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Great-Great Grandparents

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Posted by Barb on Thursday, March 18th 2021:

As yesterday was St Paddy's Day, I was thinking of my most of my great-great grandparents who came here probably during the notorious potato famine that ravished the lives and livelihoods of Irish peasants. They settled in the mid-1800s in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. I remember my two great-grandmothers, Polly, and "Other Mother" - not "Nana" or "Grandma". I don't know the origins of Polly, for her given name was Mary. The "Other Mother" nickname was to distinguish, I guess, between the two grandmothers.

Where. when, and what were the circumstances of your forebears coming to the U. S. and then Brooklyn? (As you can surmise, I'm a fan of the PBS show "Finding Your Roots" by Dr Henry Louis Gates.)

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