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James Byrne(s) 1841-1874James Byrne

This is my Great-great-grandfather, James BYRNE(s). Born 1841 in Ireland, Died May 6, 1874. Married (about 1868) to Olivia Helen KENNEDY, Born about 1840 – Died before 1910.

The are found on the Quarry Township, Jersey Co. IL, 1870 census (without any children listed). He worked in the Quarry. They had 5 children (only one survived infancy):

Margaret BYRNE – born May 7, 1869
John James BYRNE – born April 22,1870
William Thomas BYRNE – born October 1, 1871 – died March 10, 1945 (my great-grandfather)
Mary BYRNES – born April 8,1873
James BYRNES – born September 1874 (the baby was born after his father died)

After James BYRNES (the father) died, Olivia Helen KENNEDY BYRNES married Michael CALLAHAN on Sept 19, 1876.

Margaret Olivia Byrnes (in back) with her cousins:
Beatrice, Norbert James, and Olivia Wahl

Margaret Byrnes and Beatrice, Norbert James, and Olivia Wahl

Margaret Olivia’s parents are Margaret Theresa O’Keefe born February 24, 1876 died September 16, 1906 and William Thomas Byrnes born October 01, 1871 died March 10, 1945. They were married October 17, 1900. Margaret Olivia was born July 21, 1901, died May 10, 1992. On July 27, 1926 she married my grandfather Edward Joseph Maguire born August 05, 1900 died May 10, 1972. They died on the same day – 20 years apart.

The parents of the Wahl children are: Mary Ann Callahan born July 1877 died (?) and James Wahl born 1879 died June 1942. Olivia Wahl was born abt 1908, Beatrice born, abt 1912 and Norbert James b. April 1915. One of the Wahl girls married Mr. Orville Willis. You can find James Wahl’s obit at

Norbert James has a son – Norbert James, Jr. – born in 1947. I did find Norbert Jr. in the “White Pages” on the Internet – but, when I sent him a letter his forwarding address request had expired. So, I don’t know where he is.

Thomas William Callahan and Thomas O’Keefe 1959

Thomas William Callahan, Thomas O'Keefe

This picture was taken in 1959. (L to R) Thomas William Callahan, Kevin, Cathy & Patty Maguire and Thomas O’Keefe. Both are my Great Uncles and both were born and lived in Grafton, Jersey Co.

Contributed by Patty Maguire-Deardorff. Patty is researching BYRNES, CALLAHAN, GILMORE, LORAN, MAGUIRE, MOONEY, MORRISEY, O’KEEFE, SCANNELL, WAHL, WILLIS

Contact Patty, [email protected]

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