William McBride was born in Royal Oak, MI abt 1863. In the censuses taken after he was married, he says that his father was born in Northern Ireland, and his mother was Canadian-Eng. Now, I have spoken with some distant cousins, who have a letter written from one of William's children, saying that William's parents' names were James McBride and Agnes Starret, and both were born in Belfast. So either she was mistaken about where Agnes was born, or William was. Also, I'm not entirely sure that William's parents were James and Agnes, as I can't find as census records of William with these parents before he was married. The only census I can find in Michigan with a William the right age has parents listed as John and Jane McBride, both from Ireland. To make matters even more confusing, I can find no records of William's birth, and his obituary mentions nothing of parents. So I have no idea who or what to believe. Frustrating!
There are many MCBRIDEs in County Donegal, Ireland. My MCBRIDEs came from Kilkenny.