Old King John's Castle

Old King John's Castle
A view of King John's Castle from the River Shannon. Behind the castle turret is the end of Convent Street where Bridget and John's daughter, Mary, was born in 1865, just before Bridget left for America to join her husband John. Photo July 2011.

About John Thompson (Thomas) and Bridget Reidy

About John Thompson/Thomas and Bridget Reidy

John Thompson/Thomas was born in Ireland c 1831 and married Bridget Reidy (Riedy/Ready) c1851 in Ireland. Bridget was born in Ireland c1831. They used the Thompson and Thomas surnames interchangeably, but settled on Thomas prior to coming to America. In 1866 the family immigrated from County Limerick, Ireland, to Chicago, Illinois. They had eight known children, six born in Ireland and two born in Illinois. Bridget [Madigan/Thompson Genealogy] the oldest was born 1852 in or near Limerick City, County Limerick and died in Chicago in 1935. The other children born in Limerick include: Mary Ellen (c1855-1906); Patrick (1857-b1866); James (1860-1932); Martin (1862-1898); and Marian/Mary (1865-b1866). The two youngest children John (c1867-1879) and Lillian Marie (1869-1928) were born in Illinois, most likely, Chicago. The mother, Bridget, died of heart failure and pneumonia on May 3, 1900. Father, John, died of pneumonia three years later on May 21, 1904. They are both buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

John Thomas (Thompson) c1831-1904, Death Certificate

John Thomas, born c 1931 in Ireland, died in Chicago on May 21, 1904.  At the time of his death, he lived at 1338 W. 49th Place.  His death certificate states he was 71 years old, giving him a birth date of around 1833.  However, in the 1900 U.S. Census, his birth year is given as August, 1831.  He was a laborer and died of lobar pneumonia.  John was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chicago on March 23, 1904 along side his wife Bridget who died four years earlier.  As of 2010, there are no grave markers.

The grave is in section 41, lot S112 of Mt. Olivet.  GPS coordinates: N 41 degrees, 41 minues, 11 seconds; W 87 degrees, 41 minutes, 38.8 seconds; Altitude: 636 feet.

Chicago Daily Tribune, May 23, 1904, via ProQuest

Death certificate image courtesy: Elaine M. Beaudoin

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