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John FLANNERY (caution: not verified) [Parents] was born in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. He died in Deceased. John married Sarah MCDERMOTT.

Sarah MCDERMOTT was born about 1849 in Co. Roscommon. Sarah married John FLANNERY (caution: not verified).

They had the following children.

  F i
Emma FLANNERY was born about 1872 in Co. Mayo.
  F ii Agnes FLANNERY was born about 1876. She died in 1904.
  F iii
Maud FLANNERY was born about 1879 in Co. Mayo.
  M iv
John FLANNERY was born about 1882 in Co. Mayo.
  M v
Albert (Bertie) FLANNERY was born about 1889 in Co. Mayo.

The 1911 census tells us that Bertie was a medical student. He was living or staying at the time with Michael Fitzgerald, husband of his late aunt Agnes (née Flannery), on Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Also listed on the census return were Bertie's mother, Sarah, and sister Emma, as well as Michael himslef and his six-year-old twin sons, Michael and Joseph.

'unknown' CORRIDAN died. 'unknown' married Margaret (Maggie) HEALY.

Margaret (Maggie) HEALY [Parents] died. Margaret married 'unknown' CORRIDAN.


Michael GORDON [Parents] was born on 24 Jan 1887 in Aughalustia, Co. Roscommon. He died before 18 Jun 1973. Michael married Catherine (Katie) CUNNANE on 28 Apr 1919 in Ballaghaderreen Cathedral, Co. Roscommon.

It seems that Michael emigrated to the United States - for a time anyway. There is an Ellis Island record for a Michael Gordon from Ballaghaderreen, who arrived in New York, aged 24, in July 1912. According to the ship manifest, he was joining his brother, Cormac, in New York, and his nearest relative in Ireland was his father, Cormac Gordon, Aughalustia, Ballaghaderreen. However, a family member I have been in touch with had never heard of Michael having gone to the States. It is thought by the family that Michael might have gone to Australia at some point, but we have no confirmation of this.

A Michael Gordon from Ballaghaderreen, a merchant seaman, who was born in 1887 was awarded a medal by the British government for his services during World War I. Could this be our Michael?

Catherine (Katie) CUNNANE [Parents] was born about 1886 in probably Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Kilcolman Old Cemetery, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. Catherine married Michael GORDON on 28 Apr 1919 in Ballaghaderreen Cathedral, Co. Roscommon.

Katie was one of nine children. Her father was a cattle dealer in Ballaghaderreen.

Witnesses to the marriage of Katie and Michael were Thomas Gordon (probably Michael's brother) and Julia Cunnane.

They had the following children.

  M i Bertie GORDON died in 1990s.
  F ii Julia (Maeve) GORDON was born in 1923. She died on 16 Dec 1991.
  M iii James (Jim) Joseph GORDON was born on 10 Oct 1924. He died on 13 Nov 2006.

Brendan Joseph LYNCH [Parents] was born in 1918. He died in 2007. Brendan married Dorothy Mary (Mary) Theresa LEECH on 16 Dec 1971.

Brendan, who was from Tully, Knockvicar, Co. Roscommon, was a State Solicitor. He was a partner in George Lynch & Sons, the company founded by his father and located on Bridge Street, Carrick-on-Shannon. George, his father, was also a State Solicitor.

Living [Parents].


Laurence O'HARA was born in Abt 1770s in probably Riverstown area, Co. Sligo. He died after 2 Nov 1839 in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. He was buried in Ardcarne Cemetery, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. Laurence married Mary MCDONAGH about 1796.

I AM INDEBTED TO PATRICK LAVIN OF TUCSON, ARIZONA, WHO HAS BEEN SO GENEROUS IN SHARING HIS INFORMATION ON THE O'HARAS. Patrick was born in Co. Roscommon and is a great-great-great-grandson of Laurence and his wife, Mary McDonagh. The results of his research into his family history are available in his publication, 'Ancestral Quest' which may be viewed on the Leitrim-Roscommon website, www.leitrim-roscommon.com (see 'Lavin Manuscript' on Home page). More detailed information on the descendants of Laurence's son William are available in Patrick's book, 'Ancestral Quest, Tracing my Ancestors in Ireland' (published in 2008).  Besides information on the O'Hara family, this work contains the family history of Patrick's other Roscommon ancestors: the Lavin family of Kilmore, the Callery family of Elphin and the Flynn family of Kilbride.

