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!