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I am trying to find information about about my great-great grandmother Sarah Rose Patton or Patten. She was married to John Moy (1815-1869) and they had eight children. She was suppose to be from Ballyshannon according to family history, but died in Ireland in the early 1850's . All of their boys had Houston as a middle name, so there may be some connection there. 

Her husband John and all eight children emigrated to the U.S. In the 1850's. They were Rose (1834), Sarah ( 1837), Margaret (1839), Ann (1842), Michael H. (1843), Patrick H.( 1847), Catherine (1848), and John H. ( 1850). 

Any suggestions as wherer to look for birth, baptism, marriage, cemetery records would be greatly appreciated. I will be in Donegal in June.




Monday 13th May 2013, 02:19AM

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  • Hi Chris,

    Thank you very much for your message. Sorry for the delay in replying, I hope that I am not too late!

    Unfortunately, if the family were Catholic it may be difficult to find birth, baptism, marriage records etc. as Catholic records for Kilbarron parish do not start until 1858:

    Church of Ireland records generally tend to have an earlier start date as it was the official church of the country at the time.

    It may be an idea to contact Donegal Ancestry Centre for some assistance while you are here, however a fee may apply. Here are their contact details:

    Donegal Ancestry Centre,

    The Quay,


    Co. Donegal.

    Phone: +353 (0) 74 9151266    Email:

    Please be patient - as our programme has only begun to rollout across the island of Ireland and volunteers in some areas may not yet be organized.

    Kind regards,    

    Genealogy Support




    Emma Carty

    Monday 17th Jun 2013, 11:54AM

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