Laurence ran a farm in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon, although it is believed that his original occupation was a hatter. He was born in Co. Sligo and research carried out by the late Kevin Kelly from Dublin suggests that Laurence was from the Kilmactranny/Riverstown/Ballintogher area of Sligo. According to Patrick Lavin's book, Kevin was told many years ago that "Laurence and Mary often went back to visit their families in Sligo. Those visits were usually for a short period, possibly only a day or two. When Laurence went alone, he went on horseback; when Mary accompanied him, they traveled by horse-drawn vehicle of some kind. The direction he took was along the Ballintogher road. According to Kevin Kelly, that would seem to suggest that the destination was some place between the line Lough Arrow/Riverstown and the Leitrim border. Kelly suggests that the length of the visit, mode of transport and the poor quality of secondary roads at the time would have their destination at not more than 15-20 miles away. Therefore, it can be accepted, with some degree of certainty, that the area in County Sligo where Laurence and Mary came from was somewhere within the Kilmactranny-Riverstown-Ballintogher triangle".

Kevin's research also suggests that Laurence may have had three brothers: Roger who got the family farm in Sligo and became a Protestant, another whose name may have been Patrick and another who moved to Belfast but no proof of this has been discovered.

There lived in Cootehall in the mid-19th century a man by the name of Paddy O'Hara, more commonly known as 'Paddy from Cootehall'. Paddy was a noted raparee (a bandit supportive of the struggle for Irish independence)  who operated in the Cootehall area in early Fenian times. He was arrested following a raid for arms on the Hill of Leitrim and died of typhus in Roscommon jail about 1862. It is possible that Paddy was a descendant of Laurence above but we have no evidence whatsoever of any connection.

Another possible relative of Laurence is a Roger O'Hara, with two children under 14 years of age and two over 14, who is listed in the Elphin Diocesan Census of 1749 as a papist farmer in the townland of Knockroe in the parish of Kilmacallan in Co. Sligo. Given that Kilmacallen isn't too far from Riverstown and that Roger is a traditional name in our O'Hara family, it is possible that Roger was connected to Laurence. Could he have been Laurence's grandfather?

Note: The O'Hara surname is a phonetic anglicisation of 'Ó hEaghra', a family that originated in Co. Sligo.

Mary MCDONAGH was born about 1778 in probably Riverstown area, Co. Sligo. She died on 2 Nov 1839 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. She was buried in Ardcarne Cemetery, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. Mary married Laurence O'HARA about 1796.

The only definite information we have on the McDonagh family is that they came from Co. Sligo. However, in his book 'Ancestral Quest, Tracing my Ancestors in Ireland' (2008), Patrick Lavin provides us with the following information on the Sligo origins of Mary and her husband, Laurence O'Hara:

"Laurence and Mary often went back to visit their families in Sligo. Those visits were usually for a short period, possibly only a day or two. When Laurence went alone, he went on horseback; when Mary accompanied him, they traveled by horse-drawn vehicle of some kind. The direction he took was along the Ballintogher road.....that would seem to suggest that the destination was some place between the line Lough Arrow/Riverstown and the Leitrim border.....the length of the visit, mode of transport and the poor quality of secondary roads at the time would have their destination at not more than 15-20 miles away. Therefore, it can be accepted, with some degree of certainty, that the area in County Sligo where Laurence and Mary came from was somewhere within the Kilmactranny-Riverstown-Ballintogher triangle".

It is not known when exactly Mary and Laurence, settled in the Cootehall area of Co. Roscommon, but by 1833, they were well established in Cootehall, with Laurence and his sons farming in the townlands of Clegna, Knockadaff and Glooria.

