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I recently went to my local historical soceity and found this information on my ancestors from the 1880 US census for the township of May in Lee County:
Bernard McGovern, 54, farmer, born Ireland
Ann McGovern, 54, housekeeper, born Ireland
John McGovern, 20, school, born Illinois
Mary McGovern, 16, at home, born "
Teresa McGovern, 11, at home, born "
Elizabeth McGovern, 8, born "
Ellen McGovern, 2, born "
Also in the township of May:
Patrick McGovern, 36, farmer, born Ireland
Bridget McGovern, 35, housekeeper, born Ireland
John McGovern, 14, at home, born Ireland
Bernard McGovern, 12, at home, born Illinois
Ellen McGovern, 10, at home, born "
Elizabeth McGovern, 6, born "
Catherine McGovern, 3, born "
Agnes McGovern, 1, born "
I noticed in the 1921 platt books for the township of May that there were listed two Thomas McGovern's.
I am tracing these McGovern's because I believe they all came from the same place in Ireland... Ballinamore in County Leitrim. This is where my McGovern ancestors came from. And these McGovern's would be cousins of my ancestors.
Anyone with any knowledge of these McGovern's I would appreciate any information. I noticed that the second set of McGoverns emigrated about 1866 to 1868. Does any one know where I might search for Naturalization Papers in Lee County dating back that far?