Thanks so much for your quick response!
That's very interesting that your granduncle Michael Hannon ended up in Helena, Montana. And the date is interesting, too. Catherine and Delia's brother John (the only son to stay in Ireland) had a daughter named Maureen Ann Myers who came to Montana, also in the 1920s. However, she ended up in Butte (not Helena). But I know that her connection to Montana is through the Mitschke family in Helena. (Delia Myres married Julius Mitschke in 1892 in Helena). Even though Delia died in 1903, the Mitschke family seems to have stayed close to the Myres family in Ower Townland. I'm sure Maureen Ann and your granduncle must have known each other. (Maureen Ann's mother was Bridget Fahy. She died in 1910 but John married again to a woman named Norah, but I don't know her maiden name).
Yes, my 3x great grandfather is Loughlin Myres (or "Lacky"). There is another "Myers" on the Griffith's record. His name is Martin. Perhaps he is a son or brother? I've noticed from records that I've seen (both Ireland and U.S.) that sometimes the name is spelled MYRES and sometimes MYERS. So I always look at both.
Catherine and Delia's mother was Nora Hennelly. And you'll see there are quite a few Hennellys in the Griffith's record. I do not know if any of them are my direct ancestor.
And here's what I know about when the brothers arrived in America:
- Denis arrived first but I don't have a date or location. I know he arrived first, however, because he paid for Thomas's passage.
- Thomas arrived in May of 1900 at Boston (brother Denis paid for his passage)
- Patrick arrived in May of 1901, also Boston
- Michael arrived in June of 1901, a few months after Patrick, also Boston
(Both Patrick and Michael are listed in the March 1901 census record in Killursa Parish.)
By 1902, all 4 brothers were living in Butte with their sister Catherine ("Kate") and her husband Joseph Kieron. After that, I have a record for Michael showing that he was still living in Butte in 1904. And I have a record that Michael was a witness at the wedding of another cousin in Butte, Michael Hennelly, in January of 1904. And finally, I have a record for a Patrick Myers arriving in Queenstown in 1909 (departing from Philadelphia). But there's not enough information for me to determine whether it's my Patrick Myers.
There was a 5th brother, his name was Malachi. I discovered him while looking for the other brothers, living in England when he married Betsy Ann Vernon in 1896. He died in 1926 in Liverpool. It does not appear that he ever had any children.
It seems very odd to me that I can't find any trace of the 4 brothers, especially given the time period. Since they all came to the U.S. together, perhaps they all left together? My mom, sister and I have done some DNA testing, as well a few cousins. I'm hoping something will show up there.
Thanks again for reaching out. Look forward to hearing from you again soon.
P.S. I've been learning more about Irish history recently and have been asking myself how my Irish ancestors in County Galway managed to make it through the famine time period without emigrating? As I understand it, western Ireland was hit particularly bad during that time period. Any insight you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!