The known history of our family
only goes back to our Great-grandparents, Thomas And Bridget Ann (Groark)
Monaghan and Charles and Bridget (Murtaugh) Quinn, all living in the small
village of Bohola in Country Mayo in about 1860. Bohola is a village
of less than a thousand people and is not on most maps of Ireland.
It is located five miles south of Swinford and ten miles east of Castlebar.
At the old crossroads of the village there is a post office, a Catholic
Church, and three pubs.
Our cousin, Delia Byrne, believes
that Thomas may have originally come from Ballymote, Co. Sligo and that
his father may have been named Patrick and his mother may have been a McManus.
Thomas would have been born about 1835 and just prior to the famine that
devastated Ireland and caused the disintegration of many families with
over one million deaths and another million leaving the country.
Families were split apart at that time and family members were left to
fend for themselves with many traveling the roads looking for food and
work. Many were put in poor houses or put to work on country roads
in return for food. The west of Ireland was the poorest part of the
country and the hardest hit by the disaster. There is a large famine
burial ground behind the current Swinford hospital. The memorial
marker there was produced by our cousin P.J.Byrne .
The three pubs of Bohola (pictured
above) at the old cross-roads of Castlebar, Swinford, and Kiltimagh.
County records found in Castlebar indicate
that Thomas Monaghan was a tenant farmer living in an area of Bohola known
as Toocannanagh. He was married to Bridget Ann (Groark) on February
8th 1860 in the Bohola RC church. I visited the Toocannanagh site
in 1976 and there was still the cornerstones of the cottage that they lived
in. His wife died of diphtheria at the age of 36 on June 2, 1880.
The children of this union were:
Thomas J. Born on 12/2/1860
married Bridget Dacey and came to America
Ann Born on 8/9/1863 married
John Berry and came to America
James J. Our grandfather
who was born in 1868 and came to America in about 1890 returned to Ireland
in the late 1890's and married Mary A. Quinn on 6/6/1901 in the Bohola
Catholic Church. They then came to Belleville, New Jersey.
John Born on 4/9/1871
married a Kate and came to America
Myles Born 3/9/1873 married
Margaret O'Hara and came to America
Mary M. Born 2/27/76 married
Peter McCrane and came to America.
Andrew Born 11/10/1878
Ten years later on February 5, 1870 a
Charles Quinn married a Bridget Murtaugh and they lived on the Quinn owned
farm in an area of Bohola known as Clooneen. Charles Quinn died at an early
age leaving the farm to Bridget. That marriage produced the
James who died in childhood
Thomas who died in childhood
Michael Came to America
and married Bridget Kilgallon
Mary A. Our grandmother
born 10/20/1878 married James J. Monaghan in Bohola in 1901 and came to
Bridget Delia Born
2/7/79 and known as Bee and came to America.
Picture Of Thomas Monaghan and
Bridget (Murtaugh Quinn) Monaghan
On March 7, 1881, Thomas Monaghan then
married Bridget Murtaugh Quinn and moved to what now became the Monaghan
Farm in Clooneen with his youngest children. The following children
then came from this marriage:
Ellen Born 1/9/1884
who married Thomas O'Connor and came to America
Martin Born a twin?
Thomas Born a twin?
Catherine (nothing known)
Timothy Born 2/1/1887 married
Thomas and Briget Monaghan are
buried in the old Bohola cemetery.
Below you will find a link to
the 1901 Bohola census and further links to the actual census forms covering
the Monaghan farm in Clooneen.
Timothy (the youngest child)
inherited the Clooneen farm from his parents. He married Celia Jordan
and at some point the farm house was relocated from the lower Clooneen
Road to the ridge of a hill nearby. The view from there is north
out to the Meleek Roundtower several miles away.
Timothy and Celia had five chidren.
Delia who married Michael Byrne
and moved to the Byrne farm in Ardacarra. They had five children Mary,
Patrick, Timothy, Helen,& Betty.
Eileen who married Mr. Convey
and lived in Swinford. They had four children Mary, Joseph, Breda,
Thomas who Moved to England in
the 1940's and married Audrey.
They had four children John,Mary,Linda,
Francis who moved to England
in the 1940's
Patrick who inherited the Clooneen
farm from Timothy. He Marrried Eileen Craine. Some time
in the 1960's a new farmhouse was built with the same view of Meleek
Roundtower to the north.
Current Farmhouse on the Monaghan
Farm with older house behind
to History of Monaghan Family Name
to Monaghans of Belleville N.J.
to 1901 Bohola census
to 1901 Clooneen census forms
to 1901 Monaghan census form