|During the mid-nineteenth century our Smith (Smyth), Ryan, Murrin, Greenan and McGonigle ancestors left Ireland for America. Leaving Aghabog Civil Parish (County Monaghan), the Smith and Greenan families left for Brooklyn, New York.Later they would live in Sauk County, Wisconsin. "Honest Irish" John Smith, Civil War veteran, left Wisconsin in 1883 to homestead near present-day Kimball, South Dakota.|
The Ryan family lived in Kilnarath Civil Parish, County Tipperary, and left Ireland in 1863.By 1870 they were living in Allamakee County, Iowa. From here the siblings left for other states and in one case, Canada. Some descendents moved to Oklahoma. One of the siblings, Bartholomew (Batt) Ryan, did not follow these siblings to Okalahoma.He moved his family to Dakota Territory near present-day Kimball, South Dakota.Batt was not alone. Living nearby were his sister (Mary), brother-in-law (John Boney) and their family.
The McGonigle family originated from Killybegs, County Donegal. In America they lived in Illinois. Francis McGonigle married Kate Murrin from Killybegs. Other McGonigles left Donegal and eventually moved to Illinois.Part of this family did leave for awhile venturing to Leadville, Colorado, during the boom years to seek their fortune.Francis and Kate eventually moved back to Belvidere where they raised their family.
The Turgeon family originally came to America in the seventeenth century and settled in New France (Quebec).In the late nineteenth century five Turgeon brothers made their way to Dakota Territory, later known as South Dakota. They lived in Charles Mix County near Bijou Hills.
Our family continues to research these families and would welcome any new information you may have.