Category Archives: On this day

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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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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On this day, March 15, 1970

Today marks the fortieth anniversary of Grandfather Nicholas Sheehan’s death on March 15, 1970.  He had arrived in this country from Ireland almost exactly sixty-nine years prior, on March 16 1901.

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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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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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On this day November 29

Today is the 338th anniversary of the death of John Cogswell, my ninth great-grandfather, in Ipswich. Cogswell was born in Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. In 1635 he and his family emigrated to America aboard the Angel Gabriel, which wrecked on … Continue reading

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On this day, November 25

Today is the 132d anniversary of the marriage of John W. Shields and Bridget Creegan in Providence. Bridget was the sister of Catherine Creegan, Mom and Uncle Bud’s maternal grandmother. John Shields was born in Northern Ireland in about 1846. … Continue reading

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On this Thanksgiving Day, November 22

Gale and I got married on Thanksgiving Day, so it’s sort of appropriate that today is the 258th anniversary of the marriage of Ebenezer Cogswell and Mary Burnham (my 5th great grandparents) in 1749, most probably in Ipswich. Mary was … Continue reading

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On this day, November 12

Sarah Place, my sixth great-grandmother was born on this day in 1686 in Glocester, Rhode Island.

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On this day, November 10

On November 10, 1879, Daniel Dunn married Mary McLaughlin Foley in Cambridge. It was the second marriage for both. Daniel had just finished serving three years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 1875 death of his first … Continue reading

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