Of course I'm not an expert. My first thought was that my branch (Coolbanegar, Queen's Co.; Catherine Mason and William Benn) and the other branch (Kilamy, Queen's Co.; Elizabeth Kingsley and Samuel Benn were a generation before Zachary in leaving Ireland.
I believe my branch left about 1820, Catherine first with a dozen children......
Now that I reference Mary Ellen's July 16, 2001 post I see the Kilamy branch left (to NYC) "1836 to 1850," making them possibly the same generation as Zachary.
Now how far, on foot, is it from Kilamy to Limerick? If it is geographically close you've got one branch spreading through neighbourliness, and if it is distant you've got more than one branch or pioneering use of the train.
Then the name "Zachary" got me with its Old Testament ring, because my next generation after W & C had lots of Old Testament names: Solomon, Ephraim, Jacob, Abraham...
If everyone in the Scots-Irish diaspora was giving their kids names (from the only book in the house, maybe) from the O.T., I'll admit I have no real case.
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