My Grandmother,Winifred,was actually a Barry.My Aunt Winifred Forde was her daughter and the daughter of Michael Forde. My Grandfather passed away around 1957,two years before I was born.My grandmother in 1998. I don't know much about the Forde family.My parents were divorced and although I did spend much time with my Grandmother and my father, also Michael Patrick Forde, I believe the idea that one of her children was of divorced was very difficult for her.I am not sure.
I had heard of a John Forde. I don't know if there is any connection.Also at my fathers funeral in 1990 I did meet a cousin of his Terrence Forde who lived on Long Island,New York. I think there is a Margret Forde or Barry still in Ireland that my Grandmother talked to. She may have owned a Bed and Breakfast.
Michael Forde I believe went through Elis Island. However his wife who met him here was pleased to say she was met at the dock?
I know there are many relations that I don't know in the New York, New Jersey area.I live in Missouri.
I have a son. Michael Forde Smith. My daughter Kathlyn Forde Smith.I understand my Grandfather was a good man. Prehaps I will be able to tell his great-grand children more some day.