O'Shaughnessy In New York City

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William O'Shaughnessy and Mary Walsh

William O'Shaughnessy born in Ireland circa 1864 immigrated to the USA circa 1887. He married Mary Walsh, born Ballinrobe, Ireland in 1865 the daughter of John Walsh and Fanny Feeny.

Several of Mary Walshes' siblings also immigrated to New York. See Walshes in New York City

William O'Shaughnessy (circa 1864-1932) and Mary Walsh (1865-1928)

Birth: circa 1864, Ireland, father John O'Shaughnessy* mother Mary Healy* (*From death record)

Note: Death record are notoriously unreliable for birth informant.

Immigration: Unknown, circa 1887 (Per death record).

Marriage: William O'Shaughnessy, circa 1890 and place unknown (presumably NYC) - not listed in Grooms Index for New York City marriages - Catholic Church marriage vastly underreported.


  1. John Augustine O'Shaughnessy (1891-??) and Katherine Mansfield

    Birth: John O'Shaughnessy born November 27, 1891, 239 E 79th Street to William O'Shaughnessy age 30 born Ireland, firefighter and Mary "Welsh" age 24, born ireland, 1st child certificate # 43481.

    Marriage: Katherine Mansfield

    Mansfield, Kathleen F, Jun 21, 1916, Manhattan, 14127, M521


    1. Kathleen c. 1920

    2. Frances c. 1922

    3. John M c. 1925

      Marriage: 1950 Alleen Patricia Collins


      Miss Alleen Patricia Collins daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas M. Collins of Kathryn street, Lynbrook, was married Saturday to John N. O'Shaughnessy, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. O'Shaughnessy of Roosevelt Avenue, Lynhrook. The ceremony took place at a nuptial mass at St. Raymond's Roman Catholic Church. East Rockaway. The Rev. William B. O'-Shaughnessy of St. Andrew's church Poughkeepsie, cousin of the bride-groom officiated.

      Richard O'Shaughnessy was best man for his brother. Frank Steiner was an usher.

      John O'Shaughnessy was a graduate of St John's University, Brooklyn and did graduate work at Fordham University. He served in the Army in Europe. He was with the editorial department of the Tablet, a newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.

      Nassau Review Star

    4. Gerard c. 1927

    5. Richard c 1929

    Occupation: Insurance

    WWI Draft Registration: John Augustine O'Shaughnessy, 1738 44th Street Brooklyn born November 28, 1891, NYC, adjuster, Travelers Insurance 30 E 42nd Street NYC, married can't read, height medium, build medium, eyes blue hair brown. 1917.

    1920 Census: Not listed

    1930 Census: 243rd Street, Rosedale Queens, John A O'Shaughnessy, head own, $9.750, radio age 37, born NY, field assistant Life and fire Ins. Kathleen wife age 37 born New York, Kathleen daughter age 10, Frances daughter age 8, John M son age 5, Gerard son age 3, Richard, son age 1 yr and 4 mos.

    Death: Unknown. No death listed in the SSDI. After 1917. Nothing in the NYC indexes that fits the bill.

  2. Helen (Nellie) O'Shaughnessy (c 1896-) and Harry Brocker

    AKA "Nellie" (Agnes Walsh Lahiff) and (November 1894, 1900 census).

    Birth: Circa 1896 (per 1930 Census)

    While there are several listings for Helen/Ellen O'Shaughnessy in the correct time period there are no listing with correct names and ages of parents, occupation of father and address, etc.

    Marriage: Harry Brocker circa 1917. Not listed in the Grooms Index. Not listed in Brides Index. (RC marriages underreported)


    1. Joseph circa 1924

      Child: Patrick

    2. William June 4, 1929 (Kevin Brocker, November 2010)


      1. William F Brocker Jr.
      2. James Brocker
      3. Thomas Brocker
      4. Daniel Brocker
      5. Helen Brocker
      6. Kevin Brocker
      7. Kathryn Brocker
      8. Names of children from Kevin Brocker November 2010

    1900 Census for Harry Brocker:

    1910 Census for Harry Brocker:

    1920 Census:

    1930 Census: 242 136 Ave Rosedale Queens, Brocker, Harry, head own $8000, age 38, married at 25, born NY, father born NY, mother born NJ, foreman painters, Helen wife, age 34, married at 21, born NY parents born Irish Free State, Joseph son age age 6, William son age 11 months

