Elizabeth <I>Kennedy</I> Meagher

Elizabeth Kennedy Meagher

Death 20 Jun 1893 (aged 34–35)
Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 4, Lot 58 SEC
Memorial ID 95143723 · View Source
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Brother is Andrew W. Kennedy.

Sister of Cecilia Kennedy.

•See Annie Laurie Brockway Nevers.

1885 Minnesota State Census, County of Crow Wing, City of Brainerd:
Meagher     James, b. Ireland, 1849
                 Lizzie, b. Canada, 1856
                 Thomas, b. Canada, 1879
                 Julia, b. Canada, 1881
                 John, b. Minnesota 1883

                      Card of Thanks.

      I desire to sincerely thank the many friends who so kindly lent assistance during my recent bereavement, and especially would I return my heartfelt thanks to the A. O. H. [Ancient Order of Hibernians], the Board of Trade and Rev. Fr. Watry, for their acts of kindness. The remembrance of their acts will ever be cherished.
                             MRS. JAMES MEAGHER.

      The friends of Mrs. James Meagher are arranging for a benefit ball to take place May 23rd, the proceeds to go to that lady. (Brainerd Dispatch, 12 May 1893, p. 4, c. 3)

        Mother and Daughter Cremated.

      The Bunnell block in Duluth burned on Tuesday at Midnight and Mrs. James Meagher and daughter Celia were burned to death in the building together with several other people. Mrs. Meagher had just moved from Brainerd to Duluth having lived here for many years, and was engaged in the dressmaking business to gain a livelihood for herself and children. Her husband James Meagher was killed by the cars in this city four or five years ago, he being a member of the firm of Day and Meagher. Trouble seems to have followed her ever since her husband died, and her shocking death was a blow to the many friends in the city. The funeral occurs today from Losey & Dean's undertaking rooms, the services having been held in Duluth before the remains were sent here. The sister of the deceased, Mrs. Mary Conklin, lies at the point of death from a protracted illness. The Duluth News-Tribune says of the sad accident:
      Bright and early yesterday morning the ghastly work of searching among the black ruins for the bodies was begun, and the task was little more than begun, when the bodies of Mrs. Elizabeth Meagher and her small invalid daughter, Celia, were discovered in the south end of the ruins near where the stairs had been. It appears that the unfortunate woman, who occupied a room with her five children in the northwest corner of the building, had been wakened by a police officer when the fire broke out, and after starting her youngsters out, had attempted to save some of her effects. The children, all but Celia, finding exit impossible by the north stairway, went down the stairs on the other end of the building, but the mother and her little daughter never got out and were consumed in the flames. The body of Celia was found lying across that of her mother who had evidently raised her hands to keep the cruel flames from her face, as the members still remained in that position when the bodies were found. The frantic woman in her agony had bitten a huge bit of flesh from the back of her hand and the charred shreds still clung to her parted lips. The small girl was literally roasted, although her features were easily recognizable by those who knew her. Mrs. Meagher was about 35 years of age and supported her five children by taking in dressmaking, her husband having been killed several years ago in a railroad accident. The unfortunate woman had lately moved into the fated building from the Pastoret-Stenson block, and was getting along comfortably. Her children, three boys and a girl, will be cared for by her brother, A. C. Kennedy, No. 16 East Second street. (Brainerd Dispatch, 23 June 1893, p. 4, c. 5)

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  • Created by: A. Nelson
  • Added: 10 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 95143723
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Kennedy Meagher (1858–20 Jun 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 95143723, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by A. Nelson (contributor 47143984) .