Family Surnames.

For those of you who might be interested to see if we have any genealogical connections, I have provided below a list of the main surnames in my family tree.  More will of course be added as my research continues and expands.  Please feel free to comment below if you see a connection between us!

  • BALL (Wigan, Lancashire, England)
  • BEIRN (Riverstown parish, Co. Sligo, Ireland)
  • BREHENY, BREHONY, BRAHANY/JUDGE (Riverstown parish, Co. Sligo, Ireland)
  • CASON, CASSON (Wigan, Lancashire, England)
  • FITZGERALD (Co. Clare, Ireland)
  • GAVIN (Co. Clare, Ireland)
  • HENDERSON (Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • HILLIARD (Wigan, Lancashire, England)
  • HISLOP, HYSLOP (Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • KELLY (Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland)
  • KNOX
  • MCCABE (Riverstown parish, Co. Sligo, Ireland)
  • MILLER (Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • TANZER (Stocz, Hungary)

“Collateral” Surnames in Niagara Falls, NY, Buffalo, NY, and Niagara Falls, Ontario:

  • McMahon
  • O’Hara
  • Callinan
  • Ryan
  • McKenna
  • McKinney
  • Murray
  • Flynn
  • Grant

Our family has links to Co. Clare and Co. Sligo in Ireland, Glasgow, Berwick, and Edinburgh in Scotland, Wigan, Lancashire in England, Ludvika and Smoland in Sweden, Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Canada, Niagara Falls and Perry in New York, USA, and Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

Modern Standishgate in Wigan, Lancashire, England.  This is where Ralph Ball, my great-great-great-great grandfather on my dad's mother's side lived and raised his large family in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  He was the local plumber and glazier.

Modern Standishgate in Wigan, Lancashire, England: once home of Ralph Ball, my great-great-great-great grandfather.



  1. Hi Amy,
    I am the grand daughter of Elizabeth [Bessie] Aitken Hislops illegitimate daughter.

    Barbara McGregor

    • Hi Barbara! I’m very interested! I emailed you and look forward to getting in touch with you!


  2. I was wondering if you have a William Gavin b.1839 in Ireland moved to Indiana according to the 1870 census and was married to Bridget Dugan around 1860. This is my great grandfather.

    Thanks for any help that you can give me. Teresa

    • Hi Teresa,

      Sorry to say, but as far as I know he’s not one of my ancestors. very best luck to you in your ancestor hunting!

  3. My great grandfather was Patrick Breheny born 1884 Ballymoat Sligo Ireland moved to Glasgow with wife Honora, then to Newcastle upon Tyne then to Farnworth Lancashire. His fathers name Michael Breheny. Any link?


  4. Hi

    Just wondering if you might be related to my husband, last name “McCabe” were not having any luck in finding his Great-Grandfather
    Michael McCabe & Marguerite . Seams they don’t exist or they fell off the face of the earth?
    The story is they arrive to NY (possible some arrive through Canda?) lived in Connectcuit as famers, then move to the big city New York (Brooklyn)
    His grandfather & grandmother moved again lived in Rhode Island. Grandparents names are
    John Henry McCabe & Fannie Mae Bartlett. We think they came from Scotland or Ireland? We don’t know alot about them, but hoping you could shed a little light.


  5. Amy,

    Are you local? I live in Niagara Falls, NY and am on the board of directors of Oakwood Cemetery which is next door to St. Mary’s Cemetery. Have you got pics of your families headstones there? If not would you like some.

    Pete Ames

  6. Hi Teresa

    We are hunting any info on my great grand mother Ellen Breheny who was originally from Riverstown Sligo and moved to Abbeyleix Co. Laois where she settled with her cork husband Daniel Burke.
    From my dates she would have ben born around 1883.
    I have no idea what her mother or fathers name is or brothers and sisters as i think she left sligo following a family dispute!
    Please help 😦

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