Irish Countryside

THE FAMILY OF BERNARD M. McGOVERN

of Ireland and Girard Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

At least two McGovern brothers immigrated to America from Ireland: Bernard M. McGovern, born in Ireland in 1815 and Charles McGovern, born in Ireland in 1812. Both were engaged in the carpenter trade and settled in Girard Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. From census records it appears that the brothers were in Pennsylvania by 1841. They married women born in Pennsylvania and began to raise families about 1843. Both are enumerated in Girard Township on the 1850 Pennsylvania Federal Census, but only Bernard M. McGovern remained. There is a record in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania for both Bernard and Charles McGovern listing them as "military men in 1853 and 1854. On the 1860 census report, Bernard lists his occupation as farmer. The family of Bernard M. McGovern lived south of LeConte’s Mills where Bernard had a sizeble farm of 220 acres. The property is part of the 1878 Caldwells Atlas, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania on page 191. Bernard and his two sons, Daniel and Wesley are listed in the Girard Township Directory in Caldwells Atlas. On the 1880 census, all of his sons were still living at home and helping him farm his property. Bernard lists that both of his parents were born in Ireland and Susanna lists her parents as having been born in Pennsylvania. Bernard’s nephew, Michael McGovern is also living with the family, and his grand daughter, Loretta Hoover, is visiting.

The children of Bernard M. and Susanna McGovern:

  1. ROSANNA McGOVERN born 1843 in LeConte’s Mills, Girard Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania married BERNARD GREEN.
  2. Maria A. McGovern born 1845 in Girard Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, married Robert Green, died on July 12, 1913 and is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Frenchville, Pennsylvania.
  3. Mary Jane McGovern born 1846 in Girard Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Possibly married Unknown Merat.
  4. Joseph McGovern born 1849 in Girard Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Died before 1860.
  5. Daniel McGovern born 1852 in Girard Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania and married Fannie Unknown.
  6. Hannah McGovern born 1854 in Girard Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
  7. Sylvester McGovern born 1856 in Girard Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
  8. Elizabeth McGovern born 1857 in Girard Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. May have married Unknown Hoover and had a daughter, Loretta.
  9. Charles McGovern born 1859 in Girard Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania married Sophie Unknown.
  10. Andrew C. McGovern born on July 22, 1865 in LeConte’s Mills, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania married Norah Renaud and died on January 17, 1918 in LeContes Mills, Pennsylvania. One known child: Bernard Bonaventure McGovern born april 7, 1900 in Frenchville, Pennsylvania died September 11 1950 in Niagara Falls, New York.

The family of Charles and Catherine McGovern:

  1. Thomas McGovern born in 1844 in Pennsylvania.
  2. Mary A. McGovern born in 1846 in Pennsylvania.
  3. Eliza J. McGovern born in 1847 in Pennsylvania.
  4. Theresa McGovern born in 1849 in Pennsylvania.
  5. Michael McGovern born in 1853 in Pennsylvania.

Thank you to Mike Gardner for his assistance in researching the McGovern family.

Updated March, 2001


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