Kernan Related Branches

Oral family history and family records for the Kernan family identify four related branches that married into the Kernan family. The first of these is identified as the “Beecroft” branch, which is said to have been the family of the wife of Owen Francis Kiernan (1836-1901), Harriett Dunton (1836-1927). The second of these is the Stearns branch, which is the family of Maudena Elizabeth Stearns (1885-1936), the wife of George Edward Kernan (1884-1960). The third of these is the Davis branch, which is the adopted family of Maxine Elizabeth Davis (1912-1992), the first wife of Delmar Clair Kernan (1908-1979). The fourth of these is the Lapham branch, which is the family of Margaret Ann Lapham (1936-2004), the wife of William G. Kernan (LIVING). In addition to these four branches, oral family history and family records add two more branches. The first of these is the Beeney branch, which is the biological family of Maxine Elizabeth Davis (1912-1992), who was the first wife of Delmar Clair Kernan (1908-1979). The second of these is the Rains branch, which is the family of Pauline Katherine Rains (1913-1997), the second wife of Delmar Clair Kernan (1908-1979).

Research into available historical records, moreover, has both corrected and expanded this list of related branches. Various sources, including birth and death records, indicate that the Beecroft branch identified by oral family history and family records is incorrect, as the maiden name of the wife of Owen Francis Kiernan (1836-1901) was not Beecroft but Dunton. Although this will be discussed more on the Dutton page, the reason for this mistake is presently unclear. Furthermore, research has identified beyond this correction an additional related branch, which is the Sheridan branch, the family of Martha Rose Sheridan (ca. 1797-?), who was the wife of Felix Kiernan (ca. 1796-1882).

Available historical records have also identified several other branches, which stem off some of the branches that married into the Kernan family, the notable exception being the Sheridan branch for which no other branches stemming from it have been found. Other branches for the Dunton branch include Felch, Richardson, Bellows, Stoddard, and Knowles. Other branches for the Stearns branch include Gibson, Lawrence, Bigelow, Hoyt, Raymond, Hines, and Backer. Other branches for the Davis branch include Black, Spinney, Marshall, Haddock, Norman, and Williams. Other branches for the Beeney branch include Weller, Gallop, Wys, Lyons, McLaughlin, and Cook. Other branches for the Rains branch include Lloyd, Lucas, Rains, Keith, and Rowlands. Oher branches for the Lapham branch include Mann, Arnold, Lapham, Colwell, Broadway, Reynolds, Leishman, Wellin, and Graber. In many cases, additional branches stemming off each of these have been identified. However, they have not been included here.

The following chart shows the related branches that married into the Kernan family and the branches stemming from these. However, the Lapham branch and those stemming from it are not included, as they are not a part of the ancestry of my paternal grandfather, William G. Kernan (LIVING). Details regarding the Lapham family and its related branches can be found by accessing the Lapham tab on the site navigation bar. To view available information for each of these branches, which includes details about their origins, surnames, and known generations, please click on the bulleted links below, or select from the site navigation bar above.

Related Branches Relationship Other Branches
Family of Martha Rose Sheridan (ca. 1797-?), the wife of Felix Kiernan (ca. 1797-1882)
  • (None presently identified)
Family of Harriett “Hattie” Dunton (1836-1927), the wife of Owen Francis Kiernan (1836-1901)
  • Felch
  • Richardson
  • Bellows
  • Stoddard
  • Knowles
Family of Maudena Elizabeth “Lizzie” Stearns (1885-1936), the wife of George Edward Kernan (1884-1960)
  • Gibson
  • Lawrence
  • Bigelow
  • Hoyt
  • Raymond
  • Hines
  • Backer
Adopted family of Maxine Elizabeth Davis (1912-1992), the wife of Delmar Clair Kernan (1908-1979)
  • Black
  • Spinney
  • Marshall
  • Haddock
  • Norman
  • Williams
Biological family of Maxine Elizabeth Davis (1912-1992), the wife of Delmar Clair Kernan (1908-1979)
  • Weller
  • Gallop
  • Wys
  • Lyons
  • Mclaughlin
  • Cook
Family of Pauline Katherine Rains (1913-1997), the second wife of Delmar Clair Kernan (1908-1979)
  • Lloyd
  • Lucas
  • Rains
  • Keith
  • Rowlands

In addition to the related branches that are a part of the ancestry of my paternal grandfather, William G. Kernan (LIVING), there are several related branches that also married into the Kernan family but are not a part of my paternal grandfather’s ancestry. These include related branches belonging to the spouses of siblings of Kernan ancestors Owen Francis Kiernan (1836-1901), George Edward Kernan (1884-1960), Delmar Clair Kernan (1908-1979), and William G. Kernan (LIVING). No siblings for Felix Kiernan (ca. 1796-1882) are presently known. Related branches for the siblings of Owen Francis Kiernan (1836-1901) include Murphey, Berrisford, and Kearney. Related branches for the siblings of George Edward Kernan (1884-1960) include Wise and Bentz. Related branches for the siblings of Delmar Clair Kernan (1908-1979) include Potter, Kirtland, Brock, Durkee, Bollinger, Wilson, Hereford, Blue, Bisson, and Lee. The related branch for the sibling of William G. Kernan (LIVING) is Kreisman. In addition to these, there are those related branches belonging to the spouses of my paternal grandfather’s children, which include Drachuk, Staneart, Bradford, Harrell, Hamilton, Harry, and Hernandez.

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