Author Archives: Brian Sheehan

On this day, November 14, 1918: Dad

My father, Edmund Francis Sheehan was born on this day 96 years ago, Thursday, November 14, 1918. The First World War had ended just three days prior- Dad’s Uncle Patrick and his cousin Harold Greene were still serving in the … Continue reading

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Grandfather Sheehan’s criminal record

I’ve posted the sad story of my great great grandfather, Daniel Dunn here- now it turns out that there might have been a little criminal history on the Sheehan side of the family, too. It’s not anything like the Dunn … Continue reading

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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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