Ena Kiernan

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My great Aunt, Ena Kiernan, sitting on the chair in a picture with her brother, died of the Spanish Flu in Cavan Ireland during the epedimic. She died very young, perhaps not long after this picture was taken. The doctor at the time tried to stop her convulsions from fever by carrying her outside to a flow of water. It was unsuccessful. The poor doctor, I was told, lost so many patients during this time that he later commited suicide. It was a story that always broke my heart. Out of a family of about 12 children only 10 survived to adulthood. John Kiernan later emigrated to the US and lived in California. He was my father. 

My father, the boy standing next to Ena, was born in 1916, but I do not know the date of Ena Kiernan's death

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  • I am interested in your Kiernan family.  My 2nd ggm was Margaret McKiernan/Mckernan born circa 1835 Antrim, Ireland.  She married Archibald Mcfarlane.  The lived in Culfeightrin/Ballycastle.   Their first son John Mcfarlane born 1855 died 19925 Shotts, Lanark, Scotland.  John married Mary Mcginley who was born in County Derry.  They lived out their lives in Lanark.  One of their children was Mary Mcfarlane b1889 born in St Rollox, Scotland.  Mary married James Boyle and they family emigrated to California in 1927.  They lived in Redondo Beach, California.  My mum was their daughter Margaret Boyle born 1914 Kirkintilloch.  Many family members lived in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Torrance, California.



    Friday 18th September 2020, 01:21PM

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