A DNA Match Suggests an Answer
A number of years ago, when I was researching my Killeen ancestry, I asked: What Happened to William Killeen? William, the son of Denis Killeen and Mary Ahearn, was born in March township (Carleton County, Ontario) in 1832, and can be found in the 1851 Canadian census, living in the household of his older brother Patrick, his widowed mother Mary Ahearn, and numerous Killeen siblings. After 1851, however, he disappears from the Canadian records.
As I noted in the above-linked blog post, I had found a J.W. (James William) Killeen in Virginia City, Nevada, born in Canada about 1835, married to an Alice, occupation “Keeps Saloon.” “Could this Nevada saloon keeper,” I asked, “be the son of Denis Killeen and Mary Ahearn?” I had a hunch this might be the same William, but I had no documented evidence.
And now Ancestry DNA links me to a direct descendant of William James Killeen and his wife Alice, of Virginia City, Nevada, and later of Butte, Silver Bow, Montana (predicted relationship: 5th to 8th cousins; confidence: good). And I am now reasonably confident that, yes, William the Nevada saloon keeper was indeed the son of Denis Killeen and Mary Ahearn.
The family of William James Killeen and Alice Hickey.