The McGrenaghan/Green Family


My Great-Grandfather William McGrenaghan immigrated to Lowell, MA. about 1880. His sister Jane had immigrated about 1875 and worked in the mills in Lowell, before joining the Sisters of Charity. William's brother Bernard and sisters Cecilia and Mary followed about 1884. After coming to America they all used the last name Green. They were born in a little village in County Donegal called Laraghirril. The village still exists and I have corresponded with the current owner of my great-Great-Grandparents farm. I just recently traveled to Ireland and had the opportunity to visit the land on which my Great-Grandfather was born. I am currently trying to find descendants of my Great-Great Grandparents brothers and sisters. 

In 1857, at the time of the Griffith's Valuation. there were 5 McGrenaghan households farming in Laraghirril, headed by Hugh, John, Michael and Owen (2). Michael is most certainly my Great-Great Grandfather, but who are John and the two Owens? Could they be his brothers, uncles, cousins?. I think the McGrenaghans were all related to each other since all the Irish families were located within a radius of about 40 miles in the 1850s. By 1901 there were still 5 McGrenaghan households in the same area.

These households contained the following:

1. Michael (age 40) - Head, Sarah (40) - wife, Michael (18) - son, Mary (14) - daughter, Patrick (10) - son, Cassie (8) -daughter, William (6) - son, James (4) - son, Allan (2) - son.
2. Mary (35) - Head, Sarah (25) - sister, Denis (24) - brother, Ellen (20) - sister.
3. Hugh (84) - Head, Kate (86) - sister, Michael  (40) - son-in-law, Anne (30) - daughter, Patrick (3) - grandson, Annie(2) - granddaughter.
4. Joseph (35) - Head, James (36) - brother.
5. John (64) - Head, Anne (61) - wife, Hugh (28) - son, Bernard (26) - son, Mary (26) - daughter, James (22) - son, Bernard (76) - brother-in-law, Bernard (11) - servant.

This was written in the 1820's to accompany the 6" Ordnance Survey maps, but with one exception, were not published at the time. The Memoirs document the landscape and situation, buildings and antiquities, land-holdings and population, employment and livelihood of the parishes. The information below is on the town of Clonmany which is about 15 minutes by car from the McGrenaghan farm in Larraghirril.

Population
Clonmany is, with Donagh and Malin, the chief residence of the sept of O'Doherty. There are 166 families in the parish, 5 of whom only are Protestants; the rest are Roman Catholics; and about 700 families or 3,920 people bear the name of O'Doherty, usually called Dogherty. 3,305 of the inhabitants are males, 3,202 females, total 6,507 by the census of 1831.
Poor
There are not many mendicants but many of the people are miserably poor; yet the population as a whole are tolerably well off. There are no charitable institutions for the poor, aged or infirm. 
Habits of the People
They are an industrious people for about 6 months in the year. The other 6 they do nothing except a few who occasionally fish. The cottages are dirty, built of stone with glass windows, 1-storey high with 1, 2 or 3 rooms, seldom whitewashed, with thatched roofs bound with straw ropes. Their food: potatoes, milk, meal, sea-wrack, shellfish, herring according to their circumstances. Turf and fir are used for fuel.
Their dress is good: the parish is celebrated for god home-made clothing. They live from 60 to 80 but rarely to 100; the average number in a family 5; they marry at 19.
Amusements and Traditions
Cock-fighting, hurling and dancing are declining. The game of common is still practiced. They frequent St Colum's Well at the Gap on the 8th of June and drive cattle into the sea, and on St John's Eve they light bonfires and drive cattle through them. They cry at funerals but do not hire persons called 'keenie.' The priests are endeavoring to get rid of as many superstitions in Clonmany as possible.
Character of the People
In 1816 the inhabitants rescued a seizure from the revenue officers and confined them with a party of military, 40 in number, for 2 days at the house called Binnion, where they were relieved by a troop of dragoons and some infantry from Derry. They have often successfully attacked the soldiers on duty with the revenue in the Gap of Mamore and on one occasion shot one of them.
Wages
Farm servants receive 3 guineas for 6 months, women servants half that sum with board and lodging.
Fairs and Markets
The only fairs in Clonmany are held in Ballyliffin 4 times a year, principally for amusement and the sale of cattle. The first takes place on ST Patrick's Day, the second on Midsummer Day, the third at Lammas (12th August) and the last at Hallowday, the 1st November.

This family is my Brick Wall and any help would be appreciated.

1. Michael1 MCGRENAGHAN was born in County Donegal, Ireland about 1835. Michael died about 1876.

He married Mary FARREN in Moville, County Donegal, Ireland, January 7, 1855. Their marriage record did not list the names of their parents. Since it was the custom to marry in the bride's Parish it is assumed that Mary Farren was from Moville.

Michael MCGRENAGHAN and Mary FARREN had the following children:

2 i. Anne2 MCGRENAGHAN was born in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland March 1856. She was baptized in Culdaff Roman Catholic Church, March 4,1856. 

+ 3 ii. Michael MCGRENAGHAN was born August 1857.

4 iii. Jane B. GREEN was born in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland March 19, 1858. Jane died April 1, 1931 in Willimantic, Conn. at 73 years of age. Photo According to the 1900 Windham, CT. census, Jane migrated to America. around 1874. She probably worked in the Lowell Mills until she joined the Sisters of Charity in 1883.

5 iv. Bernard GREEN was born in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland July 14,1859. Bernard died April 18, 1936 in Long Island Hospital, at 76 years of age. His body was interred April 22, 1936 in Malden, MA., Holy Cross. He married Annie MCLAUGHLIN about 1895. When Bernard died his wake was held in the home of his niece Margaret Green Mercier. 

+ 6 v. William F. GREEN was born March 1861. A.K.A. William McGrenaghan.

+ 7 vi. Mary MCGRENAGHAN was born February 1864. Photo

8 vii. Cecilia MCGRENAGHAN was born in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland about 1871. She married Daniel MCLAUGHLIN. Photo

3. Michael2 MCGRENAGHAN (Michael1) was born in Larahirrl, County Donegal, Ireland August 1857. Michael died December 10, 1932 in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland, at 75 years of age. He married Sarah RUDDY in County Donegal, Ireland, about 1882.

Michael MCGRENAGHAN and Sarah RUDDY had the following children:

9 i. Michael3 MCGRENAGHAN. He was baptized in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland, January 1, 1883. Michael immigrated to America about 1910. He lived with his Aunt Cecilia Green McLaughlin before marrying and moving to New York.

10 ii. Daniel MCGRENAGHAN was born in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland About 1884. He was baptized in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland, December 21, 1884. 

11 iii. Mary MCGRENAGHAN was born in Larahirrl, County Donegal, Ireland about 1886. She was baptized in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland, November 28, 1886. 

12 iv. Patrick MCGRENAGHAN was born in Larahirrl, County Donegal, Ireland about 1891.  He was baptized in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland, March 5, 1891. 

13 v. Catherine MCGRENAGHAN was born in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland about 1893.  He was baptized in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland, February 3, 1893. 

14 vi. William MCGRENAGHAN was born in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland about 1894. He was baptized in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland, September 13, 1894.

15 vii. James MCGRENAGHAN was born in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland about 1896.  He was baptized in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland, May 13, 1896. 

16 viii. Alan MCGRENAGHAN was born in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland about 1898. He was baptized in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland, July 10, 1898. 

17 ix. John MCGRENAGHAN was born in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland about 1902.  He was baptized in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland, September 2, 1902. 

6. William F.2 GREEN (Michael1 MCGRENAGHAN) was born in Larahirrl, County Donegal, Ireland March 1861. William died September 23, 1925 Beachmont, MA., at 64 years of age. His body was interred September 24, 1925 in Lowell, MA., St. Patrick's Cemetery.

