Name: Gregory Thomas Shanahan
Given Name: Gregory Thomas
Birth: 2 Jun 1859 in Civil Parish of Upperchurch, County Tipperary, Ireland
Christening: 15 Jun 1859 Catholic Parish of Upperchurch and Drombane, Civil Parish of Upperchurch, County Tipperary, Ireland
Death: 19 Jun 1941 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Burial: 23 Jun 1941 Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. Section 11, Lot 92
Change Date: 8 Oct 2017 at 11:11:20
Notes for Gregory Thomas Shanahan:
He was baptized in the Catholic Parish of Upperchurch and Drombane, in the Catholic Diocese of Cashel and Emly. The parish was in the Civil Parish of Upperchurch, in County Tipperary, Ireland.
A photo of Gregory's baptismal record as it was written in the church baptismal registry book on June 15, 1859:
Gregory Shanahan was the youngest of seven children. His siblings were Julia, Michael, Brian, Bridget, Thomas, and John. Some of them also immigrated to Chicago.
He emigrated from Ireland to the U.S. about 1883-1885.
Gregory worked in the natural gas industry for almost his entire adult life.
Gregory had a first marriage to Mary Condon on Sept. 5, 1887. The couple's three children were all born in Chicago:
1) Thomas G. Shanahan, born August 23, 1888. He was baptized September 2nd, at All Saints - St. Anthony Catholic Church. Thomas joined the U.S. Navy. He married Henrietta M. "Jane" Starck on November 26, 1914, in Philadelphia, at St. Edward Catholic Church.
The 1920 census shows THomas listed twice, home and aboard ship. Thomas was listed as married, without children, and a lieutenant on the U.S.S. Minnesota, based in Philadelphia. His highest rank in the Navy was a lieutenant commander. That rank is the equal of a major in the Army.
Thomas' nicknames were Tom and Tim. He was the first person on his street in Philadelphia in 1948 who owned a television. He let neighborhood kids come in his house to watch televised hockey.
There were no children listed as living with Thomas and "Jane" in the 1930 and 1940 censuses in Philadelphia. In fact, the couple never did have any children. By 1940, Thomas had retired from the Navy and was an industrial engineer. In 1956, Thomas was a district manager for Security Mutual Life Insurance Company. He and Jane were then living at 7448 Sommers Road, Philadelphia.
Thomas Shanahan died March 1, 1957, in Philadelphia, and was buried March 8th. Even though he had lived in Philadelphia for decades, a death notice was printed for him in the March 3rd Chicago Tribune:
Thomas' death certificate:
Thomas' FindAGrave memorial includes a photo of his grave monument:
2) Margaret Mary Shanahan, born October 13, 1889. She was baptized October 27th, at All Saints - St. Anthony Catholic Church. Margaret married Arthur John Brockman on October 20, 1909, in Chicago. On August 13, 1910, they had a son, Melvin T. Brockman. The couple divorced before late 1918.
Margaret Brockman married Charles Mitchell on May 18, 1925, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Riverdale, Cook, Illinois. Charles and Margaret did not have any children together. Charles Mitchell died December 31, 1983, at the age of 94. Margaret Mitchell died August 21, 1973, in Blue Island. She had identical death notices in the August 22nd and 23rd Chicago Tribunes:
Margaret's death certificate:
Margaret's Find A Grave memorial includes a small photo of her:
3) Mary Shanahan, born March 21, 1891. She was baptized April 5th at All Saints - St. Anthony Catholic Church. Mary died as an infant or small child, at no more than two years of age.
1888, 1889, and 1890 Chicago directories listed:
Shanahan Gregory, lab h 3029 Hanover
lab meant he was a laborer. h meant house.
After the 1890 directory was printed, the city of Chicago changed the name of Hanover Street to Canal Street.
