Wednesday, July 16, 2014
My great granduncle Michael Chambers was born in August 1858 in Islandeady, County Mayo, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1880. His brothers Patrick, Thomas and Charles were also in the United States and more specifically in Chicago. According the 1900 US Census, he was living with his brother Charles who was married and had a family. Michael's occupation was listed as teamster on the 1900 census.
On 15 Jun 1904 in Chicago, Michael Chambers married Winnifred Callaghan who was born in Rahoma, Antrim, Ireland but immigrated to the US in 1902. Michael and Winnifred had 5 children, one of whom -- Patrick only lived for one day in 1917. Their oldest child was a daughter named Mary (probably named after Winnifred's mother Mary). Next was a son Michael. We can guess who he was named after! Then came Patrick (who was probably named after Michael's brother.) After Patrick, a son named Charles (probably named after another of Michael's brothers) was born. The youngest child was Thomas, who was probably named after both Michael's father and Winnifred's father.
The above photo is from Michael and Winnifred's wedding day. Michael is seated in the middle and Winnifred is standing to the right of Michael.