Re: Any Gildea's from Leitrim?
I don't know if this is of any use to you, but John McPaden (my ggfather): was born in 1832 in Tullynascreen, Co. Leitrim.
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He and his sister worked in Lowell, MA (while owning a farm north of Toronto, Ontario). My notes on the 1870 census for Lowell say there were Gildays living nearby at 78 Middle St.
There were also McPaddens in Bridgeport, CT, but I haven't established a connection to them yet.