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* The Barber Family of County Sligo, Ireland*

Updated March 21, 2011

My father's family came from Muninane, County Sligo, Ireland. I have verified his ancestry back to his grandfather Thomas Barber of Rahelly, Castlegarron, County Sligo, Ireland, born May 3, 1811, died October 8, 1892. in Co. Sligo, Ireland. Also possibly his great grandfather, William Barber, born 1767, died December 20, 1855 in Muninane, Co. Sligo and William's wife, Eleanor Martyn. I have data on many other Barbers of County Sligo. It appears that the first Barbers arrived about 1659 as part of a disbanded group of Cromwellian Soldiers and given land grants. Although, not found in the Co. Sligo Census Returns of 1665, there were 7 Barber families recorded in the Diocese of Elphin Census of 1749 in the Drumcliffe Parish townlands of:

Gortrowey (Thomas or James)
Cooldrummon (Thomas or James, Robert & Joseph)
Rahelly (John & William)
Ballyminlan?, Ballygilgan or Ballyweelin (Samuel)

Most of their records are found in the Drumcliffe Parish and Lissadell Records. Another recent source of information is the book "Drumcliffe, The Church of Ireland Parish in its North Sligo Setting", by Stella Durand, 2000, ISBN 1 873437 19 6.

Other Sligo BARBER researchers in 2001 include:

Paul Barber of Toronto, Ontario
Peggy Barber Lindsay of Georgetown, Texas
Bill Lindsay of Rochester, NY
Tom McConnell of Dryden, Ontario
Joyce Batchelor of Norman, Oklahoma
Ken Long of British Columbia
Ken Barber
Charlotte Barber VanWormer of Leavenworth, Kansas
Jean Barber Reilly of Oxford, NJ

Join us on the Rootsweb Sligo List and the Barber List at:

I am also looking for info on my paternal mother's family:
James Dundas, born in 1802 at Bolusty More, Roscor, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and his wife Elizabeth.Also Denis McBrien, born abt. 1824 at Callagheen, Roscor, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.Also , looking for info on James Wright of Kendall, New York, born 1808 in Ontario, Canada or Orleans Co., NY. His date of death and place of burial are unknown. He lived in Kendall, NY about 1845-1855. According to the 1850 Census, he was a painter or artist. There was also an Elizabeth (Wright) recorded in the census at the same address. Possibly his mother, age 82. His wife was Mary Bird of North Tarrytown, NY.Also, info on Johann Carl Ludwig Prigge or John Carl Louis Prigge of White Plains, New York, born Nov. 2, 1836 in (Hannover?), Germany, died March 2, 1916 in Cairo, New York.


William James Barber

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Hudson, NH 03051-3126
United States

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