I was so excited when I found the obit (below) of my gg grandmother. I'm unsure about where exactly in Laois she would be from (it's very hard to read in the copy of the newspaper article). It looks like Athlone, but that seems to be in Westmeath, not Laois.
Anyone know of any Irish that first stopped to Valatie, NY? I've reached out to the Catholic Church there for records, but am waiting to hear back.
from the Parnell Iowa County Advertiser February 5, 1914
Johnson County has lost another beloved pioneer in the death of Mrs. Jno Kennedy, who as readers of the Press will recall, passed away at her home 215 North Capitol Street Thursday, January 22, shortly after mid-day.
She was in poor health for several months, but the end came unexpectedly, nevertheless. She was one of the most respected residents of the city and county and will long be remembered.
Her maiden name was Mary Fleming. She was born March 16, 1831 at (Athlone sp?), Queen County Ireland and crossed the ocean in 1849. Having located in the United states, she married in Valatie, NY in 1862 to John Kennedy. They removed to Iowa in 1863, settling at Oxford, where they made their home until 1893. Two decades ago they came to this city, and within the shadow of the Old Capitol they spent their declining days, residing here until both were called beyond.
To the worthy couple nine children were born. These were Mrs. Bridget Clear, Holbrook, Ia; Mrs. Elizabeth Scanlon, Oxford; Mrs. Catherine Cooney, Parnell; John and James, Oxford; Mrs. Mary Scanlon, Chicago; the Misses Margaret and Ellen at the family residence in Iowa City; and Michael who preceded his parents to the other shore.
The funeral took place Saturday morning, January 24, at St. Patricks Church. The internment was at Oxford, where the mourned women will sleep beside her husband who called home six years ago.
Mrs. Kennedy was a truly good and love-worthy woman, whose friends are they who knew her best and can testify most earnestly and truthful to her many rare qualities. She will long be remembered.
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