Hi Ian, thanks for the reply!!!no I don't know her parents names or really anythiing about her direct family.I've always thought that Maria's father was Richard Blagrave but not for sure.All I have been able to find that may remotely relate to her is John Blagrave who was born in 1828 in Kildare and married Maria Sharp. I think this may be Maria's brother as they had a son, Benjamin born in 1864 in Philipstown, County Offaly.I am truly puzzled as I've seen many Blagraves coming from County Meath.On the US 1925 Census 4 of Maria's sons (one being my great grandfather, Thomas Gill) listed their mother as coming from Northern Ireland. Because of the tragic story I mentioned before, a lot of oral family history has been lost.I don't know, but suspect that my Blagrave family may have migrated from Northern Ireland to Meath, Westmeath and Offaly by the early 1800's. I am pretty sure that her husband, John Gill and his family are from Offaly. I've heard that the ancestral home is in Castledown.
Where are you located?I think the Blagrave name is very unique so we must all descend from the same place.Again, any help would be very greatly appreciated.Thanks Brad