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JEREMIAH D SHEEHAN & FAMILY

Jeremiah D Sheehan was born March 17, 1827 in County Kerry, Ireland.  According to immigration records Jeremiah arrived in Boston on June 7, 1846 and applied for naturalization on January 18, 1859.  He was married to Mary Sullivan, who was born circa 1829 in Ireland. There is no indication as to whether they were married before or after his immigration to America, although “after” seems more likely.

Around 1860, Jeremiah had moved his family from the outskirts of Manchester into the main city.  Over the next few decades, they lived in several houses in Manchester.

  • 1860:  6 Johnson’s Block
  • 1864 – 1866:   4 Mitchell’s Block
  • 1871 – 1875:  5 Merrimack (opposite the square)
  • 1873:  Rear of 44 Merrimack
  • 1875:   62 Auburn Street, Manchester, NH
  • 1877 – 1886:   62 Auburn Street, Manchester, NH
  • 1886 – 1891:  186 Auburn Street, Manchester, NH

Jeremiah D Sheehan was a proud member of several New Hampshire Volunteer Regiments during the civil war. He enlisted as a Private on 25 July 1861 at the age of 38.  His grave proudly indicates that he was a member of Co. K of the10th Regiment of the New Hampshire Volunteers. His Civil War history is as follows:

  • Enlisted in Company C, 3rd Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 23 Aug 1861.
  • Received a disability discharge from Company C, 3rd Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 19 Oct 1861 at Annapolis, MD.
  • Enlisted in Company K, 10th Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 5 Sep 1862.
  • Received a disability discharge from Company K, 10th Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 28 Apr 1863.
  • Enlisted in Company C, 11th Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps on 4 Jan 1864.
  • Received a final disability discharge from Company C, 11th Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps on 2 Dec 1864 at Point Lookout, MD.

In August of 1870, Jeremiah was treated at the U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Kennebec, Maine for his hernia that he developed during the Civil War.  It is not known how long he remained there.

