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Posted: 1363455587000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Benson
Hello, I am looking for information about the children of Michael Benson (born 1780 or so) and Winnifred Rooney (born 1785 or so), from Sligo. They had at least three children:
1. Michael Benson (born about 1813) and married Ann McGowan in Killarga (Leitrim)in January 1843. They migrated to the Glasgow area in the 1840s.
2. Patrick Benson (born about 1818) and married Ellen Rourke in Sligo in 1845. They also migrated to the Glasgow area. Ellen Rourke's parents were Dennis Rourke and Catherine Connor.
3. John Benson (born about 1827). He married Mary Waters and also migrated to Scotland.

Thanks, Karen

Re: Benson

Posted: 1369634680000
Classification: Query
You may be able to find baptism records for the children of Michael and Winnifred but not for themselves. Sligo's earliest records for CofI is 1762 1 parish of 25, next closest is 1802. For RC the earliest is 1803.

There were 25 Benson's in the Tithe Applotments of 1823-1837:
No Michael.
14 Rooney's in 3 Parish's Ahamlish, Ballysumaghan and Calry

There are 6 Benson's in the Parish of Ballysumaghan in 1824
names Luke, Paul, Denis, Thady, Owen.

Griffith Valuations:

Denis Rourke, Parish of Ahamlish, Townland Kilkilloge
Union of Sligo (within 12 mi) tenant of Viscount Palmerson

42 a house and land 2 acres 2 roods and 34 perches

It is likely that the parents or their parents came originally from Scotland in the 'plantation of Scots farmers' to Ireland.

There are 14 Benson's in the current Sligo telephone book.
and about 70 Rooney's. Until you have some idea of the parish or place, it wouldn't be worth writing any letters. - has records for Scotland

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