Margaret Denahy Roney, born in Cloghoulamore 1885

“Looking for relatives of Margaret Denahy born on July 1, 1885. Father was Denis Denahy. Immigrated to the United States as a child. Margaret was my grandmother. Her mother was Johanna Shea. My grandmother had a sister named Claire. They left Ireland sometime in the 1890’s. Margaret’s obituary said they moved from Millstreet, Cork. If you can connect to and look at the genealogy part and type in her last name Roney. She is listed as Margaret Roney, born in 1885, died in 1979. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Ed Tom Roney” <email>

[read more …] “Margaret Denahy Roney, born in Cloghoulamore 1885”

Ellen Donohue of Carrigacooleen, b.1863

I have just found that my late husand’s grandmother was born in Millstreet in 1863. Her name was Ellen Donohue and her father was Dennis Donohue and her mother was Hannah Riordan. Dennis’s father was John Donohue and her mother was Ellena. I would like to contact anyone connected with this family. Ellen came to Australia in 1888 and I have been looking for her for many years and only just found her.  [read more …] “Ellen Donohue of Carrigacooleen, b.1863”

John R FitzGerald Mahoney

Hi, I’m trying to find my ancestral roots: My Great Grandfather, John R FitzGerald, was born in Millstreet around 1828 and married my Great Grandmother, Mary Mahoney who was also from Millstreet and born in 1844. They came to the US in the 1860’s. His father was Richard FitzGerald born around 1800 and died in 1840. His wife was Nancy Murphy. Both from Millstreet. I was hoping that someone might know something about them. I am planning a visit to Millstreet next year.Any help would be appreciated.

Stuart Burnett, Massachusetts [1]

Great Grandfather Patrick Henry Linehan

I am trying to find out if my Great Grandfather Patrick Henry Linehan is buried in Millstreet.

He was a Master carpenter who lived with his family in Botherbue and had several children including my Grandmother Kattie Linehan who married my Grandfather Thomas Tynan.

He died on the 22 May 1906 – thank you if anyone can help.

Can anyone help ?

I am visiting Cork next week 16 July 2018

Paul Tynan

Email  <email>

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I am looking for my Cronin/Lucy Relatives

My name is John P Cronin and my Great-Grandfather Micheal Cronin immigrated to America in 1883, he married a women by the name of Katherine Danahy and had three sons and two daughters. His family was located in Boherbue/Boherboy near Kilmean, my great Grandfather had 10 brothers and sisters, of which one was a Johanna Cronin. One of her children or grandchildren named Sheila married a Tim Lucy. We in America received a letter in 1986 from the Lucy family, there is also a mention of a Catherine Cronin, unfortunately, no one followed up on this letter, now thirty years have gone by so I am attempting to find more of my roots, any information would be gratefully appreciated!

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Genealogy: Murphy / O’Callaghan

Hello! This post might sound random but I thought I’d give it a shot. My mother’s family is from Millstreet (her grandma and grandpa) and I was wondering if there are still any family members who live there. They would be part of the O’Callaghan and Murphy families. They immigrated to San Francisco, CA and Oregon in the early 1900’s but my mom said she kept in touch with family who still lived in Ireland when she was younger. Mary Murphy and Dennis O’Callaghan are my great-grandparents for reference. (Side note: O’Connor is my married name so no blood relation to O’Connor’s that I know of). 😊 – from Kelly O’Connor in California
[read more …] “Genealogy: Murphy / O’Callaghan”

Researching O’Learys of Dromtarriffe

I am coming to Ireland in April and am looking investigating some family history and visiting cemeteries.
I was looking for information on my grandfather’s family, the Leary/O’Leary family from the Dromtariffe Region. In particular, Cornelius Leary b.1831/1832, son of Cornelius Leary and Catherine O’Shea/Shea. Cornelius married Johanna Horgan and they came to Australia with Jeremiah and Catherine Leary in 1855.
I then came across a document titled From Dromagh to Sydney about the McMurtrie Family. My grandmother was a direct descendant of the family in this document. We never knew of a Irish connection.
I was hoping someone might be able to guide me in the direction of local cemeteries and records relating to theses two families?

