Loraine, I am Michael DeWitt McCown (1945) and a descendant of Mark Killelea (1787-ca1836/7) who was a colonist of the San Patricio Irish Colony in South Texas 1n 1834.He arrived in South Texas as a widower with two grown daughters.He was from Ireland via New York via New Orleans to Texas.He and his daughters were involved and caught up in the successfull Texas Revolution of 1835-36.His daughter Rose married Peter Mahony (my GG-grandparents) officially in New Orleans in April 1837 - they probably married in South Texas in late 1836 after Texas won their revolution from Mexico.When Mexico lost the revolution all priests evacuated to Mexico with the retreating Mexican Troops.Peter and Rose went to New Orleans in the spring 0f 1837 to have their marriage solemnized by the Priest in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in New Orleans.I have a copy of their marriage record obtained from New Orleans Catholic Archives.
Mark's other daughter Mary married Michael Haley probably in 1835 Texas but exactly where and by whom I do not know.
Mark may have had a third grown daughter named Cecilia who died (cholera?) in October 1835 in New Orleans at age 20.I have a copy of her death/burial from the New Orleans Catholic Archives.It is known that Mark and his family where in New Orleans around the time of her death - it is logical that she COULD be a third daughter.Her death record is recorded in French and her last name is spelled Killeliy (very close to Killelea).
I would like to correspond with you concerning the genealogy and history of our Killelea's.
Please contact me at:
Michael DeWitt McCown (1945) 4912 Green Willow Lane Dickinson, Texas 77539 home (281) 337-4668 cell (713) 828-3252 firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: I do know and correspond with Jules Killelea formerly of New Orleans.He is a retired Captain of the New Orleans Police Department.He may be a relative of yours.