Rahilly - Riley research help needed, please?
- Hi and Season's Greetings!
Any members out there who can help me in my efforts to trace the
Riley's (El Paso/McLean Co./Chicago, IL.) back to the Rahilly's
(Ardfert/Castleisland/Ballyconlough) Kerry, Ireland?
Back in February 2, 1818, it looks like my great-great-great
grandaparents, Ty (Timothy) and Mary [Cournane/Cullinane (?)] Rahilly
were married at the Currow Roman Catholic Church, in Co. Kerry,
Someone (a professional) wrote and told me this, and that Mary was
born and baptised in 1798, in Ballyconlough, Co. Kerry, Ireland. I'd
have to assume something like this is true for great-great-great
grandpa Ty (Timothy) Rahilly as well.
Then, they had several children baptised in Castleisland, Co. Kerry,
Ireland, one of who is my great-great grandfather, Cornelius Rahilly
(looks like by the time he boarded a ship to come to America, he
signed-in as Riley). Cornelius may have changed his name on his own,
due to a slight political disagreement with the royal family in
England, or due to some ship company or American official's
discretion? The family rumor being that there was a price on his
head (though it looks like he travelled with his brother Daniel as
Cornelius was born about 1829, baptised August 15, 1830 in
Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Ireland. He emmigrated to the United States
in 1847, and seems to have been aboard the American ship, Victoria
which took him to New York, he then travelled to El Paso, IL. where
he settled, married and had children of his own, including my
great-grandfather, James W. Riley.
Once my great-grandfather Cornelius made it to the United States, I
have documents and stories...but, going back from his voyage to
America, to anything about his life in Ireland, his parents, etc...I
have nothing. Is there anyone out there who can help me document,
his past, his parents past, etc... How can I get church or civil
records in Ireland from here in America (I am okay, have a nice
family and decent life, but not enough to travel to Ireland or
anything like that).
Please e-mail me directly, at jrileysrie@...
Thank you and Merry Christmas!
(Riley, Rahilly, Raghaillich?)
James E. F. Riley, Sr.
Author, 'Daydreams & Nightmares'
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