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

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mary Ellen Thomas (1857-1906) and Charles Hallaran (1857-1902) Death Certificates

Charles died December 7, 1902 of pneumonia and was buried at Calvary Cemetery.  At the time of his death, he was living at 2919 Princeton Avenue, Chicago.

Hallaran - Dec. 7, Charles, Husband of Ellen Thomas Hallaran, aged 45 years, father of John, Mrs. George Burr, Ella, Mrs. Tom Hanton, Charley, Lilly, Annie, Ceclia, Agnes, and Willie; brother of Mrs. Mary Donegan, Mrs. Bridget Ahern, Michael, John, Rodger, Patrick, and Mrs. Susie Donegan.
Funeral Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m. from his late residence, 2919 Princeton Av.  By carriage to St. James Church, where high mass will be celebrated, thence to Calvary. Chicago Daily News, December 8, 1902, Monday, Page 12

Mary Ellen died on January 10, 1906, also of pneumonia.  At the time of death she was living at 375 E. 29th Street, Chicago. She was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Images courtesy: Elaine M. Beaudoin

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