Last night I watched this film. Directed by an immensely talented man named Carol Reed, it was released the year my parents were born, 1947. akj
Some distant Boal cousins from Australia responded after finding some of my posts on John S. Boal. We then began communicating via email. They tracked down connections, which I had never successfully made before. The family came to Iowa from Pennsylvania. Some of them then left the United States for Australia. Prior to this they … Continue reading What Do Northern Ireland, Pennsylvania, Iowa & Australia Have in Common?
One of the Shannon clan, Ann Marie Shannon, married William Boal, whose parents came from Londonderry in Northern Ireland. These are some of my ancestors.
For years I had been searching for material on my great-great-great-great grandfather, John S. Boal. He was a veteran of the American Civil War and died a young man at the age of 40 or 42. (There’s some confusion as to when he was born, 1836 or 1838.) I don’t know in what unit he served … Continue reading The Boal Family & Ireland
For the past couple of days I have been wearing a tweed cap straight from Ireland, the type often worn in the United States while golfing. Made by Hanna Hats Ltd. in Donegal, it’s one of the vintage models, similar to this one. Previously I’d been almost exclusively wearing baseball caps. But now I am branching out and … Continue reading Tweed Caps & Ireland
A little boy walking to his friends encounters British soldiers around the corner in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 1973 pic.twitter.com/Cc2pQQ7FsI — History In Pictures (@HistoryInPix) August 9, 2017 My interest stems partly from being a descendant of immigrants from Northern Ireland, Ulster Presbyterians. ajh
On St. Patrick’s Day in 1764, somewhere in Ireland, a little baby boy was born. He was christened James. Born to a man named Boal and a mother whose name is lost. It was a Saturday. An ocean away, in British North America, New York City had just begun the tradition of celebrating the day, … Continue reading 250 Years Ago Today — March 17, 1764
I haven’t been keeping up with news from the UK lately, so it was disappointing to hear of rioting and protests in Northern Ireland. It stems, at least superficially, from not hoisting the Union Jack, the flag of Britain, everyday at government buildings, which had been the practice for a very long time. Some of the clan, … Continue reading The Union Jack
A few days back I was poking around for information on the Chitty family, cousins of mine who live in Iowa. I know a little about their father, Robert. He went by the name Bob. He was born in 1939 and died in 1977. I learned that his full name was Robert Arthur Chitty. After a … Continue reading The Chitty Clan
While at the central library the other day, I walked down an aisle and noticed some books on Scottish and Irish ancestry. One, the Handbook on Irish Genealogy, had some good notes on the Presbyterians. It was published by Heraldic Artists Ltd., Trinity Street, Dublin. My Boal ancestors and related lines were Presbyterians, in Northern Ireland and America. Because of … Continue reading The Presbyterian Tradition