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CHICAGO CITIZEN, 19 November 1887, as presented in CHICAGO IRISH FAMILIES, 1875-1925, posted on www.ancestry.com web site.

"Sexton, Susan (nee O'Dowd), wife of John Sexton, died at her Michigan Avenue residence on Sunday morning.

Mrs Sexton was the daughter of Philip O'Dowd, a respectable farmer of Cavan Ireland and first saw the light of day on May 15, 1818. 

Her husband was also a Cavan farmer. Ten children blessed the union, five of whom are living namely, Messers. P.J. and J.M.L. Sexton, Mrs. Charles F. Keeler and Mrs. Reilly of Chicago and Mrs. Arrow (sic) of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The family came to America about the year 1850 and settled first in Cincinnati where several of the children were born.

Mr. Sexton, Sr. died before the birth of the youngest child.  In 1872, after years of hard but successful struggle, the family moved to Chicago.  Mrs. Sexton sustained a great shock in the death of one of her sons, Mr. Thomas Sexton, a few years ago.  

Gifted with a fine constitution, she preserved her faculties to the last, and could sew and embroider without glasses up to the time of her seizure.  

The funeral occurred on Tuesday morning from the residence to St. John's Church, then to Calvary Cemetery."   

Additional Information
Date of Birth 1818  
Date of Death 1887  
Father (First Name/s and Surname) Philip O'Dowd  
Number of Children 10  


  • I wonder if/how closely she might've been related to my own ancestor, Conner Dowd from County Cavan.


    Saturday 1st August 2020, 04:33AM

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