Hi Julie, My connection to MCPADDEN is on my paternal ggrandmother's side.My grandmother Mary KELLY emigrated in the late 1800's-early 1900's, to NYC, NY from (we believe) Dowra, Parish Killinagh, Co Cavan, a town where you could "straddle theShannon". Close to Leitram?
Mary was born April 17,1886, daughter of Martin KELLY and (Mary) C/Katherine McPADDEN.
John McPADDEN, est. b 1840s, married Catherine FLYNN and had at least one child, a daughter Mary C/Katherine McPADDEN (my ggrandmother), est b. 1860s
Could your Michael be a brother of my John? Dates are right.
Mary C/Katherine McPADDEN married Martin KELLY, Dowra, Co Cavan (where you could "straddle" the Shannon) and they had 6 children all born in Cavan: Mary (Mamie) Kellyb.April 17, 1886 Beatrice (Delia), b. 1887-1888 Anne, no info Francis (Frank), b. abt 1893 Catherine (Gick) ? name/sex unknown
Similar names:Mary, Catherine, possible Francis?
When Mary (Mamie) KELLY emigrated to NY, she lived with Mr. and Mrs. John J. FLYNN, in Brooklyn, who may have been relatives on her mother's side (a Grand uncle John, her grandmother's brother?).Mr. and Mrs. FLYNN had a daughter Mary (Mamie), b. abt 1878, d. 1956, and a daughter Catherine, b. abt 1886, d 1915.
Mary (Mamie) KELLY was married abt. 1913 to my grandfather, Albert SHEPPARD, from that house in a Roman Catholic church inBrooklyn.They then went to live on the West Side of Manhattan.