Can someone help me find Thomas Dolan?

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My great grandfather's headstone states his father is Thomas Dolan and his mother is Mary McGovern.  That's where I'm lost.  My great grandfather was born in Ireland (not sure where), so I'm sure Thomas and Mary would have to be there also.  Not even sure if McGovern was her maiden name or previously married name.  Your time is greatly appreciated.  Thank  you!
in Genealogy Help by Teresa Reyburn G2G Crew (370 points)

3 Answers

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where is the headstone of your great grandfather? when was he born? And when did he die? And where did he die?

EDIT -- also does your great grandfather have a name and does he have a profile here at WT?
by Susan Smith G2G6 Pilot (591k points) - John W. Dolan, born 1838, died 11 Apr 1894 (location not stated in profile) memorial shows gravestone in Greenbrier Co., WV:

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Thomas Dolan mentioned in the record of Thomas Dolan.

Birthplace is Graigue, wife Mary Anne Dolan White, son Thomas Dolan who was born 21 Jan 1877 in Ireland. Father's name Thomas Dolan and his birthplace Graigue. Mother's name Mary Anne Dolan White.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
We are looking for a John Dolan born to a Thomas Dolan and a McGovern in 1838.
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I’ve spent many hours researching my McGovern ancestors, and given a Dolan marrying a McGovern, I would be willing to bet your GGF and mother are from county Cavan.  Assuming so, here are a few possibilities:

  1. John Dolan born 23 Dec 1838 and baptized in Drumlane Parish.   Parents are John (not Thomas) and Mary (no maiden name provided).  Unfortunately I can’t make out the name of the townland they are from (, but here’s a link to the map of the townland Drumlane, which is within the parish.  Drumlane Townland, Co. Cavan
  2. Unlike most counties, Cavan retains some of the 1841 and 1851 censuses.  From the 1841 census we have John Dolan age 3 (birthdate 1838) in the townland of Derrindrehid (map here Derrindrehid Townland, Co. Cavan ). However the parents are Michael and Fanny.  See attached. 
  3. Again from 1841, John Dolan age 3, living in Port ( Port Townland, Co. Cavan). Parents are John and Mary.  See attached.
  4. And from 1851 there is a John Dolan age 13 (birth year 1838) in the townland of Ardmoneen (Ardmoneen Townland, Co. Cavan). This one is interesting because the mother is Mary and it appears father is deceased.  See attached.

I could do more, but it would be helpful to have more information….siblings, obituaries, anything that might have a reference to county or even parish.  Of course, it might not be Cavan.  Leitrim would be my next choice, but I still believe Cavan.


by Kevin Kern G2G Rookie (260 points)

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