I'm a 57 year old American woman, who has been doing genealogical research on both sides of my family for more than forty years. All my ancestors came from Ireland, although a few took detours to Liverpool or Glasgow during or after the Famine before wending their way across the Atlantic. I tried back in the 1960s to get information on my earliest ancestor to reach the shores of New York and have been stymied for more than forty years in getting her death certificate. I finally got it, though I'm not sure why I was successful this time and not 41 years ago; perhaps, the digitizing of records helped my cause.
Anyway, my great-grandmother died when my grandmother was twelve, and what information I possess about my great-grandmother came from her older brother, who bless his heart, was a curious young fellow. Her name was Bridget Hurley. Her father, it is said, was a tenant farmer in Ballymurray, County Roscommon, a place I haven't been able to definitely pinpoint. My cousin went over a couple of years ago and had some trouble locating the spot, also. Her father's name was Martin Hurley. His wife's name was Jane, but her maiden name is unknown. Bridget had two brothers. The eldest stayed on to take over the farm while the younger brother, named after his father, Martin and Bridget emigrated to America. They landed in NYC in 1868.
I learned over the years that the name Hurley isn't indigeonous to the area, most of the Hurleys coming from in or near County Cork. Church records in the parish nearest to where I believe she was born were lost in a fire sometime after her birth in 1850.
Does anyone know of Hurleys in County Roscommon?
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