What stands out from your post are the similarity in names.Clearly our ancestors are related - but I don't know the common link.Below is part of a letter where I am describing some of my findings.As background, great grandfather Patrick (b1867) was the son of David Dowd and Mary McDermott.David's brother Martin married Mary's sister Celia. They both had many children.
... I was going through my notes on the children of David/Mary McDermott as well as Martin/Celia McDermott and would like to tie up a few loose ends.Perhaps you would comment where appropriate.
David Dowd/Mary McDermott who were married 1866 Jan 11. David was born 1829and died 1913 Aug 02. Marywas born 1825? and died 1927 Apr 10 (birth date is suspect) Their children's dates (below) are either birth or baptism:
Gap (Mths)Mary's Age (based on b1825?) 1. Martin1866 Oct 29-41 2. Patrick1867 Dec 151442 3. Mary1869 Mar 171544 4. Michael1870 Sep 181845 5. Catherine1872 Feb 211747 6. David1873 May 271548 < per Dennis, James1874 Jul 081449 7. Margaret1876 Jun 112351 8. Celia1878 Aug 52653 9. David(?? see#6)1880 Oct 312655 < per Dennis, Edward 1882 Sep 032557 < possibly Alice? due to large gap < per Dennis, Thomas 1886 Feb 1241 (large gap) 61
**Note: Dennis obtained from Mary Dowd Gibbons, who died in 1999, a statement that there was a daughter - Alice - who was also buried with mother and father (David/Mary McDermott).
That makes 12 in total with 2 David's, if I'm not in error. That would suggest the first David died.
The "gap" between children is reasonable and consistent - would suggest Thomas was a "surprise".
From Janet's postings, I found the numbered names.The others I took from your Genealogy program.
I'm thinking the mother's birth date is wrong.She's too old a mother.
The other couple, Martin/Celia McDermott were married 1859 Dec 31.I don't have their birth/death dates (I'm thinking you put that into your book but I don't have it at the moment).I'm curious who was the older brother/sister.
The children's dates (below) are either birth or baptism:
Gap (Mths) 1. Michael1860 Sep 30- 2. Pat1862 Feb 1617 3. Martin1863 Oct 720 4. Edmond1865 Aug 1022 5. James1867 Feb 318 6. Elizabeth1868 Aug 3018 7. David1870 May 2021 8. John1871 Sep 0116 9. Thomas1873 Jun 0321 10. Thomas(?? see#9) 1876 Sep 0339 (large gap) 11. Joseph1878 Jul 2422
There are 2 Thomas's.Janet concurrs with my hunch, that the first died.
The "gap" between children is reasonable and consistent except for the 39 month period around Thomas.Perhaps the birth of the first Thomas was life threatening to the mother and took a while to recuperate.
As you can see, duplicate cousin names included: Martin, Patrick/Pat, Michael, David, James,Edward/Edmond and Thomas - makes for a fun family get-together.