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My REARDON Family of Boston, Massachusetts


Generation No. 1

1.  TIMOTHY1 REARDON was born in Ireland, and died before 1857.  He married ELIZABETH LEE  about 1810, daughter of TIMOTHY and MARGARET LEE.  She was born between 1785 - 1795 in Ireland, and died 9 October 1869 in South Boston, Suffolk Co., NS (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 222, p. 167).

Timothy Reardon was born in Ireland, presumably in County Kerry.  No marriage record exists for Timothy and his wife Elizabeth at the Roman Catholic Church in Killarney, County Kerry.  All records show her as Elizabeth Lee except for the baptismal records of her first two children which list her respectively as Eliz. Leahy and Eliz. Lea.

The family lived in Rockfield, a small community north of Killarney, until apparently 1815 to 1817 when baptismal records indicate the family lived in Killarney. The baptismal records in Killarney all use the spelling "RIORDAN" although American records always show "REARDON" as the preferred spelling.  Timothy Reardon probably died before 1850 when his wife immigrated to Boston, but definitely by 1857 when she is referred to as a widow in the Boston city directory.  Timothy is not buried with his wife and children.

Elizabeth Lee Reardon came to the United States on the ship Envoy of Greenock, Scotland which sailed from Liverpool, England, arriving at Boston on 10 June 1850.  She is listed as Elizabeth Reardon age 50.  With her were John Reardon age 11, Timothy Reardon age 16, and Elizabeth Reardon age 4.  Also on the ship, but listed separately on the passenger manifest were a Daniel Reardon age 20, and Catherine Reardon age 22.

The family was living in Boston three months later when the 1850 census was taken.  With Elizabeth, besides the children who arrived with her, were three additional children, Mary age 20, Patrick age 18, and Margaret age 15.  A Daniel Reardon, 40, grocer, his wife and six children were living next door.  The children, age 13 to 2, were all born in Massachusetts indicating that this Reardon family had been in the U.S. since the late 1830s.  This Daniel Reardon might have been a relative and the link to bringing more relatives like Elizabeth to Boston, but other records seem to indicate that he was from County Cork rather than County Kerry.

Elizabeth Lee Reardon was listed in the 1855 Massachusetts state census in Boston with sons Patrick, Timothy and John, and young Elizabeth.  She is listed in the Boston city directories for 1857 and 1859 as "Elizabeth Reardon, widow, 33 Oliver Street."  Her son Patrick was also at that address during the period and her son Timothy lived several doors away at no. 8.  Also on Oliver St. were Daniel Reardon at no. 27, a Michael Reardon at no. 10, and a second Daniel Reardon at no. 32 ½ who might possible be another son.  The 1860 census indicated that she was illiterate, and the 1865 Massachusetts state census showed her as age 70, a widow with no occupation, born in Ireland, and blind.  With her were children Patrick and Mary.

By the late 1860's Oliver Street and its environs had become a run-down district of tenements.  Steps were taken to clean up the area, and the Irish families were moved out.  Elizabeth moved to 187 Bowen Street, South Boston with her son Timothy and his family, and it was there that she died shortly afterwards.  Her death certificate gives the cause of her death as "old age', and her age as 85 years.  Her death is also recorded in the Reardon-Danahy family bible as "Mrs. Elizabeth Reardon  Oct. 9, '69."

Elizabeth Lee Reardon was buried on 11 October 1869 in Mt. Auburn Catholic Cemetery in Watertown, Mass. [G 200 & G201 Range 5 West].  The fee to open the grave was $2.50.  [Source: Mt. Auburn Catholic Cemetery Burials 1863-1882].  Her son John is buried with her, but the cemetery records are poor, and since there is no grave marker it is impossible to tell if other family members are buried there as well.

The ages given for the Reardon children in most United States records are a number of years off from the actual baptismal records in Ireland.  The birth order remains the same however.  Elizabeth Cavanagh said that her grandfather, Timothy Reardon, had two brothers who never came to the United States, and were teachers at Oxford University in England.  Again, family background would make their being teachers highly unlikely, but they may have worked at Oxford.  The only brother who is unaccounted for is Michael who was born in 1819.

Children of Timothy Reardon and Elizabeth Lee:
 

i.

John5 Reardon bp. 3 June 1811, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney); d. before 1831.
   He was baptized at Killarney 3 June 1811, no birth date given; godparent Daniel Sullivan; probably died young, as a later son born in 1831 was named John.
 

ii.

