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Colls from Donegal (gweedore, carrick area)

Colls from Donegal (gweedore, carrick area)

Posted: 1119680075000
Classification: Query
Surnames: coll, mchugh, irvine, mulligan, mcgarvey

I saw your posting on and liked your thought about the Colls having two main clans. Would love to hear if any of my COLL names' ring a bell from your research.

My line goes back to the early to mid 1800's so far beginning with a thomas coll marrying maria mulligan. They had three children -

Thomas b.1874 married Mary Mulligan only child I know of is Anthony Coll born 1904ish.

Grace b.1876 married Owen McGinley and children were Thomas born 1900, Daniel born 1902, Denis born 1904 - 1958 married a woman called Rose, Hannah born 1907 and Frank born 1908.

and Denis 1879-1921 married Grace McHugh. (my great grandfather)Children were Mary 1908-1994 married a Edward (Ned) McGarvey (had 6 children), Patrick 1909-1997 no marriage or children, Thomas (Tom) born 1911 and still going strong. No marriage or children and Catherine (known as Katie or Kitty) 1912-1995 married Daniel Irvine and had 8 children and Joseph 1914-1999 no children no marriage.

I am also based in Australia(im first generation aussie in melb) and am trying to get information from the other side of the globe but finding it really hard so even any tips or good resources would be much appreciated.



Re: Colls from Donegal (gweedore, carrick area)

Roseann McFadden Clavelli (View posts)
Posted: 1124796521000
Classification: Query

I am traveling right now so don't have my family tree with me. However, I think (and that's the operative word!) that your Denis who died in 1958 might have been married to a Rosa Mulhern. I have been trying to link his Coll family with mine -- who were on Inis bo finne, the small island off the coast of Donegal, not far from Gweedore.

Are you familiar with Lindel's site? I have transcribed and provided to her list early births/deaths from NW Donegal and have done some tombstone transcriptions from the Gortahork cemetery. (I have worked especially hard trying to record all Coll family members.) The Denis Coll mentioned above is listed. Also, on a separate part of her site are birth-marriage-death transcriptions from the Gweedore area. You might search these for some Coll clues.

Re: Colls from Donegal (gweedore, Arranmore area)

Posted: 1268260377000
Classification: Query
Trying to find COLL family / siblings of HUGH COLL born abt. 1865. died Apr 1949 Married Sarah Boyle (dau of Manus and Catherine Boyle) Feb. 1888 St Marys Sheskinbeg. Hugh was buried at the old graveyard?.

Parents of Hugh are believed to be DENIS COLL (b1833-1901) who married Margaret Diver (b1839-?)

Thank you

Re: Colls from Donegal (gweedore, Arranmore area)

Posted: 1332720742000
Classification: Query
trying to find info of Manus&Catherine Boyle of Sheskinbeg of all their children?My greatgrandfather is Peter b.1850 and came to U.S.1866. I know Catherine is Wd,1901 census living with son Bernard&his family.Benard is there in 1911.Cannot seem to find them in any cemetery?

Re: Colls from Donegal (gweedore, Arranmore area)

Posted: 1414077897000
Classification: Query
My great grandparents, Hugh and Sarah, born 1865, were born in Gweedore, and today I found this on the 1901 census:

Denis Coll and Margaret Diver Household
Coll Denis
wool weaver
Coll Margaret


Son Hugh married Sara Boyle, dau of Manus and Catherine Boyle, Sheskinbeg, 10 Feb 1888 at St Mary's. Witnesses Patrick Boyle, Ballindrait and Margaret Boyle, Sheskinbeg.

Dau Grace married Neil? Boyle, Dore, son of Patrick Boyle and Bridget Boyle, 17 Feb 1896 at St Mary's. 3rd and 4th degree consanguinity. Witnesses Charles Boyle, Dore and Anne O'Donnell, Derrybeg.

I am not sure yet if this Sarah and Hugh are in fact my great grand parents Sarah and Hugh but it looks that way. The dates and area all add up.

Re: Colls from Donegal (gweedore, Arranmore area)

Posted: 1414078275000
Classification: Query
This is the headstone for Hugh and Sarah Coll. My grandmother Margaret Coll Taggart's name is on the bottom so I am positive this is my Great Grandparents grave in Gweedore. I have a lot of information on the family and you may contact me at

Re: Colls from Donegal (gweedore, Arranmore area)

Posted: 1422469368000
Classification: Query
My name is Maureen. Hugh and Sarah are my great grandparents.
Please reply at

Re: Colls from Donegal (gweedore, Arranmore area)

Posted: 1446662136000
Classification: Query
Please contact me at
Manus and Catherine are my great great grandparents!
We are cousins!
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