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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gartlan's of Carrickmacross, Ireland and Newport, New York - Part 1

In my quest to trace my family tree, I have pursued my Gartlan line on occasion.  After all, James Gartlan, one of my 4th great grandfathers, is easy to find on census based in the Irish Settlement from 1830-1870.  The page of the 1830 U.S. Census, where he is indicated as living in Newport, New York, also includes Michael McLaughlin, another one of my 4th great grandfathers.  He is listed four lines above James on the same page.  There are also other McLaughlin and Fox relatives of mine listed on that very same page.  I have to wonder if Martin Gartlan, who is listed directly above James, is another Gartlan relative.  Talk about a small town and community.....That definitely describes Newport, New York.

I could reiterate and rehash my information about the Irish Settlement right here in this post but my real desire is to push back further in time on my Gartlan line.  It seems clear and obvious to me that if I can find my Fox line in Ireland, I will probably find the correct Gartlan line there too.  James' wife was Hannah Fox.  They married in Ireland before they immigrated to the U.S. in the 1820s.  The best information that I have about their location in Ireland is that James was from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Ireland and Hannah Fox was from Clontibret, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.  Is that all I've got?  I might have a little more.

Researching female ancestors presents a challenge at times.  This why you've got to build your research around a location, community and the family unit.  While James Gartlan and Hannah Fox Gartlan immigrated to the Irish Settlement, Newport, New York in the 1820s, it would appear that they were not alone.  Did a Martin Gartlan come with them or end up there?  Thomas Fox ended up there.  He was Hannah's brother.  I have a tidbit to share in the minute.  There is also a Michael Fox buried in the old Irish Settlement cemetery where Thomas Fox and James Gartlan are buried.  Hmmmm.....I think I found the location, family, and the community.  Can I track these people back to Ireland?  At least I have more than one person to look for.

According to another Fox researcher, when Thomas Fox passed away in 1858, Hugh Gartlan (James' son and Thomas' nephew) helped Thomas' wife, Nancy Davis, handle the will/estate.  It would appear that the Gartlan's and Fox's were close.  The Gartlan's are also very much linked to the McLaughlin's of Newport, New York but that appears to have originated in Newport, New York as opposed to Ireland.

I would like to try and find my Gartlan's and know that the Fox's are a lead for me in that respect.  I may need to track my Fox ancestors first to find the Gartlan's.  Fox is somewhat of a common name but Gartlan is even more common in the area of County Monaghan, Ireland that I seek.  I have found numerous people online researching at least five to six James Gartlan's from the Carrickmacross area.  They may all be related.  Those darn naming patterns seem to have kept the "James Gartlan" name going in numbers.

How close am I to finding my Gartlan and Fox ancestors?

To be continued.......................

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