The 1890 U.S. census records were accidentally or deliberately burned, or damaged by water in the attempt to put out the fire in 1921. So we don't know where Cornelius was living, his occupation, or any other information about him that was recorded in the 1890 census, which had an effective date of June first.
On August 7, 1891, Gregory's wife Mary Condon Shanahan died at the age of 28 from typhoid fever. Mary's grave marker states that Mary's burial location includes John and Mary who had died as "babies". John, mentioned below, was the child of Gregory's second wife Catherine.
Shortly after Mrs. Mary Shanahan's death, Gregory hired a 30-year-old single woman named Catherine "Kate" Casey to help him care for his motherless children.
On September 25, 1891, Gregory became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
A photo of an index card containing some information from Gregory's naturalization documents:
On November 18, 1891, about three months after hiring her as a nanny, Gregory Shanahan married Catherine "Kate" Casey at the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, which is still located at 643 W. 37th Street in Chicago.
A photo of the couple's listing in the church marriage registry book:
A photo of the Shanahan - Casey marriage license:
A photo of a listing of the previous day's marriage licenses as printed in the November 19, 1891 Chicago Tribune. It just shows the names Shanahan - Casey, and their ages:
Continuing the list of Gregory's children; his children with his second wife Kate Casey were all born in Chicago:
4) John Shanahan, born June 22, 1892. That birth certificate seems to show that the newborn wasn't given a first name immediately. John's birth date was only seven months after Gregory and Kate got married. John Shanahan died the day he was born. He was buried very near Gregory's first wife, Mary.
5) Mary Katherine Shanahan, born December 30, 1893, in Chicago. No birth certificate was made for Mary until March 16, 1942.
She was baptized January 14, 1894, at the All Saints - Saint Anthony Catholic Church. She married Ezra J. Lessen on December 15, 1917, in Chicago. That marriage did not last long. Mary Lessen married Michael J. Ahern at some point between 1920 and 1924. They had children Joseph F. Ahern; Dolores Ahern, known as Dolly; and Eileen Patricia Ahern, sometimes, usually or always known as Patricia or Pat. Mary also had older step-children John Ahern, Josephine Mary Ahern and William Ahern, who were Michael's children from his previous marriage.
Mary K. Ahern died June 11, 1968, in Oak Forest, Cook, Illinois. She had identical death notices in the June 12th and 13th Chicago Tribunes:
Mary's death certificate:
Mary's Find A Grave memorial page includes a small photo of her:
6) Teresa Agnes Shanahan, born October 18, 1895. She married George Joseph Zeller, Jr. More about her is in this chart.
7) Loretta C. Shanahan, born February 16, 1897. She was baptized March 7th at the All Saints - Saint Anthony Catholic Church. The church's baptismal registry book shows her name as Julia Loretta Shanahan. That was how her name was also written in the 1921 birth certificate of her son Gregory. Those two separate instances 24 years apart seem to show her actual name was Julia, but she dropped that and went by Loretta.
Loretta married Edward Patrick Caraher on April 28, 1920. They had children Gregory Thomas Caraher, Eileen K. Caraher (who died at the age of two weeks) Mary Catherine Caraher, Edward Patrick Caraher, Jr., Thomas Gregory Caraher and John Francis "Jack" Caraher. Loretta C. Caraher died December 3, 1977. She had identical death notices in the December 5th and 6th Chicago Tribunes:
Loretta's Find A Grave memorial includes photos of her:
8) Anastasia M. Shanahan, known as Anne, born January 1, 1899. No birth certificate was made for Anastasia until January 5, 1966. Maybe she needed it then to get Social Security benefits.
She was baptized February 5th at the All Saints - Saint Anthony Catholic Church. Anne married Andrew Otis Reed, apparently in the mid 1930s. Andrew previously had children Andrew T. Reed, John E. Reed and Mary Reed from his previous marriage to Nora Ann "Nonie" Vahey. Nora Reed had died January 26, 1920, apparently from complications of childbirth of the couple's daughter Mary, who was born January 16th. The children became Anne's step-children. Andrew O. Reed and his wife Anne had one child together; Carol Ann Reed.
