Wednesday, March 11, 2020

52 Ancestors - LUCK: St Paddy Cards

In March the expression “Luck of the Irish” has special meaning for my family. My great-grandmother Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh was an Irish matriarch, the much loved maternal grandmother of my father. She came from Limerick, Ireland in 1886.
Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh
Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh
1869 Ireland -1939 Portsmouth, VA
Judging by the St. Patrick’s Day cards glued carefully into her scrapbook, Mary Theresa was proud of her Irish heritage.

from her daughter Catherine

from her sister Delia Sheehan Christian

My favorite cards came from my great-grandmother’s niece Myra Sheehan, daughter of Mary Theresa’s brother Denis. This family remained in Limerick unlike the rest of Daniel and Bridget Sheehan’s children who all immigrated to New York in the 1880s and early 1890s.

The cards still have real Irish shamrocks encased in plastic.

Read about the GOOD LUCK Myra’s cards brought me HERE.

Amy Johnson Crow continues to challenge genealogy bloggers and non-bloggers alike to think about our ancestors and share a story or photo about them. The challenge is “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

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  1. These are cute cards Wendy. I wonder how many people send cards these days for St. Patrick day.


  2. How wonderful to have the cards sent to your Great Grandmother - a lovely family legacy.

  3. Wonderful old cards--enjoyed your post very much!

  4. Love your old cards. Ahhhhh if they only could talk. Thanks for sharing. Stay healthy, be safe, but most of all just "BE"! HUGS FROM AFAR IS OKAY! hehehe