I've been corresponding with a woman named Ellen, who is researching her McGirr family (changed their name to McGarr) and McSorley from Clogher civil parish, County Tyrone, which is where my Cullen ancestors came from.
Here's some information on her McGirrs. Does anybody match this family?
Name became McGarr (I believe upon) arrival in US.
John McGirr & Susan McIlroy (or McIlray)
parents ofPatrick McGirr b 1840 Tyrone married Ellen McSorleyapprox 1866 in Ireland.
Children born in Dromore, Clogher Parish, Tyrone
Unnamed male 3 Nov 1867*
Mary - 25 March 1869
William - 2 November 1870**
Peter - 10 March 1872
Margaret - 3 September 1874
* might have died at childbirth and not named
** - my grandfather
I haven't been able to track down William's siblings in Ireland and don't know if they ever left Ireland.
Patrick and Ellen's marriage records could not be located. Suspect married in RC Aughintaine Church but apparently no records were kept until 1870.
Patrick, Ellen and William arrived New York City 6 June 1888 on the "State of Nevada".
William naturalized in 1984 married Delia Dougherty 28 August 1898 in Manhattan.
Children born in Brooklyn, New York
Mary b 1901 died 1958
Ellen b 1902 died 1904
Joseph b 1907 died 1952
Francis X. b 1914 died 1993.
William died in the flu epidemic on Jan 26, 1917.
Delia died at age 67 in Brooklyn, NY. She was born in Donegal.Of William and Delia's children only Mary, John and Frank had children. I grew up on Long Island which is where some of your later McGirr's lived.