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Hello, first time poster and hoping someone can help.

Am tracing some ancestors and have arrived at Co. Mayo and the Belmullet area. 

I’m looking at Thomas Monaghan, b. 1835-1840 ish, migrated to Scotland, lived in Glasgow and was a merchant sailor, later moved to Bradford, Yorkshire. Also his sister, Sophia (Sibby?) Monaghan, who followed the same migration path. 

From censuses, I have them as Co. Mayo natives, with references to places that suggest Belmullet or perhaps Mullet Peninsula.

Their parents were Anthony and Margaret (Lavelle?). Anthony was a “fisher” and both were dead before 1863.

Any ideas where to go next to find more info? I see the Belmullet and Kilmore Erris parish registers don’t back that far.

Thomas listed the place name Barwich on census returns, but can’t see anywhere that matches that (Barrack?), though I have spotted a merchant sailor called Anthony whose dates fit from Inishkea.

Any help appreciated!!!

Thank you 

Saturday 7th Oct 2023, 10:13AM

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  • I searched for a baptismal record for Thomas Monaghan but as you indicated the parish registers for the parishes in the west of Mayo do not go back far enough. 

    Have you considered a general DNA test possibly you will have matches who have more information on your Monaghan line.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 9th Oct 2023, 09:36PM
  • In Griffith’s Valuation of Mayo in 1857, there were five heads of household named Anthony Monaghan in Kilcommon parish.

                   Surname             First Name          Townland           Parish    County

                   Monaghan          Anthony               Knockglass          Ballinrobe            Co. Mayo           

                   Monaghan         Anthony              Glencastle           Kilcommon         Co. Mayo           

                   Monaghan         Anthony              Muingmore        Kilcommon         Co. Mayo           

                   Monaghan          Anthony               Cornacartan       Kilmainebeg        Co. Mayo           

                   Monaghan          Anthony               Cregnanagh        Kilmainebeg        Co. Mayo           

                   Monaghan          Anthony               Emlybeg South   Kilmore Co. Mayo           

                   Monaghan          Anthony               Cross (Wallace) West      Kilmore Co. Mayo           

                   Monahan            Anthony              Atticonaun         Kilcommon         Co. Mayo           

                   Monahan            Anthony              Toorglass            Kilcommon         Co. Mayo           

                   Monahan             Anthony               Knockshanbo      Kilmore Co. Mayo






    Co. Mayo

    (Source: Roots Ireland)

    You can find more info at

    I hope this I helpful.


    Sunday 15th Oct 2023, 12:15AM

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