Cead Mile Failte
"One Hundred Thousand Welcomes"
In Memory of my Mum & Dad
The research I have done is dedicated to my Mum & Dad whose memory I hold dear in my heart. For they are only but a breath away. It is with love that I write this for them and for our future generations, so they may know and remember who we were. For we are who we were. I want to thank my Mom & Dad for giving me the love of family that has prompted me to dig into our past.
Since I can remember I knew I wanted to know more about my family and from where we had come. As a child I often asked my Mum & Dad to tell me the stories of their childhood over and over again. I wish now that I had written everything down they had told me.
When I finally began to search for information on our family I found out there are a whole lot of Brown's out there and not so many Eagens. It sure didn't make either one easier to find. From one generation to the next the spelling of a name could change or some family members had more than one spouse and some had many children. Once I finally did find the information I needed the names and places and dates truly started to form my family. What I have found is we come from a long line of people who worked hard for a living. Some served in the military in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI and WWII and others. Some have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country in these wars. There were farmers, lawyers, judges, mill workers, veterans, artists, sign painters, seamstesses, Mothers, Fathers, sons and daughters all proud and strong that had a love and respect for family. These family members are the immigrants that helped to shape our country into what it is today.
We can thank our family for keeping the older generations alive by talking about their past and family members who had gone before them. It is my dream that we continue to keep our past alive for the generations to follow. It is important to me that our future generations not only have a record of who came before them but also a feeling for who they really were. If I, in some small way have been able to do that, then I have succeeded.
SLA`N GO FO`ILL
(Bye For Now)
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For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way-
Good health, good luck and happiness For today and every day.
Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.
Some family trees have beautiful leaves, and some have just a bunch of nuts. Remember, it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking.