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Ancestry of Kit No. 320265
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Earliest known ancestor John D. Driscoll, b.c. 1838, Eyeries, Kilcatherine, d.c. 1900, Augusta, MT, USA, buried St. Patrick's Cemetery, Butte, MT

  1. John D. Driscoll b.c. 1838 near Eyeries, Ireland m. Julia Callaghan Marra, Fall River, MA, USA were the parents of John C. Driscoll.
  2. John C. Driscoll b.c. 1864 d.c. 1923 m. Catherine Flannigan were the parents of John Bryan Driscoll.
  3. John B. Driscoll b.c. 1896 m. Ethel Henderson Driscoll were the parents of John Bryan Driscoll Jr.
  4. John B. Driscoll Jr. m. Lorraine Green were the ancestors of 320265.

The earliest known Driscoll (directly connected to me) was John D. Driscoll, who, I believe, left from Kilkatherine, just northeast of Eyries, Ireland in 1838. He eventually died in Augusta, Montana, (about 1900) and was brought to Butte, Montana, by his son John C. Driscoll, to buried in St. Patrick's cemetery in Butte. He was married in Fall River, Massachusetts to an older widowed Irish woman named Julia (I think married name had been Marra) Callaghan.

John D Driscoll and Julia Callahan Driscoll had four children. The oldest was Daniel, next oldest was John C. Driscoll, and then Anne and Honora. They lived sequentially, in Worchester, Masschusetts; Houghton Hancock, Michigan (mining); Central City, Colorado (mining), and then Butte, Montana (mining). In Montana, the entire family homesteaded along the Sun River, east of the Rocky Mountain Front, where the women tended the ranch and the men went down to Butte to work in the mines. John D (father) and John C. (second son) were surface engineers (meaning they ran the hoisting apparatus for the man cages and ore skips that moved up and down, starting in the Original and Steward underground hardrock copper Mines.

The member of the family who came up to Butte, from the gold mines of Central City, Colorado, was the oldest son, Daniel. He arrived to first work in the Steward Mine, then encouraged the others to follow. By then Honora had been widowed (married name, I think, was Cavenagh), and arrived in Augusta with two children.

The first family place at Augusta, Montana, was an eight sided wooden log barn, with a very large low hanging roof, sitting almost like a flying saucer out in the field along the Sun River. It was said to have been built so it occupied four intersecting corners of four adjacent homesteads (belonging to four adult members of the family). The family lived in a couple of the sections of the eight sided structure, and the animals lived in other sections, with opening to pens on the outside. In winter, when the snow was particularly deep, they fed the animals through hatches in the broad low roof, and enjoyed heat on the inside from the animals bodies.

The male members of the family were brought into the Robert Emmet Literary Association (the Sein Fein of the day) by being introduced to the Butte RELA as transferring from the Central City Camp of the RELA. John D. Driscoll died in the middle of winter up the August ranch, which all the members of the family had joined together and given as a wedding present to Honora, when she married a local mountain man.

John C. Driscoll had met and eventually married Catherine Flannigan in Central City, and when they lived in Butte, they had four children (John Bryan (named after William Jennings Bryan who was running for President at the time), William, Francis, and (I think) Mary who died in the great flu epidemic, along with her uncle Daniel, who had acquired miners consumption a lung condition common to underground miners. John B Driscoll became a well known football star in High School and College, as he studied to be a dentist, but during the depression he kept the family solvent by playing piano and singing in the bars, night clubs and speak easies of Butte. He was very well known and loved as "Butter" Driscoll. William became a pharmacist and owned Driscoll drug store, Francis (known as Fritz) married into the well respected Irish american Kane family, of physicians who had worked themselves up from the mines. The Kanes were the first to acquire an xray machine, not controlled by the Anaconda Company, and so miners were able to independently determine that they had miners consumption in the long process of getting some kind of medical coverage. Catherine Flannigan's brother, Frank, lived as a bachelor in the John C. and Catherine Flannigan Driscoll house hold, spending his time investing in stocks qnd bonds. John C. Driscoll, still working as a hoisting or surface engineer, dropped dead on his way to work at the age of 58 (about 1923) and was identified by the fishing license in his pocket.

John Bryan Driscoll married Ethel Henderson in Butte, and they were the parents of John Bryan Driscoll, Jr. (my father), who was their oldest, and three other boys, William (who became county clerk and recorder), Robert (who became very active as a catholic layman in Butte) and Daniel (who became a pharmacist and acquired ownership of the Driscoll pharmacy). John Bryan Driscoll died in Butte at the age of 46, in 1943, from a combination of foot ball injuries to his kidneys and diabetes.

My own father, John Bryan Driscoll, Jr., at the time was serving in North Africa as a Navy Corpsman during WWII. He returned home after the invasion of Sicily, because he was selected after taking tests given in the fleet, to attend the University of Southern California to learn to be a dentist, while still in the navy. During this time he married my mother, Ann Lorraine Green Driscoll. The Green family was a family of Irish miners from Walkerville, Montana, on the top of the Butte Hill. An Irish -American priest named Father Sarsfield O'Sullivan, from the same neigborhood of Corktown (where earlier genertions of the family had lived) went out his way to tell me the Green family was really a sub-clan of the Sullivans in Cork, and that there had been so many of that name that they came to distinguish themselves by where they lived (down by the green trees, etc). Somehow that got construed to the color green here in the states. My mother always said it was because they refused to eat soup with meat in it on Friday, and so the English took away their good irish name. I think Father O'Sullivan had it right.

John "the Yank" Harrington, a contemporary of my grand father Francis Cornelius Green, from when they graduated together in the same eighth grade class at St. Lawrence O'Toole elementary school in Walkerville, MT, told me that the Green family came from a small town below the Allhies Copper mine on the Beara Penninsula. I believe he said the name of the town was Ballydonnigan.

The other side of my mother's family in Butte was the Downey's, who were also, I believe, from Cork.

Tests Taken: Y-DNA 111

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