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The Gannon Family

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This branch of the Gannon family arrived in the United States from Ireland in the mid-1880's and predominantly spent time in Illinois and northwestern Indiana. This Gannon family is traceable back to Thomas Frank Gannon. His birth date is not available at this time, but he was born in Ireland and based on his marriage records we can presume his birth was circa 1837. He was married twice, the first marriage produced two children, Marcella Gannon and Bess Gannon, at this time there is no recorded evidence of their mother. The second marriage was to Ann Shiel (Shields) on 13 Oct 1857 in Strokestown, Roscommon, Ireland. Francis Brennan was their best man and Mary Gannon acted as bridesmaid.

Marriage Record of Thomas Gannon and Anne Shiel
13 October 1857
Source of Information
Stokestown Roman Catholic Parish Records
Thomas Gannon
Anne Shiel
Not Given
Not Given
Father's Name
Not Given
Not Given
Mother's Name
Not Given
Not Given
Francis Brennan
Mary Gannon
Ceremony Performed By
Not Given

SHIEL SHIELDS Family Information

The Shiel family has been traced thus far to Michael Shiel (Shields) who was born circa 1811 in Ireland. He married Julia Gavican (Gavigan) who was born circa 1811 also in Ireland. Michael and Julia (Gavican) Gannon were married  31 Jan 1831 at the Strokestown Roman Catholic Parish. Church records begin at this location in 1830, so no solid information on anything farther back at this time.

Children of Michael Shiel and Julia Gavican
Birth date or Baptism Date
Birth Place
Death Date
Death Place
Stephen Shiel

Thomas Shiel
Baptized 26 Apr 1834
(Godparents Patrick Shiel and Mary Ratican*)
Strokestown, Roscommon, Ireland

Ann Shiel
Baptized 29 May 1836
(Godparents Peter Gavagan and Catherine Murray)
Strokestown, Roscommon, Ireland
Thomas Frank Gannon

Patrick Shiel
Baptized 12 May 1841
(Godparents Edward Rattigan* and B. Gavagan)
Strokestown, Roscommon, Ireland

**Bridget Shiel
Baptized 27 Jan 1843
(Godparents James Shiel and Mary Shiel)
Strokestown, Roscommon, Ireland **Patrick Dunne

Michael Shiel
January 1845.
As Michael Shields's father, Michael presented him at his baptism Strokestown, Roscommon, Ireland, 23 Jan 1845. Religion: Roman Catholic. Church/Site: Strokestown Roman Catholic Parish. Michael Cox acted as Godfather and Mary Flynn as godmother.
Strokestown, Roscommon, Ireland

* These two may be related, writing was smudged on church records.
** Bridget Shiel and Patrick Dunne's son Patrick J. Dunne, married Mary Bridget "Mame" Gannon.

Thomas Frank Gannon and Ann Shiel

Thomas Frank Gannon was born in Strokestown, Roscommon, Ireland. At this time, there is no proof as to a birth date. As stated earlier, he married twice. First wife unknown, second wife, Ann Shiel by which he had two children that have good supporting documentation. In addition, it appears there was also a Thomas Gannon who did emigrate to Illinois and a Catherine Gannon for which I have found no further information. Possible brother for Thomas Frank Gannon is Frank Gannon. Thomas and Ann's children Bridget Adeline Gannon and Frank Joseph Gannon emigrated to the United States and once here stayed in Joliet, Illinois with their Uncle Frank Gannon.

Children of Thomas Frank Gannon and Unknown Mrs. Gannon and Ann Shiel
Birth date or Baptism Date
Birth Place
Death Date
Death Place
Bess Gannon
Before 1857
Roscommon, Ireland

Marcella Gannon
Before 1857
Roscommon, Ireland

Thomas Gannon
(Not sure from which marriage)
Roscommon, Ireland

Bridget Adeline Gannon
14 Oct 1860
Strokestown, Drynaugh, Roscommon, Ireland Matthew Joseph Kelly
10 Jan 1942
Osage, Mitchell, Iowa
Frank Joseph Gannon
12 Oct 1865
Strokestown, Drynaugh, Roscommon, Ireland Margaret Jane Kelly
12 Jan 1941
Kouts, Porter, Indiana

Bridget Adeline Gannon baptized on 9 Oct 1858 (Godparents were Patrick Dooly and Ann Grealy) at the Strokestown Catholic Parish in Drynaugh, Roscommon, Ireland. (From Roscommon Irish Records.)

Transcripts From Church Records
Bridget Gannon
Townland Address
Not Given
Strokestown Roman Catholic Parish Records
Thomas Gannon and Anne Shiel
Date of Birth
Not Given
Date of Baptism
9 October 1858
Baptismal Sponsors
Patrick Dooly and Ann Grealy

Frank Joseph Gannon baptized 29 Sep 1860 (Godparents were Andrew Neeny and Bedelia Shiels) at the Strokestown Catholic Parish in Drynaugh, Roscommon, Ireland. (From Roscommon Irish Records.)

