Tuesday, March 23, 2021

52 Ancestors - LOSS: Baby John

During the month of March, I will be shining the light on my Irish roots.

I believe this picture is John Killeen, infant son of John Joseph Killeen and my great-grandmother Mary Theresa Sheehan.

He was child #3, born 6 Feb 1897 in Manhattan, New York City. He died before the 1900 census was taken.

In 1900, the 3 leading causes of death in children under 5 were tuberculosis, enteritis with diarrhea, and pneumonia in combination with influenza. Whether little John died from one of these or something else like measles, a congenital anomaly or accident is not known.

Unfortunately, I have found no record of his death or cause of death.

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. He’s got those ears like Daddy, Leo and Betty. Matt Killeen had them too. Such a pretty little boy, and so heartbreaking!

  2. Such a big "dress" for such a little boy! He looks about a year old? It's sad he didn't live long, but so nice to have a photo of him.

  3. So sad! Mama spent more than she wanted to at an auction buying a framed picture of Mary Louise, my grandmother's cousin who died when she was 2 or 3 years old. Mama couldn't let the antique dealer have her. Mary Louise now hangs in her family gallery of pictures going up the steps in her 1912 home.