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Bridget "Betsy" McCarthy Sheehan
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Birth: May 15, 1834
Feohanagh
County Limerick, Ireland
Death: Oct. 25, 1922
Antioch
Lake County
Illinois, USA

Mrs. Bridget Sheehan, an old settler and pioneer of Lake county, Ill., has answered the final summons. She died early on Wednesday morning, Oct. 25th, 1922, at the ripe old age of 88 years, five months and 10 days. She had out lived the alotted span by many years, yet she retained her faculties almost unimpaired to the last. To us, her children, she was the same dear loving mother she had always been.

She was the daughter of Daniel and Margaret (Welch) McCarthy and was born in the town of Feohanna, County of Limerick, Ireland, May 15th, 1834. She was the last surviving member of a family of ten children, one sister, Mrs. Margaret Slevin, having preceded her in death by just one year to the day, at the advanced age of ninety years. Two brothers and two sisters, who died early in life and her father, lie buried in Black Water cemetery in Ireland's soil. In the month of May in the year 1848, at the age of 14, she, with her widowed mother, one brother and three sisters, took passage on a sailing vessel bound for America, a new and untried land. After five weeks of a rough and stormy voyage they landed in New York harbor, where they were met by her brother William, who had preceded them by one year to New York city. They traveled by stage to Albany and Hebron, N.Y., where they spent some time visiting relatives and thence by boat they made their way by way of the Great Lakes to Kenosha. They were met there by their uncle, James Welch, with a lumber wagon and ox team. He brought them to his farm near Millburn, the place she was ever afterward to call home.

On November 4, 1855 she was married to Daniel Sheehan. To this union was born seven children, four boys and three girls, two boys died in early infancy and one daughter, Mrs. Goodsil Gail, Jane. 15, 1912. Those left to mourn are William and Eugene Sheehan of Lake Villa, Mrs. Leroy Fairman of Antioch and Mrs. Hutchinson of Libertyville, twenty grand-children and nineteen great-grand-children.

Soon after her marriage her husband purchased her uncles farm and it was here her children were born and grew to manhood and womanhood. It was here also her husband died Jan. 4, 1882, preceding her in death nearly forty-one years. This good woman came from sturdy old Irish stock and it was no uncommon thing for her to start out and walk a distance of seven miles to Mill Creek to church on Sunday monring, in those pioneer days when horses were scarce and ox teams were slow. She saw Lake County develop from the days of the log house and ox team to its present stage of palatial homes and rapid transportation. She also saw the little fram church established at Mill Creek and the little cemetery laid out close by, where she has been laid out to rest by the side of the loved ones gone before. And, incidentaly, the first person buried in this cemetery was her husband's uncle, John Sheehan, some seventy years ago. She loved to read, and her favorite books were the lives of the saints in separate volumes, and especially the life of the Blessed Virgin, a book she read through from cover to cover no less than four times, and from which she asked one of her daughters to read a certain chapter on the Sunday before she died. It is safe to say that one of her greatest sorrows in her declining years was the fact that failing health and the infirmities of old age made it impossible for her to attend mass.

To this good old Christian mother, we, her children, owe the heritage of an abiding faith, our pleasures were her pleasures, our sorrows were her sorrows. We loved our mother and she loved us.

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Daniel Sheehan (1831 - 1882)*
 
 Children:
  William Henry Sheehan (1857 - 1940)*
  Catherine Amelia Sheehan Gail (1859 - 1912)*
  Michael Sheehan (1861 - 1865)*
  Margaret Sheehan Hutchinson (1864 - 1941)*
  Michael Sheehan (1866 - 1866)*
  James Eugene Sheehan (1867 - 1950)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Saint Patrick's Cemetery
Lake County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Suze
Record added: Jun 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27545794
Bridget Betsy <i>McCarthy</i> Sheehan
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Bridget Betsy <i>McCarthy</i> Sheehan
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