I came across this bio in my difficult search on my Grandfather's parents.
MARY RAFFERTY, Section 32, P. O. Osage Mission. Native of County Moynahan, Ireland. Born in 1830. She, with her parents, came to America in 1845, locating in New York, afterwards they removed to Vermont, finally returning to New York, where she married Mr. Rafferty, and in 1859 came to Kansas, locating in Bourbon county, Franklin Township, and while here he was in the State Militia under Capt. Morris, and passed through all the perils of the border warfare, coming to Neosho County in 1867. They took a claim, as did her mother, and built the first cabin on this part of Flat Rock Creek, forming a strong friendship with the Osage tribes of Indians who visited them after they had left this reservation. On December 25, 1868, Mr. R. died; his widow afterwards married a Mr. Duffey, but after their separation assumed her former name of Rafferty. They had six children. Her son John now farms the land.
Her son John is my great grandfather, John Traynor Rafferty, given his mother's maiden name, which would have made her Mary Traynor of county Moynahan, circa 1830 to 1845.Too bad this bio fails to name her parents or her maiden name. Two of her daughters are listed as living at the Osage Mission- then known as St. Ann's Acadamy in the 1880 census, and later became nuns. Does this bio sound like any Mary Traynors you have come accross?