While it appears that Mary's surname was usually spelled McDonagh, the McDonough spelling was also used, such as on Mary's headstone in Ardcarne Cemetery.

Note: The McDonagh surname (also spelled McDonough) is common throughout Ireland, especially in Connacht. It is derived from the Irish "Mac Donnchadha" from the Irish first name Donnchadh meaning 'brown warrior'.

They had the following children.

  M i William O'HARA was born about 1797. He died on 18 May 1872.
  M ii Roger O'HARA was born about 1800. He died before 25 Jan 1865.
  M iii Patrick O'HARA was born in 1808. He died in 1886.
  M iv Laurence O'HARA was born in 1815. He died in 1885.

'unknown' MEEHAN was born in abt 1780s in possibly Cootehall area, Co. Roscommon. He died in probably Cootehall, Co. Roscommon. 'unknown' married 'UNKNOWN'.

Unfortunately not much is known of the Meehan family, but it is thought that they may have come from the townland of Derrygirraun, Cootehall (formerly known as Ardcarne) in Co. Roscommon. I would be very grateful if anyone with family tree information on the Meehan family of Cootehall would contact Helen@HelensfFamilyTrees.com.

Note: The Meehan surname comes from the Irish "Ó Miadhacháin", from the word "miadhach" meaning "honourable". Historically, the most notable family of the name was an offshoot of the MacCarthys of the kingdom of Desmond in south Munster. However, as early as the eleventh century, they migrated north to Co. Leitrim, and from there they spread slowly into the adjoining counties. The name is now common throughout east Connacht and counties Donegal and Fermanagh. There also appears to have been a separate family which adopted the surname in the Clare/Galway region where the name is also numerous. In Co. Monaghan, and there alone, Ó Miadhacháin has been anglicised as "Meegan". In Co. Sligo the name "Ó Maotháin" has sometimes been anglicised as Meehan, while in east Ulster, the name "MacMeekin", from the Irish "Mac Miadhacháin", has also sometimes become Meehan.

'UNKNOWN' died. 'UNKNOWN' married 'unknown' MEEHAN.

They had the following children.

  F i Eleanor (Ellen) MEEHAN was born about 1818. She died after 1900.
  F ii Winifred MEEHAN (caution: exact realtionship to Ellen not verified) died.

'unknown' O'CARROLL died. 'unknown' married Mary HEALY.

Mary HEALY [Parents] died. Mary married 'unknown' O'CARROLL.

Mary lives in Kilmorna, Co. Kerry.


Patrick LYNCH [Parents] was born on 15 Feb 1875 in Bunacrick, Binion, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. He was christened on 16 Feb 1875 in Clonmany, Co. Donegal. He died on 11 Nov 1949. Patrick married 'UNKNOWN'.

Other marriages:
MORRISON, Catherine

At the time of Patrick's birth his father was working in Boston. Sponsors at Patrick's baptism were Brian Doherty and Cecilia Doherty.

Patrick inherited the Lynch family farm where he and his wife raised their children. However, in May 1911, with bills needing to be paid, he went to New York, on his own, to earn money to send back to his family. He got a job stoking furnaces and worked his way up, doing exams along the way, to become a combustion engineer after five years. He then got a job in charge of heating in the Ansonia Hotel on Amsterdam Avenue. Once World War I started, Patrick could not return home and had to wait until 1919 to finally make it back on the first passenger steamer to arrive in Derry after the war.

The plan had been to return to the States permanently with the whole family. However, for various reasons, including Patrick's involvement in local politics upon his return to Ireland, and the worry that life in New York would not suit the children, the move to New York never happened. Patrick's eldest daughter, Mamie, however, expecting the rest of the family to join her, did go to New York a few months after her father's return.

'UNKNOWN' died. 'UNKNOWN' married Patrick LYNCH.


Patrick LYNCH died in between 1881 and 1901 in probably Binion, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. Patrick married Mary DOHERTY.

It is thought that the Lynch family may have come from the 'quarterland' of Bunnacrick in the townland of Binion (sometimes spelled Binnion) in the parish of Clonmany, Co. Donegal.

