The O'Shaughnessy Clan

SarahJackson O'Shaughnessy
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I am a descendant of George O'Shaughnessy, who was born in Ashford Killeedy, county Limerick Ireland in 1785. He married Johannah Murphy and they raised a family in a home called "George's Garden" in Glannduff, county Limerick. Of their 9 children, I am a descendant of their son William O'Shaughnessy, who was born in 1829 in Glannduff.

After immigrating to the USA, William first lived in WI but soon moved to Mississippi. He married Julia Lynch and had two sons - one of which was William O'Shaughnessy.

William A. O'Shaughnessy was born May 1, 1858 in Jackson, Mississippi. He married Jennie Herbert on July 19, 1881 and in August of 1883, Jennie gave birth to my great grandmother: May Elizabeth O'Shaughnessy.

May O'shaughnessy grew up in Mississippi and later married my great grandfather Eugene Lafayette Loper (original "Lowber" was Dutch). May and Eugene had 7 children, one of whom is my grandfather, Leonard "Bill" Lafayette Loper.

Bill Loper survived the great depression and would tell his grandchildren stories about getting an orange and a peppermint for Christmas when he was a child. He was a tall and handsome man who was a gentleman to others. He was a bombardier in WWII and after the war he married little Nell Shelton - who was the youngest of 10 in the Shelton family. Nell and Bill lived in Jackson and had 3 children - one of whom is my father James Leonard Loper.

James "Jim" Loper was born on February 7, 1949. He married Susan Lynelle Goodwin (b. June 26, 1950) on June 10, 1972. They had two children:
Sarah Joy Loper (born January 23, 1974) and John Shelton Loper (born October 12, 1978).

Sarah Loper was a natural redhead with freckles - something the family hadn't seen in a few generations! She favored her Irish ancestors - the O'Shaughnessy's. Sarah grew up and married the very handsome Jimmy Reid Jackson (b. July 8, 1970) of Montevallo, AL.

Sarah and Jimmy have 3 beautiful children:
Aidan Reid Jackson (b. January 21, 1999)
Gannon Elizabeth Jackson (b. January 16, 2001)
James "Quinn" Jackson (b. December 29, 2003)

Gannon is named Elizabeth after her great great grandmother May Elizabeth O'Shaughnessy. Our family has enjoyed studying our ancestry together and our children take great pride in their heritage. It is our goal to attend the annual O'Shaughnessy reunion in Ireland sometime in the near future. We are curious to see who (and if) we favor anyone!

Our ancestry includes the O'Shaughnessy's, the Keeners, the Sheltons, the Goodwin's, the Loper's (Lowber), the Festivans (Festervandt), the Wynn's, the Beene's, and many more.
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Mark Griffin I think we are distant relatives. My great, great , great grandfather was Thomas George Shaughnessy, a brother of William Shaughnessy. The Shaughnessy clan emigrated from Ireland in the 1840's. They settled in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. William did not like the cold weather in Wisconsin and moved to Mississippi. Lots of detailed about the Shaughnessy branch of my family tree can be found at [external link] . Do you happen to have any pictures or documents related to your O'Shaughnessy relatives?
Thanks, Mark Griffin
Jul 27, 2013 · Reply
Marion Schmitz Hi Sarah and Mark:

My wife, Diane, is also a descendant of George and Johannah (via their
son John and his daughter Bridget). As best I can figure, you two and
Diane are 4th cousins, once removed. I have the entire descendant line
of Bridget and Andrew Carey Carey (married 9/21/1886 in St. John's
Catholic Church, Morrison, Brown Co., WI). Let me know if you are
interested. I have a photo of Bridget and would be quite interested in
copies of her siblings/ancestors/whatever.

Cheers,
Marion Schmitz
Pasadena, CA
Oct 20, 2013 · Reply

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