July 29th 2000
" ......I have your name through Albert T. Finnerty in California,
and am a cousin of his through Bridget Finnerty who was born in Hedford (Headford?)
Ireland in 1835, who was said to be the daughter of Mary Logan, wife of Patrick Finnerty,
but not necessarily of Patrick.
She may have been the daughter out of wedlock of Mary Logan Finnerty and
Michael Finnerty. I have not been able to find birth records in Hedford (Headford?).
I am also anxious to find a birth record for Patrick Finnerty b.c.
1810-1811, who died on March 9, 1876 in Keokuk IA, and for his wife Mary Logan b. 1812 or
1816, who died 26 jan 1890 also in Keokuk.
Their children were all born in Ireland, Bridget in Hedford (Headford?)
on 9 November 1835 (the "Night of the Big Wind"),
Mary in 1838, John F. in1841 and Patrick Henry on 14 March 1844 in "Co.Galway".
The immigration records, which might have shown the parish where they came
from, were destroyed when someone decided to clean up the court house (anathema!), but we
are all eager to find out where they came from.
They left Ireland in 1847, late summer, and their ship was blown north to
Halifax, we think possibly by a hurricane. If in your Finnerty files there is any
information about this family, we would be delighted to know about it.
Coole Park, County Galway (October 27th 2000).
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