Three generations of women are living alone in Old Pallas, Pallasgrean, County Limerick, Ireland at the time of the 1901 census,
they are listed as follows:
Hanora RYAN age 80, b 1821, Head, Housekeeper widow
Bridget COLLINS age 45, b 1856, Dau, Housekeeper daughter
Catherine COLLINS age 18, b 1883, Niece, Housekeeper daughter
Shortly after this census was taken, Mary O'BRIEN is born in 1903, making the fourth generation. Mary was my husband's maternal grandmother. She grew up without a father but there are several clues that point to his name being "Patrick O'BRIEN". One being family rumor and the other being Mary's baptismal certificate.
There was also a Patrick O'BRIEN born to Catherine COLLINS in about 1907, and he is assumed to be his father's namesake. We don't think that Catherine ever married Patrick, but she did eventually go on to marry Martin MCINERNEY and had several more children.
One of the MCINERNEY children, Chrissy, said that Patrick OBRIEN Sr went on to marry another woman and had a daughter who looked exactly like Mary. She said he moved to Limerick.
Mary O'BRIEN immigrated to Chicago in 1927. She went to live with her great aunt, Bessie RYAN. This is what we know about the Ryans:
We found that Hanora COFFEY married William RYAN 7 May 1861 in Old Pallas, Pallasgrean, Limerick, Ireland according to their
Together they had 4 children:
John RYAN b 1854, Bridget RYAN b 1857, William RYAN b 1861, and Bessie RYAN b 1869. Clicking on their birth years will bring up their baptismal certificates.
The only question is about Bridget Ryan, and her baptismal certificate. It is shown below:
Bridget married Michael COLLINS in 1882 according to their marriage certificate, and they had daughter Catherine the same year. Catherine's baptismal certificate can be found here. Catherine is my husband's great grandmother.
Michael COLLINS died in 1884 of "phthisis" aka tuberculosis according to his death certificate. William Sr died in 1886 of "bronchitis asthenia" which means weakness due to bronchitis, according to his death certificate.
This left the family without an adult male and presumably without a source of income. It was around this time (late 1880s) that 3 of the RYAN children immigrated to Chicago, John, William and Bessie. Bridget was left behind to care for her young daughter Catherine, and to care for her aging mother, Honora. Honora died in 1911 at the age of 86, according to her death certificate, and by that time Catherine had married Martin MCINERNEY and had a total of 3 children, two by Patrick O'BRIEN and one by Martin MCINERNEY.
William and John were bricklayers by trade and by all accounts William did quite well. He eventually moved to Colorado and was involved in the bricklayer's union. He died in a tragic train accident on the way from Colorado to New York to attend a union meeting in 1924 at age 62.
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