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My family tree begins with FRANCIS KEARNEY who was born in 1787 in BRACKAGHLISLEA, PARISH OF KILCRONAGHAN, COUNTY DERRY, IRELAND. Francis was the father of 7 children, Andrew, Francis Bradley, John and Patrick (my great-great grandfather) being the sons and daughters, Matilda, Mary and Bridget. Francis immigrated to America in April of 1847, arriving at the port of Philadelphia aboard the SUSAN B. HOWELL on April 19th. He settled in Harford County, Maryland in the town of Fallston. Francis and Bridget are both buried at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Hickory, Maryland.
PATRICK KEARNEY was born in 1828, also in County Derry, Ireland. He came to America on July 26, 1847 aboard the ST. LAWRENCE, also arriving at the port of Philadelphia. Patrick spent some time in Fallston before marrying Mary E. Bradley and finally settling in Long Green, Maryland. He was the father of 10 children who survived past infancy, most of whom lived well into the 20th century.

FRANCIS BRADLEY KEARNEY was born in 1831 in County Derry and lived his entire life in Maryland where he first married Bridget Donohue and fathered 6 children. He later married Sarah Bradley after Bridget's death. ANDREW KEARNEY was also born in County Derry, in 1818, and spent several years in Maryland where he was married to Anna Kain and fathered 4 children. After Anna's death, he married Bridget Murray McCloskey and fathered 3 more children before migrating to Mt. Sterling, Kentucky where he lived until his death in 1875. His body was brought back to Maryland to be buried in the town of Hickory alongside his father, Francis, and two of his children, Matilda and Margaret.

JOHN KEARNEY married Bridget Anna and lived in Maryland his entire life. MARY KEARNEY married John McCloskey and was the mother of 9 children. MATILDA KEARNEY married Michael Kelly and together they had 12 children. BRIDGET KEARNEY was the wife of Michael Bradley and they were the parents of 15 children.

I would be very interested in hearing from anyone with information on the KEARNEY family in County Derry, Ireland. My paternal research also includes the surnames, BRADLEY, SKELTON, SHANAHAN, HORAN, BURK and DOYLE, while on the maternal side I am researching the surnames SHILLENN, NOIL, COFFMAN, PURDHAM, CAVE, JENKINS, PARKS, TAYLOR, LEIVCE, KNIGHT, KNIGHTON, McCLAIN and PHILLIPS. I would be very interested in hearing from anyone with information on any of these names as well.
Updated May 23, 2006

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    Francis John Kearney, son of Patrick Kearney, born 1855 in Harford County, MD.

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