Sunday, September 16, 2012

Irish Blessings, September 16, 2012

May you have:
A world of wishes at your command.
God and the angels close at hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!

Hello Family and Friends,

Greetings to all of you from San Diego, where the weather is hot and the living is easy. 

Our Irish Connection. Cindy and I are making some plans for a trip next year that may include some time in Ireland. Which causes me to wonder what genealogical treasures might be found in that far county for us? We have some interesting Irish blood on both the Gower and Shepard sides of our family.

Grandma Gower's maiden name was Shannon, and I have known for many years that her Irish ancestry was a point of pride for her and her people. Dexal Shannon, a cousin of hers, even wrote a Shannon family history in 1990, that details hundreds of our kinfolk, including late 17th or early 18th century Irish immigrants Thomas and Agnes Shannon. Unfortunately it contains precious little information about exactly WHERE in Ireland our Shannon family originated.

On the Shepard/Davis side of our family, my Ggrandmother Callie Spear Davis had a Ggrandfather named James Spear (1768-1821) who immigrated from County Armaugh, Ireland in the late 18th century. But finding any more specific information than that is very difficult.

Do any of you readers have information on where in Ireland these ancestors are from? Or any others of our Irish ancestors for that matter. I would appreciate hearing from you with any information that you might be willing to share.

End of Summer. With the autumnal equinox arriving in just a few days, this is the last week of summer. It has been a very eventful season for our particular family as I hope it has been for yours. The following is a photo show of family gatherings and travels of the last few months.

- - -

No comments: