AMERICAN IRISH by FRANCIS KANE - written 19/03/2014 19:15:37

MY ANCESTORS: FRANCIS O'KANE, HIS SON DANIEL O'KANE (MY GREAT GRANDFTHER), CAME FROM KEADY TOWNLAND TO PENNSYLVANIA IN 1847. FRANCIS AND ROSEANNA HAD 8 CHILDREN, THE OLDEST, JAMES PRECEDED THE FAMILIES' ARRIVAL IN AMERICA AS DID CHARLES O'KANE. MY WIFE JOAN AND I ATTENDED THE GATHERING OF THE O'KANE CLAN IN COUNTY DERRY, THE FIRST GATHERING IN ALMOST 400 YEARS. WE WERE THE ONLY AMERICANS THERE, I BELIEVE. WE STAYED WITH HELEN O'KANE WHO HAD A MUTUAL FRIEND OF OURS IN AMERICA. IT WAS THROUGH HER AND WILLIAM O'KANE THAT WE FOUND OUT ABOUT THE GATHERING. SO MANY O'KANES CAME TO AMERICA DURING THE FAMINE AND I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE ANY FAMIY CONNECTIONS POSSIBLE EITHER IN AMERICA OR DERRY. SO FAR NO SUCCESS. WE NOW HAVE 8 CHILDREN, 25 GRANDCHILDREN AND 4 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. THE CLAN MOVES ON. I AM ALMOST 90 YEARS OLD MY 5 SONS AND 3 DAUGHTERS ARE IN THEIR 50'S AND 60'S. GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR YOUR WORK FOR THE O'KANE CLAN.


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