[read more …] “Researching O’Learys of Dromtarriffe”

Margaret O’Sullivan born in Cullen in 1855

Every few days, Ireland Reaching Out profiles people from Ireland’s distant past. This week they profile a lady who was born in Cullen in 1855:

Margaret O’Sullivan was born on May 4th 1855 in Cullen, the eldest child of Cornelius  and Margaret Hickey. She came out to Sydney Australia with her sister Mary arriving on 1 July 1880 and was soon joined by her younger sisters Hanora and Julia … [read the full profile on Ireland XO]

One question: The parish records give the location of birth as Gurnabeg in the parish register. Would anyone know where that is? Later the family were recorded in Lisnaboy Upper.

[read more …] “Margaret O’Sullivan born in Cullen in 1855”

Denis Lucey and Nora O’Connell

My maternal grandparents — Dennis Anthony Lucey and Nora O’Connell — were born in County Cork. Dennis’ birth may be August 1, 1869 at Horsemount, Kilcarney in Millstreet while Nora’s birth is approximately 1871 in Macroom. Dennis’ parents may be John Lucey and Hannah Toomey. I will be coming to Cork this June and it would be a pleasure to discover family connections, so any suggestions, clues or leads in this search will be greatly appreciated.
Dennis and Nora met in San Francisco, California and married in approximately 1900.

Brian Hassett, Auburn, California.
[read more …] “Denis Lucey and Nora O’Connell”

Genealogy: Patrick O’Sullivan and Hannah Lane

Hello, My brother and I are researching our grandfather Patrick O’Sullivan who was married to Hannah Lane in Millstreet in December 1905.

… His father was a car driver and I know my father Joe (who was apprenticed to Denis Healy of Millstreet as a carpenter in 1929) told me his grandfather (Patrick’s father) drove a jaunting car and was killed in a thunderstorm…

I am coming over from England to visit my brother Joe who lives near Schull at the end of October and we plan on visiting Millstreet during my stay. Any help you can give us would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards, Steve O’Sullivan

Above is a message we got recently, any help with the above would be appreciated. Regardless, we went about to try and find out more about Patrick O’Sullivan:  [read more …] “Genealogy: Patrick O’Sullivan and Hannah Lane”

O’Donoghue/O’Leary Ballinagree/Kilcorney

Hi all! I’m looking for more info on Jeremiah O’Donoghue b 1842 and married Catherine O’Leary b 1857. They left for NZ in around 1877 and I’m pretty good for info from that point on. It’s the Irish end I’m struggling with.
Jeremiah parents were Jeremiah and Ellen nee Walsh. I’ve heard they had a farm at Horsemount/Kilcorney. He had at least one sister, Julia, who married Catherine’s brother, Dan O’Leary.
The O’Leary family lived at Ballinagree. I’ve heard that Catherine decided to get back in touch with her older brother Timothy in her later years, saying “there’s been a Tim O’Leary on that farm for 400 years, there’ll be one there now!” Apparently, he was still there.
Are there any cousins of mine still around the area? Where were these farms? Are they still in family hands?
from Ireland XO

O’Leary’s Home from the 1800s

We came across the photo below this week and we wonder if anyone recognises the house in the photo. The writing on the photo says “Cornelius & Mary (Williams) O’Leary home in Ireland outside Millstreet County Cork, now owned by McSweeney”. The O’Learys lived there in the mid 1800s. The house is fairly distinctive with it’s double hipped roof and arch above the front door. Any help would be appreciated [1]

[read more …] “O’Leary’s Home from the 1800s”

Looking for Luceys

Hello all! I am looking for the Lucy(Lucey) family from county Cork. I have a very extensive list of family members documented once they came to the United Stated but little before that. I know many of the records were destroyed and to add to it the family seemed to use the same first names over and over.

Here is the information I do have: The family did live in Or around Millstreet based on two gravestones in Galena, Illinois. My third great grandparents Timothy(maybe Timotheous) born around 1822 married Catherine Monnahan(maybe Moynihan) born around 1830. They immigrated to the United States I believe 1854ish and settled in Galena. They had one son, Michael, born in Ireland. Six other children born in Galena, Illinois/Rice Township. Timothy had the following siblings, all who immigrated as well (guessing early 1850s and maybe late 1840s but that in unlikely due to ages): Dennis born around 1830, Patrick born around 1835, Jeremiah born around 1836, and Honora(Hannora). There may also be a brother John. Based on the eight year gap between Timothy and Dennis there may well be siblings born between the two that did not immigrate.

