My grandfather was born in Greaghnaglogh in a part of the townland called Gowlan. After my grandfather and 4 siblings left in the 1920's, my great-grandparents and one son, Martin, moved to Gortnasillagh East, which everyone calls Lisnanerris. Martin's nickname was "the Cat." He died in 1980. He had no children. I have corresponded with the woman who now lives in his house. She has sent me many things, including pictures and old letters that she found in her attic. She has been a wonderful source.
My great-grandmother was Mary Horan, b. 1870 in Tullynasharragh in Killargue. She was an aunt of the Horans who now live in Creevelea, Seamus Horan, the fiddler of note, being one of them.
My great-grandfather was Michael McPadden, b. 1874. His father was Francis McPadden. Francis was born between 1830 and 1835. I don't know who Francis's parents were. There were two other McPadden households in Gowlan, but I don't know if they were related.
Julie Lund lives only a few miles from me. I have met her at our local Family History Center (run by the Mormon church - but we are not Mormons). I recall reading a short biography of you posted on another Leitrim genealogy board. When you first got in touch with Julie, I pointed out that bio. I was happy for her to have linked herself with other McPaddens from Derrintawy.
There were many McPaddens in that eastern part of the parish. Have you seen the 1901 census on-line at http://www.leitrim-roscommon.com/1901census/census.htmlhttp://www.leitrim-roscommon.com/1901census/census.html? And so many Flynns, too. There were quite a few McPadden-Flynn marriages. I guess we could be related at some point. If there is any way I can help you, I will.
Thanks for writing, Tom McFadden
PS My grandmother, who was from county Mayo, changed the family name of her children from McPadden to McFadden.