I am having a rough time tracing my family history as few as four generations back. Our line of Kearney's were quite mum on their personal histories.
Here is what I have: John Kearney (b. abt 1840) m. Catherine Kennedy. Rumor has it that he worked on the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, although I'm sure there were many that did in that timeframe. They had one son (according to my Grandfather, who recently passed away) named John Raymond Kearney. He was born 31 Aug 1893 in Brooklyn, New York, and died 31 Oct 1977 in Fort Lauderdale, New York. He served in the Army during WWI and was a decorated soldier, but the NARA sadly lost his records in the 1973 fire.
John Raymond Kearney married Lucille Matilda McCabe (b. abt 1902 in Livonia, NY; d. abt 1958 in New York), daughter of John McCabe and Julia M Bosley. He was a Nassau County Police [Deputy?] Inspector. They had two boys: John Raymond Kearney (b. 1 Jul 1921; d. 8 Oct 1977) and Vincent Barry Kearney (b. 18 Aug 1927; d. 26 Apr 2010). Senior went on to marry an Esther and later Annette DeLage.
John Raymond [Junior] married Marie and adopted Deborah before having Karen and Lisa. He served as a Sergeant in the Army during WWII.
Vincent B. Kearney is my grandfather. He was a Merchant Marine and later a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserves and worked as an Operating Engineer. He married Rose Barr (b. 5 Jun 1929; d. 5 Oct 1991), a native of Glasgow, Scotland. They had four boys: Kevin, John, Scott, and Paul.
Kevin has two boys: Thomas and Matt. John had me. Scott has Juliana and Robert.
Thomas has two boys: Sawyer and Liam. Matt is awaiting a son, William.
That is the extent of our family tree. In trying to do further research, I stumbled upon a 1850 Census record for Ward 6, New York, USA. Family 1109 includes Patrick (38), Mary (33), John (10), Patrick (8), and Thomas (6). Patrick and Mary are listed as having been born in Ireland and all of their sons were born in New York. Patrick is listed as a Laborer and all three boys are noted as attending school. [http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1850usfedcenancestry&indiv=try&h=7256551]
I would like more information on this family or any information anyone may have on John Kearney and Catherine Kennedy.