This page would not have been possible without the excellent notes of Florence (Healy) Keller, a great-granddaughter of the Anne FitzPatrick and Patrick McCann, who in July 2006 was still alive at the age of 79 years. We should also like to thank:
- Marsha (Keller) Weaver, for supplying us with extracts from the work, of her mother Florence (Healy) Keller;
- Tom Schaffner, who made a suggestion about the spelling of the surname of Bridget McLenag [McLenagh?];
- Joan Tremblay, whose husband’s mother was a McCann, and who sent a copy of the 1942 address by ____ McCann which mentions the voyage of Anne (FitzPatrick) McCann to New York;
- Collette Farry, who supplied a copy of the death notice of Anne (FitzPatrick) McCann.
The clues which have led to the identification, or partial identification, of two siblings of Anne (FitzPatrick) McCann have both come from a valuable collection of newspaper extracts made by Christine M. Spencer. The evidence for a brother will be presented below. The evidence for a sister, which is less direct, comes from an item of 1892 in a Perth, Ontario, newspaper which states: “Misses Nina and Maggie O’Reilly, Brooklyn, New York, are visiting their cousin John McCann of this town.” While only a small fragment of the 1890 U.S. Federal Census for New York survives, the 1892 New York State Census, which could not be more fortunately timed for our purposes, has adjacent entries for Nina and Maggie O’Reilly, aged 30 and 26 respectively, both born in the U.S. and both teachers, living in Ward 19 of Brooklyn.
These women are not however listed in Lain’s Brooklyn Directory for any of the years 1892, 1894, or 1895. Attempting to work backward, we were unable to find any Nina O’Reilly of the right age in the federal censuses of 1880 or 1870, a difficulty which proved to have an unexpected explanation (“Nina” being evidently a nickname not adopted until adulthood). Eventually, the discovery of a detailed death announcement for Nina provided sufficient evidence for the filiation, including mention of a brother Luke whose marriage record names his mother as Margaret FitzPatrick. Further confirmation of the connection comes from the death notice of another brother, Frank E. O’Reilly, which likewise names his mother as Margaret FitzPatrick, and mentions as survivors “two sisters, the Misses Nina and Margaret O’Reilly.” We therefore identify this Margaret FitzPatrick as a sister of Anne (FitzPatrick) McCann.
Extract from the notes of Florence (Healy) Keller,
written in 2002
Anthony = Molly John = Bridget
McCann | McDonald Fitzpatrick | McLenag
|_______ __| [McLenagh?]
Michael Healy = Katherine Moran Patrick McCann = Anne Fitzpatrick
John Joseph Healy = Elizabeth McCann
1. John FitzPatrick, of Laurel Hill, presumably the place of this name in the parish of Errigal-Trough (lying mainly in the barony of Trough, co. Monaghan), Ireland, alive in 1840 (the earliest possible birthdate for his daughter Jane). However, the only person of this surname in the 1826 Tithe Applotment Book of Errigal-Trough is a James Fitspatrick (sic), of Lisavargy and Lisgui. He married before 1823 (the latest possible birthdate of their daughter Anne), Bridget McLenag [McLenagh?]. Almost everything we know of him comes from a newspaper death notice of his daughter Anne (FitzPatrick) McCann:
On Friday last there passed away from this life in the person of the late Mrs. Patrick McCann, one of the oldest and most respected settlers in this part of the country. By her kind and affable manners she endeared herself to all with whom she came into contact, and her loss will be felt not only by her sorrowing children, but by all those who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. She was the daughter of the late John Fitzpatrick, Laurel Hill, County Monaghan, Ireland, and coming to this country forty-two years ago [i.e. around 1846], settled with her husband in the county of Leeds, where she remained till her death. Although unaccustomed to the hardships of country life, [she] cheerfully undertook the burden of trials which a settler in the wild woods of Canada had to undergo. Of a family of thirteen children whom she bore nine survive her. Her death was made happy in being surrounded at the last moments by her remaining children, who in her lost a good, christian, and charitable mother.
According to the address prepared by a great-grandson for the Irish Historical Society of Canada in 1942 (see the McCann page),
Patrick McCann … married Anne Fitzpatrick in Ireland, she being only fifteen and he nineteen. The romance began in a small town in the County of Antrim where her father owned a grist mill and Patrick McCann went to town from his country estate, named Shannawood, to have his father’s wheat ground into flour.
It should be noted that the counties of Monaghan and Antrim, where these two accounts place John FitzPatrick, are not adjacent. There is however a townland named Shannawood in the parish of Annagh, co. Cavan, which county is adjacent to Monaghan, and Cavan was certainly the county of birth of John FitzPatrick’s son-in-law, Luke O’Reilly, below. The 1942 account, which evinces a confused awareness of the O’Reilly family, continues:
After seven years of marriage, Patrick McCann immigrated to Canada…. After building a log house…, [he] sent for his young wife [Anne FitzPatrick]. She left Ireland in 1842 [actually about 1846] with three children…. The youngest one died aboard ship, just before arriving at New York, and was buried in a cemetery in New York….
When my grandmother arrived in New York she got in touch with her husband’s brother [actually Luke O’Reilly was the husband of Anne’s own sister, Margaret FitzPatrick]…. His grandchildren are living in New York, one of them being Judge O’Reilly of New York. She then had to make the trip from New York to Portland [Ontario]….
It is quite doubtful that Luke O’Reilly can have been in New York so early as 1846, much less 1842; and it seems likely the writer has confused the incident of Anne’s arrival with some later contact with the O’Reillys. Furthermore, the judge — Frank E. O’Reilly, who had died a decade earlier — was a son, not a grandson, of Luke O’Reilly.
- A son, alive in 1889. His existence may be inferred from a report in a Perth, Ontario newspaper that “Mr. Fitzpatrick of New York, uncle of Mr. John McCann [son of Patrick McCann and Anne FitzPatrick], is visiting in town for a short time.” Unfortunately we have found no clue as to his complete name.
