Children of John Walsh and Fanny Feeney in New York City|
According to a variety of sources, at least eight of the children of John Walsh and Fanny
immigrated to the United States and settled in New York City: Michael, Mary,
James, Thomas, Joseph, Fanny, Ellen, and Julia.
Michael and Thomas
both indicated that they arrived in the New York circa
immigrated in 1894. The immigration dates of the other are not
Agnes Walsh Lahiff (a daughter of Joseph Walsh and Maggie Langan) and Maria
Lahiff Pedulla (the daughter of Agnes Walsh Lahiff) made notes on the siblings of
Joseph Walsh which indicate that the following 8
children of John and Fanny immigrated to New York City: Michael, Thomas, James, Joseph, Mary, Julia, Ellen, and Fanny.
Charles Walsh (a son of Joseph Walsh and Maggie Langan) and Mary Walsh Herdman
(a daughter of Charles Walsh) made notes on the siblings of
Joseph Walsh which indicate that the following 7
children of John and Fanny immigrated to New York City: Michael, Thomas, James,
Joseph, Mary, Julia, and Ellen.They did not list Fanny.
Marilyn Walsh Krausch
(a daughter of William Walsh and Mae McCarthy and a granddaughter of Joseph
Walsh and Maggie Langan) lived with William O'Shaughnessy, the son of Mary
Walsh and William O'Shaughnessy, when Marilyn's mother was sick with TB.
She provided me with some information on Mary Walsh O'Shaughnessy when I visited her in Tucson in 2002.
Joan Donovan, (a daughter of Lillie Walsh and Eddie O'Neil and a granddaughter of Joseph Walsh and Maggie Langan) provide a copy of
a note and
a remembrance card from the ordination of Martin O Shaughnessy (the son of John and Fanny's
daughter, Mary Walsh O'Shaughnessy) in April 2005.
I have found the birth's in Ireland for all of the siblings listed by Agnes and Charles, except the
birth of Julia.
Walsh was almost as common in New York City as it was in the West of Ireland. There were
615 listings for Walsh in the 1890
directory for New York City, including 30 Michael Walshes and 52 Thomas Walshes. The information
is too vague to determine if these listings included the sons of John and Fanny Walsh.
Michael Walsh (1863-1918) and Bridget (Beesy) Killren (Kallora)
Birth of Michael Walsh
1863 Ballinrobe, Ireland
Immigration of Michael Walsh
According to his naturalization papers and the 1900
census, he immigrated in 1886 on the Adriatic. I cannot find a listing for him on that ship or that year.
There are several Michael Walshes about the same age
who arrived from Queenstown between 1883 and 1886. The information on the immigration of that
period is too vague to be certain which (if any) is the correct record for this Michael Walsh. According
to his death record in 1918, he had been in the US for 32 years, which would mean he immigrated
www.catlegarden.org lists the following possibilities:
There is no listing in early February 1886 for the Adriatic to New York.
22 Oct 1880,
28 Oct 1882,
- Michael Walsh, Laborer, 20, M, 5 January 1883, Ireland, Adriatic.
16 May 1885,
4 May 1889,
Coachman 1900, 1901, 1911
Bridget Kallora (Other spellings: Killren,
Kilaren), date unknown (most likely between 1890 and 1895), place unknown (most likely NYC). I did a thorough search of the records
and did not find the marriage record for Michael and Bridget. Marriages performed in the Roman
Catholic Churches were greatly underreported.
Bridget (Bessie) Kallora Walsh
Bridget Kollora Walsh was also known as Aunt Bessie. Many of the grandchildren of Joseph
and Maggie remember her.
Bessie (pronounced BZ) was a nickname for Bridget.
1900 Federal Census in New York City
- Mary (AKA Tootsie), circa 1896, according to Michael's naturalization papers, see below.
Death; 1970 Estate $40,00 no will per Agnes Walsh notes
- John Lawrence Walsh, August 14, 1897 (WWI Draft Registration) 1899 (Death
record). Not listed by Ancestry
for 1891 to 1902 NYC Births.
WWI Draft Registration: John L Walsh 1307 3rd Ave New York, born August 14, 1897,
father born Mayo Ireland, employer Guaranty T Co. 140 Broadway, mother Bessie Walsh,
11307 3rd Ave. short, slender brown eyers and black hair. August 24, 1918
Death, 1924: John Lawrence Walsh 200 E 78th street tenement, Manhattan,
single dob August 14, 1899, age 25 years 8 months, and 3 days, born NYC, father, Michael
Walsh, born Ireland,
mother, Bridget Killoran, born Ireland, died April 17, 1924 acute lobar pneumonia, heart failure,
buried Calvary April 21, 1924 (NYC cert. #10974, 1924).
