Hello, thanks for your message. Barry is my husband's surname - no connection to the Kavanaghs, who are my grandmother's family.
My husband's Barry ancestors were from County Limerick. His gg-gfather Edward James Barry and his brother Martin were born in the 1820s and arrived separately in the US as young married adults in the 1850s. After living in New York for a while, each moved to Illinois.
We know that Martin was living at Rossmore near Castletown Conyers in southern County Limerick when he married Lydia Graham in 1849. Their first child Jane was baptized in 1850 just a few months before they left Ireland for the US.
Edward and his first wife Mary Begley seem to have arrived in the US later - about 1856. After Edward's first wife died, he married Ellen Henderson, a widow whose maiden name was WALL; her mother was Honora Kennedy and she had sisters Alice and Nora Kennedy who never married.
Ellen's mother, siblings and aunts lived in London, England between 1850 and 1880, but came from the same area in Ireland - along the Limerick-Cork border - but on the Cork side. There were family stories about the area near Drewscourt (which is very near Rossmore). But so far, we have not found anything beyond "Cork" for their origins.
Martin's second wife was Agnes Mahony (not Mahon). The Mahonys and Begleys might also have come from Limerick also.
Edward Barry's obituary (December 1915) said that he left 4 brothers in Ireland - no names or places mentioned. But I'm afraid we don't know anything more about family members who might have remained in Ireland past the 1850s. Does any of this sound familiar to you?
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