|Yesterday Erin received a calendar of beautiful scenes in Ireland from her 3rd
cousin, Mary. Mary is 5 days older than Erin and Erin has visited with her in Ireland 3 times. Mary’s 3 sons would be 4th cousins of Paco and Tommy. Maybe they will meet some day.
I met Mary’s mother, Eily, when I went to Ireland in 1962 and didn’t see her again until a Canty reunion in Dunmanway in 2007. I have corresponded with her for over 50 years now. So, Eily and I are second cousins.
My father Tim Canty and Eily’s father Cornelius Canty were 1st cousins. My father’s older sister Anne had kept in touch with her first cousins in Ireland and gave me their addresses.
My grandfather Michael Canty was a brother of Eily’s grandfather, Jeremiah. Jeremiah and his descendants remained in Ireland. Many live near where my grandfather was born in Carhoovouler, Desertserges, Co. Cork. My grandfather Michael came to the United States in 1881. He met my grandmother Ellen Moore in San Francisco where they were married in 1894. Ellen was a native of Barleyhill, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork.
Michael and Ellen moved to Ferndale, in Humboldt Co. CA, a dairy farming area much like the area in Ireland where Michael grew up. Jeremiah and Michael and their sibs were the children of Cornelius Canty and Anne Hennessy, my great-grandparents.
What relation is Eily to Paco? Since Eily and I are 2nd cousins (our grandfathers were brothers), then Eily and Erin are 2nd cousins once removed. Eily and Paco are 2nd cousins twice removed. Now that is the genealogy lesson for the day.