- Anne FitzPatrick, born around 1823, died 23 March 1888, allegedly aged 66 years, and buried 25 March following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cemetery, Perth, Drummond Tp., Lanark Co. She married about 1839 in Ireland (where their elder children were born), Patrick McCann, afterwards of South Burgess township, Leeds County, Ontario, was born around 1806-16 in Ireland, possibly in co. Antrim, died 25 July 1880 “at his residence in South Burgess,” allegedly aged 71 years, and buried 27 July following in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cemetery, Perth, son of Anthony McCann, of Ireland, possibly of co. Cork, by the latter’s wife Molly McDonald. From the birthplaces of their children as reported in the 1861 census it is evident that Patrick McCann and his wife were still in Ireland in 1841, but were in Ontario by 1849. According to her death notice, their year of immigration would have been about 1846, and this date receives support from other sources. For further details see McCANN.
- 2Margaret FitzPatrick, born around 1828 (aged 32 in 1860, 40 in 1870, 50 in 1880) in Ireland.
- Jane FitzPatrick, born 1840-41 (aged 14 in 1855) in Ireland; living with her married sister Margaret (FitzPatrick) O’Reilly in 1855. The census of that year states that she had been resident in the city of Brooklyn for 8 years, which would place her immigration about 1848. She has not been found in later censuses.
2. Margaret FitzPatrick, born around 1828 (aged 32 in 1860, 40 in 1870, 50 in 1880) in Ireland of Irish parentage, died (intestate) 7 February 1887 at Brooklyn (see below). In the 1855 census (see below) Margaret [FitzPatrick] O’Reilly is stated to have been resident in the city of Brooklyn for 9 years, placing her immigration about 1847. We have found only a brief death notice for her, which reads:
Funeral services were held over the remains of Mrs. Margaret O’Reilly in the Transfiguration Church, at Hooper street and Marcy avenue, this morning. The pall bearers were: John L. Shea, Thomas McElvare, Joseph Smith, David Clark, William Smith, Charles H. May, Richard Ennis. Rev. J. M. Kiely, the pastor, was celebrant of the requiem mass, assisted by Rev. Fathers Sheehy and O’Dougherty.
No record of her marriage has been found in the registers of the Church of the Transfiguration, where she was married, and which registers survive from 1847. But she married before 1853, possibly in the U.S. (as their times of residence in the U.S. do not match), Luke O’Reilly, born around 1830 (aged 30 in 1860, 39 in 1870, 48 in 1880) in Ireland of Irish parentage, died about 1908 in New York State. (He was somehow related — possibly as a cousin — to another Luke O’Reilly, born about 1835, died 26 July 1883, Principal of New York Grammer School no. 37, who married Anne Gilchrist, for the latter’s son John is called a “cousin” of the present man’s son Luke Jr. in his death notice.)
In the 1855 census (see below) Luke O’Reilly is stated to have been resident in the city of Brooklyn for 8 years, placing his immigration about 1848. In the passport application of their son Luke O’Reilly, Jr., he is described as Luke O’Reilly, deceased, born at Cavan, Ireland, who immigrated from Ireland in or about 1848, and resided for 60 years until 190_ at Brooklyn, being naturalized as a U.S. citizen by the Supreme Court of the State of New York at Brooklyn. He is thus perhaps the Luke O’Reilly from co. Cavan who is said to have “emigrated to this country in 1848 or ’49,” and whose whereabouts was sought in a missing persons advertisement which appeared in 1874. He is also possibly the Luke O’Reily, aged 19 years, born in Ireland, who was enumerated in Ward 15 of New York City in the 1850 census. He and his wife were enumerated in Ward 7 of Brooklyn in the 1855 census, in which he is called a ____; at the time his wife’s sister, Jane Fitzpatrick, was living with them.
He and his wife were again enumerated in Brooklyn in the 1860 census, in which he is called a clerk.
In the 1865 State Census of New York, Luke O’Reilly, of Kent Avenue, is shown as making his living through “liquors &c.”
As two directories of the mid-1870s show a Luke O’Reilly, with a liquor business at 60 Wythe Ave. and house at 51 Wilson, but no man of this name designated as a clerk, it seems clear that he continued to derive income from the liquor trade despite being called a clerk in later census records. In the 1870 census he is described as Luke Reilly (sic), clerk in the police court.
His is enumerated again in Brooklyn in the 1880 census, in which he is called a “county official.”
On Margaret’s death without a will in 1887, administration of her estate, valued at under $300, was granted to her widower Luke O’Reilly, of 75 Ross Street, Brooklyn, the record stating that she left five suriving children, Frank E., Nina A., John F., Luke, and Margaret O’Reilly, “all of full age.” We have not found a convincing match for Luke O’Reilly in the 1892 U.S. state census, but he was enumerated with four of his children in the 1900 Federal census.
As described in a death notice of his son Luke Jr., Luke O’Reilly was also “a Williamsburg district leader and a power in Democratic politics around the turn of the century.” A 1924 newspaper article states: “Luke O’Reilly, the father of ex-Magistrate Frank B. O’Reilly and Lawyer Luke O’Reilly, Jr., used to parade up and down the ward on election day, leading bis Democratic adherents to the polls, although invariably the Republicans, under “Jakie” Worth, were victorious nine out of ten times.” In 1900 he was injured in a serious accident which was initially expected to be fatal, the story making the front page of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:
Luke O’Reilly, who was formerly a Congressman and who many years ago was one of the prominent leaders in Democratic politics in the Nineteenth Ward, was knocked down and, it is believed, fatally injured by a trolley car of the Third avenue line at the corner of Fulton and Pearls streets. The accident happened, at 1:05 o’clock as Mr. O’Reilly, who is about 65 years old [he was in fact about 70], was trying to cross from the north to the south side of the street. The crossing there is particularly dangerous, for it is at a point where the Inspectors are hurrying along either the cars on the Fulton street lines or the cars which cross a block below at right angles on the old Nassau line.
