Cannon · Lyden · Mahoney

Mary and Kate: An Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Mary and Kate

Mary Mahoney and Kate Lyden constitute two of the most difficult ancestors I have traced and they happen to be mother and daughter.

Mary Mahoney is my maternal great-great-great grandmother. She married three times, and her daughter Kate, was my great-great-grandmother. My own own grandmother, told me many stories of Kate growing up, of the bar she owned with her second husband and the fire that claimed it at some point in my grandmother’s childhood–I would imagine in the late 1940s.

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Cannon · Mahoney

Mary Mahoney: Her Death

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Mary and Kate

After 1920, Mary Mahoney Hartman Lyden Cannon disappears from the records. She is recorded in the 1920 census as living at 227 Mercer Street in Gloucester City, New Jersey with her two granddaughters, Florence and Beatrice. Their mother and her second husband (Kate Agnes and Ernest Barnes) are not listed anywhere else in the 1920 census, which has led me to believe they’ve simply just been missed in the collection of the data. By 1930, Mary is no longer living at the address but Kate Agnes and Ernest remain there. Florence and Beatrice are both married by that point and Mary is not living with either of them.

Some years ago when I was doing my active research, I searched death records at the State Archives in Trenton from 1920-1930 for Mary Cannon, Mary Lyden, Mary Mahoney, and Mary Hartman. She is nowhere. Despite her living with my grandmother’s mother, no stories have been passed down about her death.

I plan to return to the archives to go through them again and also consider obituaries from my own local newspapers: Courier Post and Gloucester City News, but neither have been digitized so it’s been low on my list.

 

Cannon · Lyden · Mahoney · Trainer

Mary Mahoney: Her Marriages and Children

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Mary and Kate

Mary was married at least three times. I have several reason to know that.

  1. She was married to George Cannon in 1889. My grandmother kept a picture of him, in which she called him Mary’s third husband.
  2.  There is evidence of a son, Frank Hartman, born before Mary’s daughter Kate, who is my direct ancestor.
  3.  Mary’s maiden name is Mahoney, but her marriage to Kate’s father, Michael Lydon (Lidon/Leydon) lists her name as Mary Hartman.

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Cannon · Lyden · Mahoney

Mary Mahoney: Her Birth and Family

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Mary and Kate

Let me begin this series by explaining why I have selected a mother and daughter to examine in more detail rather than one person or a couple and their children, as I intend to do going forward.

Mary Mahoney is my maternal great-great-great grandmother. She married three times, and her daughter Kate, was my great-great-grandmother. My own own grandmother, told me many stories of Kate growing up, of the bar she owned with her second husband and the fire that claimed it at some point in my grandmother’s childhood–I would imagine in the late 1940s.

Despite the heavy family connection, I know less about Mary and Kate than I do about some of the other ancestors. Their records are messy and a mix of family tales and mistakes on various documents. Kate used several forms of her name throughout her life and Mary’s three marriages make it difficult to track her before 1890, particularly since the first two were short-lived.

So I’m going to take them apart, piece by piece: Their birth records and family, their marriages, children, deaths, and information about how they lived.

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