Sunday, December 14, 2014

52 Ancestors: #50 - Daniel SHEEHAN

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued a challenge:  write one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor.  It can be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem – anything that focuses on one ancestor.


NOTE: This post contains many errors. You can find the most recent research on the Sheehan family HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.


My father adored his grandmother Mary Theresa SHEEHAN Killeen Walsh.  Searching for her family has not been easy.  With the aid of death certificates, I have determined that she was the daughter of Daniel SHEEHAN and Nora SULLIVAN.  They may as well have been named John and Mary Smith.  I don’t know if they ever came to New York or if Mary Theresa and her sisters (and MAYBE a brother) came alone from their home in Ireland.  When I look at the number of Daniel and Nora couples in Ireland in the mid-1800s, I am overwhelmed and just want to lie down. 

When I found some cousins through Facebook, I thought I was going to be able to gather some information and answer some questions.  Initially they seemed excited to meet me and eager to share memories.  But my excitement was short-lived as they have not been forthcoming with either photos or answers.   Obviously not everyone is interested in their ancestors. 

THREE GENERATIONS

Daniel SHEEHAN  & Nora SULLIVAN – both born in Ireland

1. Josie M. SHEEHAN ( About 1868 Cork, Ireland –  New York) & Charles A. KRAUSE ( Feb 1860 –  )  24 Oct 1894 Manhattan, Kings, NY

  • Charles KRAUSE ( Aug 1895 Queens, NY –  )
  • Hannah KRAUSE ( Aug 1896 Queens, NY –  )
  • Caroline G. KRAUSE ( Mar 1898 Queens, NY –  )
  • Edith M. KRAUSE ( 07 Mar 1900 Queens, NY –  ) & Daniel BROGAN  06 Jun 1922 Richmond Co, NY 
  • Allen J. KRAUSE ( 31 Dec 1901 Queens, NY –  17 Apr 1990 Port Richey, Pasco, FL )
  • Clara G. KRAUSE ( 20 Apr 1904 Queens, NY – )
2. Mary Theresa SHEEHAN ( 15 May 1869 Ireland – 18 Jul 1939 Portsmouth, VA ) & m1) John Joseph KILLEEN  (Mar 1866 Ireland – 08 Apr 1905 New York)  1893 ; & m2) John Fleming WALSH ( 1868 – 15 Oct 1918 Portsmouth, VA )  17 Jun 1906 Portsmouth, VA

Mary Theresa and John Killeen had the following children:

  • Elizabeth Agnes “Lillie” KILLEEN ( 16 Feb 1894 Bronx, NY – 17 Jul 1982 Portsmouth, VA )
  • Matthew George “Mac” KILLEEN ( 08 May 1895 Bronx, NY –  07 Mar 1969 Portsmouth, VA ) &  Alma M. KETCHUM
  • Mary Agnes “Mae” KILLEEN ( 05 Sep 1898 Bronx, NY –  08 Dec 1980 Portsmouth, VA ) & Clifton Maynard HOLLAND  ( 14 Sep 1897 –  26 Jun 1948 Portsmouth, VA )  1916
  • Margaret Mary “Margee” KILLEEN ( 21 Apr 1901 Bronx, NY –  31 May 1978 Norfolk, VA ) & Otto James “Jack” SPROTT ( 04 Sep 1898 – 29 Jun 1965 )
  • Helen Martha KILLEEN ( 07 Jun 1903 Bronx, NY – 11 Oct 1980 Portsmouth, VA ) & Herbert Webb PARKER  (15 Nov 1900 Portsmouth, VA –  07 Nov 1959 Portsmouth, VA )   03 Nov 1927 Portsmouth, VA
Mary Theresa and John Walsh had the following children:

  • Julia Mary WALSH ( 06 Sep 1907 Portsmouth, VA –  17 Apr 1982 Portsmouth, VA ) & Fred Robert SLADE ( 08 Nov 1901 Princess Anne Co, VA – 04 Feb 1983 Portsmouth, VA )
  • Catherine WALSH ( 12 Oct 1909 Portsmouth, VA – 02 Oct 1969 Portsmouth, VA ) & Stephen BARANY (27 Nov 1906 New Jersey –  Jan 1969 Washington DC )
  • Theresa M. “Tate” WALSH ( 10 Mar 1913 Portsmouth, VA – 18 Mar 1987 Lowell, MA ) & m1) James G. “Jimmy” CREWS ( 30 Jun 1911 Guilford, NC – 05 Jan 1986 Florida ) ; & m2) Walter J. MURRAY (  -- Dec 1984 Massachusetts )
3. Delia SHEEHAN ( Jan 1879 Cork, Ireland – 08 Jun 1942 Brooklyn, NY ) & William H. CHRISTIAN ( 1880 New Jersey – )  1904

  • Elmyra Dorothy CHRISTIAN ( 1908 New York – 29 Mar 1996 New York ) & m1) Godfrey Anderson STAMM about 1930 ; & m2) Edward T. ZAREK (09 Sep 1909 – 08 Mar 1978 New York )  about 1942 
  • Grace CHRISTIAN ( 1912 New York – 1997 ) & Charles Anthony SMITH ( 1907 Brooklyn, NY – 1965 )
  • Raymond CHRISTIAN ( 1915 New York – )
  • William P. CHRISTIAN ( 17 Mar 1917 New York – 17 Jan 2002 Flushing, NY ) & Mildred Mae MEYER (01 Nov 1920 Brooklyn, NY – 28 Jul 1970 Brooklyn, NY )
4. Sarah SHEEHAN ( Cork, Ireland –  ) & Unknown BYRNES/BURNS

  • Sadie BYRNES/BURNS ( - 1970 )


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2 comments:

  1. You have found out a lot considering our cousins in NY don't want to chat about anything, Too bad and too sad. I am proud of how much you have learned and how hard you work!

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  2. Adding Krause to that search only makes it doubly worse! I have some New York Krauses, too, and I find the search wearying. Well, then too, you are talking about New York--very easy to get lost in a city that size!

    Wendy, for Daniel and Nora's family, have you tried poking around the Missing Friends ads compiled in the Boston College collection? I've never found any of our Irish ancestors there, but it does include a sizeable collection of names. You never know...

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