Starting Sept. 5, 2014, Genealogy.com will be making a big change. GenForum
message boards, Family Tree Maker homepages, and the most popular articles
will be preserved in a read-only format, while several other features will
no longer be available, including member subscriptions and the Shop.
Etter, Martin, Kirby, Peterson families Updated August 8, 2011
About Our Family Research
Etter family came from Switzerland and married into the William Martin (Province & Harlan Families) from Pennslyvania, which united in my grandfather, Robert Martin Etter of Washington, D.C.. He married Emma Clementa Peterson, originally from New Orleans whose mother was from the Sullivan family from Ireland. Her brother owned a steam boat and perished in the 1900 Galveston Flood. I do not know anything more of her family except that her father was said to own a hotel, I presume in Washington, D.C.
Kirby family: Six brothers came from Ireland during the Potatoe famine. I am descended from Patrick Kirby who married Mary Ryan, and from Joe Kirby who migrated to Sioux Falls, S.D. and married Ellen McMahon. Joe Kirby's nephew was Dr. (Rev.Msgr) William J. Kirby of Washington, D.C., r.i.p.