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THE FIRST US GENERATION OF SHEEHANS
Jeremiah D Sheehan was born circa 1826 in Ireland.  He arrived in the US sometime around 1845, although no concrete details about his immigration have been found yet.  He was married to Mary Sullivan, who was born circa 1829 in Ireland. Together they had six children.
Jeremiah Sheehan, (b. 1848 in Vermont or New Hampshire)
Daniel J. Sheehan (b. 1851 in Vermont or New Hampshire)
Mary A Sheehan (b. circa 1856 in New Hampshire)
Hanora A Sheehan (b. 1859 in New Hampshire)
Margaret G Sheehan (b. 1860 in New Hampshire)
John Joseph Sheehan  (b. 1864 in New Hampshire).
Based on the fact that the two youngest children have conflicting census information about where they were born, it is possible that Jeremiah and Mary may have initially settle somewhere in Vermont, before making New Hampshire their home.  Between 1856 and 1864, the Sheehans lived in Boscawan, New Hampshire where I believe most, if not all the other children were born.  There are no birth records for any of them in the New Hampshire Vital Record Archives.
Around 1860, the Sheehan family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire.  Over the years they lived in several houses.
1860:  6 Johnson’s Block
1864 – 1866:   4 Mitchell’s Block
1871 – 1875:  5 Merrimack (opposite the square)
1873:  Rear of 44 Merrimack
1875 – 1886:   62 Auburn Street, Manchester, NH
1886 – 1891:  186 Auburn Street, Manchester, NH
Mary Sullivan Sheehan, Jeremiah’s wife,  died at the age of 41 in 1870 and was buried at the old Saint Josephs Cemetery in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Jeremiah D Sheehan was a proud member of several New Hampshire Volunteer Regiments during the civil war. He enlisted as a Private on 25 July 1861 at the age of 38.  His grave proudly indicates that he was a  member of Co. K 10th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers.
Enlisted in Company C, 3rd Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 23 Aug 1861.
Received a disability discharge from Company C, 3rd Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 19 Oct 1861 at Annapolis, MD.
Enlisted in Company K, 10th Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 5 Sep 1862.
Received a disability discharge from Company K, 10th Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 28 Apr 1863.
Enlisted in Company C, 11th Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps on 4 Jan 1864.
Received a final disability discharge from Company C, 11th Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps on 2 Dec 1864 at Point Lookout, MD.
In all census records between 1860 and 1880, Jeremiah is listed as a general laborer. The 1870 census lists his son Daniel as working in a locomotive shop, while the three girls were listed as working in a Cotton Mill, in Manchester.   In 1880, the three girls continued their work at the Cotton Mill but were now joined by their brother Daniel. John began his apprenticeship as an iron moulder.
Jeremiah D Sheehan died on 16 December 1891 in Manchester and was buried at the old Saint Joseph’s Cemetery with his wife.  Jeremiah jr. disappeared after the 1860 Census.  He most likely died at an early age although it is possible he moved out of the area.  As far as I can tell, he is not buried at the family plot.  Daniel (or Danial as the headstone indicates) died 20 Dec 1900 in Manchester and is buried at the family plot with his mother and father.  Mary A Sheehan also disappeared after the 1880 census.  She may have married or also died.
THE SECOND U.S. GENERATION OF SHEEHANS
Hanora Sheehan (Aunt Han) never married and lived to the age of 81,  She died in 2 November 1939 in the Manchester area.  She spent much of her elder years living with her sister Margaret Sheehan Simpson at 335 Central Street in Manchester.  Margaret’s husband Charles Simpson, died a year or two after they married.  Margaret and Charles had no children.  Hanora worked as a Milliner while Margaret worked as a cook in a hotel.  I believe both were present at the later marriage of their niece, Margaret Sheehan.  Margaret Sheehan Simpson died 22 May 1930 and is buried at the family plot.
John J Sheehan, my Great Grandfather, finished his moulder apprenticeship around 1890 and left Manchester for the big city of New York.  He may have done this looking for work.  There, he met his first wife, Elizabeth Rose Keeny (Kenney) and were presumably married there in Brooklyn, New York.  They lived at 158 Luquer Street in Brooklyn and attended the Church of St Mary Star of The Sea which was right around the corner from where they lived. There is no marriage certificate filed with the City of New York.  Together they had three children.
Margaret Mary Sheehan (b. 1891 in Brooklyn, NY)
William Edward Sheehan (b. 1893 in Brooklyn, NY)
Elizabeth R Sheehan (B. 1896 in Brooklyn, NY.)
There are no birth registrations filed for any of the three children in the City of New York either, but all three were recorded as baptized at Saint Mary Star of the Sea.  Failing to register births with the City was not necessarily uncommon in New York.  Apparently about 10% of the population chose to to not notify the authorities of births during those years.
Elizabeth Kenny Sheehan, mother of three young children,  died 6 March 1898 at the age of 29.  According to her death certificate, she died of appendicitis and was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.    When I called the cemetery, they told me that they have no record of an Elizabeth Sheehan being buried there.  So as of today, we know nothing about her except what is indicated in her death certificate.  I have not been able to find a birth record for her or connect her with a family in the 1880 Census.
Born: Brooklyn, NY (between March 6 1868 and March 6 1869)
Occupation: Housewife
How long a resident of New York: Lifelong
Lived in a three family house on the third floor.
Father was born in Ireland
Mother was born in Ireland.
By 5 June 1900 , John J Sheehan had left Brooklyn, NY was living in Milford, Mass. The 1900 census shows just  two children, William and Margaret, with him.  Elizabeth was not listed, nor could I find her anywhere else in Census records.
On 2 January 1902  - John J Sheehan married his second wife, Ellen Francis Flynn in Natick, Massachusetts.  By June 1910,  the new Sheehan family moved to Woonsocket, Rhode Island and bought their first house at 239 Summer Street.
John J Sheehan died at his home at 239 Summer Street on 24 Apr 1930 and is buried at St Charles Cemetery in Blackstone, Massachusetts.
THE THIRD U.S. GENERATION OF SHEEHANS
Somewhere around age 22, Margaret Mary Sheehan decided to leave Woonsocket and her father and move to Manchester, New Hampshire.  She may have been seeking work. She moved into an apartment at 276 Central Street in Manchester and began work at 999 Elm Street which is where her Aunt Han worked.   In 1915  Margaret moved in with her two Aunts,  Margaret Simpson and Hanora Sheehan and lived with them for several years.  Together they lived at a house  at 315 Lake Avenue.  Margaret soon met Jeremiah J Hayes, who she married on  24 June 1918.  A wedding with lots of family photographs took place at the house on Lake Avenue.   The couple moved into a rented house at 35 Front Street.  Within the year after the marriage, Jeremiah opened up the J. J. Hayes Novelty Store at 80 Front Street.
By 1920, the couple were expecting their first of three children.
Margaret Hayes (b. 1920 in Manchester, NH – died soon after birth)
John Joseph Hayes  (b. 1922  in Manchester, NH)
Andrea Hayes  (b. 1927 in Manchester, NH)
After Andrea’s birth, Jeremiah gave up the Novelty store and began work as a salesman for a candle company.  In 1924, Jeremiah and Margaret moved to Woonsocket, RI and moved in with Margaret’s widowed step mother, Ellen Sheehan at the house at 239 Summer Street.

