I am searching for any information on my G-Grandfather, Malachy Collins, b. County Clare abt 1843-45.
Parents were Patrick Collins and Catherine Haugh. The only instance of both Collins and Haugh which appears in Griffith's 1855 is in Dough, Kilfearagh Parish (just outside Kilkee).
Two siblings of which I am aware were Mary Ann Collins and Jane Collins, birthdates unknown. I can't imagine there weren't others, but have no idea of names, whether they died in Ireland, or relocated elsewhere.
Family lore indicates Patrick Collins and Catherine Haugh died during the Famine, and the British government paid steerage to send the 3 children (Malachy, Mary Ann and Jane) to Canada. I cannot find the children on any manifest, nor can I find them anywhere in Canada, until finding my G-Grandfather's marriage record in Toronto in 1865. I do not know if the children were raised by family who had previously relocated to Canada, or if they were raised in an orphanage or by adoptive families.
Malachy Collins married Margaret Tomeney (Tammany) at St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto, June 29, 1865, stated age 22 (b. 1843?). Witnesses were Patrick Finnigan and Mary McConvey. Margaret was born in 1850 to Charles Tomeney and Sarah Cassidy in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence, New York.
Malachy and Margaret then moved to Chicago where their children were born:
James Patrick, 1866-1946
Charles Francis, 1868-1935
Patrick Alexander, 1871-1872
Sarah Agnes, 1874-1935
Henry Joseph, 1876-1920
Malachy Raymond, 1879-1933
Mary Ann, 1881-1947
William Joseph, 1888-1958
Grace Irene, 1891-1979 (my Grandmother)
Malachy Collins died in 1896 in Chicago and is buried at Calvary Cemetery, along with many other Collins family members.
I cannot locate Malachy's naturalization documents, an obituary, or any other information that provides a townland of birth.
Based solely on the occurrence of names in Griffith's, my daughter and I are traveling from the US to Kilkee, County Clare on June 17th to search parish records and any other sources we can locate (Clare Library) trying to learn more information.
Any suggestions on research sources while in Ireland would be greatly appreciated. And of course, if any of the above names mean anything to anyone, we would love to hear from you!!
Thanks in advance for any comments,