Mary Reardon

bp. 13 March 1813, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source:Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney); d. 10 July 1897, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910,  v. 474, p. 279).
   Mary was baptized at Killarney 13 March 1813, no birth date given; godparents Nicholas Rice and Catherine Maggin.   She immigrated at some time before 7 Sept 1850 when she was recorded with her mother and siblings in the 1850 census in Boston.  By 1855 she was probably working as a servant and living-in as she was not with her family in 1855 and 1860.  The 1865 Massachusetts state census listed her as a servant, living with her mother.  In 1870 and 1880 she was keeping house for her brother Patrick at 176 Bowen St., South Boston.  The census records list her as illiterate.  According to a great niece, Elizabeth Cavanagh, Mary was a "Lady-in-Waiting" to Queen Victoria.  This would have been impossible because of her social standing, but she might have been a servant at the palace.  Elizabeth also said that Mary worked as a maid for the wealthy Forbes family of Milton, Mass. where a Forbes son fell in love with her and gave her a ring.  Mary would not marry him, however, because he was not a Catholic.  Elizabeth remembered her Aunt Mary Reardon as a tall, stately woman with a beautiful milk-white complexion and rose-colored cheeks.
   Mary Reardon died unmarried at Long Island Hospital, Boston of oedema and congestion of the lungs.

 

iii.

Patrick Reardon

b. 16 March 1815, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney); d. 12 July 1896, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 465, p. 284).
  Patrick’s naturalization records give his birth date as 16 March 1815.  He was baptized at Killarney 24 March 1815, no birth date given; godparents Daniel Reardon and Ellen Lee.   At the time of his naturalization, 1 November 1855, Patrick gave the birth place and birth date listed above, said that he had arrived in Boston 25 April 1849, and had resided there since that time.  He might be the Patrick Reardon, fluter, age 25, who boarded with the Donovan family in Boston in 1850.  Patrick was a laborer, living on Oliver St., Boston from 1855 to 1868, with his brother Timothy from 1869 to 1878 at 187 Bowen St., South Boston, and at 176 Bowen St. from 1879 to his death.  His great niece Elizabeth Cavanagh said that Patrick was a heavy drinker and it was the cause of problems in the Reardon family.  He worked at the Boston Navy Shipyard where he made an altar out of discarded planks from the U.S.S. Constitution, an altar that Elizabeth kept by her bed in her home in Dorchester, Mass.  She also said that Patrick, like his mother, went blind in his later years.  He died unmarried of senile debility 12 July 1896 at Long Island Hospital, Boston.

2. iv. Daniel Reardon

bp. 22 June 1817, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland; d. after 1882.

  v. Michael Reardon bp. 16 September 1819, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney).
   Michael was baptized at Killarney 16 September 1819, no birth date given; godparents Robert Kelly and Sara Rice; no further record.
   There was a Michael Reardon, tailor, living on Oliver Street the same time the Reardon family was in residence, but his 1864 death certificate showed his parents to be John and Honora Reardon. 
  vi. Ellen Reardon bp. 2 September 1822, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney).
   Ellen was baptized at Killarney 1 September 1822, no birth date given; no further record.
3. vii. Timothy Reardon bp. 11 December 1825, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland; d. 10 July 1904, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA.
4. viii. Margaret Reardon bp. 23 November 1828 (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney).
   Margaret was baptized at Killarney 23 Nov. 1828, no birth date given.  She was living with the family in Boston when the 1850 census was taken on 7 September of that year; no further record, although it is presumed she married as there is no mention of her death in the family bible.
  ix. John Reardon bp. 13 February 1831, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney); d. 14 February 1864, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 176 p. 26).
   John was baptized at Killarney on 13 February 1831, no birth date given.  He arrived at Boston in 1850 with his mother.  He was naturalized 26 October 1860 in the U.S. Circuit Court, Boston (#12-485) which listed the correct date of arrival in Boston.  He was a house carpenter and lived unmarried with his mother until his death at 29 Oliver St., from phthisis (tuberculosis) at age 33.  It was for John that the family burial lot at Mt. Auburn Catholic Cemetery was purchased by his brother Timothy [G200 & G201 Range 5 West].  John was buried on 16 February 1864 at a two o'clock service.  A two-horse hearse was ordered and the total cost of funeral and plot was $21. (Mt. Auburn Catholic Cemetery Burials 1863-1882).
  x. Elizabeth Reardon b. about  1846, Ireland
    An Elizabeth Reardon, aged 4 years, arrived from Ireland with Elizabeth Lee Reardon and was listed in the 1850 census with the family.  The 1855 Massachusetts state census listed her as age 9 years.  She was, however, not with the family in 1860 and may have married by that time.  Since the Reardon family bible started recording family events in 1857, it seems probable that her death would have been recorded, but a marriage might not have been.  Since all the children were five to ten years older than their reported ages, it is conceivable that Elizabeth was older than the reported age.  If so, she might indeed have been a daughter of Timothy and Elizabeth Reardon.  She might also have been a granddaughter or other relative.  There is no record located of Elizabeth after 1855.


Generation No. 2

2.  DANIEL2 REARDON (TIMOTHY1) was born 22 June 1817 in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney), and died after 1882.