    Birth of Harry Brocker April 5, 1891 (Per WWIIDR)

    WWIDR: Not listed WWI Draft Registration

    Troop: ?? Is this him?? June 14, 1916 Kilpactrick, Brocker, Harry, Pvt. Co. A. Inf, On "Furlo" [furlough] from Cristobal, Canal Zone, Panama

    Death of Julia Walsh, sister of Mary Walsh:

    "6 June 1928 Julia F Walsh died Monday at her home, 24206 136th Ave. Rosedale. She was born in County Mayo Ireland. She was the sister of the late Mary O'Shaughnessy. The funeral will be held from the house of her niece Mrs. Henry Brocker, with whom she lived, at 10 a. M. Friday, with a requiem mass at the R. C. Church of St Clare, Rosedale. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Francis P Murphy, 21824 137th Ave Springfield Gardens."

    Italics mine (MLB)

    Brooklyn Eagle June 6, 1928

    Death of Helen Brocker: Brocker Helen 42 y July 9 1937 5028 Queens

    Buried St John Cemetery Queens 42 R 97-98 per Kevin Brocker via Patrick Brocker April 2011.

    US WWII Draft Registration: Harry J Brocker 242-06 136 Ave Rosedale Queens age 51 born April 5, 1891, New York, City, Inspector of Naval Matl, 30 Chruch Street, New York City, name and address of person who will always know your address, Grace Brocker same address

    Question: Who was "Grace" Brocker?

    Death of Harry Brocker:

    Buried St John Cemetery Queens 42 R 97-98 per Kevin Brocker via Patrick Brocker April 2011.

    Saint John Cemetery Middle Village, Queens County, New York 8001 Metropolitan Ave. Middle Village, NY 11379 (718) 894-4888

  3. William O'Shaughnessy (1897-?), Mary Mildred (Mona) Ward and Nora McCarthy

    Birth: William born June 30, 1897, 204 E 76th Street, father, William O'Shaughnessy, age 33, born Ireland, iron worker, mother, Mary nee Welsh, age ?, born Ireland, third of three children still living (1897 Manhattan Certificate # 27942 )

    WWI Draft Registration: William O'Shaughnessy, 352 54th Street Brooklyn, born June 30, 1897, New York, NY Father's birthplace Tuam (?) Ireland. The whole image does not show up on Ancestry.

    1920 Census: With his parents

    Marriage 1: William Raphael O'Shaughnessy, 20 E 95the Street, age 28, real estate broker, born NYC, father, William, mother, Mary A Walsh, married Mary Mildred Ward, 20 E 95the Street, age 23, born Woolgate, NY, father, John E. mother, Frances Heinrick, Witnesses, John Hogan and Belinda McCann, marriage performed by Rev. James A Dunagan, 135 E 9_ Street. October 12, 1925 (Marriage certificate #27734 Manhattan 1925)

    1930 Census:

    William R O'Shaughnessy age 32, married at 29, born New York, stock broker, Mildred wife age 24, born New York

    Death of Mildred O'Shaughnessy:

    Marriage 2: Nora McCarthy, the sister of Mae McCarthy who was the wife of William Walsh, the son of Joseph Walsh and Maggie Langan, 1969

    Death: William Oshaughnessy SSN: 064-07-1217 Last Residence: 33312 Fort Lauderdale, Broward, Florida, United States of America Born: 30 Jun 1897 Died: Jan 1976 State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951)

    Marilyn Walsh Krausch's information on Mary Walsh and William O'Shaughnessy and their children: William (Bill) O'Shaughnessy, the son of Mary Walsh and William O'Shaughnessy, was married to Mildred (Mona). They did not have any children. When Marilyn's mother, Mae McCarthy Walsh, was sick with TB, Bill and Mildred O'Shaughnessy took Marilyn to live with them in Brooklyn. They wanted to adopt her, but she eventually returned to live with her father. After Mildred's death, Bill O'Shaughnessy married Mae McCarthy's sister, Nora. Frank Goehle, the husband of Isabel Walsh Goehle, was a best man at the wedding of Bill O'Shaughnessy and Nora McCarthy in 1969. Marilyn lent me photos of the wedding. See The McCarthys and Marilyn

  4. Harold, date of birth unknown (Agnes Walsh Lahiff)

    I haven't found any records for Harold (MLB)

  5. Florence (1905-) and Frank Matthews

    See 1951 25th wedding anniversary below.

