Re: Nihell Family of Grass Valley, Calif
I have only been able to get back to John NiHill, b. c. 1810, in the Cloonloum, Callaghan Mills, area of Co. Clare. John NiHill married Judy McNamara and lived in Cloonloum, Co. Clare. They had three known children,Bridget NiHill, b. 1836, married Michael Rohan, and moved to Manchester, CT, Patrick Nihill, b. 1844, and Anna NiHill, (my Great Grandmother), b. 1854, married William Geehan in 1876,Manchester, CT. I would love to get back to further ancestors, but so far am finding a dead end.
According to McLysaght's research, in the book Surnames of Ireland, NiHill is from the Irish name O'Neil, a southern branch of the O'Neil's of northern Ireland.