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.
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.
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: