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Mehegan's in Boston ca 1875
Posted by: John Berchmans Barrett (ID *****0981) Date: May 15, 2006 at 16:30:59
In Reply to: Mehegan's in Boston ca 1875 by Liz Sullivan McCrary of 180

Charles Mehegan 1875 and his daughter Mary Theresa Mehegan Sullivan born 1852, son Richard 1881

To: Liz
I have a good deal of information on Charles Mehegan died 1868 in railroad accident - built RR to Concord NH. His wife Catherine Barrett [sister of my great-grandfather] born Ireland died 1863 and they had three children Robert 1848, Mary married constable Barry Sullivan, and Charles W. Mehegan 1857-1911 letter carrier wife Sullivan, five children including Leonora Carty of Milton 1901- and Eileen Brennan of Quincy Ma 1904. [two youngest, who had two chidren each - others no children .]

Robert Joseph born about 1848 New Hampshire died 1916
wife Freeman three surviving children Elizabeth 1880 - 1978 first husband Pieper died second marriage to Joseph Hoarde lived in Waltham three surviving children : Julia Hoade Maloney born 1913 was living in Waltham in 2002 five children many grand and great
and Mary Hoarde Brooks two children and Robert Hoarde b. 1920 unmarried died about 2001.

Mary Theresa Mehegan b. 1852 who married Barry Sullivan of 561 Sixth St. South Boston, and died in childbirth 1884 leaving two older daughters who never married, though they lived into their eighties in Jamaica Plain Boston Ma, and Richard Barry Sullivan born October 1880 who lived into his nineties spending time in Philadelphia playing baseball perhaps professionally, some time in Laramie Wyoming, and then real estate in Reseda California where he had five or six children including attorney Roger Sullivan who at one time represented in Los Angeles diocese in some legal matters and later was an attorney for the Southern Pacific Railway.
Mary Theresa Mehegan 1852-1884 was Barry Sullivan's second wife. He lived to 1892, and his son went west after his decease. He had children by his first wife also, and one of his daughters by the first marriage married Dr. Devine of South Boston who delivered my father in 1888. A descendant of his couple Mrs. Clement Kennedy of Swampscott about 1972 provided some recollections and information.

I knew most of these people in the 1970s. I have written this from memory and may have minor corrections. There were also "double cousins" as Mehegan brothers from Ballyheedy Ballinhassig county Cork Charles the elder and John born about 1830 died 1873 married sisters Kate and ELlen Barrett who were my father's father's paternal aunts/ ELlen Barrett Mehegan moved around 1880 to East Third ST., Cambridge MA died January 1895.
She lost several babies but had a daughter Mrs. Craig who lived to 1920s and had a daughter unmarried, and both families had sons named Robert Joseph Mehegan. John and ELlen had a son Robert Joseph Mehegan 1857-1925 who was a printer at Boston Herald newspaper and wrote down some basic family history for his son Robert Joseph Mehegan junior 1894-1933 who worked in the US Federal Land Officer in Evanston Wyoming 1910 - 1912 and visited immigrant relations in San Francisco Ocrober 1911 keeping a useful diary. Robert junior married Elvira LaRivere whose father worked on the railroad in Evanston - they were descended from the mother of Maquis de Lafayette who aided George Washington in the revolution. Just now I ran across an item that indicates that Charles Mehegan of Ballyheedy father of Mary Theresa Mehegan advertised from 102 Sea St. Boston in 1848 to find another brother Jeremiah Mehegan who emigated 1847 to Montreal Quebec on liner "Scotland". The "printer's" family consistently spell the name "Mehegan" but the family of Charles Mehegan and Kate Barrett use variable spellings such as "Mehigan". The 'printer' said he was related to Mary Theresa Mehegan of Ballinhassig whose parents went to New York and then she had ten chldren by the Canadian railroad man James J. Hill who settled in Minneapolis and developed the Great Northern railroad. They lived near the Minneapolis cathedral and though himself Protestant made very generous contributions to his wife's church. This is from memory - there may be corrections. I knew these people well. Paul Mehegan of 6621 Berquist Drive Canoga Park CA may be living born 1931. At last report Julia Hoarde Maloney born February 1913 was living at property in Waltham owned by her grandson Christopher Bagnall. Her grandfather was the elder brother of Mary Theresa Mehegan and the first child born to the Mehegans in USA
--John B. Barrett Forks WA 98331

REPLIES if possible should be to John Barrett <> which I check very frequently for incoming mail. I use <> to send photos and visual materials, but I do not have access to it during college vacations particularly in summer. So for best results send messages to John Barrett <>

See website with Barrett family memoir of Navy life WW1-2 "RED HEADED STEPCHILD" principal author Sophie Meranski Barrett 1901-87 in collaboration with John Barrett jr. Website also has family history and travel material, materials on Mount Holyoke and Harvard and Gallaudet Colleges,Roxbury Latin, Pi Eta club,& writing on science,human rightsby- John Berchmans Barrett jr

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