It has been a bit of a rough winter. I’ve been traveling at least an hour each way to work and the snow has just kept coming and coming, along with the cold. I have not been able to blog as much as I would have liked, so thank you for sticking with me!
I have not found any Irish ancestors to date. I am English, Welsh, and Polish. My husband, however, does have an Irish line!
In order to make that great leap “over the pond”, we need to go back a bit.
Anna Gertrude Taylor, better known as Gertrude, was born on June 23, 1883, in Grey, Ontario, Canada. She is my husband’s great-grandmother. She was the daughter of Richard Taylor and Mary Ann Kinnear. Mary Ann Kinnear was born in Ontario, Canada, but Richard Taylor was born in Ireland.
Richard Taylor married Mary Ann Kinnear on July 7, 1875, in Grey, Ontario, Canada, based upon the marriage registry at the church as well as the civil record. Between 1875 and 1900, they move to Michigan – they are found in Marquette, Michigan in the 1900 census.
If we go back another generation from Mary Ann Kinnear, we find that her parents (William and Mary Pendercraft Kinnear) were both born in Ireland. Preliminary research shows in or near Ballymona.
Family tells us that Billy Taylor (1919-1990), professional hockey player, is a relation. I have yet to tackle this in order to find documentation, but since it comes up during family gatherings, I had better get started! I do know that Billy Taylor had gambling violations, which expelled him from hockey for life, but then he was reinstated in 1970. I guess this connection would be an interesting find! The picture below is from this website.
While St. Patrick’s Day will be like any other day to me, my husband can definitely lift a pint today in remembrance of his Irish roots.
May the luck of the Irish be with you today and always!