Searching for a mythical patriarch I found an impressive feminist…

My mother’s grandmother, Mary Agnes, was born on the outskirts of Derry in 1872. Her family, the McKeevers became the McIvors and moved to Quigley’s Point when she was about ten. She married Hugh Harley, ten years her senior, in 1897 and their fourth child, my grandfather Joseph Harley, was born in 1901. I found the young family in the 1901 census living at Tromarty, Co Donegal with three servants, one an Irish speaker, with Hugh head of the family. …

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