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Catholic Sacraments 1855-1865


Posted By: Lesley K. Cafarelli (email)
Date: 9/28/2021 at 15:38:22

Where would an Irish Catholic couple who settled in Volga Township by 1860 have gone to be married and have their children baptized between 1855-1865? I am trying to locate their marriage records.

Bernard and Catherine CONERTY (Connerty, Conarty, etc.), Irish immigrants, first appear together in the 1860 U.S. Census living on a farm in Volga Township. Their first known child was born about two years later. Catherine, maiden name LYNCH, was born in Lurgan parish, County Cavan; Bernard was likely born in County Cavan or Westmeath. I have not located their marriage in Irish Catholic church records or immigration records or a marriage record elsewhere in the U.S. or Canada that I can link to them with certainty. I suspect that Father Quigley may have married them. Thanks for any help!

Bernard appears in Volga in a tax assessment and various deeds beginning in the early 1860s, and he was listed as a pioneer parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Littleport when it was built. Those records are apparently lost. Catherine's immigration year is given as 1855 on the 1900 census. A B. Connerty was living in Apple River, Jo Daviess County, Illinois in 1855. I have not yet found immigration records I can tie to them with certainty.

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