The McAndrew clan, raised in Lost Nation, Iowa, began with the family of
Philip Eugene McAndrews and Jane (Jen) Bernadette McGonagle. From that union came
10 children. The McAndrews ancestors came
from County Mayo, Ireland.
In July of 2003, the 10th McAndrew Reunion took
place, this time in Dubuque, Iowa. The family gathers for such reunions every
two years, with several of the first reunions being spaced three years apart.
Approximately 120 family members gather each time.
Counting Philip and Jane
as generation #1, a fifth generation is now emerging. If everyone appeared for the reunion, there would be
well over 200 members. The fun and
enjoyment that the clan has is so memorable that it is common for friends of family members
to join the celebration.
for our McAndrew Reunion website.
for our McAndrew Family Reunion Event Facebook page (must be logged into a
for our McAndrew Family Reunion Group Facebook page (must be logged into a
for our McAndrew Family Yahoo! Group.
Click here to view the immediate
family of Philip McAndrews and Jane McGonagle.
Click here for a list of all
descendents (we try...but there are so many now, and multiplying ever faster).
Here is a description about the surname of McAndrew,
offered at the GoIreland.com website:
"MacAndrews, of Norman origin, are a branch of the Barretts of Bac, Co.
Mayo. They became practically an Irish sept, having a well defined territory
on the eastern side of Lough Conn. So numerous were they in the seventeenth
century that they occupy half a column of the large page index of the Mayo
Book of Survey and Distribution. They appear in it also under the synonym
FitzAndrew. Not so numerous now, they are still concentrated in Co. Mayo and
all the sixteen Mac Andrew births registered in 1890 were in that county: the
1864-1866 registers reveal an almost similar position at that time. Up to the
end of the seventeenth century the name was also well known in Co. Kerry. In
1597 three Mac Andrews of that county were attainted, in 1622 we meet a
MacAndrew of Ardfert, and their association with that part of the country is
testified by the place-name Baflymacandrew in the Tralee area. They were
presumably a branch of the Fitzgeralds who have since resumed their original
patronymic. At one time MacAindréis, anglicized MacAndrew, was adopted as a
Gaelic patronymic by the Scottish family of Ross; their descendants appear to
have resumed the surname Ross, which is numerous in Ireland, especially in
Ulster; of the 90 Ross births registered in 1866, 70 were in that province and
in 1890 the proportion is much the same. The only county outside Ulster with
any considerable number is Cork."
Here's a nice map
of Ireland. You should visit.