Passenger Manifest from City of Limerick

Passenger Manifest from City of Limerick

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Witherington marriages in Dublin

Marriage License Record for John Heaviside and Catherine Witherington and Martha Witherington and Theobald Wolfe Tone.

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The Heaviside/Dunn Family in Ireland and New York

Emily Josephine Heaviside was born in Dublin, Ireland in November of 1839.  Her parents were John Burrows Heaviside and Alice Staunton.  John and Alice had seven children.  In addition to Emily, there were three brothers who would also emigrate to New York, William, John and Henry; one brother remained in Dublin, Charles Albert Heaviside, he married and later one of his sons would emigrate to Brooklyn, New York; and two sisters – Catherine Matilda who married Henry Duncan Thompson and they emigrated to Australia; Alicia Henrietta Heaviside, born in 1842. John Burrows Heaviside was the son of a man bearing the same name who was married to Catherine Witherington.   Catherine’s sister Martha, was married to the Irish revolutionary Theobald Wolfe Tone. Emily Josephine’s brother Henry would name his son John Burrows Heaviside.  This name is carried on to this day by John B. (Jack) Heaviside of Long Island, New York, whose extensive research into the Heaviside family in Dublin, New York and his connection to descendants in Australia have provided a wealth of information.

Emily married Simon Dunn (sometimes Dunne) in May 9, 1863 in Dublin.  The following year the couple emigrated to the United States aboard the Steamship City of Limerick out of Liverpool, arriving in New York on July 11, 1864. Simon’s occupation is listed as “broker” on the ship’s manifest.  Simon’s father is listed as Christopher Dunne on his marriage certificate.  Nothing else is known of Simon’s ancestors or siblings.

The name does not appear in the New York City Directories until the 1869 edition.  He is listed as living at 106 Cherry Street and engaged in the sale of clothing. He is listed in every subsequent directory until 1880, when he has moved to 110 Cherry Street.  He is at that address until 1884, when he is listed at 104 Cherry Street.  In 1883, he purchased a home on Third Avenue in the Bronx, living first at 1381, then at 3681 until his death in October of 1889.  He maintained the store on Cherry Street.  He and Emily had four children and adopted a fifth.

In the 1870 Federal Census, Simon is listed at age 30 – really 34 – his occupation is listed a “Second hand dealer.”  Emily, his wife is listed as 28 and they have three children : Christopher, age 5; Lawrence, age 3; and Henry, age 1.  Also, a servant Catherine Tete, 28 and a native of Ireland and Henry Heaviside, age 26, a police officer and presumably Emily’s brother.  A daughter, Catherine Alice, named for her grandmother Alice and great grandmother Catherine, was born November 6, 1874.

In the 1880 Federal Census, they are living on 110 Cherry Street.  Simon is listed as 40 – really 44 – his occupation as Dry Goods and Clothing.  Emily is listed as 40 as well.  She really is.  Christopher is now 16; Lawrence 13; Henry 11; and Kate is 7.  Adopted daughter Maria Dunn is 11.

In October of 1874, Simon petitioned for U.S. Citizenship.  In October of 1889, Simon died and was buried in Calvary Cemetery.  The family continued to operate the store, now relocated to the Bronx for several years following Simon’s death.

Henry Heaviside, the policeman, had married by 1880 and had a 6 year old son named John.  It is this little boy who would later introduce his friend Alfred Smith to his cousin Kate Dunn.  In the 1880 Federal Census, Henry Heaviside is living at 63 Madison Street, age 35, his wife Mary is 25.  Also living with them is a brother, John Heaviside, also a policeman.  His is age is 39 and he is a widower.

Henry Heaviside only shows up briefly in the New York City directories.  In 1874 living at 364 Pearl Street and again in 1875.  Then in 1877 he is at 55 Oak Street.

