In 1851 my paternal great-grandfather left Ireland to come to this country. He left his wife Margaret (Toohey) Barret and a son, Patrick Jospeh McMahon. Apparently little was heard of him and subsequently Margaret left Patrick Joseph with his grandparents McMahon in Limerick, Kings Island, Ireland and came in search of her husband. My grandfather believed she died in St. Louis.
In 1871 Patrick Joseph came to this country, only to return to Ireland. In 1881 he again came to this country, went to San Francisco, and then up the coast to Portland, Oregon where he found work.
He married Mary Isabell Newman on 8/7/1889 in Portland and they had ten children, among them Patrick Hubert, my father.
My maternal great-grandfather, Thomas Bell, fought in the Civil War and left a substantial diary of the event. He was from Bloomington, Illinois. His wife was Elizabeth Small.
They had three children, Alice Cora (my grandmother), Thomas Albert (educated in Cambridge, Massachusetts and later teaching in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and Frank.
Alice Cora married William E. Burke. They had three children, Ruth Emma (my mother born in Forest Grove, Oregon), Thomas Forest, and Margaret.
Patrick Hubert McMahon married Ruth Emma McMahon in Bremerton, Washington and had one child, Richard Patrick born in Portland, Oregon.