General John Alexander McClernand, born May 30, 1812, Kentucky, self- educated lawyer at age 20 and private in Blackhawk War with Abraham Lincoln as his Captain. Son of Dr. John, immigrant from Antrim, Ireland and Fatima Cummins (her ancestors were part of the Jamestown…Continue
Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sshe was the daughter of Carmen Louise (née LaPorte) and John Watson Slaton, both of whom were waiters. Dorothy Lamour was of French Louisianan, Spanish and Irish descent. Her parents' marriage lasted only a few…Continue
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The word is spelled "hostler" in American English, but "ostler" in British English. It traces to c.1386, meaning "one who tends to horses at an inn"—and also, occasionally, "innkeeper." It is…Continue
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New genie class started and participant is descended from a McSweeney. Have looked into this and found they come from a Gallowglas Sept. First I have heard Gallowglas. Article on Wikipedia very informative. Anyone want to blog on this and in 1800 where would the McSweeney Clan be living?
When a "family detective" starts researching “Royalty” connected to one’s family, there arises women known as “Mistresses” and “Concubines”. Most Kings had them. Do you know the difference in these terms or “titles”?
A concubine can be part of a harem, or a…Continue
Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (1837- 30 November 1930) was an Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer. She helped coordinate major strikes and co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World. Mary…Continue
Back before there were affordable and reliable alarm clocks, the occupation of a knocker-up made a few pence a week in England and Ireland by using a long, lightweight stick, often bamboo, to tap on their clients’ upper floor windows and wake them up so they could get to…Continue