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Burkes: Killawalla Co. Mayo, the townland? And looking for relatives.
Posted by: Mary Quirk-Thompson (ID *****1065) Date: December 21, 2013 at 10:44:55
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I am making this inquiry for my first cousin who descends from Co., Mayo Burkes.

Regarding my source: In October, 1984 a Franciscan Brother, Kevin Burke, who was living in Corrandulla, Co. Galway, wrote to his fatherís first cousin in the USA. His monastery closed in February 1984 and turned into a home for the elderly. His new location, Hayden Apartments, was in the same parish of Annaghdown as was the monastery.

Now on to Co. Mayo: A page of Kevinís letter is missing so we do not know WHEN or Where Kevin was born but we do know that his grandfather was Peter Burke of Co., Mayo. Peter died when Kevin was two. Kevinís Aunt Bridgid and Uncle James, the children of Peter Burke, went to Indiana during the period of 1923 thru 1929. Kevinís grandfather Peter had a sister Julia who Kevin remembered. Her nickname was Judy. She was still very strong being able to walk miles while in her 80ís.

Kevin told his US first cousin once removed about HER father James Edward Burke who based on US records was the son of Thomas Burke or Bourke and Mary Carney or Kearney. James was born in about 1875 in Killawalla, Co. Mayo. He came to the US in about 1893. His sibs were Peter, John, Mary and Henry. There could have been more. Kevin said that James and Peter corresponded and John, Mary and Henry came to IN where James owned a hauling and storage business in Gary, Lake, Indiana, USA.

Regarding, Killawalla, the birth place of James Edward Burke, son of Thomas Burke and Mary Carney, Kevin said: ďThere are 3 divisions in the parish Killawalla, Ballintubber and Carnacon.Ē

I want find relatives of James in the Irish censuses of 1901 and 11. So I need to know the name of the townland that Killawalla was in. Or I could use the DED. I do not expect that all of the family was there because I am assuming that these villages as Kevin called them were quite small. So I also would like to know names of townlands nearby where I could expect the family to live.

Actually I would be thrilled if someone could tell me the townland, the Catholic parish, the civil parish, the barony and the poor law ?, I would really have great information for my cousinís tree.

Obviously any help on this would be greatly appreciated. And if I could contact a living relative life would be perfect. Of course this is Christmas, actually today is the Winter Solstice, so I do not expect an answer until the new year.

Mary Quirk-Thompson
Milwaukee Wisconsin Home of Milwaukee Irish Fest quite large quite good.

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