In January 2014, Amy Johnson Crow of the Ancestry blog issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. The premise: write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor. The next week, write about a different ancestor. In 52 weeks, you’ll have taken a closer look at 52 people in your family tree… and maybe learned a little bit more about them in the process.
I have taken the challenge and started with Martha Anderson Moore last week. This week I am talking about my paternal grandmother, Mamie McGuigan Mathews.
Mamie McGuigan was born in 1875 in
They really had no skills just as so many immigrates before them, but they got jobs in the Hotel industry. They cleaned the rooms and had a very social life with all the other immigrants.
They left a very crowded home in
In 1909 Mamie married William J. Mathews. They had met while working in a hotel, she was a cleaning maid and he was a hall boy. The photo of Mamie below was taken around the time they were married.
Mamie and her husband, William (Willy) Mathews had 4 children, Thomas, Catherine, William and
(my father). They lived in Manhattan, New York until
1933 when they moved to . William died in 1943 and Mamie began to live
with her children, ending up living most of the time with Catherine (Kay)
Mathews Hurley. She died in May 1959 in Richmond Hill,
New York . Richmond
Hill, New York
Mamie only lived with us for a short while and I remember how she loved the soap operas on radio that she listened to faithfully while doing the ironing.
Mamie very seldom spoke of her life in
keep in touch with relatives there. One of her other sisters (Elizabeth
McGugian Catior) came from Ireland
a couple of years after Mamie. I know of
one niece who immigrated to Ireland
and stayed. Most of the rest of the
family stayed in America . Her half brother Thomas married in 1913 and
had 10 children. Peter McGugian, a
grandchild of Thomas lives in the McGuigan house in Crossdall now. Ireland