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Rainsfords in Limerick,Ireland

Updated October 30, 2003

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I am currently researching my Rainsford(Ransford) ancestors who lived near Dromkeen and Caherconlish in County Limerick,Ireland.
Ihave got to Mortimer Rainsford who died in 1906 and is probably buried in Dromkeen cemetry. His wife was Mary Moloney and they had the following children
Bridget who married John Hayes in 1894 in Nicker Church
Mary who married James McNamara in 1898 also in Nicker
Ellen who married Richard Lewis in Caherconlish in 1902
John whom I know little about
William who married Margaret Hayes.They emigrated in 1906 with Margaret going probably to Preston Iowa to live with a relation Rev.Laurence Hayes while William does not appear to have disembarked in Ellis Island but may have gone to Canada.They met up again and must have got married in NY.The first born was a son William in 1908 who was baptised in ST.Agnes's Church in East 43rd St.These are my grandparents
It is interesting to note that Margaret Hayes's mother was a Catherine Coll who was a cousin to Eamon De Valeras mother
Catherine married a Morgan Hayes who was shot dead in Dublin in 1916 during the Easter Rising
Anybody with any further information please contact me by e-mail

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