I would be grateful for any information anyone has about my family from Ireland. There is a trip in my future to visit in a couple of years but want to do my research now.

Thank you everyone!
‎Nikki Holland Berg‎

[read more …] “Looking for Luceys”

McCarthy/Foley/Cronin: Gortnacreha/Mullaghroe/Eagloune/Knocknaloman

We hope to connect with the McCarthy Family that lived in Gortnacreaha & Mullaghroe & Eagloune (wives’ maiden names: Foley & Cronin).
We have the marriage of Daniel McCarthy & his bride Mary McCarthy (her maiden name) in 1860.
Daniel’s parents lived in Mullaghroe: Daniel McCarthy & Honora Foley.
Mary’s parents lived in Gortnacreha: Florence McCarthy & Catherine Cronin. The new couple went on to have eleven children:

  • Daniel born 1861 in Gortnacreha
  • Honora b. 1863 in Gortnacreha
  • Catherine b. 1865 in Cullen
  • Florence (male) b. 1867 in Cullen
  • Mary b. 1869 in Eagloune
  • Michael b. 1871 in Eagloune
  • Timothy b. 1872 in Eagloune
  • Jeremiah b. 1874 in Eagloune
  • John b. 1877 in Eagloune
  • Julia b. 1879 in Eagloune
  • Denis b. 1881 in Eagloune

We know they lived there until at least 1879 and that sometime between 1879 and 1890 the parents (Dan and Mary) moved down to Knocknaloman. Their son Daniel married and moved from Eagloune to Rathduane when he married shopkeeper Mary Morgan of Rathduane (daughter of John Morgan and Helena McCarthy). We do not yet know what happened to the other siblings (marriages, etc.).

If you are part of that McCarthy/McCarthy family of 11 children we would enjoy hearing from you

Diane Rollo  <email>
George Pearson  <email>

[read more …] “McCarthy/Foley/Cronin: Gortnacreha/Mullaghroe/Eagloune/Knocknaloman”

Cahill: Trying to Connect with my Relatives in Ireland

I am in the process of doing my family history in hopes of connecting with relatives in Ireland. My great grandfather Cornelius D. Cahill was born in Umeraboy, Cullen Parish in 1864. He moved with his family to Glenamucklagh West (between Newmarket and Rockchapel) around 1870, but emigrated to the USA around 1887. He had 9 brothers and sisters, of whom seven emigrated to the USA.

Two family member we know of stayed in Ireland and we are focusing on these to see if anyone knows/remembers them:

  • My great granduncle Patrick Cahill who stayed at home. He married Annie Pigott, a neighbour, and they had one child Daniel, who also emigrated, but was present at home at he deaths of his parents in 1948 and 1961. The Pigotts and Cahills seems closely linked and the families were living together in 1911.
  • My great grand aunt Ellen who married a McCarthy and was still alive in 1945, but we have no trace of her.

1961 isn’t that long ago, and we would be grateful if anyone remembers the Daniel or his parents Patrick & Annie of Glenamucklagh, or if anyone knew of Ellen McCarthy that we can’t find.

Donald Cahill, Baldwinsville, New York, USA <email>

Below is a quick summary of the family we know of and what happened to them: [read more …] “Cahill: Trying to Connect with my Relatives in Ireland”

Looking for Jim Murphy

Update: Contact has been made 🙂

Hello there, I am trying to track down  a man by the name of Jim Murphy. His wife’s name is Mary and he has a sister by the name of Mary who married a Mr. Paddy O’Shaughnessy of Banteer, Cork.

Jim Murphy spent some years in England back in the 60’s / 70’s and was one of my Dad’s best friends. My father is trying to get in touch with Jim.

All I know are the details above and that Jim was originally from Poundhill in Millstreet. He would be around 80 years old I would assume as that’s how old my father is.