He married Margaret WALSH  Photo in Lowell, MA, February 10, 1884. Margaret was born in Ireland May 1867. Margaret was the daughter of Michael Patrick WALSH and Margaret COUGHLIN. Margaret died May 23, 1901 in Lowell, MA., at 34 years of age. Her body was interred May 24, 1901 in Lowell, MA., St. Patrick's Cemetery.

William F. GREEN and Margaret WALSH had the following children:

18 i. William Patrick3 GREEN was born in Lowell, MA. March 9, 1888. He was baptized in Lowell, MA, March 12, 1888. Photo

19 ii. John Michael GREEN was born in Lowell, MA. August 14, 1890. John died October 1964 in MA., at 74 years of age. His body was interred October 5, 1964 in Lowell, MA, St. Patrick's Cemetery. He was baptized in Lowell, MA., August 17, 1890. 

20 iii. Jane Veracunda GREEN was born in Lowell, MA. September 25, 1892. Jane died October 20, 1979 in MA., at 87 years of age. Her body was interred October 20, 1979 in MA., St. Patrick's Cemetery. She married Armand BLAIR. She was baptized in St. Patrick's Church, September 27, 1892. Religion: Catholic.

21 iv. James GREEN was born in Lowell, MA. 1894. James died 1894 in Lowell, MA. at less than one year of age. His body was interred 1894 in Lowell, MA.

22 v. Margaret Frances GREEN was born in Lowell, MA. July 4, 1895. She was baptized in Lowell, MA., July 8, 1895.  She married William F. Mercier November 23, 1920 in Lowell, MA. See Mercier Family for details.

+ 23 vi. Aloysius W. GREEN was born August 1896. 

24 vii. Sylvester T. GREEN was born in Lowell, MA. March 7, 1897. He was baptized in St. Patrick's Church, Lowell, MA., March 19, 1897.

25 viii. Bernard J. GREEN was born in Lowell, MA. December 11, 1897. Bernard died April 4, 1898 in Lowell, MA., at less than one year of age. His body was interred April 1898 in Lowell, MA., St. Patrick's Cemetery. He was baptized in St. Patrick's Church, Lowell, MA., December 21, 1897.

26 ix. Joseph E. GREEN was born in Lowell, MA. May 1901. Joseph died March 29, 1902 in Lowell, MA, at less than one year of age. His body was interred March 30, 1902 in Lowell, MA., St. Patrick's.

7. Mary2 MCGRENAGHAN (Michael1) was born in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland February 1864. Mary died June 25, 1949 in Washington, DC, at 85 years of age.

She married Martin J. MCANDREWS Photo in Lowell, MA, about 1902. Martin was born in Ballysokeery, Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland November 14, 1873. Martin died September 26, 1944 in Washington, DC, at 70 years of age.

She was baptized in Laraghirril, County Donegal, Ireland, February 16, 1864.  Mary MCGRENAGHAN and Martin J. MCANDREWS had the following children:

27 i. Leo P.3 MCANDREWS.

+ 28 ii. Martin George MCANDREWS was born October 28, 1903.

29 iii. John W. MCANDREWS was born in Lowell, MA. January 9, 1906. John died July 1980 in Lachan, MD, at 74 years of age.

23. Aloysius W.3 GREEN (William F.2, Michael1 MCGRENAGHAN) was born in Lowell, MA. August 1896.  Aloysius died December 18, 1973 in Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, MA., at 77 years of age. Photo

He married Juliet K. LAVIGUEAR.

Aloysius W. GREEN and Juliet K. LAVIGUEAR had the following children:

30 i. Thomas E.4 GREEN was born in Lowell, MA.

31 ii. Patricia GREEN was born in Lowell, MA. She married Lionel P. SEVIGNY.

+ 32 iii. Nancy C. GREEN.

+ 33 iv. Gerald Gerard GREEN was born October 5, 1925.

+ 34 v. John Brendan GREEN was born July 10, 1931.

28. Martin George3 MCANDREWS (Mary2 MCGRENAGHAN, Michael1) was born in Worchester, Ma. October 28, 1903. Martin died February 1, 1962 in Washington, DC, at 58 years of age.

