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Peggy McCurdy (View posts)
Posted: 901108800000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Tobin, Roach
I'm seeking information about John Robert Tobin, born in Mullinahone, county Tipperary in 1809. He married Margaret Roach and they emigrated to New Orleans in about 1839 and then to Rutland township, Illinois.


Posted: 1015738024000
Classification: Query
Hi Peggy: I found a John TOBIN married 6/1/1834 to a Margaret ROACH; witnesses Alice Whelan and Anna Daly.
From St. Joseph's marriages, p. 82 (of 86)
I am a descendant of the ROACH family from IL and WI and a John TOBIN signed as a witness for my ggf James ROACH to become a citizen of USA; the papers are from Dane Cty, WI. Also a Maria TOBIN was a witness to the wedding of my great aunt, Bridget ROACH when she married Patrick C HIGGINS on 10/15/1867 in Madison, WI.
I have a few obits from IL for a Margaret TOBIN if you are interested. Do you have a year of her death?
I also came across other TOBIN data if you are interested.


Posted: 1024533644000
Classification: Query
I am a decendant of the Roach family,of Jerseyville, Ill. Bridget Roach was possibly a cousin. The catholic records showed he work. I am the Terrance Roach line. They were a really big family with lots of cousins. please contact me at


Posted: 1044230319000
Classification: Query
will do, Eileen. I have found another possible Roach/Tobin connection as well.


Posted: 1048982334000
Classification: Query
Surnames: roach
we are related and my new e-mail address is
mary mastro


Posted: 1059095947000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Keating
Jean, can you tell me how you got access to the St. Joseph's marriage records you mentioned in this reply. I'm assuming this church is in County Tipperary, Ireland. Marie.


Jeanr Roach Robinson (View posts)
Posted: 1059157774000
Classification: Query
Marie: Its been so long ago, I cannot remember how I accessed them. I'm on vacation now, and the printouts are at home. Upon my return, I will send you the website about the St. Joseph records.


Posted: 1059178462000
Classification: Query
Jean that would be awesome--thank you much. I'm descended from the brother of John Robert Tobin's second wife, Mary KEATING. John TOBIN and Mary KEATING had no children. Because of some other tidbits of information I have, I believe Mary KEATING's family is from the same parish--at least from County Tipperary, and likely Mullinahone. Marie.


Posted: 1059178644000
Classification: Query
Peggy--I'm curious what child of John TOBIN and Margaret ROACH you descend from? Do you know of any pictures of John TOBIN and/or his second wife, Mary KEATING? Or even of John and Margaret ROACH? A picture of John's farm home or his Elgin home maybe? Or John and Margaret's children maybe with some unidentified old lady that could be Mary KEATING? John TOBIN and Mary KEATING had no children--I'm descended from Mary KEATING's brother, Michael who died young leaving two small daughters. Mary (Keating) TOBIN and her brother Patrick KEATING and sister Bridget KEATING are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Gilberts, in the Keating plot. Patrick and Bridget died without marrying--Patrick dying shortly after the Civil War. The Tobins are my only hope for pictures. John TOBIN is buried with Margaret ROACH in the TOBIN plot. Thanks much--Marie.

John TOBIN and Margaret ROACH also MARIA TOBIN

Jean Roach Robinson (View posts)
Posted: 1059866145000
Classification: Query
Hi Marie: the page I accessed for St. Joseph's Marriages was found at This site was good in Jan of 2001; I do believe county Tipperary is correct.

I didn't find any connection to the KEATING surname, but plenty to the name Margaret ROACH and John TOBIN.
The first Margaret ROACH and John TOBIN were listed on the St. Joseph's Marriage records. They married June 1, 1834 and witnesses were Alice WHALEN and Anna DALY.

I'm not sure if this is the same John TOBIN, but I also found a John Robert TOBIN, born in Mulllinahone, county Tipperary in 1809 who was married to Margaret ROACH. They emigarted to Rutland Township, IL, which is near Kane Co. The TOBIN name was listed as one of the founders of the northeast part of the County (from the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois edited by Newton Bateman, LLD and Paul Selby AM and the History of Kane Co, edited by Gen John S. Wilcox, Chicago; Munsell Publishing Co, 1904, pp 699-702 (and by the way, my sister lives in that county.)

I also found John TOBIN and a Margaret ROACH from a report of ship passengers on board the Barque "Louisa" which sailed from Liverpool, England to Baltimore, MD on 30 May 1834. Margaret ROACH was 26 years old and John TOBIN was 25.

Another TOBIN----Maria TOBIN--was a witness to the wedding of Patrick C. HIGGINS and Bridget ROACH on 10/15/1867 in Madison, Dane Co, WI (These are my relatives)

A John TOBIN signed as a witness for my gggrandfather to become a citizen of the USA dated 28 January 1871 from Dane Co, WI. His name was James ROACH. The other witness was Thomas CASS.

I suspect Maria TOBIN and John TOBIN were related.

I also found a John TOBIN with a Amelia TOBIN and Thomas and Mary TOBIN (their children) listed in the 1851 British Census. John was 30 at the time and was born in IRE (no county listed). His wife and children were born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.

In the Illinois Census records from 1870 I found a Margaret TOBIN from Cook Co., p. 130, 9 W., Chicago, IL

Still another John TOBIN was found in an obituary from 10/21/1903:
John, the husband of Margaret TOBIN, uncle of Mrs. P. BARRON and John COONEY, native of Ahenure, Calen, Co. Kilkenny, IRE. Mass at St. Patrick's church, internment, Holy Cross Cemetery. (San Francisco Chronicle,), p. 17.
~~a second obit is from the same newspaper:
TOBIN, in this city 6/25/1903, Margaret, wife of John TOBIN, sister of Mrs. Mathew KERR, a native of IRE. Funeral at 8:30 am from residence of sister, Mrs. Mathew KERR, 25 Clara St to St. Rose's Church, mass at 9 am. Internment, Holy Cross Cemetery,) p. 12

While visiting Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, IL searching for one of my ancestors, I found two TOBIN markers:
Robert TOBIN, 1833-1893 and Edward TOBIN 1830-1900. The men may not be buried there since the cemtery was established in 1859. The graves may be memorial stones only.

I hope this helps!
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