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Hello all. I will be traveling through Ireland in the very near future. My great-grandfather was Charles Fitzmaurice, born in Wales around 1855, and arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1870. One of his daughters, Gertrude Fitzmaurice of Philadelphia was my paternal grandmother. I do not know who his parents were, but DNA test and records point to their origin as Ireland.

A sister or cousin of Charles may be Elizabeth Prudence Fitzmaurice, born in Wales around 1853. She married Jeremiah Sullivan and they lived in Wales for a period before emigrating to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sometime in the 1880's.

From DNA matches (4th cousin to distant) I am expecting some ancestry connections to the past in the town of Carrick-on-Shannon (Leitrim/Roscommon). Other family names from 1850 and earlier may include Flynn, Devine, Hanly, and some yet to be discovered.

I know this is very general, but it is best to start simple, I think.

Ed Wurster

Friday 23rd Sep 2022, 11:27PM

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  • Ed:

    I looked at the Griffiths Valuation head of household data for Co. Leitrim (1857) and Co. Roscommon (1855). There were no Fitzmaurice records in Co. Leitrim and 19 in Co. Roscommon, however, none of these records are near Carrick on Shannon. Further back looking at the Tithe listings, the most of the six Fitzmaurice records were in Kilglass parish further to the south from Killukin parish which includes Carrick on Shannon.

    The one record in Co. Leitrim was in Annaduff civil parish   

    Annaduff is near Kiltoghert civil parish where the Leitrim part of Carrick on Shannon is located.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 24th Sep 2022, 02:16PM
  • Thank you, Roger.

    You've already given me a couple of new clues for origin. I expect this is going to take a lot more research on my part. I will become more familiar with the research sources used by those who live in Ireland. I will also need to be more organized about records found in tithe applotment books, etc.

    We're staying in Longford (Augherea House, 30 Sep-2 Oct) and a 4th cousin match is our guide. So I now have a tentative route (1 Oct) going to Carrick-on-Shannon, Killukin, and Kilglass, then back to Longford.

    Ed Wurster

    Sunday 25th Sep 2022, 12:03PM
  • Ed:

    Have a great trip!


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 25th Sep 2022, 11:32PM
  • Mission accomplished, for now. We completed our days in Ireland and other countries. The route was Dublin -> Galway -> Longford -> Dublin -> Cork -> Dublin. We can't wait to go back and explore other areas.

    In Longford I met a 3rd cousin (DNA match) and three of his children. One cousin drove us to the locations mentioned next.

    We drove through Longford, Bornacoola, Cloonmorris Cemetery (…), Annaduff, Carrick-on-Shannon, Killukin Cemetery, Kilglass Graveyard.

    Although we did not find a Fitzmaurice stone, it was tremendous to experience my ancestors' culture all over the area.

    Ed Wurster

    Thursday 20th Oct 2022, 04:05PM
  • Hi Ed!

    Thanks for the update on your trip. All the best with your research!


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 21st Oct 2022, 03:13PM

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