Mr. O’Reilly had just stepped from the curbstone when the car passed along. It was in charge of Stephen McGlynn, aged 28 years, of 181 Forty-eighth street, who was motorman, and who was on his way to the ferry. Policeman Cox of the Adams street atation, was sitting on the front seat of the car, having just left the crossing at Bauland’s store.
The policeman, in describing the accident, said that Mr. O’Reily, who is well known to the officials around the Borough Hall, had just stopped as if from the shoe shop at the corner of Pearl and Fulton Streets. The officer did not imagine for a minute that he would try to cross in front of the car, which was but a few feet distant, but when he was seen to step from the curb both the motorman and the policeman set up a simultaneous yell of warning.
Mr. O’Reilly did not seem to realize his danger. He went on, and when the two men yelled again he just stopped on the side of the car track. He was not far enough away to avoid being struck by the corner of the dashboard. The motorman had the brake on at once but the car struck Mr. O’Reilly on the side of the head, causing a painful gash. He was knocked down by the blow and fell outward, clearing the fender. The car had by this time come to a standstill and Mr. O’Reilly seemed to try to stagger to his feet. He had not regained his feet fully when he fell again. He was unconscious when Policeman Cox, who had hastily jumped from the car, reached his side. It was clear that Mr. O’Reilly was badly hurt and a message was sent to the Brooklyn Hospital from the nearest telephone for an ambulance.
Dr. Frank Freel, son of the late Edward Freel, who had known Mr. O’Reilly all his life, happened to be in the neighborhood and was the first in attendance. His diagnosis that the man was suffering from cerebral hemorrhage, probably due to a fracture of the skull, was confirmed by the ambulance surgeon, who came later, and the suffering man was hurrled to the hospital. At that Institution it was said that the chances for his life were small.
Mr. O’Reilly’s home is at 81 Keap street.
He has been employed for some years as an appraiser in the Surrogate’s Court, and of late has not been very active in the management of the politics of his district. He was in early years regarded as a strong man in the Democratic party, and many of the younger men now in politics secured their first lessons in O’Reilly’s former headquarters, at the corner of Wythe avenue and Clymer street, a quarter of a century ago. Mr. O’Reilly has a large family, two of whom are well known as lawyers. One of his oldest sons is Frank K. O’Reilly, law partner of Jerry A. Weinberg, and another son is Luke O’Reilly, Jr., also a lawyer of some local prominence.
When it became evident that Mr. O’Reilly
had been seriously hurt Policeman Cox placed motorman McGlyn under arrest. He was taken to the Adams street station, where he was held by Sergeant Kennedy pending arraignment before Magistrate Brenner on a charge of criminal carelessness. The policeman said that he did not think the motorman was to blame, for the car was not going at a high rate of speed at the time and the motorman had it under perfect control. It seemed to him that Mr. O’Reilly was dazed at the sudden danger.
The following day, another newspaper reiterated that he “lies in a critical condition” and that “it was said that the chances for the injured man’s recovery were small. However, he somehow recovered, and survived the incident by about eight years.
For a family which was clearly well-educated, it is surprising how inconsistently the ages of its members are reported in contemporary records. The situation is so bad that some censuses do not even agree as to the birth-order of the children. In particular, the ages reported in census records for the daughters Nina and Margaret are the stuff of science-fiction. After some years’ experimentation in the deceleration of the aging process, they managed to reverse its effects altogether during the 1890s and exited the decade younger than when they entered it.
- Frank E. O’Reilly, born 1852-53 (aged 7 in 1860, 12 in 1865, 17 in 1870, 26 in 1880, 44 in 1900, 50 in 1910, 62 in 1920) in New York, died unmarried 21 October 1930, and buried in Calvary Cemetery (see below).
He is mentioned as “former magistrate Frank E. O’Reilly” in the death notice of his sister Nina. He attended Public School no. 16, Brooklyn, being mentioned amongst its graduates as “Frank E. O’Reilly, city magistrate, City of New York.” He was a student in Medicine at Columbia College in 1873-74, but must have subsequently changed the course of his studies to Law (unless, like his younger brother Luke, he was self-taught and simply challenged the bar examinations). In between, he was living at his parents in 1880 and was working as a clerk in a store. Frank E. O’Reilly was one of the four Democrat magistrates whose appointments by Mayor Van Wyck in 1901 provoked an unsuccessful legal challenge from the Republican party. In a newspaper story about the incident he is described as “Frank E. O’Reilly of the Fourth Assembly District … now Secretary of the Democratic County Committee. He is a law partner of Jere Wernberg and has been active in politics in the Ninth Ward of Brooklyn for several years. He has a large law practice.” He is found at Hewes Street, in Ward 19 of Brooklyn, in the 1910 census, in which he called a “lawyer, city magistrate.”
In 1920 his occupation or profession is stated as “Law,”
and in 1930 he is called a criminal lawyer.
In all three censuses between 1910 and 1930 his household included his unmarried sisters Eliza/Elizabeth [a.k.a. Nina] and Margaret, and in 1910 and 1920 it also included his niece Nina, daughter of his brother John. On 2 August 1928, the Brooklyn Standard Union reported that “Brooklynites summering at the Catholic summer school, Cliff Haven, N.Y., gave a reception recently under the direction of Frank E. O’Reilly.” A death notice reads:
Former Magistrate Frank E. O’Reilly, long active in Democratic affairs in the 4th A[dministrative] D[istrict], of which he was Democratic leader at one time, died yesterday in St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan, after an illness of four months. He resided at 184 Hewes St.
Judge O’Reilly had been in poor health since the death of his brother, John O’Reilly, who was fatally injured in a motorcar accident last May. A few weeks later he suffered a shock from which he never fully recovered.
