Genealogical and Historical Research Service in County Louth, Ireland - Joe Biden ancestors


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Joe  Biden  (former USA  Vice  President)
and  his  Irish Finnegan  Ancestors

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             On hearing that US Vice President Joe Biden may pay a visit to the Cooley area later this month (June 2016) I looked again at the research last updated in 2012. Local rumour seems to suggest that, according to United States of America [USA] sources, the relevant Finnegan Family came from the Templetown area of the Cooley Peninsula.
           But first I will look briefly at some main USA sources that maybe of help in locating emigrants from both that north-east area and elsewhere in County Louth.



 Holy Cross Cemetery, Ovid, Seneca County, New York State.

It is in this cemetery that Owen Finnegan and Jane Boyle, who emigrated from County Louth with their older children in the mid nineteenth century, were buried. But from a brief perusal of some photographs of some of the headstones available online at it can be seen that other emigrants, not only from the Cooley area, but also from elsewhere in County Louth, settled in the Ovid area of Seneca County. It also appears that even into the twentieth century emigration to this area continued. But for the purposes of this brief research I will only deal with a few of the emigrants.

Owen Finnegan's Family.
The inscriptions on the headstone(s), available online, read:-

JUNE 15, 1875.
56 YRS. 10MO.
DEC. 23, 1874.
AGED 54 YRS 7 DS.'


JUNE 3, 1864
18 YRS,. 3 MO. 3 DS.
MARCH 14, 1884.
36 YRS. 13 DS.'

Kuryla Family
Mary Anne White wife of Frank G Kuryla died 6 June 1956 in Ovid, Seneca County and was buried in Ovid Cemetery.
            Mary Anne was listed on the Massachusetts, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1963, on She was 25 years old and departed from Liverpool on the ship Celtic with her brother Patrick age 17 years. They arrived in Boston 2 September 1923. Their father was Patrick White of Rathcor, Carlingford, and they were emigrating to their cousin Thos McCarriagher in Ovid, New York.
           There is a baptism in Cooley Parish of a Mary Anne White on 17 October 1898 the daughter of Patrick White and Annie McCarraher. While no specific address is given on the baptism register from the 1901 and 1911 census (available at the family was living in Rathcor Townland. In 1911 Mary Anne was the eldest of seven children:- Francis; Ellen; James; Patrick Joseph (who emigrated to Ovid with her); Thomas and Teresa Josephine. The head of house was a cousin Mary Malone, single, and age 81 years so would be born about 1840 when Owen and Jane Finnegan were still living in this general area.

           Rathcor Townland is also along Dundalk Bay and a short distance to the west of Templetown Townland. It contains about 654 statute acres. The Malone families of the area seemed to have lived, in the mid nineteenth century, around the village of Rathcor Upper.

  Missing Friends advertisements

These advertisements can make interesting reading.

One notice published 18 September 1875 is:-

  Missing Friends 1875 -  Sarah Carroll of Riverstown, County Louth
    (Source: Boston Pilot newspaper and available online on etc.).

From the parish register for Cooley there was a baptism of a Sarah Carroll baptised 31 July 1839 of Castlecarragh Townland, the daughter of Patt Carroll and Catharine White.
          Part of the village of Riverstown is in Castlecarragh Townland. The latter townland adjoins to the west Rathcor Townland. It contains nearly 367 statute acres.

  Censuses of Population

It has already been stated that a number of surnames found in Seneca County, New York, in the various mid-nineteenth century censuses also appear in the north-east area of County Louth. Following are some Finnegan families living in Ovid, Senaca County, in the 1860 US census (Source: for small sections of censuses following):-


Owen & Jane Finnegan (already given above).

The Village of Ovid

   1860 US Census - Owen & Jane Finnagan

Richard and Mary Finnagan

The town of Ovid.

              1860 US Census - Richard Finnagan

 Both Richard and Mary were stated to be from Ireland and the children born in Seneca County, New York.

Joseph (aka George?) and Rosa Finnagan

The village of Ovid.

  1860 US Census for Joseph aka George Finnagan

          In the 1850 US census, taken 18 October 1850, in Town of Seneca Falls, County of Seneca, State of New York, was a George Finnegan, age 25 years, a shoemaker, born in Ireland, with his wife Rose, age 23 years and also born in Ireland and daughter Mary, age 3 years, born in New York.
          From a Stauff Finnegan Family Tree on it is stated above Joseph, was this George Finnegan and came from Templetown, County Louth. He was born about 1820 but the names of the parents are not listed on the Family Tree. His wife was stated to be Rose Murphy.
          An image of the Headstone given lists 'George Finnegan died Mar. 13, 1894 aged 74 years'.

          This Family Tree also has Owen Finnegan as a brother of George. It includes a copy of a notice in the local Ovid newspaper, dated 11 May 1863, stating that George Finnegan 'dissolved his partnership with Owen" and was moving to other premises with his Boot and Shoe Making Business. Another notice dated 1 April 1868 had a sale notice for his house in Ovid Village.
          A further public notice dated 17 June 1874 by Owen Finnegan stated that, due to ill health, he was closing his business (Boots and Shoes) and putting his stock up for auction. As can be seen above on Owen's headstone his wife Jane died in December 1874 and he died about six months later.

The children of George & Rose Murphy. as given on Family Tree, were:-
1846 Mary Ellen
1850 Rose Ann
1853 Peter
1855 Catherine
1858 Richard B
1860 George
1863 Jane
All the children were stated to be born in USA.

           Templetown is in Cooley Roman Catholic parish and situated along a narrow road off the R175 (Dundalk to Greenore) that leads south-east in the direction of Cooley Point along Dundalk Bay.
           Templetown Townland contains about 437 statute acres.

Mary Finnagan born about 1832.

The Village of Ovid

  1860 US Census for Mary Finnagan

Mary Finnagan was stated to be born in Ireland.

Family of a Hugh Finnegan

Town of Waterloo, Seneca County.

  1860 US census for Hugh Finnegan

          Patrick, his wife Ann and father Hugh were stated to be born in Ireland and the children in New York. By the 1870 US census this Patrick, a farmer, and Ann and his family (but not Hugh) appear to be residing in the town of Ovid.
          See later under Parish Registers. Could this be Hugh Finnegan (who was married to Ann Murphy) and son Patrick who lived in Templetown?. Further research would be required to verify this.


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