Any suggestions finding parents of James B. Mcdermott b.1821 Co. Roscommon? Town?

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In need of help....great grandfather was James B. Mcdermott born 1821 in Co. Roscommon. I haven't been able to find out what town or who his parents were or names of siblings.  I started doing a search on the one sister I know for sure.  Her name was Catharine Mcdermott ca.1820 who married Martin J. O'Connor.  They immigrated to Canada possibly, before they ended up in Scranton PA because their first 3 children were born there: John, Martin, Michael and Winifred (she was born in Scranton).  Catharine's grandson named Martin J. O'Connor would go on to be an archbishop in Scranton at the St. Peter's Cathedral there.  Since James her brother was somewhat of a dead end I thought (maybe) Catharine would lead me to more information.

Any help/suggestions is appreciated. Thank you, Lynn
WikiTree profile: James Mcdermott
in Genealogy Help by Lynn Coleman G2G3 (3.0k points)
retagged by Maria Maxwell

James McDermott's parents are shown here as Hugh McDermott and Elizabeth Kelly or O'Kelly. James' siblings are shown to be Bernard and Anne.

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Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

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Name Hugh McDermott
Birth Year abt 1797
Arrival Year 1847
Arrival Place New York, New York
Age 50
Family Members Wife Eliza 48;Son James 26;Son John 24;Son Hugh 12;Son Bernard 28;Son William 18;Daughter Bessy 20;Daughter Susan 22;Daughter Rosanna 14;Daughter Ellen 13;Daughter Anne 25
Source Publication Code 4848
Primary Immigrant McDermott, Hugh
Annotation Date and port of arrival. Age and family relationships also provided.
Source Bibliography LOOKING FOR A BETTER LIFE, THE BALLYKILCLINE EMIGRANTS. In Irish Connections Family History Journal, no. 2 (1995), pp. 3, 17-40.
Page 24


Hugh McDermott

 in the New York, Passenger and Immigration Lists, 1820-1850

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    Name: Hugh McDermott
    Arrival Date: 22 Oct 1847
    Age: 50
    Gender: M (Male)
    Port of Arrival: New York
    Port of Departure: Liverpool
    Place of Origin: Ireland
    Ship: Roscius
    Family Identification: 750308
    Microfilm Serial Number: M237
    Microfilm Roll Number: 69

    Hugh McDermott

     in the Ireland, Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1837

    Record Image Index-only record

      Name: Hugh McDermott
      County: Roscommon
      Parish: Kilglass
      Townland: Ballykilcline
      Year: 1835
      Hi Betty, I know about Ballykilcline....haven't been able to prove that.  A dna relative said it was my family...another dna relative doesn't think that it is correct because James possibly only had sisters.  Just would love to prove it either way!  In some of the trees I've seen they have a picture of my great grandfather but, I think they are mixing families up because of the similarities of family names & places.  I might have to just let it go.....but, who knows...if I keep looking and asking maybe someday I'll be able to prove it!  Thank you for your time & responding! Lynn
      Thanks Frank, I have been trying to prove that one for some no avail....on ancestry it looks like some families think my great grandfather is a part of the Ballykilcline family, even with a picture of him....but some of the other information is, until I can prove that either way.....I am not sure what to believe....I have dna relatives who say it is my family and other dna relatives who don't think it is.  Thank you for taking the time to respond!

                                                        Lynn Coleman (nee Reilly)
      James would have inherited the same mtDNA as his sisters. His sisters would have passed it along to their offspring, but James would not have been able to pass his mtDNA along as his wife would do that.

      Do you have a female line of James's sisters? If one exists, it should be identical to James' mother's mtDNA, which might be helpful to your interest.
      Thank you Frank....another reason to try to follow the sibling line.  Thank you for the information....I read about dna & promptly forget about what I know...or thought I knew...ha! Lynn

      1 Answer

      +1 vote
      Have you Googled his Tithe Applotment and Griffith's Valuations records? I usually find those helpful.
      by Living Troy G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
      Thank you Sharon....I will try that, Lynn

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