What is known about Daniel Reardon is that he was baptized 22 June 1817 in Killarney, Ireland, and his godparents wereBartholomew McSweeny and Margaret Houlihan.  A great niece, Elizabeth Cavanagh, said that her grandfather’s brother Daniel was a property owner and was called for service during the Civil War, but as was the practice, paid another man to take his place in the Army.  Daniel would, however, have been in his forties at the time.  She said that she remembered seeing him once, indicating that he must have lived at least into the 1880's when she was a child.  She knew he married and she said he had a son named James who played the banjo.  A Daniel Reardon, age 20, was listed on the passenger manifest on the same ship with Elizabeth (Lee) Reardon at her arrival in Boston in 1850, but in a different location.  Daniel Reardon was not living with the family in 1850 or 1855.  A James Reardon served as sponsor at the baptism in 1884 of Elizabeth Cavanagh's sister Mary.

Looking at the vital and census records of Massachusetts there appear to be several Daniel Reardons who, because of age and location, could possibly have been the son of Timothy Reardon and Elizabeth Lee.

A.   DANIEL REARDON, grocer, was listed next to Elizabeth Lee Reardon and family in the 1850 census in Boston.  He lived at 27 Oliver St., they at no. 29.  He was married to Ann and had eight known children.  He had been in Massachusetts since the 1830s as a daughter was born in Massachusetts about 1837.  However, his death certificate shows that he died 25 May 1866 in Boston, and that his parents were William and Mary Reardon (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 194, p. 054).  His death date of 1866 would have made it impossible for Elizabeth Cavanagh to have ever met him.

B.   DANIEL REARDON, laborer, was the only Daniel Reardon of the correct age in Boston with a son named James.  He was married to Mary Driscoll.  In the 1850 census they were listed about 20 houses from Elizabeth Lee Reardon and family.  Daniel and Mary Reardon and their six sons were living in Boston as late as 1865, but before 1870 had moved to Wakefield, Middlesex Co., about 10 miles north of Boston, where the family remained.  However, this Daniel too died before Elizabeth Cavanagh was born so she couldn’t have met him.  He died in Wakefield on 26 December 1879 and his death certificate gives his parents as Daniel and Catherine (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 311, p. 182).

C.   DANIEL REARDON, laborer and farmer of Attleboro, Bristol Co., was the only other Daniel Reardon of the approximate correct age who had a son named James.  Daniel, his wife Mary Callahan had 14 children.  The family lived in Attleboro where he died on 2 February 1885.  That death record lists his parents as Daniel and Mary.  Again, an 1885 death would make it possible, but improbable that Elizabeth Cavanagh who was born late in the year 1882 would have remembered him.  His son James died in 1887.

D.   DANIEL REARDON, laborer, lived on Oliver St., Boston and is the most promising to be the son of Timothy and Elizabeth (Lee) Reardon.  In 1859 he was at no. 5 and Timothy Reardon at no. 8.  Timothy Reardon’s mother Elizabeth Lee Reardon was at no. 33.  In 1860 Daniel’s and Timothy’s families lived in the same building on Oliver.  This Daniel was born in Ireland about 1818 – 1827 according to various records.  He married Clara Louisa Brown, daughter of Horace Brown and Rhoda Abigail S. Hastings before 1853 although no record of that marriage has been located.  They had 10 children and lived in Boston until 1862-1865 when they moved to Marlborough, Middlesex Co., about 30 miles west of Boston.  By 1860 they had moved another 4 miles north to Hudson, Middlesex Co.  Daniel Reardon died in Hudson, MA 11 Nov 1894 ae. 76 years.  Unfortunately his death certificate lists his parents as 'unknown.'

Daniel and Louisa did not have a son James as Elizabeth Cavanagh stated, but their first son was named Timothy which would have been Daniel’s father’s name.

Children of DANIEL REARDON and CLARA BROWN:

 

i.

Timothy Reardon b. 29 November 1853, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; m. MARY FOYDE, 2 December 1874, Hudson, Middlesex Co., MA.
 

ii.

Mary Louisa Reardon b. 20 May 1856, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA.
 

iii.

Abby Maria Reardon b. 3 October 1859, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; m. (1) GEORGE A. BURRILL, 19 February 1877, Hudson, Middlesex Co., MA; m. (2) EDWARD A. WHITMAN, 3 September 1881, Hudson, Middlesex Co., MA; m. (3) WILLIAM B. JENKINS, 4 January 1886, Berlin, Middlesex Co., MA.
  iv. Ellen Reardon b. abt. 1863, Massachusetts; m. TILESTON B. COOLIDGE, 7 April 1877, Hudson, Middlesex Co., MA.
  v. Sarah Reardon b. 6 May 1865, Marlborough, Middlesex Co., MA; m. GEORGE H. WHITMAN, 27 April 1889, Hudson, Middlesex Co., MA.
  vi. John Henry Reardon b. 1 January 1868, Hudson, Middlesex Co., MA.
  vii. Albert D. Reardon b. August 1870, Hudson, Middlesex Co., MA; d. 4 September 1870, Hudson, Middlesex Co., MA.
  viii. Daniel E. Reardon b. 10 October 1871, Hudson, Middlesex Co., MA.
  ix. George Francis Reardon b. 14 February 1874, Hudson, Middlesex Co., MA.
  x. Herbert Augustus Reardon b. 1 May 1878, Hudson, Middlesex Co., MA; d. 4 May 1879, Hudson, Middlesex Co., MA.



