Ballintober

Anthony O'Connor Baptism Record in Burriscarra - Ballintobber, Mayo, Ireland

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(Carving - Ballintober Abbey)


When the Irish Catholic Church Parish Records became available at the National Library of Ireland, I wanted to see if I could find a birth or baptismal record for my great great grandfather Anthony O'Connor (c 1846-1894).

Anthony O'Connor was born in Ireland circa 1846-1849, he came to the United States sometime before the birth of his son Thomas Francis O'Connor in 1872. I have not yet found any records to indicate when Anthony O'Connor came to the United States from Ireland, however Aunt Alice's compiled family history states that he was naturalized 9 September 1852 (I have not been able to verify the naturalization information). Anthony O'Connor married Julia Henry and their son, Thomas Francis O'Connor (1872-1923), was born in Lackawanna Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in 1872. Anthony O'Connor was run over by a train and killed in 1894 in Allegheny City, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The article detailing his death indicates that Anthony O'Connor was from Scranton, Pennsylvania (Hyde Park is a section of that city) and he was a coal miner.



The information I have about Anthony O'Connor's birth in Ireland is unverified and is based on the information detailed by a cousin, ie that our ancestor Anthony O'Connor is the son of Mary Glynn and Anthony Connor and was born 9 March 1846 in Cara B'Tubbe, Ireland.

I found an Anthony O'Connor in the Irish Parish Registers in County Mayo who is the son of Anthony Connor and Mary Glynn as shown below, but I cannot be certain that the Anthony O'Connor in the Irish Parish record is same Anthony O'Connor who is the father of Thomas Francis O'Connor b 1873 in Lackawanna Township, Pennsylvania.

The following chart shows the assumed relationships based on the premise that Mary Glynn and Anthony Connor are the parents of the Anthony O'Connor and that Anthony O'Connor is the father of Thomas Francis O'Connor b 1873 in Lackawanna Township, Pennsylvania.

When the Irish Catholic Church Parish Records became available on the National Library of Ireland website, I searched for a baptism record in the Catholic Parish Register of Ireland based on the information detailed by a cousin, ie that our ancestor Anthony O'Connor is the son of Mary Glynn and Anthony Connor and was born 9 March 1846 in Cara B'Tubbe.

The Irish Catholic Church Parish Records are not indexed or digitized so the only way to search is to begin with the parish and then search by the date. When looking for a place called Cara B'Tubbe in Ireland, I noticed that there is an Irish Catholic Parish called Burriscarra - Ballintubber in the Barony of Carra which looked like it could be a variant of Cara B'Tubbe. The Parish of Burriscarra - Ballintubber is located in County Mayo.

I found a baptism record for Anthony Connor, son of Mary Glynn and Anthony Connor, dated 9 March 1846 in the Catholic Church Parish Register for the Archdiocese of Tuam, Parish of Burriscarra - Ballintober (variant name of parish Ballintubber), County Mayo, Ireland.  This record contains all of the information referenced by my cousin and is the likely source of that information. Unfortunately, I do not know how my cousin came by this information and so do not know if the Anthony Connor referenced in this baptism record is our ancestor Anthony O'Connor.

Burriscarra microfilm number 04213/07 digital page 81 register page 152. National Library of Ireland

Sponsors to the baptism are listed on the 1846 Catholic Parish Register as Pat Scully and Jane Philbin.




The record is found in the Catholic Church Parish Register for Archdiocese of Tuam, Parish of Burriscarra - Ballintober (variant name of parish Ballintubber), County Mayo, Ireland.

Historically this parish was known as Ballintobber Civil Parish located in the Barony of Carra, County Mayo and part of the Catholic Parish of Burriscarra and Ballintobber. An excellent history of Ballintobber Parish is found at County Mayo Beginnings.


Parish of Burriscarra - Ballintober


Townland - Carrownahaltore

The Catholic Parish Register for the Parish of Burriscarra - Ballintober includes a reference to the townland of origin of the Connor family. The townland recorded in the register for Anthony Connor looks to be Carrownahaltore as it is the most similar townland name that appears on this townlands list in County Mayo. Carrownahaltore does appear with other entries in this register and the townland Carrownahaltore is located in the Barony of Carra and within the civil parish of Touaghty which is within the Catholic parish of Burriscarra - Ballintober.

Griffith's Valuation for the Civil Parish of Touaghty lists a Patrick Connor, but he was not in the townland of Carrownahaltore. However, the Patrick Connor named in the Griffith's Valuation did live very near Carrownahaltore in Ballyglass.

The Griffith Valuation for County Mayo was published between 1855 and 1857 after the famine years and many families had already departed Ireland, most probably including Anthony O'Connor. A detailed explanation of the Griffith Valuation can be found at Irish Genealogy Toolkit.


A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837 - Ballintobber describes the parish church as follows. The unnamed chapel recorded in the 1837 Topographical History
"In the R. C. (Roman Catholic) divisions the parish (Ballintobber) is united to those of Burriscarra and Towaghty: the chapel is at Killavalla."


Ballintubber (Ballintober), County Mayo is sometimes confused with Ballintober, County Roscommon.

Ballintober, in Irish "Baile an Tobair" means settlement of the well.

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