My Irish background, after all it’s St. Patrick’s Day

Yesterday morning one of my sisters wanted to know what nationalities we had in our background. Her two oldest grandchildren really wanted to know if they were Irish for St. Patrick’s Day. No question about that heritage as I mentioned in yesterday’s post.

My maternal grandmother was 1/2 Irish. Her father was the son of two people that immigrated from Ireland to Faribault, Rice County, Minnesota. Those were the Cook, Moriarty, and Green ancestors. Yes, Green from Ireland. Grandma might be a bit more Irish because the story told by her Great Great Grandfather Copping is that his wife, Elizabeth Saggers, was Irish. They were married in London, emigrated to Canada where they raised their children, and that is all I have discovered about her so far. I need a trip to London.

My maternal grandfather was all Irish. Both of his parents immigrated to Winona County, Minnesota from Ireland. His mother was a Walsh/Welch from the Dingle Peninsula of County Kerry. Her ancestral names include Bowler and Fitzgerald. His father is a Hanley and I have yet to find his place of birth in Ireland. They first came to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and then to Winona.

I heard that my youngest grandson wants to know how he is related to some of the family that live  in California. His mother told him how she had it figured and told him to ask me. His reply was that I would keep talking about it. Yep, he knows me well.



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