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I am looking for the family of my husband's great-great-great grandmother, Margaret Dimond.  She was born around 1835 and she married her first husband, George Heaney, Feb. 8, 1853 in Abbeylara, Longfort, Ireland.  Her father was William Dimond, but I have been unable to find anything any further back.  Margaret's second husband was a Connolly, possibly James or John.  I am searching for a record of their marriage and also any information on the Connolly family.  I believe George Haeney died prior to 1865 as Margaret had a child named Delia Connolly (great-great grandmother) in 1865.  Margaret emigrated to America shortly after Delia's birth, along with two children from her first marriage, Mary Haeney and John Haeney.  If anyone can help guide me to resources that may allow me to further my search, I would be most grateful.  Thank you, Kacee








Tuesday 23rd Aug 2016, 03:38AM

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  • Kacee:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    So you likely know that the family was Church of Ireland. I located the civil marriage record on Roots Ireland. (Non-Catholic marriages between 1845-1863 were required to be registered cicilly and startin in 1864 all marriages). According to the civil registers both George and Margaret were widowed when they married in 1853 and likely her first husband was a Dimond. The civil record shows the maes of the father and apparently Margaret's maiden name was Heany (at leassdt that is what the civil record is indicating). Maybe George and Margaret were related at some level befoe they married. I was unable to find the baptismal records for the children of George and Michael nor could I locate the marriage of Michael to Mr. Connolly.

    George and Margaret lived in Cartronamarkey townland in Abbeylara civil parish.

    Let me know what questions you have.

    Roger McDonnell

    Date of Marriage:08-Feb-1853
    Parish / District:ABBEYLARA
    County:Co. Longford
    Husband GeorgeHeany
    Wife MargeratHeany
    CartronmarkeyDenomination:Church Of Ireland
    Church Of IrelandOccupation:FARMER
    FARMERAge:Not Recorded
    Not RecordedStatus:Widower (Male)
    Widow (Female) 
    Husband's Father:RobertHeany
    Wife's father WilliamHeanyAddress:

    First name(s)MargaretLast nameHeany DimondRegistration year1853Registered Quarter/Year1853Registration districtGranardVolume6Page142 MarriageFinder™Margaret Heany Dimond married one of these people
    George Heany, John Bennet

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 23rd Aug 2016, 08:36PM
  • Hello Roger, thank you so much for your assistance.  I had it backward, I assumed Margaret's maiden name was Dimond and she married a Heaney and then a Connolly.  I would agree that Margaret Heaney and George Heaney must have been distantly related if this is the case.  What's confusing me is that in one of the civil marriage records on, called Ireland, Select Marriages, 1619-1898, Margaret Heany (Margaret Dimond) is shown as marrying George Heany, but this same record also says Margaret's father is William Dimond.  It also lists Robert Heany as George's father.  Very confusing.

    I did find this record for William Diamond in Granard, it's from the Griffith’s Valuation, 1847-1864:  OccupierWilliam Diamond LessorRichard GrevilleCountyLongfordBaronyGranardParishGranardTownlandBallybrienOS Page Numbers10Self Residence CountyLongford

    I also found in the Ireland Tithe Applotment Books from 1823 to 1837 a record from 1833: NameWm DiamondCountyLongfordParishGranardTownlandBallabryanYear1833 (around the time Margaret would have been born).     I'll pursue info on Margaret going with Heaney as her maiden name as well as her married name when she married George and see where that takes me.                                                                                                                                                       

    Information on the death of George Heany would also be helpful.  Margaret sailed for America in 1864-65 with 3 children:  Mary Heaney, John Heaney, and Delia Connolly.  The 1870 United States Census has all 3 children as having the last name Connolly; however, the 1880 US Census lists the older children, Mary and John, as having the last name Heaney, while Delia's last name remains Connolly.  Therefore, it stands to reason that George Heaney must've died after 1853 but before 1864, and sometime before she left for America, Margaret must have married a Connolly and had Delia.  (Delia lists her birthplace as Ireland on every US Census as well as her death certificate, which indicates she was born in 1865.  However, Delia also listed her birthplace as Antrim, which is pretty far from Granard and Longford County.  

    Also on her death certificate, Delia Connolly lists her father as James Connolly and her mother as Margaret Dimond.  It's also of interest that when Margaret's older daughter, Mary Heaney, married and had children, she named one of her children Dimond Margaret.  So many pieces of this puzzle, hopefully I can put them all together in a way that makes sense and will take me further in my search for my ancestors.  

    After I exhaust all possibilities with the Connolly/Heaney/Dimond family, I hope to be able to begin searching for my great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson O'Connor, b. 1866.  I think I just need to plan a trip across the pond!

    Thank you again for your assistance, it is most gratefully appreciated.  












    Wednesday 24th Aug 2016, 05:49AM
  • Kacee:

    Sorry for the typos in my note. I need to do a better job proofreading.

    George would have died pre-1864 when civil registration of deaths started. You may want to contact the Anglican church diocese to see if they can assist. Records may not be available for Abbeylara church.

    Cartronamarkey and Ballybrien are fairly close in location.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 25th Aug 2016, 05:24PM
  • Kacee:

    Link to the diocese


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 25th Aug 2016, 05:25PM
  • Thank you Roger, so much!


    Thursday 25th Aug 2016, 07:02PM

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