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Hugh Strain Sr (b abt 1800-1809) (d 1864-1865) in Muntermellan, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal married Hannah Strain (b1809 in Glenieraragh, Rosguill, County Donegal) in 1831 were my maternal great great grandparents. They lived in Muntermellan, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, Ireland. I believe Hannah's maiden name was McBride, but not positive. Hannah Strain immigrated to Brooklyn NY USA in April 1866 with Edward, Catherine, and James after the death of Hugh Strain Sr and daughter Winnie Strain brought the youngest daughter Mary Ann on the next ship in 1866. Hugh and Hannah had 9 children all born in Muntermellan, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, Ireland. In age order they were: 

Hugh Strain Jr (b1832) in Muntermellan married 1855 to Catherine McFadden (b1835) from Muntermellan, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal and raised their family for generations on the family farm in Muntermellan. They had 7 children: Catherine, Grace, Winnifred, Hugh III, Unity, Bridget, and Minnie. 

Anna Strain (b1833) in Muntermellan was married 1852 to Thomas Dolan (b1832) from County Kilkenny and they immigrated to Brooklyn NY USA in 1850. They had 5 children: Rachel, Ellen, Mary Ann, Theresa, and Katherine.

John Strain (b1840) married to Mary Morrison (b1845) from County Derry and they immigrated to Philadelphia PA USA. I only have record of oldest child, Elizabeth called Lizzy, but they had other children.

Edward Strain (b1841) immigrated to Brooklyn NY USA in 1864 and his mother joined him in April 1866. I have no record of his getting married to date to anone, but he did marry and have children.

Grace Strain (b1842) married Manus McFadden Sr (b1832) from Muntermellan, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal in February 1864, and they immigrated to Brooklyn NY USA in May 1864 with oldest daughter Mary Agnes McFadden and pregnant with Thomas Manus McFadden born in Brooklyn in 1864. They later migrated to Philadelphia PA and had 6 additional children:William John, Catherine, Manus Thomas Jr, Ellen, and James. 

Note: Manus Thomas McFadden Sr and Catherine McFadden who married Hugh Strain Jr were siblings.

Winnifred (Winnie) Strain (b1845) in Muntermellan and immigrated to Brooklyn NY USA in 1866 with her little sister Mary Ann Strain (b1858) to join her mother already in Brooklyn. Winnie appears in the Brooklyn Ward 22 New York 1870Census with Hannah, Edward, Caterine, James, and Mary Ann living together. Winnie never married and returned back to Muntermellan to live in the family home and farm with her oldest brother's family Hugh Strain Jr and Catherine McFaden Strain and children. She made many trips back and forth from Muntermellan to Brooklyn NY and Philadelphia visiting the familied of her siblings.

Catherine Strain (b1848) in Muntermellan and immigrated to Brooklyn NY USA with her mother in April 1866. I have no record of her marriage to anyone, but she did marry and had children in Philadelphia.

James Strain (b1850) in Muntermellan and immigrated to Brooklyn NY USA with his mother in April 1866. I have no record of his marriage to anone, but he did marry and have children.

Mary Ann Strain (b 8 May1858) in Muntermellan and immigrated to Brooklyn NY USA in 1866 with her sister Winnie to join her mother and other siblings. Mary Ann Strain married James Joseph Coyle (14 January 1858) from Glenieraragh, Glen, Rosguill, County Donegal, Ireland in Philadelphia PA on 24 November 1887. James Joseph Coyle immigrated to Queens NY USA with sisters Julia Coyle and Sarah Coyle in 1883. James Coyle and Mary ann Strain Coyle had 9 children: Mary Ann, Rose Ann, Peter James, James Francis, Catherine Bridget, Hugh Joseph, Julia Mary, Grace Dorothy, and John Joseph. 

Note: Hannah Strain was my maternal great-great grandmother; Mary Ann Strain was my was my maternal great grandmother; Rose Ann Coyle was my maternal grandmother; and our mtdna is haplogroup U5a1.

I am most interested in finding the spouse names and offspring for Edward Strain, Catherine Strain, and james Strain. I am also most interested in the maiden name of Hannah Strain who was married to Hugh Strain Sr.



Monday 31st May 2021, 07:33PM

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  • Bill:

    Unfortunately, the RC parish of Dunfanaghy does not have records until 1877 so no church marriage records are available in that church prior to 1864. In 1864, civil registration of RC marriages began although initally not all marriages were registered.

    Here is the 1864 marriage record for Grace Strain to Manus McFadden. 

    see fourth record

    Civil death records also started in 1864 but I did not find a death record for Hugh Strain. Possibly his death was not registered.

    I have McFadden ancestors from the next parish to Clondahorky  (Raymunterdoney). Have you tested your DNA?

    Roger McDonnell


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 31st May 2021, 08:31PM
  • BillReThanks Roger. Yes My DNA was tested by both FTDNA and 23 and me. My blood connection is with Grace Strain McFadden born in 1842. Grace is my great grandmother,s older sister. Since the connection is from my mother to my maternal grandmother and to my maternal great grandmother Mary Ann Strain Coyle, I share the same mtdna with Grace Strain McFadden, U5a1. Did you have your DNA done. I was given 2 different Maiden Names for their mother Hannah Strain McBride and McHugh from Glenieraragh, Rosguill, County Donegal where my Coyle cousins are from. My maternal great grandparents were James Joseph Coyle from Rosguill and Mary Ann Strain from Dunfanaghy and their naturalization and Marriage license from Philadelphia in 1887 shows they claimed to be 3rd cousins, however, a third Cousin on my Coyle (James Coyle's sister Sarah Coyle Guiry) side does not match my Strain-McFadden 3rd Cousins on 23 and me which leads me to believe James Coyle and Mary Ann Strain were not 3rd cousins by blood. Must be one of those family secrets. 

    Appears Mary Louise Streep (Meryl Streep, the actress) is my third cousin once removed, Manus McFadden and Grace Strain McFadden are her maternal great great grandparents. She must share the same mtdna, U5a1, but she had it done from a differentl source than I mentioned above.  You can google her DNA. 

    Regards Bill



    Wednesday 21st July 2021, 01:43AM
  • Bill:

    I've tested on FamilyTree, Ancestry and my data are also on Gedmatch and MyHeritage. I also have taken the mtDNA test on FamilyTree but my pure maternal line goes thru Co. Down not Co. Donegal. 

    My FamilyTree DNA number is 299474.

    As an aside, Ancestry DNA suggests that my McFadden Gr-gr grandfather may have had a Strain mother.




    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 21st July 2021, 11:45PM