Mary Kelly 1855

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Mary (Kelly) Limna was born c 1855 in County Armagh, Ireland to James Kelly [b. c. 1805, d?] and Mary Conley [b 1813 Armagh, d 1911 Wyandotte Michigan].  

On 7 Feb 1875 Mary Kelly was married to Edward Patrick Limna of Newry, in the Newry Cathedral by Priest Rev. Fr. Bernard O'Hagan.  The witnesses were Patrick O'Hare & Margaret Fegan.  Both signed with an "X." [ Ireland, Civil Registration Marriages Index, 1845-1958].  Edward and Mary resided the Townland of Shinn, Co. Down, Ireland for the remainder of their lives.

Edward and Mary had 10 children all born in Co. Down: James Limna b. Newry 1875-?; Ellen “Ellie” (Limna) Conlon, b. Newry 1877-?, wife of Richard Conlon 1871-1937 Ireland; Patrick Limna/Limina b. Shinn, Co. Down 1880 d 1949 Detroit MI, husband of Mary Conlon 1893-1978;  Edward Lmna/Limina b. Shinn, Co. Down  d 1941 Detroit MI, unmarried; Thomas Limna/Limina b. Newry 1886 d. 1985 Detroit MI; Felix Limna b Newry 1886 d. Newry 1890, infant death; Peter Limna/Limina b. Newry 1890 d. 1972 East Detroit MI, husband of Mary Ward [Co. Louth 1893-1978 East Detroit, MI; John Limna/Limina b. Newry 1892 d. 1973 Detroit MI; May (Limna) Clifford b. Newry c. 1894 d.?, wife of William Clifford.

The Shinn, Newry Parish 1901 (Census returns) states:  Mary Limina, Head, 46 yrs. Farmer/Widow Birthplace Co. Armagh; Patrick Limina son 20 Birthplace Co. Down; Minnie [Mary] Limina dau. 18 yrs Birthplace Co. Down; Peter Limina son 11 yrs Birthplace Co. Down; James Limina son Birthplace Co. Down; John Joseph Limina son 9 yrs; Margt Finnagan, visitor 60 yrs Birthplace Co. Louth.

The Shinn, Newry Parish 1911 (Census returns) states: Mary Limina, Head, 68 yrs. Widow; Peter Limina son 20 yrs; John Joseph Limina son 18 yrs; Ellen Conlan dau 34 yrs married; Mary Conlan G’dau 9 yrs; Ellen Conlan G’dau 7 yrs; Patrick Jas. G’son 5 yrs.; * 10 children born, 8 children living. 

Mary died 30 Nov 1922. According to her granddaughter Mary Margaret (Limina) Witt, her grandmother died of cancer at her home in Shinn, Co. Down.  Mary was interred 2 Dec 1922 at St. Colman’s Catholic Church cemetery. The family burial plot at Shinn no longer exists per visit 14 July 2016, with tour by Mrs. Mary B. Digney.  Diocese confirmed her burial there.

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Date of Birth 1855 (circa)  
Date of Death 30th Nov 1922  
Associated Building (s) St. Colman's Catholic Church & Parochial House  



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