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How do I find what is true

Question by lauramarchese

I know for a fact that my grandfather, Bernard Canavan was born in Ireland. He married Catherine Coleman in Concord, New Hampshire in 1891. They moved to Boston and had two children. They remained there the rest of their lives. Bernard is buried with his wife in Mt Bennedict's, West Roxbury, MA. He was buried 28 May 1940, living at 655 Hyde Park Ave. I know his parents are John and Isabella Mccefry Canavan. I have been researchin for almost 10 years now. I can only find about 30 years of census??????????

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on 2011-09-20 12:51:17

lauramarchese , from New England, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Sep 2011. is researching the following names: CANAVAN, CUSACK, GRAY and 8 other(s).

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by irishresearcher on 2011-09-20 14:53:11

Are you looking for more info in the censuses or an Irish record?

by lauramarchese on 2011-09-21 07:35:12

I would love Irish records, but none of the us census records give me any idea as to where in Ireland Bernard is from.

by janilye on 2011-09-21 12:15:14

Hello Lauramarchese, May I clarify with you Bernard's mother's maiden name.
I have never heard of the surname MCCEFRY.

by lauramarchese on 2011-09-21 13:10:00

The name and spelling comes from LDS records. I am also certain that it was Isabella and not Isabelle, because I have the marraige certificate of Bernard. Thanks for your help and interest

by janilye on 2011-09-21 13:36:01

I've been through every one of these Irish records and cannot find the name at all, your tree, which came up on Irish Clans and Surnames is the only hit. Being such an unusural name I thought it would be easy finding an area in Ireland but not to be.

by lauramarchese on 2011-09-21 14:14:44

Any ideas? Bernard is listed as being born in Ireland. Maybe Isabella is his step-mother? There is a Bernard in the 1860 Griffith Valuation that has the gentleman in Leitrim. Maybe this Bernard is an uncle or grandfather. He has quit a bit of land. The other interesting piece which I can't match up is that There is a Rooney family right near that land. The woman who witnesses Bernard and Catherine's marriage is a Rooney, common name

by janilye on 2011-09-21 17:12:47

Well, I rather think her name is McCaffey, I just think it is a transcription error. I did see a few Bernards. If we use the Irish naming patern we have to assume that Bernard's eldest brother is John and Bernard depending where in line he was born, if second son, he's named after father's father and if third son mother's father. so a Bernard has to come into it. What about Bernard's two children. What were their names? And for Canavan in Ireland if we stick with the odds my money's on Galway. I'll have another look tonight.

by lauramarchese on 2011-09-21 18:54:02

Thank you so much for your help!!! Bernard had two sons: Philip and Ambrose. Ambrose did not live beyond 2 years. Philip's middle name was Vincent and Ambrose I onl have the initial W. There is a question in the census records as to whether it's an "A" or a "W". I have his birth and death dates from written info that was their mother's, so I know it was a "W", but not what the name was.

Philip Canavan and Edith Gray had 5 children:

Philip Joseph
Thomas Bernard
Eleanor Catherine
Agnes Florence
Paul Francis

Philip we know
I do not know where Joseph comes from........
Thomas was Edith's father's name
Bernard we know
Eleanor is a name from the Gary family
Agnes I do not know
Florence was the name of Edith's sister..
Paul, my father, I do not know
and Francis is the name of an uncle in the Gray Family

I will look into McCaffey and the Galway area to night as well

Again, Thank you.....

by janilye on 2011-09-22 06:55:13

I found a lot of McCafry in Ireland including Isabella McCafry but not much else so far. Seems to be the closest spelling.

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