I've been trying to find out more about some of my Irish ancestors.
My 3rd great-grandparents John Joseph McEvoy and Mary Murray were living in Liverpool, England in the mid-1840s, but both were originally from Ireland. I have not been able to learn anything about their lives or the lives of their parents prior to John and Mary's marriage in Liverpool in 1840.
According to their marriage record (below) at the St. Anthony's Parish in Liverpool, John's parents were named Charles and Bridget McEvoy (I think Bridget's maiden name was Hughes), and Mary's parents were John and Honora Murray. (At least I think it says Honora? That's also what Ancestry transcription thinks it says...)
Where in Ireland are the McEvoys and Murrays from?
So far, my research hasn't yielded much on this question. My understanding is there are no Irish birth records before 1864, but I've not found any baptism records for John or Mary or their parents. (I've looked on Ancestry, Familysearch, RootsIreland.ie, and FindMyPast but didn't find anything.) I also understand that there were no passenger lists for Irish ships going to and from England. So I fear I won't be able to find this information, but though I'd check in case anyone has any thoughts.
Below are some facts that I do know about these McEvoys. (Sorry if I'm including too much detail, but I figure the more I can put out there the better):
- John McEvoy and Mary Murray had a son named John Joseph McEvoy (my 2GGF), who was born in Liverpool on Feb. 1, 1844, and baptized in Liverpool on Feb. 4 of that year (sources here and here). Unlike John Sr. & Mary and their parents, I have lots of information about him
- According to letters John wrote to the U.S. War Department while trying to collect his military pension, his mother Mary died in Liverpool, and then he and his father immigrated to the United States some time between 1853 and 1855
- There is a record here for a Mary McEvoy who died in 1851 from St. Anthony's in Liverpool
- John Sr. died in 1857, very shortly after he and John Jr. came over to America. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Queens, New York
- It appears John Sr. and Mary also had a daughter named Rebecca McEvoy (per St. Anthony's baptism here, which lists Charles and Bridget McEvoy as godparents). I believe Rebecca died around the same time as her mother Mary
- According to John and Mary's marriage record (the screenshot above), John was living at 2 Sawney Pope Road at the time of the 1940 marriage, and Mary was living at 84 Scotland Road (presumably both in Liverpool)
- There are some UK City and County Directories that list three different John Murrays living in Liverpool (none on Scotland Road, but some close to it) in 1843, with three different professions (one a customs officer, two who are tailors), but I don't know if that's the right John Murray
- To make matters even more confusing, there are sources out there that indicate a John McEvoy and Mary Murray married, came to the United States, and settled in the Herkimer, New York area. But I think this is a different John and Mary
- In case it's useful, here is a link to John Joseph McEvoy in my family tree on Ancestry; from there you can click to get to either of his parents as well.