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 thought that her grandmother and Aunt Belle’s mother were sisters.

That seems to be the case- Aunt Belle’s parents were Bridget and John Shields. A Rhode Island marriage record available online gives the date as 25 November 1875, and Bridget’s maiden name as Creegan. Her age is 18, three years older than Catherine Creegan, who would later marry Daniel Farrar. There’s just one problem- Uncle Bud notes that Bridget doesn’t appear on either the 1860 or 1870 census records as living with the Creegans. So was she really Catherine’s sister? If so, where was she in 1860 and 1870? And if not, who is she, and where did she come from?

That’s Catherine up above, from a photo¬†Mom had on her piano.

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