We were told that the Dearls had lived in Clontarf, Dublin for many generations, and there was a Sea Captain in their ancestry. Further research discovered not one but several seafarers - going back to one William Dearl who was the purser of His Majesty's Frigate 'Fox' according to his will, proved in 1814.
But though several generations certainly did live in Clontarf, the DEARL line seems to have originated not in Ireland at all, but in Hampshire - and several generations of Dearls lived in Chatham, Kent. I have also discovered a whole new branch of DEARL(E)s who lived in the East End of London ... and there may be a connection to John Henry Dearle (1859-1932) who became Chief Designer to William Morris (see Wikipedia article). This needs further checking.
It has also been fascinating to discover more about the family in Clontarf (thanks to the release of so many useful Irish records and all the help gratefully received from Alan and Karen).
Second generation - grandparents
Third generation - great grandparents
Fourth generation - 2x great grandparents
Fifth generation plus
Kathleen DEARL, who married William Thomas (Bill) JOHNSON
DEARLs, WELBYs, DWYERs, CANAVANs, MULROYs and DROMGOOLDs
(this page will be added soon)
Click here to read more about the seafaring DEARLs - so far, I have identified nine DEARLs related to this family who were employed either in the Merchant Navy or the Royal Navy.
Click here to discover more about Clontarf, where several generations of the DEARLs and MULROYs lived - the page includes old maps and present day photographs of some of the houses in the streets where they lived.
This section updated October 2018