This page will feature posts about our own family history. I am regularly reminded that I need to get it written down (presumably in case I die and all the ‘stuff’ dies with me!) Notwithstanding such concerns about my possible(?) demise I have until now resisted committing keyboard -to -screen as there are so many gaps. I realize of course that the gaps may never ever be filled so I will run with what I know so far.
Our family names are Gallagher from Glenties in County Donegal, Ireland and Friel from Fanad County Donegal on our father’s side. On our mother’s side we have Clinton from County Kildare and Williams from Edenderry County Offaly.
Irish family research is notoriously difficult on several fronts – sheer number of families with same surname; sheer number of families who, as a badge of honour and out of respect, named their children after parents and other family members; the propensity for members of families to live close to one another and/or to follow same occupations, and the lack of family grave headstones. Add these to the challenge of Irish vital records – civil registration only began in 1864 so it is difficult to get back past this date. Availability of Church records depended on the local clergy but thankfully in some instances, with a smattering of Latin and an ability to decipher challenging handwriting, it may be possible to get some earlier confirmation of family members. Some parishes have records going back much longer, but our family seem to have avoided living in those!
How I wish that our parents were still with us to know what we know now about their origins.
The Gallagher Side
Daniel Gallagher son of John Gallagher of Mulnamina and Isabella nee Mulloy, daughter of John Mulloy of Strasallagh, Glenties were married on February 2, 1874. They had 10 children
- Ellen, born December 2, 1874 in Strasallagh.
- John born August 19, 1876 in Mulnamina, the place of birth of all subsequent children)
- Ann born Jul 18, 1878
- Mary born on June 4, 1880
- Bridget arrived on June 1, 1882
- Catherine born May 22, 1884
- James born March 15, 1886
- Sarah born September 28, 1888
- Rose born August 12, 1890
- Margaret born December 28, 1893
See the following posts
James, their 2nd son and 7th child was our grandfather. He married Mary Friel on September 26 1915. They had 5 children. Daniel Gerard, their 3rd child and 1st son was our father.
- Mary Isabella 1917
- Eileen Ann 1919
- Daniel Gerald 1921
- John Francis Columba 1923
- James Patrick 1925
See the following posts
The others are work in progress.
John Friel and Anna Coll had 8 children