Hear that <THUD> sound? That’s my Irish research coming to a screeching halt! I have hit the proverbial brick wall with my searching for Robert Greene and his wife Mary Kelly.
Here is what I’ve been able to document:
They were married 16 Feb. 1836 in Ballingarry, County Limerick. Both are Roman Catholic. Witnesses were Michael Kelly and Mary Tracy. Names of the parents are not given. The groom is from Knockaderry. No address given for the bride. (Clue: could Michael Kelly be a relative of the bride?)
They had at least two sons: John, born 2 June 1839 at Ballingarry, County Limerick, Ireland,died 20 March 1923, Westgate, Iowa; and, Patrick, born about 1842 at Ballingarry, County Limerick, Ireland, died 10 May 1919, Logan Township, Raymond, South Dakota. (Observation: direct communication with the parish priest in Ballingarry states there is no additional information in the church records on Robert Greene or Mary Kelly.)
Robert Greene is listed in Griffiths Valuation living in Cloontemple Townland, Ballingarry, Croom Union, Upper Connello Barony, County Limerick. The place name is Townfield. The landlord is the Court of Chancery. The map reference is 4 17. (Observaton: Cloontemple is 72 acres.)
I have checked the book Ballingarry, Granagh, Clouncagh, County Limerick: Archival Records, 1800-1900 by Christy Kerris. Ditto for every search engine and Internet website I can find. No one else, to my knowledge, is researching this family.
There is some optimism as new records are being made available frequently. Sadly, a trip to Ireland is not in the foreseeable future.
Ideas and suggestions, anyone, for removing a few of the bricks from this wall?