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Re: connection between English and Irish Wat
Posted by: Barry Watchorn Date: June 23, 2001 at 03:42:59
In Reply to: Re: connection between English and Irish Wat by Arlene Watchorn Gnirk of 225

Hi Arlene!
There are certainly lots of Watchorns in Ireland, but think about the name. It is not O' or Mc something,but like so many surnames in Ireland comes from people who were 'planted', given land,because they were protestants and had given service to the government, but were from England. This is,if course, not onconnected with the present troubles.The fact that fact that Ireland is less distance from England than from one side to the other of the average American state, even if you do have to cross the sea, has always made communications easy both ways.There are millions of people in England with Irish ancestry.Interestingly perhaps the most famous Watchorn, Robert, was the son of Irish parents, but born in England.Alicia Hogan, aged 16, married John Watchorn in Carlow, Ireland in 1846, but fled to Alfreton, England to escape the potato famine. This John would have been from a line which originated in England, but he would have considered himself Irish. The earliest record for Watchorn I have in Ireland is the marriage of Henry W. to Elizabeth Dordley at Tullow on 31st July 1714(Does anyone have anything earlier?), but the earliest in England is for 1506 when William W. was a witness to a document in Leicestershire.Somewhere in the dim and distant past there is probably one ancestor of all the Watchorns worldwide-Canada, Australia, America, all over, but the evidence seems to be that he lived in England. Anyway does it matter that much.England like America is home to people from every part of the world, and a good deal of mixing has gone on. Success to the Watchorns, wherever they live! Barry Watchorn, on a very sunny day in Gloucestershire, England

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