Tuesday, January 6, 2015

#1 of 52: Terence Curran

Ancestor #1  Terence Curran

Terence Curran is the reason I started doing genealogy in the first place (well of course after the fact that my teacher asked us to make a small family tree).  Terence is one of my immigrant ancestors as well as one of my brick walls. I was fascinated by this man that passed down the Curran name that was my maiden last name.  I felt a connection to Ireland because of the knowledge that he was born there.  Below is what I  know about my 3rd Great Grandfather.

Terence Curran was born about 1828 in Ireland.  He married Margaret McManus daughter of John and Mary McManus.  Margaret was born in either Maryland or Pennsylvania July 1827.  Her parents, John and Mary were from Ireland.

Terence and Margaret's first known child Ellen (Nellie) was born 1852 in Ritchie County, Virginia.  I have not located Terence's immigration information.  The earliest I have reliably found him in the United States is 1851-1852 based on his daughter's birth.  I have not been able to determine when or where he and Margaret were married or how they managed to meet one another.  He is in the 1860 Census with Margaret and the children.  I have found a Terence Curran living in Cairo, IL in 1850 that is approximately the right age and working on the railroad, but I cannot verify that he is indeed my Terence.

Terence and Margaret had the following eight children:

Ellen (Nellie) (1852-1932)
Mary A Curran (1854-  )
John M. Curran (1856-1921)  *my direct ancestor
Catherine Curran (1858-1942)
Thomas J Curran (1860-  )
Hugh Francis Curran (1862-1864)
William S Curran (1864-1940)
Edward Curran (1866-1939)

Terence first worked on the railroad (1860 Census) and then settled into farming (1870 Census) in Walker Township, Wood County, West Virginia.  They were Catholic and attended mass at a mission church in Walker called The Church of the Holy Angels.  Both Terence and Margaret are buried in the cemetery where this mission church was located.  It's hidden away, up a trail and not maintained.  Terence died Aug 1890.  I have not been able to locate his death record.

I have seen the following derivatives of his name:

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