I am dedicating all of my work and my Family History Book, to my father,
PAUL ANDREW KERINS,FEB.4,1907-Nov.10,1982.
His love of family and his desire to learn all he could
about his Irish heritage is the greatest reason to carry
out this search for our family roots.
He and all who came before him will go on in our hearts.
They will never be forgotten.......
We all came before you,We laughed and We cried
We loved and We lost,We lived and We died
We gave you OUR names,Please use them with pride
We had hopes,We had dreams,Some attained and some not
We came to a new world,But We never forgot
OUR HOMELAND and FAMILIES,We had left behind
Their history and memories,Kept in HEART and in MIND
As OUR FAMILY TREE grows,OUR ROOTS will grow stronger
Keep OUR STORIES ALIVE and in YOU-WE LIVE LONGER!!
My father's father,Harry Francis Kerins,was born on Christmas Day,1869,
the first child of Martin Kearns and Bridget Biglin,
both born in Carbondale,PA.
He was baptized Henry Francis Kearns,
but by the 1870's the name was changed to Kerins.
Martin was a coal miner,according to the census
of 1870,Carbondale Twp.,PA.and
Martin's father,Patrick Kearns was a miner,
born in Ireland.My grandfather worked in the
Powderly Mines of Carbondale,PA.since he was
just a boy of nine,and was never able
to attend school,so he somehow managed
to teach himself to read and to write.
He must have seen some terrible hardships
and losses of life in those mines.
He decided to work toward bettering
the lives of the miners and their families
by being one of the first workers to be
enrolled in the newly organized union,
The United Mine Workers OF America,
when Mitchell and his lieutenants,John Fahy,
Fred Dilcher and others came into the
anthracite field.Harry became an officer
and served the local for some years as
president and on the grievance committee.
He was elected in 1907 as an auditor in
the Scranton district of the union and
in 1911 he was named an international
organizer by John P.White.
These are the surnames I am researching:Kearns,Kerins,Tunney,Biglin,Pidgeon, Barrett,Masterson,McAndrews,Cummings,Summers,
These names are from the Carbondale,PA area,and
they were all parishoners of St.Rose of Lima Catholic Church,Carbondale.In Pittston,PA,I'm researching:
Moran,Hefferon or Hefferan,and Morris.They all came
from Ireland and were parishoners of St.John the
Evangelist Catholic Church in Pittston.Most of my
ancestors came from Ireland pre-famine.The Kearns
name was recorded at St.Rose as early as 1838.
My father grew up knowing that he was the cousin
of the heavy weight champion boxer,Gene Tunney
[James Joseph]and he had the opportunity to meet
with him.But they never explained to him just
how they were cousins.My father was deaf,and
could not hear conversations between the family
members.His Great Grandmother was Bridget Tunney,
daughter of Patrick and Margaret Tunney,said to
be from County Sligo,who married John Biglin,
also from Ireland.We believe the Kearns came
from County Sligo or Mayo.
I'm also researching my mother's ancestors,which
include:Phillips[Welsh descent],Miller[Holland descent],White,Tripp,Stanton[English descent],Johnson[Welsh descent],Antoine,Holgate,Scutt,Dodd,
Hayden[great great grandfather,William Dodd was
born in Wales,and his wife,Mahala Hayden was
born in PA.We know nothing else about them],Goodrich,Greene,Paine,May,Soule[George Soule
came to America on the Mayflower in 1620],West
and Mead[English descent].
- Harry Francis Kerins (40 KB)
My Grandfather,Harry,seemed to be a gentle man,according to my Dad.He had what my cousin,Jackie calls,"Ice Blue"eyes,and was small in stature,no more than 5ft.9in.and possibly smaller than that.I wish I had known him.
- Paul Andrew Kerins (37 KB)
My Dad,Paul Andrew Kerins,at 21 years of age.This was about the time he became a driver for his father,Harry Francis Kerins,working as an international union representative,where he traveled across the country.My Dad loved the job,which allowed him to wear a suit,he told me,and he was able to spend some time with his father,who had spent a great deal of time on the road while my Dad and his siblings were growing up.
- George Elmer and his father,Theodore Eugene Tripp (41 KB)
I'm trying to find out what they were doing in the uniforms.Eugene Tripp was a boy of about ten when his father,George Washington Tripp was killed in the Civil War Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia,on May 5,1864.
- Some Kerins family at St.Rose Catholic Church (42 KB)
Taken in 1944,in Carbondale,PA.Jack Conmy and Grace Kerins Conmy,mother,Anna Moran Kerins,Paul Kerins and his bride of one year,Helen Miller Kerins.The children are Jackie[John]Conmy,14,and Nadine Conmy,10. The faces weren't clear on "Nana",Mom,Helen,and young Jackie,but there weren't any other pictures of this group,that I know of.If we find a better one,we'll change it.
