My great-great-great grandparents, Patrick and Johannah (Genan) MCGRAW are buried in Saint Edwards Catholic Cemetery in Afton, Iowa.

PATRICK MCGRAW and wife, JOHANNA, both born in County Clare, Ireland, came to the United States before 1855 and worked on the railroad in Pennsylvania until 1865, when he moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, where he farmed until he moved to Ringgold County, Iowa, north of Beaconsfield.

Both are buried at Afton. He died February 25, 1888, age 80 years. She died September 17, 1901, age 82 years.

Children: JOHN; MICHAEL; PATRICK; BRIDGET, who became SISTER MARY AMELIA, Sisters of Charity of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; JAMES; THOMAS; MARTIN.[1]


1 “A History of the Catholic Church, Decatur County, Iowa: Together with Biographical Sketches of Early Families, Priest and Mother Parishes” By Edward J Harkin, published by s.n., 1956.

Photo of Patrick and Johanna’s headstone by Find A Grave volunteer FLH.

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Elizabeth is a professional genealogist and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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