Well as you know, I found Thomas Leo Corr on the passenger list landing in New York. Showing this to the grand kids they thought maybe he lied about his age he should be older then is listed. He was running from the law for supplying the "bad" army with guns. I figured it was possible, people didn't always know their birthdays others just lied. I guess having huge "Sweet Sixteen" parties back then wasn't as important as it seems to be today. The gun supplying thing I could look into...maybe there was a warrant out or something.
I figured if I could find a birth record or something. Little did I know how much was missing in Ireland records. So much was destroyed over the years during wars with England and the religious wars. Yes, Ireland took a census every year for many years some were even very detailed. The only ones left after everything is 1901 and 1911. To think I complain about the U.S. 1890 census being destroyed at least we have all the others.
I took a chance and looked in the county he had listed on the passenger list. In 1911 in County Monaghan, house #5 in Church Square in the town of Monaghan you will find the James Corr family with a 6 year old child Thomas Leo Corr. This age would put his birth about 1904 which agrees with the ship passenger record. This census also gives me information about the rest of the family.
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