    Birth: Florence circa 1905, per 1920 census

    Marriage: Frank Matthews circa 1926

    Children: Mary, Jane, John circa 1939 and Charles circa 1941

Naturalization of William O'Shaughnessy:

Did not find.

Emigrant's Saving Bank:

Indexes only for William O'Shaughnessy. Information too vague to be sure it is the right William O'Shaughnessy.

1900 Census: W. 53rd Street, Manhattan: William, head, born Aug 1865, Ireland, naturalized, married 10 years, immigrated 1889, Na, laborer, Mary, wife, born June 1871, 4 children 3 still living, Ireland, immigrated 1889 John born June 1891 Nellie, born November 1894 William born November 1896

Notes on the 1900 census: Mary's age is off about 6 years, this is not uncommon. Instead of the son, Harold, as listed by Agnes Walsh Lahiff, there is a son named, John.


East 19th Street Manhattan, "Shanyssy, William, age (can't read) married 19 years, laborer plastering, born Ireland, 5 children 4 living, immigrated 1875, Mary, wife, age 39, immigrated 1888, John son age 18, clerk, store, Nellie daughter age 16, William Jr age 12, Florence, age 6, O Shean, Catherine, niece, age 18 born New York, sales lady department store.

Move to Brooklyn: Sometime between the 1910 census and 1915 the family moved to Brooklyn.

1920 Census: 352 54th street, Brooklyn, O'Shaughnessy, William, head, Ireland, laborer, age 56 naturalized, Mary wife, age 49, William son age 22, clerk broker, Florence daughter age 15

Notes on the 1920 Census: Again there are some minor problems with this census but this is surely the right family. They ended up in Brooklyn. Mary died at 55th Street in Brooklyn in 1928. William and William have the right ages. Mary is off again.

Death of Mary Walsh O'Shaughnessy 1928: Mary Agnes O'Shaughnessy, 442 55th Street, Brooklyn, married, date of birth, October 11, 1869, Ireland, in US 42 years, father John Walsh, born Ireland, mother, Frances McDonald, born Ireland, died March 26, 1928 about 6 A. M.. sick from October 1, 1927 chronic myocarditis, duration of 5 months and 26 days. Buried Calvary Cemetery, March 29, 1928 (Manhattan Death Certificate #6869, 1928)

Notes on the Death of Mary Walsh O'Shaughnessy: Despite the incorrect date of birth and mother's maiden name, this is the correct death record Fanny Feeney was frequently listed by her children as Fanny or Frances McDonald. 442 55th Street is just east of 4th Ave.

Death of William O'Shaughnessy 1932: William O'Shaughnessy, Brooklyn, Caldonia Hospital, widower, age 69, retired, born Ireland, in US 45 years, father, John O'Shaughnessy, born Ireland, mother Mary Healy, born Ireland, address 249 Highland Ave, Brooklyn, cause of death, chronic mocarditis, chronic nepremia (?), uremia, died April 12, 1932 at 5:30 A. M. buried Calvery Cemetery April 15, 1932. (Brooklyn Death Certificate #8532, 1932)

1947: March 11, Brooklyn Eagle, "Father O'Shaughnessy to Return to Philippines." The Rev. Martin J O"Shaughnessy who had been a missionary for 18 years in the Philippines and a prisoner of war of the Japanese for over 3 years, was given a farewell reception at the home of his relatives Mr. and Mrs. Frank Matthews. He was due to sail for the Philippines March 28th from Los Angeles. Born in New York City, a graduate of Fordham University, he had built St. Rita's church and school at Balingasag Mindanao. The church and school were destroyed during the war. He was stationed at Ateneo de Manilla a Jesuit University when he was captured by the Japanese. He had spent several days visiting Philadelphia were he had been the prefect of St. Jsoeph's Prep school. He was honored at a dinner at Inisfada the Jesuit House of Studies in Manhassat. He was also to be honored at the hOme of Mr. and Mrs. John O'Shughnessy and at the Maryknoll Sister's Motherhouse at Maryknoll, New York. He had entered the Jesuit order at St. Andrew on the Hudson Novitiate, Poughkeepsie in 1910. He had once been on the teaching staff of St REgis High School in Manhattan. He had a brother, William B. O'Shaughnessy the retreat master ast St. Andrew's on the Hudson.

