I've been looking again at the papers in the Talty Millions case, already discussed on this forum (viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3654
The heirs included a family of six McNamara siblings from Craggaknock East townland, first cousins once removed to T. J. Talty and my second cousins twice removed. As far as I know, their Irish relatives have lost all contact with this family, so in case any of their descendants are looking for their Clare roots, I thought I should post the details here.
The parents were Margaret née Gorman and her first husband Michael McNamara (1859-1898). Michael was killed when hit on the head by a stone during a faction fight at Craggaknock while returning home from the Miltown Malbay races. Newspaper reports of the killing of Michael MacNamara described him as a father of eight children; only six were at home for the 1901 census and only six lived to claim shares in the Talty Millions, five of them emigrants to England (x2), Canada, the U.S. and Australia:
1. John (chr. 5 Apr 1892, born 1 May 1892, in the reverse of the usual order!). He married Mary (maiden name unknown). Addresses: Birch House, Hersham Rd., Walton on Thames, Surrey, England; (Jan 1928) Rosedale, King's Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey; (Aug 1928) c/o Mrs O'Dowd, 73 Victoria Road, Kilburn, London.
2. Michael J. McNamara (b. 27 Aug 1893 or 12 Oct 1893). He married Edith Goodwin at St. Pancras, London on the 26th June 1922. Addresses: Apt 12 88 Stanley St. Montreal, Quebec, Canada; (May 1927) 23 Mansfield St., Montreal.
3. Patrick McNamara (b. 22 Sep 1894 or 26 Oct 1894). He married Norah Hehir. Addresses: c/o Mrs Christie, 23 Regent St., Liverpool; (May 1928) 25 Regent St. Liverpool. There were several McNamara-Hehir children born in Liverpool between 1927 and 1937, probably all children of Patrick and Norah. I believe from a note dated 1965 that Patrick jr. (b.1930 Q2) became a priest. There was obviously some contact between Liverpool and Clare up to that time.
4. Martin (b. 13 Nov 1895 or 11 Dec 1895). Not married as of 1927. Address: c/o Don [Daniel] Clancy Miltown Malbay.
5. Bridget (b. 20 Dec 1896). Said to have emigrated to Denniston, Connecticut. Subject of an interesting exchange between the New York and Kilrush lawyers. On 5 May 1927, John J. Dwyer wrote to Michael Killeen that there was no such place as Denniston in CT. On 20 May 1927, Michael Killeen wrote to John J Dwyer `I am rather inclined to think that this girl Bridget never wrote to her mother since she went out, and I should not be surprised if she is dead. At least a neighbour has just told me that they heard she got ill and died in hospital outside.' On 14 Mar 1928, John J Dwyer wrote to Michael Killeen: `I located the daughter Bridget McNamara. She does not wish to have her whereabouts made known to other members of her family; she intimated that they had not treated her justly.' This sort of excuse would be a novel way for a lawyer or heir hunter to pocket a share of an estate for himself or herself!
6. Honor/Honour/Nora (b. 19 Apr 1898). Addresses: c/o F. Brew, 108 Percy St. Bowler City - W.A.; Metropole Hotel, Boulder City, West Australia; (Apr 1927) c/o F. Gould, 100 Percy Street, Bolder City, West Australia. Not married as of 1927.
If there are any descendants of this family reading this forum, I would be happy to share further information with them. Although their mother was said to be `badly off living on a few perches of bog', the children's letters suggest that they were very well educated.