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The McElroys of Kentucky and Related Families

Updated April 3, 2006

Julie Hu
6 F.-2, #19, Lane 248
Ho Ping E. Rd., Sect. 1
Taipei, Taiwan

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I am interested in the following surnames, all Irish:McElroy, McKee, Garland (all from Co. Armagh, Ireland); Corrigan (from County Monaghan), Clarke; Crossin (probably from County Monaghan), Fay(probably from Co. Cavan, Ireland); Murphy, Sullivan, Sugrue, Casey (all from Co. Kerry, Ireland), Walsh (Newfoundland); O'Rourke (County Meath, Ireland).

My McElroys,McKees, and Garlands all went from County Armagh, Ireland, to Kentucky(Lexington and Richmond mostly)beginning in 1849-the late 19th century. The Corrigans, Clarkes, Crossins, and Fays, went first to Pennsylvania in 1852 and then to Kentucky where one of the Corrigan daughters met and married one of the McElroys in 1886. The Murphy and Sullivan side went to Connecticut, beginning in the 1890's up till early in the 20th century. The Walshes went from Newfoundland to Boston.

Early in the 20th century, a McElroy son from Kentucky joined the Navy. While stationed near Boston, he met and married Anna Walsh. They had three children, but she died very young. Many years later, John was stationed for awhile in New London, Connecticut, where, in 1935, he met and married a daughter of the Murphy-Sullivan line, Agnes Murphy. John and Agnes had two daughters.

The Family Tree below has been drastically pruned from over 1500 individuals down to less than 500, as recommended by Family Tree. This was done by eliminating all living individuals and also many "twigs"--i.e., individuals in families with which McElroy descendants have intermarried. For example, the Elliotts, one of whom married Terence F. McElroy, Jr., are represented only by his wife, though the complete tree includes information about her family. And Josephine (Sullivan) Murphy and Michael Murphy are shown as having only two daughters, though they actually had three (the third is still living).I will be happy to search the complete tree for information I may have about these branches.


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Family Photos

  • Murphy-Sullivan Wedding Photo (285 KB)
    Josephine Sullivan and Michael Murphy, both from County Kerry, Ireland, were married June 16, 1903, in New London, CT. Michael died in a railroad accident in 1914, leaving "Josie" with three young daughters to raise by herself.
  • Terence and Bridget McElroy (608 KB)
    Terence McElroy and Bridget Corrigan were married in 1886 in Kentucky. During the next several years, they had 6 sons and a daughter. In 1908, Terence had an accident that left him partially paralyzed. This photo of him and Bridget was taken in Somerset, Ky., on the porch of their home on High Street, sometime between 1908 and his death in 1914. The stress they were under is clearly evident.
  • Elizabeth Fay Corrigan, 1835-1918 (17 KB)
    Elizabeth Fay married Thomas Corrigan, probably in Pennsylvania, around 1858 (+-2 years). They later moved to Kentucky. Their oldest daughter, Bridget, married Terence F. McElroy. This photo was obtained from Donald Chumley, one of Elizabeth's great grandchildren.He hasno further information about when or on what occasion it was taken.
  • The McElroy brothers and sister (234 KB)
    These were the children of Terence McElroy and Bridget Corrigan. Left to right:Pat, Tom, John, Ted, Phillip (Kee), Leo, and Mary. Photo taken in Somerset, probably in the 1930s (Tom died in 1940)
  • McElroys (3 generations) (98 KB)
    In approx. 1954, in Lexington, Ky., John H. McElroy Sr., Jr., and III posed for this photo
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