Martins of Rushestown: Family Tree

The Family of John martin and bridget ward


John Martyn & Bridget Ward

FATHER John Martyn (anglicized as Martin)

Born abt. 1821 [6] in Galway.

Occupation. Tenant farmers in Rushestown, civil parish of Killian, Ballynakill DED, District (aka Union) of Mountbellew, County Galway, Ireland. In 1866 (birth registration of Catherine), John was listed as labourer (usually meaning land holdings of less than 4 acres). By 1889 (Catherine's marriage registration), he was a landholder. The Griffith's Valuation of 1857 show the family lived in the Wardsvillage section, where 14 families communally worked 192 acres, paying rent to John N. Gerrard.

In the 1901 census John is listed as a Farmer, living in a "3rd Class" house: 1 room, 2 windows in front, and walls/roof made of perishable material (mud, wood or thatch). There were two outbuildings: a stable and a cow house.

Bridget Ward

According to a death record in Montbellew, likely to be hers, Bridget was a good deal younger than her husband, born about 1835. She died in the second quarter of 1914. (Although she didn't spend the night at her Rushestown home in 1901, the census records her husband John as still being married (not widowed). However, she was not found in the 1911 census, which may or may not be significant. (In searching for Bridget Ward birth records in the likely timeframe, they all come up from Roscommon.) [Search process story]

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Note that England did not require the civil registration of births in Ireland till January 1864 [1].

Catherine Martin Dunne

Catherine Martin DunneBorn. 28 December 1866, her birth registered at Rushestown, District of Mount Bellew. Married 16 Jun 1889 to Michael Dunne, in Newbridge, at the Catholic Chapel in Mount Bellew. Died 25 Nov 1944 of "senile decline" in Ballaghduff, County Galway. (See also Catherine & Her Sisters: annual holiday at Salt Hill.)

Children (complete details here>>>):

Ellen Dunne Price

John Dunne

Michael Dunne

Bridget Dunne Price

Mary Dunne Stephens

Patrick Dunne

Margaret Dunne Hession

Catherine Dunne Collins

Lizzie Dunne Kilmartin


Honoria "Onnie" Martin Crehan

Honoria Martin CrehanBorn 6 Feb 1868, birth registered in Rushestown, District of Mount Bellew. Baptised 15 Feb 1868. (See also Catherine & Her Sisters: annual holiday at Salt Hill.) Married: Mark "White" Crehan.

1901 census. Living or staying with father in Rushestown, not yet married. Age listed as 26, a 7-yr difference from birth registration. (She would have been 33.)

1911 census. Living in Rushestown with husband, 2 elder children, sister-in-law Mary Crehan and a nephew John Crehan.


Kate Crehan

B. 1905. Died at age 16 in about 1921.

"Black" Tommy Crehan

B. 1908. Married: Nora Giblin. Children: Bridget, Mark, Kathleen, John, Matthew, Patrick, Anthony, Peter, Maria, Lawrence. The family moved from Rushestown to Dunboyne in 1951.

Bridget Crehan

B. after 1911. Married: Richard Fitzmaurice


Michael Martin

Born 1 Sept 1870, birth registered in Rushestown, District of Mount Bellew. [Also recorded as 6 Oct 1869 [4]]

1901 census. Living or spending the night with father in Rushestown. Not married. Age listed as 21, at variance with the above. He should have been listed as 31.

Migrated to St Louis, Missouri, USA on RMS Carmania, from his residence in Newbridge, destined for the residence of his cousin Thomas Dunne on 2206 S. 12th St, St Louis MO. He had $10 to his name. His niece Ellen (aka Helen) and 8 other residents of Kilkerrin were also on board:

  • John Owens (age 20), with Maggie Walsh (age 24, visiting only) both headed for Mrs Owens, NYC, his sister and her cousin.
  • Delia Rooney (age 24, visiting her sister Mrs Ryan, Newark NJ), Mary Gibney (age 23, also visiting Mrs. Ryan in Newark)
  • Nora Stephens (age 18, headed for sister Lizzie Stephens, NYC)
  • Catherine Treacy (age 23) and Daniel Connelly (age 23), both headed for cousin Jas Connelly, NYC)
  • Patrick Ryan (age 22), headed for cousin Jno White, Chicago Illinois

Married: Bridget [last name?], burried 9 Sept 1955 at Calvary Cemetery (Section 020, Lot 2320)

1910 US Census. correct? Living at 1305 Merchant Court (? writing illegible), Ward 8, Dist. 133, St. Louis MO. Boarding with the widow Delia Burg (age 43), her daughters Honora (age 15) and Margaret (age 11), and son Christopher (age 8), along with fellow boarders Patrick Cummings, William O'Brien, Timothy Connelly. He was working as a motorman on a street car. He could read and write. This record assumed to be the correct one because it best matches Michael's birth date and give his immigration date as 1907.

