Carroll and Ferrigan Family Home in Leitrim, County Down, Northern Ireland

Bridget Carroll Butler and her older brother Patrick were born in this Ferrigan Family home in Leitrim, County Down, Northern Ireland to John and Mary (Ferrigan) Carroll.

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Back of the photo below reads (written to Bridget Carroll Butler): “The same crowd taken outside of your old house at the Sheephill.”

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Now here is the house when my grandmother visited in the 1970s:

 

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A barn with a red door was attached to the back of this home. In the 1970s the barn was over 300 years old.

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Patrick Carroll’s sheet in Grandma’s book. He was the son of John and Mary (Ferrigan) Carroll. Patrick met my great-grandmother Bridget when she landed in America at Castle Garden in New York on her own as a young woman.

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Here is Patrick F. Carroll, presumably with Catherine Kelley, his wife.

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Patrick’s obituary. Mrs. William Buttes should read Mrs. William Butler :

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Carroll Family in County, Down

My Carroll Family were in Leitrim then Clough then Sheeptown in County Down. Baptismal records show Rathfriland also. And John Carroll and Mary Ferrigan were married in Hilltown at the Roman Catholic church in 1860. I am not sure which church.

Can you help identify the people in the photos?

John Carroll Jr’s wife was named Bridget. They were buried in Newry.

From Grandma: “John came to Detroit many years ago but his family, outside of his son Pat (Packy), stayed in Ireland. John had gone home often and after staying 3 months would always return to Detroit. There were four children: Maryann O’Hanlon, Patrick, Katie.” Grandma did not list number four. John’s sister, Bridget Carroll Butler, lived in Detroit along with all of her children. They moved to Detroit in the 1920’s from Iowa.

 

Back of top picture: Kate Carroll, John Carroll, Mary Ann, Bridget, John and Wife, Mary Ann, Paddy Murphy

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Marjorie Butler Ralston’s Carroll Genealogy Book

I will be scanning in all the pages of the Carroll Family of Counties Down & Armagh, Northern Ireland genealogy pages my grandmother Marjorie Butler Ralston wrote and compiled.

Just keep in mind that Grandma spelled the names of places and people often incorrectly. And sometimes, she confused the County Armagh with County Down. Leitrim is a village near Castlewellan in County Down.

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Tobias Butler and Family in Lisbon Papers late 1890s

Over a year ago I was searching online newspapers and searched through Lisbon, Iowa for my Butler family. Tobias Butler and Bridget Burke were the parents of my great-grandfather William Edward Butler. Tobias was from County Tipperary, Ireland. William Edward Butler was the father of Marjorie Butler Ralston.

You will have to click on the links to open the PDFs.

In this first PDF of the newspaper from 1898, there is an obituary for Tobias’s only daughter, Elizabeth. She was the wife of Thomas Clark and was born in Dixon, Illinois on 22 OCT 1860. She married Thomas on 15 JAN 1882 in Lisbon, Iowa. They had 8 children, only 3 survived to adulthood. She was interred at the Catholic cemetery in Lisbon. You will see on the left column that Tobias of Cedar Rapids and R.A. (Tobias’s son) of Sioux City, Iowa came in for the funeral.

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In this next one in the Lisbon Sun, dated 23 DEC 1887, the bottom left column has a snippet on Tobias Butler. His house near the train depot burned down, the family escaped, but all property, money, and bushels of potatoes were lost. A new house was planned to be built in spring.

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3 AUG 1894 The Lisbon Sun reports that William Butler and family of Belle Plaine are visiting with Tobias Butler. Top of second column on left.

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22 APR 1898 The Lisbon Sun reports that Tobias, living with his daughter Elizabeth in Lisbon, went to Cedar Rapids to spend the summer with his son. This would be my William Edward Butler. My grandmother used to tell stories about Tobias going from one of his children’s houses to another, and that reportedly, he liked living at her house the best. That her mother, Bridget Carroll Butler, was the kindest to him. Keep in mind that my grandmother loved her parents very much; they were extraordinarily kind, loving, and good.

You will note that Elizabeth died at the end of this summer, having been ill for one year (see first link).

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From The Lisbon Herald, second column, middle:

“Tobias Butler died early this morning
at the home of his son John near
Stony Point. Tho funeral will be held
to-morrow at 10 o’clock in tho Catholic
church. Mr, Bntler was born in Ireland
and came to Lisbon a number of
years ago.”

He died on 5 MAY 1899.

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From The Lisbon Herald, middle column:

“OBITUARY.
Tobias Butler, ono of tho oldest set
tlers in this section of the country, died
at the home of his son, John, last Friday
morning, at the age of ninety.
Mr, Butler was born in County Tipperary,
Ireland, and came to America
in 1834, and settled in Illinois. He
came to Lisbon in 1866, and has been a
resident of this place ever since. In
1830 he married Miss Bridget Burk
who preceded him to the great unknown
a number of years ago. To them
was born six children, five sons and one
daughter. Of these, four sons remain
to mourn his departure. They wore all
present at the funeral to pay their last
respect to a loving father.
The funeral services were held in the
Catholic church, at 10 o’clock Saturday
forenoon, conducted by Rev. Father
Hartigan of Marion. Interment in
Catholic Cemetery.”

You will note in left column, RA and Will Butler both came in for the funeral.

