Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Irish Genes - Dempsters

'Tis the week of St. Patrick's Day, so I figure I should share some about my Irish roots.  With that said, I only have one Irish family that I know of - the Dempsters.

My fourth great-grandfather, George Dempster was born in Rasharkin, Antrim, Ireland on January 17, 1829 to William and Elizabeth (Wilson) Dempster. His wife and my fourth great-grandmother, Hannah Gray was born in Moyarget, Antrim, Ireland on September 2, 1830 to John and Elizabeth (McConaughy) Gray.

They were married on October 31, 1850 in Antrim, Ireland. They had 9 children, all born in either Cape Castle or Ballycastle in the county Antrim, Ireland:
  • Elizabeth Hannah "Betty", 1854-1925
  • Mary Jane "Jane", 1856-1892
  • Matilda, 1858-1937
  • William John, 1860-1932
  • Margaret Ann, 1863-?
  • Hannah, 1864-1939
  • Maria Campbell, 1867-1953
  • George C, 1869-1942
  • Thomas, 1872-1883

The family immigrated to America in 1882 and 1883. (Watch for more on their immigration in another post this week!)  They made their home in Brookings County, Dakota Territory - later South Dakota.
George passed away on November 27, 1906 and Hannah on November 22, 1914, both in Brookings, South Dakota.

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