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. ┬áThere is evidence of a son, Frank Hartman, born before Mary’s daughter Kate, who is my direct ancestor.
  3. ┬áMary’s maiden name is Mahoney, but her marriage to Kate’s father, Michael Lydon (Lidon/Leydon) lists her name as Mary Hartman.


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.