I have a descendant of John Cuddigan and Ellen McCarthy in my family tree.Mary Cuddigan was their daughter, born in 1833 in Cloyne, Co. Cork, Ireland.They emigrated in 1847 and eventually settled in LaSalle County, which is adjacent to Grundy County.
Mary Cuddigan married James Powers in 1852 and they had five children, including sons James and William.
James Powers, Sr. was killed in the Civil War.Mary's brother Patrick fought for the South.Her brothers John and Thomas fought for the Union.
Mary married Andrew O'Brien, but he died shortly after the marriage took place.
She then married my great great grandfather, Hans Rohr.They were married in Seneca, LaSalle County, on 1880.She moved with Hans to Ashkum, Illinois, where he was a farmer, and she died there in 1908.