Kernan Timeline

The following chart summarizes the major events in the history of the Kernan Family, from earliest known ancestor, who was born in about 1796, to the present day.

Date Event
ca. 1796 Felix Kiernan was born in Ireland.
ca. 1797 Martha Rose Sheridan was born in Ireland.
Before 1826 Felix Kiernan and Martha Rose Sheridan were married in Ireland.
ca. 1830-32 Felix, Martha, and their two children left Ireland and immigrated to Québec, Canada. They settled in Nicolet, Québec.
1836 Owen Kiernan was born in Nicolet, Québec, Canada. Harriett Dunton was born in Howard, Steuben County, New York.
1851 Felix, Martha, and their children were living in Sainte-Monique, Québec, Canada.
ca. 1851-1857 Felix, Martha, and their children immigrated to the United States.
1857 Felix, Martha, and their children were living in Sibley County, Minnesota.
ca. 1860-1875 Martha (Sheridan) Kiernan died most likely in Minnesota (or possibly in Nebraska).
By 1863 Felix Kiernan and some (or all) of his children, were living in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. (It is unclear if Martha was still alive.) Owen Kiernan married Harriett Dunton in St. Paul.
1867 Owen Kiernan entered bakery partnership with brother-in-law Thomas Berrisford, which dissolved within the year. He remained a baker for most of his life.
1875 Felix Kiernan was living in Glendale, Scott County, Minnesota with his daughter and her family.
1880 Owen, Harriett, and their children were living in Maryville, Nodaway Co., Missouri, where Owen was employed as a worker for the railroad.
1882 Felix Kiernan died in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.
1884 George Kernan was born in Maryville, Nodaway Co., Missouri.
1885 Owen, Harriett, and their children returned to St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. Maudena Elizabeth Stearns was born in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon.
ca. 1890-1895 Owen Kiernan was employed as an Elevator Operator for Berrisfords’ Cracker & Confectionery Company in St. Paul.
ca. 1895-1900 Owen, Harriett and some of their children moved to Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon.
1901 Owen Kiernan died in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon.
1903 George Kernan and Maudena Stearns were married in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon.
1905 Harriett Kiernan was living in Wayzata, Hennepin Co., Minnesota with daughter Rose and her family.
1910 Harriett Kiernan was living in Kelso, Cowlitz Co., Washington with daughter Rose and her family.
1920 Harriett Kiernan was living in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon with son Oliver and his family.
1927 Harriett (Dunton) Kiernan died in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon.
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