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Re: Catherine HUGHES Heslin
Posted by: Janet Baldwin Date: February 03, 2001 at 10:21:01
In Reply to: Re: Catherine HUGHES Heslin by Pete Hanley of 212

I had asked about Catherine, (she must of had parents)seeing how much has been done on the children, of whom I have information on. Namely Father Patick, and Bishop Thomas who were brothers by separate births, not twins. And children of Patrick Heslin and Catherine Hughes.
I have a bigraphical sketch from the Catholic Diocese Of Jackson, Mississippi of Bishop Heslin-
Most Reverend Thomas Heslin, D.D. was born at Dernacross, County Longford, Ireland, in April, 1847 of good Irish stock. Thomas was the second of eight children six boys and two girls. Three of whom gave themselves to the service of God in Holy Orders. One of them however, died while a subdeacon. Another. Reverend Patrick Joseph Heslin, who served as a priest in California, was taken from his home in Colma, California, on a pretended sick call on the night of August __, 1921, and foully murdered.
Thomas Heslin - Later Bishop Heslin was baptized in St. Mary's Church in his native parish a few days after his birth. He was educated first in a little school in the neighborhood where the teacher was supported by the meager contributions of the people of the district. later he attended school in the town of Granard, County Longford, eight miles from his home, and he made his journey to and from school every day. later he went to school at Moyne, County Longford, where he was taught Latin and Greek and some higher mathematics. This school was nine miles from his home, and he walked there each day.
I am skipping a few paragraphs
Two years after his consecration he made his ad limina visit to Rome, visiting on his way his mother in his old home in Ireland. His father had already gone to his eternal reward. Bishop heslin took a keen interest in the affairs of his native land, and during his visit to Ireland in 1891, being invited to attend a meeting of the Bishops of Ireland in the seminary of Maynooth, he was called upon to address the gathering. he did so, and his address made a deep impression.
there is 4 more paragraphs.
A letter from JJ Igoe to Father O Brien on Feb 27th, 1932 talks about a request for the exact date of Bishop Heslin's birth, states the the old church in the home parish did not keep records of baptisms. J J Igoe states that he believed it was his mother and godparents who furnished the information of his baptism necessary for his ordination, believing it to be April of 1847
John J Igoe was a nephew of the Bishop.

From LDS Film #1279221 Parish of Killoe Diocese of Ardagh & Clanmacnois
Patrick married Mar 1840 Catherine Hughes witnesses/sponsors Carole Heslin and Thomas Heslin
children-Mary 16 oct 1850 sponsors Jacob Hughes & couldn't make it out
James 10 May 1855
Patrick 1 Aug 1857 sponsors Thomas & M Heslin
California Death certificate- Rev. Patrick E Heslin born 1857 age 64 died Aug 2 or 3, 1921 by violent blow on the head, or ___ two? gunshot wounds (Homicidal) buried Holy Cross Cemetery.
There is also a book by Jay Robert Nash called Murder America that includes this murder case c 1980 published by Simon and Shuster.
You said that Patrick the father came to the US and stayed. When did he die? What about his wife? Did he leave her in Ireland? Did they get divorced?
You state that the Bishop died in Dec 1904, the bishop died Feb 22, 1911 according to church records.
If you would like copies of my correpondence to the various churches, archives, etc. please let me know.
I just would like to fill in some of the holes like Catherine Hughes parentage, etc.


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