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Geary Family of Cuilleen, near Carna, County Galway

Geary Family of Cuilleen, near Carna, County Galway

Researched by Richard Barton

 

Martin Geary, Farmer

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Michael Geary (1867c-1927) of Cuilleen and Sarah Barrett (1874-1958)

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Julia Geary (1912-1969) and John Coleman

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Once again I would like to thank my distant cousin, Richard Byrd, for his help with tracing members of the Geary Family who moved from Cuilleen to live in Maine and Massachusetts.

Cuilleen is in the Civil Parish of Moyrus, in the Barony of  Ballynahinch, in the County of Galway. Cuilleen is also known as Culleen.

 


 

Michael (1867c-1927) and  Sarah (1874-1958) Geary

Michael Geary was born in about 1867, the son of Martin Geary, a farmer.  Sadly, to date I have been unable to find a record of baptism or a registration of birth for Michael Geary.

However, it seems highly likely that Michael was one of the many children of a farmer of Letterdeskert, Martin Geary (1821-1911) and his wife Judith Mulkerrin (1825-1886). Their children included Coleman (1855-1943), John (1857-1933), Mary (1861-), Valentine (1864-1936), Martin (1866-1946). Delia or Bridget (1871-1950) and Julia (1874-). This family has been carefully researched by Timothy O’Connor:

see https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/120022200/person/340193650892/facts

However, we do know that our Michael Geary married Sarah Barrett, on 14th August 1903, at the Roman Catholic Chapel in Carna. The certificate describes him as a thirty-five-year-old bachelor farmer of Culleen (sic), son of Martin Geary, a farmer. Sarah Barrett was described as twenty-five, a spinster of Culleen, daughter of Mathias Barrett, who worked as a carpenter and farmer. The witnesses were William Barrett and Bridget Geary. The marriage was registered on 7th September 1903.

Sarah Barrett was born on 10th August 1874. Her father, Mathias, had married her mother, Bridget Green, on 25 April 1861. Bridget died on 11th May 1913 and Mathias died on 30 March 1924 at the age of 91.

The census return for 1911 reveals that the Gearys were still living at Cuilleen. Both Michael and Sarah, were described as natives of Galway and their religion as Roman Catholic. They were also able to speak Irish and English. At that time, Michael and Sarah had been married for nine years and they had had five children all of whom were still alive in 1911. Michael was recorded in the census return as being a forty-three-year-old farm labourer who was unable to read whereas his thirty-nine-year-old wife was able to  both read and write. Their children included Bartly aged eight, Mary-Anne aged seven, Bridget aged five, Sarah aged three and Joseph aged eight months. The three eldest children could read and write and were able to speak Irish and English.

The head of the household was Sarah’s father, Mathias (sic) Barrett, a seventy-eight-year-old Farmer. He was described as being an Irish speaking Roman Catholic who was unable to read. His wife, Bridget, was aged seventy-nine, and, like Mathias, she could not read and was an Irish speaker only. The Barretts had been married for forty-six years and during that time they had eight children, four of whom were still alive in 1911. Both Mathias and Bridget were listed as born in Galway.

The whole family lived in three rooms at Cuilleen and they had three windows at the front of their dwelling. The house was probably constructed of stone with a thatch roof. They also had a piggery, a barn and a cow house.

Michael Geary died on 11th May 1927 at Cuilleen, aged fifty-nine years. He was described as a farmer who had suffered from heart disease for twelve months during which time he had received no medical attention. The informant was his wife Sarah Geary, who was present at the death. The death was registered on 21st May.

His widow, Sarah, died in 1958 aged eighty-four years. The informant was Joseph Geary, presumably their son, who lived at Cuilleen.

The Children of Michael and Sarah Geary were:

Valentine (Bartly) Geary was born on 25th August 1904 at Cuilleen, son of Michael Geary, a farmer of Culleen, and his wife Sarah, nee Barrett. The birth was registered by his mother on 15th September.

Bartly Geary married at the Catholic Church in Carna on 10th January 1939. He was described as a thirty-four-year-old bachelor and farmer of Cuilleen, the son of Michael Geary, a deceased farmer. His wife was Sarah Conneely, a twenty-two-year-old spinster and farmer of Cuilleen. Her father was John Conneely, a deceased shoemaker. The witnesses were Martin Geary and Penelope Conneely.

