I came across your post in Google and joined just so I could respond. The entry for John Hobbins from Galway could well be my grandfather.
John, b. 26 Sept. 1871
38 Kiltormer, Galway, Ireland
Fa. Francis, Mo. Mary Donnellan
The timeframe is right and my father's family came from the Galway area. My grandfather was named John and my father (and myself) are both named Francis. I never knew my great grandfather or great grandmother's names but naming after a grandparent is pretty common.
My grandfather and several of his brothers immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1880's or early 1890's. My grandfather became a landscaper and florist in the Saratoga Springs, NY area for the big mansions there.
I believe all my Grandfather's brothers died childless. I have their names somewhere. One was an artist and another was an engineer for the railroads. There may have been another, I just don't remember. I seem to remember one of them moved to Kentucky.
My grandfather married a Julia Costello (who my father always called "Lady Jane", I'm not sure why). I actually have a pretty good family tree for her somewhere. I believe her family came from the Mayo area. But Costello is also a common name in the Galway area, in fact there is a town called Costelloe nearby.
John and Julia eventually split and my father along with his mother and younger sister relocated to Cleveland, OH probably around 1920. Julia died in the late 1940's and I know she's buried on the west side of Cleveland although I don't know where. My father took me there when I was young but I have no record of which cemetary.
I have a death certificate for my grandfather (John) somewhere but I don't know the rest of his history or if he ever remarried. Given the timeframe, divorce probably wasn't an option since they were Catholic.
My father, Francis, was born in Saratoga Springs on October 8, 1898. He died in 1984 and is buried in Mt. Vernon, OH with my mother (Grace Luella Kells).
My father's younger sister was named Katherine (aka Kate). Kate married Adelbert Haas (aka Dell) and they had 5 children and 18+ grand and great-grandchildren. Kate is also buried in Cleveland.
I came along much later (in 1953, my mother was 20 years younger than my father). I'm an only child. I'm married and have two daughters.
I just got back from a vacation in Ireland (my first) and there are still 3 Hobbins listed in the Galway phonebook. There was also one listed in the Dublin directory.
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