had not transcribed it correctly.

We've been trying to find the Kilnoe "Thomas" and "Mary." Denis named his son Thomas. His daughters are Mary Anne McNamara and Marie Henriette McNamara. Denis has been a bit elusive in tracking down.

Any advice or insight would be appreciated. We're planning a trip to County Clare next summer. We're so hoping to find out where our McNamara's are from and trace the line further back. Sara's father is now 85 and we're hoping we can give him the gift of this knowledge of the family's origin. He's been so very excited about our research. But we've hit a bit of a wall. 

My best,

Daven Rosener




Monday 21st Aug 2017, 05:19AM

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  • IDear Daven:  

    Many thanks for your post to the Ireland Reaching Out message board and welcome to the site.  I am the Tulla PL (a neighboring parish to Kilnoe) and I will hopefully be able to assist you.   It would definitely sound as if the surname of Tuddy is actually Tuohy which is another common East Clare surname.  

    In addition, as you have gone back to the late 1700s, graveyard records may be very helpful to you and Kilnoe graveyard is definitely worth looking at.  You can search them on the Clare Library website.  The Tithe Applotment Books are also worth a look for your Thomas.  You can access their website through the link below:  

    If you would like to send me further information, I will be able to assist you.  You can email me directly at:  

    Kind regards,  


    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Monday 21st Aug 2017, 09:29AM
  • Hello Jane,

    Thank you so much. I so very much appreciate your interest and help. We'll gather up some material and send it your way. My best,




    Tuesday 22nd Aug 2017, 03:24AM
  • Hi Daven:


    I will also ask someone in that area with a lot of local history knowledge.  Whenever you can email me is fine.


    All the best,


    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Tuesday 22nd Aug 2017, 07:36PM
  • Hi Jane,

    This is quite funny. You're actually talking to my wife, Sara about her dad via email. You have been wonderful. Small world.


    Wednesday 11th Oct 2017, 03:07AM

    Dear Daven:  

    Yes!  I thought that I recognised the name when she contacted me!!  

    All the best,  



    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Thursday 12th Oct 2017, 08:29AM

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