52 Ancestors: #4 Christopher McGinn

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Tombstone Christopher McGinn 1893 smallThis week I would like to highlight my maternal 2nd great-grandfather, Christopher McGinn. He was born on 6 Jan 1829 in Glendlough, County Wicklow, Ireland.

He first appeared in the 1860 US census living in Cass, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania with his wife Ann Delaney. He is a coal miner. In the 1870 US census, he is living in Butler, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania; and in the 1880 US census, he is living in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania. In this census he is listed as having asthma.

No marriage record has been found as yet but he and Ann had twelve children together (the eldest born in 1856) before he died on 28 Jan 1893. He is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Locust Gap, Northumberland, Pennsylvania. The image on this page is a photo of his tombstone.

His daughter, Margaret married my great-grandfather, Thomas Noble on 19 Oct 1876. Research on Christopher McGinn and his family is a work in progress.



Week 4 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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4 Responses to 52 Ancestors: #4 Christopher McGinn

  1. Eileen, Lynne sent me this link, was one of Thomas Noble and Margaret McGinn children William Noble Sr,where our branch begins.

  2. Very interesting 🙂
    Do you know of Christopher’s paternal ancestry?

    • So far I have been unable to find anything on Christopher’s paternal or maternal ancestry. Are your McGinns from County Wicklow?

      • No, my Mc Ginns are from Northern Ireland,
        And the Mc Ginn surname comes from Northern Ireland,
        So, you might be looking in the wrong place in County Wicklow to find Christopher’s paternal ancestry.
        It is likely that Christopher’s ancestry migrated south from N.Ireland to Glendalough (for instance, there are no McGinns showing in County Wicklow in the 1901 or 1911 census – it would be an unusually name for those parts esp. in 1829).
        (And they may have been very religious catholics if they ended up migrating to Glendalough and christening their son Christopher -it is a historic religious location)
        You do, of course, need to locate birth records for Glendalough for this era and I believe some do exist but these may not be online.
        You say he was born in Glendalough?! – how do you know this?

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