I just discovered my gggggrandmother, Helen "Nellie" LANNEN/LANNAN was born in Roscommon c. 1841.I believe she came to the United States around 1861.She lived the remainder of her life in Philadelphia, dying some time after 1910.She married my ggggrandfather, Anthony Churchill KILLIAN/KILLEEN of Mayo Phila. in 1871.
I know nothing more of either Anthony's nor Helen's families.I know they had two sons -- Michael (my gggrandfather) and Anthony.I assume Michael would be Anthony's father and Anthony, is, well, named after his father.On the 1900 census, Helen is indicated as being the mother of 3 but only 2 living (Michael and Anthony), so I'm thinking that deceased child may have been named for her father, but I've way of knowing that (yet!).A misguided older family member burned our family bible without reading it to honor the deathbed request of her mother, so there is some family secret we've yet to uncover.
Any hints in a particular direction would be greatly appreciated.