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Posted by James F. Harrington on January 02, 2003 at 02:14:52:
Erin go Braugh!!!
I would like to establish my roots to Ireland. I am an American male of 55 years. All through my life, my family never knew who their relations in Eire were.
I recently found out that my grandfather, Austin Andrew O'Malley, was from Clare Island, County Mayo. He was born in 1878 and came to America around 1889, when he was only eleven years old.
As a boy, he lived in Clinton, Massachusetts. He served as a private, Company K, 9th massachusetts Infantry, United States Volunteers, Spanish American War and was sent to Cuba .
His military papers said that his occupation was an baker. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service. His cousin, also an Austin, came over to America around the same time. He was know as Tall Austin, whereas my grandfather was known as Short Austin, or Austin the Mailman.
My grandfather was married to one Mary Connors. They had two girls, and tow boys. They were Grace (O'Malley) Ford (still alive); and my mother Anne Marie (O 'Malley) Harrington, (1915-2000); Frank A. O'Malley (still alive); and Charles O'Malley (died in 1959).
My mother would tell me how my grandfather would often tell her that if she ever visited Ireland, that she must visit Castlebar, so I believe that he might have lived there before leaving for America.
Around the mid 1980's, my mother accidently ran into tall Austins son, Edward, in O'Briens Bakery, which is located in Quincy, Massachusetts.
She then asked the man, are you tall Austin's son. The man almost did an double back flip! He said, Yes, I am Tall Austins son. My mother then told him that she was Short Austins son.
Anyhow, I called Edward O'Malley around the same time frame (mid 1980's), and he was very helpful in giving me some names of O'Malley's that lived in Ireland, that he had made contact with.
Unfortunately, I never attempted to contact any of these people. Thankfully, recently I was able to retreive my notes that Edward gave to me.
I would appreciate any help in locating the following people or their offspring:
Mary O'Malley Duffy of Louisburg. She had seven children, one of whom was an Seamus of Westport, who dealt in textiles.
If Mary were alive today, she would be approximately 79 years old. I believe that she was born in 1923. Her children would range from approximately 53 to 59 years.
Mary Duffys mother was also an O'Malley, as were her brother.
Paddy Duffy who used to have a shop.
In closing may I express my fondness to the people of Ireland, and my sincere hope for a bright future for all of her people's!