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I am looking for my 2x grandparents Alice Rielly Connolly and Mic/Michail/Michael Connelly.

Query by Answerno1

I did not know either existed until a cousin gave me a copy of her grandfathers Baptism Certificate.Her grandfather was Francis Connolly from Redhills, Co Cavan Ireland. My grandmother was his younger sister Bridget. My cousin had a little box full of tiny photos' she had saved from the fire. Her Mother Margaret had been loosing her sight and deemed these of no use to anyone. My couisn and I trolled through the photos' and in the end , as she was leaving she said I could have tham as they were too soiled with age and curled or wrinkled. I scanned them into my computer and took the disc to the store and unlocked 50 years or more , a treasure. The photos' were mainly of My Great Uncle Francis His wife Mary Ann Flannagan Connolly, their 2 daughters Margaret Alice b 1920 and Mary Ann Connolly b 1925 all from Redhills.Among the photos' were my Grandmother Bridget and her females of the Sparks family from Belfast. There are a few of young men who knew the family but no one could put a name to because we grew up in Australia and never met them.The Baptism certificate has Francis details: Parish of Drumlane co Cavan, Francis Connolly, Cranaghan, born 28/6/1887 . Baptised in the Church of Staghall by Rev Edward McGennis. Parents Michael Connolly& Alice Reilly. Sponsors James McMullan and Mary McBrien. You are wondering how I know their name was Connelly. Mic and Alice were married 11/7/1885 in Drumlane Parish ,Mic Connolly from Cranaghan and Alice from Drumlougher. On the cert. I have there are no parents registered but the witness were James McMullen and Bridget Reilly. On the 1901 census that Mic Signed the family were at 74 Ballyconnell, Ballyconnell. The family name was spelled Connelly and on the second page which is hand written the household names are Connelly and the signature was signed Micail Connelly. As I am sure you all know that when someone else is signing your name they at times change the spelling a little. I am sticking to Connelly until Mic dies in or about 1907, I am not exactually sure of the date and the next entry I have is the 1911 census where the family are living at 4 Lisnadurk, Glebe North, Fermanagh. There is just Alice, Francis and Elizabeth or Lizzie.Francis marries Mary Ann Flanaghan and their first daughter Margaret Alice is born in Newtownbutler. Their second daughter Mary Ann or Annie Connolly was born 1925. At this time the family move to Co Cavan and Redhills where they stayed. Francis sisters Mary married a Mr. Smith. Help here would be appreciated,Susan married a Hugh Close in Belfast in 1913. Bridget married John Patrick Sparks in 1913 and Lizzie married ,I think a Mr Martin. Thats is it I don't know anymore. All help would be welcome even the spelling of names and Places. Thank you Marie

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by AncestrySisters on 2013-05-22 16:50:25

There are 2 Michael Connolly's that died between 1901 and 1911 in County Cavan. One died in Q4 1905 (age 40) and the other died in Q2 1902 (age 66). I would assume it's the first one. I also see the marriage of Michael to Alice Reilly. Michael's last name is spelled Connolly on both of these marriage and death records.

Have you looked at the naming pattern of Michael and Alice's children. If they followed the traditional naming patterns of their parents, then the first born son was named after Michael's dad, and the 2nd son after Alice's dad.

by Answerno1 on 2013-05-22 22:09:47

Thank you so much for your reply.Since yesterday when I posted my journal I have been trying to find Drumlougher and Cranaghan and I measured the distance between. Of course 14. something Km in Australia now day's is no distance but in 1884/5 is a tremendous distance. I wonder how they met?
The information you have given me is wonderful. I think the the 1st Michael is the one I am after.I was told he died very young. I assume the information was for co Cavan, so the family moved to Fermanagh after the death of Michael.I suppose borders are not a problem when moving home.Could someone estimate how many livestock a farmer might have in 1905? How would they move them?
I have been fortunate to have stumbled into the site for Templeport Baptisms 1836-1902 and found Susan Connolly, Brydget Connolly and Elyzabeth Connolly. I haven't misspelt these names this was the spelling from the document. Michael or Mick as Father and the prize of all Alyce Reylly from Drumane. Michael and Alice were sponsors for Susan, James McGerty and Mary McGerty were Bridgets Sponsors and Mick Connolly and Ellen Brady were Elizabeths sponsors.
From this I need the death certs for Michael and I have the Marriage information from Rootsirelandie.From the information you have put forward then Micks father would be Francis Connolly. In the 1911 fermanagh census Patrick Rielly/Father/Widower aged aged 75. So this is Alices father . I would consider this an exceptional days work. Thank you all for showing an interest.

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