Elizabeth Carney (aka Murphy) Sharon 1870

Elizabeth Carney (aka Murphy) Sharon 1870

Place of migration:
Migrated to/Born in USA

According to the family story, Elizabeth CARNEY (b. ca 1869, Ireland, d. 23 July 1943, Detroit, Michigan, USA) arrived in the U.S. as an infant in about 1870-72 with only her mother, also called Elizabeth Carney. By her account, she was born on Christmas Day (1868, 1869 or 1870) in Cork (town vs. county not specified).  Her mother, Elizabeth (daughter of John McGLENN according to her death record, filled out by her youngest daughter, Nellie) then married James J. MURPHY and had two more daughters with him, the first, Annie, in Pennsylvania in 1875 and the second, Nellie, in 1980 in Detroit, Michigan where the family eventually settled.  The younger Elizabeth took the Murphy surname, although she was not formally adopted by her stepfather.  No further mention of Mr. Carney.  Elizabeth Carney (Murphy) married Joseph Sharon in Detroit in 1891. (Despite his name, Joseph was not Irish, but Swiss, the original name likely Scharen or a variant).

DNA evidence links our family to County Roscommon. (1) My sister's DNA localizes to the county, and mine to central Ireland.  And (2) all my sisters (as well as multiple known second cousins) and I have strong DNA links to the McLUEN family of Iowa, who came from Strokestown, Roscommon.

My working theory is that Elizabeth McGlenn (the mother) and/or the unknown Mr. Carney came from Roscommon to Cork, with the intention of emigrating to America.  Elizabeth (the daughter) may or may not have been born in Cork.  Something happened to Mr. Carney along the way.and the two Elizabeths emigrated alone, as our family story goes, or perhaps James Murphy came along in Cork. Elizabeth the younger was adamant that Murphy was not her biological father, and complained about being treated as a stepdaughter in the family.  I have not found definite marriage records for Elizabeth McGlenn with either Mr. Carney or James Murphy. In the latter case, the names are so common I have actually found too many records in the US with no way to figure out which might be mine.  I am just starting my research in Ireland.

I am hoping someone in County Roscommon can tell me about CARNEY/KEARNEY and McGLENN/McLUEN families in County Roscommon, possibly near or in Stokestown.  Possibly also in Cork, but that seems impossible, given the common surnames and the size of the county.   

The McLUEN family in Iowa--which left many more American records than my family--descend from Richard McLuen (1820-1868) and Susan Robertson (1820-1855).  Susan died 10 Feb 1855 in Strokestown.  Their story is that the oldest brother William, already in America, brought several of his siblings over, after the mother died and the father couldn't care for them.  There is a story that 3 younger sisters were sent to a convent (possibly Elizabeth McGlenn/McLuen was one of them?).  Eventually the father came to America also and died in Iowa. I have numerous DNA 4th & 5th cousins descended from William and his siblings, but there is no record of any interaction between the McLuens in Iowa and my family in Detroit.  My Irish family were very poor and left few records.

I would appreciate any help anyone could give me, as I start my research in Ireland.  Thank you



Additional Information
Date of Birth 25th Dec 1870 (circa)  
Date of Death 23rd Jul 1943 VIEW SOURCE
Place of Death Detroit, Michigan, USA  
Townland born Cork  
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Elizabeth  
Father (First Name/s and Surname) James J. MURPHY  
Names of Siblings Annie, in Pennsylvania in 1875, Nellie, in 1980 in Detroit  
Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname) Joseph Sharon  
Place & Date of Marriage in Detroit in 1891  
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