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Mad in Pursuit Notebook

Dunne Family: Found Aunties & New Cousins

[Family History]

May 5, 2023. If you are a Dunne descendant and puzzle over the Currans in your Ancestry DNA matches and wonder why you belong to the New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania Community, I may have found the missing link.

Paddy and Josephine Collins told me about Michael Dunne's brother John, whereabouts unknown--possibly gone to America. The information was too vague to investigate.

Along comes DNA. In Ancestry matches, James and John Curran appear as "2nd or 3rd cousins" to Mary Ellen Groark.

According to information from a Curran match, it appears that John and 2 sisters emigrated to Philadelphia, where they became "Dunn."

James & John are descendants of Mary Agnes Dunne. On her death certificate her parents are listed as "Michael Dunn" and "Ellen Stevens," probably reported by one of her children.

So, the descendants of Michael Dunne and Eleanor Stephens have expanded to include the two sisters and descendants shown in the diagram at the top of this page.

I can't discover much else about them yet but will keep pulling on threads.

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Margaret Dunne Hession may have been named after her Aunt Margaret Dunne. She was the only Dunne sibling who didn't appear to be "named after" anyone till now.

Bridget Agnes Dunne Price may also have gotten her middle name from her Aunt Mary Agnes.

Not everyone is interested in finding long-lost cousins, but you all know I love a mystery!


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