16 May 2011
I'm very excited to find that I have an Irish connection! In all my 20 years of doing research on my family history, I had not come across it until now, and am surprised to find that it is not very far back: a 4th Great-Grandmother on my father's, father's side. I had simply never focused on that line before. Her name was Eliza Reed and she was born in Carlingford, County Louth, a coastal town in the northeast in 1804. In 1825, she married an English sailor, James Marchbanks, who was born in Plymouth, Devon. As he was a mariner (for a time, even a chief boatman in the coast guard), they traveled a lot. Their children were born in Hampshire, Essex, the Isle of Jersey, and Sussex, before they finally settled in London. Adding Irish completes my British Isles heritage, which also includes multiple lines of Scottish, Welsh, and of course, English. I'm proud to say that I am 1/64th Irish!