IRE to ENG to PA to AR to IL
My friend's family of McGettigans originated in Donegal, Ireland and traveled to England, where Thomas John and his brother, Richard were born (census). The entire family emigrated to the US and settled near Philadelphia. The father died and the mother, Margaret, remarried a John Harvey. This was supposedly an evil step-father. I LOVE family legends!
Thomas John married Ellen Daly from County Cork. They had the following children:
Mary Theresa (b. in Geneva, Ark. 1890 and m. George Mensing in Illinois)
Bridget Bernice - m. James Cain
Helen - m. Clarence Eberhardt
Harry - m. Gussie
Margaret - m. Koontz
supposedly three of the girls were left with someone in Chicago, IL before the rest of the family wandered down to Arkansas.
This information comes from my friend's great-aunt, a granddaughter of Mary Theresa. I was able to locate the family in the Pennsylvania census. I have spent only a few hours on this family so far, but will share the aunt's notes.
Donnell Redlingshafer Wisniewski