This day always reminds me how Irish our roots really are. We have numerous immigrants in our family tree who came to America generations before our nation was born. Today is an opportunity to celebrate our Irish ancestry, and to remember those who made a great effort to migrate across the Atlantic.
|Image of an Irish Immigrant ship|
arriving in America
From the town of Limerick in central Ireland, William and Margaret Pickens obtained passage for themselves and their children and sailed across the Atlantic to the new world. In the early 18th century ocean voyages were dangerous ventures, especially for a large family like the Pickenses. From what little we know about their journey, the family survived the difficult ocean crossing safely and arrived in Philadelphia in 1722. They settled in Bucks County, Pennsylvania just north of Philadelphia.
An Amazing Life Journey. What an amazing life journey our 6X Great Grandfather William Pickens had. Born in a small French town amid religious persecution, he fled to Ireland where he settled and raised a family, before making his way across the Atlantic ocean to America. For the 18th century his was a life journey that included an incredible amount of cultural, ethnic and family transition. What an adventurous spirit!
|From the historical records of the Abington|
Presbyterian Church, showing the marriage of
Lucy Pickens and Matthew Gillespie in 1722
- Lucy Pickens (1702-1762) married Matthew Gillespie (1700-1728)
- son Matthew Gillespie Jr. (1726-1793) married Anna Pickens (1726-1775)
- daughter Mary Q. Gillespie (1756-1789) married Andrew Pickens (1753-1844)
- daughter Anna Pickens (1785-1867) married David McKnight Shannon (1790-1860)
- son David Reid Shannon (1821-1864) married Peggy Gray (1829-1899)
- son Samuel Pickens Shannon (1858-1930) married Finetta Dearien (1861-1960)
- daughter Nola Shannon (1903-2004) married Leroy Gower (1899-1974)
- daughter Maida Gower (b. 1924) married Eugene Shepard (1921-2003)
- son Steve Shepard (b. 1948) married Cindy Harris (b. 1948)
Our proud Irish ancestry is something worth remembering. There is much more to learn about that part of our family. Today we pause and remember their place in our heritage and we celebrate all they went through to bring us to this day.
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