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Michael John Collins from Cork

Michael John Collins from Cork

Posted: 1364686006000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Collins, Maguire
Born 1804, married Bridget Maguire, daughter of Peter Maguire. Sons Thomas and Peter born 1841 and 1844 respectively. Michael was a master tailor, and moved to Wales in the later 1840's. Thomas and Peter went on to become miners and the family moved in part to Durham or Lancashire for a while. Michael died in 1854. Bridget later remarried, to a John Foulkes, from Wales. I have no idea what part of Cork Michael hailed from, and it is not an uncommon name so where do I begin to find out where he was born? Anyone got any suggestions?

Re: Michael John Collins from Cork

Posted: 1372126857000
Classification: Query
There are two sources of baptism and marriage records for
North East Cork ( is a pay website
but a not for profit, you can search most of Ireland. I would look for the births as you have a definite year and both parents names and that is all you need.

Was Bridget 37 as well when she had her children?

You should at least be able to get the son's births, which would give you parish and place, you already have the father and mother's name and mother's maiden names. You might be lucky enough to get the births depending on the survival of parish records.

The Griffith Valuation 1852 in Cork has no Peter Maguire's and there are 1032 Collins! There are 84 Peter Maquire's in other counties.

A 1871 UK Census that only gives Irish born persons, has
a Peter Collins in Wales 65 and 2 Peter Collins in Durham one age 40 and another 32. At least 10 Thomas Collins in Durham. 5 Bridget Collins in Wales.

Annette Code

Re: Michael John Collins from Cork

Posted: 1372195325000
Classification: Query
Thank you Annette, I will certainly be taking a look at those sites. Bridget was in fact 10 years younger than Michael, and I know from her wedding cert to John Foulkes, her father was called Peter Maguire. It all sounds fascinating but I have felt thus far as though I am seeking a needle in a haystack, as Michael Collins as a name appears endemic in the Cork areas!Thanks for the information, and I will most definitely be taking a look at them very soon.

Re: Michael John Collins from Cork

Posted: 1372220822000
Classification: Query
Not only are there a lot of Michael Collins, he was a big hero for the Republic, although he agreed to leaving the
six counties of Northern Ireland under British rule.

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