Looking for any information on the family of brother & sister Mathias & Margaret Breen, emigrated through New York in 1851 eventually to St. Paul. Their father was Thomas Breen of S. Lakyle (also spelled Laghkil, Lackile, etc.) and his father was (probably) Mathias Breen of Ballina. In many old records, they spelled their name" Breene", and in Griffith's 1855 evaluation "Brien".
Both townlands are in Kilofin Civil Parish (Kildysert-Clonderlaw R.C. parish), Barony of Clonderlaw, Co. Clare (West Clare). Mathias' & Margarets's mother was Mary Maroney and their grandmother (wife of Mathias) was Ann McGrath.
Margaret married a James Madigan (later Mulligan) after immigration to the US, but the Madigan's were of Clare and probably of the same area as the Breens. In Kilofin parish they lived close by families of McMahons and Berminghams and there may have been some marriages into these families.
Mathias has descendents in the US in 2 family lines descending from 2 daughters who are very interested in any further information about the Breens of W. Clare, past or present, who were, or might have been, related. Also any known relatives from the McGrath, Maroney, Madigan, McMahon, Bermingham or other families are solicited for any information about the Breens and descendents.
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