My direct ancestor was MICHAEL MAHAN, not Mc or Mac, just Mahan :-)He came to the US, through New York Aug 1851, and with great effort I have found many records on him.Unfortunately he had only 1 son, and no info on where he came from in Ireland was passed down.But I did get a great lead today from a "angel" in Ireland--he sent me the Griffith's Valuation, and verified that the Irish (in 1829) were following the same "naming" naming customs that many other European countries were following, and this is where I get this lead I HOPE YOU CAN HELP WITH.
Here's what I have.. Michael Mahan born Sept 1829 Arrived in New york City Aug 4, 1851 age 21 laborer departed Liverpool
Ok...he turned 21 (age of emancipation) and left the next July, he came alone.
He had 1 child, a son, and named him Charles.Following the naming customs, this would mean Michael's father was Charles.Griffith's lists ONLY 12 Mahan's--a very low number--and only 1 Charles appeared!There were 3 Michael's, but only 1 of those Micheal's was in the same COUNTY as Charles...maybe that Michael was an Uncle?
So...I am looking for CATHOLIC baptismal records for Michael Mahan, in the Drumsna area, 1829, with (hopefully) a father Charles...ahhh, that would be wonderful!