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. His family emigrated sometime around 1850, living in Woodstock, Connecticut before settling in North Providence by 1860. Bridget’s parents Philip and Catherine emigrated from Ireland, possibly between 1845 and 1850. A Philip and Catherine Cregan appear in the 1850 census, living in Providence, but I haven’t been able to find a record of the Cre(e)gans in the 1860 or 1870 censuses.
John and Bridget lived in East Providence after their wedding, where John worked as a carpenter, and where they raised six children. John was just 50 when he died in 1896, and Bridget just 58 when she passed away in 1913. Their daughter Isabelle was Mom’s “Aunt Belle”, who continued to live in the family’s home on Warren Ave. until her death in 1966.