Father Martin J O'Shaughnessy - Image form Brooklyn Daily Eagley March 11, 1947

1951 - 25th Wedding Anniversary of Florence O'Shaughnessy and Frank Matthews:

25th Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Frank G Matthews longtime Brooklyn residents at 439 68th street, was written up in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on Nov 4, 1951. In celebration of the anniversary a mass was sung by the Rev. William B. O'Shaughnessy S. J. retreat master at St. Andrews on the Hudson Novitiate, Poughkeepsie.

Frank Matthews had five brothers, four of whom were priests. Mrs. Matthews was the former Florence O'Shaughnessy and a cousin of the late Rev. Martin J. O'Shaughnessy, for 20 years a missionary to the Philippines and a former prisoner of war of the Japanese. Martin O'Shaughnessy was in Loa Banos prison camp for three years, was liberated in 1945, and returned to the USA on Decoration in 1945 weighing only 100 pounds. He had been superior at the Ateneo de Manila a Jesuit University formed in 1866. He retuned to the Philippines in 1947 where he suffered a relapse. He died in St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan January 1949. He had officiated at the wedding of Mr. And Mrs. Matthews in 1926.

The two priests were "two of four first cousins brought up by" Florences's parents the late William and Mary O'Shaughnessy.

Frank and Florence Matthews had six children, four of whom were still living in 1951: Mrs. Mary Martin, Mrs. Jane Posner, John 12 and Charles 10. They had four grandchildren.

Guests included: Mr. and Mrs. John A, O'Shaughnessy, William O'Shaughnessy, Joseph D. Brocker, Mary O'Shaughnessy, Katheleen O'Shaughnessy and others.

See also Children of John Walsh and Fanny Feeney in New York City

Image courtesy of Kevin Brocker, November 2010

Harry Brocker

Image courtesy of Kevin Brocker, November 2010

William Francis Brocker and Joseph Brocker

Julia O'Shaughnessy Herbert

Birth: Circa 1870, Ireland father John mother Bridget

Immigration: circa 1885

Marriage: Not listed Brides index

Death: Julia Herbert June 8, 1903, age 33 years, married, born Ireland in US 18 years, father John O'Shaughnessy born Ireland mother Bridget O'Shaughnessy born Ireland hard to read, ruptured uterus, full term, buried in Calvary, same grave as Martin O'Shaughnessy and Julia Walsh

1900: Not listed in New York

O'Shaughnessy Grave, Calvery Cemetery

I wrote for the grave records of Julia Walsh. I actually was hoping to find her sister, Ellen, buried with her. Instead I found the following burials.
  1. Martin O'Sahughnessy 5-26-1895. He was the son of Peter O'Shaughnessy and the father of Martin and William the priests "raised" by Mary Walsh and William O'Shaughnessy

  2. Julia Herbert and infant June 8, 1903. She was listed as the daughter of John O'Shaughnessy and Bridget, born circa 1870 immigrated circa 1885, married _ Herbert.

  3. Martin O'Shaughnessy 12-30-1915 age 20 months.

  4. Julia Walsh the sister of Mary Walsh O'Shaughnessy died 1928
Agnes Walsh Lahiff notes on Mary Walsh O'Shaughnessy

"Brought up 2 boys when her husband's brother's wife and he died.

They both became Jesuits-Fathers. Martin and Bill and spent most of their time in China."

Martin and William O'Shaughnessy, Raised by Mary Walsh

Maria LaHiff's notes say that Mary Walsh raised the sons of her husband's brother. The "boys" were Martin and William O'Shaughnessy who became Jesuit priests.

Joan Donavan, a Walsh descendant* lent me a mass card from the ordination of Martin O'Shaughnessy S. J. 1924.

The mass card and some internet research indicate that Martin and William O'Shaughnessy were the sons of Martin and Julia O'Shaughnessy. Martin O'Shaughnessy, in turn, appears to be the son of Peter O'Shaughnessy. I am at a lose as to how they were related to William O"Shaughnessy and Mary Walsh. William O'Shaughnessy appears to be the son of John O'Shaughnessy and his wife, Mary. Even if the names of William's parents are in error there does not seem to be a close relationship between William O'Shaughnessy and the two "boys" he raised.

Working backwards from the known records for the priests Martin and William shows the following connections.

Peter O'Shaughnessy, Julia ______ and Catherine Klyns (Clines)

Birth of Peter O'Shaughnessy: Circa 1820 Ireland

Marriage: Julia per 1850 immigration and death of his son Martin (1895)) Catherine per 1860 and later censuses.


