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Davin Brothers from Clifden

Davin Brothers from Clifden

Posted: 26 Apr 2005 5:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Davin
In 1859 Michael Davin of New Salem Virginia posted a message in the Boston Pilot newspaper looking to contact his brother Patrick Davin in Iowa. These Davin brothers were from Bayleek on the Sky Road near Clifden Ireland. They are almost certainly related to my Davin ancestors who lived on this same stretch of road. I have been unable to find any trace of either Michael or Patrick in Virginia or Iowa. I did find a Michael Davin in Allegheny PA age 62 with four children who were all born in Virginia around the time the message was posted. The 1880 census shows Michael's children as Mary (26), Katie (23) Thomas (21) and Michael (18). I suspect this is the Michael Davin I am looking for since many of my Davins from Clifden ended up living near Pittsburgh. Any information about MIchael or Patrick Davin or their descendants would greatly appreciated.

Re: Davin Brothers from Clifden

Mike Davin (View posts)
Posted: 9 Dec 2005 7:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi! I'm Mike Davin (age 55) from Pittsburgh. My grandfather was Michael Davin, the 18 year old you reference, from the Sky (High) Road in Clifden. In 1986 I visited the foundation that was the home of the whole family. I also visited with his brother Thomas who was in his eightys at the time.

Re: Davin Brothers from Clifden

Posted: 5 Jun 2010 5:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Bill,

I’m wondering if the Patrick Davin you’re looking for might possibly be my great-grandfather. This is the information I have gathered about him from my mother, God rest her, (Davin was her maiden name) and her brothers and sisters:

Re: Davin Brothers from Clifden

Posted: 5 Jun 2010 5:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
My great-grandfather Patrick Davin was born in Clifden (Co. Galway) in 1830 and emigrated to the USA in 1849 while the Famine was raging. He arrived in New Orleans and made his way up to Pittsburg where he worked in the steel mills until 1859 when he returned to Ireland (and Clifden). There he met my great-grandmother and they married in 1859 or 1860.

Re: Davin Brothers from Clifden

Posted: 5 Jun 2010 5:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
His bride, my great-grandmother Mary Mullins, was born in 1834 and was also from the Clifden area. She had married a fisherman James (?) Corbett and they had had a son. Her husband drowned at sea and apparently Patrick got word in Pittsburg that Mary had become a young widow and he went back to Ireland to marry her (sadly, none of my mother’s family knew the details of how they had got to know each other. I presume they were neighbours and had grown up in the same area).

Re: Davin Brothers from Clifden

Posted: 5 Jun 2010 5:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
They had a go at making a living in Ireland and my grandfather’s two eldest sisters were born in Clifden. Patrick emigrated a second time to Amerikay in 1864-1865, but this time with a wife and 2 daughters (my grandfather was the youngest of ten kids) in tow and they travelled to Kansas and homesteaded. (Mary’s husband James Corbett was an only child and his son stayed behind (with his father’s parents) in Clifden when Patrick and Mary emigrated and inherited his grandparents’ land when they passed on. It broke Mary’s heart to leave her son behind in Ireland. One of my grandfather’s sisters (one of those born in Ireland?) used to correspond with him (her half-brother) fairly regularly until his death in the 1930s (?))

Re: Davin Brothers from Clifden

Posted: 5 Jun 2010 5:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
They had a go at making a living in Ireland and my grandfather’s two eldest sisters were born in Clifden. Patrick emigrated a second time to Amerikay in 1864-1865, but this time with a wife and 2 daughters (my grandfather was the youngest of ten kids) in tow and they travelled to Kansas and homesteaded. (Mary’s husband James Corbett was an only child and his son stayed behind (with his father’s parents) in Clifden when Patrick and Mary emigrated and inherited his grandparents’ land when they passed on. It broke Mary’s heart to leave her son behind in Ireland. One of my grandfather’s sisters (one of those born in Ireland?) used to correspond with him (her half-brother) fairly regularly until his death in the 1930s (?))

Re: Davin Brothers from Clifden

Posted: 5 Jun 2010 5:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sorry, I tried repeatedly to send the above as one post but it just came out as one very long paragraph. I sent the paragraph above by mistake and this forum doesn't seem to allow you to edit your own posts. I looked at the FAQ to find out a way to break up the paragraph and even looked up tips on Google but without success. please forgive ignorance as I send what should be one long post (with paragraph breaks) as several posts.

Re: Davin Brothers from Clifden

Posted: 5 Jun 2010 5:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
(CONTINUED)Sadly, the land they homesteaded passed out of our family’s possession but the dry stonewall that my great-grandfather built (just like the ones you see all over Connemara and the west of Ireland in general) still stands (an uncle and a cousin of mine made attempts to buy the land back but the owner wouldn’t sell).

Re: Davin Brothers from Clifden

Posted: 5 Jun 2010 5:37PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sadly nobody in my mother’s family knows what Patrick’s or Mary’s parents or siblings names were but when I asked a sister of my mother’s if she knew what townland in Clifden Patrick Davin was from she said she that she was fairly sure it started with the letter ‘b’ and she thought it might be Bang. There’s no townland of that name in the Clifden area as far as I know and later, after visiting Clifden myself and acquainting myself with some of its townlands, I’ve often wondered if the townland she was referring to might be Belleek. (sadly that aunt is also no longer living).
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