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Published: October 20th 2006
My Irish claim to fame, my great grandfather was Michael Augustus Ward
(Mac an Bhaird) from Donegal. My grandmother (Ellen Ward) full blooded Irish.
Michael Ward (Bhaird or 'bard') married Mary Moran, daughter of Martin Moran (married Ellen Rogers), immigrant to Genesee, Pa (Potter County)
in 1840 (before the potato famine. Genesee ended up an Irish haven. Martin was one of the leading citizens. He immigrated from Mayo County.
Michael Ward was very young when he immigrated from Donegal. His father, Daniel, brought his family over and settled in Olean, NY.
My grandfather who married Ellen Ward was half Irish. His mother was Sara Matilda Beattie
whose father, Joseph Beattie was from Newry
I guess that makes me 3/8ths Irish.
Mother's mother was Danish (Jensen)
Mother's father was Italian (Alessi)
Father's mother was Irish (Ward, Moran)
Father's father was 1/2 German & 1/2 Irish (Runner, Beattie)
That makes me
A few link for reference
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