He married Marion Margaret MCLEAREN. Marion was born in Washington, DC January 13, 1908. Marion died August 1978 in Washington, DC, at 70 years of age.

Martin George MCANDREWS and Marion Margaret MCLEAREN had the following children:

+ 35 i. Mary Katherine4 MCANDREWS was born January 7, 1934.

+ 36 ii. Eileen Joanne MCANDREWS was born October 17, 1937.

32. Nancy C.4 GREEN (Aloysius W.3, William F.2, Michael1 MCGRENAGHAN) was born in Lowell, MA.

She married Gerald Brady COUGHLIN.

Nancy C. GREEN and Gerald Brady COUGHLIN had the following children:

37 i. Julie5 COUGHLIN.

38 ii. Robin M. Coughlin.

39 iii. Gerald Brady COUGHLIN.

40 iv. Charles H. COUGHLIN.

41 v. Jonathan J. COUGHLIN.

33. Gerald Gerard4 GREEN (Aloysius W.3, William F.2, Michael1 MCGRENAGHAN) was born in Lowell, MA October 5, 1925. Gerald died December 22, 1993 in Newport, Maine, at 68 years of age.

He married Theresa Y. COTE. Theresa was born 1925. Theresa died 1968 at 43 years of age.

Gerald Gerard GREEN and Theresa Y. COTE had the following children:

+ 42 i. Nancy Marie5 GREEN.

+ 43 ii. Janet Patricia GREEN was born in1949.

+ 44 iii. Gerald Thomas GREEN was born in 1952.

45 iv. Thomas James GREEN was born in 1957(stillborn).

46 v. Richard James GREEN was born in1959. Richard died 1972 at 13 years of age.

+ 47 vi. Michael Paul GREEN was born in1960.

48 vii. Jacqueline Lee GREEN was born in1965.

  48a. viii Marie Theresa Green was born , she married Jeff Jahnke June 18, 1977.

34. John Brendan4 GREEN (Aloysius W.3, William F.2, Michael1 MCGRENAGHAN) was born in Lowell, MA. July 10, 1931. John died November 9, 1993 in Lowell, MA. at 62 years of age. His body was interred November 1993 in Lowell, MA. St. Patrick’s.

He married Barbara June CONNORS in Woburn, MA., June 20, 1953. Barbara was born in Woburn, MA. June 15, 1931.  Barbara is the daughter of Joseph Henry CONNORS and Emily Emma YOUNG.

John Brendan GREEN and Barbara June CONNORS had the following children:

49 i. John B.5 GREEN was born in Woburn, MA March 29, 1954. He married Karen COSTELLO in Lowell, MA.

50 ii. Patricia A. GREEN was born in Woburn, MA. July 1955. She married James F. LINNEHAN in Lowell, MA.

51 iii. Kathryn E. GREEN was born in Woburn, MA. July 1956. She married George ALLEN in Lowell, MA.

52 iv. Barbara A. GREEN was born in Woburn, MA. July 1958. She married Gregory ADAMS in Chelmsford, MA.

53 v. Suzanne M. GREEN was born in Winchester, MA August 1, 1960. She married Thomas BIGA in Chelmsford, MA.

35. Mary Katherine4 MCANDREWS (Martin George3, Mary2 MCGRENAGHAN, Michael1) was born in Washington, DC January 7, 1934.

Mary married Robert Francis SHIPP. Robert was born in Bristol, England September 11, 1926.

Mary Katherine MCANDREWS and Robert Francis SHIPP had the following children:

54 i. Pamela Lee5 SHIPP was born in St. Albans, Herefordshire, England June 29, 1960.

+ 55 ii. Mark Robert SHIPP was born November 26, 1961.

56 iii. Veronica Grace SHIPP was born in Lynn, MA March 9, 1963.

57 iv. John Leo SHIPP was born in Atlanta, Georgia November 22, 1968.

