A House Divided

et70 In A House Divided, I present the Bannon family and then follow this with a discussion of the impact of the American Civil War on my ancestors…

United We Stand

Many people know who they are by their roots. They easily identify themselves with one specific ethnic group or nationality. As for me, I must be some kind of a mutt. Looking over my ancestral record, I find myself caught in the middle between several different and somewhat opposing groups. One branch of my mother’s [...]

A Brief History of Ireland

Most Americans today know that Ireland is a divided island and they know that in the south, there is the Republic of Ireland and that in the north is a region that is called Northern Ireland. However, within the confines of the Emerald Isle this region in the north goes by different names depending on [...]

The Bannon Family

Eleanor Keenan, my ggg-grandmother, was born c. 1799 in Northern Ireland, and died c. 1860 in Louisville, Kentucky. She immigrated to the United States in 1849 from Ireland; arriving on November 01, 1849 at the Port of New Orleans from Liverpool1. Before the invention of the steamboat, a trip from Louisville to New Orleans often [...]

American Civil War

Of no other event in American history has there been more written, argued, analyzed and romanticized about than the American Civil War. How many times have we heard in the news or read in books the following refrain: "Not since the Civil War have Americans been so divided on one particular topic…"? It is an [...]