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 Michael Patrick Hynes

Michael Patrick Hynes

Ardrahan, County Galway, Ireland
Death 26 Jun 1931 (aged 65)
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Section A, Lot 240
Memorial ID 175488266 · View Source
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Michael P Hynes was born in the Ballylara area of Ardrahan, Co Galway Ireland on September 28 (some sources note September 30) 1865 to Patrick Hynes and Bridget Carty. At age 20, Michael sailed on the SS Prussian from Galway to Boston arriving in the United States on June 28, 1886. Michael was initially destined for Waltham but ended up living in Watertown and finding employment as a stone mounter.

Five years later on August 8, 1891 Michael became an American citizen. The following spring, on June 1, 1892 at age 27 Michael married Mary A Tannian in Waltham, MA by Fr. John A Daley.

In June 1900 at age 34 while working at a foundry Michael was renting an apartment at 42 Irving Street in Watertown, MA for his wife Mary and four children Agnes (age 7), Frank (age 5), Walter (age 2), and Cecelia (6 months).

By April 1910, Michael and family had moved to 1 Royal Street in Watertown that they rented and shared with 16yo Agnes, 15yo Frank, 12yo Walter, 10yo Cecilia and 5yo John Leo. Michael was now a foreman at the Crawford Stove foundry in East Watertown.

By the spring of 1920, Michael had realized the dream of owning his own home when he purchased the house at 105 Riverside Drive in Watertown where he and Mary would ultimately reside until they each later passed away in the home. Michael and Mary's four 20-something adult children also continued to live at home along with their younger teenage brother John Leo.

After all their children finally left home, in 1930 Michael and Mary welcomed their niece and nephew Mary (age 22) and James (age 21) Flanagan (daughter and son of Michael's younger sister Cecelia Hynes Flanagan and brother-in-law John Flanagan) to stay with them in their home on Franklin street when the arrived from from Ireland earlier that year.

Michael was production manager at the Crawford Range & Stove Foundry in Watertown. He was noted for giving jobs to "greenhorns". In 1978, Walter Terry Hynes was visiting the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum near Fenway Park where many of the security guards and guides were retired Boston cops. He was talking with one, who was one of Grandfather Michael Hynes' "greenhorns" when he first left Ireland and before he was hired onto the police force.

One of Michael's grandchildren later recalled that "Papa" always wore a collar and necktie, he associated that as success in the new world. His naturalization certificate lists him as a laborer. His death certificate lists him as a Production Manager. By any criteria, he had improved his and his family's lot in life.

Michael passed away in his home at age 65 on June 26, 1931 after contracting Broncho-Pneumonia in early May.

Written by Jean E Hynes in 1988 and Patrick J Hynes in 2017.

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