I knew my Grandfather, Richard Andrew Byrne, as very proud of our Irish Heritage but never asked him who was our Irish Immigrant. Given the amount of pride he displayed I'd guess that immigrant was too far back so I started tracking back. I got as far as my 3X Greatgrandfather, Maranda Byrne, and then the trail goes cold. The tracking hasn't been easy due to use of different his first name and two different spellings of the last name. I pretty much had to track the family group to follow them. Here are some things I have on them and for them....
1880 Greene Co PA Census- Name: Maranda Burns. Wife Sarah, and children Lee, Mary, William, James, and Stephen
1870 Greene Co PA Census- Name: Miranda Burns. Wife Sarah, and children Adran, James, Lee, Mary, William, and Stephen
1860 Greene Co PA Census- Name: Andrew Burns. Wife Sarah, and children Aaron, James, Marion, Mary
Civil War Registration for Marando Burns, Manongahela, Green Co PA (I'm confident this record is correctly referenced to him. Name's close match, age close, and known location exact. I don't know if this record means he served or only registered.)
I cant find much on Maranda/Miranda/Andrew of 1850 or before. I've scoured through his children's census records post 1880 and found a variety of answers given as to where their father was from... Most say VA or WV, I think one said he was born in MO, but the one that really peaked my interest was from my 2X Grandfather. In the 1930 Greene Co Census my 2X Great Grandfather, William Byrne, has the answer to Father's Place of Birth being “Irish Free State”. I haven't been able to prove that or disprove that yet.
I have developed this loose theory, maybe built an expectation (which I shouldn't do), That Maranda is my Irish Immigrant Ancestor. I believe he probably immigrated here between 1840 and 1850, maybe part of the Irish Potato Famine. I also believe that he was trying to hide the fact that he was of Irish decent.
Any help with getting over this hurdle is greatly appreciated.