Transcripts From Church Records
Francis Gannon
Townland Address
Not Given
Strokestown Roman Catholic Parish Records
Thomas Gannon and Anne Shiel
Date of Birth
Not Given
Date of Baptism
29 September 1860
Baptismal Sponsors
Andrew Nerny and Bedelia Shiel

Catherine Gannon. Born 2 Janu 1864. Registered by James Connolly at the Civil Registration District of Rooksey. No Church records found for Catherine.

Bridget Adeline Gannon and Matthew Joseph Kelly

Bridget Adeline Gannon was born in Strokestown, Drynaugh, Roscommon, Ireland 14 Oct 1860. She is the daughter of Thomas Frank Gannon and Ann Shiel. She married one time to Matthew Joseph Kelly in Willmington, Will, Illinois on 22 April 1884.  Their marriage license number is 00010279. Listed as Kelly, Matthew J. and Gannon, Bridget. (Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900)

BIOGRAPHICAL TEXT: Bridget was born in County Roscommon, Ireland in Drynaugh, a wee place by the side of the road, still standing and inhabited by Gannons. It is a very small house and Bridget left it for her Uncle Frank Gannon's in Joliet, Illinois. There she met and married Matt Kelly. They had eleven children. Two of these children died in infancy. Both the Kelly and Gannon Irish heritage was instilled into their children. The Kelly's left Joliet, lived awhile in Chicago and finally settled in Mitchell County, Iowa.

Bridget Adeline Gannon Kelly died 10 January 1942 at Osage, Mitchell, Iowa. She is buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Osage, Iowa. The Kelly family is near the fence on the south end of the cemetery.

EVENT TEXT: Death Notice

Mrs. Matt J. Kelly, Sr. died at her home 1114 Main Street, Saturday morning, after an illness which had confined her to her bed for more than a year. Her health had been failing for a long time, due to the usual infirmities of the aged. Bridget Adeline Gannon was born in the village of Drynaugh, County Roscommon, Ireland 14 Oct 1860. She left her native land in 1880, coming to Willmington, Illinois, to make her home with her Uncle.

On April 22, 1884, she was married to Matthew Joseph Kelly. To this union were born eleven children.

The Kelly family lived on farms for many years, then moved to Osage about twenty years ago. They had come to Mitchell County in October 1897.

Children of Bridget Adeline Gannon and Matthew Joseph Kelly
Birth date
Birth Place
Death Date
Death Place
Anne Julia Kelly
19 Jan 1885
Willmington, Will, Illinois
Sisters of Mercy. Sister Bernard.
12 Nov 1968
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
James Thomas Kelly
6 Jun 1886
Willmington, Will, Illinois Mary Cecelia Hannon
31 Dec 1966
LaPorte, LaPorte, Indiana
Francis Martin Kelly
16 Mar 1888
Willmington, Will, Illinois
18 Apr 1889
Willmington, Will, Illinois
Mary Irene Kelly
27 Apr 1889
Willmington, Will, Illinois Not Married.
15 Jun 1979
Osage, Mitchell, Iowa
William Leo "Bill" Kelly
13 Feb 1892
Willmington, Will, Illinois Jennie P. Framstad
16 Jan 1953
Des Moines, Iowa
Alice Veronica Kelly
1 May 1893
Willmington, Will, Illinois Donald William "Bill" Coburn
15 May 1972
Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Margaret Bridget Kelly

Presentation Sisters. Sister James.
8 Jan 1987
South Dakota
Matthew Bernard Kelly 31 Aug 1897
Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Have also seen Willmington, Will, Illinois
Bernice Marie Marr
9 Dec 1974
New Haven, Iowa
Joseph Francis Kelly
19 Dec 1899
Osage, Mitchell, Iowa
Catherine Sersach
22 Apr 1944
Osage, Mitchell, Iowa
Martin John "Shorty" Kelly
6 Feb 1902
Osage, Mitchell, Iowa
Josephine Webber
Jun 1991
Rochester, Olmstead, Minnesota
Julia Frances Kelly
6 Dec 1903
Osage, Mitchell, Iowa

22 Feb 1904
Osage, Mitchell, Iowa

Census 1920              13 Dec 1920
Douglas Township, Mitchell, Iowa
Head Age/Sex: 58/Male. 

Individuals linked to this event include: Matthew Joseph /Kelly/ (Head of Family); Bridget Adeline /Gannon/ (wife); James Thomas /Kelly/ (son).