3.  TIMOTHY2 REARDON (TIMOTHY1) was baptized 11 December 1825 in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney), and died 10 July 1904 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, 1904 v. 15, p. 518).  He married MARY TERESA DANAHY 30 March 1856 in Medford, Middlesex Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Marriages 1841-1910, v. 100, p. 187), daughter of TIMOTHY DANAHY and MARY DOHERTY.  She was baptized 4 October 1829 in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney), and died 22 August 1899 in South Boston, Suffolk Co., NS (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 495, p. 372).

Timothy Reardon was baptized at Killarney, 11 December 1825. No birth date or godparents were given in the record. He arrived in Boston from Liverpool, England on 10 June 1850 with his mother and other family members.  His age was given as 16 years, but he was, in reality 24 years of age.  The 176 ton brig ENVOY berthed at Battery Wharf.  The family was listed in Boston in September 1850 when the census was taken.  They were there as well in 1855 when the Massachusetts State census was taken.  Timothy and Mary were married by the Rev. John Ryan, pastor of St. Mary's Church in Medford, which accommodated the Catholic populations of Medford, Malden, Arlington, and Everett, Mass.  The church was built in 1855 and the first Mass held on Christmas morning.  It was called St. Mary's until 1866 when it became the Church of the Immaculate Conception.  In the late 1870's the area of Medford where the church stood was annexed to Malden.

Mary Teresa Danahy had arrived in Boston 5 January 1850 on the 190 ton brig LEVIATHAN of Cork.  The family bible reads:  “Timo. Reardon, landed in Boston, June 10, 1850.  Mary T. Danahy landed in Boston, Jan. 6, 1850.”  Her brother Denis and family lived in Malden in the early 1850s, and Mary may have been living with them.  At the time of their 1856 marriage both Timothy and Mary were recorded as living in Malden.

By 1857 the Reardons were living at 8 Oliver Street, Boston.  They stayed on Oliver Street, in several different houses, or possibly in the same house as street numbers often changed.  It was while living here that Timothy became a citizen of the United States.  On his citizenship papers he stated that he was a carpenter, that he had been born in Killarney on 10 February 1833, and that he had arrived in Boston on 10 June 1850.

In 1857 and 1858 Timothy was listed as a carpenter at 69 Hawley St., Boston.  Another carpenter at that address was Joseph B. Dearborn, undoubtedly the same Dearborn who sold Timothy land in South Boston several years later.

The 1865 Boston City Directory lists Timothy Reardon as a carpenter, but his home was Dorchester, cor. A.  A second listing gave “Police Station 4” as his occupation.  The “Police Station 4” occupation was given until 1868.  Beginning in 1869 he was listed as a carpenter again, this time living at 187 Bowen St., South Boston.

At some point during this period the family moved to nearby Roxbury as that is where his daughter Ellen was born in October 1866.  His brother-in-law Denis Danahy was a successful tinsmith in Roxbury.  Timothy was also listed as “of Roxbury” when he bought land in South Boston on which to build a house.  The lot, on Quincy Street (in 1868 the street was renamed Bowen Street), measured 50' by 25'.  Timothy purchased it for $2600 from Joseph Dearborn on 20 December 1867, and Denis Danahy served as a witness to the transaction (Suffolk County Deeds, Book 913, Page 308).  Timothy immediately took out a mortgage on the property from Dearborn for $2100, and had seven years in which to repay the loan, at 6% interest.  On 16 September 1876 Deborah Dearborn, administratrix of the estate of her husband Joseph Dearborn, stated that all debts had been paid and that the mortgage was cancelled.

Three days earlier, however, on 13 September 1876, Timothy took out another mortgage on the property, this time from the South Boston Savings Bank.  The mortgage was for $1000 at 7% interest, and was to be repaid in five years (Suffolk County Deeds, Book 1343, Page 234).  According to Timothy's granddaughter, Elizabeth Cavanagh, Timothy had a cabinetmaking shop on Hawley Street and later on Lincoln Street in Boston, and was burned out in the Great Boston Fire of 1872.  She said he never recovered financially, and by 1878 could not afford the taxes on the house, amounting to something like $50.  Elizabeth told the story that the church intended to help Timothy by loaning him the money to pay the taxes, but Father Danahy, Mary Teresa Reardon's nephew, discouraged the church from doing so.  Timothy's brother Patrick drank heavily and was known to get into heated arguments with the priest.  Whatever the full truth, Suffolk County Deeds (Book 1434, Page 119) show that Timothy defaulted on his 1877 taxes, $23.58, and a mortgage payment of $30.33, totally $53.91.  The South Boston Savings Bank foreclosed on the property, and sold the lot, now with house, at public auction on 24 September 1878 at 4:30 p.m.  The highest bidder was a neighbor, William Shanley, who purchased the property for $1100.  Timothy Reardon never again owned property, and the family moved at least a dozen more times over the next 20 years.

