Posted By:Thomas Guldner
Subject:Re: Bernard McKenna 1835
Post Date:April 08, 2010 at 12:45:33
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Forum:Kerry, Ireland Genealogy Forum
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Thank you VERY MUCH.
You have given me a wealth of information and also a lead to someone (Steve) who may be researching this same family also. Here are some answers to the questions you posted.

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?
-My reference to Kerry is only word of mouth within my family.
-No Obit but I have ordered a copy of his death certificate.
-I have no documented proof they came from Kerry. My mother had said that we came from an area near Killarney. (There are many McKenna references in Dingle and Tralee.)

Okay Bernard reports arriving between 1841-1843!! That means he came with his family!!!!
-That did not come from me. Where did you get the 1841-1843 come from?

Any McKenna immigrant sibs acting as godparents out in SF or in NY?
-I do not know yet. I need to do more research in SF for birth and baptismal records at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Who were the witnesses to the SF marriage? (Every sibling is another papertrail .... to a townland).
-Witness Patrick BEIRNE and Brigitte HOGAN. As for the other siblings, I am getting overwhelmed and cannot go in that many directions at once. I think I found his sister Hanora, see next.

Where is this family in 1880 - I see Bernard JR in Westchester Co ... Is this them? Where's Hanora Amelia?
-I was not aware of a connection in Westchester County. However, in NYC the Borough of the Bronx was formed from parts of Westchester County in 1990.
-In my grandfather, Joseph McKenna's Last Will he leaves the sum of $100 to his sister Nora Stetter of 2314 Westchester Ave. Bronx, NY. I assume that Hanora married a Mr. Stetter and listed her name as Nora.

Wow, he remarried at 32 yro in 1900???? Married that same year, no children. Reports arriving in 1840 ...
-I was not aware of this. His wife Ellen died in 1898 so it is certainly possible. Where did you access this 1900 census info and where can I get a copy of that page?

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 ...
-Again, where can I get an official copy of that page?

And again, Thank You.