THis is to those Noud relatives of mine whose ancestor was John Noud who settled in Mecosta County, Michigan from New York. His mother was Mary O'Malley, and his father was Conrad Nau who was killed in the Civil War in 1863. Family history records that "Johnny" Noud changed his name from Nowe to Noud when he moved to Michigan. I got Conrad Nau's military records from the NARA and it turns out that he was born in Germany. So, our Noud connection to Ireland is non-existent. John's mother was from Ireland...but the O'Malleys are even harder to track than the Nouds.