36. Eileen Joanne4 MCANDREWS (Martin George3, Mary2 MCGRENAGHAN, Michael1) was born in Washington, DC October 17, 1937.

She married Joseph Charles SMITH. Joseph was born in Peekskill, NY July 19, 1933.

Eileen Joanne MCANDREWS and Joseph Charles SMITH had the following children:

+ 58 i. Kevin Joseph5 SMITH was born April 25, 1958.

+ 59 ii. Brian Malcolm SMITH was born March 20, 1960.

+ 60 iii. Martin Thomas SMITH was born August 8, 1962.

61 iv. Stephen Leonard SMITH was born in Prince George County, MD June 1,1964. He married Margie NIEMAN.

62 v. Colin Desmond SMITH was born in Prince George County, MD February 17, 1969.

42. Nancy Marie5 GREEN (Gerald Gerard4, Aloysius W.3, William F.2, Michael1 MCGRENAGHAN) birth date unknown.

She married William KRAWCZYK.

Nancy Marie GREEN and William KRAWCZYK had the following children:

63 i. William6 KRAWCZYK.

64 ii. Michael KRAWCZYK.

65 iii. Ann KRAWCZYK was born 1975.

43. Janet Patricia5 GREEN (Gerald Gerard4, Aloysius W.3, William F.2, Michael1 MCGRENAGHAN) was born 1949.

She married Joseph JOHNSTON.

Janet Patricia GREEN and Joseph JOHNSTON had the following children:

66 i. Amanada6 JOHNSTON.

67 ii. Samuel JOHNSTON was born 1983.

44. Gerald Thomas5 GREEN (Gerald Gerard4, Aloysius W.3, William F.2, Michael1 MCGRENAGHAN) was born 1952.

Gerald Thomas GREEN had the following children:

68 i. Allison6 GREEN.

69 ii. Daniel GREEN.

47. Michael Paul5 GREEN (Gerald Gerard4, Aloysius W.3, William F.2, Michael1 MCGRENAGHAN) was born 1960.

He married Sharon GRAY 1995.

Michael Paul GREEN and Sharon GRAY had the following child:

70 i. Richard Michael6 GREEN.

55. Mark Robert5 SHIPP (Mary Katherine4 MCANDREWS, Martin George3, Mary2 MCGRENAGHAN, Michael1) was born in Lynn, MA November 26, 1961.

He married Denise Marie DION. Denise was born June 2, 1962.

Mark Robert SHIPP and Denise Marie DION had the following children:

71 i. Victoria Helena6 SHIPP was born in Worchester, MA February 25, 1994.

72 ii. Rachel Alexandra SHIPP was born in Worchester, MA April 17, 1997.

58. Kevin Joseph5 SMITH (Eileen Joanne4 MCANDREWS, Martin George3, Mary2 MCGRENAGHAN, Michael1) was born in Washington, DC April 25, 1958.

He married Susan MORRIS.

Kevin Joseph SMITH and Susan MORRIS had the following children:

73 i. Sharon6 SMITH was born July 16, 1978.

74 ii. Lauren SMITH was born May 11, 1981.

75 iii. Lillian SMITH was born October 5, 1995.

59. Brian Malcolm5 SMITH (Eileen Joanne4 MCANDREWS, Martin George3, Mary2 MCGRENAGHAN, Michael1) was born in Washington, DC March 20, 1960.

He married Danette Gail RICKER.

Brian Malcolm SMITH and Danette Gail RICKER had the following children:

76 i. Courtney6 SMITH was born May 25, 1981.

77 ii. Briannon SMITH was born September 5, 1982.

78 iii. Brian SMITH was born December 30, 1983.

79 iv. Daniel SMITH was born April 21, 1988.

60. Martin Thomas5 SMITH (Eileen Joanne4 MCANDREWS, Martin George3, Mary2 MCGRENAGHAN, Michael1) was born in Prince George County, MD August 8, 1962.

Martin Thomas SMITH had the following child:

80 i. Jennifer Elizabeth6 SMITH.

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