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I am looking for relatives of Michael Doran 1881, Annie Crossan 1855 Clonmany County Donegal, Ireland, Sally Doherty B. about 1845, marriage to Bernard Crossan B.1845, and John Joseph Houghton, No Date of birth. Any information you may have would be greatly appreciated!

Thursday 19th Oct 2017, 02:05AM

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  • Linda:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    Located a possible civil birth record for Michael Doran in 1881. The family does not appear to be in Donegal in 1901.…

    The only Sarah Doherty marriage to a Crossan is below but it is a Michael Crossan See below. Did Annie Crossan marry?

    Did all of these folks emigrate?

    Roger McDonnell

    Date of Marriage:29-May-1884
    Parish / District:CHURCHILL
    County:Co. Donegal
    Husband   MichaelCrossan Address Seacor Age 20
    SarahDohertyAddress:Fagheykeen   Age 18

    Husband's Father  Hugh Crossan Wife's FatherName:CharlesDoherty

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 19th Oct 2017, 04:52PM
  • Hi Roger,


    I knew Micheal Doran had a twin, but couldn't verify it.  The post you sent me verified that indeed he did have a twin, Eugene, both born and baptised on the same day.  Thank you!  As far as Sarah Doherty/Crossan/Crosson, I have to research that which you've found for me.  I have in my family history ...

    Bernard Crosson in entry for Mary Anne Crosson, "Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881"  Mary-Anne his daughter. 

    Bernard Crosson/Crossan born about 1845 and Sally or Sarah born about 1845.  Children: 

    Owen Crosson

    1 March 1865

    Neal Crosson

    8 February 1867

    Mary Anne

    25 June 1869

    Bridget Anne

    29 April 1871


    Mary Crosson

    no birth date


    and the resources I have from the USA are stating, the Neal Crosson 8 February 1867 was my great-great grandmother's father which in records I've researched show he is born after her birth of 1855 Annie Houghton/Crosson Clonmany, County Donegal, Ireland.


    I have a feeling but only a feeling that somehow, a plan was devised before arrival by the Crosson family because of a death maybe? 


    Anything, you find would be greatly appreciated!  And, thank you for your help!  Linda



    Saturday 28th Oct 2017, 01:23PM
  • Linda:

    Below is the page which has the civil birth record for Mary Anne. Looks like they lived in Meenavanaghan townland in Moville Upper civil parish. I located the 1901 census for Sarah and Bernard had died likely in 1885. I also found Sarah's death record in 1902. See below. There were plenty of Crosson/Crossans in the 1901 and 1911 censuses in Meenavanaghan.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 29th Oct 2017, 01:55PM
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    Hi Roger,

    You are an excellent researcher!  Take a look at the information I have on Mary Anne below in the file!  I haven't added the information as yet and all I had was a year to go by, but now, because of you, Roger, now, I have a birthdate!  I'm so excited!  It's too much for words!  Thank you, and have a great day Roger!

    Monday 30th Oct 2017, 01:17PM
  • Hi Roger,

    The one with Neil and Owen are right! 

    I have a problem with Neals BD however, Annie my gggrandmother 1855 is showing older than he and the census shows about the same age for Neil Crossan 30 years of age about 1871 married to Celia/Cicily, or Cecelia McGonagle>child Anna Crossan 1855.  He is my ggggrandfather, however to prove it is another thing...

    I think I realize that at the year of his birth that records really didn't show BD of people so, they probably guessed how old they were?  If this is right then I can change the year of birth to "About" but determination keeps me going and the year has to be lower than shown in records :) I have enclosed this url, so, in your travels in Genealogy Researcher you can see it if you come up on any information ok?  Thank you so much for your help Roger!  Linda


    ps. By the way, I think one of the records that you gave me may show my gggg uncle William Glackin with Mary Doherty Glackin 1843 also. .I will take a look now.

    Monday 30th Oct 2017, 03:47PM
  • Roger, what is the best record to find older generations?  I seem to be at a stand still with Crossan and I know Bernard had a father and the same with William Doran, but, I don't know where to look.  Thanks!  Linda

    Monday 30th Oct 2017, 04:28PM
  • Linda:

    Finding older church records in Co. Donegal is problematic. The RC church for Moville Upper is Ishakeen and the baptismal records start in 1858  and marriage records are not available. You could sign-up for a short-term subscription to Roots Ireland. has civil birth records for free from 1864-1915, marriages from 1882-1940 and deaths from 1891-1965. 


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 31st Oct 2017, 03:41PM
  • Thank you for your help, Roger.  .  I am not having any luck now, in research record.  I went to and looked and can't transcribe their records.  They are too dated... I* will try the records you sent me above.  Thanks again, Roger!  Linda

    Wednesday 1st Nov 2017, 06:07PM

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