Many thanks for your message. I am afraid that family illness has kept me from making any progress with research, but I can confirm that the papers I have go back as far as William Doran and an 'Elizabeth' Orr, but I do not have any dates or copies of original records for them or their children. All there is on the tree is an enigmatic statement about William describing his as a 'Farmer N. Ireland', which is a bit odd as the whole Island was united in those days. Two of the sons, John and David are described as Farmers of County Tyrone which is on the border between the current Northen Irleand and the Republic. Other researchers here have found references to the children of another of the sons Joseph Orr Doran and his wife Susannah Morrison (my lineage) living in the same area near Strangford Lough. Dungannon itself is only 20 miles to the West.
William and Elizabeth/Rebekah seem to have had 11 children, and I have 9 names, including as eldest (?) William Doran of Niagara City, but no details of his family, so your information is new territory! Others are listed evenly between the US and Ireland,, but again I am very short of any details of this generation.
Interestingly, one of Joseph Orr Doran and Susannah Morrison's children was a William Orr Doran b 1882 and living in Buffalo NY. My late father met this Uncle Bill in 1945 on war service in the US, and I have some correspondence from that time and later. I am wondering if the two branches of Dorans in the area ever met up? I also wonder why the children of Joseph Orr Doran spread to the four corners of the earth from Belfast around the turn of the last century, as we have relatives in South Africa, and refereces to others across the US.
Hope this helps, and sorry I cannot shed any further light on our mutual ancestors, but thank you for your news and for taking the trouble to get in touch.
Kind regards from the Isle of Wight England!
Richard John Morrison Doran
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