About 1899 Mary Teresa Reardon went to her daughter Teresa Galvin's house to see her young grandson (Thomas F. Galvin, born in January 1898).  As she was leaving she turned around to wave to her daughter one last time and tripped over the family dog, breaking her hip.  She took to bed and remained there until her death.  Her granddaughter Elizabeth Cavanagh remembered being sent down to the garden to let her grandfather know that his wife had just died.  Timothy looked up at the clock in St. Augustine's Church tower, then took his watch and chain out of his pocket and said, "ten minutes to three."  Mary Teresa Reardon's death certificate records the time of her death as 2:50 p.m.

By 1903 Timothy had moved to his daughter Teresa's house.  On 20 April 1904 he entered Long Island Hospital suffering from heart disease and arteriosclerosis.  He died there about three months later.

Timothy and Mary Reardon are buried in Mt. Auburn Catholic Cemetery, Watertown, Mass.  There is no gravestone.

For more information on the DANAHY family see “Ed Galvin's DANAHY Family of Boston, Massachusetts."

Great-grandson Edward Galvin, author of this piece, is fortunate to have an ornate moustache cup and saucer that belonged to Timothy Reardon.  He also has an 1883 tintype of Mary Reardon that shows her to be a heavy set woman wearing a dark dress, lace gloves, shawl and lace cap.  She is holding her granddaughter Elizabeth Cavanagh on her lap.

187 Bowen St., South Boston, MA

187 Bowen St., South Boston, MA
(gray house at right, 1971 photo)

Mary Teresa Danahy Reardon (1829-1899)

Mary Teresa Danahy Reardon holding granddaughter Elizabeth Frances Cavanagh, ca. 1883

 

Timothy Reardon's Moustache Cup

Timothy Reardon's Moustache Cup

Children of TIMOTHY REARDON and MARY TERESA DANAHY:


5.

i.

Mary Elizabeth3 Reardon b. 8 February 1858, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; d. 25 March 1940, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA.
 

ii.

Stephen Christopher Reardon b. 26 December 1859, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 125, p. 98); d. 29 May 1887, South Boston, Suffolk Co., NS (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 384, p. 158).
   Stephen was born at home at 8 Oliver St., and baptized 31 December 1859 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.  His godparents were Phillip Mullen and Mary Lee.  Stephen Christopher Reardon was born on St. Stephen's feast day, the day after Christmas.  He was a clerk until 1882 then a solderer and brass finisher until his death.   He died unmarried at his home, 26 Newman St., South Boston, at the age of 27 years, of phthisis.  He is buried at Mt. Auburn Catholic Cemetery, Watertown.
 

iii.

Timothy Joseph Reardon b. 19 February 1862, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 152, p. 9); d. 3 April 1888, South Boston, Suffolk Co., NS (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 393, p. 123).
   Timothy was born at home at 25 Oliver St., Boston.  He worked as a laborer.  It was said in the family that when Timothy died he must have gone straight to Heaven.  He was a very religious young man who lived a pious life and walked to Mass every morning.  He died unmarried at home, 22 Newman St., South Boston, age 26 years, of heart disease and congestion of the lungs.  The family bible gives the death date as April 4th rather than the April 3rd date given in the Massachusetts Vital Records.  Timothy is buried at Mt. Auburn Catholic Cemetery, Watertown. 
  iv. John Augustin Reardon

b. 22 July 1864, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 170, p. 50); d. 21 March 1912, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics).
   John was born at home at 31 Oliver St., Boston.  He worked as a clerk from 1884 to 1897, and as an ironworker and wire lather until his death.  His niece Elizabeth Cavanagh said that John played the violin, but that it was stolen from him during a trip he made to New York City to find work.  John died at Holy Ghost Hospital, Cambridge, Mass., aged 47 yrs., of pulmonary tuberculosis.  He is buried at Mt. Auburn Catholic Cemetery, Watertown. 
John A. Reardon (1864 - 1912)John Augustin Reardon

  v. Ellen Gertrude Reardon b. 18 October 1866, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 187, p. 324); d. 12 October 1921, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics).
   Ellen, known as Helen or Nellie, lived at the Franklin Square House, and then moved to Maine to live with a friend, Lucy Nadeau.  She became ill, so she and Lucy came back to Dorchester to live with her sister Mary Cavanagh.  Nellie died unmarried at her sister's home, 37 Belfort St., Dorchester, Mass., aged 54 years, of heart disease.  She is buried in New Calvary Cemetery, Roslindale Mass., with her sister Teresa Galvin.
  vi. Teresa Agnes Reardon b. 6 November 1872, South Boston, Suffolk Co., NS (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 243 p. 172); d. 22 June 1960, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics); m. PATRICK JOSEPH GALVIN, 25 November 1896, South Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Marriages 1841-1910, v. 462 p. 313); b. 27 March 1871, Hyde, Cheshire, England (Source: Register Office, Stockport, Hyde, Cheshire, England); d. 18 August 1954, Malden, Middlesex Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics).