Born in the old 19th Ward, a son of the late Luke and Margaret Fitzpatrick O’Reilly, he attended old Public School 16. Later he was graduated from the College of the City of New york. He later became a law partner of Jerry Weinberg and while a member of this firm was appointed a magistrate, serving 11 years, from 1901 to 1911. Since his retirement from the bench he had practiced at 44 Court St. Judge O’Reilly was a member of the old First Class of Public School 16 Society, the Holy Name Society, Loyola Council, K[nights] of C[olumbus], the Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum Society, and other organizations. He was a past president of the Eckford Club and one of the organizers of the Seneca Democratic Club. He also was president of the Champlain Assembly of the Catholic Summer School of America. Surviving are his brother, Assemblyman Luke O’Reilly, and two sisters, the Misses Nina and Margaret O’Reilly. A requiem mass will be offered at 10 o’clock Friday morning in the R. C. Church of the Transfiguration and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
- Sarah O’Reilly, born 1854-55 (aged 5 in 1860, 10 in 1865) in New York, died in 1865-70.
- Eliza(beth) Jane a.k.a. Nina E. O’Reilly, born 1855-56 (aged 4 in 1860, 8 in 1865, 15 in 1870, 20 in 1880, 30 in 1892, 26 in 1900!, 42 in 1910, 50 in 1920, 72 in 1930) in New York, died unmarried 12 February 1931 at Brooklyn. This daughter is found in her parents’ household until 1880, when she is called a teacher, and (as Nina) in the household of her widowed father in 1900, when she is called a school teacher. She was living with her brother Frank at the taking of the 1910 census, in which she is called a teacher in a public school. In these records she is called Elizabeth J. up to, and occasionally after, 1892, which marks the first known appearance of the name Nina, evidently a nickname adopted in adulthood. Elizabeth and Nina must be the same person, as they were the same age (so far as it is possible to judge from its rather elastic reportage) and the two names never appear together in the same census. Moreover, in the 1931 death notice of Nina E. O’Reilly, it would be an incomprensible oversight if Elizabeth J., attested under that name so late as 1920, were really a sister of the deceased but failed to be named therein. A death notice reads: “Miss Nina E. O’Reilly, sister of Assemblyman Luke O’Reilly of Brooklyn and the late former magistrate Frank E. O’Reilly, died yesterday morning at her home, 184 Hewes Street, Brooklyn. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning with a solemn requiem mass at the Church of the Transfiguration, Hooper Street and Marcy Avenue. Burial will be private in Calvary Cemetery. Miss O’Reilly was born in Brooklyn, and prior to her retirement several years ago was a teacher in Public School 16, Brooklyn. In addition to her brother, Assemblyman O’Reilly, she left a sister, Margaret O’Reilly.”
- Margaret (“Maggie”) A. O’Reilly, born probably in 1858 (aged 2 in 1860, 6 in 1865, 11 in 1870, 18 in 1880, 26 in 1892, 24 in 1900!, 40 in 1910, 48 in 1920, 71 in 1930) in New York, alive and unmarried on 12 February 1931 as she survived her sister Nina. She is found in her parents’ household until 1880, when she is called a teacher. She is found in the household of her brother Frank in the 1910 and 1920 censuses, in the first of which she is called a teacher in a public school.
- 3John F. O’Reilly, born in November 1861 (per 1901 census, agreeing with the age of 9 given for him in the 1870 census but not for that of 11 in the 1865 census) in New York.
- Luke O’Reilly, Jr., born 10 November 1862 at Brooklyn, died without issue 25 October 1949, aged 87 years.
One of the best-known defence lawyers of New York in his day, he was a controversial, indeed notorious, figure who appears in hundreds of contemporary newspaper accounts, many of them mentioning scandals in which he was himself involved. These resulted in disciplinary actions for professional misconduct, numerous charges of conspiracy, and an even larger number of allegations of wrongdoing for which formal charges were not laid. He is mentioned as “Assemblyman Luke O’Reilly of Brooklyn” in the death notice of his sister Nina, and as “Luke O’Reilly, 87, a Democratic member of the State Assembly from Brooklyn from 1929 to 1934” in his own death notice. He was a member of the New York state assembly from Kings County 8th District, 1930-1934, and an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention from New York, 1932. He should not be confused with his kinsman, another Luke O’Reilly, Jr., son of Luke O’Reilly and Anne Gilchrist, who was a school-teacher. He attended Public School no. 16, Brooklyn, being mentioned amongst its graduates as “Luke O’Reilly, prominent criminal lawyer.” He was living unmarried with his parents at the taking of the 1880 census, in which he is called a worker in a printing office; however the age of 14 years stated for him is impossible. We have not found him in any census between 1910 and 1930. On 28 February 1921, planning a trip to Cuba, he applied for a passport (from which the photograph appearing here is reproduced), stating that he was born on 10 November 1862 at Brooklyn, and was a lawyer, of 315 West 98th Street. However, in 1930, on a return trip from England, he gave his address as 244 Carol Street, New York. He married (1) 3 January 1899 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, Elizabeth J. Nann, died 1921, daughter of John Nann and Elizabeth Davis. The record of this marriage names his parents as Luke O’Reilly and Margaret Fitzpatrick. He married (2) in 1939, Honora Petterson, of Forest Hills. His death notice in the New York Times reads:
Luke O’Reilly of 296 Sterling Place, Brooklyn, a former Democratic Assemblyman from the Eighth Brooklyn District, who had practiced law for sixty-one years until his retirement in 1944, died yesterday in his Sheepshead Bay cottage at 3082 Emmons Street after a long illness. He was 87 years old.
Born in Brooklyn, a son of Luke O’Reilly, a Williamsburg district leader, Mr. O’Reilly was largely self-taught in preparing himself for his bar examinations, yet he passed with good marks and was admitted to practice in 1883. He acquired a large clientele and appeared as counsel in many criminal trials. For some years he occupied offices in the Temple Court, Building with his brother, the late Magistrate Frank E. O’Reilly.
