Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day should take on a whole new meaning now that we’ve discovered some Irish roots and branches in our tree.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and while St. Patrick’s day is a festive day that celebrates the saint’s life, and commemorates the day of his death, as well as celebrates Irish life in general, it is also a solemn liturgical celebration as well.

The feast day of Saint Patrick has been celebrated in parts of Ireland since the 9th-century but it wasn’t until 1903 that Saint Patrick’s Day became an official public (bank) holiday in Ireland.

When he was about 16, he was captured from Britain by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After entering the Church, he returned to Ireland as an ordained bishop in the north and west of the island, but little is known about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland. — Saint Patrick on Wikipedia

Legend credits St. Patrick with banishing snakes from Ireland. Although, in reality, there were probably no snakes in Ireland to drive away, but nevertheless, it is to his credit. He is also credited for using a shamrock to illustrate the concept of The Holy Trinity.

Originally, Saint Patrick’s color was blue, and the lighter shades of blue are still the color of Ireland, but eventually the “wearing of the green”, which really meant the wearing of a symbolic shamrock, took over and now those in America of Irish descent wear green clothing on St. Patrick’s Day.

Some of our family members who were born in Ireland
Samuel Crooks: b. 1781 my 5th great grandfather through the Oesterling-Dunbar line
Margaret Mary Elder: b. Ocotober 18, 1724 my 6th great grandmother through the Kradel-McClung-Ralston line
Willian Ralston: b. 1734 my 6th great grandfather through the Kradel-McClung-Ralston line
Matthew McClung: b. 1730 my 6th great grandfather through the Kradel-McClung line
Thomas Speer: b. 1679 my 7th great grandfather through the Kradel-McClung line
John Beatty: b. 1773 my 4th great grandfather through the Kradel-McClung line
John Larimore: b. 1742 my 5th great grandfather through the Kradel-McClung line

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Reference: Saint Patrick on Wikipedia

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