Michael Joseph Kelly 1881

Place of migration:
Migrated to/Born in USA

Michael Joseph Kelly of Carrigeenagappul, Roscommon was born September 25, 1881, as recorded in the parish baptismal record (Sponsors: Patrick Flanagan & Margaret Conry).  His civil birth record states the date as February 28, 1882.  The discrepancy might be attributed to a delay in reporting his birth possibly for financial reasons.  

His parents were Thomas Kelly and Elizabeth Beirne of Carrigeenagappul.  He was the 7th child and 4th son of 9 children: (Siblings: Mary Ann, Brigid [Delia] + Winifred [twins], James, Stephen, Thomas, Patrick, and Luke. 

His grandparents were James Kelly and Anne Leneghan, who are listed as tenants (2a) in Griffiths Valuation 1847-'64 of Carrigeenagappul, Kilcooley Parish, agent, Joseph Kincaid.

In the Census of 1901 (at the age 19), he is recorded as residing in the home of Maria Sharkey of Main Street, Elphin, Roscommon and is an apprentice in her shop.

Michael immigrates on May 9, 1903, to the USA landing at Ellis Island, New York from Cobh (Queenstown) aboard the Cedric.  The manifest lists his home as Strokestown, Roscommon and states that he is going to his sister, Winifred's home, at 324 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY.

He finds employment as a clerk at Butler's Grocer in Tuckahoe (Bronx), New York.  

On July 19, 1917, Michael enlists in the National Guard, Co "J" 69th New York Infantry (Fighting 69th/ Irish Brigade) Grade: Private at NYC, NY in response to President's call to service of July 3, 1917. He is mustered into Federal Service on July 24, 1917, at NYC and with the declaration of war by the USA, his regiment is now part of the US Army.  In November 1917, he is honorably discharged due to injury.

On November 28, 1922, he marries Mary Froehlich of Westbury, New York at St. Brigid Church.  Mary's family is a well-known farming family of German heritage.  

Michael owns "Kelly's Grocers" of Post Avenue and later Maple Avenue, Westbury, New York.  He caters to local families and also specializes in offering gourmet goods to the estates (Chrysler, Whitney, Phipps) in Old Westbury. His grocery store prospers. 

He resides with his family on Butler Street in Westbury, NY.  His first child, Michael, Jr. is born in 1923 followed by Rosemary, Catherine, James, and John (Joe).

In 1932, he catches the mumps from his children and develops severe complcations. He is unable to work at his shore for over 2 months.  He returns to his stop on May 11th, which is just before the first birthday of his infant son, and becomes so sick that he returns home and dies. In his obituary found in the "Westbury Times", he is remembered for his kindness and generosity to war veterans and their families.  It states that he donated food baskets to veterans experiencing hardships and would not allow them to go hungry.

Additional Information
Date of Birth 25th Sep 1881 VIEW SOURCE
Date of Death 11th May 1932 VIEW SOURCE
New Type Census with occupation VIEW SOURCE


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