John Lahiff (1843 - 1919)

John Lahiff
1843 - 1919
updated June 09, 2019
John Lahiff was born in 1843. He was born to John Lahive and Bridget Ronayne. He was baptized in County Clare. John died on May 1, 1919 at 76 years of age. We know that John Lahiff had been residing in Dixon Street, in Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island United States.

John Lahiff was a peasant Herder taking care of cattle in the Burren of County Clare most of his life. In 1873, he came to America with his mother and four young children entering through Castle Garden. He returned to Ireland minus one son who died in Providence, Rhode Island but having gained a baby daughter there as well. They returned to the Burren and continued to have children. In his late 50’s he again attempted to relocate his family to America, entering through Ellis Island in 1889. This time they remained in Newport, Rhode Island near his sisters Margaret and Honora. He lived out the remainder of his life there and died in 1919 never knowing his grandchildren would make great accomplishments as business people, Tavern owners, and even Broadway stars with one becoming the first to sing and dance in a talkie movie.

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Dixon Street, in Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island United States
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St Columba's Catholic Cemetery, 465 Brown's Ln, in Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island United States 02842
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John Lahiff died on May 1, 1919 at 76 years old. He was buried in St Columba's Catholic Cemetery, Middletown, Rhode Island. John was born in 1843. He was born to John Lahive and Bridget Ronayne. We know that John Lahiff had been residing in Dixon Street, in Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island United States.
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In 1843, in the year that John Lahiff was born, on March 21st, the world didn't end! It was the first time that Baptist preacher William Miller predicted the Second Coming - he kept predicting it until his death in 1849.

In 1854, by the time he was merely 11 years old, on May 30th, the Kansas–Nebraska Act became law. The act created both the Kansas Territory and the Nebraska Territory, which would determine for themselves if they would be pro-slavery or free. Both territories allowed slavery but it caused contention within the territories.

In 1865, he was 22 years old when on April 9th, Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Union Army at Appomattox Court House. Lee's surrender led to a series of surrenders in the Confederacy and in 1866 President Johnson issued a "Proclamation—Declaring that Peace, Order, Tranquility, and Civil Authority Now Exists in and Throughout the Whole of the United States of America".

In 1898, at the age of 55 years old, John was alive when on March 24th, Robert Allison of Pennsylvania became the first person to buy an American-built car. He bought a Winton, which he had seen in an advertisement in Scientific American. The Winton, built in Ohio, was made by hand and came with a leather roof, padded seats, gas lamps, and tires made by B.F. Goodrich.

In 1919, in the year of John Lahiff's passing, in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

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