Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Last week, I started creating my "genealogical travel bucket list" of places where either my ancestors lived or traveled to. Continuing on that list today, #2 is County Meath, Ireland. While I have visited County Mayo on my trip to Ireland last year, I did not get the opportunity to visit County Meath. Grandpa Charlie's mother's family (the Chambers) were from County Mayo, while Charlie's father's family came from County Meath.
According to my Dad's cousin, the Sherlock ancestors lived in Lady Rath and then later in Demailestown in County Meath. I located both of these town lands on a map. They are very close to one another. They are west of Drogheda, east of Kells and north of Navan and Kilmessan. According to the cousin, there are Sherlock family members still living in County Meath. I would love to not only meet these relatives but also see the house in the photo below. I believe that is where my Great Grandfather Edward Sherlock grew up. The problem is I don't know if this house is located in Lady Rath or in Demailestown, which I guess mean I need to visit both places.
In the above photo, is the property of another of my grandfather's cousins. I think some serious research is needed before taking this trip but how wonderful would it be to step on the former property of my ancestors ... to see the house that my great grandfather lived in as a child (hoping that they haven't torn it down since 1961) ... to meet fellow Sherlocks, Caffreys and Everards (new ancestor name given to me by my cousin)?