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Henrietta "Nettie" McCarthy Connor
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Birth: Mar. 31, 1870
Wood County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: May 1, 1927
Wisconsin Rapids
Wood County
Wisconsin, USA


Nettie had two beautiful families - her birth family of 11 McCarthy siblings, and the family of 6 children she had with her husband.

Nettie McCarthy was married to James Connor in July of 1892. Her maternal grandfather Tom McCormick died the same year. He lived in Kansas, but may have been visiting Wisconsin Rapids, as he is buried there next to his wife Rose, who died in 1907. Tom had been born in northern Ireland, near the town of Ballycastle on the Antrim coast. He was the only grandfather the McCarthy children really knew, as their paternal grandfather Patrick McCarthy died in 1870.

James Connor had first been married in 1885 to one of Nettie's first cousins, Anna "Annie" Catherine Boylan, the daughter of her father John McCarthy's older sister Katherine "Kate" McCarthy Boylan. Anna had died in childbirth, and her baby died a few months later.

Nettie and James had 23 years together. Nettie delivered their firstborn, Louise Ann, in the summer of 1893, a year after the wedding. Louise Ann was named for her maternal and paternal grandmothers according to Irish custom.

record title: Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930
groom's name: James Conner
bride's name: Nettie McCarthy
marriage date: 11 Jul 1892
marriage place: Wood, Wisconsin
groom's father's name: Charles Conner
groom's mother's name: Annie Conlin

record title: Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930
groom's name: James Conner
groom's birthplace: Briggsville, WI
bride's name: Katherine Anna Boylan
marriage date: 23 Nov 1885
marriage place: Kingston, Green Lake, Wisconsin
groom's father's name: Charles Conner
groom's mother's name: Anna Conley
bride's father's name: Peter Boylan
bride's mother's name: Kate McCarthy

Nettie and James settled in the town of Thorp, Wisconsin, not far from Wisconsin Rapids. They had six children, but lost one, the eldest boy Charles, in 1904 at age 8 of unknown causes. Nettie delivered her last child George the same year. Two girls and three boys reached adulthood, but tragically only the girls would survive to their old age.

Nettie's husband James died unexpectedly in 1915, following an abdominal surgery. Nettie was 45, and her oldest child was 22 and her youngest 11. The same year Nettie's oldest niece Lyda LeMense, the daughter of Nettie's sister Hattie, gave birth to her firstborn Charlotte, who was the first great-grandchild of John and Louise McCarthy, born before Louise died at the end of 1916.

After the death of James, sometime between 1915 and 1920 Nettie moved from Thorp back into Wisconsin Rapids, presumably to be closer to her sisters Ella, Hattie and Lizzie and their families.

Sadly Nettie's younger sister Laura tragically died of appendicitis in the Spring of 1916, leaving two small boys. A month later Nettie's eldest Louise married. The wedding may have been a large Irish family reunion, and may have been attended by Louise's ailing maternal grandmother, the family matriarch Louise McCormick McCarthy who then died a few months later in December of 1916 at the age of 70, just 10 years after the passing of both her husband John McCarthy and her own mother Rose Ray McCormick. Years later, Louise's sister Mary McCormick Belanger, and the sisters' maternal aunt of the same approximate age Sarah Ray Hamilton, were the longest lived and last survivors of Louise's immediate family when they passed away in the late 1930's.

In 1919 and 1920 Nettie's last McCarthy aunts, Mary Anne and Elizabeth who had both been born in Canada, died at ages 77 and 80 in Wisconsin. This ended Nettie's connection with her McCarthy ancestral history. Nettie saved many family photos, and passed that collection down to her firstborn Louise Anne, who took it with her to Los Angeles, CA in 1929.

In the 1920 Wisconsin Rapids census, Nettie owns a home at 647 Third St. South just a few blocks from the home she grew up in, and is living with her children, Ronald, Beatrice, George and a boarder Edward Gilberts. Nettie's firstborn Louise Anne was married and rearing her own children, and 18 year old James was in the Navy. Also in 1920 Nettie received the sad news that her 34 year old maternal first cousin Clementine Ruggles had been murdered in Seattle during a robbery.

The following year in 1921 Nettie's sister Hattie died unexpectedly of a stroke at the age of just 54, leaving 5 young adult children and a little 6 year old granddaughter Charlotte. Hattie had diabetes, but unfortunately the drug insulin had not been invented yet, arriving on the market not long after Hattie's passing. Nettie was thus left with three surviving sisters - Ella, Lizzie, and Lenore.

Nettie's daughter Beatrice eventually became a schoolteacher and married. Sometime prior to 1927 Nettie's son George moved alone to Los Angeles, CA where he worked in a retail department store. He was joined there in 1929 by his married sister Louise.

Nettie's son James joined the Navy in 1920 at age 17-18, returning to town a few years later. James married by the age of 20, and he and his wife had a son in 1922, Richard James (b. 1922-d.1980 age 58). After the happy year of 1922, the year 1923 brought another new baby for James and his wife, a daughter named Marilyn.

The year 1923 brought sadness for one of James's first cousins the same age who was injured in an accident. One of Nettie's nephews, Russell McGrogan, the son of Nettie's sister Lizzie, unexpectedly died in January 1924 at the age of about 22, maybe partly of the later consequences of a paper mill accident in 1923, which had irreparably damaged a foot.

