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[for Ormsby family see page ‘ORMSBY’ at top of screen]

Although sources do not agree on the origins of the ORMSBY family name, it is an ancient one. Similar elements of most stories say the first Ormsby (or Ormesby) arrived in England with William the Conqueror. Ormsby’s likely moved to Ireland due to the religious conflicts during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603). Several branches of the family settled in the counties of Roscommon, Sligo, and Mayo.

While it is not known from which county the Ormsby family in this story came, John Ormsby was from Ireland.

At this time little information is known about John ORMSBY, his wife or children other than his son James ORMSBY [see post 22 October 2012]. It is assumed at this point that the family lived in Ireland as John’s son James was born in that country about 1807. John would have married before James’ birth in 1807. If John was twenty years old (an estimate) at the time of his marriage he would have been born about 1787.

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