Thanks for your reply, Mary. If you go to message #839 you will read about my Bridget. I am quite curious as to why the oral stories about Jordan, her first husband, disappearing(maybe the Indians Bridget said) are brought down, but the first name of this man is not passed down to Mary, his child. And she does not quiz her mother on what her father's first name is?? More oral stories tell how Bridget then took her child and walked across the mountains to go to her sisters to live, but the name of her sister is not known. But on her death certificate her son gave information that her father's name was John Tierney and her mother's was Margaret.
Also there is the oral story that she came to America with her father and sister when she was 7 years old, but no mention of her mother or other siblings. Also that she remembers the Big Wind of Jan 1839, but her tombstone has her birth as March 11, 1837.
There are so many unknowns out there about Bridget. We only have data on her and James Conners, the second husband. I find them in 1880 with the two oldest childen, Mary Jordan and Johanna Conners, out of the house by then. Only the five boys still at home. James is dead by 1897 (could read a 1891 on tombstone. I only have a picture and it could either be 1891 or 1897) Other connections say 1897, but I am still trying to locate his death record. He is buried in Missouri, but does not mean he died there. I need to send off for newspapers for Missouri and see if I can find an obit. And I need to be lucky and find her family's ship that they came over on. That would give he concrete names to go with. I believe that the year of immigration would be between 1840-1844.
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