There was a legend among the O'Dea families in the Townland of Milltown in the ancient Parish of Aglishcormick, County Limerick, that the O'Deas originated in County Clare, that four brothers were evicted from their land, and that they were traveling to Queenstown (Cobh) in County Cork to emigrate. When they reached County Limerick, two brothers decided to settle in Aglishcormick. The other two emigrated, were never heard from again, and are known as the "lost O'Deas."

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The O'Dea Homestead North of Kilteely


...from County Limerick

...who emigrated

The O'Deas of Aglishcormick: The O'Dea Families may have originated in County Clare and emigrated to County Limerick in the early 18th century. Three primary lines of O'Deas can be distinguished within the small Parish of Aglishcormick.

The Apjohns of Pallasgreane: on a day in 1785, Mary Apjohn, the Protestant daughter of a landed family from Pallasgreane, decided to take a ride in the country. It being a hot day, she stopped at a local cottage and asked for a cup of water. The man she met there, a well-built, red-headed fellow, was destined to become her husband. When John O'Dea and Mary Apjohn married, they defied traditions of animosity between Catholic and Protestant as well as relationships between well-to-do Anglo-Normans and poverty-stricken native Irish. The family history of Mary Apjohn begins with Thomas Apjohn who acquired land after the Confederate War of 1641.

Darby and Johanna Murnane O'Dea: Darby O'Dea was born and raised on a small plot of land a little north of the village of Kilteely in the Townland Miltown in the Parish of Aglishcormick in County Limerick. He married Johanna Murnane in St. Ailbe's Church in Emly on February 6, 1842. When their first son died during the Great Famine, Darby and Johanna emigrated on April 8, 1848, from Galway and arrived in New York on May 11, 1848.

Patrick and Margaret O'Dea Ryan : Patrick Ryan immigrated to New York in 1898 and Margaret O'Dea followed in 1902. They were probably sweethearts in Ireland and Patrick went on ahead to get a job and establish himself. Soon after the couple married in 1906, several of Margaret's siblings also immigrated and they all lived together in the Bronx.

Bridget and Michael O'Dea:In 1841, Bridget O'Dea Lynch emigrated to Australia. A few years later, Bridget's brother Michael followed. He was a bounty emigrant and records stated he "has a sister in the Colony married to a man named Lynch." He originally arrived in Sydney and from there he went to California as a gold miner in 1849. From there he returned to Yass in Australia before coming overland to join his sister in the Towerhill district. He build the original Carleton (Killarney) Inn and the pub still stands.

Compilers: Dennis Day and Eddie O'Dea
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