Conway's Of Ireland


Alexander Girvin McGrattan

Grew up in Portaferry town.

Were Irish immigrants. Alexander was the first school teacher on Amherst Island and was the librarian for the British Government.

Samuel McGinn and Alexanders daughter, married and Minerva had their first child , a boy which they named Alexander after her father. When Alexander was 8 years old, they moved from Canada to Marion County, Kansas near Walton to homestead. They brought both sets of in-laws with them - her parents and his

Submitted by Mary Grattan Powell
WEEKLEY KANSAN-REPUBLICAN (Newton, KS), 5 Oct., 1900; p. 6:
ALEXANDER GRATTAN died Saturday at his home fourteen miles northeast of the city. He was born in Down County, Ireland, eighty-eight years ago and has lived in Marion County (Kansas) thiry years, being one of its oldest settlers. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and four daughters.

another researcher has 1841 as immigration Ireland to Amherst Island Canada

Mary Wilson

have seen marriage also as 1/20/1839
see obits under granddaughter Louisa Elberson.

Submitted by Mary Grattan Powell
EVENING KANSAN-REPUBLICAN (Newton, KS), 20 Feb., 1914; p. 4:
Mrs. Mary Grattan received her summons to her eternal home this morning and had she lived until April 20, she would have been 91 years of age. She has been a widow for many years and made her home with her children who reside near Sedgwick, but spent most of her time with her daughter, Mrs. T. W. Elberson. During the past six weeks, she had been with another daughter, Mrs. Sam McGinn, and it was here that death occurred after an illness of less than a week.
Mrs. Grattan or Grandma Grattan as she was familiarly known, was a woman of remarkable vitality and activity for one of her age, and her mental faculties were keen even to the latter day of her recent illness. She loved work and aside from assisting in the light tasks of household duties, she continued to use her needle and had taken much pleasure in piecing quilts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had been the mother of a large family, seven of whom survive her. Always of a sweet, cheerful disposition, she loved to mingle with young folks and they were happy in visiting with her.
Beside her seven children, she is survived by fifty-three grandchildren and sixty-three great-grandchildren. Her children are: Mrs. James McCabe, Mrs. Sam McGinn, Mrs. T.W. Elberson, and William Grattan of Sedgwick; Mrs. T.L. Fife of Denver; Mr. J.A. Grattan of El Dorado; and Mrs. (Caleb) Tugwell of Stella, (Ont.) Canada. All of whom were with her except Mrs. Tugwell. Mrs. Elberson who had been spending the winter in Texas, arrived yesterday, and Mrs. Fife had been visiting here.
The funeral will be held at St. Mary's church Monday morning at 10 o'clock and interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery.

Submitted by Mary Grattan Powell
EVENING KANSAN-REPUBLICAN (Newton, KS), 23 Feb., 1914; p. 1:
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Grattan was held at St. Mary's church at 10 o'clock. An interurban car was chartered for a funeral car bringing Mrs. Grattan and relatives and friends to the number of forty to the church, where the requiem high mass was sung. The officiating clergymen were Rev. A.M. Weikman of Halstead, Rt. Rev. M. Maguire, and Rev. J.G. Dambach.
A very beautiful sermon was preached by Father Weikman. Out of town relatives from Topeka, Emporia, and Wichita, and many friends were present. The floral tributes were very handsome. Mrs. Grattan was borne to her resting place by six of her grandsons. Clarence McGinn, Jesse Elberson, Richard McCabe, Charles Grattan, Alex Grattan, and Joe Grattan.

Della Elberson

husband may be Steinkirchner as daughter is Phyllis Steinkirchner
Della lived to be about 100

Leander Peter Elberson

Elizabeth ELBERSON b: 22 Jun 1916 in Crowley, Acadia Ph., LA
Helen Ruth ELBERSON b: 17 Feb 1919 in Crowley, Acadia Ph., LA
Lea Anna ELBERSON b: 22 Dec 1922 in Crowley, Evangeline Ph., LA
Margaret ELBERSON b: 22 Apr 1924 in Crowley, Evangeline Ph., LA

may have d 1941

Jesse Albert Elberson

Thomas Charles ELBERSON

Alice Mary Elberson

app m a Fleming
ALICE M FLEMING 06 Jan 1905 25 Oct 1991 (not specified) (none specified) 514-40-5907 Kansas

Samuel Wallace Elberson

Edna Lea ELBERSON b: Abt. 1912 in New Orleans, LA
Thomas Wallace ELBERSON b: Abt. 1916 in New Orleans, LA
Betty ELBERSON b: Abt. 1925 in New Orleans, LA


many of later descendants drop the MC from the name. Also spelled Gratton or Grattan with or without the Mc

Eliza Jane Girvin

came to Amherst Island in 1832
also seen as Elizabeth Jane McGrattan
of Ballygalget; nee Girvan; mother of Alexander b. Nov. 14, 1812 & David & Peter & Mary; left for Canada; some of the family drowned in shipwreck off St. Johns Point 26 Sep 1840; returned to fetch a daughter; her children suffered religious persecution at Ardkeen Sabbath school 14 Aug 1841. From Ardkeen Inch parish.
fr Bonnie Jones

also seen note on death of 2/16/1849

Caleb S Tugwell

came to Canada 1844

his sister Sarah m John Henry Strawbridge