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Peggy Jordan (View posts)
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I am searching for information concerning Patrick Heher (or spelled Hehir) who came to the US from Ireland's County Galway in the 1850s or 1860s.

Re: Patrick Hehir of Galway

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Could this person have possibly come from Co. Clare, where the name is relatively common (the name is not very common,at all)

Re: Patrick Heher from Galway

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Do you know where in Co. Galway? Where did he come to?

To Una H. Forer

Peggy Jordan (View posts)
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I do not know what city his family lived in. They came to Southern Ohio to a town called McDermott, near Portsmouth, in the 1860s or 1870s.

Heher from Galway

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Sorry, I don't think I can help you. I did find an O'Hare from Galway, from the town of Loughria (sic), but the dates didn't match. I thought it might provide a clue to origins in Ireland. Don't let the spelling put you off. My great uncle changed the spelling of his name to O'Heare when he came to the US. Said Americans couldn't pronounce Hehir, and besides he wanted to be "American". He also, I note, added the O'. Hehir is closer to the Gaelic original.

To Una Hehir Forer

Peggy Jordan (View posts)
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Thank you for your information. That was very kind! I have written down the name of the town, just in case my grandma can remember. Our family name was always Heher, pronounced like hair. I was told the original Gaelic was pronounced "a-chair." Maybe we are related, you and I! Where are you from?

Heher from Galway

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You're very welcome. My gr-grandfather, Owen Hehir b. ca 1828 was from Co. Clare, near Ennis, I think. His mother was Mary Moloney, from Ballycorey, Ennis, Co. Clare. He left Clare, probably as a result of the Famine, found a job on the railway and settled in Grannagh, Co. Kilkenny where he married in 1855. His son Daniel raised his family in Waterford, only about 3-4 miles from Grannagh, where my father was born, and my father immigrated to N.Y. so I am first generation American. I haven't been able to find Owen's father's name tho I think it might have been Daniel, and I don't know where his sister or brothers, Thomas, Michael
and possibly Patrick went. The Famine was terribly destructive; so many deaths and families scattered! Good luck in your search.
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I spent some time in Ohio, around Duck Run. I went to school in Porstmouth. We lived with a Patrick Heher who owned property. I am 61 now and I had my 11th birthday there. Pat was an old man then. Sometimes we went to Church in McDermott and sometimes in West Porstmouth. I think we were related through my paternal grandmother. Her name was Ellen Geraghty and always talked about going to see her cousin Maggie Kelly. I know there is still a daughter, Mary Margaret living down there now. She is married though. If any of this might sound familiar please e-mail me at irishmom07@home. com.
Lucasville was another town that was close to us at the time.

Hehir / Haire family

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I'm trying to to trace the Hehirs of Ireland. The name was changed to Haire when the family moved to England. My grandmother Thomasina Mary Hehir was born in Dublin in 1906. She had (at least) 4 brothers, Thomas Edward, Jack, Victor and James. Their father was Thomas Francis Haire. My grandmother was the youngest & I belive Thomas Edward was the eldest born in 1898. Jack & Victor emigrated to America during the 1920's and seem to have lost touch with the family at this point. I would love to trace their families, and any help will be greatly appreciated. (Not sure if Jack was a nick-name and perhaps his proper name was John)

Re: Heher from Galway

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my greatgrandfather was William Hehir, I think his father was a Thomas Hehir, he named his boys Patrick and John maybe after his brothers, I think they were from county clare ireland, maybe the brothers came to australia. William Hehir married Ester Burns in bendigo victoria australia arround 1880, Esters parents came out at the time of the famine so maybe they knew the Hehir clan Jane Holgate
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