In 1929 Mr. O’Reilly was elected to the State Assembly on the Democratic ticket, and he was reelected several times, serving until 1934. Known as a caustic speaker, he bade farewell to the lower house of the Legislature in a poem that included the lines:
“Farewell you ancient hall of laws and bores,
A long farewell to all your vacant hours.”
Mr. O’Reilly is survived by his widow, who was Honora Petterson of Forest Hills at their marriage in 1939. His first wife, the former Elizabeth Nann, died in 1921.
- Arthur O’Reilly, born around December 1864 (aged ½ year in June 1865) at New York, died by 1870.
- Thomas O’Reilly, born 1866-67 (aged 3 in 1870) in New York State, died by 1880. He is possibly the unnamed male child of
Luke O’Reilly and Margaret Fitzpatrick born 24 January 1867 at Brooklyn.
3. John F. O’Reilly, born in November 1861 (per 1901 census, agreeing with the age of 9 given for him in the 1870 census but not for that of 11 in the 1865 census) in New York, died in May 1930 after being “fatally injured in a motorcar accident.” He was living unmarried with his parents at the taking of the 1880 census, in which he is called a worker in a printing office. He married before 1889, Arabella (“Bill”) Foster, born in November 1868 (per 1901 census) in New York State, alive in 1900. He is found in the 1900 census in Ward 23 of Brooklyn, and is called a sargeant with the New York police.
Known issue, all born in New York State:
- Frank Eugene O’Reilly, born 12 January 1889, died in April 1981, his last address being Jamaica, Queens Co., New York. He was “at school” in 1900. He is doubtless the Frank E. Oreilly, aged 21 and born in New York, unmarried, a bookkeeper for a coal company, who was a boarder in the home of Nicolas J. Flocken, of Brooklyn Ward 19, Kings County, New York, in 1910. Franklin Eugene O’Reilly, of 1011 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, a bookkeeper for the Scranton Lehigh Coal Company, and single at the time, registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. We have not found him in the 1920 or 1930 censuses. Franklin Eugene O’Reilly, of 88-42 179th Street, Jamaica, Queens Co., New York, although he was then 53 years old, registered for the draft again in 1942, naming as his emergency contact his sister Mrs. Evelyn Geffken, of 95-10 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, New York; he therefore doubtless had no wife living at the time, though the record failed to ask the question of marital status.
- Bessie O’Reilly, born in April 1890, “at school” in 1900.
- Margaret O’Reilly, born in April 1893.
- Evelyn O’Reilly, born 9 November 1894 at Brooklyn, died 12 October 1992 at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare Center, Burlington, Vermont, of “old age,” aged nearly 98 years. Her death record names her parents as John O’Reilly and Arabella Foster. She married 28 May 1917, John Henry Louis Geffken, born 26 April 1893 in New York State, died 15 October 1939 in Kings County, and buried in Evergreens Cemetery, son of Albert Robert Geffken and Josephine Tischer. At the taking of the 1920 census they were living in Brooklyn Assembly District 2, Kings, New York, in which he is called an hotel-keeper.
They were still in Brooklyn in 1930, at which time he was a book-keeper for a stock-broker, and she the keeper of a candy store.
They were living at 95-10 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, at the time of her brother Frank’s draft registration in 1942. At the time of his death he was living at 9508 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn. At the time of her death she was a widow, had resided at 43 Starr Farm Road, Burlington, and had been the owner of a restaurant. His brief death notice mentions three sons, Henry, Frank, and Robert Geffken. Issue:
- John Henry A. Geffken, born 19 April 1918 in New York City, died there 16 December 1977. He married Rita Ann Cantirino. Issue (order uncertain):
- Mary E. Geffken, born 4 March 1950, died (without surviving issue) 18 May 2010, and buried in All Souls Cemetery, Pleasantville, New York. She married Eugene Robinson, who survived her. Her death notice reads, in part: “Mary E. Robinson 60, of New Bern, NC and formerly of Hawthorne, N.Y., died on May 18, 2010. She was born on March 4, 1950 to the late Henry and Rita (nee Cantirino) Geffken in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mary was a computer programmer with Lockheed Corp. in Elmsford, N.Y. She is survived by her devoted husband Eugene Robinson of New Bern, NC, her loving sister Frances Waters and her husband Brad and their children Luke and Laura all of Woodinville, Washington…. Funeral Mass, Holy Rosary Church, Hawthorne, N.Y. on Monday 10 AM. Interment, All Souls Cemetery, Pleasantville, N.Y.”
- Frances Geffken; married Brad Waters. They were of Woodinville, Washington, in 2010, and had issue: Luke, Laura.
- Francis (“Frank”) Eugene Geffken, born 29 March 1920 at Brooklyn, died there 10 July 1962. He married (as her first husband) Maria Abbate, born 3 November 1921 at Brooklyn, died 6 June 2004,
daughter of Michael and Josephine (____) Abbate. She married secondly in 1970, Walter Uhlig. Her death notice reads, in part: “Mary Uhlig died peacefully on Sunday, June 6, 2004 in the loving care of her daughter-in-law, Patricia Geffken…. She was born on November 3, 1921 in Brooklyn NY, the daughter of Josephine and Michael Abbate. Mary married Frank Geffken in 1940 and they had four children, three of whom survive her. Frank died in 1962. Mary married Walter Uhlig in 1970 and they moved from New York City to Florida in 1979. They thoroughly enjoyed the lifestyle and the many friends in their new surroundings…. Mary was … predeceased by her brother Paul Abbate; sister Anne Mahoney and son Michael Geffken. Mary is survived by her sons Robert Geffken, Henry Geffken and her daughter Evelyn Juliano as well [as] son-in-law Peter Juliano and daughters-in-law, Patty, Sherry, Chris Geffken and Joyce Donnelly. She has eleven grandchildren, Dominic, Christopher, Andrew, Maria Geffken and Annemarie Miner, Laura Grossman and Brigitte Geffken, Courtney and Philip Juliano, Heather and David Geffken…. Mary was a wonderful devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She remained vibrant, cheerful and concerned about her family and friends until the end. Mary will leave a large void in many lives…. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2004 at 11:00 PM at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 1400 S. State Road 7, North Lauderdale….” They had issue (order uncertain):
- Michael Geffken, predeceased his mother.
