Sarah (nee Collins) Shaughnessy

Richard O'Keefe
Sarah COLLINS was born in Ireland about 1824 according to her death record or 1833 according to the 1900 census or even later from the 1880 census. In 1862, she was living in Cleveland, Ohio. She married James SHAUGHNESSY in Cleveland on May 11, 1862 shortly after his first wife died. Their marriage license shows her name as Jean Collins. James eldest son, David enlisted in the Union Army and fought during the Civil War. James other son, also named James, ran away from home in 1864 at the age of sixteen and got a job shoeing horses for the Confederate Army at Nashville, Tennessee. After the civil war was over in 1865, the younger James returned to Cleveland staying only a short while before he enlisted in the United States Army in 1865 to go to fight Indians in Wyoming. James and Sarah had two more children. Apparently, James and Sarah moved to Marion, Ohio before Margaret was born November 14, 1865. Finally, John Thomas was born January 29, 1869. When John was born his father was 49 and his mother was about 45. His sibling's ages were David 26, James 21, Mary 13, all half-brothers and sisters and his sister Margaret was 4. Apparently, the Margaret born about 1855 died as a child.

The family moved back to Cleveland, Ohio in 1880 after working for the railroad. Sarah's husband, James died August 30, 1883 at the age of 63 after 21 years of marriage. Sarah had her youngest son John sign the burial receipt for his father's burial at St. John's Cemetery. Margaret moved out west to Colorado probably living with her half-brother James and his family in Hugo.

Between 1880 and 1896 Sarah and her son John moved at least seven times before settling on 92 Lindus that would later be renamed 1390 East 90th Street. John from age 20 to 27 was listed in the City Directory as a painter or wood finisher. Sarah's daughter, Mary, who lived in Cleveland, got married May 31, 1888. Her other daughter, Margaret, living in Colorado was married on December 31, 1888. Mary had two children and Margaret had five. However, Sarah's daughter Mary died May 8, 1895 at the young age of 38. This left her two children under the age of six to be raised without their mother.

Sarah's youngest son, John, married Louise Blondin on May 27, 1896 and lived in his own home with his wife for about a year before the couple moved in and began living with his mother. Their first child, Adele, was born April 17, 1897. Nina, their second child was born in March 1900. Unfortunately, Nina died when she was only 17 months old. Louise gave birth to a boy February 3, 1902 but he only lived three hours. John and Louise had two more children, Lawrence and Marion. According to the City Directory in1904/5, Sarah lived at a different address. Was this a mistake or was she living somewhere getting nursing care? Sarah had 9 grandchildren when she died of pneumonia in her home at 1390 E. 90th St. N. E. in Cleveland, Ohio January 10, 1907 at the age of 73. Her funeral was from St. Thomas Aquinas church at 8:30 a. m. Saturday morning. She was buried next to her husband, daughter and two grandchildren in St. John's Cemetery (part 10 range 5 section 2 No. 5).
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