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  1. Hey, I think these guys are quilified to be Betty Crockery taste testers…netta

  2. Corey & Liam,
    Enjoyed the 11th video (Bit, San Xavier. and “Hoolie at the Sanford’s”). Looking forward to the next one. By the way, if you still have that copy of the Desert Shamrock from the Irish Cultural Center, there is a story on page 4 titled “Irish Tales from Arizona Territory” – “The Gleeson Family, Mining the West”. I’ve been to the “Ghost” town of Gleeson in Southeastern Arizona and sent my cousin, Tom Gleeson of Carlow Town in Ireland the story and photos we took when we visited. It never dawned on me that there might be a connection, but in the second paragragh of the article there it is: “John Gleeson was born in Upperchurch, County Tipperary on November 11th, 1861″. There’s also reference to some more Ryans and I’d be willing to bet that someone at “Jimmy the Mills” from the Upperchurch area might know of these Gleesons or Ryans. Thought you might be interested. Slan, Jim P.S. Let me know if you plan to go through either Las Vegas or Denver on your return home.

    • Was searching the internet and found this blog. My name is Janice Ryan Bryson and I am the author of the Desert Shamrock article on John Gleeson. I am descended from his first cousin William Ryan.I have been in touch with and met the Ludwigs that I see put an entry on this blog.Tina Miller owns the Gleeson Jail and has made a museum out of it. She has had a Gleeson celebration each April for the last three years. I was fortunate to go to the 2011 one where I met the Ludwigs. I have been to Ireland twice and met my Murphy/Moloney relatives in County Limerick; but have lost track of my Ryan ones. Want to come again and go to Glenough. Janice Ryan Bryson

      • Janice,

        My great-grandfather was John Gleeson, the relative you wrote about in your article. Next week I will Ireland for the first time, including a stop in Moher, Upperchurch, where John Gleeson was born, on Sept. 3 – 4. If you know of any Gleeson relatives living in the area, please let me know. You can contact me at mike.j.pullen@multco.us. I have visited the old jail in Gleeson several times, and love catching up on my family’s history. Thank you.

  3. lol, I haven’t been to the Maverick since it burned down many many years ago, but we were in Tucson this past Thanksgiving and my daughter went out to San Xavier mission and got a few photos. I went to the midnight Mass at San Xavier one Xmas.

  4. hi!

    Im a Gleeson from Upperchurch and just found out last week about this relative who went to the frontiers of America over a hundred years ago… I was in New York recently and met a relative who told me all about it.
    Im amazed and humbled.
    Amazed that someone from Moher in Upperchurch could travel all the way to Arizona and have a town called after him.His great grand nephew still lives in the same house John grew up in.
    Its a story i hadnt heard before i went to visit Gleesons in New York.I would love to visit Gleeson Arizona in the future.

    Well done to all those that documented the history here on the web.

    • Stephen,

      I very much enjoyed your article about John Gleeson in the Upperchurch historic journal. John Gleeson was my great grandfather and I have visited the ghost town named for him many times. I live in Portland, Oregon, USA. I will be visiting Upperchurch for the first time in a few weeks. I will be in the area on Sept. 3 – 4, staying the night of Sept. 3. Are you related to John Gleeson also? I would enjoy meeting you if you are in the area in September.

  5. Reply to Stephen;
    I am the grand niece of John Gleeson, the founder of the town of Gleeson Arizona. John had two sisters, Nora and Mary(my grandmother) and a brother Edmund, all of whom settled in Syracuse NY-except John of course. If you can provide information about the Irish side of John’s family we would very much appreciate that. John’s death cert says his mothers maiden name was Martin, and John’s middle name was also Martin. John also claimed to be the Cousin of William Ryan and was a business partner in AZ with William. Wm Ryan is the son of Mary Gleeson and Patrick Ryan whose family were all baptized in Glenough, Parish of Clonoulty/Rossmore.

    • Joan,

      Saw you note on this blog. Hope all is well. Let me know if you find out more info. We are having a family reunion for Ryan, Holohan, Gleeson, Murphy and Moloney – the relatives through blood or marriage that were in Arizona Territory. It’s June 22 & 23 in Globe. Should have thought to have notified you. You have my email – let me know how things are going. Janice Ryan Bryson

  6. Reply to Stephen;
    I am the Grand Niece of John Gleeson who founded Gleeson Arizona. John had two sisters(Nora and Mary) and a brother(Edmund) who settled in Syracuse NY. Mary Gleeson is my grandmother who married Michael Purcell. John’s death cert. says that his mother’s family name was Martin. Johns middle name was also Martin. We know that he and his sisters came from someplace near Thurles, and apparently came from a family of eight children. We have heard that Mary may have had a twin sister called Sarah who remained in Ireland. We would like to know about the rest of the family, who John’s parents were, where were they from ? etc. If, as you say, there is a great grand-nephew still living in the house John grew up in then you must have all this information.
    Also, who was the Gleeson relative that you talked to in New York when you last visited who gave you the information?
    We hope that somehow this reaches you and that you can help us find the rest our my family.
    I remain
    Joan casey Ludwig

  7. Hi,Joan, i havent logged on here for a long while so didnt see your post.john grew up in upperchurch co tipp. Im not sure who his parents were but he has plenty of relations alive and well in tipp. The parish priest in upperchurch would have all that information on record.
    my relation in new york is michael gleeson, he has a pub in downtown new york near enough wall st called the white horse. look him up if your in the area.email me if you need more information.S

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