This is St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rathfriland, County Down, Northern Ireland where John & Mary Carroll baptized their daughter Bridget, my great-grandmother, in 1867. Other children baptized there include: Catherine (1865), Thomas (1869), and Mary Ann (1871).
Here is the view from the church:
John Carroll was married to Mary Ferrigan on 20 SEP 1860 at the Church of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church of Clonduff Parish in Hilltown, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Here is the interior and exterior of the church as it looked in 2018:
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.
Back of the photo below reads (written to Bridget Carroll Butler): “The same crowd taken outside of your old house at the Sheephill.”
Now here is the house when my grandmother visited in the 1970s:
A barn with a red door was attached to the back of this home. In the 1970s the barn was over 300 years old.
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.
Here is Patrick F. Carroll, presumably with Catherine Kelley, his wife.
Patrick’s obituary. Mrs. William Buttes should read Mrs. William Butler :
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
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.
My great-grandparents William and Bridget Butler had 8 children. William was born in 1866 in Linn County, Iowa to Tobias Butler and Bridget Burke. Tobias came from County Tipperary, Ireland. His mother died when he was five years old and is buried at St John’s Cemetery in Franklin Township, Linn County, Iowa. The Butler’s moved to Detroit in 1929.
Bill Butler, William Edward, was born 30 OCT 1898 in Iowa. He married Helen Adams (of Pinconning, MI) on 14 JUL 1952. He owned cabins and a gas station in Sand Point, Michigan near Caseville and then went into real estate with the “Red Hat Realty.” He and Helen did not have children. Bill died 31 OCT 1959 in Pigeon, Michigan at Scheurer Hospital. He drove a double decker city bus in Detroit from 1929 through the 1930’s.
Bridget Butler nee Carroll arrived in America when she was just 20 years old. She was a Roman Catholic from County Armagh in Northern Ireland.
Maxine Leona Butler was the daughter of Leo Anthony Butler and Pearl V. Webber. Here Pearl and Maxine are sitting with my grandmother Marjorie Butler Ralston, the sixth child of Will and Bridget Butler.
Richard Tobias Butler was the oldest child of the family, born 21 JAN 1893 in Belle Plain, Iowa. In the picture he is with his wife Arlene Therrien and daughter Doris Ann. They lived in Detroit. Richard retired in the mid 1950’s to the Golden West Hotel in San Diego, CA due to the effects of a mustard gas attack in World War One. He died 26 MAR 1961 in San Diego. His wife’s brother Robert Therrien married his sister, Gertrude Louise Butler.
John Carroll died in 1890 and is purported to be buried in the Catholic church cemetery in Killeavy, Armagh. There is a Lower Killeavy Chapel in the village of Cloghogue. My grandmother, Bridget Carroll Butler’s daughter, visited this grave on a trip to Ireland in the 1970’s. My grandmother told me that Mary Carroll insisted on the burial being in this spot despite the problem it caused with transportation of the deceased.
After John’s death, Mary Ferrigan Carroll immigrated to the United States to join some of her children in Iowa. On the 1910 US Census, Mary reported that she immigrated in 1891 and was 70 years old. She was living in Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa at the time with her son, Peter J Carroll, aged 30.
Here is a list of Mary Ferrigan & John Carroll’s children that can be found on familysearch.org and the children’s exact birth dates and locations:
Note that on Catherine Margaret’s information John is listed as being born in Cloghogue, Newry, Down.
The children listed are:
Catherine Margaret : Catherine married Robert Steele on 24 AUG 1904 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Thomas: Thomas married Allie Mcenteer on 24 OCT 1869 in Belle Plain, Benton, Iowa.
Bridget : This is my great-grandmother. Born 15 OCT 1867 in Rathfriland, County Down, Ireland. I have had a different date of birth for many years. The Catholic church in Rathfriland at the time was St. Mary’s.
I have also finally found John & Mary’s marriage date and place:
Sarah and I found these obituaries in the Detroit Free Press on microfilm at the Detroit Public Library. William E. Butler and Bridget Carroll were the parents of Marjorie Josephine Butler who married Ivan Ralston. Ivan and Marjorie were the parents of my father, Richard A. Ralston.
Bridget was born Bridget Carroll on 26 NOV 1867 in Leitrim, Hilltown, County Down, Northern Ireland and died 4 FEB 1960 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Bridget was a devout Roman Catholic. William Edward Butler was born 1 JUL 1866 in Linn County, Iowa and died 26 JUL 1944 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. His father Tobias Butler was from County Tipperary, Ireland. They were Roman Catholics.