|Ancestral HistoryThe Sag Canal porject in Lemont, Illinois shows us how people would travel great lengths to get employment. Family and friends passed the word along where a man and women could get employment.|
The Maher's were one of the original settlers from Ireland who settled in Wilmington, Illinois and made their living as farmers.John Maher and Anna Douney Maher gave their daughter Catherine Maher in marriage to Thmas Murphy, who was also from Ireland. They were married in the year 1855.From this marriage came seven childred, William, Anna, Mary, Margaret, Thomas, Catherine, and John.
Thomas and Margaret Kenny came from Ireland and first settled in Richmond, Virginia with their children, Margaret, Bridget, and Sarah. About 1964, Margaret married John Donahue, also from Ireland.When word came of the Sag Canal project in Lemont, Illinois, they and the Kenny's traveled to and homesteaded eighty acres of land in Palos, Illinois, which is located close to canal project.The location of this land was around 99th street, straight south of Maple Lake. This marriage and family grew in size with the birth of Peter, John, Frank,James, Constantine, and Helen.
Mary Murphy, the daughter of John and Margaret Maher Murphy, left Wilmington, Illinois and sought work in Lemont, Illinois, the area of the Say Canal Project.Mary began working in the boarding house owned by Lizzy Green.This led to the marriage of her and Thomas Green, the nephew of Lizzy Green the boarding house owner. It was only natural at this point for her two sisters Anna and Catherine to join her working at the boarding house. More romance, Anna married Thomas Doyle and Catherine married Frank Donahue.These two families moved to the city of Chicago when the canal project was completed.
With the marriage of John Doyle and Anna Murphy came the births of seven children, Catherine, Mary, Anna, John, Margaret, Ellen and Agnes. All of these children stayed single except Mary who married John Fitzpatrick. Of this marriage came four children, John, Joseph, Thomas and William.
The Doyles initially moved to Archer and Halsted and later to 64th and May street in Chicago. After two family tragedies resulting in the deaths of a daughter Catherine, and husband and father John DOYLE Sr., the choice to move back to Wilminton, Illinois was only natural as family help was then needed to survive.
Thomas and Mary Green, after closing the boarding house in Lemont, Illinois which supported them at the Sag Canal Project, moved to Chicago and opened a restaurant at 55th and Halsted on the southside of the city. This was right around the turn of the century.
Frank and Catherine Donahue also moved into the city residing in the June 1900 census at 6651-3 Jackson(two blocks east of Cottage Grove). The 1910 census lists Frank and Catherine Donahue living AT 1423 East 62nd Street and later moved as the 1920 census listed their residence at 7318 South Calumet Avenue.
History of the Donahue Family
John and Margaret Donahue both died at an early age leaving a family of young children behind. Margaret died in 1878 and John in 1880. The family members took care of the young, but Peter, John,took Frank and headed to Omaha,Nebraska to seek work. In the 1880's they returned to work on the Sag Canal Project. With the marriage of Catherine Murphy to Frank Donahue came four children, Marie who married John R O'Connor and they had two children, John and Francis.John married Mary Lou Lynch and they had five children.Then Francis married Margaret Wetzel and they had three children.The second child in this Donahue family John, married Elizabeth Murray and they had one daughter, Rita. She married John Reck and they had seven sons who all live in California. Next in line in this Donahue family was Dorothy who remained single and died at the age of ninety six years. The youngest was William, who married Catherine Lucille Hudson and they had two children, Mary Kay who m