This year, I'm saying fáilte to a new Irish ancestor in the long list I send with my cards. "New" means "new to me" now that I've extended the Wood family tree far back enough to find the clue, thanks to a hint from Ancestry's new ThruLines feature.
Zerviah Wood Senior's Mother-in-Law
Hubby's 4th great-grandma was Rhoda Eldridge (1730-1799), married to Zerviah Wood (1731-1817). ThruLines suggested that Rhoda's mother--Zerviah's mom-in-law--was Hannah O'Kelley or Killey (1703-1734). Several records indicated that connection and I added her to the tree, continuing to research for more confirmation.
Judging by her name, Hannah O'Kelley was most likely descended from a family from the Emerald Isle.
Jeremiah O'Kelly, Son of David "The Irishman"
Records were admittedly sketchy back in the 1600s, but two compiled family histories mention that Hannah's father, Jeremiah O'Kelley (16??-1728) was the son of an immigrant, David O'Kelley or O'Killia (1645?-1697). David's nickname in the Cape Cod area where he lived was "the Irishman."
David "the Irishman" O'Kelley was probably my husband's 7th great-grandpa. More research is in my future to confirm the details!
For St. Patrick's Day, I'm saying fáilte to this newest on the list of Wood ancestors from Ireland.