- Patrick Joseph Walsh, March 15, 1901
Birth: Patrick Joseph Walsh born March 15, 1901, father Michael Walsh, age 35, born in Ireland,
coachman, mother, Bridget Kilaren, age 32, born in Ireland, address, 205 East 77th Street,
number of previous children, 2, three still living. (#11911).
Death: Patrick Joseph Walsh, born March 15, 1902
died September 1982, Bronx, 10461, 057-09-5538 (SSDI)
Note: His date of birth was listed on
the naturalization papers as March 1900
Baptism: Patrick Joseph, the son of Michael Walsh and Bridget Killren, born March 15, 1901 and baptized April 7,
1901, St Jean Baptiste, 184 East 76th Street, New York. godparents: Thomas Walsh and Anna
Killren. (Record from St Jean Baptiste)
Thomas Walsh was Michael's brother.
- Anna Killren must have been a relative of Bridget's
Edward Michael, September 17, 1903
Birth: Edward Michael was born September 17, 1903, according to
Michael's naturalization papers and the Baptismal records from St Jean Baptiste Church.
I did a thorough search and did not find the birth record. There were no births recorded for Walsh
on September 17, 1903 and there was no birth for Edward Michael Walsh recorded in 1903.
Births before 1910 were frequently not reported to the city.
Marriage: Not Edward M Walsh Sept 11, 1932 Manhattan cert. # 18546.
Baptism: Edward Michael Walsh, the son of Michael Walsh and Bridget Killren, was
born September 17, 1903 and baptized, October 18, 1903 at St Jean Baptiste, 184 East 76th Street,
New York. Godparents: Matthew House and Catherine House. (Record from St Jean Baptiste)
- Sr Elizabeth Kennedy C.N.D., who sent me the transcriptions of the Walsh
said that the first letter of the name "House" was hard to read and she was unsure
if the "H" was correct.
- I do not know how Matthew House and Catherine House are related to either the Walshes or the
Death: Unknown. No death listed in the SSDI
The 1900 Federal Census listed Michael Walsh and his family at 203 East 77th Street
1910 Federal Census
- Michael Walsh, coachman, born January 1864 in Ireland, immigrated in 1885
- Delia, wife, born February
1864 in Ireland
- "Annie", born 1895 in New York
- "Jimmie", born 1897
in New York.
- The names of the two children do not match the birth and naturalization records,
This is a common problem with census records and is not a major issue.
- Delia is/was a nickname for Bridget
- This listing is not included on Ancestry.com
Ward 19, Third Ave, Michael Walsh, head age 44, married 16 years, immigrated 1885, na, coachman stables,
Bridget wife age 40, 4 children 4 still living, immigrated 1887,
Mary, daughter age 15,
John son age 12,
Patrick son age 9,
Edward son age 6
Children all born NY parents born Ireland,
1915 New York State Census
I could not find an address for Michael Walsh in 1915. Consequently, I could not look him up in the
1915 New York State Census.
Naturalization of Michael Walsh
The naturalization papers for Michael Walsh includes the following information:
- His 1911 Declaration of Intention listed Michael Walsh, 1336 3rd Avenue,
coachman, 5 feet 6 inches, 175 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, born in
Co. Sligo, Ireland, August 25, 1868, immigrated from Queenstown on the
Adriatic, late residence
in Ireland, Co. Mayo.
- His Petition for Naturalization listed Michael Walsh, 1307 Third Avenue, doorman, born
August 20, 1868 in Co. Mayo, immigrated from Queenstown on the Adriatic,
February 4, 1886, wife Bridget Kallore, children, Mary, born 1896, John born 1898,
Patrick born 1900, Edward born 1903. A witness was Thomas Walsh, masseur, 199 West 76 Street.
- Michael's naturalization papers contain a "Memorandum of Continuanoes" which lists two dates:
The Order of the Court Denying Petition dated February 14, 1918, stated that "the petitioner
was ordered to appear in court and having failed do do so the petition was denied for Lack of Prosecution"
- Date: November 8, 1917, Reason for Continuanoe: Adj
- Date: January 8, 1918, Reason for Continuanoe: Adj 1 -(illegible)
- Despite some discrepancies in dates and names,
there is enough collaborating evidence to indicate that all of the above records
are for Michael, the son of John and Fanny Walsh, born in Ballinrobe in 1863.
