The Kennedy's of Dristernan

Shapiro Family at DristernanThe Society was delighted to meet with the Shapiro family on 28 April 2016 who had tavelled all the way from Vermont in the United States.


Carolyn Shapiro on the far right of the photo had recently been in touch with Castlecaulfield Presbyterian Church enquiring after her great great grandfather William Kennedy who had left ireland in 1840.  The Church got in touch with the Society and we carried out an investigation into where William Kennedy may have come from.


I am delighted to report that we traced William to the townland of Dristernan and more particularly a farm formerly occupied by the late Bobby Doherty.  Indeed it appears we may have found William's father, James who appears as Leasee of the land in 1815 and was a Registered Freeholder in 1796.  The Society also discovered baptismal records in St Michael's Castlecaulfield and Lower Clonaneese Presbyterian Church.


After visiting the surrounding area the family were delighted to visit the farm in Dristernan with the kind permission of local man Pat Quinn.  It is hoped we will keep in contact with Carolyn and her family and perhaps find more ancestors.

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