Sarah died at St Brigid’s Hospital, Ballinasloe on 26th June 1964. Her details on the death certificate disclose that she was as a forty-eight-year-old farmer’s wife from Carna. She had suffered for approximately thirty years with Mitral Stenosis and Mitral and for thirty-two years with Rheumatic Fever. Bartley died on 27th January 1966 at the Regional Hospital in Galway. He was described as a sixty-year-old widower and farmer from Carna. The cause of death was given as Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

 

Mary-Anne Bernard was born on 7th September 1905 at Cuilleen. The birth was registered on 2nd November by her mother.

On 19th November 1924 Mary-Anne sailed on the S.S. “Laconia” from Cobh (Queenstown) arriving at the Port of New York on 27th October 1924. The records for the voyage describe her as being twenty-year-old domestic and gives her father as being Michael Geary of Culleen, Roundstone, Co. Galway. Her destination was Portland, Maine where she was to join her aunt, Mrs. Gorhany of 19 Kelloy (sic) Street, Portland, Maine. Personal details include her height of 5’5″, her good health, fair complexion, dark hair and blue eyes. Her immigration visa was obtained in  Dublin on 13th October.

Since the 1924 Passenger List indicates that Mary A. Geary’s “Calling or Occupation” is Domestic and her destination is “Portland, Maine, it is highly likely that Mary A. Geary is the maid shown in the 1927 and 1929 Portland, Maine City Directories. She is working for and living with a private family in 1927 at 105 Noyes. She does not appear in the 1928 directory. However, she is working for and living with a private family in 1929 at 359 Deering Ave.

Mary-Anne may well have married Robert Victor Bernard on 25th December 1932 at Portland, Maine. If this is the correct marriage for her then the couple were,  at the time of the 1940 Census, living in Portland with their five children, namely, Robert, aged seven; Richard, aged six; Joseph, aged four; Beatrice, aged two years, and Albert aged three months. Robert Bernard was listed as twenty-five, born in Maine and working as an electrical mechanic working in a garage. Mary was thirty and born in the Irish Free State. This couple seem to be both buried at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. Robert’s date of death is 26th August 1974 and Mary-Anne died on 30th October 1978. However, the Social Security Death Index lists her date of birth as 17th September 1905 rather than 7th.

If this is the correct marriage then Mary-Anne’s husband was of a French-speaking Canadian background although he was, himself, born at Jay, Franklin, Maine, on 26th May 1911. He was the tenth child of Fidelis Bernard (1862-1940), a papermaker from Prince Edward Island, and his wife Marie, nee Lariviere (1873-1929).

Their children included, Robert Philip Bernard who was born on 10th May 1933 and died on 14th March 1989 and his brother, Richard Roland Bernard, who was born on 30th August 1934 and died on 30th September 1988.

Bridget (Delia) O’Neill was born on 9th March 1907 at Cuilleen and the birth was registered by her mother on 28th March.

On 26th December 1934 Bridget Geary married Edward O’Neill at St Nicholas’s Pro Cathedral, Galway. She was described as a twenty-six-year-old spinster of St Dominic’s Terrace, Galway, daughter of Michael Geary, a farmer. Edward was a thirty-year-old bachelor and labourer of Wellpark, Galway, son of Thomas O’Neill, a labourer. The witnesses were Patrick Long and Katie Monahan.

An Edward Geary, a retired labourer from 10 Ballybane Cottages, Galway, aged sixty and married, died on 12th April 1965 at the Regional Hospital, Galway.

Bridget Delia O’Neill died in Birmingham during the first quarter of 1978 aged seventy years. Her date of birth was given as 9th March 1907.

 

Sarah (Celia) Conneely or Connolly was born on 23rd March 1908 at Cuilleen and the birth was registered by her mother on 4th June.

On 5th May 1930 Sarah Geary arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on the ship Cedric. She was described as a twenty-one-years-old domestic from Carna, Galway. She had received her immigration visa at Dublin on 11th March 1930. Her next of kin was given as her mother, Mrs Sarah Geary of Callen (sic), Carna, Galway. She was heading for Newton, Massachusetts and had a ticket which was paid for by her cousin, Michael Conroy. She had £25 with her and had not been in the United States before. She was going to stay with her cousin Mark Conroy of 67 (?) Pearl (Peace?) Street, Newton. She had good health, 5’2”, fresh complexion, fair hair and grey eyes.

According to the Marriage Index for Maine, James Conley (sic) married Celia (sic) Geary at Portland on 4th July 1936. However, according to details given by Sarah, when she applied for naturalization, she married James Conneely at York, Maine on 4th July 1935, a year earlier, and she said that her husband was born in 1904. Interestingly, when James Conneely a/k/a Connolly applied in 1957 he stated that he married Sarah on 4th July 1936 at Portland, Maine, and that his bride was born in 1912.

