I am a ggggrandson of Darby Kealey and part of the Venosta Kealey line from son James and m. Ellen Brown.I visited Ireland last June and spent some time visiting the area around Swan-Wolfhill-Clogh in Laois County where it was reported that Darby's people were from.It was thought that Darby's father was a John Kealy buried in St.Mary's Cemetery in Wolfhill.The Kealy's in that area and other nearby areas advised me in no uncertain terms that Darby or Jeremiah was not from here and John was not his father.Upon further investigation after returning home and with the help of Irish Birth records search I find the only Jeremiah (Darby) Kealy was born in 1794 not 1792 as originally thought in Nenagh,County Tipperary .His father was Daniel from Ballyhenry,County of Tipperary and his mother was Honora Scanell.I have also found a further record that Honora resided in the Parish of Lisdowney,Clontubrid and Coolcashin,County of Kilkenny in 1818 along with other Kealy's It is believed that Martin and James came from this area and came to Canada with Jeremiah(Darby)I have not been able to find the boat that they sailed on to Canada or the Port of entry.We do know that Darby and Elizabeth lived in Nepean Twp.and the Census of 1861 and 1871 show Darby's birth as 1794.Some people suggest that Darby was married twice and the three older children John,Thomas and Catherine were mothered by Abagail Mulligan.Darby's second wife was Elizabeth Mulligan and they raised eight children.I have not been able to find any record of a first wife and as a matter of fact the three older children's Baptism record show Elizabeth as the mother. Notre Dame Church records show Darby's body was transferred to Martindale P.Q. upon his death in 1872.Elizabeth died two years later in 1874 in Farrelton,P.Q.Around this time the Pioneer Cemetery in Martindale was commenced and it's thought they may have been both buried there althought all the headstones were excavated and destroyed in the 1960-70's and no record was found or inscriptions of Darby and/or Elizabeth were affixed on the new Pioneer Headstones.email@example.com
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