Heslin Family Genealogy Forum
Just returned from Longford Ireland, and uncovered some interesting news regarding Heslins. In researching my Gorman/Igoe Longford names I met a man who I thought might be related. He asked my Igoe names, and I told him Dan Igoe m. Mary Heslin in about 1836. "well, you'd better come in my house and has a cup of tea then, for you're
my cousin", he said. Over tea and toast he related the following information regarding the area Heslins.
They did not do well in the Rebellion of '98, then the famine, finally bog sickness, and then deportation to the west. By 1799 the only Heslin family he'd ever heard of surviving lived on a hill farm in Derrynacross. Longford was extremely hard hit by the events, and was the county was sparsely settled in 1830. The Heslin's on the hill had 12 sons, and several daughters. "In all my days (he's about 68-70's), and in all my father's days, there's never been a Heslin we've met who didn't know their family came from that farm. We're all descendants of that family". By the early 1800's the sons had grown, and married, and 12 Heslin family's lived in the Longford area, including the Leitrim Heslins, and those on the borders of Westmeath and Cavan. He insisted we go to the Derrynacross farm area. The family produced families in Australia, the US, and even a Bishop Heslin of Natchez. The graveyards are full of these families. Thought many of you would be interested in this information, which I cannot yet verify, but will now search for the 12 names of those sons.