Joan, I just received a eMail from a Catholic Priest in Mozembeage (spelled wrong,he is a Aylward born in Kilkenny Co. He saw my posting on Aylward. He thinks Edward Aylward of Kileen, just north of Mullinivat, Co Kilkenny, Ireland, was born abt 1805 and was married to Kittie Raftis at Co Kilkenny. He only knew of the younger children, esp Johanna. If so, he was the son of Patrick Aylward and Mary Walsh, presumably of Kileen as three Aylward families. lived there. Based on irish naming patterns, I Edmond/Edward Aylward was the son of Patrick and Mary Aylward, he would have named his first son Patrick, his first dau Mary, which he would.
My Baptism records for St. beacons Catholic Church at Mullinivat show that Ed Aylward and Cath Raftice of Kileen had a dau Johanna bap 18 Apr 1847. Remember though, that if this girl died young, the next girl would probably be Johanna also.
Fr. Aylward says that there is Raftis book. He also says that some records show that Edmond and his wife went to New York abt 1860. Of course that is about. What do you think. Larry Phalinphalintl@aol.com