For more information on the GALVIN family see “Ed Galvin's GALVIN Family of County Galway, Ireland; Hyde,Cheshire, England; and Boston, Massachusetts."

Teresa A. Reardon (1872-1960)Teresa A. Reardon

 

4.  MARGARET2 REARDON (TIMOTHY1) was baptized 23 November 1828 in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (Source: Parish Register, Catholic Church, Killarney).

What is known about Margaret Reardon is that she was baptized 22 June 1817 in Killarney, Ireland.  No birth date or godparents were given in the record. She did not arrive in Boston in June 1850 with her mother and siblings. She was though living with the family in Boston when the 1850 census was taken on 7 September of that year, but was not listed with them in the 1855 State census.  If she died during that period there is no record of her death.  Also, the family burial plot in Mt. Auburn Catholic Cemetery was not purchased until 1864 for the death of her brother John.  It is probable that she married and two marriages for a Margaret Reardon, daughter of Timothy, were recorded in Boston.  

A great niece, Elizabeth Cavanagh, did not mention that her grandfather had any sisters except for Mary (1813-1897) which means that she did not know about an Aunt Margaret or an Aunt Ellen and probably did not hear their names mentioned in the family.
 
Looking at the vital and census records of Massachusetts the following are the two Margaret Reardons who were listed as the daughter of Timothy Reardon in their marriage records. The first, who married Daniel Healy, is probably the correct one.

A.   MARGARET REARDON, listed as a daughter of a Timothy Reardon, was born about 1830-1834 in Ireland according to existing records.  She married DANIEL HEALY 8 July 1854 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Marriages 1841-1910, v. 80, p. 85), son of James Healy.  He was born about 1830-1832 in Ireland.  They show as Daniel and Margaret Haley in the 1855 State census in Ward 2, East Boston.  Their ages of 25 years are preceded by question marks.  There is no birth for a child for this couple under the surname Healy or Healey in Boston from 1855 to 1860.

The supposition that this Margaret Reardon is the daughter of Timothy Reardon and Elizabeth Lee is supported by several facts.

1. In their 1854 marriage record Daniel Healy's occupation is given as 'sawyer.' The 1855, 1856 and 1857 Boston city directories show Daniel Haley, sawyer, living on Bennington, op. cemetery. Bennington Street is in East Boston where they were recorded in the 1855 Massachusetts state census. The 1858 directory however shows Daniel Haley, sawyer, boarding at 2 Oliver St., Boston. Margaret's brother Timothy lived at no. 8 Oliver, and her mother and other siblings at no. 33.

2. Daniel Healy served as godfather to Mary Elizabeth Reardon in Boston on 9 Feb 1858.  Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Margaret's brother Timothy. Daniel Healy would have been Mary Elizabeth’s uncle by marriage.

3. Margaret Healy served as godmother to Catherine Danahy on 25 May 1860. Catherine Danahy was the daughter of Denis Danahy whose sister Mary Teresa married Margaret's brother Timothy.

Except for the instances listed above, no clear record of this couple has been found after 1855.  A Mrs. Margaret Healy died in Boston 31 Aug 1858 of consumption, age 29 years, but can probably be discounted due to the baptism of Catherine Danahy listed above.  Another Mrs. Margaret Healy died in Boston in childbirth on 31 May 1860 age 26 years, a mere six days after Margaret Healy served as godmother to Catherine Danahy.  Neither record lists her husband’s name nor her parents’ names, but it appears that this Margaret might have been the wife of a John Healy rather than Daniel. A Patrick Healy, son of John and Margaret Healy, died at the age of 3 days just a few days before this Margaret Healy died from childbirth. If Margaret Reardon Healy did die this early she probably would have been listed in the Reardon family bible, but she is not. Daniel and Margaret Healy have not been located in the 1860 census.

B.   MARGARET REARDON, listed as a daughter of Timothy and Margaret Reardon, was born about 1826-28 in Ireland, and died 31 May 1866 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 194, p. 56).  She married JAMES MURPHY 1 December 1855 in Boston (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Marriages 1841-1910, v. 89, p. 150), son of WILLIAM MURPHY and HONORA CROWE.  He was born about 1821 in Ireland, and died 1 May 1892 in So. Boston.  He married at least four times.

