My father was William Cudahy McKernan, was born on July 5, 1921, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Staff Sergeant William C. McKernan served in the United States Army during World War II, served two years overseas in Africa, and Italy, and participated in the Battle of Rome Arno.
William C. McKernan’s father, Francis Joseph McKernan, a railroad worker, was born on November 7, 1889, in Hoosick Falls, New York; his mother, Bridget Linehan, was born on October 7,1883, in Chicopee, Massachusetts,
Francis J. McKernan’s parents were Patrick F. McKernan, a railroad car inspector, born on March 17, 1862, in Killeevan, County Monaghan, Ireland, and emigrated to the United States in 1882; and Catherine S. Cudahy, a housewife, born on August 7, 1863, in Kiljames, County Kilkenny, Ireland.
Patrick’ F. McKernan’s father, Francis McKernan, a farmer, born in 1843, in County Monaghan, Ireland; his mother, Rose Kelly, born in Tydavnet, County Monaghan, Ireland. Francis and Rose were married on June 10, 1862, in Saint Mary’s Church at Urbleshanny, Scotstown, Tydavnet Parish, County Monaghan, Ireland. Catherine’s father, James Cudahy, was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland; Catherine’s mother, Mary Costigan, was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland.
Bridget Linehan’s father, John J. Linehan, a laborer, was born in 1842, Ireland, and emigrated to the United States; her mother, Catherine Ahern, a housekeeper, was born in 1847, in County Cork, Ireland; John J. Linehan’s father, John Linehan, was born in Ireland; his mother, Ellen Murphy, was born in Ireland. Catherine’s father, William Ahern, was born in County Cork, Ireland; Catherine’s mother, Ellen Sheehan, was born in County Cork, Ireland.