Algorithms

As mentioned in ‘Sue Alice McHugh and her father, John’, there are some differences in the various trees that mention Patrick McHugh. Most agree that his wife was Catherine Kelly (1833-1909). There is general agreement that he was born in 1825. But where was he born? Sligo, Cork, Mayo, Galway and Roscommon are all offered.…

Sue Alice McHugh and her father, John

The 1986 obituary for Sue says that her parents were John William McHugh  and Ella Price Foster. Her father is also reported as John Edward McHugh. Is there any possibility that there are two people with very similar names? It is possible, but highly unlikely. I have already come across people who are commonly referred…

Heber McHugh

In an effort to make sure that the Mc Cune family that appears on the 1880 Census is the right one, I decided to look at Heber, aged 8. The unusual name helps at this point. The spellings continue to be variable. The 1900 census refers to Healer J McHugh in Burr Oak Township, Lincoln.…

Anna Kelly

As related in Changing Tack and McHugh & Kelly, when Catherine Kelly and her husband Patrick McHugh moved to Missouri, their daughter Anna stayed behind. She was living with her Aunt Susan. What happened to her? Anna married Dennis Kelleher in November 1881, in Cook County, Illinois. She would have been about 26 years of…

McHugh and Kelly

I am picking up on the story told in Changing Tack. Catherine Kelly married Patrick McHugh in Michigan, before moving to Missouri in 1873 with most of their children. One daughter, Anna, stayed behind. Anna McHugh stayed in Michigan with her Aunt Susan. The 1880 Census reveals that Anna was born in Michigan in 1857.…

Changing tack

I wrote a series of blogs looking at four people with the Stanley name that ended up in Massachusetts. There are grounds for suspecting that they might be related to me. They hail from the same part of Roscommon as my grandfather – only two or three miles away. They share the Stanley name. But…

Massachusetts Bridget

This is the fourth blog exploring what happened to the children of the marriage between John Stanley and Winifred Kenney after they arrived in America. This time it is the turn of Bridget. Bridget’s exact date of birth is not known. Working back from the age recorded on her death certificate would indicate 1865. A…

Massachusetts John

This is the third blog exploring what happened to the four children of the marriage of John Stanley to Winifred Kenney. See Massachusetts Mary and Massachusetts Thomas for the previous two articles. John was born in Islands, Roscommon on American Independence Day 1874. The best fit for his voyage to America is on the Cephalonia…

Massachusetts Thomas

I am continuing to explore the descendants of John Stanley and Winifred Kenney. (See Massachusetts Mary) This time it is the turn of Thomas. Civil registration started in Ireland in 1865. This doesn’t mean that all births after that time were recorded, but the majority of them were duly registered. Thomas was born on 21st…

Massachusetts Mary

If you can’t go back, then go forward! I realise that not everyone is as obsessive in hunting down obscure clues as me. I found a whole chapter of my wife’s ancestry when I googled the name of one of her relatives. It turned out that a second cousin had been publishing a blog for…