Kernan Family 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
1796 Felix Kiernan was born in Lisnawully, Co. Louth, Ireland
1797 Martha Rose Sheridan was born in Archerstown, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
1825 Felix married Martha Rose Sheridan in the Catholic Parish of Clonmellon, most likely in Archerstown, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.
1830-1832 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. Harriet Dunton was born in Howard, Steuben County, New York.
1851 Felix, Martha, and their children were living in Sainte-Monique, Québec, Canada.
1855 Felix was party to a petition to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada to get a bridge built over part of the Nicolet River
1856 Felix, Martha, and their children immigrated to the United States.
1857 Felix and Martha were living in Sibley County, Minnesota, where Felix was employed as a farmer; Felix filed a “Declaration of Intention”
1860-1865 Martha (Sheridan) Kiernan died most likely in Minnesota.
1863-1864 Felix was living in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, where he was employed as a laborer
1864-1865 Felix was injured from a fall through a sidewalk in St. Paul and received $50 for his injuries from the city
1866 Felix was employed as a lumberman in St. Paul
1867 Felix was employed as a laborer in St. Paul. 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, Harriet, and their children were living in Maryville, Nodaway Co., Missouri, where Owen was employed as a worker for the railroad.
1882 Felix was living in St. Paul with daughter Marie Anne and her family; Felix died in St. Paul, and was buried at Calvary Cemetery
Aug 1884 George Kernan was born in Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri
Oct 1884 – Jan 1885 Owen, Harriet, and their children returned to St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.
Apr 1885 Maudena Elizabeth “Lizzie” Stearns was born in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon.
1889-1899 Owen Kiernan was employed as an Elevator Operator for Berrisfords’ Cracker & Confectionery Company in St. Paul.
1899-1900 Owen, Harriet 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.
1904-1906 George Kernan was employed as a laborer for the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company in Portland
1905 Harriet Kiernan was living in Wayzata, Hennepin Co., Minnesota with her daughter Rose and her family.
1907-1909 George Kernan was employed as a machinist for the North Coast Furnace Works and then the Oregon Planing Mills in Portland
1910 Harriet Kiernan was living in Kelso, Cowlitz Co., Washington with her daughter Rose and her family. George Kernan and his family were also living in Kelso.
1911-1913 George Kernan moved his family back to Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon
1913-1918 George was employed as a janitor and then a driver for Kennard & Adams in Portland
1918 George Kernan registered for the World War I Draft
1920 Harriet Kiernan was living in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon with her son Oliver and his family. Harriet Moved with son Oliver and his family to Astoria, Oregon. George was employed at Calef Bros Furniture Store as a clerk and a driver.
By 1924 Harriet Kiernan had moved to and was living in Oakland, Alameda Co., California with her son Oliver and his family.
By 1925 Harriet Kiernan had returned to Astoria, Oregon, and was living with her son Oliver and his family.
1925-1928 George was employed as a stoveman in Portland
1928 Harriet Kiernan was living in Oakland, Alameda Co., California with her son Oliver and his family. Harriet died in Alameda County, California.
By 1930 George Kernan moved his family to West Columbia Precinct, Clark County, Washington, where George was employed as a barker for a paper mill
By 1934 George Kernan moved his family back to Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
1936 Maudena Elizabeth Kernan died in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
1940 George Kernan was employed as a gardener in Portland
1942 George Kernan registered for the World War II Draft
By 1942 George Kernan was employed as a pipefitter at the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation
1950 George Kernan filed for his Social Security benefits claim, indicating retirement
1956 George Kernan was employed as a Sampler for the State Department of Agriculture in Portland
By 1960 George Kernan was living at Graystone Nursing Home in Portland
1960 George Edward Kernan died in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

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Published 04/03/2015. Last Updated 04/27/2018.

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