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

Thursday, October 13, 2016

James Thomas Becomes a Naturalized U. S. Citizen

On October 6, 1886, at the age of 26, 21 years after arriving as a small child in the U. S., James Thomas became a U. S. Citizen. He filed his naturalization papers in the Superior Court of Cook County, Illinois.

In 1886, naturalization was still being coordinated at the local level and, unfortunately, the papers do not provide much genealogical information.

This document is from a Superior Court docket book.

Thanks to Dan Moore for identifying the existence of this document and providing me with the information to locate it.

Source: Cook County Archives, Superior Court, Cook County, Illinois, Volume 13, page 219. Date of naturalization, October 6, 1886.

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