Genealogy Hedgecoe-McKenna Lepard-McLean

Blog update? Oh yeah… I guess we should get to that.

Posting Member: Jenn
Topic: The rambling families of us.
Family Name Associations: O’Brien, McKenna,O’Neill, Lepard and Lequyer
Location: Home again home again!
Mood: Happy as a little clam 🙂

Updates, goodness, where do we start?

First off, a huge thanks to FindAGrave volunteer Sue, who went out of her way to take some extra memorial pictures for us in Wisconsin.  Mary Teresa McKenna, daughter of Teresa Stafford and William McKenna married into the O’Brien family from Wisconsin and her husband and son’s memorials confirmed they were veterans but we have no records to back up the claim.  The extra pictures of their memorials claim World War One service for Raymond O’Brien and Korean service for his son, William.  We’re going to continue for records to validate more of this branch of the family, but wanted to give thanks where it’s due!

There will be updates over the next few weeks on the O’Brien branch, as well as uploaded supporting documents for what we’ve put together so far.

We’ve had some progress with the O’Neill lines in general, with promise for more success with some of the descendants of James O’Neill and who was possibly Sarah McKenna.  Hopefully, sooner or later we’ll run across someone who has Sarah’s maiden name and proof of her connection to our own Thomas McKenna.  Until then we’ll keep on trudging along!

Hopefully within the next few weeks we’ll be able to proceed with our plans to head out to a few of the cemeteries in the Sharon, Ontario area.  These cemeteries have particular relevance to our Lepard lines, and they’re a huge part of Canadian history too.  We’re looking forward to being out and about in the good weather!

Another connection just today with a descendant of Anna Mae Ladouceur and William Patrick Coyne who are related through the Lequyer line.  Hopefully this connection will lead us to a few more located graves in this line, as the family has been spread out over Canada and the US so far and difficult to track past released records in the early 1900s.  It’s a good start!

We will post when there’s more to say, but it’s shaping up to be a pretty busy summer above and beyond the very exciting and highly anticipated marriage in the Keffer family coming in July!  Much thanks to all our family and friends for their on going love and support – ♥

Always one for making things pretty, Jenn is our resident artist. Métis, British Home Child Descendant, family historian and genealogist, she is always looking into some new branch of research and encourages historical preservation and education.

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