Anne M. Reed died September 1, 1982, in or near Darien, Illinois. She had a death notice in the September 2nd Chicago Tribune:
Anne's Find A Grave memorial includes photos of her, and a photo of her grave marker:
9) Gregory S. Shanahan, born December 26, 1900. He was baptized January 21, 1901, at the All Saints - Saint Anthony Catholic Church. Gregory died November 22, 1919, in Chicago, in a natural gas explosion at work. His father was also injured by that explosion. Young Gregory had a death notice in the November 24th Chicago Tribune:
The death certificate of Gregory S. Shanahan, which includes the incorrect first name of George:
Gregory's Find A Grave memorial page:
10) John Aloysius Shanahan, born August 3, 1902. No birth certificate was made for John until September 22, 1942. He probably needed one then to prove his citizenship for the war effort.
He was baptized August 17th at the All Saints - Saint Anthony Catholic Church. John married Alice A. Raddatz in 1926. They had children June Lorraine Shanahan (whose 1927 birth certificate recorded her name as Patricia Jane Shanahan. June Shanahan died October 23, 1936, at the age of nine.) Gregory John Shanahan, John F. Shanahan, Nancy Alice Shanahan and Mary J. Shanahan.
John A. Shanahan died August 1, 1975, in Chicago. He had identical death notices in the August 3rd and 4th Chicago Tribunes:
John's Find A Grave memorial includes a small photo of him:
11) Joseph F. Shanahan, known as Joe, born July 8, 1904. He was baptized July 31st at the All Saints - Saint Anthony Catholic Church. Joe married Dorothy Ferguson on November 24, 1926, at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Chicago.They had children Brian P. Shanahan, William J. Shanahan and Thomas C. Shanahan.
Joseph Shanahan died November 27, 1966, in his home in Evanston, Illinois. He had a death notice and an obituary in the November 28th Chicago Tribune:
Joseph's death certificate:
Joseph's Find A Grave memorial includes a small photo of him:
1891 through 1895 Chicago directories all listed:
Shanahan Gregory, lab h 3029 Canal
1896, 1898, and 1899 Chicago directories listed:
Shanahan Gregory gasmkr h 3029 S Canal
The 1900 U.S. census had an effective date of June first. The Shanahan household was enumerated June second. The 1900 census was the only one ever to ask the month in which each person was born. The census taker was told that Gregory was born in an unknown month in 1864, and that Kate born in February of 1866. But that information wasn't even close to the truth. Gregory was actually born in June of 1859, and Kate was actually born in February of 1861. Many people didn't know their own birthdates back then.
That 1900 census also listed six children; Thomas, 11; and Margaret, 10 (who were Kate's two stepchildren); plus Mary, 6; Teresa, 4; Loretta, 3; and Anastasia (known as Anne), age one. The family lived at 436 S. Fifth St., in Richmond, Wayne, Indiana.
The years of birth and marriage for the couple were incorrectly stated to the census taker. It was stated that the couple had been married 13 years, but that would have been about the length of time since Gregory's first marriage, to Mary. Gregory had been married to Kate for 8 years and 7 months, not 13 years, when the 1900 census was recorded.
A photo of that 1900 census page:
It is unknown why the family went to Indiana for two years at the most, then moved right back to the same house where they used to live in Chicago. The 1900 census shows another family living at 3029 S. Canal St., Chicago.
A 1901 Chicago directory listed:
Shanahan Gregory lab h 3029 S Canal
A photo of Gregory and Kate Shanahan and all nine of Gregory's children in 1906:
The 1910 U.S. census had an effective date of April fifteenth. The Shanahan household was enumerated April twenty seventh. The census page had Gregory's name incorrectly written as George. Gregory was listed as 49, but was actually 50. Kate was listed as 48, but was actually 49. They still lived at 3029 S. Canal St., Chicago.