- Helen Charlotte Tripp,circa 1846 (41 KB)
She was the sister to George Washington Tripp,and they were the children of Melancey May and James Tripp.
- Tripp Descendants (50 KB)
My grandmother,Lillie Mae Tripp Miller,with her eldest daughter,Eva Miller Antoine,my great grandfather,Theodore Eugene Tripp,with Eva's eldest daughter,Imogene Antoine,and my great great grandmother,Emily Johnson Tripp,widow of George Washington Tripp,killed in the Battle of the Wilderness,in 1864
- Emma Jane Dodd,Elsie Viola and Lillie Mae Tripp (63 KB)
Lillie Mae[1878-1974] was my maternal grandmother,here with her younger sister,Elsie Viola[1885-1966] and mother,Emma Jane Dodd[1857-1908].
- Helen Elsie Miller (34 KB)
My mother,taken at the age of 28.She was born and raised in Scott Township,PA,the daughter of Lillie Mae Tripp and Burdick Allen Miller,a farmer and carpenter,who built his own home as well as many others.She became hearing impaired when she was about two years old,from an illness.She has been fluent in sign language since she was a young girl,though she now hears pretty well with the benefit of hearing aids.
- The Lillie and Burdick Miller Family (48 KB)
Taken at their home in Scott Township,PA,1924.Back row,Frances Miller White,Dewey White holding daughter,Emilie,Eldest brother,Theodore Miller,Herbert Antoine holding Eldest daughter,Imogene,next row,Marian Miller,Charles Miller,Valeida Miller,Eva Miller Antoine,holding second daughter,Lillian,next row,my mother,Helen,Lillie Mae Tripp Miller,Burdick Allen Miller,Lila and Burdick M.
- G.Elmer,daughter Mabel,Emily and T.Eugene Tripp (30 KB)
"Grandma Akerley"lived to be 97 years old,and she smoked a pipe!Here she's with her grandson,George Elmer[1876-1950],his daughter,Mabel,whose mother,Estella Goodrich,died just a few months after Mabel was born in 1897,at 20 years of age],and her son,Theodore Eugene[1854-1931].When walking near the trolley tracks,in Clarks Summit,a car went out of control and hit him.He died from those injuries in 1931.George Elmer Tripp was killed,along with his second wife,Mae Featherly Johnson,in 1950 in a car accident.
- Lillie Mae Tripp and Burdick Allen Miller (31 KB)
Taken on their 50th wedding anniversary,July 26,1949.Both of my grandparents were descendants of John Phillips,whose family came from Wales.Martha Phillips,daughter of Mary Chamberlain and John Phillips,married John Tripp,and their second daughter,Susannah Phillips married Samuel Miller,of Duchess County,NY,of Holland descent.
- My Great Great Grandfather,George Washington Tripp (25 KB)
He was killed in the Battle of the Wilderness,on May 5,1864.On his stone in Mt.Bethel Cemetery,Justus,PA,they have the date as May 6,1864.But the official notice to his widow stated that it was the 5th.It was only a two day battle,with so many lives lost.There is a story about him at this time on the Genealogical Society of Northeastern PA website:http://www.cfrobbins.com/grsnp/pl.htm
- Andrew Moran (25 KB)
My Greatgrandfather,Andrew Moran,born around 1839,came to Pittston,PA from Ireland,and married Mary Hefferon.
- The Tripp Homestead,Scranton,PA (46 KB)
This is a photo I took of the Tripp House on North Main Ave.Isaac Tripp I,my Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather,built the first home in Scranton in 1771,a log house,which was on the corner of this property.I'm quoting from the information given to me from the Tripp House:"In 1771 Isaac Tripp purchased 6000 acres of land here and built a temporary dwelling near where the Tripp House is located today.He had earlier helped to settle the Wyoming Valley and wanted to prove that the Lackawanna Valley was safe for settlement.He was the first settler.It is interesting to note that his daughter,Ruth,and her husband,Jonathan Slocum,of Wilkes-Barre,were the parents of Frances Slocum,who was captured by Indians,and of Ebenezer Slocum who made the first iron here.The now central city Scranton area where he did his work was known as Slocum Hollow."
In June,2001,my mother and I were able to tour this beautiful old home.I hope to make more people aware of this historical building.They depend on donations for the restoration and upkeep.The Tripp House may be rented for parties and special occasions.
- Mary Hefferon Moran (25 KB)
My Greatgrandmother,Mary Hefferon Moran,born in Ireland,about 1838.Her family was listed in the 1850 census for Pittston,PA.They came to America somewhere between 1848-1850.
- Paul Andrew Kerins,boyscout (74 KB)
My Dad attended the Oral School,Dunmore,PA,where he learned to sign.He was able to fit in here,being with others who were deaf like he was.They had their own BoyScouts.He was about 12 years old here.