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Letter to Maria Marsh Mulvihill from her niece Maria Irwin in Canada

Maria Marsh was one of at least two children.  A letter from her sister Annie or Anna’s daughter Maria was discovered recently in New York and cousin James Walker sent me a copy. Annie Marsh married a man named Joseph Henderson Irwin.  They had three children, Charles, Mary Ann and Maria Jane.  Maria wrote the letter transcribed below in 1878.  Peter mentioned is Peter Mulvihill, Mr. Smith is Alfred E. Smih, senior.  Alfred the child is the Governor, the baby is Aunt Mamie (Mary Agnes Smith) Peter’s baby is Thomas Mulvihill.   I do not know who Mrs. Wright is.

pdf file of scanned letter is here:  MJI002 (1)

Brantford May 27

Dear Aunt,

It is with the greatest of pleasure that I now answer your very welcome letter.  We were all glad to hear from you and that you were all well.  We are all well at present except Ma she is not very well this long time she has a very lame shoulder.  Brother Charles has a store here in Brantford he is in Brantford since last fall but his family are still in the same place.  I do not know whether he will move here to Brantford or not.  You wished to know if Charles wife has any more children she has not any more but Mary Ann has a young daughter it is about 7 weeks of age and her name is Charlotte Ann she is named after her 2 grandmothers.  I wrote to Peter a long time ago but he never answered my letter.  Ma and Da send their love to you and all the folks over there. Ma sends her love to Mr. Smith and to Alfred and the baby.  Give our love to Peter’s baby, Delia and Mary and also to Mrs. Wright and family also to yourself dear Aunt.  I would like to see you and all my cousins.  Mary Ann was here last week she sends her love to you all.  Charles sends his best wishes to you all.  Ma wants to know if you ever hear from Ireland.  Dear Aunt I cannot think of any thing more to say this time hoping you will not neglect answering this letter soon, I remain

Dear Aunt your affectionate neice

Maria Irwin



Envelope addressed to:

Mrs Maria Mulvehill
174 South Street
New York City

In Care of Mr Smith

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Death Certificates for Al Smith’s two younger brothers

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The Rest of the Family : Al Smith’s sibling(s)

We know that Alfred E. Smith had an older half sister, Anne Mary Smith, who was born in 1863/4 and lived with her maternal grandparents – the McDonald’s – in Brooklyn.  The Governor mentions her in his autobiography, Up To Now, as having lived practically her whole life in Brooklyn.  The McDonald’s have a plot in Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.  The McDonald’s have a plot there with two Catherine’s, Alexander (son) and James.  In a separate section, one Teresa Smith is buried ( February, 1867).  I am still searching for the Governor’s half sister.

We also know that exactly two years to the date, Al’s younger sister, Mary Agnes Smith was born in December 30, 1875.  Mary, or Mamie, would marry John James Glynn in 1894 and have eight children.  I have been fortunate enough to be in contact with some of these Glynn cousins.

What all biographers have missed is that Al and Mamie had two younger brothers who did not survive childhood illnesses.  Thomas Henry Smith, named for Katie Mulvehill’s father, the tailor, was born on February 20, 1879 and lived 29 days, passing away March 20, 1879. His address, 174 South Street, the same as the Smith census in 1880. Primary cause of death was listed as Marasmus (malnutrition) with the secondary cause of convulsions.  The infant was buried in one of the Mulvihill plots in Calvary Cemetery in Queens.  The second younger brother, John Thomas Smith, was born June 28, 1881 and he lived 1 year, five months and 18 days, passing away December 16, 1882.  His chief and determining cause of death was listed as Teething, with connected and contributing: Accute Hydroencephalus.  John Thomas was buried in Calvary in the same Mulvihill plot as his brother Thomas.

The fact that the Governor’s mother had four children, not two, can be confirmed in the 1900 Federal Census.  In 1900, Katherin(sic) Smith is living in Brooklyn with her daughter Mary, her son-in-law, John Glynn, her sister Delia, and as has been mentioned before, her nephew Peter Mulvihill.  The 1900 Census was the first to ask how many children did you have, and then ask how many were living.  Catherine answered 4 children, two living.  Line three in the image below.

Including his half sister Anne Mary, then Alfred E. Smith was actually one of five children, three of whom lived into adulthood.  Image

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Smith Family in 1880

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