One relative told me that this family originated from Kells, Co. Meath,
Ireland. (Whereas another said it was the female side which came from there
- but the Meath Heritage people can find no trace of her birth in that
Parish, so I'm placing my bets on the first informant!)
Michael Duffy* born abt 1820+/- 10 years Coachman by trade. No
information on his wife. Born possibly Kells, Co. Meath (Or Dublin?)
James Duffy born 1852 Coachman by trade Born possibly Kells, Co. Meath (Or Dublin?)
Bryan Manning born abt 1820 +/- 10 years Coachman by trade No
information on his wife. Born possibly Co. Meath (Or Dublin?) Born possibly Co. Meath (Or Dublin?)
* Relatives told the tale that Michael Duffy lived to be 104 years old
(although he was blind for the last 30 years). Surely this must have been
noteworthy? Would it have been in the newspapers? Would he have been in a
work house or home? Any suggestions or ideas if this could be a lead would
be most welcome.
James Duffy married Ellen Manning in Kingstown, Dublin on January 7 1875. Their first child, a son - Michael -, was born at the end of the year. Their second child, Ellen, was born in 1877 whilst they were still in Dublin.
They moved to England and then Scotland where their other 8 children were born.
Any help in finding information about the wives, the places they lived, their siblings and any dates would be very welcome - and of course - ideas where I could look next.
Thank you, in anticipation of your help,