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The John Finnegan Family
John Finnegan was born in County Monaghan, Ireland in 1823. His parents, probably
Thomas (born ca. 1788) and Mary (born ca. 1790) Finnegan, came to this country in
ca. 1839.
John married Ellen Brannon / Brennen sometime prior to 1850, probably in
Richland County, Ohio. The Brennen Family is also among the early settlers in
this part of Sharon Township, and also Auburn Twp. in Crawford County. John and
Ellen were the parents of at least 8 and possibly 9 children:
Mary Ann?
John Jr. born 1850
Richard born 1853
James born 1856
Mary E. born 1858
Thomas born 1860
Margaret A. born 1862
Matilda B. born 1864
William B. born 1869
Richard Finnegan married Sarah Viola Mott on October 23, 1877 at
the Sacred Heart Church, Bethlehem, Ohio. Sarah was a daughter of Peter Mott
and Victorene Catherine Cattey. Peter Mott immigrated from Germany and
Victorene Cattey was born in Favouris, Belfort Territory, France and
immigrated with her parents Alexis and Katherine Querry / Cattey.
(James Williamson wrote to provide this additional information on his family.)
Richard and Sarah were to become the parents of seven children:
Victorene Helena "Rena" born 1880 md. Joseph Francis Biglin
Margaret Estella "Stella" born 1882 md. Charles Steven Biglin
Thomas Walter born 1885 md. Helen Josephine Wharton
John Peter born 1887 md. Olivia Ann Stine
Florence Mary born 1890 md. Bertram Henry Horning
Alice Malida born 1893 md. Joseph Widmer
Howard Joseph born 1895 md. Agnes Xenia Stine
Stella, Rena, and John Peter Finnegan's wife, Olivia Stine were all one- room
schoolhouse teachers in the Sharon Twp. school system.
This family portrait taken about 1904, includes John Finnegan (Ellen Brannon
/ Finnegan died in 1885) and his son Richard's family and a few friends.
The John Finnegan Family (ca. 1904) - courtesy of Mrs. Paul Gosser
Back row (left to right):
Miss Curren, Thomas Finnegan, Rena Finnegan, John Finnegan, Stella Finnegan,
Jack Finnegan, Miss Curren
Front row (left to right):
Florence Finnegan, Viola Mott / Finnegan, Howard Finnegan, Richard Finnegan, Alice Finnegan
Thanks to Mrs. Paul Gosser who contributed much of the material on this page.
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