- Robert Geffken; married [Patty?] ____, and had issue.
- Henry Geffken; married [Sherry?] ____, and had issue.
- Evelyn Geffken, married Peter Juliano. Issue: Courtney, Philip.
- Robert Charles Geffken, born 21 Dec 1921 in New York State, died unmarried 27 February 1962.
- Nina O’Reilly, born in August 1897; living with her uncle, Frank E. O’Reilly, in 1910 and 1920.
1. ||Perth Courier, 22 July 1892, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier - Comings and Goings, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthComingAndGoing24.htm.
|2. ||New York State Census, 1892, Kings County, Brooklyn Ward 19, Electoral District 13, p. 11; Family History Library microfilm no. 1930239. This source gives no indication of the division between households. The entry reads:
name gender age birthplace occupation
Margaret O'Reilly F 26 U.S. teacher
Nina O'Reilly F 30 U.S. "
|3. ||Ireland Tith Applotment Books, 1814-1855, digital collection, available on the website of the National Archives of Ireland, a much superior implementation to the one at FamilySearch.
|4. ||The name of Bridget McLenag is known only from the notes of Florence (Healy) Keller.
|5. ||Death notice, Perth Courier, 30 March 1888, from a copy kindly supplied by Collette Farry. This notice has also been abstracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier Obituaries, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthCourierTwentySix.htm.
|6. ||Perth Courier, 15 March 1889, as extracted in Perth Courier — Comings and Goings, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthComingsAndGoings17.htm).
|7. ||She was allegedly aged 15 at her marriage (around 1839), and was aged 38 in 1861, 50 in 1870, and 66 at her death in 1888.
|8. ||We have not found an official record of her death, but see the newspaper death notice quoted above.
|9. ||He was aged 50 in 1861, 64 in 1871, aged 71 at his death in 1880. This does not accord well with the statement (above) that he was aged 19 at his marriage (around 1839).
|10. ||Per his burial record and the (extremely brief) death notice in the Perth Courier of 30 July 1880, as extracted in Christine M. Spencer, Perth Courier Obituaries, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~onlanark/NewspaperClippings/Spencer/ PerthCourierEighteen.htm. We have not found an official record of his death.
|11. ||Her surname is supplied by the record of the first marriage of her son Luke O’Reilly, and from the registration of an unnamed child on 24 January 1867, in Brooklyn (IGI batch no. C715174). This may have been the son Thomas.
|12. ||“Funeral of Mrs. Luke O’Reilly,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 10 February 1887; page number not visible on copy.
|13. ||New York, New York City, Church of the Transfiguration Records, 1847-1938, digital collection at FamilySearch.
|14. ||Luke O’Reilly is listed as a teacher at Grammer School no. 37 in a directory of 1875, his home address being given as 215 East 84th Street; see Annual report of the Board of Education of the City and County of New York, no. 24, for the year ending December 31, 1875 (New York, 1876), p. 119. We take the date of his death from Journal of the Board of Education of the City of New York, 1883, pp. 782-83.
|15. ||Death notice of John J. O’Reilly, New York Times, 12 November 1933. A longer notice in the New York Sun, 14 November 1933, p. 24, col. 4, fails to mention this relationship.
|16. ||Luke O’Reilly, Jr., application for passport, issued 28 February 1921, in the Ancestry.com database U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, no. 146846.
|17. ||”Of Michael, Luke, John, Bernard, Mary, and Margaret O’Reilly, children of Patrick O’Reilly; or Thomas, James, John, Solmon, and Felix, children of Thomas O’Reilly, all of Grahaduff, parish of Killinkere, county Cavan; or of John, Michael, and Lawrence, sons of Bernard O’Reilly, of Tara, all of whom emigrated to this country in 1848 or ’49. If any person knowing their whereabouts should happen to see this advertisement, they would confer a favor by addressing Patrick O’Reilly, Farley, Dubuque co., Iowa.” — Boston Pilot, 28 March 1874, as excerpted in Ruth-Ann Mellish Harris, Donald M. Jacobs, & B. Emer O’Keeffe, The Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in The Boston Pilot, 1831–1920 ((Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1989?–), 7:377-78.
|18. ||1850 U.S. federal Census, New York, New York City, Ward 15, p. 291; LDS microfilm no. 444,268.
|19. ||New York, State Census, 1855, Kings County, City of Brooklyn, Ward 7, Enumeration District 1, family number 43, line number 24, image available at FamilySearch; FHL microfilm no. 1,930,197. The entry reads:
name relationship gender age birthplace * occ.
Luke O. Reilly head M 25 Ireland 8 liquor dealer
Margaret O. Reilly wife F 27 Ireland 9
Franklyn P. Reilly child M 3 Kings Co.
Sarah A. Reilly child F 1 Kings Co.
Jane Fitzpatrick sister F 14 Ireland 8
Ann Dowd servant F 17 Ireland servant
* "Years resident in this city or town"
|20. ||1860 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn Ward 19, District 2, p. 619; National Archives microfilm no. M653_775, Family History Library microfilm no. 803,775. The entry reads:
name age birthplace occupation
Luke O'Reilly 30 Ireland clerk
Margaret O'Reilly 32 Ireland
Franklin P.* O'Reilly 7 New York
Sarah O'Reilly 5 New York
Eliza J. O'Reilly 4 New York
Margaret O'Reilly 2 New York
|21. ||New York State Census, 1865, Kings County, Brooklyn 19th Ward, p. 37. The entry reads:
name age relationship birthplace occupation
Luke O'Reilly 35 [head] Ireland liquors &c.
