Monday, March 24, 2014

Martin McGovern dies 1990

Martin McGovern obit 2/28 1990 from the Dubuque Herald

News comes from New Mellary of the death there of an esteemed resident, Martin McGovern, at the advanced age of 88 years. The deceased was a native of Ireland and emigrated to this country when a young man, locating at Cleveland, Ohio, where for many years he was connected with the waterworks, His wife died thirty-nine years. For the past twenty years he has made his home most of the time with his son Thomas at New Mellary. He has three other sons, Martin of Cleveland, Patrick of Omaha and James of Mason City and one daughter Mrs Chambers of Cleveland. The funeral will be held at the Monestary Wednesday morning and will be conducted by Bennett Brothers.

I visited the Holy Family graveyard, and was unable to locate the tombstone of Martin, however, I did find the tombstone of his son Thomas.

Thomas McGovern
 I will have to look-up an obituary for Thomas to see if I can find any info on his family.  I did find a site on line that listed obit/marriages/death/census and found the following:

After Thomas death, his wife Mary ( nee Gerighty) moved to Minneapolis. She died 11/23/43 at the age of 91. She is buried in Minneapolis, Minn.

Son Thomas- was known as Brother Steven and was a Monk at the New Mellary Abby. He dies of TB 3/16/2011

Daughter Anna b 1880 approx m Roger. She was a widow and living with her Mom on the 1940 Census

Mary b 1881- not mentioned in 1929 obit of her sister??? 

Catherine- was living with her mother as well in the 1940 census

Rosie b 1887 was also living with her mother in 1940. She did enter The Dominican order, but left prior to making her final vows.

Ellen or Nellie ???

Agnes- m Carl Eilert (b. Denmark) and by the 1920 (So. Dakota) census had 2 daughters Joslyn and Joyce (twins possibly). She was a widow and lived with her mother in the 1940 census as well.

Margaret went to So Dakota to study nursing in 1911. She married Roy Bisbee. They had one son Ralph who was a prominent musician. Her husband dies early- while on a boating outing- in her arms. She remarried Howarth. She had a routine surgery and died as a result of the surgery.  She and her son are buried at Holy Family in Iowa.

This is all new to me, so I hope it is accurate and will keep plugging along.

Contact me if there are any questions!
Shelly

Saturday, May 9, 2009

1880 census

Click here for Post one-Martin McGovern and Mary Moran family to the USA

Click here for post two- McGovern's to America

This is the third post-1880 Census

10 years later, we have Martin McGovern and the three youngest boys in Monona Iowa.
Thomas is married, and the 2 boys are farm hands we believe. Martin is living with Thomas on the 1880 and 1885 census:

1880 United States Census

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

Thomas MC GOVERN Self M Male W 28 IRE Farmer IRE IRE
Mary MC GOVERN Wife M Female W 27 OH Keeping House IRE IRE
Thomas MC GOVERN Son S Male W 2 IA At Home IRE OH
Anna MC GOVERN Dau S Female W 1 IA At Home IRE IRE
Morton (Martin) MC GOVERN Father W Male W 60 IRE Farmer IRE IRE

Source Information:
Census Place Monona, Clayton, Iowa
Family History Library Film 1254333
NA Film Number T9-0333
Page Number 514D



Iowa State Census, 1895

Name Age Birthplace Race County Town

Thomas McGovern 43 Ireland White Clayton Giard
Mary McGovern 42 Ohio White Clayton Giard
Thomas McGovern 17 Clayton CO IA White Clayton Giard
Mary McGovern 13 Clayton CO IA White Clayton Giard
Katie McGovern 11 Clayton CO IA White Clayton Giard
Rosa McGovern 9 Clayton CO IA White Clayton Giard
Nellie McGovern 6 Clayton CO IA White Clayton Giard
Agnes McGovern 4 Clayton CO IA White Clayton Giard
Maggie McGovern 2 Clayton CO IA White Clayton Giard
Martin McGovern 78 Ireland White Clayton Giard
James McGovern 35 Ireland White Clayton Giard

Patrick was working as a farm hand for a family named Carroll.

The family attended the Catholic Church in Menona and became familiar with the locals. Patrick and James left for South Dakota to Homestead along with John Carroll (wife Mary Ryan) and Mary's Aunt Ellen Bennett, and found the land not too fertile compared to the beautiful soil in Iowa. In Patrick's Homsteading papers, when asked if patrick had been a resident in Aurora, South Dakota, James replied "all except for one month where he went home to get him a wife". We have not been able to locate the marriage records for Patrick McGovern and Ellen Ryan, but know it was that one week.........

