Monday, March 17, 2014

Can I Get Lucky With My Irish?


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 basis for that fact.

Actually, based on my more scientific 23andMe results, I am 37.7% British and Irish. Well done, me, in confirming my DNA test!


Here are some of my Irish roots. Have a connection?

McBride

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

Kerr

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

Riley

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!

Mmm. Our celebratory corned beef brisket.


(c) 2014 Sally Knudsen



2 comments:

  1. Good luck with you Irish Roots. I don't have specific info on your surnames but if you want a list of Irish sources that have helped me go to my website/Our Leaves & Branches/Ireland Maybe something will help you there.
    Wherever you go and whatever you do,
    May the luck of the Irish be there with you.

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