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 John Enright

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John Enright

  • Birth 27 Apr 1837
  • Death 20 Jan 1909
  • Burial Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 19474171

On this ENRIGHT gravestone:

John Enright 1837-1909
Elizabeth O'Hara his wife 1841-1918
Requiescant In Pace Amen

Catherine Normile
Mother of John Enright [1837-1909]
[these are inaccurate dates for Catherine Normile Enright]

Joseph A. Enright 1875 - 1930
his wife
Anna C. Donna 1876-1962

Mary E. [Enright] 1861 - 1922
James E. Enright] 1872 - 1922
Sarah S. [Enright] 1873 - 1927

Elizabeth M. [Enright] 1901-1997
Josephine A. [Enright] 1913-2002
John Enright was from Glin, County of Limerick, Ireland. His mother was Catherine Normile, his father was Michael Enright.

John's obituary said that he emigrated with his mother and brothers, Michael and Thomas, and sister, Mary (married William Tierney) to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, when John was 10. That would be about 1847. But the 1900 U.S. Census said that John emigrated in 1850.

As told in the publication "Catholic Pittsfield and Berkshire," Tom Enright was born September 9, 1827 and died September 29, 1889. It said that Tom came over in 1847 to Albany, New York and a year later to Pittsfield.

According to the obituary of Michael Enright, Michael was born in 1830 and that he (Michael) emigrated in 1849.

We first see John's two older "Enwright" brothers, Thomas and Michael, ages 21 and 19, in Pittsfield in the 1850 Census. They were boarding with a family who had a 7 year old daughter. There were also three other young men boarding with the family.

Tom was working as a shoemaker, becoming a partner in the firm Burbank & Enright selling shoes. Michael was also a shoemaker in Pittsfield.

Later Tom's shoe business became Enright's Shoe Store in Pittsfield, and was eventually owned by Tom's nephew, John Henry Enright (1867-1942), son of this John Enright pictured right.

But we jump ahead of ourselves, John Henry Enright is of the next generation.

Anne (Nan) R. Mackie Enright Gustin was told by her father-in-law, John Henry Enright, information about his father, John: "He was not involved in the family shoe business [that was his brother Tom]. John was a carriage striper. He painted the fancy colorful gold stripes on carriages by hand. He was very artistic."

REGARDING the marriage of John Enright and Elizabeth O'Hara:
Probably without knowing the significance of the date in which 71 years earlier in 1789 George Washington was inaugurated as our first president, John and Betsey O'Hara Enright were wed on April 30, 1860 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The wedding was on a Monday conducted by the Catholic priest Rev. Peter A. Smith, Pastor [church's name unknown at this writing]. John Enright was 22 years old and Elizabeth O'Hara was listed as 19 years old. Both were residing in Bridgeport, listed "white," born in Ireland, and it's the first marriage for each. No occupation was listed, as was the case with all but one man on this page in the register. [SOURCE: Family History Library microfilm #1428469. Chris Snyder 2004.]

Oddly enough, in the 1860 U.S. Census 20 year old Elizabeth O'Hara was listed with her O'Hara family in the Bridgeport in June.

John and Elizabeth's first child, Mary, was born in 1861, probably in Bridgeport, Connecticut, then in 1862 they moved to Pittsfield where the other children were born.

The family grew quickly with:
Thomas N.,
Michael Francis,
John Henry, and
Catherine all born in that first decade.
They were soon joined by three more children:
Sarah, and
Joseph Enright.

On an 1875 Pittsfield city map, J. Enright, M. Enright, and M. Enright and T. Enright all living across the street from each other on West Street and River Road.

John and Elizabeth Enright resided at the corner of River Road at 131 West Street. It must've been fun on River Road having twenty-three first cousins romping around the neighborhood.

After more than 25 years of marriage in 1886 John Enright was the manager of the Pittsfield Carriage Company at 22 McKay Street.

We see in Catholic Pittsfield and Berkshire that John and Elizabeth O'Hara Enright's eldest child, Mary E. Enright was a soprano soloist at St. Joseph's Church in 1900.

John Enright died January 20, 1909 of prostate cancer. He was pre-deceased by his son [Michael] Frank Enright in 1907.
From The Berkshire County Eagle
Wednesday, January 20, 1909:

John Enright Dies Here At the Age of 71
Met Lincoln and Heard Him Speak – An Honorable and Kindly Citizen

John Enright, 71, died at his home, 302 West Street, this morning. Although he had been ailing several months, he was confined to his home but eight weeks.

Born in Glynn, Ireland, April 27, 1837, he came to America at the age of 10 and with his mother and two brothers and one sister, settled in Pittsfield, attending what is now Briggs School. He was the sole survivor of his family.

He was first employed by Groot & Potts, who were then conducting a carriage manufacturing business. They moved to Bridgeport, Conn., and he went there with them.

While in Bridgeport, in 1860 he married Miss Elizabeth O'Hara. Moving to Pittsfield in 1862 he has since resided here, and with the exception of a few years has lived on the site of his late home.

He has followed the carriage painting business and was employed by Ebenezer Dunham, Van Valkenb & Co., Cooley'' and since 1889 has been with H.G. West at the Pittsfield Carriage company.

He is survived by a widow and seven children, Mary E., Thomas N., John H. James E., Sarah S., Joseph A., all of this city and Mrs. John P. Casey of New Haven, Conn.

The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Joseph's church. Mr. Enright had missed few Sunday masses there since the edifice was built.

The going of Mr. Enright will bring regret to a great many people in this section, where he lived so long. Honest, straightforward, a gentle man, he made others his friends by being theirs. He enjoyed good company. His memory was remarkable and he had a fund of reminiscences about the men of the old and new Pittsfield.

In Bridgeport he had the pleasure of meeting Abraham Lincoln, then a candidate for the presidency, and hearing him speak. A rally was held in a tent as no hall in the city was large enough to accommodate the crowd. After the address hundreds of people, including Mr. Enright, shook hands with the great emancipator.

Mr. Enright had for others only words of praise. He never said the unkind thing. It was his custom to let that go. His was a long and sunny life and many will be the tributes that friends will pay his memory.

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  • Created by: Chris Enright Snyder
  • Added: 21 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19474171
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Enright (27 Apr 1837–20 Jan 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19474171, citing Saint Josephs Cemetery, Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Chris Enright Snyder (contributor 46910196) .