The oldest son Thomas had moved out. The couple's children were Margaret, 20; Mary, 16; Teresa, 14; Loretta, 13; "Anna", 11; Gregory, 9; John, 6; and Joseph, age five. There were also two boarders living with the family. Gregory's year of immigration was written as 1888, but the actual year was 1883, 1884, or 1885. Gregory worked for a natural gas company. Kate's year of immigration was written as 1888.
A photo of that 1910 census page:
1915 and 1916 Chicago directories listed:
Shanahan Gregory lab h 3029 S Canal
So he lived in the same house for at least 26 years.
The 1920 U.S. census had an effective date of January first. The Shanahan household was enumerated January twelfth. The census page shows (after now correcting misspelled names) Gregory, 60; Catherine, 54; unmarried children Teresa, 24; Loretta, 22; Anastasia, 21; John 17; and Joseph, 15; plus Gregory's married daughters Mary, 26; and Margaret, 30; and Margaret's son.
Within the last few years, the family had moved to a house at 6234 S. Fairfield St., Chicago. Gregory worked for a natural gas company. Gregory's year of immigration was written as 1885. His year of naturalization was written as 1890, but the correct year was 1891. Catherine/Kate's year of immigration was written as 1890, but the 1910 census said the year was 1888. She became a U.S. citizen when she married Gregory.
A photo of that 1920 census page:
Gregory and Kate in 1929, at top, and 1930, at bottom:
The 1930 U.S. census had an effective date of April first. The Shanahan household was enumerated April ninth. The census page shows that Gregory and Kate's children were no longer living with them, but there were two lodgers living in the home. They still lived in the same house on Fairfield. Gregory was retired. The couple owned a radio, and the value of their home was stated as $8,500. This census was taken just five months after the start of the Great Depression.
A photo of Gregory and Kate with some of their children and their families in 1930:
A photo of Gregory and Kate, their eight surviving adult children, and Kate's sister Jen, taken December 25, 1931:
A photo of Gregory and Kate with some or all of their grandchildren in 1938:
The 1940 U.S. census had an effective date of April first. The Shanahan household was enumerated April eighteenth. Gregory, 80, and Kate, 79, still lived in the same house at 6234 S. Fairfield. Their daughter Loretta, her husband Edward Caraher, five children, plus a housekeeper were also living in the house. Gregory and Kate were listed as having 6th grade educations.
Surprisingly, at the age of 80, Gregory was still listed as having an occupation, a "Policeman". It was written that he had worked 50 hours during the last week in March. It was also written that he had earned $2,280 in 1939. Kate died only 12 days after the census enumerator visited the family home.
A photo of Gregory's death notice in the June 21, 1941 Chicago Tribune:
Gregory's death certificate:
It was written therein that Gregory and his parents were born in Ireland, in County Thurles. But Thurles is a town in County Tipperary. Thurles may or may not be the town in which Gregory was born. Also, Gregory's father's name was incorrectly written as John; Thomas was correct. And Gregory's mother's maiden name was actually spelled Tuohy, instead of Touhy, which was written on the death certificate.
Gregory's FindAGrave memorial includes a photo of the grave marker for he and Catherine "Kate" Shanahan:
Father: Thomas Shanahan b: Oct 1815 in County Tipperary, Ireland
Mother: Mary Tuohy b: 1825 in County Tipperary, Ireland
Catherine "Kate" M Casey b: Jan/Feb 1861 in Civil Parish of Killoscully, County Tipperary, Ireland c: 2 Feb 1861 in Catholic Parish of Ballinahinch and Killoscully, County Tipperary, Ireland
18 Nov 1891
in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
- Teresa Agnes Shanahan b: 18 Oct 1895 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois c: 17 Nov 1895 in All Saints/St. Anthony Catholic Church. Chicago