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Last Day in Ireland

   It’s been a great two weeks, but it’s time to go home.   I spent my final day at the National Archives working through six Wills/Administrations (they never did order the last two) and some estate records. The Wills span the time frame from 1910 - 1970. 

   One was for an Ellen or Helena Moughty who died in 1933, a spinster.  She wasn’t in my database, however her sole surviving sister was identified as Ann Carle of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Ann was in my database so I was able to connect her into the family, then searching the Irish Family History Foundation database using her parents’ names identify her baptismal record, born in 1863 prior to civil registration.  Using the same database, I was also able to identify another sister.  

   Another intestate record was for Lucy Moughty of Darogue in County Longford.  Lucy, a widow died 11 April 1912 however the Administration was not processed until 1919.   Lucy left:

“Thomas Moughty a lawful and only son and Catherine Moughty a lawful and only daughter her sole next of kin survivors.  The said Thomas Moughty and Catherine Moughty have since died.  The applicant William Duncan who resides at Darogue aforesaid and is a farmer is a lawful son of Ellen Moughty, a predeceased daughter of said deceased and as such one of the next of kin of said deceased.”1

   From this paragraph I learned that Thomas and Catherine died between 1912 and 1919; that they had a sister Ellen who married Duncan and died before 1912 and that Ellen had a son William.  Other documents in the package told me that Lucy was 85 years old and the widow of  Thomas who died “more than 40 years ago.”

   Because the Moughty name is so unusual, and only came from a small area of Longford and Westmeath, I’ve been working to connect the various families.  I believe that Thomas, Lucy’s husband might have been another brother to my two identified lines.  Thomas, along with Michael and Bernard all named their first son James.  Also, Bernard and Thomas show up as sponsors on the children of the other.  Each piece of information helps to put the puzzle together.  If I can follow William Duncan, perhaps I can find a living relative who would be willing to do a DNA test.

reunion tree

   So I’ll need to start my to do list for next year.  My short stay in Dublin didn’t allow me to visit the Valuation Office, or the RCBL, and only gave me a limited amount of time at the National Library.  That gives me something to look forward to for October of 2016.

    Happy Hunting!

“Administration of Estate of Lucy Moughty, Widow,” 12 Jul 1919 Cavan, Admon, National Archives of Ireland, 20 Oct 2015.

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