Catherine Kate Lahiff

Updated Jun 26, 2019
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on Jun 05, 2019 1:54 PM
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A photo of Catherine “Kate” Lahiff who was born in 1866 on board a ship that was in Australian waters, hence she always referred to herself as Australian but she was very much Irish. In her lifetime she traveled to Australia as a domestic servant, lived in Providence, Rhode Island as a helper to her aunt Honora Lahiff McMahon, and married Henry Stone of England settling in New York for the remainder of her life. She and her husband continued to travel making three trips abroad to England and France. They had four children including Cecil McClintock Stone, John Henry Stone, Charlotte Agnes Stone (Taylor) and Cyril Granville Stone. Her sorrow included losing John Henry at 18 months to meningitis and losing her oldest son Cecil when he disappeared in 1928. He was never heard from again. Some described her as somewhat cold and unloving but her childhood left little time for nurturing and she learned to deal with life in a matter of fact way. She did adore Cecil and had high hopes for him. She encouraged his musical talents and he was often featured in local talent shows. Her husband Henry was a keen business man and she never again experienced the poverty of her youth.
Date & Place: in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island United States
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Ancient Faces commented
Our great-grandmothers were such strong women!
Jun 26, 2019 · Reply
Read a whole bunch of dairies that had belonged to pioneer women for a research project. Over and over I would find the phrase, “Well, I made my bed. I have to lay in it.” Yes, they were strong.
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Kathryn Cox commented
Sounds very interesting
Jun 27, 2019 ·
Maureen Freeson commented
That,s exactly what my Grandmother used to say to me,,I am now 81yrs old.I really think it was their way of avoiding speaking about Taboo things, things better swept under the carpet !!Yes they were strong, many women today are strong as well, just look at the women who work full time, manage a house, husband, children,and help in their community. I take my hat off to them, WOMEN have always been strong,had to be !!mo
Jun 28, 2019 ·
Yes, I am 85 and both my mother and grandmother would use that saying. My grandmother was remarkably strong. When her sons went off to WWII and she was in her late 50’s with diabetes and ankles so turned from childhood rickets, she got a job in a defense factory standing at a machine all day. Then she went home did all her chores, made dinner for her and grandpa, did the dishes and ironing, mended or what ever else needed to be done. She did what needed to be done and that’s what women do, what has to be done
Jun 28, 2019 ·
Maureen Freeson commented
Janice , what a lady, I take my hat off to them all, Death today, is just a business ,like everything else,I am nearly 82yrs, remember kneeling ,with the other great grandchildren around her coffin,a tiny lady ,beautiful, with a mutch on her white curls,do any of you know what a "mutch" is ?Mo N.Z.
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Susan Schloss commented
My Mother's mother had 8 children. Two of them died as infants or toddlers. My Father's mother had 3 children. One died at the age of 2. That's the way life was then. No antibiotics, no knowledge of germs, etc.
Jul 14, 2019 ·
They were strong old school and they took no such c*** from anyone . The Titanic rings a bell!!!
Jun 26, 2019 · Reply
Susan Jacobsen commented
That’s all any of us can do really...
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Nancy Norton commented
One of my great grandmothers had 10 boys and lost one as an infant. She was a tough bird. I was afraid of her when I was 16 when she died.
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Beth Pritchard commented
They had a much more rational attitude toward death. Today we pretend it doesn't exist and then act shocked when someone kicks off. 🤔
Jun 26, 2019 · Reply
My grandmother had two of her children die before she ever had a child (my Dad) live to maturity. She also lived through her husbands death when he was only 42 years old ... electrocuted in the coal mines leaving her with 4 children to bring up alone.
Then her much loved son, 16-year-old son died on the way to the hospital of an appendicitis.
Special lady ❤️
Jun 26, 2019 · Reply
Read a whole bunch of dairies that had belong to pioneer women for a research project. Over and over I would find the phrase, “Well, I made my bed. I have to lay in it.” Yes, they were strong.
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