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DEMOY families of Galway

DEMOY families of Galway

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 4:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Demoy, Reilly
I have had a difficult time tracing my gr gr grandparents. John Demoy and wife Moriah/Maria Riely Demoy. Born abt. 1850-1860, Galway Ireland/England.
Anyone with ties to a Demoy family there, can you offer any help? John and Maria came to USA around 1898. They had a few children there that I know of and this has made it difficult-because they did not come over together.. They seems to split up and John and Maria came together. Confusing.

Re: DEMOY families of Galway

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 3:37AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Suzanne, The name Demoy only exists in Ireland in the Galway City register area in the second half of the 19th century. However, the 1901 and 1911 Irish Census indicates that there were no Demoys in all of Ireland after 1900. The name is French in origin, probably Norman like so many other Irish names, the closest in this case being Devoy. It truly appears as if there was only one family consisting of John Demoy (1821-1893)and his wife Bridget (1854-1884) who had several children including John, Mary, Margaret and Bridget and probably Timothy who immigrated to Boston and raised a family there in Newton (where some of my own family immigrated to also). The US Census data reveals two sons, John and Timothy and some daughters but it doesn't appear as if John and Timothy ever married. Some of the girls may have married and you may have cousins there of a name different than Demoy. Good luck with your search Suzanne.
- John Eagleton
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