Peter, Michael, and Henry Farron—Kilbroney to Cleveland

In 1910 Peter and Michael Farron were living on East 89th St in Cleveland, across the street from my great-grandfather Ned Rodgers. In that neighborhood, with a name like Farron (Feran, Fearon), they seemed "likely suspects" for being from the Kilbroney/Killowen area of County Down, Ireland. It turns out that they were.

Peter Fearon's U.S. records say that he was born in Ireland sometime between 1860 and 1867 and arrived in the US between 1883 and 1891. On August 24, 1897 he and Katherine Loury/Lowery were married in Cuyahoga County. They had at least the following children: Paul (born about 1898), Dorothy (about 1901), Alice (about 1902), Philomena (about 1907), and Peter (about 1910). Peter died February 8, 1934 in Cleveland. His death record says his parents were Patrick Fearon and Catherine Trainer.

Michael Farron was born in Ireland between 1863 and 1864 and arrived in the US around 1880 or 1882. On June 4, 1890 he married Sarah Farron in Cuyahoga County. They had at least the following children: Kate who was born in Ireland in 1891, Willie (1893), Joseph (1895), Leo (1897), and Sadie (1900). Michael died December 20, 1910, and his parents were also listed as Patrick Farron and Catherine Traynor.

Michael's grandson by his daughter Kate, George Welling, was in the second grade class at Holy Name School with my mother. For a brief article about George see George Welling, 1922, Newburgh, Cleveland.

Henry Farron was born May 27, 1864, in Rostrevor, County Down, son of Patrick Fearon and Catherine Traynor.1 Henry said he arrived in the US in 1888. He and Maria Cunningham were married about 1896 and had at least the following children: Sarah (1896), James (1898), Mary (about 1901), Celia (about 1903), and Elizabeth (about 1906). Henry died May 2, 1917, and his parents' names are on his death record.


This family was from Levallyclanone. The birth records for Henry and Anna confirm that. They are online at I've changed the title of the article slightly to reflect the new information.


1. "Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 07 Dec 2013), James Fearon, 27 May 1864; citing 0607,ROSSTREVOR,DOWN,IRELAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 101085.

2. "Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 07 Dec 2013), Patrick Fearon in entry for Annie Fearon, 06 Jul 1866; citing 0603,ROSSTREVOR,DOWN,IRELAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 101130.

Other sources include US Census records, Ohio Deaths at, and Cuyahoga County marriages at

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