I’m sorry I don’t have more detail but I am hoping someone there would remember Jim and know if he is still alive and how we could find him.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,
John Keane  0857142381 <email>
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Rathmore RC Parish: Location of Chapels in 1845

The February 3, 1845 baptism of my great-great-grandfather Patrick Harrington (1845-1915) is recorded in the parish registry of Rathmore RC parish. According to the register, Patrick’s parents were John Harrington and Catherine Crimmen, and the family’s residence was Knocknaloman. Rev. Eugene Murphy performed the baptism.

I am trying to determine the chapel in Rathmore RC parish in which Patrick’s baptism probably occurred. Lewis’s “Topographical Dictionary of Ireland” (1837) identifies several chapels in the eastern district of the parish as of 1837–one at Knocknacoppel, one at “Griorguillea” (I assume Gneevgullia?), “recently rebuilt”, one at Knocknagree, and one described somewhat mysteriously as being “attached to the establishment at Rathmore open to the public”. [ref]

The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage website states that the current Roman Catholic church at Rathmore, St. Joseph’s, was not built until about 1865, but that there was an “earlier building” on the site, built in about 1800–presumably also a chapel. [ref]

My assumption is that if there was any kind of chapel at Rathmore in 1845, Patrick’s parents would have had him baptized there, since Rathmore was closer to Knocknaloman than the other Rathmore parish chapels.

If anyone is aware of other good sources of information about which chapels existed in Rathmore parish in 1845, or any other information that might provide a clue as to where Patrick may have been baptized, I would be very interested in hearing of it.

Thanks in advance for any possible help!
Bob Kenney, Potomac, Maryland <email>
[read more …] “Rathmore RC Parish: Location of Chapels in 1845”

Who was Sylvester O’Sullivan?

A few days we got a message inquiring about a Sylvester O’Sullivan and family who was a hotel keeper in Millstreet at the time of the 1901 Census:

“From the 1901 census I have discovered my gt-grandfather: SYLVESTER O’SULLIVAN who owned a hotel at 43 Main Street, Millstreet, he was born in 1843. Wife ELIZABETH, four daughters , one of whom was my maternal grandmother: Kathleen sometimes known as Catherine. She married an RIC officer in 1907 who was stationed in Macroom. The other sisters were: Ellen, Maria, Lillie (widowed with daughter aged 5 in 1901) Any relatives out there? – Catherine valerie Harden [1]”

We did a bit of background research, and there really was little else substantive could get on Sylvester O’Sullivan (even with such an uncommon name). From what we can gather, Sylvester ran the hotel for about ten years in Millstreet before retiring around 1907, where he retired moved to Monkstown, below Cork City.  This is what we found:  [read more …] “Who was Sylvester O’Sullivan?”

Looking for descendants of Mary Buckley, Laught / Rathcoole / Millstreet

I am submitting this post in the hope of finding relatives of my g-g-grandmother Mary Buckley who are still residing in the Milstreet-Rathcoole-Laught area. My wife and I are from the US and will be in the Millstreet area in July, and would love to say hello to any cousins we are able to identify there.

Mary Buckley (1845-1885) was a daughter of Timothy Buckley of Rathcoole and Ellen Healy of Crippleford. They were married in Dromtariffe parish in June 1833. They had at least six children, five of whom lived to adulthood–John, Honora, Denis, Mary and William. Mary married Patrick Harrington of Ballinagree and emigrated to the US in 1868, settling in Concord, Massachusetts. She and Patrick had eight children; Mary died young in 1885.

Mary’s sister Honora and brother William also emigrated to the US and they too settled in Concord. Honora did not marry but William married Catherine Kiely, who I believe may have been from Dromtariffe parish as well. They had two children, and I have a copy of a letter from one of them, Mary Ellen Buckley, to her cousin in Ireland Liam O’Buachalla in 1916.  [read more …] “Looking for descendants of Mary Buckley, Laught / Rathcoole / Millstreet”

John & Margaret McCarthy Dennehy marriage 1936

We are trying to find the family of John and Margaret McCarthy Dennehy  of Rathduane/Millstreet who were married 15 Feb. 1936. John is the son of Timothy Dennehy, and Margaret is the daughter of John McCarthy and wife Mary Morgan McCarthy.
Margaret is the younger sister of John McCarthy who immigrated to USA, and we think John is the grandfather of Diane.
If you are part of the McCarthy/Dennehy family of Rathduane, please contact us.
Diane Rollo:   <email>
George Pearson:  <email>

