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 James Joseph Kennedy

James Joseph Kennedy

County Sligo, Ireland
Death 13 Dec 1926 (aged 60)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Graves 43, 44, 45, 46, Range 18, Section 1
Memorial ID 7611406 · View Source
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James Joseph Kennedy (1866-1926) emigrated from County Sligo, Ireland to New York City, New York, United States in 1885. He worked as a plasterer and he died at site of Chrysler Building in 1926. (b. July 1866; County Sligo, Ireland - d. December 13, 1926; 43 Street and Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA)

James was born in County Sligo, Ireland to Richard Kennedy (c1830-c1871) and Mary Malloy (1830-1901).

He was born on July 1866 in County Sligo, Ireland. His birth date comes from the 1900 US census.

His siblings include: Mary Kennedy (1866-1949) who married a Brennan, and died in Cincinnati in Ohio; Patrick Kennedy (c1865-1938); and Thomas Kennedy (c1865-1929).

James may have emigrated from County Sligo, Ireland to the United States on May 31, 1886, aboard the ship Umbria, by way of Liverpool, England. He then lived in New York City.

It is not known when he became a United States citizen.

Around 1895 he married Katherine Carr (1865-1951) of Ireland. Katherine was the daughter of Thomas Carr (c1840-?) and Bridget Conboy (c1840-?) of Hollygrove, Athleague, Killeroran on the County Roscommon and County Galway border.

Katherine and James had seven children with five living to adulthood: Kathryn Kennedy (1897-1974) aka Sis Kennedy, who married Joseph O'Malley (1893-1985) who was the uncle of Walter Francis O'Malley (1903-1979) the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1950 to 1979; Mary Frances Kennedy (1898-1982) who married Walter M. Hill (1893-1965) who was a taxi driver and movie projectionist; Josephine Kennedy (1899-1900) aka Sarah Kennedy, who died as an infant; Thomas Kennedy (1901-1972) who never married; James Gerard Kennedy I (1902-1903) who died as an infant; Joseph Kennedy (1905-1983) who never married; and James Gerard Kennedy II (1907-1997) aka James G. Kennedy, Sr. who married Antoinette Granato (1916-1942) and who later married Rita Masset and was the owner of an eponymous construction company.

Harlem, New York:
In 1900 James and Katherine were living on 8th Street in the Harlem district of Manhattan, Katherine was listed as "Kate Kennedy" and James was working as a plasterer. In 1910 they were living at 1811 Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem. In 1920 they were living at West 160th Street in Harlem, and he was working as a plasterer. Katherine is listed as "Katherine Kennedy".

James died of heart attack at the future site of the Chrysler Building in Manhattan on December 13, 1926. He was 61 years old. His death certificate was number "30722". The groundbreaking for the Chrysler Building was two years later, on September 19, 1928.

He was buried at Saint Raymonds Cemetery in the Bronx with Katherine and two of his children that died as infants: Sarah Josephine Kennedy; and James Gerard Kennedy I.

James Joseph Kennedy (1866-1926) was married to the great-grandaunt of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ).

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on June 23, 2003. Updated on July 8, 2015 correcting his migration information.


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  • Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
  • Added: 23 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7611406
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Joseph Kennedy (Jul 1866–13 Dec 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7611406, citing Saint Raymond's Cemetery (New), Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (contributor 46580804) .