Search for content in message boards

Simon FINN of Galway, IRL

Replies: 12

Martin FINN Family: Ireland, Australia & USA

Mo Finn (View posts)
Posted: 30 Aug 2000 9:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 9 Apr 2003 11:33AM GMT
Surnames: Finn
Hi Joanne - and thanks for your reply. Our Martin died in 1943, or so askme.com advised me when I requested genealogical help. Have you tried them? I suspect that many people thought that Martin was an orphan because no family arrived in America with him, and his two attempts to find them (once in military uniform) in their village in Ireland proved fruitless. Martin spent one year in a seminary (possibly Jesuit) in France, so I guess to be a simple Irish boy suddenly hoisted off to France would have been daunting, but also indicates he must have been pretty bright. He found the seminary to be not of his liking and returned home one night and left before dawn for the home of a fellow seminarian in America. It was such a crime for Catholics to flunk out in those days, that he realised that he would save great family scandal by leaving before dawn. Anyway, his father walked him down the path and finally said goodbye, and I can imagine that they realised they would never see him again and were broken hearted over it, and subsequent generations of our family still wonder and talk about Martin and what could have happened to him in America. Several years later, the entire family emigrated to Australia, left the family farm for Martin in case he returned, or in the event that they were forced to return themselves, and relatives of his mother, Catherine Dormer, occupied the farm and in lieu of rent, were to pay the rates. They neglected to do this, and in 1980 when my parents visited Borris, discovered that they acquired the property from the local council for a pittance, as the rates were not paid at all. The village people got together, and when my grandfather wrote over to sell them the property (he needed money in the depression years to feed his large family), they all decided that the Finns were as good as dead and no reply was needed! We are happy that the farm is in other hands, as times were hard, and a bit of farming land in Ireland is of no interest to our Oz family anyway, but Martin was deprived of his family, and now that we have the internet, my father is anxious to find out if his uncle was happy in America and if he had family. When you are 81 years old, I guess these things matter more! It is just possible, if your Martin is our Martin too, that the aunty you describe was the mother of the fellow seminarian. It is only a long shot, but you would discover all sorts of things on a death or birth certificate. Do you have siblings? Martin had Bridget, Joseph, Mary, John, Ann, Alice Catherine (Kit). Names generally run in families, and this is sometimes an indication that there is a possible connnection, although the Irish were notorious for using the same (Saints) names for their kids. Keep in touch and contact me directly at willbabe@tpg.com.au. Thanks, Mo Finn
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Mo Finn 30 Aug 2000 3:10PM GMT 
Wendywiggs001 30 Jul 2013 6:29AM GMT 
MBrown3049 9 Feb 2005 2:26AM GMT 
per page

Find a board about a specific topic