Thursday, June 12, 2014


In January 2014, Amy Johnson Crow of the Ancestry blog No Story Too Small 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

Mary Jane was the only child to be born in Ireland to William and Mary McCrudden Mathers.  She was the oldest sister of my Grandfather William Mathers.

Mary Jane came to America when she was between 1 and 4 years old.  She was born December 2, 1864 in County Donegal but the family lived down the road in County Tyrone.  I haven't found her coming in to New York with her parents but her brother, James, was born in New York in 1868 so that narrows down the time frame.

There isn't a lot of mention in records about women in general.  I do have Mary Jane's marriage certificate to Joseph Flanagan dated April 10, 1887 in New York.  They had 12 children.  I am sure she was a very busy women caring for all her children.  I did have a conversation with one of her youngest girls, Irene Flanagan Ranaghan and she said her mother was a very kind and caring women.

Mary Jane died September 29, 1916 with her youngest only 2 years old.  One of her older daughters, Ann (Nanny) took over the chores of the house and caring of the children.


Sarah 1890-1894
Thomas 1891-1894
Florence 1893-1894
Katherine 1894-1905
Joseph 1895-1979. Marr. Marguerite P Rodregurz
Nell 1897-1907
Ann 1898-1983   Marr. James Connolly
Theresa 1900-1972. Marr. James McAvey
Alice 1901-1995. Marr. Joseph Tavolacci
Martin 1903-1980. Marr. Ann Connolly
Irene 1906-2001. Marr. John Ranaghan
Marcella 1914. Marr. John Luizzo

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