Author Archives: Brian Sheehan

Patrick Sheehan’s death certificate

I received the death certificate for Patrick Sheehan recently. As often happens with eagerly anticipated family history documents, it offers some additional information, but doesn’t answer all the questions I thought it might. First things first- I don’t believe there’s … Continue reading

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More on Patrick Sheehan and the Machine Gun Corps

I posted a while back about some additional information I’d found on our grand-uncle, Patrick Sheehan, who is buried in the Sheehan family plot in the Fenor Churchyard. Patrick was the brother of Ellen Sheehan, and of my grandfather, Nicholas … Continue reading

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A new clue about Patrick Sheehan

With all of the talk about the World War I centenary, it’s appropriate that I recently came across another piece of information about my grand uncle, Patrick Sheehan, who served in the Machine Gun Corps in the war. Patrick was … Continue reading

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The Story of Daniel Dunn

I don’t know exactly when or where Daniel Dunn, my great great grandfather, was born. Based on later records like census returns and marriage certificates, it was somewhere in Ireland, around the year 1844. His father’s name was also Daniel- … Continue reading

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Finding Uncle William

When I started researching the family history, I managed to figure out the basics of all of Dad’s siblings except for his brother William. He was Grandfather and Grandmother Sheehan’s second child, born in Worcester in 1904. The only other … Continue reading

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My DNA gets refined

A year or so ago I had my DNA analyzed by Ancestry.com in the hopes of learning more about our family’s history. The results were slightly underwhelming- but the other day I received an updated analysis that’s pretty interesting.

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May 26 1877- Grandmother Mary Casey Sheehan is born

One hundred and thirty six years ago today, on May 26 1877, Mary Casey was born in a little village called Ballaghavorraga (or Ballymarket) in County Waterford. Mary was the sixth child born to Michael and Anastasia (Morrissey) Casey. In … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Uncle Bud

Earl Lernard Dunn was born on this day in 1926, in Winchendon, Massachusetts.

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May 6, 1853 Catherine Creegan is born…

Mom’s maternal grandmother, Catherine Creegan, was born on this day in 1853 in Rhode Island, most likely in Providence. Catherine is the woman in the photograph that Mom kept in the living room. To say that Catherine had a tough … Continue reading

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From Mom’s online condolence book

April 11, 2013 So sorry to read that Mrs Sheehan passed away. She was my 6th grade teacher in the Manchaug School in 1952. I met her in Whitinsville about 15 years ago and even though I had not seen … Continue reading

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