Hi Anthony I am interested in your John Dillon. I know Dillon was a common name in Co. Clare but there is always a chance that there could be a connection. My g.g.grandparents were Patrick Dillon and Norah Meany who married around 1830 in Co.Clare but I cannot find any record.
From the research done by the Clare Heritage Centre (to save me re-writing )
"William Dillon was born to Patrick Dillon and Norah Meaney in Co.Clare. The Church Records (Baptismal and Marriage) ffor the Parish of O'Callaghans Mills do not commence until 1836, which would of course explain why the birth/baptism of your great-grandfather William Dillon was not recorded. Indeed the fact that your great-great-graandparents Patrick Dillon and Norah Meaney were recorded having two children would not necessarily mean that this was the total size of their family in that any children that were born to the couple prior to the commencement of the Church Registers in 1836 could not have been recorded. The baptisms for Williams sisters Mary (1839) and Bridget (1842) were recordedin the Parish of O'Callaghans Mills-Kilkishen. The family's address was shown as Coolistoonan
(Of Course, William could have been born in another Townland and Baptised in another Parish. This was not mentioned by the Clare Heritage Centre.)
The Clare Heritage Centre were unable to find the marriage for William Dillon and Bridget Clune, after an extensive search of the available Marriage Records.
The next search involved a review of all available Baptismal Registers for the county. William Dillon and Bridget Clune were recorded having the following children:
MargaretBaptised23 .9.1857SponsorsThomas and Joney Roche
PatrickBaptised16.9.1859SponsorsMichael Dillon and Anne Clancy.
They were baptised in the ecclesiastical Parish of O'Callaghans Mills/Kilkishen. At their Baptism's the priest recorded the family's address as Lakyle. Lakyle is a townland of approximately 185 acres situated in the old Civil Parish of Clonlea (Kilkishen) The townland of Lakyle and the townland of Coolistoonan are adjacent.
When translated from GaelicLakyle means'little wood"
Michael Dillon who acted as a sponsor (god-father) may well have been a brother of William Dillon."
William Dillon & Bridget Clune were my g.grandparents.They emigrated to Australia in 1862 with their children. Is there any way you can find the name of your John's parents- maybe from your immigration records?
Ernene Smedley (nee Dillon), Queensland, Australia