Well isn't that interesting????
I've often wondered where the family came from. Traynor is not a Mayo name, and we are all fairly closly related, so it stands to reason that we are newcomers.
I'm headed to Ireland tomorrow and hope to track down some information, like how long we've been around Ballina. To the best of my knowledge, the earliest we KNOW of is Brian Traynor, born in 1813, worked the land in Knockfree with a Michael Traynor (brother? father? Both married a Moran, which is a common name in the area and several Traynors married Moran's, so that would make me think they were in Ballina before marrying age...whatever that was.). They could be the beginning of the Mayo crowd. We do have some Misc. Traynors around that I'm not sure how they fit into the family, and that may be evidence of an earier generation...but no definites.
Hopefully this trip will give some info. I'll keep my eyes open for Port Ballantrae. Thanks for the tip.
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