Family Stories

Family Stories

The Emerson and O’Brien Families of Clifden

The Emerson and O’Brien Families of Clifden

The Emerson and O’Brien Families & their part in the Early History of Clifden   O’Brien Family Michael O’Brien (1791-1871)  set up a Classical School in the townland of Ardbear, just outside Clifden, at the junction of Roundstone Road and the lane leading to the Rugby pitch. Michael was a […]

October 4, 2011 × 1 comment

Family Stories

Cleggan Coastguard to Ohio-A Freyer/Mongan Family History

Cleggan Coastguard to Ohio-A Freyer/Mongan Family History

From Cleggan Coastguard Station to Ohio This is a family photo of my ancestors from Connemara taken in 1870, here in Ohio where they settled. My great great Grandmother was Georgianna Freyer, daughter of Peter J. Freyer, Chief Officer of the Coastguard Station at Cleggan 1845-1850, and her husband William […]

August 12, 2011 × 4 comments

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A Connemara Coastguard: Benjamin Tyrrell & Family 1840-1859

A Connemara Coastguard: Benjamin Tyrrell & Family 1840-1859

BENJAMIN TYRRELL AND FAMILY, 1840-1859, by Jan Kelly, Australia Introduction Benjamin Tyrrell the elder (my great great grandfather) was born in Arklow, Co Wicklow in 1805. He joined the Royal Navy in 1826. Between 1826 and 1834, Benjamin served on various ships which plied from Plymouth or Portsmouth to various […]

August 12, 2011 × 1 comment