Category Archives: Farrar

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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The Dunn Genes

There were a few comments about the “Dunn genes” last week, referring to Mom and Uncle Bud’s longevity. If you take a look at the Dunn family tree, though, you might wonder if genes had anything to do with it. … Continue reading

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Six degrees of Mom

I think most people are familiar with the “six degrees of separation” idea- the suggestion that you are connected to everyone else in the world by no more than six individual connections. Whether or not that’s actually true, it is … Continue reading

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For Memorial Day- some interesting gravestones

Where it all began- a year ago, we took Mom to Rindge in search of her grandparent’s house and grave sites. We found both- here’s Mom at the Dunn family plot at Hillside Cemetery in Rindge. Curiously, the names and … Continue reading

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On this day, April 3, 1957

It was on this day in 1957 that Kathryn Jane (Farrar) Dunn, better known to me at least, as Nana Dunn, passed away. Nana was born in 1889 in East Providence, the daughter of Daniel and Catherine (Creegan) Farrar. Daniel … Continue reading

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My cousin the bishop

You pick up a couple of facts, and the next thing you know, you’re the cousin of the Church of England Archbishop of British Honduras and Central America. This all came from the information on Daniel Farrar’s marriage certificate. While … Continue reading

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On this day November 29, part 2

The Family History Center in Worcester called this morning to let me know that some microfilms I’d ordered from Salt Lake City had arrived, so I stopped by on my lunch hour to see what I might find. One film … Continue reading

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Catherine Creegan found!

I was hoping that the East Providence marriage index I ordered from the Family History Library might shed some light on the mystery of Catherine Creegan. It did, but not without some further digging… Catherine Creegan was Mom and Uncle … Continue reading

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The Shields and the Farrars

When I was growing up, I was never exactly sure what our relationship was to Aunt Belle, the nice lady in East Providence that we would often visit on a Sunday afternoon. Mom didn’t seem to be certain herself, but … Continue reading

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Some progress, and a false alarm

Well some progress on the Farrar side of the Dunn line: as Uncle Bud noted in his email, his grandmother Catherine (Creegan) Farrar, was the daughter of Lawrence and Margaret Creegan, both of whom were born in Ireland. It will … Continue reading

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