About PetersPioneersJames and Mary Hartigan and Mary Flannery Kenny Family

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James Born in 1848

Irish flagIreland, 1848-1865. James Joseph Kenny was born in Ireland in 1848. He had an older sister Ellen who was born there in 1844.

In 1863, when James was 15, a sister Catherine was born.

36-Star US Flag 1865-1867Chicago, Near South Side, 1865-68.

In 1865, James, 17, and his older sister Ellen, 21, immigrated to Chicago, Illinois.

In 1865, there were 36 states in the Union, the latest being Nevada. Andrew Johnson was President of the United States.

Assuming James was living in the same area as he was living in the 1870 census, James was living in the 3rd Ward of Chicago, which was on the Near South Side between Harrison and 12th Street (now Roosevelt Road) and between the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

James worked as a teamster.

Mary Hartigan Born in 1836

Irish flagIreland, 1836-1867. Mary Hartigan was born in Ireland in 1836. The year is based on her age in the 1870 U.S. census,



37-Star US Flag 1867-1877Chicago, Near South Side, 1867-1868. In 1867, at age 31, Mary Hartigan immigrated to Chicago, Illinois. In 1867, there were 37 states in the Union, the latest being Nebraska. Andrew Johnson was President of the United States.

Assuming Mary was living in the same area as she was living in the 1870 census, Mary was living in the 3rd Ward of Chicago, which was on the Near South Side between Harrison and 12th Street (now Roosevelt Road) and between the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

James and Mary Hartigan Marry in 1868, Have 2 Children

James Kenny, 20, and Mary Hartigan, 32, were married in Chicago in 1868.

Chicago, Near South Side, 1868-1870/71. James and Mary's first son John T. Kenny was born in Chicago in 1868.

In 1868, James' older sister Ellen married Hugh McNally, a watchman. In the 1870 census, Ellen and Hugh lived in the 9th Ward of Chicago, which is on the Near West Side between Van Buren and 12th Street (now Roosevelt Road) and between Loomis Street and the Chicago River.

In the 1870 census, James and Mary were living in the 3rd Ward of Chicago, which was on the Near South Side between Harrison and 12th Street (now Roosevelt Road) and between the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

Albany, 1870/71-1871/79. James and Mary's second son, James M. Kenny, was born in Albany, New York, on January 3, 1871.

Why James M. was born in Albany rather than Chicago is unknown. His family lived in Chicago before and after his birth. In the 1870 census, his family was living on the near south side in Chicago. In 1879, his mother died in Chicago. So, his family moved to Albany in 1870 or 1871 and back to Chicago sometime between 1871 and 1879. The Chicago Fire was October 9 and 10 of 1871, nine months after James M. was born.

Chicago, Near West Side, 1871/79-1879. Sometime between 1871 and 1879, James and Mary moved to the Near West Side in Chicago. They lived at 1079 W. Lake Street (2511 W. Lake Street after 1909). This was in St. Jarlath Parish. St. Jarlath was an Irish parish located at 1713 W. Jackson Boulevard (after 1909). It opened in 1869 and closed a hundred years later in 1969. St. Jarlath lived in Tuam, Ireland, from 445 to 540.

James Widowed in 1879 at Age 31

Chicago, Near West Side, 1879. Upon the death of his wife Mary Hartigan, James was left a widower with two children. James M. was 8 years old, and John T. was 11. James and Mary Hartigan had been married 11 years.

Mary Hartigan Dies at Age 43

Death Certificate

On February 5, 1879, Mary Hartigan Kenny, 43, died at 1079 W. Lake Street of pneumonia. She was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois.

Chicago Daily News, February 6, 1879
KENNY--Feb. 5, at 7 o’clock. Mrs. MARY, wife of James Kenny. Funeral Friday, Feb. 7, from her late residence, 1079 Lake-st., to St. Jarlath’s Church, at 10 o’clock, thence by cars to Calvary.

Mary Flannery Born in 1852

Baptism Record

Irish flagIreland, 1852-1872. Mary Flannery was born in Ballinrobe, County Mayo, Ireland in 1852 She was baptized on August 25. Her parents were James and Mary Murray Flannery from Castlebar, County Mayo, who had just emigrated to Baltimore, Maryland. Mary Flannery stayed in Ireland, perhaps with her grandparents, rather than go with her parents to Baltimore. She stayed in Ireland until age 19.

37-Star US Flag 1867-1877Chicago, Near North Side, 1872-1879. In 1872, Mary Flannery, 19, immigrated to Chicago, Illinois. In 1872, there were 37 states in the Union, the latest being Nebraska. Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States.

James and Mary Flannery Marry in 1879

Marriage Certificate     Marriage Church Record

Chicago, Near West Side, 1879-1904. Ten months after Mary Hartigan died, James remarried. On December 9, 1879, James Kenny, 32, and Mary Flannery, 26, were married at St. Jarlath Church by Father W. A. Horan. Witnesses were John Condon and Mary's sister Kate Flannery. Kate was working as a servant on the Near West Side in the 1880 census.

In 1879, James' younger sister Kate Kenny immigrated from Ireland to Chicago.