Note from Helen: Although neither my husband nor I are descended from Patrick Lynch above, Patrick's granddaughter Mamie Lynch married Tom McDonnell, my husband's first cousin once removed. In the course of my research into Tom's family, I came across much valuable information on the Lynch family, hence its inclusion on the website.

Mary DOHERTY died in Apr 1911 in Binion, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. Mary married Patrick LYNCH.

They had the following children.

  F i
Rose LYNCH was born on 21 Oct 1865 in Bunacrick, Binion, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. She was christened on 22 Oct 1865 in Clonmany. She died in probably before 1871.

Sponsors at Rose's baptism were Bryan Doherty and Rose Doherty.

It is probable that Rose died as a child because another Rose was born into the family a few years later.
  F ii Catherine (Cassie) LYNCH was born on 14 Oct 1867. She died in probably late 1930s.
  F iii
Mary LYNCH was born about 1868 in Bunacrick, Binion, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. She died in Binion, Clonmany, Co. Donegal.

Mary went to Boston in her late teens. After about three years there she contracted tuberculosis and returned home where she died only a few months later.
  F iv Celia LYNCH was born about 1869.
  F v
Brigid LYNCH was born on 26 Jul 1870 in Bunacrick, Binion, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. She was christened on 26 Jul 1870 in Clonmany. She died in probably Boston.

Sponsors at Brigid's baptism were Bryan Doherty and Catherine Doherty.

Brigid went to Boston where she entered the convent of Notre Dame taking the name Sr. Mary Rita.
  F vi Rose LYNCH was born in between 1871 and 1873. She died in mid-1940s.
  M vii
Patrick LYNCH was born in Dec 1873 in Bunacrick, Binion, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. He was christened on 26 Dec 1873 in Clonmany.

Sponsors at Patrick's baptism were Bryan Doherty and Cecily Doherty. It is believed Patrick died in infancy.
  M viii Patrick LYNCH was born on 15 Feb 1875. He died on 11 Nov 1949.
  M ix Michael LYNCH was born on 6 Jun 1877. He died on 5 May 1960.
  M x James LYNCH was born on 19 May 1879. He died on 10 Nov 1926.
  F xi Ann (Annie) LYNCH was born in Dec 1881.

James MORRISON was born in 1806 in Straid, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. He died in 1881 in probably Straid, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. He was buried in Clonmany, Co. Donegal. James married Mary DOHERTY in 1855 in Clonmany, Co. Donegal.

The Morrisons are an old Clonmany family. For several centuries they were employed by the Bishop of Derry to administer the monastery and church lands in Straid, in which capacity they became keepers of the Shrine of Miosach, a silver- and gold-plated box-shaped reliquary dating back to the 11th century and now held in the National Museum of Ireland. The shrine is associated with St. Columbkille and is thought to have contained one of his manuscripts. The inscription, in Irish, on the front of the piece tells us it was repaired or added to by Brian, son of Brian O Morrison, in 1534.  

Note from Helen: Although neither my husband nor I are descended from 'unknown' Morrison above, unknown's granddaughter Mamie Lynch married Tom McDonnell, my husband's first cousin once removed. In the course of my research into Tom's family, I was given valuable information on the Morrison family, hence its inclusion on the website.

Mary DOHERTY was buried in Clonmany, Co. Donegal. Mary married James MORRISON in 1855 in Clonmany, Co. Donegal.

They had the following children.

  M i Charles MORRISON was born in 1856. He died in Dec 1939.
  F ii
Grace MORRISON was born in 1858 in Straid, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. She died in New York City.

Grace went to New York, returning only once to Ireland, on holiday. She never married.
  F iii
Sarah MORRISON was born in 1864 in Straid, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. She died in New York City.

Sarah lived in New York. She never married.
  M iv James MORRISON was born in 1865. He died in 1932.
  M v
John MORRISON was born about 1866.
  F vi Catherine MORRISON was born about 1870. She died on 18 Jan 1937.

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