I am hoping to find a family with the surname Mulher(i)n, living in or near
Ardara, Co. Donegal, who may have knowledge of an ancestor that immigrated
to the U.S. ca. 1857.
John Mulherin, son of John Mulherin from Ardara, states in an affidavit ca.
1890 that he was born in Ardara, Co. Donegal in March 1836.
He would be a distant cousin of mine. There is a passenger list with a John
Mulherin and Catherine Mulherin who traveled together to the U.S. in 1857,
they were probably siblings.
I have not been able to trace Catherine. John fought in the U.S. Civil War,
married and lived in Pittsburgh, PA., U.S., where he died in 1921.
About a year ago, I was referred to a parish priest in Co. Donegal, and sent
him the above information, but I have never received a reply. Is there
anyone who would know what Roman Catholic Church existed in Ardara in 1836,
and if so, is it possible to obtain the Church records for the Baptism of
John Mulherin in 1836, or information e.g. Baptisms or Marriages of other
family members in that time frame?
I would appreciate any assistance, I realize my information is scanty,
and that there would be no civil records of John's birth, so I am in hopes
that Church records might lead me to information about my family.
Thank you for your time,