On 30 Sep 2014, at 16:23, Valerie Ackroyd via
As I am sick at home today, I was looking through some of the other forums for my
Gilleece family and came across an old (2008) posting in GenForum that pointed me to an
entry in the 1901 census for a James Gillece, his wife Catherine and daughter Kate living
in Aghaboy. I verified it just to be sure--darn that difference in spelling! He hadn't
turned up on my original census search because of the difference in spelling. This
compromises my theory that the records I have found for James Gilleece in Aghaboy
(Tullyhaw) are for my gggf. Mainly because on my ggm's marriage certificate in 1882 it
says that her father James is dead.
Sigh, now I have a decision. Believe the marriage certificate and remove all reference to
this James being her father. Believe that the Registrar made a mistake (maybe she was the
black sheep to her father or something.) Or keep him and put an advisory note of the
discrepancy. What made me believe that this was the right James was the fact that he had a
daughter named Mary in the correct year for "my" ggm. I haven't been able to
find any other births that matched in that timeframe. Her first daughter was named Mary
Cate (short for Catherine) and James' wife was named Catherine. And that after
marrying in Knockninny, Mary and John Reilly returned to Cavan. There is a Reilly that
farmed directly next to the Gilleece farm. Not unusual in Cavan of course but....
So difficult to put all this into a family tree!
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