James Murphy arrived from Cork on 2 July 1849 with his parents and siblings.  Listed with them on the ship’s manifest were members of the Crowe family and possibly Reardon family members as well.   James Murphy’s marriage to Margaret Reardon was his second.  His first wife was probably the Biddy Murphy who was listed with him in the passenger list.  They had a son William who was born about 1853.  In the July 1855 census James and his son William were living in Ward 7 with his parents.  His wife was not with them and had presumably died by that time.  In 1860 James was listed with his second wife Margaret and his son William, age 7. By 1865 a son Timothy, age 3, had been added to the family.

Margaret Reardon Murphy died at 26 Washington Ave., Boston.  The death record gave her age as 40 and the cause as phthisis.  Her early death, 16 years before Elizabeth Cavanagh’s birth could account for why she never knew that Margaret Reardon came to the US and married.

Child of MARGARET REARDON and JAMES MURPHY:
                   i.    TIMOTHY MURPHY, b. 9 August 1861, 11 Washington Sq., Boston, Suffolk Co., MA.; d. 1 Sept 1887 in So. Boston, ae. 26., unm.

 

 

Generation No. 3

5.  MARY ELIZABETH3 REARDON (TIMOTHY1-2) was born 8 February 1858 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 116, p. 18), and died 25 March 1940 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics).  She married EDWARD JAMES CAVANAGH 23 November 1881 in South Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Parish Register, St. Augustine's Church, South Boston, Suffolk Co., MA), son of JAMES VINCENT CAVANAGH and ELIZABETH FITZPATRICK.  He was born 5 February 1857 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 107, p. 21), and died 12 February 1928 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics).

Mary, also called Mamie and Mary Liz, was born at home, 8 Oliver St., Boston.   She was baptized at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston on 9 February 1858 (birth date given on baptismal record as 5 Feb.), with Daniel Healy and Mary Reardon as her godparents.  Mary grew up in Boston and Roxbury, moving to South Boston when she was about 10 years old.

She and Edward Cavanagh, a building mover and foreman, were married at St. Augustine's Church, South Boston, Mass.  Her cousin Fr. Timothy Danahy performed the ceremony.  Witnesses were Thomas F. Phillips and Mary J. Fitzpatrick.  After their marriage they lived for a time on Cottage Street in South Boston, then lived for several years with her parents.   The Cavanaghs lived at several different locations in South Boston until moving to Dorchester about 1909.  In 1920 they bought the large house at 37 Belfort Street, next to St. William's Church.  Their daughter Elizabeth lived there until the 1970s.

Mary and Edward Cavanagh are buried in Old Calvary Cemetery, Roslindale, Mass.
       
Children of MARY REARDON and EDWARD CAVANAGH, born South Boston, MA:


 

i.

Elizabeth Frances4 Cavanagh b. 11 November 1882 (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 333, p. 57); d. 11 October 1978, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics).
   Elizabeth was a saleslady in a department store in 1920.  She lived alone in her later years in the family home on Belfort St., Dorchester.  It was there in the 1970s that she and her cousin Ed Galvin, author of this piece, spent many hours talking about the Galvin and Reardon families.  Her memory was strong, if somewhat confused after years of hearing stories as a child.  She related stories of Uncle Pat Reardon's drinking, Aunt Mary Reardon's lost love, her grandmother Reardon's death, and other stories that help to make these pages come alive.  For this and for the family photographs the author will always be in the debt of this grand lady.   Cousin Elizabeth, as she was known to Galvin family relatives, died unmarried at age 95 in a nursing home at 33 Grampion Way, Dorchester, and is buried in Calvary Cemetery.
 

ii.

Mary Agnes Veronica Cavanagh b. 12 September 1884 (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 351, p. 57); d. 3 March 1923 in Boston (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics); m. WILLIAM JOHN MCGRATH 19 June 1913 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 
   Mae was born at 6 Baxter Sq., South Boston.  She was baptized 21 September 1884 at St. Augustine's Church.  Her godparents were James Reardon and Mary Curran.  Mae and Bill were engaged when he took a position in Canada.  He moved there first, and Mae followed, and they were married there.  They returned shortly to Massachusetts.  Elizabeth Cavanagh told the following story about her sister's untimely death.  In 1923 Mae commissioned Bachrach Studios to take her photograph. The photographer was not satisfied with the way it turned out and asked her to come to Boston for a few minutes so he could touch up her mouth in the picture.  Although Mae used to drive her Cadillac around Andover where they lived, she decided to take the train to Boston, taking her eight year old daughter Clare with her.  An elderly woman got on the train and Mae told Clare to offer the woman her seat.  Mae, who was pregnant with her fifth child at the time, had her bag on her lap and let Clare sit on her knees.  When the train stopped at Boston it lurched, and the force of the sudden stop drove the bag against Mae's stomach injuring both her and the baby.  She was rushed to a Boston hospital, but both died in the ambulance.  Mae was 38 years old. Her children were raised by the Cavanaghs.  Bill McGrath later remarried.  Mae is buried at St. Augustine's Cemetery, South Boston; 4 ch.
 

iii.

