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Thursday, December 28, 2017

William Joseph Quinn - Six Generations

I am writing this post for my son and daughter-in-law who chose to name their son, William Joseph Quinn. 

Years ago, when expecting my first child, my husband let me know I could choose the name if it were a girl, but a boy would have to be named William Joseph Quinn as he wanted to continue the family tradition.  Well, the first child was a girl, but the second was named William Joseph Quinn. No junior or senior. We didn't know how many preceded him until I began my genealogy research. 

The last two lines were found in the Catholic Parish Register for Kinvara, Galway, Ireland for December 1851.
Transcribed as follows
do 7th William of James Quinn and Kity Fahy
Caheravoneen    Sponsors - Martin Conoughton and  B. Quinn

The second William Joseph Quinn
The first William Joseph Quinn in this line was born December 7, 1851 in the Parish of Kinvara, Townland of Caheravoneen,  County Galway, Ireland. His parents were James Quinn and Catherine Fahey. He married Bridget Brannelly and was a farmer in Caheravoneen.

The second William Joseph Quinn was born on May 30, 1894, also in Caheravoneen. He was the fifth of eight children born to William Joseph Quinn and Bridget Brannelly. This second William Joseph Quinn immigrated to the United States in 1921. He married Susan Murray and raised five children in New York City. 

The third William Joseph Quinn
The third William Joseph Quinn was my father-in-law. He was born in New York City and, after college, joined the U.S. Army. He married his wife, Doris Staubach, in New York City. They had five children and lived in several states, France, and Germany during his career in the Army. 

My husband and son, both born in Virginia, are the fourth and fifth William Joseph Quinns. And my new grandson, born in China, is the sixth. 

The name has continued to be used for six generations, over a period of 166 years, and on three continents. 

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Family photographs and documents from the collection Diana Bryan Quinn.

Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915 for William Quin. 
Web. 27 Dec. 2017. <>.

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