In 1925, further tragedy befell Nettie, when her oldest living son, Ronald, was struck and killed by lightning while fishing with friends. One of the two grown sons of her sister Laura also died the same year. Sadly Nettie died unexpectedly of a stroke two years later, in 1927 at age 57.

James had another daughter in 1928, Beatrice Louise (who died at age 1 of pneumonia a year after Nettie's own passing in 1927), and at some point a son named Robert. James's marriage was apparently troubled, and he was later jailed in the early 1930's for failing to support his children.

After Nettie's passing, her youngest two children, James and George, both died of tragic accidents. James was shot and killed by a policeman near Wisconsin Rapids in 1933, and George died in an accident near Los Angeles in 1949. James was divorced and left behind his 3 surviving children; George was unmarried and left no children.

Nettie's firstborn Louise Connor Bogumill, who moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1929 with her husband, had 2 girls and 2 boys. Both of her sons served in World War II, and one, George Bogumill, was killed in France during the war, leaving no children. Her unmarried brother George, who also lived in Los Angeles, died in an accidental fall from a cliff at Lake Elsinore in 1949.

Nettie's youngest daughter Beatrice Connor Dooley (husband George) seems to have had no children, though this is unconfirmed in 2014. Beatrice lived out her life in the Milwaukee area, dying there in 1991 at the age of 92, apparently having lost all touch with her two surviving nieces and one nephew through her sister Louise, and the two surviving sons and one daughter of her brother James, who had all been born in the 1920's and 30's.

When Beatrice died in 1991, she was likely the very last of the McCarthy grandchildren born around the turn of the century who actually personally knew both of their grandparents John and Louise McCarthy well. There were grandchildren younger than Beatrice born to some of Beatrice's McCarthy aunts and uncles between 1910 and 1942. By 1945 all of Beatrice's McCarthy aunts and uncles were gone, except uncle George, who lived in Milwaukee with his wife and four adult and teen offspring.

Children :

1. Louise Ann----b. July 25, 1893
2. Charles E.--------b. 1896, d. 1904
3. Ronald "Doc"------------b. 1898, d. 1925
4. Beatrice A--------b. 7.28.1899, d. 6.17.1991
5. James F ---------b. 12.21.1901, d. 5.17.1933
6. George Eugene-----------b. 1904

Name: Beatrice A. Dooley (age 92)
SSN: 397-46-
Last Residence: 53186 Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States of America
Born: 28 Jul 1899
Died: 17 Jun 1991
State (Year) SSN issued: Wisconsin (1963)



THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 05/05/1927
Connor, Nettie (31 Mar 1870 - 1 May 1927)

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Mrs. James Connor died at the home of L. P. Walsdorf in this village (Thorp, Clark County, wis.) at an early hour on Sunday last, following a stroke of apoplexy suffered the evening previous. Nettie McCarthy was born at Wis. Rapids, March 31, 1870, and was united in marriage to James Connor of this village on July 11, 1892. Mr. Connor passed away on March 29, 1915. Deceased moved to Wis. Rapids several years ago and at the time of her death was paying relatives and friends here a visit.

She ran the journey of her life in fifty-seven years, one month and one day. It is a path marked with kindness and cheer. Truth was the inspiration of her life and by kindness she exemplified its great worth.

Among us all she ranked always as a woman of culture, refinement, sympathy, a kind neighbor, devoted mother and a true friend.

Deceased leaves to mourn her sudden death, four children, Mrs. Wm. A. Bogumill of Mellen, Wis., Mrs. Beatrice Dooley of Milwaukee, James of Wis. Rapids and George of Los Angeles, Calif. Two sons, Charley, died in 1904 and Ronald in 1925.

Also the following brothers and sisters: E. T. McCarthy, Ed McCarthy, Mrs. Thomas McGrath and Mrs. W. J. McGrogan, of Wis. Rapids, Mrs. Paul Graw, Marcell McCarthy, of Milwaukee, John McCarthy of Balfour, N.D., and Justin McCarthy of Webster.

The funeral took place on Tuesday morning from St. Bernard's Church, Father A. M. Muckerheide officiating, interment following the services in the Catholic Cemetery.

Family links: 
  John William McCarthy (1837 - 1906)
  Louise Theresa McCormick McCarthy (1846 - 1916)
  James Connor (1860 - 1915)
  Charles E Connor (1896 - 1904)*
  Ronald J Connor (1899 - 1925)*
  James F Connor (1901 - 1933)*
  Ella L McCarthy McGrath (1865 - 1936)*
  Harriet McCarthy LeMense (1867 - 1921)*
  Henrietta McCarthy Connor (1870 - 1927)
  Elizabeth Ann McCarthy McGrogan (1871 - 1942)*
  John Franklin McCarthy (1875 - 1940)*
  Emmett Thomas McCarthy (1876 - 1944)*
  Laura E McCarthy Sheehan (1878 - 1916)*
  Edward Frederick McCarthy (1881 - 1941)*
  Marcelles Arthur McCarthy (1883 - 1943)*
  Justin Alphonso McCarthy (1885 - 1939)*
  Elenore Rose McCarthy Graw (1888 - 1943)*
  George Leonard McCarthy (1891 - 1964)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Bernard Cemetery
Clark County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: A-15-03
Created by: Deir
Record added: Jan 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46405791
Henrietta Nettie <i>McCarthy</i> Connor
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Henrietta Nettie <i>McCarthy</i> Connor
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