Saturday, March 16, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2013!

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day! My closest Irish ancestors are Rebecca Williamson Carter and her father, John Williamson. They came from Manorhamilton in county Leitrim. Since I haven't had the opportunity to go there, I visit vicariously via the wonders of the internet. This video is the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manorhamilton on March 17, 2012. 

A comment on a previous post led me to this document from FamilySearch. It is a naturalization record of William Williamson, the brother of my 3rd great-grandmother, Rebecca Williamson. It shows her husband as one of the witnesses and gives a date of arrival and confirmation that Manorhamilton is indeed the place the family lived before coming to the United States. Thanks to Chris Dunham of the Maine Genealogy Network for sharing this record with me. I have no idea what became of William. I guess I should work on tracking down that information before next year. 

John Williamson & Anne McClure
Rebecca Williamson & Elias Mellen Carter
Augustus Mellen Carter & Mary Frances Stanley
Edward Mellen Carter & Fannie May Capen
Thomas Richard Carter - my grandfather

1 comment:

  1. Your post got me curious, so I did some digging and found an obituary for William Williamson in the Obituary Record of the Graduates of Bowdoin College and the Medical School of Maine (1899):

    "William Williamson, son of John and Ann (McClure) Williamson, was born 30 September, 1812, at Manor Hamilton, Ireland. His youth was passed at Bethel, where he received an academic education at the High School and its successor, Gould's Academy. He studied medicine with Dr. B. C. Malvey of Saco [M.D., Bowdoin, 1831], attended three courses of lectures at the Medical School of Maine, where he received his degree in 1847. He practiced his profession for two years at Indianapolis, Ind., for five years at Saco, and subsequently at Bethel. From 1864 to 1866 he was an acting assistant surgeon in the army, serving as post surgeon at Eastville, Va. While at Bethel Dr. Williamson became interested in agriculture, and engaged in professional work only when he could not avoid it. In 1880 he removed to Macksville, Kansas, where he resided till his death from pneumonia, 26 March, 1896. Dr. Williamson married in May, 1853, Lydia Alfreda, daughter of Justus and Sally (Rumney) Bean of Bethel. His two children, Julia and James Williamson, died in youth."