James Conneely was actually born on 18th April 1904 at Stripe, Galway and he entered the United States upon the S.S. Samaria at Boston on 27th December 1926 and he was naturalized on 27th May 1957 in Boston. When he applied for naturalization the family was living at 695 Pleasant Street, Norwood, Massachusetts, but by the time Sarah applied for naturalization in 1960 they were living at 334 Washington Street, East Walpole, Massachusetts. She was then described as medium complexion, 5’2″, 175 pounds, blue eyes and brown/grey hair and no defective marks.

James and Sarah (alias Celia) had four children, James born on 2nd April 1936, Carol born on 25th December 1941, John born on 18th September 1943 and Kenneth born on 18th April 1946. All were born at Norwood, Massachusetts and were living at home in 1960.

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Carol Adams and her Family, 1987

At St Francis Cemetery, Walpole, Norfolk County, Massachusetts there is a memorial for a James E. Connolly (1906-1967) and Celia Connolly (1908-1972) who died on 25th July 1972.

 

Joseph Geary was born on 15th September 1910 at Cuilleen and the birth was registered by his mother on 6th October.

Joseph died on 24th October 1967 at the Regional Hospital, Galway. He was described as a fifty-seven-year-old bachelor and farm help from Culleen, Carna.

 

Julia Coleman was born on 9 October 1912 at Cuilleen. Her birth was registered by her mother on 28th November.

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Julia Coleman

She married John Coleman on 22nd April 1934 at the Church in Killererin but the certificate was not received by the Registrar until 29th September 1936 and was then registered on the following day. John Coleman was described as a twenty-seven-year-old bachelor, a labourer of Ballinahinch, son of Michael Coleman, a farmer. Julia was described as twenty-one-year-old spinster, of Toghermore, daughter of Michael Geary, a farmer. The celebrant was the Parish Priest, Peter Curran, and the witnesses were Luke Murphy and Mary A. Farrell. (Should Toghermore and Ballinahinch be swapped over?)

In 1937 Julia and John were living at Togher, in Tuam Registration District, and he was described as a Poultry Assistant.

They had four children and later moved to Swindon where Julia died in 1969.

Agnes Ford was born on 14th April 1916 at Cuilleen. Her birth was registered by her mother on 22nd June.

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Agnes Ford with her granddaughter 1985c

Agnes moved to London where she met Arthur James Ford and they married on 13th June 1953. She died in South London in 1998. They had a daughter, Teresa.


 

The Barrett Family of Cuilleen, near Carna

 

Mathias Barrett of Culleen (1834c-1924) and Bridget Greene (1832c-1913)

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Sarah Barrett (1878-1958) and Michael Geary

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Mathias Barrett married his second cousin, Bridget Greene, on 25 April 1861 at Carna and the witnesses were Martin and Barbara Geary. The names of the parents of the bride and groom were not recorded. Mathias and Bridget had eight children, four of whom died before 1911.

On 19th August 1865 Miles Barrett, son of Matthias (sic) Barrett, a farmer, and Bridget Barrett, nee Green, was born at Culliene (sic). The birth was registered on 5th September and Bridget, the mother, made her mark. Miles, a forty-two-year-old labourer, died on 6th August 1910 at the City Hospital at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

On 20th September 1870 Michael Barrett was born at Cuilleen. He was the son of Mathias Barrett, a carpenter of Cuilleen, and his wife Bridget nee Green. The birth was not registered on 15th December and the informant was John Green of Letterdeskard who was present at the birth and he made his mark.

On 28th March 1872 Mathias Barrett, a carpenter of Cuilleen, informed the registrar of the birth of his un-named child who was born at Cuilleen on 8th February 1872.

Sarah Barrett was born on 10th August 1874 at Cuilleen. Her parents were recorded as being Mathias Barrett, a farmer of Cuilleen, and his wife Bridget, nee Green. Mathias was the informant when the birth was registered on 7th September and he made his mark.

On 2nd December 1878 Mathias Barrett, occupier, informed the registrar of the death of his six month old child, Bridget Barrett, who died at Cuilleen on 18th September. She had suffered with struma for two months and had received no medical attendance. Mathias made his mark.

In 1901 the Barrett family was living at Culleen and Mathias was listed in the census return as a sixty-five-year-old married man. His trade was given as carpenter. Bridget, his wife, was fifty-nine and their children who still living at home were listed as Myles, a farmer,  aged twenty-six, and Sarah, a domestic servant, aged twenty. All four were Roman Catholics, natives of County Galway, and they spoke Irish and English but were unable to read and write.

