Author Archives: Brian Sheehan

Nana Dunn’s flexible birth date

This month marks the one hundred and twenty-fourth anniversary of Nana Dunn’s birth. Or does it? Nana’s gravestone says she was born in 1896. But even though that date is, literally, carved in stone, it’s almost certainly wrong. I haven’t been … Continue reading

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Dad’s draft card (and Grandmother Sheehan’s middle name…) recently added a large number of World War II draft registration records to its online databases, and Dad’s registration is among them. The card images don’t add anything too surprising to Dad’s story. He was living with his parents … Continue reading

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The strange case of Guy Dunn- alias Charles McCray

September 30 marked the 124th birthday of Mom’s uncle Charles McCray. For the first 17 (or so) years of his life, Charles was known as Guy Dunn. Why Guy changed his name to Charles McCray is one of the more … Continue reading

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Then and now- the Sheehans in 1917

I always enjoy the Sunday Telegram’s “Then and Now” feature. It displays an old photo of some Worcester County location, and asks readers to identify the place. On Monday, the paper publishes a current photo of the spot.

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For St Patrick’s Day- another Patrick Sheehan turns up (and two more Johns…)

It seems appropriate on St Patrick’s Day to add another Patrick to the family tree. I’ve also found two more John Sheehans- one of whom was the (presumably) proud father of seven daughters!

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The brother and sister Dad never knew

Dad came from a pretty big family, ay least by current American standards- Nicholas and Mary (Casey) Sheehan had seven children who lived to adulthood. I’ve always had the suspicion that there might have been more children who didn’t make … Continue reading

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Found- my great great grandfather Sheehan?

The National Library of Ireland last week published its collection of microfilmed Catholic parish records on its web site. There’s a lot of information there, but it isn’t all that easy to find details on specific individuals. The records are only indexed by … Continue reading

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For Memorial Day: Rufus Cogswell

Memorial Day was originally a day to remember soldiers who died in the Civil War, so it’s appropriate to remember Rufus Cogswell, Mom’s great grand-uncle, who was the only person on the Dunn side of the family tree to die … Continue reading

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On this day: April 19, 1947

Mom and Dad were married on this day, April 19, 1947, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Millbury, Massachusetts. (The parish church is now in Worcester, but in 1947 it was just over the Millbury line, where Sclamo’s is … Continue reading

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A tree sculpture for the Fenor graveyard

Just happened to come across this news video from RTE about a chain saw sculpture that now graces the Fenor churchyard. This is the church Grandfather Sheehan would have attended before he emigrated. It’s also the final resting place of … Continue reading

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