  1. Martin O'Shaughnessy (1846-1895) and Julia (?) _______

    Birth: Circa 1846, Ireland, per 1860 census and the death record. 1851 per birth of his son William in 1893.

    Immigration: 1850. See below.

    Occupation: Painter, birth of William 1893

    Marriage: Julia ?? _______ before 1887 based on the birth of Martin in 1890 ( second child).


    1. Martin O'Shaughnessy born October 11, 1890 (From Draft Registration WWI)

      St Ignatious Loyola: Mr Martin O'Shaughnessy listed as a teacher in Regis High School in Transcript of the Regis High School Diary 1916-1917

      Ordination: Martin O'Shaughnessy, S J ordained Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown, Washington, D. C. June 17, 1924

      Joan Donovan* has a memorial card celebrating the ordination. Written in long hand "to Uncle Josey & all the family"


      "In remembrance of my
      Ordination to the Sacred
      Priesthood, and with a
      Heartfelt blessing

      Martin J. O'Shaughnessy, S. J.
      Dahlgren Chapel,
      Georgetown, Washington, D. C.
      June 27, 1924"

      On the reverse:
      Of the Priesthood
      What shall I render to the Lord, for all the
      Things that he hath rendered to me?
      (Ps CXC)"
      Joan Donovan* also had a note written in long hand by Martin O'Shaughnessy on stationery from Woodstock College in Woodstock, Maryland.
      Dear Uncle Josey,

      Upon you and all at home I gladly bestow my sincere priestly Blessing. I have written to Charley also.


      Rev. Martin J. O'Shaughnessy, S. J.

      P.S. You all shall be remembered in my first Mass.


      • Martin was 34 in 1924

      • Joan Donovan was the daughter of Elizabeth (Lillie) Walsh and Eddie O'Neil. Elizabeth (Lillie) was the eldest child of Joseph Walsh and Maggie Langan. Joseph Walsh was the brother of Mary Walsh O'Shaughnessy.

      • This note was not dated but can be presumed to have been written 1924 at the time Martin said his first mass.

      • "Charley" may have been Joseph's son, Charles Walsh born in 1904.

      • I am assuming that "Uncle Josey" was Joseph Walsh.

      • Woodstock College, a Jesuit seminary in Woodstock Maryland, was founded in 1869. Located just outside the city of Baltimore it was the oldest Jesuit theologate in the United States. It was closed in 1971.

      • These mementos establish a clear relationship between Martin O'Shaughnessy ordained in 1924 and Joseph Walsh

      WWI Draft Registration: Martin Joseph Aloysius O'Shaughnessy, Woodstock College Woodstock Md, Born October 11, 1890, natural born citizen born New York, USA, Can't read most of the rest relating to occupation. Employed Woodstock college, Woodstock Md. Single, short, slender blue eyes and light brown hair. Baltimore Md. June 5, 1917

      1920 Census: St Ignatius Church, Park Ave. Martin Joseph O'Shaughnessy clergyman, age 29, born New York, Catholic Priest.

      1917 St Ignatius Loyola Parish: Fifty years in Yorkville; or, annals of the parish of St. Ignatius Loyola ... By Patrick Joseph Dooley, 1917 lists Martin J O'Saughnessy and William B O'Shaugnessy as having vocations to the priesthood, Society of Jesus.

    2. Catherine O'Shaughnessy (1892-1938) and Henry Stagle

      Birth circa 1892:

      Marriage: Henry Alagle


      1. Harry W November 4, 1919

        Death: Harry Joseph Slagle [Harry Slagle] SSN: 108034762 Gender: Male Race: White Birth Date: 4 Nov 1919 Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York Death Date: 18 Sep 1991 Father: Henry P Slagle Mother: Catherine O Shaunessy Death Certificate Number: 451838 Type of Claim: Original SSN. Notes: Jan 1937: Name listed as HARRY JOSEPH SLAGLE; 22 May 1998: Name listed as HARRY SLAGLE

      2. Martin c 1925

      3. Catherine c 1930

      1945: In 1945 Martin O'Shaughnessy was released as a POW from a Japanese internment camp along with 3 others. He had been pastor on Mindanao Island for 13 years before his capture. His sister, Mrs Catherine Slagle had died in Queens in 1938. Her husband, Henry P. Slagle and insurance broker of Queens village said he had heard from Father O'Shaughnessy once during his capture when he received a small postcard printed by the Japanese government containing prepared statements to which the detainee could check a box - saying he was well or not. It was said that Father O'Shaughnessy had two nephews and a niece: Private First Class Harry W Slagle, serving in Italy, Martin J. Slagle in Marine Training in North Carolina and Catherine a student at our Lady of Wisdom in Ozone Park


