Looking for anyone that might have this information in their line.
James Quinn, born 1828, Ballintra, County Donegal. He came to America in 1844 (ship unknown), docking in Boston. James came with 3 relatives - we do not know if it was 3 brothers, 2 brothers and 1 sister, or 2 brothers and a male cousin.
Upon arrival, one boy left immediately for New Jersey to work in an uncle's bar.
James stayed on in Boston for several years, before migrating west to Minnesota. We have also found the following information:
In the Ballintra area, there were only 3 Quinn families. It stayed this way until fairly recently (mid 1900's) These 3 families were related to each other.
One was the John Quinn family. This was my great great grandfather. John was married to Bridget Murphy and they had somewhere around 14 children. We only have a few of the names - Donal, William, James, Patrick, Mary Anne, Catherine, Edward, Kathleen, and possibly Rose.
The second family was the Daniel Quinn family. The Daniel Quinn farm was located at the top of the street in Ballintra. Right after 1800, the family was forced from their farm and moved to Lisnapaste (Ballynakillew) to another farm. Today, the Church of Ireland stands on the land.
Names associated with this Quinn family were: Bernard, Lawrence, Cormack, Andrew, among others.
The third family we are still looking for. We don't have any names or information regarding them, but would love to find some descendants.
If you are looking for Quinn and your ancestors came from the area of Ballintra, County Donegal, please contact me.