I’m not sure how much of the information above in the obit is accurate. It does tell me he is buried somewhere in Lisbon, Iowa.

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From Jan 1898, left column:

“Tobias Butler, who has been in quite
feeble health for the past -few years,
fell Saturday and received quite a severe
bruise.”

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From Jan. 1898, second column to left:

“R. A. Butler, of Sioux City, spent a
few days in town this week visiting his
father, Tobias Butler, who has been ill
for the past few months. Mr Butler is
a conductor on the Sioux City and
Northern Railwav, from Sioux City to
Garretson, S. D. He has worked up to
a fine position and is taking good care
of it.”

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From The Lisbon Sun, May 1899:

“The Death of Tobias Butler.
At the advanced age of ninety
years, Tobias Butler died on Friday,
May 5th, 1899, at the home of his son
John Butler, south of Lisbon. Tobias
Butler was an old settler at Lisbon,
having come to this locality in the
year 1866. For many years he was an
employee of the C. & N. W. railway,
and his home adjoined the track.
He came to America in 1834, from
the place of his birth,—County Tipperary,
Ireland. He resided in the
State of Illinois about twenty-two
years, and there married Miss Briget
Burk. To this union were born five
sons and one daughter. The wife
passed away many-years ago, and recently
the daughter preceded the
father to the spirit world; death also
claimed one son. The four sons remaining
are Richard, a railway conductor at
Sioux-City; William, a car repairer
for the C. & N. W. railway,
at Cedar Rapids; Thomas and John,
farmers in the vicinity of Lisbon.
These sons were all present at the
funeral, which was held at the Lisbon
Catholic church, on Saturday,
May 6th .Rev.. Father Hartigan, of
Marion, officiated. Burial occurred
at the Catholic cemetery, Lisbon.”

This is a great obituary. We have the information that he was married in Illinois. Where he was employed for many years. Where his sons are employed in 1899. Etc.

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John Carroll & Mary Ferrigan Marriage Record

The National Library of Ireland has online Catholic Church Parish Records, such as are on  microfilm at PRONI. I was checking to see what I should search for in Belfast when I am there and lo and behold, here is the primary reason I was heading to PRONI.

You will see there is no information in the original record as to who are the parents of John Carroll and Mary Ferrigan. They were married on 20 SEP 1860 at the Roman Catholic Church in Hilltown, Clon(d)uff Parish in the Diocese of Dromore, County Down in Northern Ireland.

https://registers.nli.ie/pages/vtls000633259_103

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Frances North Tasker

Ancestry had a free weekend to search UK records, so I did a little digging around on my UK lines.

I found some good stuff on Frances North Tasker. Frances was the daughter of William and Hannah North. She was born in 1827 in South Kirkby, Yorkshire, England. She married Thomas Tasker of the same town on 15 APR 1856  at South Kirkby, All Saints, Yorkshire, England.

Frances North Tasker was the mother of Tristram Tasker. Tristram was the father of John Tristram Tasker who married Edith Dorothy Fry. Edith and John were the parents of my grandmother Ethel Tasker Ellison.

Frances’s “Fanny” baptismal record: You can see that Frances’s father was a farmer. This is important information to be able to trace this family through censuses. The surname North is common and there were other William and Hannah North’s having children in South Kirkby at the same time.

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Frances on the 1851 English Census: This census shows us that Frances is living with her older brothers Henry and Isaac. Henry is a farmer of 60 acres and Isaac is working on the farm for Henry. Frances is keeping their house. They are still in South Kirkby.  See that John North lives next door and farms 10 acres. This is probably an older brother. We know that Frances’s father died then before 1851. Her mother may be living with another of her children.

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Frances and Thomas Tasker Marriage Record: From this record we learn that Thomas Tasker was a plumber and (?), that his father was John Tasker and that John Tasker was a plumber and possibly a glazier (?). William North, Frances’s father, was a farmer. We know we have the right couple then. Something else to note, Henry North was a witness for this document and both Thomas and Frances could sign their own names. The couple above them could not, they put their mark next to their names. This means both Frances and Thomas were educated.

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Frances Burial Record: Frances was only 44 years old when she died. She was buried in South Kirkby on 1 AUG 1871. This gives us the place to search for her grave.

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Ethel Tasker Childhood Family Photos (1926-1955)

Tasker Family Dorothy Tasker is in center wearing hat. The child directly in front of her is Ethel Tasker. Circa 1926
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Dorothy Tasker is in center wearing hat. The child directly in front of her is Ethel Tasker. Circa 1926
Ethel Tasker Palmer Park, Detroit 1924
Ethel Tasker
Palmer Park, Detroit
1924
Ethel & Grace Tasker Longwood Street, Detroit 1924
Ethel & Grace Tasker
Longwood Street, Detroit
1924
Marjorie, Grace, Ethel Tasker Palmer Park, Detroit circa 1926
Marjorie, Grace, Ethel Tasker
Palmer Park, Detroit
circa 1926
Ethel & Grace Tasker with a neighbor 1926
Ethel & Grace Tasker with a neighbor
1926
Ethel Tasker Palmer Park, Detroit 1926
Ethel Tasker
Palmer Park, Detroit
1926
Ethel Tasker Detroit, Michigan 1927
Ethel Tasker
Detroit, Michigan
1927
John T. Tasker circa 1955
John T. Tasker
circa 1955