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I thought I would add the names of my great-uncles to your list. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of their brother, who would have been my great-grandfather.

John Kearney - b. abt. 1828, Ballyglass Townland, Carnacon, County Mayo. Emigrated before 1859. Lived in Pottsville, PA. Joined the Confederate Army, ANV at St. Tammany, Mecklenburg, VA, 1862. Served 1862-1864, captured at Wilderness. Interned 1864-1865 at Elmira Prison, NY. Entered the Robert E. Lee Camp #1, Home for Disabled Confederate Veterans, Richmond, VA, 1888. Died, November 11, 1902. Records show he was "buried by Catholics." Haven't been able to find the cemetery.

Patrick Kearney - b. 1830, Ballyglass Townland, Carnacon, County Mayo. Moved to Birmingham, England, abt. 1846. Arrived in New York June 15, 1859. Boarded in Plymouth, PA, employed as a laborer in Woodward Mine. Joined the PA 8th Regiment, Wilkes-Barre, PA in April, 1861. Served three months, discharged in August, 1861. Married to Bridget Hughes in St. Mary's Church, Wilkes-Barre in 1863. Lived variously in Edwardsville, Plymouth and Kingston, PA. Blinded in a mining accident in 1881 (Drill stuck in his eye...) Eye removed at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Granted a pension for service in the Union Army in 19o6. Died in 1908. Most family information from Army Pension Papers.

John Kearney never married. Patrick had several children but I hhave been unable to find any of them. I hope somebody out there is related!

later entry is below..

Aug 30, 1998

My research in Ireland had to do with a different family line, but I had the great pleasure of meeting two of my second cousins!

Back to the Kearneys... the town of Carnacon to which my great-uncle Pat referred is in the vicinity of Claremorris in southern Mayo. Ballyglass is a townland in the vicinity. Townland, as you already know, is an agricultural district. How close to Carnacon it is can be anybody's guess. I was told on my trip that while my grandfather Lamond said he was born in Crossmolina, he actualy lived some distance away and was a communicant at the Kilmurray Church. Crossmolina was the nearest postal town.

Carnacon can be seen on some detailed maps. (VERY detailed!)

Thank you for the compliment about John and Pat's history. My late father, who would be ninety-six if he were alive today, passed on the information to me and I was able to verify it through the Library of VA, the Confederate Museum in Richmond, the National Archives and the McDade Mining Museum in Scranton, PA, which has the most complete records anywhere of mining accidents in the anthracite coal fields available, I believe.

When Pat was trying to get the army pension, he needed to verify his age. He said he wrote (had someone else write) to the parish church in Carnacon to a Fr. John Kirby. He said his brothers and sisters were all dead and could not attest to his age. I know of John and Pat, and a brother whom I believe was James, but I can only assume that there were others. On John's application to the old soldiers' home, he stated that he had a brother and sister living in Scranton. It is also conceivable that there were some who remained in England. Perhaps someone out there knows of them.

Marybeth Van Winkle mamev@icontech.com



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