The family lived a private dwelling probably constructed of stone with a thatch roof and one window to the front. They had a piggery.

Next door, lived Sarah Geary’s brother, William Barrett, aged thirty-seven, with a forty-year-old niece (sic) (should be wife), Bridget Fitzpatrick, and his five children, namely, Joseph aged eleven; Matty, aged eight; Mary, aged six; Bridget, aged four; Anny, aged two, and James aged one year. William was described as a waver (sic).

The 1911 Census also reveals that Michael and Sarah Geary and their family were living at Culleen with Sarah’s parents, Mathias and Bridget Barrett. The head of the household was Sarah’s father described as a seventy-eight-year-old Farmer. He was an Irish speaking Roman Catholic who was unable to read. His wife was aged seventy-nine, and, like Mathias, she could not read and was an Irish speaker only. The Barretts had been married for forty-six years and during that time they had eight children, four of whom were alive in 1911. Both Mathias and Bridget were born in Galway.

The whole family lived in three rooms and they had three windows at the front of their dwelling. The house was probably constructed of stone with a thatch roof. They also had a piggery, a barn and a cow house.

Bridget Barrett died on 11th May 1913 at Culleen. She was described on her death certificate as the eighty-year-old wife of Mathias Barrett, a farmer, and she died of old age debility and received no medical attendance. When the death was registered on 12th June the informant was her daughter, Sarah, Geary of Culleen, who was present at the death.

Mathias Barrett died on 30th March 1924 at Culleen in Clifden Registration District. He was described as a ninety-year-old widower and farmer. He died of old age with no medical attendant. The informant was his son-in-law Michael Geary of Culleen who was present at the death. When the death was registered on 31st March Michael Geary made his mark.

Miles Barrett (1865-1910)

On 19th August 1865 Miles Barrett, son of Matthias (sic) Barrett, a farmer, and Bridget Barrett, nee Green, was born at Culliene (sic). The birth was registered on 5th September and Bridget, the mother, made her mark. Miles, a forty-two-year-old labourer, died on 6th August 1910 at the City Hospital at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

William Barrett 

William Barrett, a twenty-one-year-old son of Matthias and Bridget Barrett, married Bridget Fitzpatrick on 30th July 1889 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Later William returned to Ireland.

In 1901 next door to the Gearys, lived Sarah Geary’s brother, William Barrett, aged thirty-seven, with a forty-year-old niece (sic) (should be wife), Bridget Fitzpatrick, and his five children, namely, Joseph aged eleven; Matty, aged eight; Mary, aged six; Bridget, aged four; Anny, aged two, and James aged one year. William was described as a waver (sic).

In 1911 William Barrett and his family were still living at Cuilleen next to his father and William was described as a forty-five-year-old farmer. By this time William and Bridget had been married for twenty-two years and eight of their nine children had survived and were at home on the night of the census. He and his wife Bridget had had further children after 1901, namely Sarah, born in 1901c and Maggie born in 1898c. Also staying with them in 1911 was Bridget’s mother, Mary Fitzpatrick.

Michael (Mathias) Barrett (1870-1952)

On 20th September 1870 Michael Barrett was born at Cuilleen. He was the son of Mathias Barrett, a carpenter of Cuilleen, and his wife Bridget nee Green. The birth was not registered on 15th December and the informant was John Green of Letterdeskard who was present at the birth and he made his mark.

Michael arrived at Boston in the state of Massachusetts on or about 21st May 1892 and he was naturalised seven years later. At the time of his application he was a section foreman on the railway and he was living at 38 Whitwell Street, Quincy. In the United States he seems to have been known as Michael Mathias Barrett.

On 5th November 1895 Michael M Barrett, aged twenty-five, and Maggie A. Parry, a native of Cork, were married by the Catholic Priest of Middleborough, Massachusetts, USA. His father was given as Matthias Barrett and his mother as Bridget Green. His occupation was given as a Railroad Employee and Maggie as a Housekeeper.

The 1920 Census return reveals that the family was living at Courtland Street, Plymouth and Michael was working as a track supervisor on the railroad. He and Margaret had two daughter, namely, Sarah, aged seventeen, and Mary, aged thirteen. In 1930 Mary was a music student.

Michael died and was buried in St Mary’s Cemetery, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1952.


 

Should you be willing to share any further details about this family please contact btsarnia@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

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