I am trying to find anything at all about my g-g-g grandfather, Patrick Keelin. The only thing I know for sure about him is that he was born in Ireland, and that his son, John, was born in Virginia in 1845.
I have searched exhaustively records on familysearch.org, ancestry.com, and rootsweb.com. I have looked for census records in Virginia for Patrick Keelin, and I've spelled Keelin every which way I can think of, including changing the K for similar looking letters.
I've also tried to find earlier records for his son John-in the hopes that Patrick would be included. The earliest record I found was an 1880 KY census that lists John Keelin with his wife and children.
John's mother, Mary Smith, was supposedly born in Virginia, but I couldn't find a marriage record for her and Patrick, or any census record of them living together.
If anyone has any advice, I would really appreciate it! I think about Patrick a lot, since this is my only direct Irish ancestor, and so far it is nothing but a huge brick wall! Very frustrating! Thanks again
Thank you ColeValleyGirl for pointing that out. Here is how I know what I know about Patrick. On his son John's death certificate, it lists his parents names, and places of birth. Patrick Keelin, Ireland, and Mary Smith, Virginia.
I haven't been able to find any records of Patrick. I checked the family cemetery and there is no grave for him or his wife(I am assuming they were married?).
I know John was born in Virginia, since it says so on his death certificate, and several census records. I know John died in Kentucky, since it shows that on census records, and he is buried in Kentucky.