Hey there Richard!
From your description, I believe we may be 3rd cousins once removed. You see, John Alphonso Farnan is my great-great grandfather and your grandfather, Walter, I believe is who my dad referred to as "Uncle Watt". His brother Christopher F. Farnan, "Kee", as most people called him, was my great-grandfather. He was also the man I was named after. I hope you get this. I am sure we have something to talk about. I am especially interested in your visit to Ireland, as I am planning a "pilgrimage" myself, and would love to get some notes from you.
Christopher L. Farnan