Margaret O'Reilly 38 wife "
Frnklin O'Reilly 12 child New York
Eliza Jane O'Reilly 8 " "
Sara O'Reilly 10 " "
Margaret O'Reilly 6 " "
John O'Reilly 11 " "
Luke O'Reilly 2 6/12 " "
Arthur O'Reilly 6/12 " "
|22. ||The Brooklyn City and Business Directory, 1874-75, p. 647; Brooklyn City and Business Directory For The Year Ending May 1st, 1877, p. 702.
|23. ||1870 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn Ward 19, pp. 510B and 511A; National Archives microfilm no. M593_959; Family History Library microfilm no. 552,458. The entry reads:
name age birthplace occupation
Luke Reilly* 39 Ireland clerk, police court
Margaret Reilly 40 Ireland
Franklin Reilly 17 New York at school
=== (page-break) ===
Eliza Reilly 15 New York at school
Margaret Reilly 11 " "
John Reilly 9 " "
Luke Reilly 7 " "
Thomas Reilly 3 " "
Mary Cooney 20 Ireland domestic
* Value of real estate: $25,000; value of personal estate: $1,000.
|24. ||1880 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn, p. 498D; National Archives microfilm no. T9-0853, Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,853. The entry reads:
name relationship cond. age birthpl. occupation
Luke O'Riley head M 48 IRE county official
Margaret O'Riley wife M 50 IRE keeping house
Franklin E. O'Riley son S 26 NY clerk in Store
Eliza J. O'Riley dau. S 20 NY teacher
Margaret A. O'Riley dau. S 18 NY teacher
John O'Riley dau.* 16 NY works in printing office
Luke O'Riley son 14 NY works in printing office
For everyone in the household, the fathers' and mothers' birthplaces
|25. ||Kings County Estate Files, 1866-1923, digital folder number: 004172138, image available online at Ancestry.com.
|26. ||1900 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn Ward 19, enumeration district 290, p. 6B; National Archives microfilm no. T623_1056; 6B. The entry reads:
name relationship cond. birthdate age birthpl. father mother occupation
O'Reilly, Luke* head W October 1837 62 Ireland Ireland Ireland
clk surrogate court
" , Frank E. son S March 1856 44 New York Ireland Ireland lawyer
" , Nina dau. S October 1873 26 New York Ireland Ireland
" , Margaret dau. S October 1875 24 New York Ireland Ireland
Stryke, Teresa servant S March 1873 27 New York Germany Germany servant
Connell, Mary** servant S February 1875 25 Ireland Ireland Ireland servant
* Year of immigration: 1846
** Year of immigration: 1885
[The birthdates of the daughters as stated here are wildly fictitious]
|27. ||“Luke O’Reilly, 87, dies…,” Brooklyn Eagle, 25 October 1949, p. 13, cols. 4-5.
|28. ||“Another Old-Timer of Nineteenth
Ward Recalls Police Station on lower Clymer Street and an Interesting
Variety of Other Matters.,” Brooklyn Standard Union, 6 April 1924, p. 5, cols. 1-2.
|29. ||“Car Injures Luke O’Reilly, Sr. — The Ex-Congressman Knocked Down on Fulton Street and Likely to Die,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 10 July 1900, p. 1, col. 6.
|30. ||“Luke O’Reilly a Trolley Victim,” New York Herald, 11 July 1900, p. 3, col. 3.
|31. ||An unnamed child of Luke O’Reilly and Margaret Fitzpatrick, born 24 January 1867, was registered in Brooklyn (IGI batch no. C715174).
|32. ||Grace Charlotte Strachan, Equal Pay for Equal Work (New York, 1910), p. 60. The students are listed in support of the author’s argument that schools with only female teachers were as effective as schools with male teachers.
|33. ||Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Columbia College for the year 1873-1874 (New York, 1873), p. 168.
|34. ||“City Magistrates Named,” New York Times, 11 June 1901, p. __. The legal challenge was not settled until nearly a year later. In the interim an election was held which resulted in which seven new Republican magistrates were created, but this was subsequently declared invalid. Under the title “Election of Brooklyn Magistrates Illegal; Court of Appeals Says the Law Is Unconstitutional — Appointees of Mayor Van Wyck Will Return to Office…” the New York Times reported on 14 May 1902 that “The Court of Appeals yesterday rendered a decision declaring the law under which city magistrates were elected in Brooklyn last Fall to be unconstitutional. This settles the question in favor of the magistrates appointed by Mayor Van Wyck in the Spring of last year. The effect of the decision is to put out of office all the city magistrates elected … last Autumn and to restore to office the Van Wyck appointeees. The magistrates restored, all of whom are Democrats, are Edward J. Dooley, Frank E. O’Reilly, John Naumer, and Henry J. Furlong.”
|35. ||1910 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn Ward 19, Enumeration district 440, sheet 1A. The entry reads:
Address: Hewes Street
name relationship age cond. self father mother occupation
Frank E. O'Reilly head 50 S NY Ire. Ire. lawyer, city magistrate
Eliza J. O'Reilly sister 42 S NY Ire. Ire. teacher [at] public school
Margaret A. O'Reilly sister 40 S NY Ire. Ire. teacher [at] public school
Nina M. O'Reilly niece 12 S NY NY NY ----
Mother tongue of entire family English
|36. ||1920 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn Assembly District 4, Enumeration district no. 201, sheet 16B. The entry reads:
name relationship age cond. self father mother occupation
Frank O'Reilly head 62 S NY NY NY law
Elizabeth O'Reilly sister 50 S NY NY NY ----
Margaret O'Reilly sister 48 S NY NY NY ----
Nina O'Reilly niece 14 S NY NY NY ----
[note obvious error in birthplaces of parents of first 3 persons]
|37. ||1930 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn, Enumeration district no. 24-1478, sheet 16A; microfilm roll 1501. The entry reads:
name relationship age cond. self father mother occupation
Franklin E. O'Reilly head 76 S New York Ireland Ireland lawyer,
Elizabeth J. O'Reilly sister 72 S New York Ireland Ireland none
Margaret A. O'Reilly sister 71 S New York Ireland Ireland none
|38. ||“O’Reilly Gives Reception,” Brooklyn Standard Union, 2 August 1928.
