John G. Flood, Jr., my 2nd great grandfather on my Mom's side, came from Ireland and settled in Wheeling around 1850. In 1853, he married Mary Carpenter, also originally from Ireland. Over the next several years they had three boys; William H., John F. and Michael J., born in 1854, '55 and '57. They then moved to Steubenville, Ohio and had four more children; Margaret (Maggie), Mary, Thomas and Catherine (Kate), born in 1859, '61, '64 and '67. Unfortunately, John and Mary died fairly young; Mary in 1870, and John in 1872, leaving their younger children as orphans. According to 1880 census records, Maggie turned up back in Wheeling, living with her cousin, Honora O'Connor, who ran a grocery store at 1700 Wood Street. In the 1900 census, Maggie's younger sister Kate, who spent some time in an orphanage in Cincinnati, was listed as living with them along with a boarder, Daniel Coffee, who eventually became Maggie's husband. We have conflicting records indicating that Honora was born in either Ireland or West Virginia in 1828, but her death in Wheeling in 1906 is documented. According to her death certificate, she was single, and her parents were Phillip and Mary (Reilly) O'Connor. Our biggest problem is that we don't know which family the O'Connors were related to, the Floods or the Carpenters. If we could find that out, it might open up a whole avenue of information leading to the original families in Ireland. On a side note, we also can't find any record of Maggie's death (her husband Daniel died in Wheeling in 1923). If anyone can help with this dilemma, it would be most appreciated!