I’m hoping someone might have “an uncovered bit of information” or perhaps some suggestions that would help poke a hole in this enormous paternal wall blocking my way forward.
Ok, here’s my story…and I’m sticking to it…so far, anyway: My name is David Farrel, my father’s name is Don Farrel, and his father’s name was John Farrel. John was married to Alice Farrel, supposedly in Texas…don’t know when. Don was born in January 1903, supposedly in New Mexico. He (again) supposedly had a sister, Alice. Its been told that Don left home when he was 13, but that is unconfirmed.
I have been unable to find any record of my father, Don, before the early 1930s when he was incarcerated in the State of Washington. We have some records of him from that time until shortly after he and my mother were married in Montana and shortly thereafter divorced. I was born in September of 1943 before the actual divorce but my father never knew of my birth. He and I never communicated. We do know that Don had a wife (prior to his marriage to my mother). She was known to us as “little Mrs. Farrel” but she may be Kathleen Bradley of Washington State. He also married again ca ’54-’59 to Penny Sanderson of Canada. Don passed away in Florida, August 1990 and Penny has also passed. I have no known paternal bloodlines that could be DNA tested.
I have also searched many sources for Don’s sister Alice, without any conclusive result. Similarly, I’ve looked for John and Alice Farrel and could only find one very vague citation for a John and Alice Ferrill having given birth to a daughter in Williamson, Texas on 16 August 1903. She was sadly, stillborn. There was no mention of a male born to this couple.
At this point, I’m wondering if the Farrel surname is true or was assumed and related forward (and backward) by Don as he progressed through his younger years. He did keep Farrel as his surname from the ‘30s throughout his life however. I have had YDNA and autosomal tests completed through FTDNA, which thus far have resulted in no matches of significance. While I did, early on, assume that, with a name like Farrel, I had ties to Ireland, my haplogroup (E) suggests ties to Eastern Europe and none to Ireland.
So there you have it in a large nutshell. I’m good on my maternal side, but stumped on the Y side. I’d be glad to share any other data or information that might help me move onward. Trust me, your assistance will be appreciated forever!! David