- Michael's date of birth (as listed in the Ballinrobe records, on the census, and
on the naturalization papers) are not
consistent. This, however, is a common occurrence.
- The names of the children are not consistent between the census and the naturalization
papers. Again, this is common in these types of records.
- There was only one
Michael Walsh who had the following combinations of associations:
- Lived on the Upper East Side
(where his brother, Joseph his family lived).
- Was related to Thomas Walsh, "Masseur".
- Was born in Co. Mayo.
- The occupations listed for Michael are consistent with those listed for his brother, Joseph.
- Was married to Bridget Kallore (Killren)
Michael Walsh as a Sponsor
Michael Walsh was the sponsor at the baptism of:
The Death of Michael Walsh
- Charles, the son of Joseph Walsh and Maggie Langan, on August 21, 1904 in
West End, New Jersey. See, Joseph Walsh.
On the hunch that the reason that Michael failed to show up in court for his naturalization was because he died,
I checked the death
records in NYC between 1917 and 1918.
Michael Walsh, 1307 3rd Avenue, Manhattan, tenement, male, white, married, born, August 25,
1865, Ireland, age 52 yrs, 6 mos, and 1 day, occupation, attendant, in US 32 yrs, father,
John Walsh, born in Ireland, mother, Fanny McDonald, born in Ireland, died on February 26,
1918 about 1 AM of a diabetic coma. He had been sick and in the care of a doctor from
November 1, 1917. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery on February 28, 1918.
Note: This is not the only record where Fanny Feeney Walsh's
name was listed as Fanny McDonald. Fanny Walsh listed her mother as Frances McDonald, at the time of her marriage
in 1899. It is possible that their mother, Fanny Feeney, was the daughter of ____
Feeney and _____ McDonald. I cannot find any McDonalds in Ballinrobe.
1920 Federal Census
1930 New York State Census
- Bessie Walsh head 50 widow, immigrated 1887 (?), Na 1895 born Ireland, mother tongue Irish,
- John L Walsh, son age 22, bookkeeper bank
- Patrick Walsh, son age 18, clerk stock exchange
- Edward M Walsh, son age 16, clerk, stock broker
- Mary Walsh, daughter age 24, stenographer, office
Children all born NY
Bridget Walsh, Mary, Patrick and Edward were listed in the 1930 census at 200 E 78th Street in Manhattan as
- Bessie, head, rent $34, radio, age 63, widow, born Ireland,
native tongue, English, immigrated 1887, naturalized, no occupation
- Mary, daughter, age 33, single, born NY, stenographer office
- Patrick V. son, age 29, born NY, clerk office
- Edward M, son, age 26, born NY, clerk office
None of the men were vets.
The Death of Bessie Walsh
Bridget Josephine Walsh widow of Michael Walsh, born June 22, 1870
age 68, housewife, born Ireland, in US
father John Killoren, born Ireland
mother Bridget May born Ireland,
informant Mary Walsh buried Calvary, cerebral hemorrhage hypertension died Nov. 29, 1938
buried Dec 21, 1938
Family Notes on Michael Walsh
Agnes Walsh Lahiff and Maria Pedulla's notes on Michael
- Michael married "Beatrice" Killoran, known as Aunt Beezie
- They had:
- Mary=Tootsie (estate) died 1970 $40,000, no will
- Eddie, died
- Patrick, died
Charles Walsh and Mary Walsh Herdman's notes on Michael
- "My father's godfather" (meaning Charles's god father)
- 3 boys and 1 girl
Bridget Killoran Walsh, birth Ireland 1870 died 1938, NYC
Birth: Daughter of John Killoran and Bridget May born June 22, 1870, Ireland. Immigrated circa 1888.
(Info from death record)
Family of Michael Walsh Addresses
The addresses in New York for the records connected with Michael Walsh are all
in the 70s in the Upper East Side within a few blocks of one another.
This is important for two reasons; one, while people changed apartments
frequently, they tended to stay in the same neighborhoods, two, while
there were a number of Michael Walshes in New York in the late 1800s
to early 1900s, there appears to have been only one living in the 70s on the
Upper East Side.
At the time of Joseph's immigration in 1894 - 109 East 76th Street (between Park and Lexington).
- Six years later - 1900 census - 203 East 77th Street (between Third Avenue and Second Avenue).
- 1900 Census - Third Ave no number. Naturalization papers in 1917 - 1307 Third Avenue (near 75th
Street) - The same at Michael's death in 1918
- 1930 Census - 200 E 78th Street
Mary Walsh (1865-1928) and William O'Shaughnessy
Birth of Mary Walsh
August 5, 1865, Ballinrobe, County Mayo Ireland
Immigration of Mary Walsh:
William O'Shaughnessy, circa 1890 and place
unknown (presumably NYC).
