Escaping famine, seeking the American dream

By Jason McCoy Little is known about my family’s history and arrival to the United States, which is compounded by the contradictions my father, Larry Croghan, has discovered in the stories told by my grandfather, Jim Croghan. My legal name is Jason McCoy because I was adopted by my stepfather, Sam McCoy, but biologically, I am a Croghan, so this story will follow the Croghans’ immigration from Ireland. That story begins when my great-great-grandfather emigrated in the mid-1800s from County Kerry, located on the mountainous coastline of southwest Ireland. My Croghan ancestors most likely immigrated to the United States...

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