Before I left for my trip, I was doing some quick research on my McMahon line. Aunt Flo wanted to know more about Timothy or Thomas, more specifically, which name was correct. From what I can tell, he went by both, although I am not sure why.
While I was looking into this, I found out more about my 3rd great-grandmother, Margaret RYAN. Before marrying into my McMAHON line, she was married to a MURANE. She had two children, Mary and Margaret "Maggie."
On 29 June 1876, Margaret married Timothy McMAHON in Cook County, Illinois. Together they had five children: Timothy J, John Joseph, Nellie, Jerimiah "Jerry, and Elizabeth "Lizzie." Their son Timothy, is my 2nd great-grandfather.
Back to the MURANE side, Margaret's daughter from that marriage, Mary, married Dennis FRANKLIN on 5 December 1888 in Cook County, Illinois. As I traced this line further, I made a startling discovery. I am related to a friend of mine, whom I've known since high school. We are both 3rd great-grandchildren to Margaret RYAN, but do not share the same 3rd great-grandfather.
I emailed my friend to tell him the news. He got a kick out of it and told me that he had been dabbling in genealogy and that his aunt had been doing more active research.
I never thought I'd find someone in my tree (other than immediate family) that I could plug information in from my own knowledge bank. It's kinda weird, but what a fun discovery. I can't wait to share information with them!