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I did a quick search for Francis Kane and found the Manifest for the Ship Agnes of New York leaving Liverpool and arriving in New York on 11 June 1845. My ancestor Francis Kane is at the bottom of the page along with Mary Kane and Solly Kane. I believe this is my ancestor because Francis and Mary were both born in Ireland but their first child was born in New York City in 1847. It was exciting to see their names but I still have so many questions…like who is Solly? or was it Sally? and was Mary really only 13?
And then I looked at the rest of the manifest…..There are several Kanes and several McGinleys (Mary’s maiden name is McKinley)…so who is everyone?! I wish they would explain relationships but they don’t at all. They didn’t even get the genders right on several of them. Susan is labeled as a male and most of the women’s occupations are “spinster”. I don’t know if these are really my ancestors…the birth years don’t quite match up….I am still searching!
My grandmother and my aunt and my cousin have been working on a certain line for years (seriously, years!). It is told that Mary McKinley was the daughter of a well-off landowner in Ireland and she fell in love with one of the laborers Francis Kane. They got married and left Ireland for America. We do not know who either of their parents are, well, we didn’t know. I looked on family search the other day and, to my utter surprise, Mary McKinley has been sealed to parents Henry McKenzie and Mary and now has 10 siblings. I was ecstatic to see this but I am dying to know how they found this information. And is it legit?? Every person in the family besides Mary was born and died in Georgia, whereas Mary was born in Ireland and died in Wisconsin. And Mary is the only one with the last McKinley and the rest are chrsitened McKenzie (or a variation of it)…it is very close….could it be that she changed her name when she came to America? Or is this even her real family?? It doesn’t look like this family is even her family, but why, then were they connected on family search? The search continues…