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Subject:Re: Bernard McKenna 1835
Post Date:April 08, 2010 at 10:07:40
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Another researcher named STEVE DODGE??,john,james::mckenna::1009.html

Posted by: Steve Date: December 31, 2001 at 13:16:03
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I am researching my ansestors from Ireland to New York. Bernard McKenna married Ellen Kelly. John Joseph McKenna, and John James McKenna. Families also in this line Carty, Fitzpatrick, Dodge, any one else researching anyone here? I have the 1870 & 1888 directories for NYC if any one needs information off them, E-mail me. The directories list residents address in the city and sometimes their trade. I will be making a trip back to NYC to research McKenna birth. marriage and death certificates, anyone interested in obtaining information from the Archives in NYC. E-mail me

Another of Steve's posts:

Anyone researching the McKenna Family that arrived in New York aboard the SS Elsinora on May 1, 1847? I am researching my Grandparents and beleive this is the ship they arrived on. Thanks in advance, steve

From Ancestry:
Name: McKenna, Bernard
Age: 10
Gender: Male
Embarkation: Liverpool
Ship: Elsinore
Occupation: immigrant
Passengers: 238
Compartment: Steerage
Native Country: Great Britain
Destination: USA
Arrival Date: 1 May 1847
Transit Type: Staying in the U.S.

And then - here is the rest of the family on this ship [NOTE: "MARY" COULD EASILY BE A "MARY ANN"]:

McKenna, Margaret 60 Female Great Britain Liverpool Elsinore 1 May 1847
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McKenna, Mary 39 Female Great Britain Liverpool Elsinore 1 May 1847
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McKenna, John 39 Male Great Britain Liverpool Elsinore 1 May 1847
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McKenna, Bernard 10 Male Great Britain Liverpool Elsinore 1 May 1847
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McKenna, Jonah 6 Male Great Britain Liverpool Elsinore 1 May 1847
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McKenna, Margaret 4 Female Great Britain Liverpool Elsinore 1 May 1847
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McKenna, Elizabeth 2 Female Great Britain Liverpool Elsinore 1 May 1847

Then let's look at the Savings Emigrant Bank records in NYC for a John b abt 1807:
There is a Bernard,married to a Carolyn, same age range,from Co Monaghan. A couple of John's - none match with the 1847 arrival.

Where does the reference to Kerry come from? Do you have his obit? Any McKenna immigrant sibs acting as godparents out in SF or in NY? Who were the witnesses to the SF marriage? (Every sibling is another papertrail .... to a townland).

Okay Bernard reports arriving between 1841-1843!! That means he came with his family!!!!

Okay, no sibling witnesses - so did Bernard go out to CA by himself from the east coast?

"McKENNA/KELLY--AD 1865 Dec. 28 Matrimonal notice of Bernard MCKENNA born in Ireland of Johanne MCKENNA and Anna HUGHES to Ellen KELLY born in Ireland to James KELLY and Anna CALLAHAN. Witness Patrick BEIRNE and Brigitte HOGAN. Reverend CROARKE." Source: Old St. Mary's Cathederal Marriage book for 1865, page 219. Contact: Tom Guldner

1870- SF
Name: Bernard Mckenna
Birth Year: abt 1836
Age in 1870: 34
Birthplace: Ireland
Home in 1870: San Francisco Ward 9, San Francisco, California
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View image
Post Office: San Francisco
Household Members: Name Age
Bernard Mckenna 34
Ellen Mckenna 28
John J Mckenna 3
Ann Augusta Mckenna 2
Bernard Mckenna 1
Mary Elizth Mckenna 1
Ann Desmond 48

Is that him widowed in 1910, living by himself reporting he arrived in 1846 (as a child?)???

New York > New York > Manhattan Ward 19 > District 1024 > 45, Bernard McKenna, b. 1936, IRE ...

Where is this family in 1880 - I see Bernard JR in Westchester Co ... Is this them? Where's Hanora Amelia?

Bernard MC KENNA Self M Male W 33 IRE Milkman IRE IRE
Ellen MC KENNA Wife M Female W 24 NY Keeping House IRE IRE
James H. MC KENNA Son S Male W 4 NY IRE NY
Joseph MC KENNA Son S Male W 1 NY IRE NY

Source Information:
Census Place New York, New York (Manhattan), New York City-Greater, New York
Family History Library Film 1254877
NA Film Number T9-0877
Page Number 627A

Wow, he remarried at 32 yro in 1900???? Married that same year, no children. Reports arriving in 1840 ...

Name: Berhard Mckenna
Home in 1900: Manhattan, New York, New York
Age: 63
Birth Date: Nov 1836
Birthplace: Ireland
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1840
Relationship to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Spouse's name: Allison
Marriage Year: 1900
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 0
Residence : New York City, New York, New York
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age

Berhard Mckenna 63
Allison Mckenna 32
Nora Mckenna 25 NY
Joseph Mckenna 29 NY