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

Martin Thomas' Naturalization Paper

On March 27, 1894, Martin Thomas, third son of John and Bridget (Reidy) Thomas/Thompson, became an American citizen. He was approximately 32 years old when he was granted his citizenship. On the document, he states he was a native of Ireland and he arrived in the United States as a minor. This is confirmed on the passenger list where he is listed as traveling with his Mother and siblings, arriving in New York City on September 8, 1866 at the recorded age of 3. It is sad to think, within 4 years from becoming a U. S. citizen, he would die of tuberculosis on May 7, 1898.

James E. Gillan, 5805 S. Carpenter, Chicago, signed Martin's naturalization papers as a witness to his "good moral character." At this point, James E. Gillan is not a known family associate.

Thanks to Dan Moore for locating in the U. S. Department of Labor, Immigration and Naturalization Service index the information that allowed location of Martin's naturalization papers.

Source: Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois; Certificate no. R 47 P 10 Minor.

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