[read more …] “John & Margaret McCarthy Dennehy marriage 1936”

The Godsil’s of Millstreet

Hello Millstreet, I am writing to you from San Antonio, Texas. I have been researching the Godsil Family for years. My 3x great grandmother was Ellen “Nellie” Godsil born in Millstreet in 1810 and died in Jersey City NJ in 1900. According to her death certificate her parents were William and Mary Godsil. I believe Ellen’s older brother was William Godsil who was born about 1800 in Millstreet and died in 1882 in Millstreet. He was a weaver. I believe two of his children were Timothy Godsil who was the informant on William’s death record and Mary Godsil Mattmore, DOB 1847 and emigrated to America married Patrick Mattimore and died in 1882 in Jersey City, NJ. My 3x great grandmother Ellen Godsil married Jerry McCarthy but he died at the age of 35 and is buried in the Old Cullen Cemetery. His daughter Mary McCarthy Sullivan traveled to Ireland in 1909 to erect his tombstone. I believe Ellen remarried a McSweeney. She emigrated to America in 1880 as a widow and lived with her daughter Mary McCarthy Sullivan. Any help would be appreciated.

Chaille Fox Lazar <email>  [read more …] “The Godsil’s of Millstreet”

Genealogy: John Healy and Margaret Hinchin

Hello, I was hoping someone had information on my gggrandparents John Healy and Margaret Hinchin. Both born around 1832 in Cork. Their children were born in Cullen Cork and lived in Millstreet for a while.
Margaret’s father was Daniel Hinchin b. about 1804 her mother was Margaret Ahern b. about 1804. Margaret had sisters born in Keale, Johanna, Abina. John Healy had sisters, Ellen and Hannah. All the siblings born in the 1830’s.
Margaret Hinchin died in Keale, Cork in 1901.

Thanks, Kate (from

Ó Dálaigh Ancestral Remembrance Day


On June 4th the Daly Gathering for 2017 will take place in Ballygriffin, Mallow.

There are lots of speakers on the day, but one that may be very interesting to us in Millstreet: “The Dalys of Millstreet and Novohaldaly Cork to Clare to Buffalo, New York”, presented by retired U.S. Navy Captain Karem A. Daly, Niantic, Conneticut (3:15pm to 3:45pm)

Retired U.S. Navy Captain Karen Daly, earned her Doctor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and holds advanced licensure and certification in psychiatry, specializing in psychosomatic medicine. [read more …] “Ó Dálaigh Ancestral Remembrance Day”

Looking for Dineens of 20 Upper Mill Lane

Looking for information on 1901 census about Building 20 Upper Mill Lane, Drishane, Millstreet. My father’s uncle James Dineen was a tailor in Millstreet until his death in 1915. His wife Nora (Casey) Dineen was a dressmaker and they had a Jeremiah Riordan, age 15, living with them. He might have helped them with their business. Our family will be visiting Millstreet this summer and would like to visit their home at Building 20 but it, doesnt appear on Google maps. Does anyone know where Upper Mill Lane is ? Also would LOVE to chat with any Dineen, Casey or Riordan Family!
Debra Dineen, Arizona, USA

Admin’s notes: Upper Mill Lane is generally known as Mill Lane. 20 Mill Lane is on Google Maps here
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Does anyone know of Crippleford?

Bob Kenney has been researching his family tree and is stuck at his great great great grandmother. She was Ellen Healy of Crippleford, and her marriage to Timothy Buckley on June 1, 1833 is listed in the Dromtarriffe Parish Register.

He had been trying to locate Crippleford, but after some time failed, so he asked us, but we’ve never heard of it, and no-one we asked has heard of it either. So we’re wondering if anyone of our readers has heard of it, or could ask someone that might know. Bob would be delighted if someone could help him out. If so please leave a comment below, or contact us directly [contact details are on our Contact Page].

A few thoughts:

1.. There are a couple of references to Crippleford online, all referring to “Thomas Wallace born Jan.6, 1806 in Rethcool, Duhallow, Cripleford on the Blackwater in County Cork,Ireland”. [1] [2]. There are also more references to Crippleford in the parish register, so it’s safe to say that the name did/does exist in the Dromtarriffe Parish area.

