Early Origins of the Hennagend family
Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, from very ancient times.
Early History of the Hennagend family
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Hennagend Spelling Variations
spelling variations of the surname Hennagend are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Downs, Down, Downe, Downes and others.
Early Notables of the Hennagend family (pre 1700)
(c. 1612-1679), created 1st Viscount Downe in 1675; Andrew Downes, also known as Dounaeus, (c.1549-1628), English classical scholar, one of the seven translators of the...
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Migration of the Hennagend family to the New World and Oceana
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hennagend or a variant listed above: Jane Downe who settled in Jamaica in 1685; John Downe settled in Barbados in 1685; another John Downe settled in Virginia in 1670; Robert Downe settled in St. Christopher in 1635.
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