|39. ||“Frank O’Reily, Magistrate for 11 Years, Is Dead: One-Time Democratic Leader Succumbs After Illness of Four Months,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 22 October 1930, p. 17, col. 5.
|40. ||Death notice, New York Times, 13 February 1931, p. __.
|41. ||While some census records give imcompatible ages, this date is supported by the statement in the 1865 state census of New York, taken 12 June 1865, that he was 2½ years old.
|42. ||The fullest, and most informative, notice of his death we have found is “Luke O’Reilly, 87, dies…,” Brooklyn Eagle, 25 October 1949, p. 13, cols. 4-5. Other notices include: “Luke O’Reilly Dies; A Lawyer 61 Years — Retired Brooklyn Attorney, 87, Former Assemblyman, was Criminal Trial Specialist,” New York Times, 26 October 1949, p. __; short notice in Times Record (Troy, New York), 26 October 1949, p. 10, col. 3.
|43. ||Political Graveyard website.
|44. ||Luke O’Reilly, Jr., is mentioned in the death notice of his brother John in the New York Times, 12 November 1933.
|45. ||Grace Charlotte Strachan, Equal Pay for Equal Work, as cited above, p. 60.
|46. ||Passport application, in the Ancestry.com database U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, no. 146846.
|47. ||Ancestry.com database, New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Microfilm roll T715_4751. His stated date of birth of 10 November 1862 agrees with that given in his 1921 passport application.
|48. ||New York City marriages, as indexed in the IGI, batch M006086 (where however the bride’s surname has been incorrectly transcribed as Naren); Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 25 October 1899, reporting the marriage of “Elizabeth J. Nann to Luke O’Reilly Jr.” (which spelling of his wife’s surname agrees with that given in his death notice in the New Yotk Times).
|49. ||Brooklyn Birth Registrations, indexed at FamilySearch, IGI Batch no. C71517-4, FHL microfilm no. 1,324,343.
|50. ||Death notice of his brother Frank O’Reily, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 22 October 1930, p. 17, col. 5.
|51. ||Her name is given as Arabella Foster in the death record of her daughter Evelyn (O’Reilly) Geffken.
|52. ||1900 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn Ward 23, Enumeration district 397, sheet 15. The entry reads:
Name relationship birthdate age cond. b.p. father mother occupation
John O'Reilly head November 1861 38 M NY Ire. Ire.
Sargt. N.Y. Police
Bill O'Reilly wife November 1868 31 M NY Ire. Ire. ----
Frank O'Reilly son Jan. 1889 11 S NY NY NY at school
Bessie O'Reilly dau. Apr. 1890 10 S NY NY NY at school
Margarete O'Reilly dau. Apr. 1893 7 S NY NY NY
Evelyn O'Reilly dau. November 1894 5 S NY NY NY
Nina O'Reilly dau. August 1897 2 S NY NY NY
|53. ||Social Security Death Index, in exact agreement with his draft record cited below.
|54. ||Social Security Death Index.
|55. ||1910 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn Ward 19, enumeration district 441, pp. 14A & 14B; NARA roll no. T624_967 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,374,980].
|56. ||World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, image at Ancestry.com. This gives his date of birth as 12 January 1889, agreeing precisely with that in his death record.
|57. ||U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, image at Ancestry.com. This also gives his date of birth as 12 January 1889.
|58. ||Vermont Certificate of Death no. 92-003565, image at Ancestry.com.
|59. ||Death notice, Brooklyn Eagle, 17 October 1939, p. 11, col. 2.
|60. ||See the well-researched Geffken genealogy at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/44570258/, apparently by a Rick Geffken.
|61. || 1920 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn Assembly District 2, enumeration district 95, p. 28A; NARA roll no. T625_1146. The entry reads:
name relationship gender age birthpl. father mother occupation
Robert Geffken* head M 73 Germany ---- ---- [illegible]
John Henery Louis Geffken son M 23 New York ---- ---- hotel keeper
Evelyn Geffken dau.-in-law F 24 New York N.Y. N.Y. ----
John Henry Geffken grandson F 2 New York N.Y. N.Y. ----
Gussie Geffken daughter F 21 New York Germ. Germ.
artist, pictorial review
* Year of immigration: 1865; year of naturalization: 1869
|62. ||1930 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Kings County, Brooklyn, enumeration district 1245, p. 2A; NARA roll no. 1494. The entry reads:
name relationship gender age birthplace father mother occupation
Henry Geffken head M 35 (1) New York New York* Germany
book-keeper [for] stock-broker
Evelyn Geffken wife F 31 (2) New York New York New York
keeper of candy store
Henry Geffken son M 11 New York New York New York
Frank Geffken son M 9 New York New York New York
Robert Geffken son M 7 New York New York New York
(1) Age at first marriage: 23
(2) Age at first marriage: 19
* Sic; it will be noticed that this is conflict with the entry for his
father in the 1920 census.
|63. ||Death notice of Mary E. Robinson, at https://obits.lohud.com/obituaries/lohud/obituary.aspx?pid=150056046. The notice lists several other relatives on her father’s side.
|64. ||Death notice of Mary Uhlig, Sun-Sentinel, 9 June 2004, at https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sunsentinel/obituary.aspx?pid=2310942; punctuation revised for clarity.