Friday, March 17, 2006

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

My father's family is originally from Westmeath County -- from some little place near Multyfarnham. The most distant direct male ancester was born near Multyfarnham in 1807 and came to America when he was 16. He entered at New Orleans and eventually moved to Kirkwood. He drowned in the Meramec River in 1858, but only after marrying and subsequently fathering five children (one nun). His wife to be came to America in 1833 (we have no birth date). She moved with her brother from Philadelphis to St. Louis. We still have the same last name as that boy born in Westmeath County, Ireland, over 200 years ago.

1 comment:

The Phoenix said...

I wonder if you're related to Niall of the Nine Hostages, as 1 in 12 Irishmen can trace a specific Y-chromosome back to him.
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Kings got to sleep around -- it was one of the perks -- like the Air Force One of its day. That meant that they ended up related to lots of folks. You're related to Niall if you have a Y chromosome haplotype that lies within the haplogroup R1b (as do 1/5 of the men in NW Ireland). Genghis Khan, however, is considered to be the all-time champ at, well, you know what. It is estimated that 1/2 percent of all men on earth are in Genghis' Y-chromosomal lineage.

PS -- I think we would all agree that I'm pretty well up to my elbows in distant relatives already without trying to find more, not naming names of course.