Your information about Ralph makes him 23 years older than my great-great grandfather Thomas who was born in 1818. As I indicated earlier, I know nothng about how Thomas made it to the USA or anything about his relations in Ireland. Lillis is a somewhat common name in Ireland. In 1980 while there I looked in the phone book and found about 47 families. I learned some basic information about the name. It derrives from a middle ages name "lahless" (lawless) meaning outlaw; so there must have been some bad guys in the family many years back.