In the 1880 census, James Kenny was listed as a shipping clerk. In the 1880 Chicago directory, he was listed as a clerk at 4 Market Street. He was not listed for 1881 to 1883. In the Chicago directories beginning in 1884, he was listed as an express man.

In the 1880 Chicago directory, there was a second James Kenny listed living at 1079 W. Lake Street, a sail maker. This could not be their son James, who was only 9 years old. It could very well be James' father, but no other reference to him has been found yet.

Sometime between 1880 and 1884, James and Mary Flannery moved around the corner to 54 N. Maplewood Avenue (253 N. Maplewood Avenue after 1909).

In 1882, St. Malachy Church, also an Irish parish opened at 2248 West Washington Boulevard. St. Malachy lived in Armagh and Bangor, Ireland, from 1094 to 1148.

In 1882, James' sister, Kate Kenny, married Peter Doody. Born in Limerick county, Ireland, Peter Doody came to Chicago in 1880. He would become Illinois state president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The 1902 Directory shows Peter and his brother John as officials of Division 1 of the AOH in Chicago.

Chicago Board of Trade, 1909In the 1880 census, John T. Kenny was listed as a clerk at the Chicago Board of Trade. In 1890, James M., age 19, was listed in the Chicago directory as working as a clerk at 40 Board of Trade building. The Chicago Board of Trade was founded in 1848 and is the oldest futures and options exchange in the United States. The building was built in 1885 at LaSalle Street and Jackson Boulevard and torn down in 1929, when the current building was completed on the same site. It was Chicago's tallest building at the time it was built. It was the city's first commercial structure with electrical lighting.

In 1891, James M. became a clerk at the Post Office. In 1899, at age 28, he became a clerk in the Railway Mail Service, a position he would hold until his retirement in 1933.

In 1900, Mary's father James Flannery died in Jordan, Green County, Wisconsin. James was age 78.

On December 4, 1903, James and Mary were sponsors at the baptism at St. Malachy's Church of Helen McGuire, daughter of John McGuire and Winifred Murray, who lived at 53 N. Western Avenue (252 N. Western Avenue after 1909). Winifred Murray was a relative, possibly a niece, of Mary Flannery Kenny, whose mother Mary was a Murray.

Baptismal Record

James Dies in 1904 at Age 55

Death Certificate

On March 25, 1904, James Kenny died at 54 N. Maplewood of pneumonia. He was age 55. He left his wife Mary Flannery Kenny and his two sons, John T. and James M. The two boys were still living at home. Following a funeral Mass at St. Malachy's Church, James was buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Chicago Daily News, March 26, 1904
KENNY--JAMES, beloved husband of Mary Kenny (nee Flannery) and father of John and James Kenny, brother of Mrs. McNally, Mrs. Doody, March 25, 1904.

Mary Flannery Widowed in 1904 at Age 51

Chicago, Near West Side, 1904-1923/28. Upon the death of James, Mary Flannery was left a widow at age 51. James and Mary Flannery had been married 25 years. Mary continued to live at 54 N. Maplewood (253 N. Maplewood Avenue after 1909) with her stepsons James and John.

Sometime between 1904 and 1910, James' son John T. Kenny died. Mary is listed in the 1910 census as having two children, only one still living.

In 1907, Mary's stepson, James M. Kenny, 36, married Charlotte Mae McDonald, 21, probably at St. Malachy's Church. James was 15 years older than Lottie. James and Lottie lived three blocks east of Mary at 1004 W. Lake Street (2350 W. Lake Street after 1909). James and Lottie's only child, Henrietta Margaret Mary Kenny, who was called Bunny, was born on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1907.

In 1908, James and Lottie moved three miles west, from St. Malachy's parish to St. Thomas Aquinas parish. They lived in the Austin section of Chicago at 1917 Park Avenue (4744 Park Avenue in 1909 and later renamed Maypole Avenue). Sometime between 1908 and 1920 James and Lottie moved three blocks further west to 220 N. Leclaire Avenue, still in St. Thomas Aquinas parish.

In the 1910 and 1920 censuses, Mary was living alone at 253 N. Maplewood and renting part of the house to another family.

In 1912, Mary's mother, Mary Murray Flannery, died in Wisconsin. She was age 82.

In October 1918, a sister of Mary's husband James, Ellen Kenny McNally, 74, a widow, died at home in St. Columbkille's parish. She left one child, Mary K. McNally Mustard, who lived in St. Thomas Aquinas parish. James' other sister, Kate Kenny Doody, would not die until 1943.

She was listed in the Chicago directory in 1923 at 253 N. Maplewood. There was no directory in 1924 to 1927. She did not appear in the 1928 and last Chicago directory.

In 1934, Henrietta Margaret Mary Kenny married Edward William Carroll at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

Mary Flannery Dies in 1936 at Age 84

Death Certificate

Mary Flannery Kenny died in Chicago On October 7, 1936. She was 84 and had been widowed for 32 years. She was living at the Home for the Aged run by the Little Sisters of the Poor at 5148 S. Prairie Avenue at the time of her death. She was buried with her husband James Kenny at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

James and Mary Hartigan: 2 children, 1 grandchild, 2 great grandchildren

John T. Kenny 1868-1900+

James M. Kenny 1871-1944  m. 1907 Charlotte Mae McDonald 1885-1940

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