THE FIRST US GENERATION OF SHEEHANS

Jeremiah D Sheehan was born circa 1826 in Ireland.  He arrived in the US sometime around 1845, although no concrete details about his immigration have been found yet.  He was married to Mary Sullivan, who was born circa 1829 in Ireland. Together they had six children. Read the rest of this entry »

With the help of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Volunteer Jack Stanton, I was able to discover a treasure-trove of information about several Sheehan and Hayes relatives who are interned at the Old St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Bedford, NH. (see “Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness” – A Must For The Genealogy Toolbox!).

I had contacted Jack by email and asked him to photograph the grave stone of two Great, Great Aunts who I knew were buried there; Margaret Simpson and Hanorah Sheehan. What I got was a picture full of surprises and the location of internment for some others I had been looking for, for some time.

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I know there are many relatives who served our country that are not yet on this list. By next year, I hope that I can find you and add you to our little tribute.

From Philip Sr., Colleen, Philip Jr. and Kevin…. THANK YOU!

On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.

Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;

In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.

Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.

No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.

Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.

We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say “thank you” to every wearer.

By Joanna Fuchs

Private Ralph Yerks

b. 1894 d.1918
World War I, US Army, 9th Infantry, 2nd Division
Killed in Action and is buried in Thiaucourt, France at the St. Mihiel American Cemetery.
Genealogy Note: Colleens Great Uncle

Second Lieutenant Harry W. Lewis

b.1892 d.1972
World War I, American Expeditionary Forces
Served on the United States Expeditionary Force in France. Stay an extra year after the Armistice was signed and played tennis for the AEF team assigned to rebuild relations in war torn Europe.
Genealogy Note: My Grandfather

James Tierney

b. 1894 d.1931
World War I, American Expeditionary Forces
Company M, 307 Infantry
James served in France and saw many friends die in Europe. We have a letter from him, to his brother Frank, while in France.
Genealogy Note: My Great Uncle

Lloyd Lewis

b.1928  d. 2000
Korean War Conflict
Served in a “secondary” MASH unit in Japan.�
Genealogy Note: My Uncle

Colonel Robert E. Dunn, US Army

b. 1892 d. 1974
Served in both World War I and World War II. In WWII Colonel Dunn lead a black Division of Engineers on Okinawa.
Genealogy Note: Husband to Grace Elinor Tierney, my Great Aunt.

James Leroy Yerks III

b. 1938
Non-Wartime
Served in the U.S. Navy
Genealogy Note: Colleen’s Father.

William B. Yerks

b. 1891 d. 1960
World War I
William fought in World War I and survived a Mustard Gas attack, only to die of complications of it some years later.
Genealogy Note: Colleens Great Uncle and brother of Private Ralph Yerks.

Jonathan J. Foley

b. 1896 d. 967
Genealogy Note: Husband of Agnes Beattie, my Great Aunt.

Brian Hogan

Gulf War 1990 -1991
Genealogy Note: Husband to my cousin, Patty Brady Hogan.

John W. Dunn

b. 1930 d. 2000
USAF Active Duty 1948-1953
Korea 1950-1952
USAF AIR Guard – Berlin Wall Conflict 1961-1962
Retired USCG reserves 1979
Genealogy Note: Son of Edna V. Hone, a distant cousin to Colleen.

John E Dunn

1985-1990, USAF Active Duty
Genealogy Note: Another distant cousin to Colleen.

William Sheehan

Fred Barnes

George Condos

Nick Condos