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John H. Gillen: 1840s, departed Ireland; maybe Londonderry, arrived Nova Scotia
Posted by: Larry Gillen (ID *****0198) Date: May 18, 2012 at 08:00:35
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We are hoping to connect with our family roots in Ireland. Timing of departure correlates with the Great Famine. As handed down by word of mouth, five Gillen brothers worked for their passage on a livestock ship from Ireland to North America. Thoughts are that their origins were somewhere in the west portion of Ireland. Now, we have just learned of a ship's log with five Gillen males and 2 or 3 Gillen females with departure from Londonderry and making port in Nova Scotia. Portlough was listed as the original home for all of these Gillens. Any thoughts on how to help connect the dots here? I looked at Google Earth and see that Portlough is a very short distance west of Londonderry.

Of the five Gillen males who reportedly traveled together, our great great grandfather's name was John H. Gillen. We have this on a recently obtained death certificate of our great grandfather, Francis Lewis Gillen, born 1853 in Kentucky. John H. Gillen has a listed birthplace on Francis Gillen's death certificate of "Ireland".

Can't help but wonder if there might be any folks around Portlough who could corroborate a possible connection with our family here.

Thanks for any hints, thoughts or suggestions,

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