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Searching for Thomas James Patton, born December 27, 1844

I am searching for information about my great-grandfather and great-grandmother.  His name is Thomas James Patton, born in County Donegal (Ballyshannon I believe) on December 27, 1844.  Also searching for his wife, Anne Jane Keys but I'm not certain where in Ireland she was born.

I believe Thomas James Patton's father was James Patton and his mother's maiden name was Ann Flood.

I believe Thomas James migrated to the USA in 1868 and Anne Jane Keys migrated in 1870.  They met in the USA.

My name is Thomas George Patton.  Any help would be most appreciated.

Tom Patton

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Tom Patton

Saturday 12th Mar 2016, 03:50PM

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  • What denomination were the Patton family?

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 13th Mar 2016, 01:03PM
  • I don't know for certain.  As far back in the US that I can tell, they were Episcopalian. In some research yesterday, I found some Pattons that were Roman Catholic in Ireland but none seemed to be in my family line.  From what I can tell, my great grandfather, Thomas James Patton, migrated to the United States about 1868 which should have made him about 24 years old. I can find information about him and his wife, Annie Jane Keys, from the US Census taken every 10 years but religion i not part of the information. His marriage to Annie was in 1882 and the document shows "Episcopal".

    Tom Patton

    Sunday 13th Mar 2016, 04:55PM
  • Tom,

    The parents marriage is before the start of statutory marriage registration (April 1845, for non RC ceremonies). So you’ll need to rely on church records for both the marriage and the son’s baptism.

    In Ireland, Episcopalian is the Church of Ireland. Ballyshannon is in the parish of Kilbarron. That parishes Church of Ireland records start in 1785. There are some gaps but the records appear to be complete for around the time of Thomas’s birth and his parents marriage. There’s a copy of those records in PRONI (the public record office) in Belfast.  A personal visit is generally required to view them. My source catalogue indicates the originals are still with the Minister. So you could contact him but be aware that if he agrees to search the records, there will normally be a fee. (I think they charge something like 20 euros per hour).

    I checked Griffiths Valuation (a census substitute) for Ballyshannon (1857) but did not find any James Patton listed then. Hopefully you will find the family in the church records.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 14th Mar 2016, 07:18PM
  • Elwyn, thank you very much for your most informative post. I have to be out of town for a couple of days but upon return I will contact the Minister. All my information about Thomas James and Annie Keys have been by word of mouth within the family.  I've used that information to find some facts on them through but nothing factual has developed on either as it relates to Ireland.  Word of mouth had him from Ballyshannon and some said she hailed from there as well.  Thomas' father's name of James is a guess on my part based upon some information I gleaned from  I do hope Ballyshannon is right though.  Otherwise my search will have to start from zero.  There may be a trip to Ireland in my future yet!

    Thanks again for your help,


    Tom Patton

    Tuesday 15th Mar 2016, 04:23PM

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