Not listed in the NYC archives for 1881 through 1891.
Birth of William O'Shaughnessy: Circa 1864 Ireland.
Occupation of William O'Shaughnessy: 1891, firefighter, 1900 labourer, 1920 labourer
No obvious immigration record for William O'Shaughnessy through the Castle Carden site.
- John Augustine O'Shaughnessy 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.
No listing in the 1891 to 1902 birth index for NYC for June 1891.
Marriage: Katherine Mansfield
Mansfield, Kathleen F, Jun 21, 1916, Manhattan, 14127,
- Kathleen c. 1920
- Frances c. 1922
- John M c. 1925
- Gerard c. 1927
- Richard c 1929
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.
- Helen (Nellie) O'Shaughnessy and Henry Harry Brocker
Nellie (Agnes Walsh Lahiff) and (November 1894, 1900 census).
Birth: While there are several listings for 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: Henry Harry Brocker circa 1917. Not listed in the Grooms index NYC (Roman Catholic marriages under reported).
Note: Julia Walsh (a sibling of Mary Walsh) lived with her niece,
Mrs. Henry Brocker, at
the time of her death in 1928.
More on Harry Brocker:
- Not listed WWI Draft Registration
- 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?
Joseph circa 1924
- William circa 1930
1920 Census: Did not find
1930 Census:242 - 06 136 Ave Queens
- Harry Brocker, head own $8,000, age 38, married at 25, born NY, father born New York, mother born New Jersey, foreman painters
- Helen, wife, age 34 married at 21 born NY parents born Irish Free State
- Joseph, son, age 6
- William, son, age 11 months
- William O'Shaughnessy (1897-?), Mary Mildred Ward and
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, --run, Ireland.
Name of Employer, Bernard Schole & Co.
14 Wall St. New York, nearest relative, Mary O'Shaughnessy,
353 54 Brooklyn, eyes, brown, hair black. medium height medium build.
Marriage 1: William Raphael O'Shaughnessy, 20 E 95the Street, age 28, real estate broker,
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)
William R O'Shaughnessy age 32, married at 29, born New York stock broker, Mildred wife age
24, born New york
Marriage 2: Nora McCarthy, the sister of Mae McCarthy who was the wife of
William Walsh, the son
of Joseph Walsh and Maggie Langan.
Death: William Oshaughnessy
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)
- Harold per Agnes Walsh Lahiff)
Marriage: No listing in the NYC Grooms index.
- Florence circa 1905, per 1920 census
William O'Shaughnessy and Mary in the 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,
- John born June 1891
- Nellie, born November 1894
- William born November 1896
- Mary's age is off about 6 years, this is not uncommon
- * A child died before 1910
William O'Shaughnessy and Mary in the 1910 Census
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 1917 (when William registered with the draft) the family
moved to Brooklyn.
William O'Shaughnessy and Mary in the 1920 Census
54th Street Brooklyn: William O'Shaughnessy, head, married age 56, naturalized, can't read immigration date
but Ancestry says it is 1908, labourer,
Mary wife, age 49, William son age 22 bookkeeper,
Florence daughter age 15
Notes: Again there are some minor problems with this census but this is surely them.
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.
Did not find.
Emigrant's Saving Bank
Indexes only for William O'Shaughnessy.
Can't be sure it is him.
Death of Mary Walsh O'Shaughnessy
Mary Agnes O'Shaughnessy, 442 55th Street, Brooklyn, married, date of birth, October 11, 1869,
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)
- Despite the incorrect date of birth and mother's maiden name, this is
- Fanny Feeney was frequently listed by her children as McDonald.
- 442 55th Street is just east of 4th Ave.
Death of William O'Shaughnessy
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)
Highland Avenue is on the tip of Coney Island. They were previously in the 55s in Bklyn.
Marilyn Walsh Krausch's information on Mary Walsh and her family
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
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 a photos of the wedding. See below.
William R O'Shaughnessy (the son of William O'Shaughnessy and Mary Walsh) in the 1930 Census
William O'Shaughnessy and his wife, Mildred were listed in the 1930 census at 249 Highland Avenue, Brooklyn
- Mildred, renting, $70, age 24, age at marriage, 21, born in New York, both parents born in
New York, citizen, occupation, none
- William, husband, age 32, age at marriage 29, born in New York, both parents born in
Ireland, citizen, clerk, stock exchange, vet, no war service.