EVENT TEXT: Name is spelled: KELLEY

Kelly, Matt, head, own home, mortgaged, male, white, 58, married, reads, writes, born ILL, father born NY, mother born IRE, spoke Irish, speaks English, farmer, gen  farmer.

Bridget, wife, female, 59, married, immigrated 187"0" (Difficult to read.) "NA" for Naturalized, reads, writes, born Ireland, spoke Irish, father born Ireland spoke Irish, mother born Ireland spoke Irish, speaks English, "none" for occupation. James, son, male, 32, single, reads, writes, born Illinois, father born Illinois, mother born Ireland spoke Irish, speaks English, laborer, gen. farmer.

Name:    Matt Kelley
Age:    58 years 
Estimated birth year:    1861
Birthplace:    Illinois 
Race:    White 
Home in 1920:    Douglas, Mitchell, Iowa

Frank Joseph Gannon and Margaret Jane Kelly

Frank Joseph Gannon was born Strokestown, Roscommon, Ireland. According to his Death Certificate, birth date was 12 Oct 1865. There is also information supporting baptism date of 29 Sep 1860. He left Ireland for the United States in 1880. There is also supporting documentation that shows he came to the United States in 1886. This date is also shown on Census information.  He and his sister, Bridget went to Joliet, Illinois and stayed with their Uncle, Frank Gannon. Frank Joseph Gannon married Margaret Jane Kelly on 24 July 1888 in Cook County, Illinois. (She is listed as Maggie Kelly on the marriage certificate on record with the State of Illinois, License # 00129423.) Frank petitioned the court and became a naturalized citizen, an 1892 Voter Registration shows Naturalized through Cook County Circuit Court.

Frank Gannon died 12 January 1941 in Kouts, Porter, Indiana on the Hannon family farm at the age of 75. His cause of death is listed as Vascular Renal Disease. His funeral was held 15 January 1941 at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. He is buried on the west side of Mount Carmel Cemetery in Chicago

EVENT TEXT: DEATH NOTICE from Chicago Paper.
Reads as follows:

Frank Gannon, beloved husband of the late Margaret Kelly Gannon, fond father of Mrs. P.J. Dunne, Mrs. John Hannon, Agatha, John, Frank, Paul and Leonard Gannon.

Funeral from Chapel 1156 N. Clark St. Wednesday January 15 at 10:00 AM to Holy Name Cathedral.

Internment Mount Carmel.

On 14 January 1941 Frank Gannon's death notice appeared in the Chicago newspaper.

Frank Gannon, beloved husband of the late Margaret Kelly Gannon. Fond father of Mrs. P.J. Dunne, Mrs. John Hannon, Agatha, Frank, Paul and Leonard Gannon.

Funeral from Chapel 1156 N. Clark St. Wednesday January 15 at 10:00 A.M. to Holy Name Cathedral. Interment Mount Carmel.

Death Certificate shows date of birth as 12 October 1865; Ireland.

Father: Thomas Gannon; Ireland.
Mother: Ann Shield; Ireland.

Children of Frank Joseph Gannon and Margaret Jane Kelly
Birth Date
Birth Place
Death Date
Death Place
Thomas P. Gannon

Mary Bridget "Mame" Gannon*
8 Mar 1889
Wilmington, Will, Illinois Patrick J. Dunne

Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
John A. Gannon**
Oct 1890
Blanche Bailey
Unknown Mrs. John A. Gannon

Frank J. Gannon
Jun 1892 (Have also 1894)
Lucy V. "Aunt Lu" Stolinsky

Julia Bernadette Gannon
30 Dec 1894
Chicago, Cook, Illinois
John Florence Hannon
17 Apr 1958
Kouts, Porter, Indiana
Paul Gannon
June 1897

Leonard J. Gannon
Corrine Boyer

Agatha Rita Hannon
29 Aug 1904
Not Married
Nov 1974
Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio

* Mary Bridget "Mame" Gannon (Born 8 Mar 1889, Willimington, Will, Illinois) Married Patrick Dunne 21 Jul 1910.
Dunne, Patrick J., born 27 September 1881 in Kilgaffin, County Roscommon, Ireland son of Patrick Dunne and Bridget Shields, married 21 July 1910 to Mary Bridget Gannon, born 8 March 1889 in Wilmington, Will, Illinois daughter of Frank Gannon and Margaret Kelley, witnesses Frank Gannon and Mary Ford. Frank Gannon was opposed to this marriage as the two were cousins.