      Henry P Slagle 35, insurance, Katherine Slagle 34 Henry W Slagle 05 Martin J Slagle 2/12

      1930: Queens, 85th street, Henry P Slegle 40, salesman insurance. Catherine Slegle 39* Harry Slegle 10 Martin Slegle 5 Catherine Slegle 0 [8/12]

      *born circa 1891.

      1938: Katherine C Slagle age 46 December 1938 #8159 Queens* birth circa 1892

      1940: 218-26 103 Ave., Fanny Slagle 73, widow, born England, Henry Slagle 50, son, widower, office worker insurance, Henry Slagle 20, grand son, Martin Slagle 15, grand son, Catherine Slagle 10, grand daughter

      1950: Underwriter - Henry P Slagle age 60 insurance underwriter for the Great American Indemnity Company for 20 years, 218-06 103rd Ave., Queens, died in Mary Immaculate Hosptital. Survived by two sons, Harry W and Martin a daughter Catherine, his mother Frances, a sister, Mrs. Ruth Carlton. Buried St Johns.

      Note: Catherine O'Shaughnessy was listed with William and Mary as their niece in the 1915 census

      Martin Joseph Slagle, Chaminade High School, Mineola, NY 1943

      Sts. Joachim & Anne, Queens Village

      1975: Martin Slagle SSN: 130-16-6830 BORN: 28 Mar 1925 Died: Mar 1975

    3. William Berchman O'Shaughnessy, S. J.

      Birth: William O'Shaughnessy April 1, 1893, 309 E 76th Street father Martin O'Shaughnessy born Ireland age 42, painter, mother Julia no maiden name, born Ireland age 25, 3 children all living.

      WWI Draft Registration: Woodstock college born April 1 1893 Natural born citizen New York, USA, can't read most of occupation ----- Jesuit Order, Woodstock college, Woodstock Md. Single medium height, slender, blue eyes light brown hair

      1920 Census: Boston on Harrison Avenue, William B O'Shaughnessy, broader, age 26, born New York, teacher high school,

    4. St. Ignatius Loyola Church

      St Ignatius Loyola parish was founded in 1851. The current church designed by William Schickel Sr. was built in 1898 and has landmark status. It is located at 980 Park Avenue on the corner of 84th street. The church came under the auspicies of the Jesuits in 1866. Mosaics, made in Venice by Salviati, were installed at Christmas time 1913. In 1914 the church property was valued at $1,000,000.

      The church stood midway between the richest and one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city.

      See Photos of Buildings Where The Langans and Walshes Lived

      Religious Growth - vocations to the Priesthood - Society of Jesus included Martin J. O'Shaughnessy and William B O'Shaughnessy. (Fifty Years in Yorkville; Or, Annals of the Parish of St. Ignatius Loyola ... By Patrick Joseph Dooley, 1917)


      "Mgr. Lavella Tells How Jesus Left Ministry to the World.

      The Right Rev. Mgr. Michael Lavelle enumerated in his sermon yesterday morning In St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue and Fiftieth Street, the duties, privileges and responsibilities of the priesthood. The occasion was the presence of the Rev. William B. O'Shaughnessy, S. formerly a student in the Cathedral school, and recently ordained a priest, who celebrated the mass. "Before Jesus died." said Mgr. La-velle.

      "He called His apostles to Him, and gave them the ministry. He told them that theirs was the work of carrying it on to the end of time. One of the ways He is with us is through the human priesthood He has left us."

      New York Times May 17, 1926

      1960: Times Union Albany August 24, 1960

      Retreat Chief At Novitiate Dies POUGHKEEPSEE, Aug. 23 (API - The Rev. William B. O'Shaughnessy, 67, director of retreats at the novitiate of St. Andrew-onthe-Hudson, died last night in St. Francis Hospital after a long illness. He was born in New York City and studied at Fordham University. He was once assigned to Loyola College Baltimore.

    Note: Martin O'Shaughnessy died in 1895 when his children were 5, 3 and 2 years old. I do not know when his wife died. The children were raised by William O'Shaughnessy (1864-1932) and his wife, Mary Walsh.