2.. It was normal for [read more …] “Does anyone know of Crippleford?”

Millstreet Old Age Pensions

MILLSTREET OLD AGE PENSION COMMITTEE – Very Rev. J.Canon Casey, P.P. V.F., Chairman, presided. There were 136 claims before the meeting; 96 claims were passed at the maximum of 2s 6d; 8 were allowed 2s, and 2 were allowed 1s6d per week, and the remainder adjourned to the next meeting; 4 claims were passed for the Old Age Pension at the rate of 5s per week, and 2 cases were sent forward for reinvestigation. Since October 20th, the Committee have passed 350 claims, over 300 being allowed 2s 6d , and the remainder from 2s, 1s 6d and 1s per week, a large number of claims for the district not being heard yet. The Committe haveheld several special meetings so as to facilitate the passing of the claims – Irish Examiner 22nd December 1916


The Old Age Pensions Act 1908 introduced a non-contributory pension for eligible people aged 70 and over. It was implemented from January 1909 in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. To be eligible, applicants had to be 70 years old, to have an income of less than £31.10.00 per annum and to ‘be of good character’. During the first three months of 1909, [read more …] “Millstreet Old Age Pensions”

Kelleher / Sweeney from Aubane

Greetings from the USA. My mothers family came from Millstreet. This is the info I have: Patrick D. Kelleher born in the Aubane section of Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland on 3-15-1851. He was the son of Daniel and Mary (Sweeney) Kelleher. He came to the USA about 1871, bringing with him his sister’s youngest daughter. He settled first at Factory Hollow in Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA living there with his sister Mrs. Mary Daley. He was at marriage a farmer living in Greenfield aged 28.

I have been over to Ireland the last three years in a row. I brought my mother the last 2 trips, one of which we did take a short trip to Millstreet to look at gravestones. Could not find a Kelleher headstone anywhere……..poor attempt at humor! So many Kellehers and Sweeneys that I could never sort it out. I will be making a trip again in 2017. Any connections on distant relatives would be appreciated.

Thank you, Larry Bruffee

Genealogy: Murphy / Noonan, Lisnaboy

To whom it may concern:

My name is Mary O’Leary. I am currently living between Cork and the US. I am tracing the Irish ancestors of a friend of mine Lisa Foley in the United States.

Lisa’s maternal great grandfather came from Lisnaboy, Cullen, Millstreet, Co Cork.

His name was John Murphy, he was born around 1876 in Cullen. His parents names were John Murphy and Julia Noonan (Nunan). He emigrated to New Jersey around 1896.

He married Hanor/Norah O’Leary born around 1877 also in Cork (perhaps Millstreet). I am not sure whether they married in Ireland or the US.

Hanor/Norah O’Leary’s parents names were Daniel O’Leary and Johanna Murphy.

John and Hanor/Norah had four children all born in New Jersey Hannah (Anna), Julia, Daniel and Mary. Hannah(Anna) married Stephen Hughes and had two daughters Rita and Patricia. Rita is the mother of my friend Lisa.

I would appreciate any assistance on this matter. Could you direct me to somebody who could help me or do you know are there church records available locally?

The information I am looking for somewhat falls after the 1901 and 1911 census and earlier census information is sparse.

Thanking you in anticipation. Kind regards,
Mary <email>

Buckleys in Derragh, Cullen

Bridget Buckley from Derragh, Cullen. She died in Iowa in 1895 aged 78Bridget Buckley was born in Derragh, Cullen, in 1822, the daughter of William Buckley and Catherine Sullivan. Bridget emigrated to the US in 1849. Her brothers Timothy, William, Daniel and John emigrated at about the same time. They all lived for several years in Massachusetts before Bridget, William and Daniel acquired farms in Iowa, together with the Irish spouses they met and married in the US.

Does anyone have any information about this Cullen family? About family members who remained in the area? Bridget has more than 300 direct descendants living mainly in the US. They will not all come to visit you, I promise. But many are eager to learn more about their Irish ancestor.

Marilyn Cummings Warman, Delft, the Netherlands, <email>