James Stephen Cavanagh b. 26 December 1886 (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 369  p. 59); d. May 1975; m. MARY MARGARET DONAHOE, dau. of Austin and Mary Donahoe, 3 July 1936; b. 22 January 1892, Prince Edward Island, Canada (Source: 1901 Census, Kings Co., Prince Edward Island, Canada).
   Jim was born at 216 W. 9th St. and baptized 4 January 1887 at St. Augustine's Church.  His godparents were George Cavanagh and Ellen Reardon.  He, like his mother's brother Stephen Reardon, was born on the 26th of December, the feast of St. Stephen.
   Jim was in the Army Infantry in France in WWI.  Margaret came to the U.S. with her four sisters [two of whom were Lauretta and Josephine], and all were nurses.  She served as a nurse in the regular Army and was stationed in Texas during WWI.  Elizabeth Cavanagh said that Jim and Margaret met at the Columbia Legion Post in South Boston.  Jim used to ride home to Dorchester from the Post with a friend, and when the friend died, Margaret offered a ride to Jim.  They became friends and eventually married.  Jim was a commander of the Post, and Margaret also held the position, the first woman commander ever in Massachusetts, according to Elizabeth.
   Jim’s WWI draft registration card lists him as a shipper for Walker & Pratt Mfg., Boston.  It also lists him as having blue eyes, black and gray hair, and being tall and of medium build.  In 1920 Jim was a shipper of stoves.  He and Margaret had no children.
  iv. John Augustine Cavanagh b. 28 October 1889 (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 396, p. 69); d. 9 March 1957, Boston (Source: Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics).
   John was born at 9 Loring St. and was baptized 3 November 1889 at St. Augustine's Church.  His godparents were James Ryan and Teresa Reardon.  He died unmarried at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, Boston and is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Roslindale.  His 1917 WWI draft registration card gives his full name, lists him as a machinist for the S.A. Wood Co., in South Boston.  It also lists him as having blue eyes, black hair, and being of medium height and build.  John was a fireman for the City of Boston in 1920 and remained so for 27 years.
  v. Teresa Catherine Cavanagh b. 13 February 1892 (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 423, p. 180); d. 23 December 1931, Boston, MA; m. 17 February 1911 at St. Margaret's Church, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA, JOSEPH EDWARD QUINN, s. of THOMAS J. QUINN and SUSAN MARIA GAYNOR; b. 10 OCT 1893, Boston (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 432, p. 204); d. 2 March 1932 in Milton, Norfolk Co., MA.
   Teresa was born at 9 Loring St., and baptized 28 February 1892 at St. Augustine's Church.  Her godparents were Joseph Cavanagh and Anna T. Fahey.   Joe Quinn was a laborer for the Town of Milton.  They lived on Granite Ave., in Milton.  According to Teresa's sister Elizabeth Cavanagh, Joe Quinn developed a serious infection on his face, the result of an ingrown hair.  He refused to go to the hospital, so Teresa nursed him at home. The next day she cut her finger peeling vegetables and got a secondary infection from her husband. She died a week later at Boston City Hospital, and her husband died nine weeks later at Milton Hospital.  The immediate cause of is death was pneumonia.  They are both buried in Milton Cemetery; 5 ch.
  vi. Edna Gertrude Cavanagh b. 17 November 1894 (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 441, p. 130); d. 7 October 1899, South Boston (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910, v. 495, p. 439).
   Edna was born at 115 Boston St. and baptized 9 December 1894 at St. Augustine's Church.  Her godparents were her aunt Teresa A. Reardon and Teresa’s future husband Patrick J. Galvin.  Edna died at home, 60 Newman St., after a week's illness with diphtheria, aged 4 years.  She is buried in Old Calvary Cemetery, Roslindale.
  vii. Helen Dorothy Cavanagh b. 24 February 1900 (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Births 1841-1910, v. 499, p. 354); d. 3 March 1900, South Boston (Source: Massachusetts State Archives Deaths 1841-1910,  v. 499, p. 354).
   Helen was born at 60 Newman St.  She was baptized privately by her sister Elizabeth with her sister Mary serving as godmother.  She died at home of indigestion and convulsions, aged eight days.  Elizabeth Cavanagh said her sister was named Helen for her Aunt Helen Reardon and Dorothy because her mother liked the name.

REARDON BIRTHS iN BOSTON, MA 1841-1870

REARDON DEATHS iN BOSTON, MA 1841-1870

REARDON MARRIAGES iN BOSTON, MA 1841-1870


©  Edward L. Galvin, 2009