The McKenna side of our family came from Ballyloughnane, Ogonelloe, Co Sligo. The oldest name we have is Thomas McKenna, b. abt 1795. His son Michael, b. 1822, married Annie St Laurence and had 10 children, three of whom emigrated to NZ in abt 1880 - Edward, James and Michael. Edward and James settled in Patea, NZ, and Michael in Greymouth and Auckland, NZ. The eldest son, Thomas remained in Ireland to inherit the family farm which was sold in 1997 by Thomas' grand daughter Mary Ellen (Maura)Geoghegan.
Edward McKenna married Brigid Reynolds in Patea, NZ, in 1895, and they had ten children. James married Annie Quin and also lived in Patea, raising five children. Michael never married.
The Reynolds side of the family came from Ballinahowna, Dromore West, Co Sligo. The oldest name we have is Martin Reynolds who married Nan Kiely. His son Michael married a Brigid (Beezy) Hart and had a number of children and two daughters emigrated to NZ in 1887. One, Brigid (Agnes) married Edward McKenna in Patea, NZ in 1895. Michael's son James inherited the farm which is still in Reynolds hands (Michael-Joe Reynolds). We know that some of James' children emigrated to the USA. Tom Reynolds was in the US Air Force and Henry Reynolds also lived in the USA.
Other families we are interested in are Corrie, Thomson, Maxwell and Cochrane - of Scotland, mostly Dumfries and Kincardine-on-Forth. Known names are - David Cochrane (arrived in NZ 1860 and was a brother of James Cochrane, a Lord Mayor of Montreal). He married Jessie Maxwell a daughter of John Maxwell and Grace Corrie of Dumfries. Her sister Maryann married George Thomson in Scotland and their son John Thomson married Elizabeth, the daughter of David and Jessie Cochrane. They were first cousins.John and Elizabeth Thomson's daughter Jessie Maxwell Thompson married John Alphonsus McKenna of Patea, New Zealand, a son of Edward McKenna and Brigid Reynolds.
We would appreciate any information or contact and will share any we have.