I think that there were likely a number of marriages between the FORD-MEER/MEARS families. You have John FORD b 1810 Co Mayo, who emigrated to Shelby MO, USA. John FORD b 1810 Co Mayo, d Shelby MO was father of Bridgette E FORD (1934-1898) who m Thomas B CONBOY. My g'g'grandfather Bartley FORD went on a mysterious trip to Milan MO after he retired...he died in Milan, and his body was ret'd to Chicago for burial. I have always believed he went to MO to see a relative, and looked for a connection...this could be it! Milan is less than 100 miles from Shelbina town, and perhaps the CONBOYs lived even closer than that. I think there were lots of CONBOYs in Co Sligo, right next to Ballina, Mayo too, where the MEERs and FORDs lived in 1833 and earlier. Maria's & Catherine's parents lived in Scraugh Co Sligo, then Mullaghowney, Co Mayo. CONBOY is also CONWAY. I have the MEER family in my tree. You can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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