I am trying to find the origin of John J. Carroll born about 1867 - 1872 in Ireland. His parents were Mathew Carroll and Bridget Kelley. He immigrated about 1891 and married Margaret Burns in Lowell, MA. They moved to Detroit about 1904.
On the 1930 Census John J. lists that he was born in "Irish Free State". At the same time his adult son living in his own household stated that his father was born in Northern Ireland. I wonder if I should interpret this that he was born in the country of Northern Ireland, but at the time it was part of the Irish Free State?
Is the surname Carroll so common that it is spread equally everywhere in Ireland or would it be found more in one location? John J. lists that his father's name was Mathew and that first name does not seem very common in Ireland. Is that correct or is it that the searchable databases just haven't entered many Mathews? I have found one Mathew Carroll in all of Northern Ireland but I would guess him to be too old to be the father of John J.
I am searching for the death certificate of John J. in hopes that would list his exact origin. If it does not then I wonder what other record to search?
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