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Updated April 22, 2004

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I am researching my Gallagher-Gilruth-Byron Roots and my husband's Smith-Davis-Smith Roots.

Gallagher, Gilruth and Byron family were from County Donegal Ireland, Scotland, PA, Montana and Ireland. Smith, Davis, Smith family were from Tennessee, Clay County Kentucky, and Indiana.

My father Michael J. Gallagher was born March 4, 1892 in Casheloogary County Donegal, Ireland. He had 8 brothers and one sister. They lived on a small farm in Ireland. He came to New York in 1912 when he was about 20. In New York he stayed with a cousin, Rose Burke, also from Ireland.

While in New York he worked for a streetcar company as a conductor. The next job we know about was in Cleveland, Ohio for a company that manufactured barbed wire.

Then along with several others who had come from Ireland, he decided to go to Montana where there was work in the copper Mine’s in Butte. And also land available for homesteads in the Flathead Valley.

Farming was the thing they were most interested in and they could work in the mines in the winter for money to use to improve the farmland. Michael bought some acreage around Charlo and also homesteaded land bordering that which he had bought. Many Irish family members settled in that valley including a brother Francis A Gallagher. Rose Burke from New York, who by that time was Rose Meehan, and my widowed grandmother Mary Gilruth and her three children. My grandfather was murdered in Lolo, Missoula County Montana in 1909 where the family were homesteading.

My mother, Mary’s oldest daughter, Helen Loretta Gilruth became Michael's wife in 1918 and they raised a family of four boys and eight girls in MT. One of the boys died at birth and the other three boys were all in the army during WWII. Son Robert was killed in France and is buried there at a Military cemetery.

In the early 40’s the family sold the farm and moved to Butte. Where his first cousin James and Mary Loftus Gallagher were living.

Two of the boys, Rob and Jim worked in the Mountain Con mine where Michael had worked. Several of the girls attended St Mary's School on North Main Street during that time. And this is where their 12th child Sharon Rose Gallagher was born.

Near the end of the war they moved to Seattle where they lived until the end of their lives several years later. All the remaining members of the Gallagher family still live in Washington State.

The Smith, Davis, and Smith family were from Clay County Kentucky. I met and married Lee Roy Smith in CA while he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside California, in the Marine Corps. Our first child, Staci Lee Smith was also born on the base at Camp Pendleton, CA.

Lee's parents had moved to Richmond Indiana in about 1943 just after Lee was born on Dec. 20, 1942 in Manchester Clay Co. Kentucky. Lee died in 1979 at the young age of 36. After leaving the service Lee and I settled in Washington State and that is where he died and is buried.

We had two children Staci Lee Smith and Todd Michael Smith. Staci also died at an early age. Staci died Dec. 6, 1997 at age 33. Todd now has a daughter and Lee and I have a Granddaughter Brianna Lee Smith.

After Lee's death I remarried in 1981 and had another daughter Kristin Loretta Shaffer. I am now divorced and Kristin has married and I have two grandson's Ian Scott, Gabriel (Gabe), and another granddaughter Taytum Rose Mitchell. Born October 31, 2003.

These are our ancestors Smith, Gallagher and Shaffer.

Sharon Gallagher-Smith Shaffer

Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
  • Gallagher Gilruth Smith Davis Family (1736 KB)
    Gallagher's from Ireland, Montana, Washington. Gilruth's Scotland, Montana, Ireland. Smith Davis from Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Washington
Family Photos
  • 10 Gallagher's 1979 (87 KB)
    Family photo of the 10 out of 12 children of Mike and Helen Gilruth Gallagher. Missing Robert killed in WWII and Joseph died 3 days old.
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