1920, 1930 US Census. No records found.

Child: Mary Martin Cahill, buried 11 April 1981 at Calvary Cemetery (Section 020, Lot 2320)

Died: Dec 1961. Buried at Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis MO, 15 Dec 1961 (Section 020, Lot 2320)

Mary Bridget Martin Coughlin

Mary Martin Coughlin[This sister always referred to as Mary, but the birth record I have names her Bridget. I'm assuming these are one and the same.]

Born 26 August 1872, birth registered in Rushestown, District of Mount Bellew. Married to Peter Coughlin, at Newbridge, 6 Feb 1893. Peter was a farmer. (See also Catherine & Her Sisters: annual holiday at Salt Hill.)

Peter Coughlin worked in a local quarry to help make ends meet. He was thought to be a member of the IRA and died in the early 20th century. There was some dispute about whether his death in the quarry was a homicide, due to his political activities.

At the time of her son's passage to the US in 1928, she was living at Clomhloher (?), Ballygar, County Galway, according to his ship's manifest.


Michael Coughlin

Did not marry. Did not emigrate.

Bridget Coughlin

Did not marry. Did not emigrate.

John Coughlin

Born. Abt. 1899 in Ballygar, where he lived till emigrated to the U.S. He worked as a farm laborer in Ireland. Oral history suggests he had served time in jail for political activities during the Irish fight for independence [5].

John CoughlinMigrated to St Louis, Missouri USA on the SS President Roosevelt, 4-11 May 1928, with his first cousin Patrick Dunne. On the ship's manifest he is described as 5'7" with black hair, "fresh" complexion and blue eyes. [Search/Process story]

1930 Census. Living at 5642 Theodosia Ave, St Louis MO with his cousin Bridget Dunne Price and her family. (He moved out in 1932 when her fourth son Patrick was born.) He was working as a carpenter.

Relationship unclear

Patrick Martin

On a photograph, referred to by Bridget Dunne Price as "Uncle Pat from Boston."

Patrick MartinWhat we think we know: lived in Boston; had two "beautiful" daughters who visited St. Louis and met Katie Dunne [Collins] before she returned to Ireland in late 1930. The photo here was taken in St. Louis, in 1928.



Peter [Martin? Dunne?]

On a photograph, referred to by Bridget Dunne Price as Peter Martin"Uncle Pete from Ohio" --Great a mystery. All that exists is this photo, taken in St. Louis in 1928.




Martin: from Hardiman's "The Ancient Families of Galway"

This family is of early origin in Galway. Their pedigree relates, that Oliver Martin was the first of the name, that settled in Ireland, that he was a follower of Strongbow, and that the name was derived from Martius, warlike. Some antiquaries, however, are of opinion, that they were of ancient Irish descent. O'Brien and Vallancey, say, "they are derived from the belgian firbolg, or Martini, Ir. Mairtinigh, respectable remains of which still subsist, in the Cities of Limerick and Galway." Richard Martin of Dangan or Ballinehinch Castle, Esq. is descended from the eldest branch of this family, and the houses of Curraghmore, Ross, Spiddle and Tullyra are numbered amongst the most respectable in this Province.

Arms. Azure,a calvary cross, on five degrees argent, between the sun in splendor, on the dexter limb, and the moon in crescent, on the sinister. or. Crest. An etoile wavy, of six points. or. Motto. Auxilium meum a Domino.



Updated 10.20.09


Most of this information was found in records unearthed by Paddy and Josephine Collins.

[1] Source: James R Reilly CGRS. "Is There More in Griffith's Valuation Than Just Names?" online

[2] Source: from Origins Network

[3] Walter T Price note

[4] ME Price Groark

[5] Coughlin family info

[6] 1901 Census of Ireland, 31 March

[7] Civil Registration Deaths Index, Ireland, 1864-1958