In my family bible, my earliest ancester is John McGrath, born in Tankardstown, Clonalvy, Meath Irelandand married to (Mary Andrews? - Father couldn't make it out for certain). They had an unamed daughter, an unamed son and another son named Matthiew (My great, great, great grandfather, guessing arount 1810-1815). Mathiew married Margaret (Mary) Magraney and gave birth to my great great grandfather, Peter around 1840 (as well as siblings William, Jane, Margaret, Julia, Anne, Thomas and John).
I have found a baptismal record for Peter Magrath, from Ardcath/Clonalvy, Meath, dated 18 Oct. 1839, with parents Mat Magrath and mary Magrane, and witnesses John and Mary Magrath, that I am *fairly* certain is my Peter, his parents and grandparents, as everything matches up with our family records. Unfortunately, this is the only conclusive record I find of Peter before he came to the US in 1868. I see a John Magrath and Mat Magrath in Tankardstown in Griffiths, but have no way of knowing if they are the same John and matt. Meth has sent me to Dublin looking for records, but the only Catholic records I can find for biths and batisms have only names of the subjects (no family relationships) and there are LOTS of Matt and John Magrath/McGraths on the rolls. With everything that was destroyed in Four Courts, where else is there to go? Even the graveyards are coming up sparse. I'd love to have some more solid ties to my ancestors in Meath before the Gathering of The Clan in 2020.