O'Brien/McCarthy of Churchtown & Doneraile, Co Cork

The O'Brien/McCarthy family were farmers in Churchtown parish, County Cork. They lived in Clashganniv townland for a period but by 1843 had moved to Annagh townland. Their 1837 marriage took place in Doneraile parish, County Cork and it is likely that, at least the bride, Mary McCarthy, was from that parish although we have no other evidence to substantiate that assertion. Doneraile is about 14-kilometers (9-miles) southeast of Churchtown.

Three daughters and one son emigrated for America. One daughter, Hanora (1846-1895), emigrated circa 1877, married a Walsh in the United States and had nine issue. Another daughter, Katherine (1854-1914), emigrated circa 1880 and never married. One son, Michael (1853-1900), emigrated circa 1882, married a Flynn in the United States and had six issue. The third daughter, Mary (1839-1935), married a Begley in Ireland, had ten issue and emigrated 1888. They all settled in St. Louis, Missouri.

One son, Patrick (c1841-????), remained in Ireland, married a Frawley, had no issue, and lived in Ballyhane Lower, Kilbolane parish, Co Cork.