My paternal great-grandfather James McMahon left Limerick, Ireland probably in 1851 to come to the United States. His wife was Margaret Barrett, and he had a son Patrick Joseph McMahon. Reportedly Margaret came to America, date unknown, to be with her husband. Their son, Patrick Joseph, was left in Limerick, Ireland. In some of his writings Patrick Joseph claims his father fought in the Civil War and was killed. He also indicates his mother died in St. Louis, Missouri.
Patrick Joseph arrived in New York on April 11, 1871. Subsequently returned to Ireland, and then again departed for the United States. He worked for a while in New York then went to SanFrancisco, California. He then went to Portland, Oregon where he would remain for the rest of his life.
Patrick Joseph became a citizen in February 1881. He married
Mary Isabell Newman on August 7, 1889. They had ten children, one of whom, Patrick Hubert was my father.
My maternal great-grandfather was Thomas Bell of Bloomington, Illinois. He was a soldier during the Civil War. He was married to I believe, Elizabeth Small. They had at least three children, Alice Cora, Frank, and Thomas Albert. Frank at one time lived in Pueblo, Colorado, Thomas Albert attended school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and later taught botany at a university in Baton Rouge, Louisianna. Alice Cora, my grandmather married William Burke and lived in Portland, Oregon.