Seeking information regarding Abraham Patrick Shane. His name was originally McShane, but he shortened it to
Shane when he came to the U.S. because he thought McShane was "too Irish". He also signed his name Abram P. Shane or even A.P. Shane.
Parents of Patrick Shane were George Patrick McShane and Mary Murphy, both born in Ireland. They had at least 2 sons we know of, Joseph and Patrick McShane. George McShane died in Ireland and Mary McShane remarried to W. PETER MURRAY. They lived in Ireland for a time and had at least one daughter ANNIE MURRAY.
We do not know when they came to this country, (my aunt said she thought it was during the potato famines). Peter, Mary and Annie we believe came together, and they may have had with them ABRAM PATRICK MCSHANE and JOSEPH P. MCSHANE.
They came to live in TN. We found them in the Nashville, TN City Directory in 1853. Patrick married FLORENCE MAY POWERS at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Jan. 2, 1873. Patrick and Florence had 6 children and he died of Tuberculosis in July 1883, a few months after the birth of my grandmother MYRA LOUISE SHANE. FLORENCE POWERS SHANE died 5 years later (also of TB) leaving 6 orphans who were raised by various family members.
My sister and I have been researching the family history for 20 years and have not had much success. If anyone has information that might help us, we would be most grateful.
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