I’m getting closer…
Below is an obituary from 1929 for the 99 year old (!) brother-in-law of my great-grandfather, Jeremiah Desmond. It’s the first evidence I’ve found that links a related ancestor to Ireland and why he came to America.
My favorite part of this obituary? The second paragraph which states:
“…The deceased was born in County Cork, Ireland in 1830. Like many of his countrymen who were driven out by landlords and the famine, Mr. Holland came to America in 1853 and settled in St. Lawrence County. On February 14, 1853 he married Johanna Desmond and went to live on a small farm in Lawrence….”
Johanna, John Holland’s wife, was my great-grandfather’s sister who passed away 19 years earlier. Johanna and John had 8 children, two of whom preceded them in death and two of whom were Catholic priests. Most of them resided in the sparsely populated hamlets and farmlands of upstate New York, just miles from the Canadian border.
Looks like this line will be a fun one to trace.
Hopefully, it will also provide some good leads on my Great-Grandfather Jeremiah Desmond’s own journey to the shores of America during the period of the Great Potato Famine.
The obituary above appeared on page 1 , “The Malone Farmer” newspaper, Malone, NY, on October 16, 1929.
Copyright © 2013 Patricia Desmond Biallas