    1860 Census: With his father

    1870 Census: Not listed

    1880 Census:

    1900 Census: Not listed

    1891-92: No listing for Martin O'Shaughnessy painter.

    1894 Directory: Martin O'Shaughnessy painter 309 E 76th street

    1895 New York directory: Martin J O'Shaughnessy, painter, h 309 E 70th

    1896 New York directory: Martin O'Shaughnessy, painter, h 213 E 80th Note: The listings were probably paid for a year in advance. He died in 1895.

    Death of Martin O'Shaughnessy: 1895, Manhattan death certificate #18347, Died May 23 about 6:00 AM, chronic diffuse nephritis, convulsions, (can't read reat), buried Calvery May 26, 1895, age 48, married, painter, born Ireland in US 45 years, father, Peter, mother, Julia, address 213 E 80th Street Apartment.


    • He was listed by Calvery as age 36 and in the index.
    • He was buried in the same grave as Julia Walsh, the sister of Mary Walsh O'Shaughnessy married to William O'Shaughnessy
    • Also buried in this grave, Martin a son of Joseph and Alena O'Shaughnessy, and Julia Herbert (born circa 1868) and her infant child

    Death of "Julia" O'Shaughnessy: No listing in NYC index. Perhaps her name was not Julia.

  2. Mary Ann Circa 1848

  3. Unknown born circa 1850, Immigrated with parents 1850 can't read name

Death of Julia O'Shaughnessy: Peter's was listed with "Julia" at the time of immigration in 1850. Julia was listed as the mother of Martin at his death in 1895.

Remarriage of Peter O'Shaughenssy: Catherine Klynes (based on later censuses)

Children of Peter O'Shaughnessy by second marriage:

  1. Mary circa 1857

  2. Julia circa 1859
    1880 Census: See below
    1900 census: With her mother. See below.

  3. Peter, circa 1861, per 1880 census
    Further Record: Not listed 1900. Not listed WWI Draft Registration, born too early.

  4. John O'Shaughnessy 1865 per 1880 census
    1900 Census: With his mother see below.
    Death 1940: Richmond, Staten Island

  5. Michael circa 1867
    Further Record: Not listed 1900. Not listed WWI Draft Registration, born too early.

  6. James circa 1866
    Further record: Listed as single with his mother in the 1900 census. See below.

  7. Catherine circa 1871

Immigration of Peter, : Ship: Robert Parker, arriving form Liverpool to Philadelphia on 17 May 1850:

Peter O'Shaughnessy, age 30, baker
Julia O'Shaughnessy age 25
Martin O'Shaughnessy age 4
Mary Ann O'shaughnessy age 2
(can't read), infant all born Ireland

1860 Census 14th Ward Manhattan: Peter O'Shaughnessy, Mart (?) baker, born Ireland, age 35, Catherine, age 27, Martin J, age 14, Mary, age 3, Julia, age 1, and Michael Clines, age 24, baker

Immigrant Savings Bank: Peter O'Shaughnessy (born 1820) or his wife Catherine O'Shaughnessy (born 1830) Clinton Street Baker, born Co Galway immigrated 1850, pr R Parker Catherine immigrated 1850 on the "Fingul", nee "Clines"

1870 Census: Town of Southfields, Richmond, Staten Island, O'Shaughnessy Peter, 55, maker value of real estate 3000 born Ireland, Catherine 38, Mary 13, Julia 11, Peter 9, John 6, Michael 3, James 7 1/2 Klyns, Julius age 67 Ireland, Michael Klyns, age 40 baker born Ireland

1880 Census: Town of Southfield, Richmond Co. Staten Island, Peter O'Shaughnessy, age 60, baker, Catherine, wife age 50 keeping house, Julia age 21 daughter, Peter son age 19, John son age 15, Michael son age 13, James son age 14, Catherine daughter age 9. Peter and Catherine born ireland. Children all born NY

Death of Peter:

1900 Census Richmond: St Mary's Avenue, C O'Shaughnessy, head widow, born Aril 1830, age 70, 10 children 5 living, immigrated 1850, grocery, Julia daughter born Mar 1859, age 44, single, grocery clerk, John son born April 1864, age 36, single, baker, James son born October 1869 age 30 single, day laborer. C born Ireland, children all born NY.

Death of Catherine:

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Children of John Walsh and Fanny Feeney In New York City
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