1900

1900 Census Data

The 1900 census lists Mary Castles Haggerty, age 57, as a widow and head of the household in Honey Brook, Kline Township; her husband James died at some point in the previous decade.  Living with Mary Haggerty in 1900 are Katie (now Katie McCann) 25; Katie’s husband Thomas McCann 25, a carpenter; Ellen 29, single, a dressmaker; Michael 23, single, a brakeman, probably on a railroad serving a coal mine; Hugh 21, single, also a brakeman; and John 15, single, a day laborer.  The oldest daughter Elizabeth doesn’t appear here; she may be living and working elsewhere.  As far as I can determine, she turns up again in the census only in 1920, when she is living with her brother Michael and his family in Crabtree.  Apparently she never marries.
The 1900 census also supplies some new information, namely that Mary Castles Haggerty has 8 living children, and that she has given birth to 11 children.  This suggests that one of her daughters, Mary A. or Margaret Haggerty, has died, because all 7 of the other children turn up in later census data.  We know of 9 Haggerty children who lived at least to the age of 7:  Elizabeth, Mary A., James P., Ellen, Margaret, Kathryn, Michael, Hugh F., and John J.  Of these 9, all but Mary A. and Margaret are accounted for after 1890.  Mary Kellington’s list of the 8 Haggerty children mentions Mary but not Margaret.  It’s possible that Mary Kellington didn’t know about Margaret, because Margaret may have died before the 1900 census was taken (well before Mary Kellington was born in 1915), or even before Mary Kellington’s father, John Haggerty, was born in 1884.
In 1900, Mary Castles Haggerty’s son, James Haggerty Jr., age 31, a coal miner, is also listed as living in Kline Township with his wife Julia Kane Haggerty, age 29, and their children: Michael 10 (at school), Mamie 8, James 6, Ellen 4, and William 2.  Julia and James have not lost any children.  James and his family end up in Crabtree and are buried there, as are Julia’s Irish-born parents Michael and Ellen Kane, who, in Julia’s childhood, lived in Shanty Row in Kline Township; they lost 3 of their 4 children, Julia apparently being the only surviving daughter.  Michael Kane was b. 1840 and immigrated to the US in 1860; Ellen Kane, b. 1835, immigrated in 1850.  If only James J. Haggerty had lived until 1900, we might know when he arrived in the US; unfortunately, this question was asked for the first time in the 1900 US census, and when it was asked in Ann Haggerty McMullen’s household that year, the answer given (or the one recorded) was simply “Ireland.”
Also living in Kline Township, according to the 1900 census, are Thomas, Bernard (Barney), Patrick, Mary, and Annie Duffy, sisters and brothers all born in England of Irish parents.  They are almost certainly the children of Thomas and Winifred Duffy of Runcorn, and thus are the younger siblings of Maggie Duffy Frain–the aunts and uncles of Maggie’s children Annie, Thomas, Winifred, and James Frain.  They arrived in the US in 1897 and may well have been accompanied by Ann Frain, who married Michael Haggerty in 1905.

Mary Kellington mentions the Duffys in her notes and probably knew them.  With the exception of one name, Mary’s list matches the list of Duffys in the 1900 census: Barney, Paddy, Tom, Mary, and Ellen (in place of Annie).  Mary Kellington also mentions her grandmother Margaret Duffy Frain as well as “Grandpap” (presumably Mary’s great-grandfather Thomas Duffy) and his “sister” Winifred.  I can’t help wondering whether Mary has confused Thomas Duffy’s sister with his wife, Winifred.  If not, Runcorn records could be searched for a Winifred Duffy born, probably, in the 1830s in Ireland.  Alternatively, Mary could be referring to her grandfather Thomas Frain’s sister when she mentions “Winifred.”  In my research, I found no reference to a Winifred Frain of that generation (born in the 1830s).

Mary Castles Haggerty dies in 1907 and is buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in McAdoo.  Church records confirm that her husband James J. is buried next to her, though no date of death is given for him.

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