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Ancestry of Kit No. N42839
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Earliest known ancestor Cornelius Driscoll born in the 1840s.

My great great grandfather Cornelius Driscoll was a tenant of the land his family tilled for many generations. His landlord was William Lovell, Esq., an absentee British landlord as far as I can tell. Cornelius is listed as a tenant of Mr. Lovell in Griffiths Valuation 1850-1853. I believe his wife's name was Catherine Crowley. My best information is the Cornelius was born in the 1840s. His son was also named Cornelius and he was born in 1865 in Upper Phale near Ballineen in Ballymoney Parish (Dunmanway Poor Law Union). His birth was registered in Ballymoney Parish in the Catholic Church (as a Catholic it was unlawful for his birth to be registered in the civil records of the day). We have a record of his baptism and the registration of his birth in which his father's "X" (representing his signature) was witnessed by two priests because he was illiterate.

Cornelius, Jr. emigrated to America (landing in Boston) in 1885. He worked as a bricklayer in Chelsea, Massachusetts for a few years and later moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire where he met Mary Leahy, another immigrant from Ireland. Mary came from Bantry Bay. They settled in Portsmouth. Their son, my grandfather, Timothy C. Driscoll, was born in Portsmouth in 1890. Timothy later married my grandmother, Ellen Mahaney, also of Irish extraction, and they had four children.

Tests Taken: Y-DNA 37

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