Posted By:Eileen Wilson
Subject:Re: McKinstry Family in Northern Ireland around 1837
Post Date:January 15, 2013 at 10:54:52
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In the census records, he is fairly consistent about his age, depending on the date of the census -- he seems to have been born 1837-1839. I suspect the passenger record you found is likely him -- he may have made himself of age (ie, 21) so he wasn't returned to Ireland. I did find an entry in the Iowa marriage index:

name: Hugh Mckinstry
titles & terms:
event: Marriage
event date: 27 Mar 1870
event place: Humboldt County, Iowa, United States
estimated birth year:
father's titles & terms:
mother's titles & terms:
spouse: Frances J. Blackman

The original record may provide more clues. Most of the census entries also indicate that his parents were born in Scotland, so while he may have been born in Ireland, your roots lie in Scotland.

He lived in Iowa as late as the 1900 census and then moved to Colorado. You should follow up to get his death certificate between 1920 and 1930 and hope that it names his parents.