Thank you Rob!
These are great sites with a lot to search through. And I very much appreciate your
including the dates for when baptism & marriaged needed to be reported to the state.
Also, I’m quite interested that you mention the flow between adjacent counties. There was
a Bernard/Bearnard FRIEL/O'FRIEL who arrived around the same time period and resided
near my FRIEL family in Portland, Maine. Naturally, I've wondered if Bernard might be
Bernard’s son, Bernard Jr. was said to be born in Londonderry according to his son’s
naturalization record. I’m unsure if this was meant to mean the town or the county?
United States, New England Petitions for Naturalization Index,
1791-1906: Bearnard O Friell, Jr., born 1828 Londonderry, Ireland, arrived 1831 Portland,
Maine [port of arrival]; application 2 Apr 1852; witnesses: John DEEHAN, 2nd, Portland,
Maine; Michael WELSH, Portland, Maine; George L. EMERY, Portland, Maine ["United
States, New England Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906," database with
: 20 May 2014), Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont F630 (Abraham) - G163
(William R.) > image 1416 of 5491; citing NARA microfilm publication M1299 (Washington,
D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.)]
On Nov 8, 2019, at 12:26 PM, Rob Doragh
for FRIEL and a few for O'KANE and cotyrone.com
(O')KANE, FRIEL and a few AVERY results. You won't find baptism and marriage
records unless you come across them in church records as non-Catholic marriages did not
have to be notified to the state in Ireland until 1845 and births, deaths and Catholic
marriages until 1864. You could also try
Counties Donegal, Londonderry
and Tyrone are next to each other and people often moved counties, as did some of my
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From: E Avery <e.avery(a)cox.net>
Sent: 08 November 2019 18:17
To: irl-co-donegal(a)rootsweb.com <irl-co-donegal(a)rootsweb.com>
Subject: [IRL-CO-DONEGAL] FRIEL / O'FRIEL & KANE
I’m hoping to find the region in County Donegal, my ancestors lived. They immigrated by
1841, before the famine, to Portland, Maine. They may have arrived earlier but I’ve not
found a definite match to the family in the 1840 US census.
Margaret KANE / O'KANE b. ca 1791 Ireland, d. Dec 1869 Portland, Maine m. [I assume
in County Donegal] Ireland to John FRIEL/O’FRIEL.
John FRIEL/O’FRIEL may have died before his family emigrated, but certainly died before
the 1850 census. He’s not listed on the burial plot where his wife is buried. In the 1850
census, his wife is a widow.
I descend through their son William b. ca 1830 Ireland [very approximate, his age varies
from record to record], d. 25 Nov 1900 Boston, Mass.; m. 16 Nov 1852 Portland, Maine to
Margaret FRIEL b. ca 1837 Ireland, d. 13 Feb 1913 Charleston, Mass. I’m happy to share
information on descendants of John FRIEL & Margaret KANE, if anyone is interested.
I’ve not had luck finding baptism & marriage records for the family in County
Donegal. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance,
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