The 4 wives and 12 children of Gawn Grainger, Irish Immigrant (1818-1891)?

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I'm wondering if some of our record sleuths can assist with documenting maiden names of the wives of Gawn Grainger. Gawn is the father of someone I am working on as part of a small Westward Ho project. It appears that he did have four wives but the maiden names frequently seen appear to lack documentation.

1/ Mary ________.  Appears on the ships' manifest at immigration 1845. Gawn is seen as having originated Belfast but it appears that is nothing more than the point of departure of the ship on which he arrived.

2/ Isabelle Moore. Her maiden name appears in marriage index record. That she was born in Topeka, Kansas and the parents regularly seen attached are not yet documented.

3/ Jane ___________. Often seen as Jane Woodsides McKinstry. Woodsides appears to originate from the surname of an elderly woman living with the family in some Census data. McKinstry appears it may be a conflation with a woman who lived in Pennsylvania.

4/ Ellen __________. Often seen as Ellen Jane Moore born Carroll County, Ohio. Specific date and place of birth may be seen but never with any suggestion of her parentage or documentation. Ellen survived Gawn according to probate records.
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Name: Gawn Granger
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 26 Dec 1872
Marriage Place: Rushville, Schuyler, Illinois, USA
Spouse: Ellen Alter
Film Number: 001311549

Source Information Illinois, County Marriage Records, 1800-1940 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Name: Gawn Granger
Gender: Male
Spouse: Jane Mcinster
Child: Mary Grainger
Film Number: 001533357

Source Information Illinois, County Marriage Records, 1800-1940 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.

This on FMP, don’t know if it relates

Role Alternative Beneficiary

Record set Ireland Calendars Of Wills & Administrations 1858-1920

First name(s) Gawn

Last name Grainger

Deceased's death year 1865

County Down

Country Ireland

Deceased's name Alexander Gibson

Deceased's death date 30 Apr 1865

Primary beneficiary Jane Gibson

Alternative beneficiary Gawn Grainger

Secondary beneficiary Alexander M'Dowell

Original source


National Archives of Ireland

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Wills & Probate

Collections from Ireland

copyright National Archives of Ireland

FMP also has a Gawn Grainger owning property in Ireland

I think there might be another Gawn Grainger with a son William represented in this record: "Ireland Marriages, 1619-1898", database, FamilySearch ( : 6 February 2020), Gawn Granger in entry for William Granger, 1865.     The William son of the Gawn in the states appears to have remained in the States (Missouri). This may related to the will and property records but its a good lead that I will follow. Thanks, Marion.

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