Brothers Will and Joey McGlynn, of Marietta, Ohio, continue a long and honorable tradition that has been part of the McGlynn family for the last four generations. They possess and curate their great-grand father’s Hibernian artifacts. Neil McGlynn, the boys’ great-grandfather, was born in Ireland about 1872; the family later moved to Renfrewshire, Port Glasgow, Scotland.
It was in Scotland that Great-Grandpa Neil joined the Ancient Order of Hibernians Benefit Society of Scotland. There is little doubt that he did so to keep his Irish connection and identity. He was a member of the St. Patrick’s Division 17, Greenock, Scotland.
In addition to their great-grandfather’s unique AOH Sash they have his twice monthly dues record book. In 1934, McGlynn was paying “One shilling threepence” every two weeks. He had been a dues-paying member of Division 17 since 1913.
Neil’s son, Willi (William), Will and Joey’s grandfather, for whom Will is named, continued the family’s Hibernian tradition into the second generation. Willi’s son, Neil (Cornelius), Will and Joey’s father, came to the United States and, after marrying, moved to Marietta, Ohio. Neil later brought his grandfather’s AOH artifacts from Scotland. Neil was initiated into the Washington County (Ohio) Division 1 of the AOH in 1978 and was a Charter Member. Will and Joey have followed in their dad’s footsteps to make four generations of Hibernians.
Thomas Binegar, President of the Washington County (Ohio) Division 1, noted, “We are proud to have Will and Joey as fourth generation Hibernians. They are indeed keeping the McGlynn tradition green!”