For the past five or six years, I've been trying to prove John McGarr and Catherine Murphy were the parents of my Daniel McGarr of Ballyraggan, County Kildare, and that their son John Jr. was Daniel's brother. I have assembled plenty of circumstantial evidence, but never found that one document that spelled it out. Today I may have stumbled onto something almost as good, you tell me...
First, the known facts:
John McGarr Jr. was born in Ireland around 1799-1805, (this from census records). Daniel was born in the same time frame.
In about 1838 John Jr. came to America, settling in Auburn, NY. (also from census), while Daniel remained in Ireland.
In 1840 John Jr. married Mary Kelly in Auburn, his parents were named as Catherine Murphy and John McGarr in church records.
Witnesses to the marriage were Daniel McGarr (not my Daniel, I think this one was a cousin) and Esther McGarr.
Esther's parents were Mary Hayden and Michael McGarr, possibly the Michael in Tober, Wicklow in the Tithe Applotments. When Mary Hayden died in Auburn, her tombstone mentioned Ballyraggan.
John Jr. and Mary Kelly's first child was Catherine McGarr--Daniel in Ballyraggan named his first child Catherine.
John Jr. and Mary's second son was named Richard, Daniel in Ballyraggan named his first son Richard; not a terribly common name in Ireland. Both also had sons named John. This of course is significant due to the naming pattern used by Irish parents.
That brings me to the "seeing is believing" part of the evidence, below on the left you see Bridget McGarr, daughter of Daniel of Ballyraggan and the sister of my great-great-grandmother Maria. On the right is a photo of Elizabeth McGarr, the daughter of John Jr. Look at the nose, the brow, the eyes. I find a remarkable resemblance, they could be sisters. They certainly could be cousins don't you think?