Things did not work out in South Dakota, and the group all moved on:
Patrick and wife Ellen and 2 kids Margaret and patrick moved to South Omaha
James went back to Iowa and lived with his brother Thomas and his family (Dad lived there too)
John and mary Carroll moved to Chicago
Ellen Bennett also moved to Chicago

(And, no relation to George McGovern who lived in So Dakota)
1880 United States Census

Meanwhile, the other 3 kids remained in Cleveland:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

Martin MC GOVERN Self M Male W 40 IRE Coal Heaver IRE IRE
Cecelia MC GOVERN Wife M Female W 40 IRE Keeping House IRE IRE
Thomas MC GOVERN Son S Male W 11 OH Attends School IRE IRE
Joseph MC GOVERN Son S Male W 9 OH IRE IRE
Martin MC GOVERN Son S Male W 6 OH IRE IRE
Mary Jane MC GOVERN Dau S Female W 4 OH IRE IRE
Ann MC GOVERN Dau S Female W 1 OH IRE IRE

Source Information:
Census Place Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Family History Library Film 1255006
NA Film Number T9-1006
Page Number 379C


And Mary with her husband William Chambers
Catherine with her husband Patrick Chambers

McGovern's to America

The Application for Naturalization by Martin McGovern is dated 1867 (from Cleveland, Ohio). I understand you need to live in the USA for 5 years prior to applying for naturalization, so we assume Martin came to the USA in 1862 approx.

Naturalization papers are dated 1869 for Martin and Thomas (17 years old).

Here is the 1870 census information from Cleveland, Ohio:
Name Home in 1870 (City, County, State) Estimated Birth Year Birthplace Race Gender

Martin McGovern Cleveland Ward 8, Cuyahoga, OH abt 1820 Ireland White Male (Laborer)
Thomas McGovern Cleveland Ward 8, Cuyahoga, OH abt 1855 Ireland White Male (Laborer)
Patrick McGovern Cleveland Ward 8, Cuyahoga, OH abt 1858 Ireland White Male
Mary McGovern Cleveland Ward 8, Cuyahoga, OH abt 1854 Ireland White Female (Keeping house)
James McGovern Cleveland Ward 8, Cuyahoga, OH abt 1861 Ireland White Male

Household Members: Name Age
Martin McGovern 50
Thomas McGovern 15
Patrick McGovern 12
Mary McGovern 16
James McGovern 9

And:
Name Home in 1870 (City, County, State) Estimated Birth Year Birthplace Race Gender

Martin McGavern Cleveland Ward 8, Cuyahoga, OH abt 1842 Ireland White Male (Laborer on dock)
Celia McGavern Cleveland Ward 8, Cuyahoga, OH abt 1842 Ireland White Female
Thomas McGavern Cleveland Ward 8, Cuyahoga, OH abt 1869 Ohio White Male

Household Members: Name Age
Martin McGavern 28
Celia McGavern 28
Thomas McGavern 1

Catherine is listed in the census married to Patrick Chambers in 7/1867

Martin McGovern and Mary Moran family from Ireland

Martin McGovern was born in Ireland 1820, died 1900 in Iowa (near or in New Mellary).
He married Mary Moran in Ireland (year unknown). Their children were all born in Ireland:
Martin b 1845 Ireland married Cecelia Kearney 1868 in Cleveland Ohio
after Cecelia died, he remarried Winifred Kane (Cain) 9/9/1884
Catherine b 1847 m Patrick Chambers 7/1867 Cleveland, Ohio
Thomas b 1852 m Mary Geraghty (Gerrity) in Monona Iowa
Mary m William Chambers 4/1875 in Cleveland, Ohio
Patrick m Ellen Ryan approx 1884
James b 1861 m Anna Clifford 1896 in Momona Iowa

Mary Moran-we have never been able to locate whether or not Mary ever came to the USA, we are guessing she died in childbirth, or on the boat to the USA. (as noted below- in 1900 it states she passed 39 years prior, so in James birth year).

Martin McGovern's obit 1900 Dubuque Iowa 2/28/1900
Dubuque Herald
News comes from New Mellary of the death there of esteemed resident, Mr Martin McGovern, at the advanced age of 88 years. The deceased was a native of Ireland, and emigrated to this country when a young man, locating at Cleveland, O., where for many years he was connected with the waterworks. His wife died thirty-nine years. For the past twenty years he has made his home most of the time with his son Thomas of New Mellary. He has three other sons, Martin of Cleveland, Patrick of Omaha and James of Mason City and one daughter Mrs Chambers of Cleveland. The funeral will be held at the Monestary Wednesday morning and will be conducted by Bennett Brothers.