In a previous post Who was Richard McManus’s mother? I’ve mentioned I struggled to find a baptism record for Richard and to confirm his mother’s maiden name.
That was until a DNA match appeared on ancestry, that lead me to the theory that Richard had a sister Margaret McManus who settled in New York. Thankfully her death certificate listed her mother as Jane Hegarty. So I built a tree for Margaret, found other siblings, but could still not link her to Richard. And the DNA connection was a bit too distant to be a conclusive proof.
Thankfully, a kind relative who is two generations closer to the ancestry DNA match had agreed to test – and his results just came in this morning. He and J are 2nd cousins once removed!
I can now say, without any doubt, that the theory was correct – Richard’s mother was indeed Jane Hegarty (abt. 1821 – 1902)!
The search now continues to find out more about her other children and other possible Hegarty relatives.
(I’m deliberately not including diagrams for the relationship to protect living people’s privacy)