Patrick Dunne was a Nephew of Frank Gannon and Bridget (Gannon) Kelly. Came to America from Ireland to live on Bridget (Gannon) Kelly's farm in Iowa. He came with only a tin box. He didn't like the farm, and moved to Chicago to live with Bridget's brother, Frank Gannon. Pat worked at a newspaper where he met Mickey McBride who later became his business partner, gaining wealth through bookmaking. While Pat lived at Frank Gannon's home, he fell in love with his 1st cousin, Mary Bridget {Mame} Gannon. Frank threw them out of the house. Mame and Pat married and moved to Cleveland, Ohio taking her sister Agatha Gannon with them. In Cleveland, Pat Dunne and Arthur B."Mickey" McBride went into business with Taxis (They had the only taxi company in Cleveland in the 1930's and 1940's.) and horse racing. They also owned the Cleveland Browns football and baseball teams. Dunne amassed quite a fortune, but he and Mame had no children, so the money was passed on to Agatha Gannon. Agatha remained single her entire life, and when she died, the money was left to nieces and nephews.

For those that would like a little more information on Mickey McBride. Arthur Mickey McBride died 10 Nov 1972. 1972 - Mickey (Arthur) McBride died on this day. McBride owned the Cleveland Browns in the 1940s and 1950s -- and also owned a taxicab company. Browns’ coach Paul Brown kept five non-roster players on a special squad. They could practice with the team in case a regular player was hurt, but the squad’s salaries were paid by McBride’s taxi company. Thus, the term, ‘taxi squad’. According to Terry Pluto, in his "When All the World was Browns Town", taxi squad members never drove cars, they were just driven in practice by Paul Brown -- and supported by Mickey McBride.

**John A. Gannon. He married twice. First marriage was to Blanche Bailey. He tried to kill her and spent time in jail. They ultimately divorced. Mary Theresa (Hannon) Drazer told the story about them having a car, but not much money. They sat in it in front of their walk-up apartment to make it look like they were rich. Additionally, the two of them use to push around an empty baby pram which led people to believe that they sold drugs.

Census 1900              15 June 1900
Frank was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census Chicago, Cook, Illinois. 
Head Age/Sex: 36/Male. 
Shows living on Illinois Street in left margin of Census page.

Individuals linked to this event include: Frank (Francis) Joseph /Gannon/ (Head of Family); Margaret Jane /Kelly/ (wife); Mary Bridget "Mame" /Gannon/ (daughter); John A. /Gannon/ (son); Frank J. /Gannon/ (son); Julia Bernadette /Gannon/ (daughter); Paul /Gannon/ (son); John /Dunn/ (cousin); Peter J. /Ryan/ (lodger); Michael /McFarland/ (lodger); Charles /Blake/ (lodger); Irving /Hamilton/ (lodger). John Dunn (Cousin) emmigrated 1900. Alien. Years in United States 0. Employment Teamster.

EVENT TEXT: 1900 US Census - Cook - Chicago - ED 736 - Image 22 and 23 of 38

Census 1910             2 May 1910
Frank was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census Chicago, Cook, Illinois. 
Head Age/Sex: 48/Male. 
Street Shown as Pine Street

Individuals linked to this event include: Frank (Francis) Joseph /Gannon/ (Head of Family); Margaret Jane /Kelly/ (wife); Lena /Wulf/ (lodger); Pauline /Wulf/ (lodger); Mary Bridget "Mame" /Gannon/ (daughter); Agatha Rita /Gannon/ (daughter); Julia Bernadette /Gannon/ (daughter); John A. /Gannon/ (son); Frank J. /Gannon/ (son); Paul /Gannon/ (son); Leonard J. /Gannon/ (son); John /Dunn/ (lodger); Patrick J. /Dunne/ (lodger); James /Dunn/ (lodger); Austin /McGrail/ (lodger); Adolf /Schol/ (lodger).

EVENT TEXT: Show that he was a teamster contractor.

Census 1920             1 January 1920
Frank was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census in Willmington Township, Will County, Illinois. 
Head Age/Sex: 58/Male. 
Details: Farm Labor. 

Individuals linked to this event include: Frank (Francis) Joseph /Gannon/ (Head of Family); Margaret /Gannon/ (daughter); Leonard J. /Gannon/ (son); Margaret Jane /Kelly/ (wife).

Census                  9 April 1930
Frank was listed as a resident in the 1930 census report in Kouts, Morgan Township, Porter, Indiana, 9 Apr 1930. 
Census year: 1930. 
Census type: Federal. 

Individuals linked to this event include: John Florence /Hannon/ (Head of Household); Julia Bernadette /Gannon/ (resident); Mary Theresa /Hannon/ (resident); Margaret Bernadette /Hannon/ (resident); David Leo /Hannon/ (resident); Thomas Paul /Hannon/ (resident); Frank James /Hannon/ (resident); John Mark /Hannon/ (resident); Frank (Francis) Joseph /Gannon/ (resident); Margaret Jane /Kelly/ (resident).

EVENT TEXT: Page 4 of Morgan Township.

Employment               15 June 1900
    Frank's occupation: Teamster Chicago, Cook, Illinois, Jun 1900. 
    Occupation: Teamster. 

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