Monday, August 11, 2008

Searching for Irish Ancestors

This last week I have not posted on my blog because I have become possessed with one of my ancestral lines which goes into Ireland. Eventually I do want to write more about what I learned at the BYU Family History Conference.

My ancestor whose parents and grandparents go back into Ireland is John Mills born 14 January 1816 in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland. His father was Thomas Mills and his mother was Alice or Alica MacDonald or McDonnell. He married Elizabeth Hall who was born 10 November 1816 in Chatham, Kent, England. Their daughter Elizabeth Mills was born 7 March 1839 in Douglas, Isle of Man, England. It has been very interesting to learn a few things about this family.

The mystery I have been considering today is this. How did John Mills born in Ireland meet Elizabeth Hall born in Kent? Where did they marry and why did they settle on the Isle of Man? I have learned that before John and Elizabeth and their children immigrated to America they visited Elizabeth's family in Kent, so I believe it is accurate that she was from Kent. It just seems unusual that two people who were born so far apart were able to meet and marry.