Her great-grandfather Hugh O'Neill packed up his family in 1805 and headed for this new nation, winding up in Noble County, Ohio. I visited the house where Lena was born about 75 tears later. It still stands near the village of Summerfield.
My attachment to Ireland is more intellectual than emotional; emotionally I am fully American. But, still, I thank Hugh and his wife Deborah for their decision to cross the pond. I hope they are proud of all their Yankee descendants.
|Here is Lena--way before I knew her!|