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Looking for Jennings of Ireland

Query by catcrazy12

Hello, My name is Marilyn Jennings Safranek. I am searching for the birthplace of my great-grandfather, Michael Jennings,born in Ireland in 1815-1819. His mother was Rose Murray, his father was William Jennings. He lived with his mother in Ireland until 1841. He was married in 1841 in Lancaster,Lancashire England to Alice Knowles who was a descendant to the Parrs of England. He departed from Liverpool to NYC on the Brig Morgan and arrived in NYC in April of 1842. He stayed in NYC until 1850 and had 3 children, MaryAnn,Theobald, and Richard.

Michael was a follower of Father Theobald Matthew and also an abolitionist. He became a friend to Garrett Smith who wanted to free the slaves. Garrett was a rich man and political and he started the UnderGround Railroad. As slaves were going to upperstate NY the plan didn't go far enough north so it was rerouted to Ontario. Also, land was vacated in NY state and Garret Smith sold parcels to the Irish, including Michael in Franklin County,NY. Michael headed South with his family, first to Michigan, where his last daughter Sarah was born. He went on to Chicago and then to Lake County and finally to Evanston, IL.where I was born. Michael started a freight business with his sons and was an entrprenour. I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HIS IRISH HISTORY,Marilyn

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on 2011-07-10 16:39:23

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by ellenrozsa on 2011-10-15 13:01:17

I wish I could help you. I am also researching Jennings in Ireland. I just discovered that my great-great-great-grandmother was Mary Jennings, who married Patrick Gilroy and gave birth to Anne Gilroy, my gggrandmotherin 1850. I don't know which county they were from, but Jennings is not a very common name in Ireland, as a matter of fact, I think I only saw them listed in Galway and Mayo. I would think that Mary Jennings would have been born sometime between 1815-1830, possibly earlier (I'm stunned at the number of my female forebears who were still having babies at age 40! with no help from science!).

I have McGrath, Hackett and Carrol ancestors from the area in and around Galway city; Anne Gilroy married John Oakley, either in Ireland or England, had a son, DAvid, in 1869 in England, then the family sailed to the US and settled in Scranton, PA.

Your Michael sounds like a larger-than-life character! If I find out anything in my Jennings research that reveals info about others, I will post here right away!

Good luck in your search.

by mflynn on 2011-10-29 13:34:06

You might try Turlough Parish, Castlebar, Co.Mayo as there were Jennings families in the townslands of Shinnagh(now spelled Shunnagh)and Derrylahan from the 1840's onwards. My husband's mother was Jennings.

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