Name: Margaret McGrory
Given Name: Margaret
Birth: late March or April 1 1874 in Lough Head, Corporation, Killybegs Upper, County Donegal, Ireland
Christening: 2 Apr 1874 Catholic Parish of Killybegs, County Donegal, Ireland
Death: 17 Apr 1918 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Burial: 20 Apr 1918 Mount Olivet Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. Section 11, Lot 72
Baptism: 2 Apr 1874 civil parish of Killybegs Upper, County Donegal, Ireland
Change Date: 19 Dec 2016 at 14:48:48
Notes for Margaret McGrory Byrne:
A photo of Margaret's entry in the baptismal registry book of the Catholic Parish of Killybegs in County Donegal, Ireland:
As children, Margaret and her future husband Cornelius Byrne lived about eight miles from each other, in the vicinity of the town of Killybegs, in County Donegal, Ireland. Margaret was six years younger than Cornelius.
As a young woman, at least, Margaret went by the nickname of Maggie.
In November of 1892, Maggie McGrory left her home in County Donegal, Ireland, and boarded the S.S. Furnessia in Londonderry, Ireland. (Now Londonderry is in the country of Northern Ireland.) The ship arrived in New York on November twenty eighth. Maggie and her fellow passengers were processed through the well-known Ellis Island immigrant inspection building. A combined photo of portions of pages of the ship's manifest is here:
Her last name was misspelled as "McGrony". Maggie was a 19-year-old "house servant". Her last residence was in County Donegal, Ireland. Her stated destination was Chicago. She traveled in the 2nd cabin instead of the cheaper "steerage" section of the ship, so apparently her family was not extremely poor. She came to Chicago to meet up with two of her brothers, Andrew and William, who had immigrated earlier.
Andrew McGrory was listed as living by himself in 1890 and 1891 Chicago directories. 1892 and 1893 Chicago directories show that Andrew McGrory and William McGrory lived in a boarding house at 3932 S. State St.
An 1894 Chicago directory shows the misspelled name "McGroary, Margaret Miss", living at the same boarding house on Indiana Avenue as her brothers Andrew and William. A photo of that listing, which also shows a likely unrelated woman named Maggie:
An 1895 Chicago directory shows Margaret listed as Maggie, but her last name was misspelled:
A photo of Margaret Byrne, from about 1915:
Margaret's sisters Catherine McGrory and Betty McGrory Harmon also lived on the south side of Chicago.
Margaret was just barely 44 years old when she died after lapsing into a diabetic coma. A photo of Margaret's death notice in the April 18, 1918 Chicago Tribune:
A photo of Margaret's death certificate:
Margaret's FindAGrave memorial includes photos of her, and a photo of her grave marker:
Father: Andrew "Andy" McGrory b: 1825/1826 in Ireland
Mother: Margaret Conwell b: 1836/1837 in County Donegal, Ireland
Cornelius "Con" Byrne b: 14 Feb 1868 in Largysillagh, Civil Parish of Killybegs Upper, County Donegal, Ireland c: 14 Feb 1868 in Catholic Parish of Killybegs, County Donegal, Ireland
9 Sep 1896
in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
- Catherine Frances Byrne b: 4 Mar 1899 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois c: 12 Mar 1899 in St. Anne Catholic Church, Chicago