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This is a long shot, I believe an Edward and Michael Burke emigrated to the United States prior to 1850.  Michael Burke's daughter, Bridget was 6 years old in 1850 living in LaSalle, IL.  A Michael McNamara had a 6 year old son named Michael in that same census from LaSalle.  Michael and Bridget married.  The elder Michael, his wife Mary and their three oldest children (Martin, Patrick and Roger) were born in Ireland.  Their three youngest (Ann, Michael and Ellen) were all born in Schenectady, New York.

Michael McNamara and Bridget Burke had many children (nine, I believe).  One of their sons, William McNamara was a witness to my gggrandmother, Elizabeth Malone Farrell Foley's last will.  Here is the kicker, Elizabeth Malone's mother was Anna McNamara.  I'm hoping William was related to Anna/Elizabeth.  Michael was born in 1844 (he was 6 in 1850). William was born in 1866.  Elizabeth was supposedly born around 1830 in Ireland.

If the Burke's were from Roscommon, maybe the McNamara's were also.  Anna McNamara married Michael Malone, Elizabeth's parents.

I hope you can follow my logic.  Any knowledge of McNamara's, Burke's and Malone's who had relatives that emigrated to the U.S. would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Patrick Foley


Tuesday 6th Jun 2023, 02:28AM

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  • Hi Patrick


    There are a handful of Co Roscommon civil parishes where both McNamara and Burke appear (see John Grenham Surnames: McNamara + Burke).

    Unfortunatley I don't see any baptismal records for a Martin, Patrick Roger Burke in Co. Roscommon (RootsIreland).


    Hope this helps!


    Rua, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘︎

    Friday 7th Jul 2023, 02:41AM

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