Sunday, March 17, 2013

My Irish Lines

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Sláinte!

Of my eight great-grandparents, three are of full Irish ancestry.  Using my basic math skills, that makes me 3/8ths Irish.  In other words, 37.5% of my DNA is probably* green.
*No scientific sources for that fact!


from County Tyrone
oldest known ancestor is Daniel McBride, born circa 1805
his son Daniel, born circa 1840, left Ireland for Birtley, County Durham, England
he married Mary Ann McAleer in Birtley
Daniel, Mary Ann, and son Joseph arrived in Illinois in 1880

Daniel had two known siblings:
Jane (c1838-1912), married Michael McCormick in Durham
Edward (c1843-1903), married Ellen Dinnery in Durham
and two more likely siblings:
Bridget (c1831-1893), married Samuel Lee(s) in Magherafelt, Ireland
Alexander (c1835-1902), married Mary Monaghan in Durham


from unknown county in Ireland
oldest known ancestor is Joseph Kerr, born circa 1790
his son Robert, born 1829, left Ireland for Kilbirnie, Ayr, Scotland
his son Robert, born 1853, wife Sarah Donaldson, and baby Margaret arrived in Illinois in 1876
Robert worked in the coal mines of Braidwood, Will, Illinois


from County Westmeath
immigrant and oldest known ancestor is Thomas, born circa 1840, died 1915
arrived in Illinois as a child with unknown family members
settled in Lockport, Will, Illinois during height of I and M Canal construction
married Mary Ann McWeeney in 1865

I need help with these lines!

© 2013 Sally Knudsen


  1. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you have success researching your 'green' side! :)


  2. You know a lot about where your ancestors came from, across the pond! I don't have Kerr, McBride, or Riley in my family tree. I do have Kirven and Lynch and McPherson (and some Scots, English, and even French). So far, I can't find our original Kirven immigrant. This is just my maternal side.

    If I run across any of your names that married with ours, I'll let you know. And vice versa!

    I've never heard "Slainte!" so I must be less Irish than you. : )

    1. It only seems like I know a lot ;) That they went to Scotland and England first made it very easy because there are so many records available in those countries post-1850. I only have counties in Ireland, which is pretty much a needle in a haystack. Good luck finding yours as well!