Annie Glynn and Patrick Byrne were my great, great grandparents. I have been researching these two families for almost two years and have learned that history of many Irish families is very limited. What I have thus far is that Annie Glynn was born on May 10, 1849 in Warwickshire, England. Her parents were Patrick Glynn and Ellen (or Helen) Brown. Ellen Brown was born in Ireland on June 6, 1829 and died on January 19, 1913 in Axtell, Kansas. Patrick Glynn was born on March 17, 1817 in Annaghdown, County Galway, Ireland. He was baptized in the Corrandulla (St. Brendan) Catholic Church in Annaghdown during the same month. He died on April 26, 1898 in his granddaughter Mary Byrne’s home in Seneca, Kansas from “urania poisoning”.Patrick, Ellen and their two children, Annie and Michael Glynn, boarded the American ship, Tonowanda (in England) in late July 1852. They arrived in Philadelphia on August 31, 1852 and eventually settled near Seneca, Kansas. Both Patrick Glynn and Ellen (Brown) Glynn are buried in Lot 73 in the St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in Marshall, Kansas, where they were one of the founding families of this church.
Annie Glynn married Patrick Byrne on September 25, 1871 in St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Marshall, Kansas. Patrick Byrne was born on April 15, 1841 in Collon, County Louth, Ireland. He was baptized on April 18, 1841 at Carrickanean in Collon. His parents were Michael Byrne (b. 1818 in Co. Louth, Ireland; d. 1871 in Washington County, Missouri) and Margaret Doherty (b. April 29, 1820 in Monasterboice, Co. Louth, Ireland; d. August 19, 1887 in Seneca, Kansas). They arrived in the US sometime in 1852, first settling in Washington County, Missouri. Patrick Byrne settled near Seneca, Kansas in 1870, where he ultimately acquired a large tract of land, which he farmed during most of his life. Although my yDNA results suggest that Michael Byrne was related to Byrne families near Salterstown, Co. Louth, Ireland, I have not been able to identify his parents. Margaret Doherty’s parents were John Doherty and Mary Gill. John Doherty was a flax farmer in the Collon, Ireland area in the early to mid 19th century. I have no other information about this family.
Annie (Glynn) Byrne died in Wichita, Kansas on November 9, 1927.Patrick and Annie (Glynn) Byrne are also buried in the St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in Marshall, Kansas. They were the parents of my great grandfather, Frank Byrne, brother of your grandmother, Alice.