Patrick Kennedy (1823
1858)2At the age of 26, Kennedy decided to leave Ireland. It is assumed this was for reasons of starvation related to theIrish Famine, illness, or because he knew that a third-born son had virtually no hope of running his family's farm. Hisgood friend at Cherry Bros. Brewery in New Ross, Patrick Barron, who taught Kennedy the skills of coopering, hadcome to that conclusion months earlier and left for America. In October 1848, in love with Barron's cousin BridgetMurphy and with a plan to wed, Patrick Kennedy decided to follow.
Patrick Kennedy arrived in Boston on April 22, 1849, having sailed from Liverpool, England on the
, a substantial packet ship from the East Boston yard of Donald McKay.
Patrick Barron helped settle himinto Boston life and organised his coopering job on Noddle's Island in east Boston. Not long after, his fiancéeBridget made her way to Boston and six months later they were married, on September 26, 1849 in the HolyRedeemer Church by Father John Williams, who later became Boston's Roman Catholic Archbishop.
The Kennedys had five children as follows:
Mary L. KennedyAugust 6, 1851March 7, 1926Married on January 1, 1883 to Lawrence M. Kane; had issue.Joanna L. KennedyNovember 27, 1852February 23, 1926Married on September 22, 1872 to Humphrey Charles Mahoney; had issue.John KennedyJanuary 4, 1854September 24, 1855Margaret M. KennedyJuly 18, 1855April 2, 1929Married on February 21, 1882 to John Caulfield; had issue.Patrick J. KennedyJanuary 14, 1858May 18, 1929Married on November 23, 1887 to Mary Augusta Hickey; had issue.
The arrival of their fifth child was a particularly happy occasion after the death of John. However that same yearthirty five year old Kennedy succumbed to the highly infectious cholera that infested East Boston, and died onNovember 22, 1858
105 years to the day before his great-grandson John F. Kennedy would be assassinated.Bridget Kennedy later went on to buy a stationery and notions store in east Boston where she had worked. Thebusiness took off and expanded into a grocery and liquor store, which helped pave the way for the success of her sonP. J. Kennedy.The story of Patrick Kennedy has become probably the most famous of any of Ireland's millions of emigrants, due tothe quick success of his children and grandchildren in American society and ultimately his great-grandson John F.Kennedy's election as the first Irish-American Catholic President (the only Roman Catholic to date). In June 1963,John F. Kennedy made a state visit to Ireland, in which he visited Dunganstown and New Ross in County Wexfordin what was seen as a personal tribute to his ancestry.
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