Several years ago, I looked up some information for my cousins. I just came across it and decided to post it here in case I can help them connect with more of their family history. This was mostly from census records, and not a comprehensive search of other records. This research is six years old, so more information is undoubtedly available now.
John and Bridget Manning, born about 1811 and 1813,
respectively, emigrated from Ireland to the US in the 1840s, with their
son, John, born in about 1839, and probably some other children. I
found them in Clyman, Dodge County, Wisconsin in 1860. (Since earlier
censuses are not available through my service, I don't know if they were
there earlier.) There were several Manning families in Clyman, but I
don't know how they're related. John was a blacksmith and a farmer. I
think that John married a Catherine (born about 1850 in Ireland), and
that they had a daughter, Katherine, in about 1884. In 1900, John was a
widow living with his daughter, Katherine, still in Clyman, Wisconsin.
Katherine married Joseph L. Enright in about 1907, and their son, Paul
Manning Enright, was born in Texas in 1908. In 1910, this family was
living in Waco, Texas, including Katherine's father, John. They had a
daughter in about 1913, but I couldn't
make out her name. Something like Alline or Alsine. Joseph was a
Bridge Builder for the railroad. By 1920, the family had moved to
Texarkana, Texas and were still there in 1930. John Manning probably
passed away between 1920 and 1930. So on the Manning side, your
grandmother, Katherine Manning Enright, was born in Wisconsin, but her
parents were born in Ireland. Your great grandfather, John Manning,
emigrated from Ireland in the mid 1840s with his family while a child.
Your great grandmother, Catherine Manning, was also born in Ireland, but
I don't know her maiden name or when she emigrated.
I believe that your Enright emigres are John and Sarah Enright, born in
Ireland about 1802 and 1820, respectively. I don't know where they
married - Ireland or the US. Their son, James, was born about 1842.
Most of the census records say James was born in New York, though one
says Ireland. Other children were born in New York and Massachusetts in
the mid to late 1840s, so the family lived in that area for a while. I
found the family in 1860 in Milford, Jefferson County, Wisconsin.
James married a Johanna (born 1851 in Ohio). Johanna's parents were
both born in Ireland. James and Johanna had at least 8 children in
Wisconsin, including your grandfather, Joseph L. Enright, born about
1880. I may have found another brother who was born in Arkansas in
1890, so the family may have moved to Arkansas in the 1880s. Two of
Joseph's brothers, James and William, were also bridge builders for the
railroad in Texas, so there was
some kind of Civil Engineering strength in the family. I found Joseph
in Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas (again building bridges for
the railroad) in 1900, before he married. It was interesting that of
the 100 persons on his census page, he was the only white. So on the
Enright side, your grandfather, Joseph L. Enright, was born in
Wisconsin, and his parents were probably born in New York and Ohio. But
all 4 of their parents, your Enright great great grandparents, were
born in Ireland. I'm not sure when they emigrated, nor even what all of
their names were.
I learned a few
years ago about your father visiting with a cousin, Ray, on the East
Coast when returning from some business trips. Joseph L. Enright's
brother, William, a RR Bridge Builder in Texas, had a son Raymond born
in about 1909, one year younger than your dad. I think the 1930 census
said he was an insurance agent.