In my last post, Removing the Irish Bricks, Ever so Slowly, I shared that my 3rd great-grandmother’s name has been indexed two different ways. What I want to know is her name Ellen Fehine or Helen Tehan?
As I followed the Fehine name, it seems that it is clearly spelled phonetically on each record. The variations I have found so far are:
Just a handful to search for! That’s ok. What I found was amazing! At least I think its amazing!
I found five children born from 1840 – 1854 to Denis Connell and Ellen Fehine (using the many name variations). All from Dromtariffe, County Cork, Ireland. What can be better than more possible children?
Wait for it….the index for a marriage record as well. That’s right, the marriage of Denis Connell to Ellen Fehine of Dromalour, Dromtariffe, County Cork, Ireland! The marriage date is given as 25 Feb 1840. Six months after the marriage, Denis and Ellen give birth to their first child, Ann Connell in Dromalour, Dromtariffe, County Cork, Ireland.
The rest of the children seem to be born sporadically (these townlands are in Dromtariffe as well).
- John Connell born 15 Aug 1841 in Dromalour
- Michael Connell born 12 Nov 1843 in Paill
- Ellen Connell born 30 Sep 1849 in Fairyhill
- Johanna Connell born 13 Aug 1854 in Garraveasoig
Then there is the birth of one more child, except the original record I have on his states that his mother was Helen Tehan (yet other indexes have it as Ellen Fehine).
- John Connell born 27 Dec 1857 in Garraveasoig
This is the most important birth, because without it I would not be writing this today.
I have many questions in regards to this family, for example there are two Johns, what happened to the first John? Are they all one family? By looking at the places they were when Johanna was born, one would think that the possibility is very high that the John (b. 1857) is indeed of the same family.
I put some of this information up on the Cork Genealogy Facebook page hoping for some assistance. Ok, maybe it was a plea for someone to go and pull the records from the Roman Catholic Church.
Make sure to come back and see what happens next!