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CARR/CORR, 1870-80 in Wentzville
Posted by: Barbara A. Talbert Date: October 11, 2000 at 20:56:28
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Hello --

(This message was posted on the Ireland genforum regarding Dungannon and County Tyrone, Northern Ireland)

My great-grandfather was Francis Corr, born in Cookstown in 1845 to Michael and Catharine (Quinn) Corr. (Michael and Catharine were each born sometime in 1815.)

Francis had a brother, James, born in 1854. I assume there were other siblings in between. Michael's parents were Terence Corr and Ann Anderson of Magherfalcony.

Michael and Catharine emigrated to the U.S. with their children, and at some point their name became "Carr" (probably somebody in Immigration wrote it down wrong because of their Irish/Gaelic accent) but I don't know the year, the ship, what port they left from or where they landed. In the 1870 census for Saint Charles County, Missouri, I found them in a small Missouri town called Wentzville, outside of St. Louis.

Francis fought with the Union Army in the Civil War, married a Susanna Mary Lively of Tennessee, and they had nine children, one of whom was my grandmother, Catharine Ann. One of her brothers was named James, the other was named Francis Alexander, and three of her sisters were named Grace, Helen, and Rose.

Could "my people" be related to "your people"? Do you know if a Terence and Ann Corr are buried in Cookstown? I managed to make a trip to Ireland in 1997, and got as far as Cookstown, however, I was unable to rent a car and couldn't get to the Catholic cemetery.

Though I was born in California, I moved to Montana a little over a year ago, and my son discovered that one of his new friends up here is also related to the Corr family of Tyrone -- and most likely, to us! It's a small world, after all!

I hope this info is of help to you and/or others. -- Regards, Barbara

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