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« on: February 01, 2010, 02:16:44 PM »

My great great grandmother was Bridget Spain.  She was born in Ireland about 1818.  She married John O'Connor  in Clara Catholic Parish of County Offally (earlier Kings county)  in 1841.  Her father may have been named Daniel.  My great grandmother Sarah was born in Clara Catholic parish in 1846.  The 1841 marriage and 1846 birth have survived in the records of that Catholic parish.  John O'Connor allegedly died in Ireland in 1864. Bridget left for America within the next year bringing four children with her to Leavenworth, Kansas.  The children were Mary, Sarah, Eliza and Martin.  They lived for a while on Fort Leavenworth grounds, where Bridget was a "laundress" on Fort grounds, according to the 1865 State of Kansas Census.  I am trying to determine if any of the Spain DNA submitters are working any Irish origins.  County Tipperary, Offally and Kildare contain 80% of the Spains in Ireland at the time of Griffith's valuation. Thank you in advance.  Mike Clark.
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2010, 10:46:49 PM »

You can explore the Spain Surname Project at Family Tree DNA.

You can also Surname search at

If it turns out I am a Leinster O'Connor, they were in Offaly.
My father's name was John, as was his father, and his father. My Gr-gr Grandfather was Andrew born 1802 southern Ireland, supposedly Cork.
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