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I believe I have correctly traced my Hennessy ancestors back to the Cloyne / Killeagh area.  I believe, Thomas-1811, Mary-1813, Ellen-1815, Margaret-1817, James-1826?, Patrick-1811 and Denis-1824? were born in Cloyne or the immediate vicinity.  Their parents are either Michael Hennessy & Mary Cotter  -or-  William Hennessy & Ellen Flynn (based on Thomas' Cloyne birth record - there are 2 possible correct Thomas Hennessy results on the same page).  Thomas married Catherine Malony in Killeagh (we have marriage record) and some of their children were born in Killeagh and some in the US (we have birth records).  Not sure what happened to Mary, Ellen, Margaret.  Thomas, James, Patrick, Denis (my GG grandfather) all made it to the US.

We "think" the family was probably general labor rather than tennat farmers since we cannot find any land records associated with them.

If this rings a bell with anyone, or you can offer any other advice, or know of any local historians who can assist further, it would be MUCH appreciated.  Thank You !

Kevin Hennessy


Wednesday 23rd Nov 2022, 03:15PM

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  • Kevin:

    I contacted a local volunteer in Killeagh.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 23rd Nov 2022, 03:55PM
  • Hi,

    Just checking that I've read this right. You have traced your family back to Thomas, who married Catherine Moloney.  

    You are unsure of the names of Thomas's parents, believing them to be one of two couples.

    If I've got it right, have you looked at all of Thomas's records? His death record, obituary, will, all censuses?  Something there might give a clue to his parents' names.

    Who were his children? If his first son was named Michael, then Michael was likely his father's name.  If the first son was William, then William was likely his father's name. Did he have a first or second daughter named  Ellen or Mary? This would give a clue as to his mother's name.


    I hope this is helpful.


    Wednesday 23rd Nov 2022, 04:20PM
  • Thanks Patricia,

    You have it correct.  There are 2 Thomas Hennessy's in the birth record for that year, 5 entries apart.  Although, one never knows if the year is 100% correct.  I have checked for more records on Thomas, but have found no additional clues as of yet.  Since I am not 100% sure I have all the children, the naming convention is not in play yet.  But, Thomas b.1811 did have sisters Ellen AND Mary.  Ellen 1813, and Mary 1815, then Margaret 1817.  Michael Hennessy & Mary Cotter were married in 1811, so presumably Ellen would be the first daughter and she would be named after Mary Cotter's mother, correct?  Then the second daughter Mary, would be named after her mother, Mary Cotter??

    What makes this a bit more of a challenge is that the other possible parents are William and ELLEN .  Too many Mary's and Ellen's in play!!

    Thanks for your input!!      -Kevin


    Thursday 24th Nov 2022, 03:15PM
  • Hello,

    Thanks for the suggestion!  Do you have any additional contact information for Roger McDonnell??  I'm in the US.



    Thursday 24th Nov 2022, 03:18PM
  • Kevin: Can I assist? Roger

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 25th Nov 2022, 10:41PM
  • Roger, Yes, please DM me at -Thank You


    Saturday 26th Nov 2022, 03:59PM

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