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Hello, how are you? I've identified some ancestors as having been from the Dromahair area, however, I do not know how (best) to proceed in finding more details. I was hoping someone would be able and willing to guide me somehow.

My 2x great grandparents, James McGoldrick (b ~1861) and Margaret Hart (b 1872), both come from families from the Drumlease and Killanummery parishes.

I have found records for (what I believe to be) the marriage of James's parents, James McGoldrick and Bridget Kimmet, in Killanummery in July 1853. Their children appear to have all been baptized at Drumlease between 1862-1878 (not sure what happened between 1853-1861). A handful of these children, including my 2x great grandfather, emigrated to Philadelphia, USA in the mid-to-late 1880s, but I haven't necessarily been able to locate travel records. Also, children of whom I believe might have been Bridget Kimmet's brother, Michael, were also living with the McGoldrick siblings in Philadelphia. I'm not sure, but these Kimmets may have earlier lived in Riverstown, Sligo.

Margaret's parents, James Hart and Bridget Clark, were married at Killanummery in April 1868/69. Their first child, John, was baptized in Killanummery in 1870 and the family moved to Glasgow around 1871, where Margaret and three more siblings were born. Margaret's mother died in Glasgow in 1888, and the remaining family members came to America shortly after that. James McGoldrick and Margaret Hart were married in Philadelphia in 1892. James Hart died in Philadelphia in 1910.

The parents of James Hart were James Hart and Margaret Kilrane, while Bridget Clark's parents were John Clark and Catherine Feeney, and I've found the names of some of James's siblings, but have virtually no more info about any of them. And aside from their names, I know nothing more about James McGoldrick (Sr) and Bridget Kimmet.

Is there any other information I could share that might help? Should I also post this on the Killanummery parish page? Thank you in advance.

Best regards,

Gregory M. Genovese


Wednesday 14th Dec 2016, 05:58PM

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  • Gregory:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    We only have one parish liaison in Co. Leitrim in Fenagh parish so I will try to assist you and maybe others will comment.

    James Harte and Bridget Clare were married in Killanummery church as you indicated. Below is the civil marriage record which shows where the bride and groom were living and the names of their fathers.Both Tully and Dromore are townlands in Killanummery civil parish.

    Date of Marriage:19-Apr-1869
    County:Co. Leitrim
    Husband  JamesHarte Address Tully Labourer Age 27
    Wife BridgetClarkeAddress:Dromore Servant Age 20
    Husband's Father James Harte
    Wife's FatherName:John Clarke

    Your 2X great-grandfather was baptized in late January 1862 and likely he was born a few days before the baptism. See below. The Drumlease RC parish records begin in August 1859.  so the records for any children born before 1859 will not be available. I found records for Mary 1860 Hanoria 1864 Owen 1866 Thomas 1868 Bridget 1870. The family was living in Fawn townland in Drumlease civil parish in 1870

    Name:James MagolrickDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:29-Jan-1862Address:
    Parish/District:DRUMLEASE ROMAN CATHOLICGender:MaleCountyCo. Leitrim
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:James MagolrickMother:Bridget Kemmitt

    I don't see the 1853 marriage record for James and Bridget. Can you share your source? has images of civil records for free. 1864-1915 for births, 1882 forward for marriages and 1891 for deaths.

    Let me know what questions you have and then we can move forward with other records.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 14th Dec 2016, 07:41PM
  • Hello Roger. Thank you for the quick reply.

    I'd forgotten about Mary McGoldrick born in 1860, thank you. I'm familiar with the other McGoldrick children you've listed there.

    The marriage record I have for James McGoldrick and Bridget Kimmet can be found in the Catholic Parish Registers. The source I have is through The marriage took place on 25 Jul 1853 in the Killenummery parish, Ardagh diocese. Ancestry's digital indexing has them listed as 'Jacobum McGobrick' and 'Brigita Kennick', though, looking at the image, the names are more like 'Jacobum McGolrick' and 'Brigida Kimmit'. I also have notes of a marriage bann on 22 Jul 1853 in Manorhamilton, the groom of Drumlease, and the bride of Ardagh. I can't find that source, but I would imagine I found that on the RootsIreland site.

    I will take a look through the site, thank you. I haven't spent much time at all on it in the past. And maybe it would be of some benefit for me to plot points on a map for the townlands you've listed (I may have already done that before...). Anyway, thank you, Roger, for taking some time to look up those records. If I have any further clues, or think of any more questions, I'll post an update.




    Wednesday 14th Dec 2016, 10:20PM

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