Co. Longford Families - MOFFATT & Others
The Mississippi 1866 Connection
Nov. 26, 2012 - Thanks to a descendant, I was alerted to a solid connection between one of the families mentioned in the M5685 file from the National Archives in Dublin and James Andrew Moffett who settled in Jefferson County, Mississippi in the United States. There are still descendants in Jefferson County, but others are spread across the United States, from California to Florida. And a fascinating story it is.
Tracking Co. Longford Families
If you have tracked your family to Co. Longford in central Ireland, this site may give you some ways to further your research.
The website has a wide array of records particular to MOFFATT families in County Longford, along with allied families. But this site also has parish maps along with leads on tracking down other records that may lead you to finding records of other families.
Co. Longford has an amazing wealth of resources, as you will see on the pages of this site. Whoever said Ireland had few records had not looked at Co. Longford. Many Church of Ireland registers survive, along with land records, Catholic Church records, tithe applotment & Griffiths Valuation tax records, land lease records, and even two versions of a 1790 Voters List! In addition LINKS to other sites of interest will give you further directions for exploration.
What kinds of maps are useful?
While virtually any good map with sufficient detail can be useful, start off by locating maps of Co. Longford that show the parishes, the baronies, and the poor law union boundaries. Then see if you can find for the parishes of interest a map showing the townland boundaries.
Charleton Marriage Gratuity
The Charleton Marriage Gratuity Trust provided a small gift of money for less affluent Protestant couples when they were married. Geographically, the Trust operated principally in Co. Longford but also in adjacent areas of Co. Westmeath, etc. In many cases couples applied for the money long after the actual marriage. The files are in the National Archives, Dublin.
The Emigrant Thing
It is most common for those leaving a region like Co. Longford to follow either relatives, friends, or others from the same local community.