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I am trying to find any information relating to the family of my Gt Grandfather  James Carroll. I have a later dated 1915 from my Gt Grandparents to my grandmother Mary Chester ( Carroll ) saying they were in Dromoyle . James would have been 86/87 born circa 1828 . I know my grandmother had 2 sisters and I believe a brother Patrick??. All three sisters went to England and 1 later to America. It would be nice to know if I still have some connection to the area.

Regard  Tony Chester


Wednesday 30th Sep 2015, 11:22PM

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  • I wonder if this is your family in 1901:

    And in 1911:

    You’ll see that James was an army pensioner so you may get more information on him from his military records in  NAS in Kew, London. He and Mary had 4 children all of whom were  alive in 1911.


    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 30th Sep 2015, 11:38PM
  • Hi Tony

    I am the Parish Liaison for Kilcolman, Co Offaly and apologies for not replying sooner.  I have only just seen your message due to technicalities.

    I have found some birth records for Carrolls in the Kilcolman register that may be your family but I would need some more information from you to check that I am on the right track.  Carroll is a very prominent name in this Parish which makes it a little bit more difficult!   In fact my own mother was a Carroll so I will be able to rule out some of them straight away.  Was your great grandmother called Mary Newson?   As I have a record of a Patrick born to her and James plus  2 sisters, one of them may be your grandmother.   So if you would find it easier to email you can do so to the parish email address   I would also love if you could scan a copy of the letter sent by your great grandparents to your Grandmother as I may recognise more local information from it and connections.   If it is personal no problem.  

    Looking forward to being of help.

    Margaret Hensey

    Kilcolman Offaly

    Tuesday 5th Jan 2016, 10:17AM

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