Patrick Aloysius McGuire is my 2x-great-grandfather. He was born 28 May 1883 in Gaulsmills, Kilmacow, County Kilkenny, Ireland. He immigrated to America in 1891 with his mother and siblings. The family settled in Jersey City. He worked as a machinist in his early life. He married Christina Sobke in 1902, and they raised ten (!) children. He eventually became a carpenter and cabinetmaker with his own business. He is said to have been very low-key and a lover of baseball. He died in Jersey City in 1958.
I have visited Kilmacow, and the church in which Patrick was baptized. Most of you know I spent over a year living in Ireland. Though I am only 1/16 Irish, I feel very connected to the Emerald Isle. I have Patrick to thank for that.
Are you ready to meet your immigrants? Let's work together to find your roots.
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